The Calgary Journal
The Calgary Journal


The physical and mental demands that every boxer faces makes them some of the most rugged athletes of any sport, but rising through the gruelling ranks takes more than just succeeding in a calculated war of punches.

Recently, there has been major emphasis on the tracking, prevention and treatment of concussions in professional sports. Likewise, U Sports Canada — the body that governs university sports in Canada — has taken some steps to protect its athletes.

The Alberta Junior Hockey League is one of the top junior leagues in Alberta, but the league is having a tough time attracting fans in the province’s largest city.

Calgary has two teams in the AJHL, the Calgary Canucks and the Calgary Mustangs. The Canucks have been playing since 1971 and the Mustangs joined the league in 1990.

It’s June 15, and the Friday night rodeo is about to begin. A heavy downpour has turned the outdoor corral into slippery mud, but the competitors aren’t disheartened.