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The Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate their victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 108th CFL Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, December 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers celebrate their victory against the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in the 108th CFL Grey Cup in Hamilton, Ont., on Sunday, December 12, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Abbotsford’s Vincent Arseneau celebrates a goal against the San Jose Barracuda. (Abbotsford Canucks photo)

Abbotsford Canucks earn split in San Jose

American Hockey League team wins Saturday, loses Sunday in the Shark Tank

Abbotsford’s Vincent Arseneau celebrates a goal against the San Jose Barracuda. (Abbotsford Canucks photo)
Saturday night, Dec. 11, in Victoria the Vancouver Giants fell 5-2 to the Victoria Royals. The goals came from Justin Lies and Ethan Semeniuk and Will Gurski made 36 saves. (Jay Wallace/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants fall to Victoria Royals

After Giants scored twice, it was all Victoria

Saturday night, Dec. 11, in Victoria the Vancouver Giants fell 5-2 to the Victoria Royals. The goals came from Justin Lies and Ethan Semeniuk and Will Gurski made 36 saves. (Jay Wallace/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Winnipeggers crowd downtown streets in Winnipeg on Nov. 26, 2019, to celebrate with quarterback Chris Streveler as he raises the Grey Cup with other players after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won their 11th Grey Cup with a 33-12 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Calgary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

‘Feeling really good’: Fans say COVID-19 not stopping them from enjoying Grey Cup

Many pandemic measures have been loosened as majority of population vaccinated

Winnipeggers crowd downtown streets in Winnipeg on Nov. 26, 2019, to celebrate with quarterback Chris Streveler as he raises the Grey Cup with other players after the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won their 11th Grey Cup with a 33-12 victory over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats in Calgary. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Elgin Park Secondary’s Kendall Homenick makes a play at the net against Richmond’s Steveston-London Secondary during South Fraser championships last month. (Clinton Johnson file photo)
Elgin Park Secondary’s Kendall Homenick makes a play at the net against Richmond’s Steveston-London Secondary during South Fraser championships last month. (Clinton Johnson file photo)
Fabian Lysell opened the scoring at 11:05, the cue for the Langley Events Centre crowd to rain teddy bears down on the ice as part of the annual Chevrolet Teddy Bear Toss game. Victoria would win the Friday Dec. 10 game 4-3. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Fabian Lysell opened the scoring at 11:05, the cue for the Langley Events Centre crowd to rain teddy bears down on the ice as part of the annual Chevrolet Teddy Bear Toss game. Victoria would win the Friday Dec. 10 game 4-3. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser (6) dives to swat the puck away from Winnipeg Jets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, December 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Goalie Demko stands tall with 34 saves as Canucks beat Jets 4-3 in shootout

Vancouver wins third straight game under new coach Bruce Boudreau

Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser (6) dives to swat the puck away from Winnipeg Jets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois (80) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, December 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, in Seattle, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Bettman says concerns over “a whole host of issues” regarding the league’s participation at the Beijing Olympics remain with less than 60 days until the opening ceremony. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted S. Warren

Bettman: NHL continues to have ‘real concerns’ regarding Olympic participation

League commissioner says ultimately if the players want to go, they will go, but issues remain

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman speaks before an NHL hockey game between the Seattle Kraken and the Vancouver Canucks, in Seattle, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Bettman says concerns over “a whole host of issues” regarding the league’s participation at the Beijing Olympics remain with less than 60 days until the opening ceremony. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ted S. Warren
Surrey Eagles defenceman Tate Taylor battles for a puck against the Nanaimo Clippers during a mid-November game at South Surrey Arena. The two teams faced each other last weekend in Nanaimo, with the Eagles winning 4-1. (Garrett James photo)

Surrey Eagles win three straight on Vancouver Island road trip

BCHL team now above .500 after offence comes alive in three road games

Surrey Eagles defenceman Tate Taylor battles for a puck against the Nanaimo Clippers during a mid-November game at South Surrey Arena. The two teams faced each other last weekend in Nanaimo, with the Eagles winning 4-1. (Garrett James photo)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris (33) runs for the first down against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during second half CFL Western final football action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Veteran Blue Bomber Andrew Harris more appreciative of Grey Cup experiences

Veteran running back will look to win his third title Sunday versus Hamilton

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris (33) runs for the first down against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during second half CFL Western final football action in Winnipeg, Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
The Olympic flame is displayed during an event at the Beijing University of Posts and Communications in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Chinese Olympic organizers on Thursday held one of the first public events to display the Olympic flame since its arrival from Greece in October as part of the build up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in February. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)

EXPLAINER: What does an Olympic diplomatic boycott achieve?

