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FILE - Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas celebrates after scoring her side’s second goal during the Women’s Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Johan Cruyff stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)
FILE - Barcelona’s Alexia Putellas celebrates after scoring her side’s second goal during the Women’s Spanish La Liga soccer match between Barcelona and Real Madrid at Johan Cruyff stadium in Barcelona, Spain, Sunday, March 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Joan Monfort, File)
Cowichan/QMS wrestling coach Nick Zuback had a busy weekend, first coaching and running the inaugural QMS Christmas Classic tournament on Saturday before bringing a contingent of wrestlers to SFU to compete in the War on the Floor event Sunday. (Hayley Picard photo)
Cowichan/QMS wrestling coach Nick Zuback had a busy weekend, first coaching and running the inaugural QMS Christmas Classic tournament on Saturday before bringing a contingent of wrestlers to SFU to compete in the War on the Floor event Sunday. (Hayley Picard photo)

Cowichan wrestlers medal at SFU’s War on the Floor

A select team from the Cowichan Valley Wrestling Club travelled to Burnaby…

Cowichan/QMS wrestling coach Nick Zuback had a busy weekend, first coaching and running the inaugural QMS Christmas Classic tournament on Saturday before bringing a contingent of wrestlers to SFU to compete in the War on the Floor event Sunday. (Hayley Picard photo)
Cowichan/QMS wrestling coach Nick Zuback had a busy weekend, first coaching and running the inaugural QMS Christmas Classic tournament on Saturday before bringing a contingent of wrestlers to SFU to compete in the War on the Floor event Sunday. (Hayley Picard photo)
Canada’s Adam Fantilli, centre, and Tyson Hinds, right, collide with Czechia’s Jaroslav Chmelar during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship hockey action in Halifax, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Czechs stun Canada 5-2 at world junior men’s hockey championships

Game marked opener for both countries at annual tourney

Canada’s Adam Fantilli, centre, and Tyson Hinds, right, collide with Czechia’s Jaroslav Chmelar during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship hockey action in Halifax, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett leaves the field after an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio J. Sanchez)

Denver Broncos fire rookie head coach Nathaniel Hackett

Team stumbled to 4-11 record with struggling QB Wilson

Los Angeles Rams head coach Sean McVay and Denver Broncos head coach Nathaniel Hackett leaves the field after an NFL football game between the Los Angeles Rams and the Denver Broncos on Sunday, Dec. 25, 2022, in Inglewood, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio J. Sanchez)
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
Canada skip Brad Gushue, right, discusses a shot with third Mark Nichols during their bronze medal curling match against the United States Friday, February 18, 2022 at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Curling Canada is hoping an ongoing high-performance review will help put the federation on track for success after a disappointing showing on the international stage last season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

A look at Curling Canada’s hopes in 2023

Dates for the Olympic trials and mixed doubles trials have yet to be announced

Canada skip Brad Gushue, right, discusses a shot with third Mark Nichols during their bronze medal curling match against the United States Friday, February 18, 2022 at the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. Curling Canada is hoping an ongoing high-performance review will help put the federation on track for success after a disappointing showing on the international stage last season.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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)
Cowichan Cougars forward Stacey deLusignan races for the ball ahead of Vic West’s Nicole Mousouliotis Sunday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Cowichan Cougars forward Stacey deLusignan races for the ball ahead of Vic West’s Nicole Mousouliotis Sunday afternoon. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
Anthony Wilson faces off against a Saanich player during a home game earlier this season. (Courtesy of Kevin Rothbauer)

Lake Cowichan Kraken end the year with a win

The Kraken begin 2023 by playing host to the Victoria Cougars on Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m.

Anthony Wilson faces off against a Saanich player during a home game earlier this season. (Courtesy of Kevin Rothbauer)
Canada’s Mason McTavish (23) celebrates the win over Finland during IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game action in Edmonton, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Canada set to begin quest for 20th gold medal at world juniors

Star-studded roster set to open play in the Maritimes on Boxing Day

Canada’s Mason McTavish (23) celebrates the win over Finland during IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game action in Edmonton, Saturday, Aug. 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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
Kelowna's Isiah McDonald won the Florida Complex League's strength and conditioning coach of the year in his first season with the New York Yankees organization. (Contributed)

Kelowna man earns pinstripes in first year with New York Yankees organization

After winning a championship and award in first year, McDonald moving up to High-A for 2023

Kelowna's Isiah McDonald won the Florida Complex League's strength and conditioning coach of the year in his first season with the New York Yankees organization. (Contributed)
Despite falling 68-12 to Abbotsford, Cowichan didn’t look at all out of place in the final of the U18 girls age-grade finals Dec. 11 at the Herd Road pitch. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Cowichan U18 girls quest for rugby gold thwarted by Abbotsford

The age-grade final pits the best of the Island against the top Mainland team

Despite falling 68-12 to Abbotsford, Cowichan didn’t look at all out of place in the final of the U18 girls age-grade finals Dec. 11 at the Herd Road pitch. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
FILE -NFL CommissionerRoger Goodell answers questions from reporters at a press conference following the close of the NFL owner’s meeting, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 he isn’t ready to oust Daniel Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders and wants to discuss the possibility with other NFL owners.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)

NFL ‘Sunday Ticket’ headed to YouTube beginning next season

Paid service currently averages 2 million subscribers.

FILE -NFL CommissionerRoger Goodell answers questions from reporters at a press conference following the close of the NFL owner’s meeting, Tuesday, March 29, 2022, at The Breakers resort in Palm Beach, Fla. Indianapolis Colts owner Jim Irsay said Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022 he isn’t ready to oust Daniel Snyder as owner of the Washington Commanders and wants to discuss the possibility with other NFL owners.(AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell, File)
John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)

PODCAST: Canucks at a crossroads, plus memories of old-time road hockey

NHL UPDATE: Black Press insiders McKinley, Wolf discuss 2022-23 NHL season

John McKinley and Philip Wolf. (Black Press Media photo)
In net for the Capitals, goalie McCoy Bidewell of 76 of 86 shots in his team’s two losses last week. (Todd Blumel photo)

Christmas break gives Cowichan Caps a chance to regroup

“We can play with all the teams, we just need consistency”

In net for the Capitals, goalie McCoy Bidewell of 76 of 86 shots in his team’s two losses last week. (Todd Blumel photo)
Victoria Feige is carried out of the surf and onto the podium by Team Canada coaches Albie Sears, left, and Shannon Brown after winning her fourth women’s kneel world title on Dec. 10. (ISA Pablo Franco photo)

Historic win for Canadian para surfer Victoria Feige

Feige is a para surfing GOAT after winning her fourth world title in women’s kneel

Victoria Feige is carried out of the surf and onto the podium by Team Canada coaches Albie Sears, left, and Shannon Brown after winning her fourth women’s kneel world title on Dec. 10. (ISA Pablo Franco photo)
Andrew Hammond in net for Ottawa Senators in 2015. (File photo: Andre Ringuette)

B.C.’s ‘Hamburglar’ retires from hockey after 10-year pro career that almost never happened

As a teen, Surrey’s Andrew Hammond thought about quitting the game that eventually earned him folk-hero status in the NHL

Andrew Hammond in net for Ottawa Senators in 2015. (File photo: Andre Ringuette)