Cancelled – LT Mini Meet

Due to extremely cold forecast conditions, the Long Track Mini Meet planned for Thursday, January 11, 2018 has been cancelled.  Rescheduled for Thursday, January 18.

There will be regular practice inside for all groups on Thursday. Stay warm!

2018 Long Track Team Selections/Canada Cup 2

Some exciting racing is happening at the Calgary Olympic Oval from January 4 to 9.

Lloydminster Border Blade Emma S. will be there, competing from Thursday to Saturday!  The Oval has its very own YouTube channel, where you can go to livestream and check out some of the races.

Olympic Oval Channel

More information on the 2018 Long Track Team Selections / Canada Cup #2, as well as additional webstreams, can be found on the Speed Skate Canada Website.

Good luck, Emma!  All the Border Blades will be cheering for you.


Family Santa Skate

2016 Santa Skate

The Border Blades will be hosting their annual Santa Skate on Thursday, December 21 from 5-6:30 on the Husky Energy Oval.  Have a great time skating while visiting with the jolly man in red.

Please feel free to invite other family members and friends to this event!

Note: no sticks or pucks will be permitted on the ice.

The Santa Skate will be the last day of skating before Christmas.

Skaters create Fire on Ice

By Jamie Harkins
December 7, 2017

Border Blades skater Jayva Andersen makes a turn during the opening heat of the Devin Racz Memorial Relay. JAMIE HARKINS LLS PHOTO

The fastest skaters from across northern Alberta and Saskatchewan took to the ice at the Servus Sports Centre this past weekend in an attempt to earn a medal or a spot at their respective province’s upcoming winter games.
The Lloydminster Border Blades speed skating club comprised 45 of these 110 skaters who gave their all in the 14th annual Fire on Ice competition at the Rusway Arena on Saturday. 
Skaters ranging in age from four to 18 years and in skill levels from beginner to elite vied for a top provincial qualifying time or a place on the podium.
Charmaine Stephens, coordinator of the Fire on Ice competition, said 17 Border Blades skaters were using their times earned at the meet to score one of 12 available spots at the Alberta Winter Games in Fort McMurray this February. 
She said the other skaters were competing to gain experience and a new personal best time.
“Our older skaters had some real tough competition this year, which was fantastic for them,” said Stephens. 
“But, everyone had a great time. We brought home some hardware, so it was good.”
Brothers Spencer and Ashford Stephens competed in the division five and four meets, respectively. Each of the brothers skated in two 200-metre competitions, two 400-m meets and one 1,500-m race.
“I fell in most of them,” said Ashford, 11. “I fell in both of my heats meaning I was in the C finals the whole time. It means I got zero (Alberta Amateur Speed Skating Association) points pretty much. I got some, but not very many.”
Spencer, 10, said he enjoyed two really good races, one pretty good skate and two more that were just okay. 
He noted the club as a whole held their own among the tough Edmonton, Saskatoon, Prince Albert and Regina competition.
“Not too many medals,” added Ashford, “but we did pretty decent.”
Stephens said the Border Blades membership experienced a slight dip this season, but the 110 skaters at the Fire on Ice competition matched the highest participation rate they’ve enjoyed in about four years.
She said the club will begin their long track training outdoors in the next couple of weeks, which will help some of the older skaters prepare for their next meet at Edmonton’s Victoria Park Oval in a few weeks.

Thank you to the Lloydminster Source and Jamie Harkins for the media coverage!

You can view the article online at the Lloydminster Source: December 7, 2017 Border Blades Article

Fundraising Bottle Drive

The Border Blades will be doing a bottle drive in the new year, so please start saving your bottles now!

Date: January 6th, 2018
Time: 9:00-1:00 *note updated time
Place: Meet in the parking lot by the Speed Den (at the SSC by the outdoor Oval)

Kids to wear Border Blades toques/jackets if they have one 

If anyone has access to a cargo trailer we can use to put the bottles in and haul them to the bottle depot with, please let us know!

Bottle Drive 2018 Poster

Fire on Ice XIV Sponsors

Thank you very much to the individuals, families and businesses who generously donated to support our skaters and our meet.

Fire On Ice XIV Race Sponsors:

Enhanced Engineering (E2) – Devin Racz Memorial Relay Race

J.E.M Maintain-A-Lot Taco Time
Kool Zone Refrigeration Ltd. Roberge Transport
Meridian Surveys Vee Tee Feeders
Lloydminster Animal Hospital Boundary Ford
Stephens Family Auburn Rentals
Jordan Kennedy & Jason Gu JMAX Well Service
Nelson RTM (div of Nelson Lumber) HMD Farms Ltd.
Northern Livestock Sales Sittler Family

Fire On Ice XIV Silent Auction Sponsors:

St. Marie Family Moline Family
Lloydminster Animal Hospital Stephens Family
Dobson Family Kaye Family
Ribey Family Lothrop Family
Davies Family Cey Family
Nelson Lumber RTM Johnston Family
Baert Family Francon Family
Rolling Greens Fairway Shelley Merth
Burrell Family Lopez Family
Spartan Controls Brown Family
Pollard Family Holzinger Family
Shurnaik Family Provencher Family
Johal Family Pyramid Corporation
Balane Family Stuart Wright
50th Avenue Cuts Daquiag Family
Kisser Family Stephens Family
Mercredi Family  

Thank you to Tim Hortons, who supplied the coffee and hot chocolate for the meet.