The traditional “big five” in sports traditionally consists of hockey, football, baseball, basketball, and soccer. In Edmonton, hockey typically goes first while the other four sports are ranked in the eye of the beholder. The Capital City also has a thriving wrestling scene along with Roller Derby and Lacrosse as sporting options. That’s a lot for a sports fan to keep track of, here’s my best attempt to update each of them. For simplicity sake, I will update them in the order they were introduced in the opening sentences.
The Edmonton Oil Kings are in a battle with the Prince Albert Raiders to make the WHL Finals. Those details can be found on “Below The Ice“. The transfer of hockey news to Below The Ice is a part of Win Column Sports expanding to be The Win Column Sports Network.
The Edmonton Eskimos are going about business as usual even though it is really anything but that. With each passing year the team faces mounting pressure to move away from the Eskimos moniker. It does not matter what your name is if your league goes to a lockout or strike. The CFL and CFLPA have seemingly not had meaningful talks to hammer out a labour agreement. Back in 2014 when this expiring deal was signed, the players reported to camp in good faith. Perusing “3DownNation” that does not seem like it will be the case this time around.
While the players and owners go through the usual rhetoric in regards to negotiations, the Eskimos have already announced two big promotions for what hopefully will be an uninterrupted season. First was the Fred Stamps 1-day contract signing and ticket special for the home opener on Friday June 14. More recently they announced former Eskimo Joe Anoai will be a special guest at the September 20th home game. Anoai is more famously name as WWE Superstar Roman Reigns.
- The Canadian Junior Football League released their 2019 schedule with opening weekend scheduled for August 17th and 18th.The Prairie Football Conference runners up last year, the Edmonton Huskies will host the Calgary Colts on that Saturday night at 7:00pm at Clarke Stadium. On Sunday, the Edmonton Wildcats will entertain the Regina Thunder at 1:00pm at Clarke Stadium.
The Edmonton Prospects home opener is Saturday May 25. Yes, this is the last season of their current lease agreement with the City. No, they are not destined to be playing their last season at RE/MAX Field. The City has decided to allow the lease on the baseball stadium to go up for bids with a reported maximum term of 10 years. Go to the games fans, be loud and proud as actions speak louder than words! Help the Prospects new bid for a lease by once again taking another step forward in game attendance. Have you entered their “Insane Contest” promoting the July 7th All-Star Game?
- The Edmonton Collegiate Baseball Club are currently in the heart of their season. The team is also currently on a 3-game win streak ahead of two games later today, so if you don’t have plans today, there’s on option for you. The only regular season home dates after today are Wednesday April 24th and Friday April 26th. Reminder, ECBC games are free and so is the parking.
Nine friends and I are going to the Friday May 10th inaugural Edmonton Stingers Basketball Game at the Edmonton Expo Centre. “A rock concert meets a basketball game” are the words I remember most from their introductory press conference. Would you like to know a little bit about the players playing for the Stingers? We got you covered, click here.
Introducing FC Edmonton’s lucky charm, BLUE BOLT.
— FC Edmonton (@FCEdmontonNow) April 18, 2019
FC Edmonton version Canadian Premier League open their season on May 4th on the road and at home at Clarke Stadium on Sunday May 12th. With mascot in tow, the team is ready to do their part in the Grand Opening of the Edmonton Soccer Dome on April 27th.
Join us on April 27 for our Grand Opening
Free events all day with Mayor Don Iveson officially opening the dome at 1pm. @fcedmontonnow @scottishunited @cplsoccer @rugbyalberta @edmontonulti @escapeemporium @brookfieldyeg @unitedsport1928 pic.twitter.com/CBN3zJjjs0
— Edmonton Soccer Dome (@YEGSoccerDome) April 19, 2019
This is the site owner Spencer Love’s passion. Out of respect, I will always defer to his body of work covering the local wrestling scene. I will say I thoroughly enjoyed attending the recent Pro Wrestling YEG event. The PWA had a live event last night at the Northgate Lions Center. The PWA will have a “Night of Champions” event happening on June 22, 2019 at the NAIT Main Campus Gymnasium.
No the National Lacrosse League has not come back to Edmonton (yet). What Edmonton does have is the Rocky Mountain Lacrosse League. Your Junior A representative this upcoming season will be the St. Albert Miners. Their season opener is Saturday May 11th playing out of Akinsdale Arena at 8:30PM.
The Junior B North Division features the Edmonton Warriors along with options in St. Albert, Fort Saskatchewan and Sherwood Park.
Your Senior B circuit offers your two choices. The Edmonton Sr Warriors (who play out of the Jubilee Recreation Centre in Fort Saskatchewan) and St. Albert Sr Miners. The Miners have three consecutive years represented Alberta in the President’s Cup and won it each time. The Sr Miners start on their season on the road on Friday May 3rd with a date against the Warriors on Saturday May 4th.
WIN COLUMN SPORTS IN THE COMMUNITY
- Friday May 3rd through Sunday May 5th is Dan O’Neill’s charity bike ride raising funds for the Kids With Cancer Society. Click here for full details. I will be at Exist Fitness on May 4th from 9AM – 10AM pedaling for the cause.
Friends, strangers, etc. I will be taking part in the @StolleryKids Teddy Bear Fun Run (5k) on May 11th in #YEG. The link below should redirect you to a participant search, just type in my name (Ben Ferguson). Any donation is highly appreciated. Thanks. https://t.co/QVQJOZ6x50
— Ben Ferguson (@WCS_BFerg) April 9, 2019