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City of Calgary has plans to add more rinks in 2016 to accommodate both players and parents

TN hockeyrinktimesLike any young aspiring athlete, Greyson Perry has dedicated much of his eight short years to hockey.

Now a novice with the Blackfoot Hockey Association, he is steadily moving up in the world of competitive hockey.

However, Greyson’s mother Jennifer Perry admits that it’s not always smooth skating when it comes to practices and games.

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Dinos stomp MRU Cougars at annual showdown

CC ThumbnailDubbed the “ultimate crosstown smackdown” in hockey, the fourth annual Crowchild Classic saw the University of Calgary Dinos defeat the Mount Royal University Cougars Jan. 21, with the women falling 3-2 and the men 2-1.

The teams have been top rivals ever since MRU joined the Canadian Interuniversity Sport league. This year, nearly 13,000 fans flocked to the Scotiabank Saddledome, breaking last year’s turnout of 8,882.

Dinos fans were vindicated with this year’s win after losing to the Cougars in 2015. A team of photojournalists from the Calgary Journal captured the rival in pictures.

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Tournament features 11,000 players, 915 games and 2,600 coaches

EMHWthumbnailEsso Minor Hockey Week took over the city of Calgary Jan. 8 to Jan. 16 as Imperial Oil and Hockey Calgary hosted the largest minor hockey tournament in the world.

This year’s slogan was “Kids Play, Coaches Coach and Parents Cheer.” More than 900 games brought thousands of Calgarians together to celebrate their love of hockey.

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Calgary Flames charity season lasts all year long

flamesPhoto 3 ThumbnailAt the age of 16 Madi Freeman had already done one of the hardest things anyone can do, saying goodbye to parent.

Last year her father died from cancer, then almost six months to the date, Freeman herself was about to fight the same battle.

“In February when we got home from California, we were on vacation and actually we went to see a Flames game there a few days before we came back,” Freeman said. “I had a sleepover with my friend. I came home the next morning and felt really sick and gross, I was throwing up,” Freeman explained. “My mom thought that it was just the flu. I would try eat stuff and drink stuff but I just could not keep it down.”

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