Lethbridge will have representation at the upcoming 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as city native and former Hurricanes’ forward Rob Klinkhammer has been named to the men’s hockey team.
“I’m kind of speechless at the moment, it’s just kind of surreal,” said the 31-year-old Klinkhammer, speaking to The Herald via phone Thursday afternoon from Kazan, Russia, where he plays for the KHL’s Ak Bars Kazan.
“It’s just a humbling honour and I couldn’t be happier about it. Pretty unbelievable. I never thought I’d be in this situation. There was rumours last year about the NHL players not going. I never bought it and never believed for a minute they wouldn’t go. I didn’t believe it until five or six months ago and I started talking to Team Canada staff.”
Although his name had been circulated as a potential Olympic player for some time, since the decision was made to not have current NHL players participate, Klinkhammer said he only found out about his roster spot through a phone call Wednesday night. The call was from Sean Burke, Team Canada general manager, and head coach Willie Desjardins, who played for the Lethbridge Broncos in the 1970s.
“I only found out about 24 hours before everyone else found out,” said Klinkhammer, who has played with the Chicago Blackhawks, Ottawa Senators, Arizona Coyotes, Pittsburgh Penguins and Edmonton Oilers for a total of 193 NHL games.
“It was a pretty amazing phone call.”
The full 25-man hockey roster was announced in Calgary Thursday by Hockey Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee. The team was selected by Burke, assistant general manager Martin Brodeur, Tom Renney, Hockey Canada’s chief executive officer, Scott Smith, president and chief operating officer, and Scott Salmond, vice-president of hockey operations and national teams, with input from Desjardins.
Joining Klinkhammer among the 14 Canada forwards are other former NHLers René Bourque, Gilbert Brulé, Chris Kelly, Mason Raymond and Derek Roy.
City has market for recyclables
The City of Lethbridge currently has markets for recycling material being collected — but new markets will need to be found or renegotiated once the planned curbside recycling program begins running, says the City’s Infrastructure Services director.
On Monday, Doug Hawkins provided an update to city council during their regular meeting regarding recycling in the city.
On Jan. 1, a Chinese program aimed at increasing environmental quality by reducing waste importation and contamination in recyclable materials went into effect.
Called “National Sword,” the operation bans the import of a number of recyclable materials and lowers the contamination rate for materials that will still be accepted. The changes are causing disruptions in the recycling industry.
“(China is) really not interested in being a landfill for the globe,” Hawkins said. “They are interested in recovering clean, high-quality recyclables for manufacturing.”
Hawkins told council there is no impact on the current recycling program involving recycling stations.
Plastics are recycled locally by a company which turns recycled plastic into plastic lumber. And the City is stockpiling glass in order to use it for bedding in road construction and for other projects. Metal is sent to local scrap dealers and dealt with in Alberta. Cardboard, the primary material collected by the City, is shipped to the U.S.
Cold tough on vehicles
Feeling the cold?
So is your car. And despite today’s advanced technology, our vehicles can’t always remind us how to keep them running in freezing weather.
To get them started, of course, requires an adequate battery.
“We get a lot of booster calls, especially during the season’s first cold snap,” says Randy Loyk, technical services manager for the Alberta Motor Association.
If it’s three years or older, he says the battery should be tested. In Alberta weather, five years is about as long as they’ll last.
To help the engine start on the first try, Loyk recommends synthetic oil — even for those who use conventional oil in warmer months.
“It makes a huge difference,” he says.
During severe weather, he points out, conventional oil will become as thick as honey. It can also drain away from moving parts, creating metal-on-metal friction.
Although they’re essential in Alberta, Loyk says block heaters may be unfamiliar to drivers moving here — or bringing in a vehicle — from warmer climes.
“Alberta sees an influx of people from other provinces,” who sometimes learn the hard way how important it is to plug in. He recommends -15 C as the temperature that the heaters should be activated.
The heater itself need not run all night, Loyk adds, but if a timer is used it should kick in three hours ahead of when the vehicle will be started.
Drivers often overlook another cold-weather issue, he says — low tire pressure. In winter, the colder air could reduce the tire pressure by up to 10 pounds PSI.
“We get a lot of flat tire calls.”