The Calgary Fire AAA hosted the Lloydminster PWM Steelers on Saturday for their first home game of the season at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena. The home team came out on top in a close game in front of a large home crowd:
Saturday, October 12, 2019
Calgary Fire AAA: 1
Lloydminster PWM Steelers: 0
HANNAH SUTO scored in the first period, with assists from MCKENNA BOLGER and MEGAN YAKIWCHUK. Despite pressure from the two-time Calgary Firestarter Champions Lloydminster and a late third period penalty kill, SOPHIE LAJEUNESSE kept the visitors off the scoreboard, earning a shutout and her second win of the season.
PRE GAME CEREMONY
Saturday’s game was proceeded by a red carpet ceremony celebrating GHC’s new tenancy at Father David Bauer Olympic Arena, and the 30th Anniversary of our all-female club.
GHC VP Elite Grant Borbridge welcomed the crowd and acknowledged the support of The City of Calgary and pioneers of our GHC’s Elite Female Hockey Program former GHC VP Elite Jamie Martins and Past President Jody Forbes.
GHC’s first team, the 1989/90 Peewee Cougars, was also honoured during the ceremony. The team played under the Blackfoot Hockey Association for the 1989/90 season, signing their 12th player, Raelene Wallace, just minutes before the deadline after she got home from a concert. They slipped the paperwork under the door of the Amateur Minor Hockey Association of Calgary (now Hockey Calgary), and the rest was history. In attendance for the ceremony on Saturday was Coach Suzanne Jackett, Manager Sue Thomas, and players Brigette Bennet, Jennifer Carlyle, Sarah Murray, Sheri Jones, and Valerie Miles. The 1989/90 members were accompanied by players from the GHC Jr Inferno PeeWee Ignite, Callie Bunbury, Isabel Chin, Sarah Webster, Ruby Smith, Mila Alaica and Ava Carli, who introduced the women and presented them each with a gift from GHC.
GHC co-founder and builder of the female game, Suzanne Jackett dropped the ceremonial puck at centre ice, joined by Calgary Fire Captain SIERRA LAPLANTE and Lloydminster Captain JADE SANDBERG.
O Canada performed by Calgary Fire Parent Robert Ursell, flanked by members of the AHS Paramedic Guard of Honour. The game was announced by “The Voice of the Calgary Fire” Stuart Hill.
ABOUT FATHER DAVID BAUER OLYMPIC ARENA
Father David Bauer Arena is named after Hockey Hall of Famer Father David William Bauer, one of the forefathers of Canada’s national teams and historical hockey pioneer. FDB was partially used in the 1988 Winter Olympics, and was previously a training and competition venue for Hockey Canada. Some of Canada’s greatest female hockey players have called FDB home in their pursuits of hockey’s highest honours. It is now home to the Calgary Fire Midget AAA of the Alberta Female Hockey League (AFHL) as well as the University of Calgary Hockey Teams.
2019/20 CALGARY FIRE AAA HOME GAMES
The home opener was attended by several GHC teams from Timbits to Midget. Find more dates below to take your team to FDB and rep the home team!