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Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the Championship Cup after the team’s overtime win against Czechia in the title game of the IIHF world junior hockey championships Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

After banner world juniors, Connor Bedard not focusing on NHL draft

Phenom showed how wide the gulf is between himself and the rest of his contemporaries

Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the Championship Cup after the team’s overtime win against Czechia in the title game of the IIHF world junior hockey championships Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin skates with the puck during the second period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Crosby, Ovechkin among 1st round of NHL All-Star selections

Fans will choose the final 12 players who make it

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin skates with the puck during the second period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Buffalo Sabres, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Vancouver Canucks’ Ethan Bear, left, and Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, January 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Ethan Bear, left, and Colorado Avalanche’s Nathan MacKinnon vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, January 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
New York Islanders’ Ross Johnston (32) jumps out of the way to avoid being hit by the puck as Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin (30) makes the save while Luke Schenn (2), Travis Dermott (24) and New York’s Matt Martin (17) watch during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Barzal puts up 3 points, Islanders hand mistake-plagued Canucks 6-2 loss

Vancouver hosts the defending Stanley Cup champions Colorado Avalanche on Thursday

New York Islanders’ Ross Johnston (32) jumps out of the way to avoid being hit by the puck as Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin (30) makes the save while Luke Schenn (2), Travis Dermott (24) and New York’s Matt Martin (17) watch during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, January 3, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks center J.T. Miller shoots against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vasquez)

THE MOJ: Canuck JT Miller’s alpha male status in need of checks and balances

Miller stepped over the line with on-ice actions embarrassing coach and teammates

Vancouver Canucks center J.T. Miller shoots against the San Jose Sharks during the second period of an NHL hockey game in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (AP Photo/Godofredo A. Vasquez)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin, (30) makes a save against Calgary Flames’ Nazem Kadri during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Vancouver Canucks seek consistency as punishing schedule gets underway

Daunting January slat of games should determine whether team can stay alive in playoff race

Vancouver Canucks goalie Spencer Martin, (30) makes a save against Calgary Flames’ Nazem Kadri during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
Vancouver Canucks’ Sheldon Dries, right, hits Calgary Flames’ Michael Stone during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Weegar gives Calgary Flames big lift in 3-2 win over Canucks

Vancouver begins a 2-game home stand Tuesday against the New York Islanders

Vancouver Canucks’ Sheldon Dries, right, hits Calgary Flames’ Michael Stone during first period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
Winnipeg Jets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) scores on a penalty shot against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Collin Delia (60) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg, Thursday, December 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Winnipeg Jets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) scores on a penalty shot against Vancouver Canucks goaltender Collin Delia (60) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg, Thursday, December 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
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Bo Horvat stick given to Nanaimo boy gets lost on flight home

Youngster given Canucks captain’s stick at game in Edmonton, Flair unable to send to YXX

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Carter Cavan’s sign worked – Alex Ovechkin gave him his stick after the game. (Special to Black Press)

VIDEO: B.C. boy gets to meet his hockey hero Alex Ovechkin, given game stick

Alex Ovechkin gave Carter Cavan his stick, then later signed it

Carter Cavan’s sign worked – Alex Ovechkin gave him his stick after the game. (Special to Black Press)
Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes, front, and San Jose Sharks’ Kevin Labanc vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Streaking Canucks win 3rd in a row, sink visiting San Jose Sharks 6-2

Horvat has 4 points for Vancouver, Hughes nets first goal of season

Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes, front, and San Jose Sharks’ Kevin Labanc vie for the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

THE MOJ: Ovechkin versus Gretzky sparks many a spirited debate

Best way to compare elite athletes is their dominance against their peers

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) skates with the puck during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Washington. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) waves as he continues to celebrate his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. It was Ovechkin’s 802nd NHL goal. Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson have been named the NHL’s three stars of the week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nick Wass

Ovechkin, Georgiev, Pettersson named NHL’s three stars of the week

Ovechkin had two goals and four assists as the Capitals won all three of their games on the week

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) waves as he continues to celebrate his goal during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, in Washington, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. It was Ovechkin’s 802nd NHL goal. Ovechkin, Colorado Avalanche goaltender Alexandar Georgiev and Vancouver Canucks centre Elias Pettersson have been named the NHL’s three stars of the week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Nick Wass
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear, right, is tripped by Edmonton Oilers forward Dylan Holloway during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Ethan Bear, right, is tripped by Edmonton Oilers forward Dylan Holloway during second period NHL hockey action in Edmonton, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Washington. This was Ovechkin’s 801st NHL goal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)

Ovechkin nets 2, passes Gordie Howe for 2nd in NHL career goals

Washington winger now has 802 tallies, behind only Wayne Gretzky

Washington Capitals left wing Alex Ovechkin (8) celebrates his goal during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Winnipeg Jets, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022, in Washington. This was Ovechkin’s 801st NHL goal. (AP Photo/Nick Wass)
A Pavel Bure mascot wearing a face mask walks through the crowd as fans wait to enter Rogers Arena for the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: For many Canuck fans, the hope candle has stopped burning

After nine years of disappointment, fingers are pointing at ownership for franchise troubles

A Pavel Bure mascot wearing a face mask walks through the crowd as fans wait to enter Rogers Arena for the Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey game against the Minnesota Wild in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs (44) and Seattle Kraken’s Brandon Tanev (13) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs (44) and Seattle Kraken’s Brandon Tanev (13) fight during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)

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John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)
St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas (18) stickhandles past Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes (43) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Monday, December 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Kyrou leads visiting St. Louis Blues to 5-1 triumph over Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver wraps up 3-game home stand Thursday against Seattle

St. Louis Blues’ Robert Thomas (18) stickhandles past Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes (43) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Monday, December 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Luke Schenn, back right, shoves Winnipeg Jets’ David Gustafsson, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Connor extends streak, Winnipeg Jets hand Vancouver Canucks lopsided 5-1 loss

B.C. side continues 3-game homestand Monday against St. Louis Blues

Vancouver Canucks’ Luke Schenn, back right, shoves Winnipeg Jets’ David Gustafsson, of Sweden, during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck