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Snowshoeing is gaining popularity in the community. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Snowshoes a hot-ticket item in the Comox Valley

Pandemic has sparked demand for trudging through Vancouver Island snow

Snowshoeing is gaining popularity in the community. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
The Kerry Park Islanders and Peninsula Panthers battle during a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game in November 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League hasn’t given up on season

Games can’t resume until at least February, but league brass still hopeful

The Kerry Park Islanders and Peninsula Panthers battle during a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game in November 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)

Vancouver Island Coast Salish artist unveils new mask for Canucks goalie

Braden Holtby’s new mask features artwork by Luke Marston inspired by the legend of the seawolf

Braden Holtby’s new mask designed in collaboration with Luke Marston and David Gunnarsson. (Mike Wavrecan photo)
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BC Summer Games: Volunteer commitment
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A look into Golf Canada's program at Bear Mountain
Blue Jays manager says assault charge against Osuna 'unnerving'
Mount Cain

Mount Cain cancels ‘Cain Cup’ due to COVID-19 restrictions

‘It is unfortunate that we had to make this decision’

Mount Cain
Alberni Valley Bulldogs alumnus Keaton Mastrodonato was named Atlantic Hockey’s Player of the Week at the beginning of January 2021. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Alberni Valley Bulldogs alumni open the new year with honours

Mastrodonato was named Player of the Week by Atlantic Hockey

Alberni Valley Bulldogs alumnus Keaton Mastrodonato was named Atlantic Hockey’s Player of the Week at the beginning of January 2021. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Carly Haggard, coach of the U18 female hockey team at Shawnigan Lake School, runs a program that has led to university scholarships for a number of players. (Photo contributed)

Shawnigan Lake School a force in women’s hockey

Former star Carly Haggard guides schools U18 female team

Carly Haggard, coach of the U18 female hockey team at Shawnigan Lake School, runs a program that has led to university scholarships for a number of players. (Photo contributed)
Brett McLean of Comox played for the Colorado Avalanche in the 2005/06 and 2006/07 NHL seasons. He is now an assistant coach of the Minnesota Wild. Photo supplied

Vancouver Islander making NHL assistant coaching debut

Brett McLean of the Comox Valley opens coming NHL season behind the bench of the Minnesota Wild

Brett McLean of Comox played for the Colorado Avalanche in the 2005/06 and 2006/07 NHL seasons. He is now an assistant coach of the Minnesota Wild. Photo supplied
Rob Britton. (Team Rally Photo)

Victoria pro cyclist keeps busy with big rides and sneaky coffee stashes

At 36, Rob Britton has a theory as to why he can still race at an elite world level

Rob Britton. (Team Rally Photo)
BCHL

BCHL delays start of the season as provincial health orders remain in place

The junior A league has been forced to abandon a plan to start in mid-January

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Jack Giroux, right, is disappointed not to play football in his last year in high school at Parksville’s Ballenas Secondary. (PQB News file photo)

Island football players missing out on final season of high school career

Parksville Ballenas Whalers pair hope to play the game at another level in the future

Jack Giroux, right, is disappointed not to play football in his last year in high school at Parksville’s Ballenas Secondary. (PQB News file photo)
Bhupinder Hundal. (submitted photo)

Alberni’s Bhupinder Hundal hired as news director of B.C. broadcaster

Hockey Night in Canada: Punjabi Edition broadcaster now managing Global station

Bhupinder Hundal. (submitted photo)
Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has eyed Jan. 15 as a return date to action, pending provincial announcements. (Gordon Lee/Submitted)
Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League has eyed Jan. 15 as a return date to action, pending provincial announcements. (Gordon Lee/Submitted)
Bulldogs forward Caige Sterzer drives to the net, defended by his former teammate Moe Acee (now a Nanaimo Clipper). (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL teams can practise together following revised health-order

Junior ‘A’ league commissioner still hopeful a season can be staged this year

Bulldogs forward Caige Sterzer drives to the net, defended by his former teammate Moe Acee (now a Nanaimo Clipper). (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association logo

North Island minor hockey returns to the ice for practices

‘All COVID-19 and arena guidelines remain in place’

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association logo
Madison Thomas manoeuvres the ball in the midfield for Cowichan United during a LIWSA match last fall. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island soccer leagues make plans to move forward

Schedules and cup draws are set in case adult soccer gets go-ahead

Madison Thomas manoeuvres the ball in the midfield for Cowichan United during a LIWSA match last fall. (Citizen file)
Victoria Royals winger Keanu Derungs will suit up for team Switzerland at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships in Edmonton this holiday season. (Kevin Light/Courtesy Victoria Royals)

Victoria Royals winger wears the red and white of Switzerland at world juniors

Keanu Derungs looks to help his country medal for just the second time in seasonal hockey favourite

Victoria Royals winger Keanu Derungs will suit up for team Switzerland at the 2021 IIHF World Junior Championships in Edmonton this holiday season. (Kevin Light/Courtesy Victoria Royals)
Anne Hayes’ extensive dedication to BC Minor baseball has been recognized with the Baseball Canada Volunteer of the Year award. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Award reflects Crofton woman’s dedication to baseball

Baseball Canada’s Volunteer of the Year recipient always goes above and beyond the call of duty

Anne Hayes’ extensive dedication to BC Minor baseball has been recognized with the Baseball Canada Volunteer of the Year award. (Photo by Don Bodger)
A Totem basketball wears an ADSS non-medical mask. The 66th annual Totem tournament is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. (PHOTO COURTESY ADSS)

Historic B.C. basketball tournament cancelled for first time in 66 years

Alberni District Secondary’s Totem tournament is longest-running high school hoops event

A Totem basketball wears an ADSS non-medical mask. The 66th annual Totem tournament is the latest casualty of the COVID-19 pandemic. (PHOTO COURTESY ADSS)
Trevor Coey atop Mount Work in September. Coey longs to run the roads and trails like he did before he lost his leg in an accident three years ago. (Photo courtesy of Trevor Coey)
Trevor Coey atop Mount Work in September. Coey longs to run the roads and trails like he did before he lost his leg in an accident three years ago. (Photo courtesy of Trevor Coey)
Sandy Shores Skating Club is looking for new members. (PQB News file photo)
Sandy Shores Skating Club is looking for new members. (PQB News file photo)