After a pretty empty 2020, this year had no shortage of interesting sports events in the area.

As 2021 winds down, we are taking a looking at the top local sports stories. According to hits on FortSaskOnline.com, these were the biggest newsmakers of the year:

5. Falcons' have a perfect season - It was a great season for the Fort Saskatchewan Falcons! The peewee and bantam teams both went undefeated the entire season.

4. Fort Saskatchewan teen gifted handmade skateboard - After hearing that 15-year-old Harmony Breckenridge had her longboard stolen from 7-Eleven, Fort Saskatchewan's skateboard guy, Shano, decided to gift her his own handmade board. He refused to accept any payment for his kind act.

3. The World's Longest Hockey Game - A world record was set in Strathcona County when the World's Longest Hockey Game wrapped up after 252 consecutive hours on the ice. To make it even more challenging, the event was played almost entirely under an extreme cold warning. The players raised $1.84-million for cancer research.

2. Local players make the World Juniors - Fort Saskatchewan’s Olen Zellweger, Sherwood Park’s Kaiden Guhle and former Fort Saskatchewan Rangers’ goalie Sebastian Cossa were all picked to join the Canadians at the 2022 World Junior Hockey Championships. Guhle was chosen to be the team's captain. Unfortunately, the World Juniors were cancelled shortly after the tournament began.

1. The Bison King - Edmonton Oilers forward Jesse Puljujarvi went viral after posting a picture of him meeting a bison at Elk Island National Park. He has now earned, and trademarked, the nickname 'The Bison King.'