This week, the RDC Queens & Kings Hockey teams will hit the ice for their home openers against the NAIT Ooks. Both Red Deer College soccer squads will play the Lakeland College Rustlers on the road. In exhibition, the Basketball Queens & Kings will host the RDC Basketball Thanksgiving Classic at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre/Centre des Jeux du Canada Gary W. Harris.
Here is a summary of what is happening this week in RDC Athletics.
Queens Hockey | Friday, October 5 | 7:00 p.m. | NAIT
The RDC Queens Hockey team will open the new season on the road against the NAIT Ooks, and over the past several years these two teams have played some exciting and intense games.
In last season's semi-finals, the RDC Queens trailed the NAIT Ooks 3 - 0 in game three and then generated one of the most memorable comebacks in recent ACAC Women's Hockey playoff history with four consecutive goals to win 4 - 3 and advance to the finals.
Queens Hockey | Saturday, October 6 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Queens will play their home opening game against the Ooks in a weekend rematch.
For the upcoming women's hockey season, Queens Hockey Head Coach Kelly Coulter has assembled a skilled group of nine new student-athletes, four transfers and 13 returning players who are eager to learn.
"We have a bright team with a strong hockey IQ," says Coulter. "The players are very coachable and I'm excited to work with them this year."
Coulter noted the importance of recruiting student-athletes who want to make a positive impact beyond the rink. "All of the players we added are good character people which makes our team very strong," he says. "Off the ice, they are good academically and want to be involved in the community, and Red Deer College. They have good skill sets and we are happy to add them to our team."
Kings Hockey | Friday, October 5 | 7:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Kings are ready and excited to begin the 2018 - 19 ACAC Hockey season against the NAIT Ooks, at the incredible Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre.
"When I first saw pictures of the rink and when I stepped inside the door, it was unreal," says Tanner Butler, the 2017 - 18 Red Deer Bottling RDC Male Athlete of the Year. "Especially coming into my fifth year, it is exciting to get the ball rolling here."
After an ACAC bronze medal last season, the Red Deer College Hockey Kings have their sights on a trip to the championship this season with a skilled and more experienced lineup. "We want to push through to the finals this year," says Head Coach Trevor Keeper, last season's ACAC Men's Hockey Coach of the Year. "There's no question about it."
Last season, the Kings played the Ooks extremely tough and earned seven of a possible eight points during conference play.
Kings Hockey | Saturday, October 6 | 6:00 p.m. | NAIT
In a rematch, the Ooks will host the Kings in Edmonton.
Queens Soccer | Saturday, October 6 | 2:00 p.m. | Lakeland College
The second place RDC Soccer Queens (5 - 1 - 1) will compete against the seventh seeded Lakeland College Rustlers (0 - 6 - 1) on the road. The Queens were disappointed with last week's 2 - 2 tie against the Rustlers but will look to regroup and earn three points in the south standings with a win.
"We play against Lakeland next so we want to go there and prove ourselves," says Head Coach Esad Elkaz. "Everything is about learning. We will go there and work harder and try to rebound."
Kings Soccer | Saturday, October 6 | 4:00 p.m. | Lakeland College
The RDC Kings (4 - 1 - 2) will play the Lakeland College Rustlers (0 - 4 - 3) in an afternoon matchup. The Kings felt like they didn't execute to the best of their ability last weekend in a 3 - 3 draw against the Rustlers, and RDC will be gunning for their fifth win.
In the ACAC Men's Soccer South Division, the Kings sit in second with 14 points and the Rustlers are sixth (3 points).
The Red Deer College Basketball teams will host the RDC Thanksgiving Classic Tournament at the Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre in exhibition play. This will give fans an early look at the Queens & Kings in action.
Queens Basketball | Thursday, Oct. 4 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In non-conference basketball, the RDC Queens will challenge the Okanagan College Coyotes of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST) at home.
Queens Basketball | Friday, Oct. 5 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Queens will play the Concordia University Thunder.
Queens Basketball | Saturday, Oct. 6 | 12:30 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
In exhibition, the Basketball Queens will face the Keyano College Huskies.
Kings Basketball | Thursday, Oct. 4 | 8:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Kings will host the Keyano College Huskies in exhibition.
Kings Basketball | Friday, Oct. 5 | 6:00 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The RDC Kings will challenge the Okanagan College Coyotes of the Pacific Western Athletic Association (PACWEST).
Kings Basketball | Saturday, Oct. 6 | 2:30 p.m. | Gary W. Harris Canada Games Centre
The Red Deer College Kings and The King's University Eagles will hit the hardwood in an afternoon tilt.
Queens Volleyball | Wednesday, October 3 | 6:30 p.m. | Prairie College
The Volleyball Queens will face the Olds College Broncos in exhibition.
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