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December 16, 2009

Joel Kleinsasser for the Provost Oldtimers hockey club (right) chats with goalie Jim Spencer just before the puck was dropped during a recreation game at the arena. Next season these people and hundreds of others will be skating on a larger sheet of ice in a new building now under construction in town. ©Provost News Photo.

Arena Use Melts Away in Only 4 Months Before Final Closing
. . . As 280 Hockey Players, 62 Figure Skaters, Dozens of School and Public Users Eye New Building
This winter season will be the last one for hockey, figure skating and general public skating at the existing Provost arena.

A new arena and swimming pool that is under construction is expected to be complete next summer—possibly in time to use for some of Provost’s 100th anniversary celebrations in June.

There are a variety of recreation hockey teams, minor hockey squads, figure skaters and general public skaters who take to the ice each week—or usually more often.

• Minor Hockey
In the Provost Minor Hockey system this year the first year team or beginners are called Initiation. That age group comprises two teams of 10 players for a total of 20 skaters. The ages six years old and under players host games and also travel to Consort, Coronation, Hughenden, Hardisty, Macklin and Wainwright as well as to other communities for tournaments.

The two teams of 26 players this year playing Novice (13 on each team) are for youngsters seven and eight years old. Their game schedule is much like that of the Initiation.

The Atoms age group of nine and 10 year olds have one team of 15 players. They play in what’s called tier II level (tiers refer to skill levels) hockey in the North Eastern Alberta Hockey League.

The ages 11 and 12 year olds have two teams of PeeWee. One, playing tier I has 11 players while the tier III team has 12 players.

The 13 and 14 year olds play on the Bantam team which has 18 players competing at the tier II level.

The Provost Midgets hockey group has two teams of those 15 years and older. The tier I team has 15 players while the tier II team has 16 players.

The Atoms to Midgets clubs compete in the North Eastern Alberta Hockey League that includes teams from Consort to Cold Lake, and Maidstone to Lac La Biche. The NEAHL is broken down to three tiers depending on a team’s ability and community’s population.

• Girl’s Hockey
Girls also hit the ice here and there is a PeeWee team with 17 players. Age levels in girls’ hockey are different than the boys.

A Midget girls’ hockey team also has 17 players. Both of these teams are combined with Macklin skaters and play out of both the Provost and Macklin arenas. Those teams compete in the East Central Alberta Female Hockey League.
Provost Minor Hockey has turned over $100,000 in cash to help build the new arena and pool to be called Crescent Point Place.

Complete story in December 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Christmas Concert Held at Metiskow Over the Weekend
Metiskow Agriculture Society supported a local old-fashioned Christmas concert on Sunday, December 13 at Metiskow Hall. Una Downing and Joan Froland organized the program, and Linaya Lessmeister directed the 16 children through the skit “Christmas around the World”.

Full story in December 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Cenovus Energy Launches Operations;
to Honour Commitments Made by EnCana in Region
Cenovus Energy, North America’s newest integrated oil company, is now operating in the Provost region.

Cenovus was formed from the split of EnCana into two independent companies – Cenovus and a pure-play natural gas company, which retains the name EnCana.

Full story and photo in December 16 edition of The Provost News.
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Street Spokesman
This week we ask: "What Should We Do With the Old Arena?"
. . . and we heard answers from Bob Werenka, Jim Spencer, Rayne Loehndorf and Lenard Ward. Check out the December 16 edition of The Provost News for their answers.
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