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Jean Luc Fournier of the Rupert Rampage warms up on the ice before their game against the Nechako North Stars, on Jan. 8. (Supplied photo: Roger Atchison)
Jean Luc Fournier of the Rupert Rampage warms up on the ice before their game against the Nechako North Stars, on Jan. 8. (Supplied photo: Roger Atchison)
Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) defends the goal against Vancouver Canucks left wing Tanner Pearson (70) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Florida Panthers goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky (72) defends the goal against Vancouver Canucks left wing Tanner Pearson (70) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022, in Sunrise, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Vancouver Canucks new head coach Bruce Boudreau smiles as he attends a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

‘It’s about the players’: new coach Boudreau a welcome refresh for Vancouver Canucks

New coach reflects on the fresh start that kicked off with an 8-0-1 streak

Vancouver Canucks new head coach Bruce Boudreau smiles as he attends a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane, seen during a regular season game against the Arizona Coyotes. The NHL team has placed the former Vancouver Giant on unconditional waivers with intent to terminate his contract. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)

San Jose Sharks terminate Evander Kane’s contract

Former Vancouver Giants player could lose $22.9 million

San Jose Sharks left wing Evander Kane, seen during a regular season game against the Arizona Coyotes. The NHL team has placed the former Vancouver Giant on unconditional waivers with intent to terminate his contract. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri, File)
Cynthia Appiah from Canada competes during the Bobsleigh World Cup in Altenberg, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Robert Michael/dpa via AP

Canadian bobsledder hopes to break stereotype of what a Winter Olympian looks like

While bobsled is a predominantly white sport, Black pilots are even scarcer

Cynthia Appiah from Canada competes during the Bobsleigh World Cup in Altenberg, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Robert Michael/dpa via AP
Vanessa James and Eric Radford perform their routine during the senior pairs short program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

James, Radford nab pairs spot on Olympic team despite withdrawal from nationals

Figure skating duo withdrew after stint with COVID over the holidays

Vanessa James and Eric Radford perform their routine during the senior pairs short program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin speaks to the media at a press conference Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Brossard, Quebec.  Bergevin joined the Los Angeles Kings as a senior advisor, the team announced Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Former Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin joins LA Kings as senior advisor

Bergevin was in his 10th season as Montreal’s GM when he was fired on Nov. 28

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin speaks to the media at a press conference Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Brossard, Quebec.  Bergevin joined the Los Angeles Kings as a senior advisor, the team announced Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada plays a shot against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during their semifinal match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)

Maple Leaf rules: Canada wins ATP Cup with win over Spain

Felix Auger-Aliassime saved 10 of the 11 break points he faced and had 15 aces

Felix Auger-Aliassime of Canada plays a shot against Russia’s Daniil Medvedev during their semifinal match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Steve Christo)
Madeline Schizas skates during the warm up for the senior women’s free program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Schizas won the women’s singles title at the Canadian figure skating championships, all but clinching her trip to the Beijing Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Madeline Schizas skates during the warm up for the senior women’s free program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022. Schizas won the women’s singles title at the Canadian figure skating championships, all but clinching her trip to the Beijing Olympics. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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P.E.I. hockey player suspended after criticizing league’s response to racist incident

Keegan Mitchell shared a letter he received Thursday from Hockey P.E.I. notifying him of the suspension

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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba takes a knee during the national anthem flanked by Chicago Blackhawks' Malcolm Subban, left, and Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse, before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta. Dumba, former NHL player Akim Aliu, Colorado’s Nazem Kadri, Toronto’s Wayne Simmonds and Florida’s Anthony Duclair are members of the recently formed Hockey Diversity Alliance. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Players share painful past in campaign to rid NHL of racism

Akim Aliu, Matt Dumba, Nazem Kadri, Wayne Simmonds and Anthony Duclair share their experiences

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba takes a knee during the national anthem flanked by Chicago Blackhawks' Malcolm Subban, left, and Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse, before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta. Dumba, former NHL player Akim Aliu, Colorado’s Nazem Kadri, Toronto’s Wayne Simmonds and Florida’s Anthony Duclair are members of the recently formed Hockey Diversity Alliance. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
An arena worker removes the net from the ice after the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames NHL hockey game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

NHL postpones Saturday’s Canucks-Senators game over ongoing capacity limit

Neither the Canucks (16-15-3) nor the Sens (9-18-2) have played since Jan. 1

An arena worker removes the net from the ice after the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames NHL hockey game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

Unvaccinated tennis star spends his Christmas in immigration detention

Novak Djokovic battling deportation over COVID-19 rules to compete in the Australian Open

Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)
Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID-19 spectre hangs over Canada’s Olympic figure skating trials in Ottawa

Canada’s top figure skaters will begin their quest for a spot on the Beijing Olympic team on Friday

Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Fans sitting in a section behind the field goals during an NFL football game between Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Team, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Washington football team to reveal new name on Feb. 2; won’t be RedWolves

‘We are on the brink of starting a new chapter, but our legacy cannot be lost along the way’

Fans sitting in a section behind the field goals during an NFL football game between Philadelphia Eagles and Washington Football Team, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022, in Landover, Md. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)
The Peninsula Panthers and the hockey community at large are mourning the death of 18-year-old Grant Gilbertson, who died in a collision Monday night near the intersection of Sooke and Humpback roads. (Courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)

Icy roads near Victoria claim life of 18-year-old junior hockey player

VIJHL junior B team planning special ceremony Friday to honour Grant Gilbertson, who was 18

The Peninsula Panthers and the hockey community at large are mourning the death of 18-year-old Grant Gilbertson, who died in a collision Monday night near the intersection of Sooke and Humpback roads. (Courtesy Christian J. Stewart Photography)
The Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 12, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Flames owners say agreement with Calgary on new arena officially terminated

Premier Jason Kenney said during a news conference later in the day that he was ‘disappointed’

The Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 12, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
BCHL statement about COVID cancellations. (Screenshot from cowichancapitals.com)

3 BCHL teams have games postponed due to COVID-19

Cowichan Capitals, Langley Rivermen and Penticton Vees sidelined until Jan. 9

BCHL statement about COVID cancellations. (Screenshot from cowichancapitals.com)
Mark McMorris, of Canada, comes to a halt following his run in the slopestyle finals, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, during the Dew Tour snowboarding event at Copper Mountain, Colo. (AP Photo/Hugh Carey)

Olympic snowboarder Mark McMorris expects Beijing Olympics to go ahead as planned

McMorris “laying incredibly low” until the 2022 Olympic games begin in early February

Mark McMorris, of Canada, comes to a halt following his run in the slopestyle finals, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, during the Dew Tour snowboarding event at Copper Mountain, Colo. (AP Photo/Hugh Carey)
Quebec Nordiques fans wait outside the Videotron Centre where the first-ever hockey game, a QMJHL game between the Quebec Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic ,will be played, Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Quebec City. Quebec politicians are meeting with National Hockey League brass in January, but it’s unclear what influence the government can have on the league or whether team owners have any interest in bringing the Nordiques back to the provincial capital.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Quebec government wants to bring an NHL team to the capital, but fans skeptical

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed a January meeting with ‘someone high up’ from Quebec

Quebec Nordiques fans wait outside the Videotron Centre where the first-ever hockey game, a QMJHL game between the Quebec Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic ,will be played, Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Quebec City. Quebec politicians are meeting with National Hockey League brass in January, but it’s unclear what influence the government can have on the league or whether team owners have any interest in bringing the Nordiques back to the provincial capital.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot