Category: sports

Searching for a second-half surge: Trojans men’s hockey team keeping pace with top teams

Originally published in The Weal, Dec. 22, 2018.

SAIT Trojans men’s hockey head coach Brent Devost believes his team is one of the best in the conference, and one that will only get better when they return in January.

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U of C experts, athletes discuss advances in concussion research

There is a path forward from the darkness of concussions, for both athletes who suffer them and for the larger sports world, say Calgary experts.

On Nov. 15, the University of Calgary (U of C)’s Integrated Concussion Research Program held a free panel discussion of researchers, advocates, and ex-athletes, titled “Concussion: Facts, Fiction and the Future.” Read more at theweal.com

Calgary Inferno broadcasting four games on Sportsnet 960 The Fan

Originally published in The Weal, Nov. 19, 2018.

The Calgary Inferno of the Canadian Women’s Hockey League (CWHL) will have four of its games broadcast on Sportsnet 960 The Fan this season.

According to the Fan’s Oct. 15 press release, they are “the first commercial radio station in North America” to do live play-by-play of the CWHL. 

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I, a humble j-school student, interviewed Sidney Crosby

This Friday, I was offered, out of the blue, the greatest opportunity of my young journalism career. I, Alex Hamilton, took a freelance gig for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette to cover the Pittsburgh Penguins’ practice in Banff.

It was a general practice notebook piece about the Pens’ upcoming road trip in western Canada. My lede was Patric Hornqvist and Daniel Sprong being shuffled down the lineup. Read it at post-gazette.com.

I talked to head coach Mike Sullivan, Patric Hornqvist, Daniel Sprong, Derick Brassard, and, yes, Sidney Crosby. No big deal.

I feel like one of those college-level goalies called to be an emergency practice goalie for NHL teams.

SAIT players help Foothills FC take national title

On Aug. 4, 2018, Calgary Foothills FC won the Premier Development League (PDL) national championship in Reading, Pa. On the team were two players from the SAIT men’s soccer team, Dean Northover and William Akio.  Continue reading “SAIT players help Foothills FC take national title”

The Dougie Hamilton trade: too many ifs

Dougie Hamilton. Photo by Alex Hamilton/SAITWell, Brad Treliving finally did it. He did the thing I’ve been dreading for the better part of three years, and traded Dougie Hamilton for magic beans.

The leadup to this deal reminded me strongly of the infamous Taylor Hall and PK Subban trades. It also has shades of another infamous Flames deal, the Dion Phaneuf trade in January 2010. It rests on several massive “ifs” about player performance. It does not, by any objective measure, automatically solve any of the problems with the roster. It is the sort of deal that could, and should, cost Brad Treliving his job if it backfires.  Continue reading “The Dougie Hamilton trade: too many ifs”