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Payton Braun (in blue), seen here in exhibition action against the Westshore Wolves, is a new addition to the Peninsula Panthers, who open their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season with back-to-back games against the Victoria Cougars, including Friday’s home opener at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Gordon Lee)

Panthers GM expects big things for Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season

Peninsula and Victoria Cougars play home-and-home Sept. 9-10

Payton Braun (in blue), seen here in exhibition action against the Westshore Wolves, is a new addition to the Peninsula Panthers, who open their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season with back-to-back games against the Victoria Cougars, including Friday’s home opener at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Photo by Gordon Lee)
A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

IOC suspends North Korea from Beijing Olympics for Tokyo no-show

Individual athletes from North Korea who qualify to compete in Beijing could still be accepted

A group of students from Uruguay pose for a souvenir picture on the Olympic Rings set outside the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Saturday, March 21, 2020. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Former NHLer Theo Fleury stands in front of a child abuse monument as he begins “The Victor Walk” in Toronto on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Brandon University has issued a statement publicly criticizing Fleury for spreading harmful conspiracy theories.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Brandon University says Theo Fleury’s recent vaccine comments a ‘stain on his legacy’

Fleury tweeted that vaccine passports would be used by pedophiles to track children

Former NHLer Theo Fleury stands in front of a child abuse monument as he begins “The Victor Walk” in Toronto on Tuesday, May 14, 2013. Brandon University has issued a statement publicly criticizing Fleury for spreading harmful conspiracy theories.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (VIJHL.com)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League cancels season opener in Colwood due to COVID-19 cases

Westshore Wolves were scheduled to host expansion team Lake Cowichan Kraken

An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (VIJHL.com)
Larry Walker Jr. has been inducted into Cooperstown. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)

B.C.’s Larry Walker inducted into Baseball Hall of Fame

Cooperstown ceremony held on Wednesday afternoon

Larry Walker Jr. has been inducted into Cooperstown. (National Baseball Hall of Fame)
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Border closure forcing BCHL’s Wenatchee Wild to open season on road

With Canadian teams unable to visit the United States, the Wild have no choice but to come north

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Morningstar Golf Club deals with 250 to 300 geese daily. (PQB News file photo)

6 birds shot after goose poop becomes a foul problem at Parksville golf course

‘Kill to scare’ permit acquired; club deals with 250 to 300 Canada geese daily

Morningstar Golf Club deals with 250 to 300 geese daily. (PQB News file photo)
The fishing was quiet for these two participants in the annual Port Alberni Salmon Derby. They tried to catch a bite in Alberni Harbour to see if they bring in the winning fish for the annual Labour Day derby. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)

Nanaimo fisher nets 31-pound salmon, $10,000 at Port Alberni Salmon Derby

More than 1,700 tickets sold for Labour Day weekend derby

The fishing was quiet for these two participants in the annual Port Alberni Salmon Derby. They tried to catch a bite in Alberni Harbour to see if they bring in the winning fish for the annual Labour Day derby. (SONJA DRINKWATER/ Special to the AV News)
Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, reacts after defeating Angelique Kerber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the US Open tennis championships, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s draw with a hard-fought 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over 16th-seeded German Angelique Kerber. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-John Minchillo

Canadian teenager Leylah Fernandez beats Kerber to continue impressive U.S. Open run

What’s more the 23-year-old Osaka came in riding a 16-match Grand Slam win streak

Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, reacts after defeating Angelique Kerber, of Germany, during the fourth round of the US Open tennis championships, in New York, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. The 18-year-old from Laval, Que., advanced to the quarterfinals of the women’s draw with a hard-fought 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-2 win over 16th-seeded German Angelique Kerber. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-John Minchillo
Nate Reich in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. (Paralympic Games handout)

Victoria’s Nate Riech earns 1,500 gold in dominant fashion in his Paralympic debut

The 26-year-old from Victoria, an emerging star in Canadian track and field, obliterated the field

Nate Reich in Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games. (Paralympic Games handout)
‘See you in Paris 2024’ message on the floor of the stadium at the end of the Closing Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. (Joe Toth for OIS via AP)

