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Calgarians from all walks of life find community in shinny hockey

Iceman Hockey league brings together novices and pros alike

YipOn the outside, Iceman Hockey seems like just another shinny league but a closer look reveals a close-knit, inclusive community where the only requirement is a passion for the sport.

League founder Andrew Yip created the program because he never had the chance to play sports in his childhood, and wanted a safe and supportive place to learn something he'd always loved — hockey.


Boxing returns to Calgary with Teofista boxing series 15

Steve (The Dragon) Claggett defends his title against (The Mighty) Tebor Brosch on April 3

Smith trainingProfessional boxing is set to return to Calgary with an explosive lineup at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino on April 3.

The current Canadian welterweight champion and Calgarian, Steve (The Dragon) Claggett, has a record of 20 wins, 3 loses and 1 draw with 14 KOs. Claggett will be defending his title against (The Mighty) Tebor Brosch, whose professional record is 7-6-5 (2 KOs).

Brosch represents one of the toughest domestic challenges for Claggett to date.

This is Claggett's first fight since his loss by decision to Russian prospect Konstantin Ponomarev.


Cost of catching a MLB game live

With no pro baseball team, some Calgarians are travelling to the States for their ballpark fix

baseball thumbThe weather is warming, the snow is melting, but most importantly, spring training is under way. Baseball will be back before we know it, with opening day less than a month away.

In Calgary the excitement might feel a little distant since we have no baseball team that calls our city home.

The Vipers, a single-A independent club, was the last pro team in Calgary and they disbanded in 2011. Before that, the Cannons, a AAA affiliate of various MLB clubs, left in 2002 to its new home in Albuquerque.

No pro team to cheer for in Calgary has left the city's baseball fans to pledge their allegiance to MLB teams spread through the USA and the Blue Jays in Toronto.


Future of Canada Cup Gaming unknown

Despite successful year, Canada's largest gaming tournament faces challenges

trophyThere is hushed chatter throughout the large event ballroom of the Grey Eagle Casino as competitors walk across the stage. Eyes online and in the room follow the two players, known by their handles, Poongko and r/Kappa Pepedey, as they prepare their game controllers and take their seats in the middle of the stage.

The room grows even quieter as the players get comfortable behind the TV and begin selecting their characters from the Street Fighter IV roster. The large projector screen above the stage shows the camera closing in on their gritting teeth, their eyes narrowing in concentration. Poongko settles on the white monster-man known as Seth from the roster. Pepedey settles on his best character El Fuerte, the muscular Mexican luchador. The match is about to begin.