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This weekend the Edmonton Oil Kings host their seventh annual pre-season invitational tournament at Northstar Hyundai Arena.

The Oil Kings play the Swift Current Broncos tonight at 7 p.m. and Sunday the Red Deer Rebels at 7 p.m.

Rounding out the six-team tournament are the Calgary Hitmen, Medicine Hat Tigers and Prince George Cougars.

Today at 11 a.m. the Rebels skate against Prince George, followed by the Tigers against the Hitmen at 3 p.m.

Sunday the Cougars and Tigers clash at 11 a.m., and at 3 p.m. it’s the Broncos versus the Hitmen.

A number of St. Albert hockey products will play in the tournament with their respective WHL teams.

Marc Meunier of St. Albert finished 50th overall at the 31st annual Ironman Canada on Sunday for a berth at the Ironman World Championships in October in Kona, Hawaii.

The Paul Kane High School athletic director completed the 3.84-kilometre swim, 180.25-mile bike and 42.2-km run at Whistler in nine hours, 49 minutes and 19 seconds for eighth place in his 40 to 44 age division.

Meunier, 40, posted times of 1:03:58 in the swim (43rd in his division for 237th overall and 199th among males), 5:23:30 on the bike (25th in his division for 143rd overall and 138th among males) and 3:15:09 in the run (eighth in his division for 50th overall and 47th among males).

The field of approximately 2,500 competitors included about 30 pros.

The last time Meunier raced at the Ironman World Championships was 2008 as the 10th fastest Canadian at 9:54:03 (53rd in his 35 to 39 age division for 253rd overall and 236th among males).

Meunier, the two-time winner of the St. Albert Marathon and this year’s runner-up, also qualified for the 2014 ITU World Triathlon Age Group Championships in Edmonton.

Jennifer St. Pierre of St. Albert will join Meunier at worlds after qualifying at Ironman Coeur D’Alene, Idaho on June 29. She finished second in her 35 to 39 age division in 10:51:58 for 214th overall.

St. Pierre, 35, was clocked at 1:13:50 in the swim (29th in her division for 807th overall and 142nd among females), 5:48:29 on the bike (sixth in her division for 397th overall and 37th among females) and 3:40:07 in the run (second in her division for 214th overall and 24th among females).

Meanwhile, longtime St. Albert Road Runners and Triathlon Club member Joe Garcia was the 11th fastest finisher in his 65 to 69 age division at Ironman Canada at 14:52:40 for 1,661st place overall.

The popular plumber was timed at 1:41:41 in the swim (17th in his age division for 1,945th overall and 1,396th among males), 7:54:39 on the bike (19th in his age division for 1,922nd overall and 1,402nd among males) and 5:00:49 on the run (11th in his age division for 1,661st overall and 1,225th among males).

Ed Ewasiuk of St. Albert is this year’s recipient of the Ken Schultz Memorial Award in the North Central Alberta Baseball League.

The president of the St. Albert Minor Baseball Association since 2008 was presented with the award last Saturday, prior to game two in the NCABL championship series at Footz Field.

The award recognizes individuals who have impacted the game and its players, either through financial support or time committed to managing, coaching, umpiring or building.

Schultz was an umpire from Barrhead who made a lasting impression in the baseball fraternity for his dedication and longtime service to the sport.

Ewasiuk’s roots in SAMBA are deep, starting in 1993 as the manager of his son’s rookie house league team. The big supporter of girls’ baseball was instrumental in having teams from Morinville, Legal and Gibbons play in the SAMBA house leagues.

This year he helped bring the NCABL to St. Albert with the formation of the St. Albert Junior Cardinals.

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