Canada captures 21 medals in the most challenging Paralympic Games in history

With the pandemic, many athletes spent the past year and a half concerned if they would get to compete at all

‘See you in Paris 2024’ message on the floor of the stadium at the end of the Closing Ceremony in the Olympic Stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021. (Joe Toth for OIS via AP)
Canada’s Danielle Dorris checks her time after winning a gold medal in the women’s 50m butterfly at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, Sept.3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian Paralympic Committee-Scott Grant

Canadian teen Danielle Dorris wins Paralympic gold and sets world record

Danielle Dorris captured a gold medal in the 50-metre butterfly at the Tokyo Paralympics

Canada’s Danielle Dorris checks her time after winning a gold medal in the women’s 50m butterfly at the 2020 Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Japan on Friday, Sept.3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Canadian Paralympic Committee-Scott Grant
FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr, left, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel, center, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, answer questions during a news conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)

NHL reaches agreement to send players to Olympics in Beijing

NHL players are set to return to the Olympics in Beijing this winter

FILE - In this Feb. 18, 2014, file photo, NHL Players’ Association Executive Director Don Fehr, left, International Ice Hockey Federation President Rene Fasel, center, and NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman, right, answer questions during a news conference at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, an NHL logo is displayed as Washington Capitals players skate prior to NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)

NHL to punish unvaccinated players more harshly this season

Teams were informed this week of the rules for 2021-22

In this Aug. 14, 2020, file photo, an NHL logo is displayed as Washington Capitals players skate prior to NHL Eastern Conference Stanley Cup playoff hockey game against the New York Islanders in Toronto. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)
Duncan’s Callum Davison earned his first career victory on the Mackenzie Tour at the Brudenell River Classic in P.E.I. (Submitted)

Vancouver Island’s Davison earns 1st win on golf’s Mackenzie Tour

Nine birdies in second round help Duncan golfer to one-stroke win

Duncan’s Callum Davison earned his first career victory on the Mackenzie Tour at the Brudenell River Classic in P.E.I. (Submitted)
Shelly Stouffer celebrates winning both the mid-master and the senior division titles at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships this week in Bromont, Que. (Bernard Brault/Golf Canada)

Vancouver Island golfer becomes a double Canadian champion

Shelly Stouffer wins mid-master and senior division titles in Quebec

Shelly Stouffer celebrates winning both the mid-master and the senior division titles at the Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur and Senior Championships this week in Bromont, Que. (Bernard Brault/Golf Canada)
Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Despite a strong tournament from Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau, the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team’s quest for a Paralympic medal ended on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)

US bounces shot at the podium for Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau

The Americans beat Canada 63-48 in Tuesday’s women’s wheelchair basketball quarterfinals

Canada’s Kady Dandeneau during the 2019 Parapan Am Games in Lima, Peru. Despite a strong tournament from Pender Island’s Kady Dandeneau, the Canadian women’s wheelchair basketball team’s quest for a Paralympic medal ended on Tuesday. (Photo courtesy of Dave Holland/Canadian Paralympic Committee)
Rugby Canada men’s national team head coach Kingsley Jones listens after he was introduced as the new coach of the team, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday October 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada set to open Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign against U.S. Eagles

The Canada-U. S. loser still has a chance to advance but faces a more convoluted qualifying route

Rugby Canada men’s national team head coach Kingsley Jones listens after he was introduced as the new coach of the team, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday October 24, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Aurelie Rivard swims her way to a silver medal for the women’s SM10(Para) 200m Individual Medley during the swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Aurelie Rivard, Greg Stewart win Paralympic gold medals for Canada

The gold was Rivard’s fourth medal of the Tokyo Games, and 10th medal of her Paralympic career

Canada’s Aurelie Rivard swims her way to a silver medal for the women’s SM10(Para) 200m Individual Medley during the swimming finals at the Commonwealth Games Saturday, April 7, 2018 in Gold Coast, Australia.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Team Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin, centre, celebrates defeating the United States to win gold at the IIHF Women’s World Championship hockey action in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Team Canada’s Marie-Philip Poulin, centre, celebrates defeating the United States to win gold at the IIHF Women’s World Championship hockey action in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 31, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh