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Gearing up for a new season

Optimism reigns as two young Calgary teams wrap up summer training for the AJHL

CanucksWithin seconds of walking into the Max Bell Centre — the home of the Alberta Junior Hockey League's (AJHL) Calgary Canucks — all sorts of sounds assault you.

The machine-gun clacking of pucks against boards; the shrill sound of whistle after whistle as drills are called; echoing whoops as a goal is scored or the telltale scrape of a short stop.

In the lead-up to a fresh season of AJHL hockey, the Canucks have been training hard. Watching an intra-team scrimmage is an intense experience.

Those associated with the team would hope that, due to finishing two straight years out of the playoffs, the Canucks are looking to get their mojo back.The energy crackling in the arena feels like a good omen.


Spartan Race returning to Calgary for fourth year

Contestants potentially to face fire, barbed wire and rope climb in obstacle course

Wire-CrawlThe Spartan Race — one of the most prominent obstacle races in the world — is returning to Calgary for the fourth time Aug. 16-17.

Dean Stanton, the Western Canada director of the Spartan Race, says Canada is one of many nations in the world that currently hosts this unique test of human endurance. Germany, Italy, the Czech Republic and South Korea are a few of the countries that have held a Spartan Race.

Stanton says the obstacles are what makes the Spartan Race more compelling than a traditional foot race.


Bringing the seas to the fir trees: Surfing on Alberta’s rivers

How land-locked surfers are finding new ways to get on a wave

RiversurfingThumbnailWhile coastal souls have been hanging 10 for over a century, Alberta's landlocked surfers have had to resort to other local water sports without jet-setting to the ocean.

That is until a unique sport, starting in Munich, Germany in the 1970s, made its way to Alberta's rivers in the mid-2000s — surfing on "stationary" river waves.

The waves are created by natural bends and dips in the river bed and shores, and in some instances are enhanced by man-made features, making them stationary in one constant area.


Glenmore Sailing Club’s young sailors have bright future

Ten-year-olds Cameron Hay and Nathan Lemke aim to be lifetime seamen

IMG 1364When the Calgary Journal approached Kristi Van Gunst, head coach at the local Glenmore Sailing Club, about recommending young sailors that could be featured on the Journal's athlete of the month page she recommended two athletes: Cameron Hay and Nathan Lemke.

Traditionally this page is meant to feature one athlete, but Van Gunst suggested both boys be featured because they're inseparable.