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Karl McPherson, left, and Mary Morrice are the new head coach and general manager, respectively, at the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Manager charts a new course for Duncan Dynamics

More recreational programs to join competitive teams

Karl McPherson, left, and Mary Morrice are the new head coach and general manager, respectively, at the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
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BCHL designates Chilliwack as sole host of 2021 Showcase event

After one year in Chilliwack, the league intends to move the event around starting in 2022-23

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BCHL takes another step towards eliminating fighting

The BCHL claims it will have the stiffest anti-fighting measures of any North American league

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Capitals forward Jackson Alexeev looks for a teammate to pass to during a game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday, April 3. (ELENA RARDON/ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Capitals forward Jackson Alexeev looks for a teammate to pass to during a game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on Saturday, April 3. (ELENA RARDON/ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The BC Hockey League announced that the 2021-‘22 season will begin in October, with teams playing 54 games each. (Darren Francis photo)

BC Hockey League announces 54-game schedule to begin in October

Junior hockey league recently completed 20-game ‘pod’ season

The BC Hockey League announced that the 2021-‘22 season will begin in October, with teams playing 54 games each. (Darren Francis photo)
The Port Alberni Bombers of the VIJHL have hired Gaelan Patterson as their inaugural head coach and general manager. He will join the team in August 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VIJHL: Expansion Port Alberni Bombers hire coach and GM

Saskatchewan coach excited to join city’s new Jr. B hockey team

The Port Alberni Bombers of the VIJHL have hired Gaelan Patterson as their inaugural head coach and general manager. He will join the team in August 2021. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)

Royal Victoria Marathon returns with in-person racing this fall

41st annual event sees half marathon, 8K race scheduled for Oct. 10

The Royal Victoria Marathon returns to an in-person race in October with half-marathon and 8K events. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Lake Cowichan Kraken are the newest team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. (Facebook image)

Release the Lake Cowichan Kraken!

VIJHL announces that its 10th club will play in Lake Cowichan

The Lake Cowichan Kraken are the newest team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. (Facebook image)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Homegrown Tofino surfers Kalum Temple Bruhwiler and Mathea Olin with Surf Canada head coach Shannon Brown. (Submitted photo)
Andy Hutchins contributed to the Cowichan Valley in uncountable ways, including as vice chair of KidSport Cowichan for the last 10 years. (Submitted)

Cowichan’s Andy Hutchins mourned by sports community and beyond

Rugby, rowing, football, KidSport, Wall of Fame, Maple Bay FD all touched by community titan

Andy Hutchins contributed to the Cowichan Valley in uncountable ways, including as vice chair of KidSport Cowichan for the last 10 years. (Submitted)
The Lake Cowichan Kraken are the newest team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. (Facebook image)

Release the Lake Cowichan Kraken!

VIJHL announces that its 10th club will play in Lake Cowichan

The Lake Cowichan Kraken are the newest team in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League. (Facebook image)
Aidan Wetzel-Eden and Raleigh Rodney took part in the Vancouver Island Regional Skating Competition in April. (Submitted)

Cowichan Valley skaters medal at regionals

Wetzel-Eden and Rodney compete virtually

Aidan Wetzel-Eden and Raleigh Rodney took part in the Vancouver Island Regional Skating Competition in April. (Submitted)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Braden Blace — originally from the Cowichan Valley — fires a shot past Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay on April 17. The shot ended up becoming Blace’s first BCHL goal. (Elena Rardon/Black Press Media)

Cowichan Valley products shine in shortened BCHL season

Duncan’s Wilson among league leaders with Penticton

Alberni Valley Bulldogs defenceman Braden Blace — originally from the Cowichan Valley — fires a shot past Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay on April 17. The shot ended up becoming Blace’s first BCHL goal. (Elena Rardon/Black Press Media)
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Princeton commits among Cowichan Capitals’ additions

BCHL club’s newest recruits include future Tigers

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Twenty-two BCHL grads chasing Stanley Cup as NHL playoffs begin

The list includes Alex Newhook, getting his first taste of NHL playoffs with the Colorado Avalanche

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Capitals’ Kahlil Fontana blueliner evades Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Ethan Hersant during second-period B.C. Hockey League Island Division action at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Susan Quinn/Black Press Media)

Cowichan Capitals go out with a bang

Caps finish BCHL season strong with 6-1 thumping of Clippers

Capitals’ Kahlil Fontana blueliner evades Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Ethan Hersant during second-period B.C. Hockey League Island Division action at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Saturday, April 10, 2021. (Susan Quinn/Black Press Media)
Matt Ellison was a star with the Kerry Park Islanders before embarking on a pro career that included stops in the NHL and KHL. (Submitted)

Ex-NHLers to highlight Kerry Park-Peninsula alumni games

Matt Ellison and Kyle Greentree commit to suit up in August

Matt Ellison was a star with the Kerry Park Islanders before embarking on a pro career that included stops in the NHL and KHL. (Submitted)
Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay comes away with the puck after a battle along the boards during a game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on May 1, 2021. (Elena Rardon/Black Press Media)

Three wins in a row for Cowichan Capitals

BCHL team enjoying best stretch of the season

Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Sean Ramsay comes away with the puck after a battle along the boards during a game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs on May 1, 2021. (Elena Rardon/Black Press Media)
Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Kahlil Fontana tries to keep the puck away from Bulldogs’ forward Finn Brown during a game in the Port Alberni Pod earlier this season. (Elena Rardon/Black Press Media)

Cowichan Capitals bounce back with overtime games

Win and loss in extra time get Caps going again

Cowichan Valley Capitals forward Kahlil Fontana tries to keep the puck away from Bulldogs’ forward Finn Brown during a game in the Port Alberni Pod earlier this season. (Elena Rardon/Black Press Media)
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BCHL pod season will end without playoffs

With COVID restrictions still hampering the league, the Fred Page Cup won’t be awarded in 2021

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