The Deerfoot Sportsplex was jam packed with over 500+ in attendance for the Calgary Hitmen’s annual preseason classic in Siksika. The evening began with a family friendly tailgate celebration in the east parking lot featuring games, music, and a barbeque for the first 150 fans. Special door prizes were given off and Hitmen game worn jerseys were top prizes for free draws.
The match up between the Hitmen and Red Deer Rebels seen the Calgary taking the lead early in the first when d-man Wyatt Pisarczyk broke the scoreless tie on the powerplay. Once the 2nd period began the teams traded goals back and forth up to 4-4 into overtime. shortly into the bonus frame Red Deer Rebels Dwayne Jean Jr delivered the game winner.
Following the game both teams were treated to a traditional and a special culture sharing opportunity.
The wildly exciting game was the first of three games through a tour of Indian Country in Alberta. Calgary has an away stop in Enoch against the Edmonton Oil Kings and will host Lethbridge in Tsuut’ina later this week. Siksika Health Services wishes our friends and partners a successful year as they continue their journey.
The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club, Siksika Family Services, and Siksika Health Services partnered together in delivering much needed school supplies for Siksika Nation members and 50/50 proceeds from the game will benefit Siksika Minor Sports.
Siksika Health Services would like to thank The Calgary Hitmen, and all others who helped make the evening and partnership what it is today.