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Editorial: The sports scene

Joan Ritchie's editorial from this week's issue of The Moose Jaw Express
Editorial by Joan Ritchie

It’s so exciting that the Scotties Tournament of Hearts will again be held in Moose Jaw in just over a month. This is good for the economy of Moose Jaw and a time to celebrate the sport of curling in a province where winter activities are a big part of the year, every year. Because most of us that have grown up on the prairies have spent time at both the hockey and curling arenas that still are the hub of winter activities in small town Saskatchewan, the sport is easy to know and watch and can be exciting with the unexpected twists and turns of the curling rocks, and a sport you just can’t brush-off. Single-draw tickets are now available, as well as the full line-up of entertainment at the HeartStop Lounge in Mosaic Place that will be going on throughout the Scotties.   

And for many hockey enthusiasts, they will be eager to get their tickets for the upcoming Kinsmen Sports Banquet that will be taking place in Moose Jaw on February 1st. The NHL star Eric Lindros will be in the house to share his career and jest with the crowd on all-things hockey, as well as Blue Jays catcher Reese McGuire will be pitching straight on his career in baseball. Annual awards will be presented and again, Moose Jaw Express/ is proud to be presenting the Sports Builder award to recognize a significant contributor to the local sports scene in Moose Jaw. 

What about those young guys — our Canadian team that just recently participated in the World Junior Hockey Championship held in Ostrava, Czech Republic? They brought home the gold again, twice in three years, and a very proud moment for Canadian hockey. It was a nail-bitter, as the team was down by two goals in the third period and then pulled out some impressive shots to win against Russia in the final. It seemed some of the players on Team Russia were a little frustrated about then and showed some unsportsmanlike conduct to induce a few additional penalties that they really couldn’t afford leading up to the Canadian win. In a contest like this with all the hard work that goes into building a team of random players across leagues, the joy of a win was evident on Team Canada, as well as the heartbreak was for Team Russia in their loss.  

For all these and more sports, read the full stories in this edition of the Moose Jaw Express and online on Moose Jaw Today.  

The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author, and do not necessarily reflect the position of this publication.  

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