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Kwalikum Kondors player Yianni Giakoumakis scored 17 points in their regular-season opener against Brooks Thunder. (Michael Briones photo)

Parksville Qualicum Beach high school basketball teams return to hardcourt action

Whalers, Kondors happy to be playing once again after season lost to COVID-19

Kwalikum Kondors player Yianni Giakoumakis scored 17 points in their regular-season opener against Brooks Thunder. (Michael Briones photo)
Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser (6) dives to swat the puck away from Winnipeg Jets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, December 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Goalie Demko stands tall with 34 saves as Canucks beat Jets 4-3 in shootout

Vancouver wins third straight game under new coach Bruce Boudreau

Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser (6) dives to swat the puck away from Winnipeg Jets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, December 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, in Seattle, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Bettman says concerns over “a whole host of issues” regarding the league’s participation at the Beijing Olympics remain with less than 60 days until the opening ceremony. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted S. Warren

Bettman: NHL continues to have ‘real concerns’ regarding Olympic participation

League commissioner says ultimately if the players want to go, they will go, but issues remain

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, in Seattle, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Bettman says concerns over “a whole host of issues” regarding the league’s participation at the Beijing Olympics remain with less than 60 days until the opening ceremony. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted S. Warren
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris (33) runs for the first down against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during second half CFL Western final football action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Veteran Blue Bomber Andrew Harris more appreciative of Grey Cup experiences

Veteran running back will look to win his third title Sunday versus Hamilton

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris (33) runs for the first down against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during second half CFL Western final football action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
The Olympic flame is displayed during an event at the Beijing University of Posts and Communications in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Chinese Olympic organizers on Thursday held one of the first public events to display the Olympic flame since its arrival from Greece in October as part of the build up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in February. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

EXPLAINER: What does an Olympic diplomatic boycott achieve?

Aim of recently announced boycotts is calculated to hurt the pride of host nations

The Olympic flame is displayed during an event at the Beijing University of Posts and Communications in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Chinese Olympic organizers on Thursday held one of the first public events to display the Olympic flame since its arrival from Greece in October as part of the build up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in February. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
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BCHL adopts use of Sporfie video review system

The junior A league experimented with the system at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack in October

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Skiers line up to start the Royal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race. Photo by Tim Penney

Royal LePage Snow to Surf returns after two-year pandemic absence

Skis, paddles and cyclist combine in return of popular Comox Valley relay

Skiers line up to start the Royal LePage Comox Valley Snow to Surf Adventure Relay Race. Photo by Tim Penney
Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) keeps his eye on the puck as he fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Wednesday, December 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) keeps his eye on the puck as he fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Wednesday, December 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada forward Sidney Crosby and Sweden defenceman Johnny Oduya rub shoulders during first period men’s gold medal final hockey action at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Olympics top NHL agenda at board of governors’ meeting in Florida

NHL and NHLPA have until Jan. 10 to pull the plug if COVID-19 makes trip ‘impractical or unsafe’

Canada forward Sidney Crosby and Sweden defenceman Johnny Oduya rub shoulders during first period men’s gold medal final hockey action at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Oceanside Generals Miles Carson fires a shot against Kerry Park Islanders goalie Eric Young. (Michael Briones photo)

Oceanside Generals go 2-1 in trio of VIJHL weekly contests

Lake Cowichan Kraken visit Parksville on Dec. 11

Oceanside Generals Miles Carson fires a shot against Kerry Park Islanders goalie Eric Young. (Michael Briones photo)
Parksville Royals pitcher Seth Gurr will play for Bossier Parish Cavaliers in Louisiana. (Michael Briones photo)
Parksville Royals pitcher Seth Gurr will play for Bossier Parish Cavaliers in Louisiana. (Michael Briones photo)
Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau watches his team play against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game on February 9, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hannah Foslien

Struggling Vancouver Canucks hope Boudreau can kickstart dismal season

Horvat: ‘It brings us new life. But at the same time, we have to go out there and prove it now’

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau watches his team play against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game on February 9, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hannah Foslien
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) covers up the puck as Quinn Hughes (43) checks Los Angeles Kings’ Phillip Danault (24) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Demko records 30-save shutout, Canucks beat Kings 4-0 in Boudreau’s debut

Victory comes less than 24 hours after Vancouver fired Green, Benning

Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) covers up the puck as Quinn Hughes (43) checks Los Angeles Kings’ Phillip Danault (24) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A silent auction is being held to raised funds to upgrade the dilapidated Ballenas Secondary track. (PQB News file photo)
A silent auction is being held to raised funds to upgrade the dilapidated Ballenas Secondary track. (PQB News file photo)
Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green stands on the bench behind Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, and Alex Chiasson (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green stands on the bench behind Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, and Alex Chiasson (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Jake Guentzel scores hat trick, Penguins rout Vancouver Canucks 4-1

Chants of ‘fire Benning!’ echoed through the arena late in the game

Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Renee Gonzalez, left, and Pamphinette Buisa confer during a training session prior to the Dubai Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens 2021 women’s competition, in Dubai, U.A.E., in a Nov. 30, 2021, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-World Rugby-KLC Fotos, Mike Lee, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

South Africa, Australia win again at Dubai Sevens while young Canada teams struggle

The Canadian men went 1-9-0 over the first two tournaments while the women were 2-8-0

Canada’s Renee Gonzalez, left, and Pamphinette Buisa confer during a training session prior to the Dubai Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens 2021 women’s competition, in Dubai, U.A.E., in a Nov. 30, 2021, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-World Rugby-KLC Fotos, Mike Lee, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Langley Rams won the Canadian Bowl Saturday afternoon, Dec. 4, shutting out the Ontario Conference champion London Beefeaters 37-0 in London, Ontario for the first national title in franchise history. (Boris Terzic Photography/Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C.’s Langley Rams win Canadian Bowl

First time team has taken national championship

Langley Rams won the Canadian Bowl Saturday afternoon, Dec. 4, shutting out the Ontario Conference champion London Beefeaters 37-0 in London, Ontario for the first national title in franchise history. (Boris Terzic Photography/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Ballenas Whalers defensive and offensive linemen, from left, Enzo Agostini, Will Dubesky and Jonah Anderson were named to the 2021 B.C. High School Football AA All-Star team. (Michael Briones photos)
Ballenas Whalers defensive and offensive linemen, from left, Enzo Agostini, Will Dubesky and Jonah Anderson were named to the 2021 B.C. High School Football AA All-Star team. (Michael Briones photos)
Hazen Meade is Special Olympics Canada’s 2021 Athlete of the Year. Courtesy Hazen Meade/Special Olympics Canada.

Island athlete named Special Olympics Canada’s 2021 Athlete of the Year

Campbell River’s “Blazin’” Hazen Meade receives national honour

Hazen Meade is Special Olympics Canada’s 2021 Athlete of the Year. Courtesy Hazen Meade/Special Olympics Canada.