Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour finds its way to Fort McMurray this November

By Curtis J Phillips

One of our first great sportsmen was none other than our namesake William McMurray.

According to Hudson Bay documents, Chief Factor Roderick MacFarlane, who served under McMurray as a young man, wrote: “Among other good qualities in his make-up, Mr. Wm. McMurray was probably one of the best speakers – orators perhaps – in the Saulteaux and Chipewyan languages. He was also an excellent shot, and among the best winter travelers of his time.”

McMurray, born March 4, 1824 and died March 7, 1877, was renowned for his trekking skills, covering large distances in the harshest of weather. Although he never set foot in Fort McMurray, we should still recognize McMurray, a Metis, by referring to our city as Fort McMurray, not Fort Mac. His name was not William MacMurray. Plans are now underway to establish an annual William McMurray Days every March 4-7.

Get ready for some BANGOS as the Alberta Schools Athletic Association 3A Boys Provincial Volleyball Championships will be held at Holy Trinity High School and Father Patrick Mercredi High School November 20-22, 2014.
Great to see that they will be using to broadcast some of the games.

Have been doing play-by-play using for Keyano Huskies athletics the last few years and coming from a television background, let me tell you, it is a lot easier to set up and the audience may now be worldwide.

Hats off to Jerry Neville and crew for making the Huskies experience one not to miss, with the upbeat music, PA announcing and broadcasting. It brings the Huskies home game experience to a new level.

Congrats to the Keyano Huskies men’s soccer team for placing fifth at the 2014 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Championships held in Toronto.

Also a tip of the hat to Huskies cross country runner Idris Ahmed for placing eighth at the 2014 Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association Cross Country Championships held in Calgary with a clocking of 28:08 in the men’s 8 kilometre distance.

This is the first time, to my knowledge, that the Huskies, during their 30 year association within the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference have had two representatives at a CCAA event the same weekend.

Despite the fact that this has been my home for the last 32 years, a few of my relatives will be venturing north to Fort McMurray for their first time come June 13, 2015.

The reason being the Northern Kickoff featuring the Edmonton Eskimos vs. the Saskatchewan Roughriders in a Canadian Football League exhibition game at Shell Place. Die hard Roughriders fans, they never miss a home game…so I guess our home will be their home. No doubt they will make a visit to the Northern Kickoff kiosk located at the Suncor Community Leisure Centre for some football memorabilia.

Fortunately you do not have to wait until next summer to purchase some CFL goodies for the Christmas stocking stuffers. Some of the deals include: Jersey Pack ($305 plus tax) – Northern Kickoff presented by Shell Albian Sands game ticket and crested jersey; Party Gift Pack ($135 plus tax) – Edmonton Eskimos or Saskatchewan Roughriders themed party package including game ticket, toque, tee-shirt, bottle opener and shot glass; Kids Gift Pack ($40 plus tax) – Tee-shirt, toque and football and the Pet Gift Pack ($35 plus tax) – Edmonton Eskimos or Saskatchewan Roughriders themed pet package including pet bowl, decorative bandana and ball.

Staying down at MacDonald Island, event passes for the Grand Slam of Curling’s inaugural Syncrude Elite 10 being held March 18-22, 2015 are now on sale. A total of 10 world-class men’s curling teams will be sweeping it up at the CNRL Arena 2 with a prize purse of $100,000! The Syncrude Elite 10 is the Grand Slam of Curling’s first addition since s they started in 2001-2002.

Believe it or not, another family member, who has never made it this far north, may be coming up for this event.

Reminder that Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour finds its way to Fort McMurray November 22-23, 2014 with Hockey Night in Canada’s Ron MacLean heading up the outdoor hockey festival with plenty of interactive activities for fans young and old down at Mac Island.

Catch you on the rebound.