Aim of recently announced boycotts is calculated to hurt the pride of host nations

The Olympic flame is displayed during an event at the Beijing University of Posts and Communications in Beijing, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2021. Chinese Olympic organizers on Thursday held one of the first public events to display the Olympic flame since its arrival from Greece in October as part of the build up to the 2022 Winter Olympics in February. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)
Vancouver Giants’ netminder Jesper Vikman made this first period save, one of 14 in Wednesday’s 7-1 loss to the Blazers. The Langley-based Giants are now 1-5 on the season against Kamloops in six meetings. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)

During active draft week, Giants fall to division leading Blazers

After five victories on the road, the Langley-based G-Men lose in Kamloops

Vancouver Giants’ netminder Jesper Vikman made this first period save, one of 14 in Wednesday’s 7-1 loss to the Blazers. The Langley-based Giants are now 1-5 on the season against Kamloops in six meetings. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)
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BCHL adopts use of Sporfie video review system

The junior A league experimented with the system at the BCHL Showcase in Chilliwack in October

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Two former Semiahmoo Minor Hockey players have been selected in the top 10 of the Western Hockey League’s Prospects Draft. (Contributed images)

UPDATE: Pair of Semiahmoo Hockey alums picked in top 10 at WHL draft

Jordan Gavin (2nd) and Tomas Mrsic (8th) among seven Semiahmoo alums chosen

Two former Semiahmoo Minor Hockey players have been selected in the top 10 of the Western Hockey League’s Prospects Draft. (Contributed images)
Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) keeps his eye on the puck as he fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Wednesday, December 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Boston Bruins left wing Taylor Hall (71) keeps his eye on the puck as he fights for control of the puck with Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) during first period NHL action in Vancouver, Wednesday, December 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada forward Sidney Crosby and Sweden defenceman Johnny Oduya rub shoulders during first period men’s gold medal final hockey action at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Olympics top NHL agenda at board of governors’ meeting in Florida

NHL and NHLPA have until Jan. 10 to pull the plug if COVID-19 makes trip ‘impractical or unsafe’

Canada forward Sidney Crosby and Sweden defenceman Johnny Oduya rub shoulders during first period men’s gold medal final hockey action at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Fraser Valley Water Polo Club’s U15 Boys team with national-championship banner at Calgary’s Repsol Sports Centre on Dec. 6. (Submitted photo)

Water polo gold for Surrey/Delta boys at nationals in Calgary, bronze for girls

Fraser Valley club’s U15 boys team went undefeated over the weekend, winning all six games

Fraser Valley Water Polo Club’s U15 Boys team with national-championship banner at Calgary’s Repsol Sports Centre on Dec. 6. (Submitted photo)
Left to right: White Rock Whalers Jacob Dorohoy joins alternate captain Matt Burry, Sam Dowell and Bryce Margetson in support of the team’s latest charitable initiative. The Whalers have teamed up with Sources Food Bank to gather non-perishable food items every home game throughout December. (Alistair Burns/White Rock Whalers photo)

White Rock Whalers’ five-game win streak a best-ever mark for team

Junior ‘B’ hockey squad also fundraising for Sources’ food bank at home games this month

Left to right: White Rock Whalers Jacob Dorohoy joins alternate captain Matt Burry, Sam Dowell and Bryce Margetson in support of the team’s latest charitable initiative. The Whalers have teamed up with Sources Food Bank to gather non-perishable food items every home game throughout December. (Alistair Burns/White Rock Whalers photo)
Video screenshot of Surrey’s Jujhar Khaira being hit by New York Rangers opponent Jacob Trouba during an NHL game in Chicago on Tuesday night (Dec. 7).

VIDEO: Surrey’s Khaira released from hospital after open-ice hit knocked him out in Chicago

‘Despite the significant injury, his prognosis is excellent, and we expect a full recovery,’ team doctor says

Video screenshot of Surrey’s Jujhar Khaira being hit by New York Rangers opponent Jacob Trouba during an NHL game in Chicago on Tuesday night (Dec. 7).
Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau watches his team play against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game on February 9, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hannah Foslien

Struggling Vancouver Canucks hope Boudreau can kickstart dismal season

Horvat: ‘It brings us new life. But at the same time, we have to go out there and prove it now’

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau watches his team play against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game on February 9, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hannah Foslien