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Bulldogs forward Stephen Castagna flips the puck into the Clippers zone during a game on Oct. 24. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Island BCHL game postponed due to ‘potential positive’ COVID-19 test

Nanaimo Clippers team suspends activities, players isolating pending further test results

Bulldogs forward Stephen Castagna flips the puck into the Clippers zone during a game on Oct. 24. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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BCHL stays tight-lipped about reasons for leaving Canadian Junior Hockey League

The BCHL retains affiliation with Hockey Canada and BC Hockey, but isn’t saying what comes next

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Alberni Valley’s Brandon Buhr narrowly misses scoring his second goal of the Bulldogs’ BC Hockey League game against Victoria Grizzlies in the first period Friday, April 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

BC Hockey League submits notice to withdraw from CJHL

Canadian Junior ‘A’ League announces B.C. circuit’s intentions in short statement

Alberni Valley’s Brandon Buhr narrowly misses scoring his second goal of the Bulldogs’ BC Hockey League game against Victoria Grizzlies in the first period Friday, April 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
The Cambridge crew, including Shawnigan Lake School grad Quinten Richardson, celebrates beating Oxford in the 166th running of the Boat Race on Sunday, April 4. (Submitted)

Cowichan Valley graduates square off in fabled Boat Race

Shawnigan alum Richardson and Cambridge edge out Brentwood grad Barakso and Oxford

The Cambridge crew, including Shawnigan Lake School grad Quinten Richardson, celebrates beating Oxford in the 166th running of the Boat Race on Sunday, April 4. (Submitted)
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/Black Press Media)

Cowichan Capitals still looking for first win of pod season

Effort is there, but third-period errors cost Caps

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/Black Press Media)
Cowichan Valley Capitals play-by-play man Justis Doucet will call 19 of the team’s 20 games in the abbreviated 2020-21 season. (Submitted)

19 of 20 Cowichan Capitals games will be on the radio

Justis Doucet will broadcast from pod on Juice FM

Cowichan Valley Capitals play-by-play man Justis Doucet will call 19 of the team’s 20 games in the abbreviated 2020-21 season. (Submitted)
Duncan’s own Kahlil Fontana will be counted on by the Caps for scoring and leadership during the quick 20-game BCHL season. (Citizen file)

Cowichan Caps gear up for intense BCHL season

Cowichan will play in a pod with Alberni, Nanaimo and Victoria

Duncan’s own Kahlil Fontana will be counted on by the Caps for scoring and leadership during the quick 20-game BCHL season. (Citizen file)
Rowing Canada has erected a temporary aluminum structure at the Duncan Community Lodge property as part of its move to Quamichan Lake. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Rowing Canada making progress in move to Quamichan Lake

Lake has been ‘invaluable’ in preparation for Tokyo Olympics

Rowing Canada has erected a temporary aluminum structure at the Duncan Community Lodge property as part of its move to Quamichan Lake. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)

Province provides relief funding for amateur sport

The government is directing $15 million to teams/leagues impacted by the COVID pandemic

The Chilliwack Chiefs and Coquitlam Express will finally play games in early April as the BCHL squeezes in a shortened 20 game season. Just-announced provincial funding may help the junior A league offset financial losses caused by the COVID pandemic. (Darren Francis photo)
Arnica Bulmer of Shawnigan Lake School has been selected for an elite national hockey program. (Submitted)

Shawnigan hockey player picked for unique opportunity

Yukon product Arnica Bulmer invited to mentorship program

Arnica Bulmer of Shawnigan Lake School has been selected for an elite national hockey program. (Submitted)
Would-be Capitals take the ice in the 2020 ID camp at The Stick. The 2021 event is taking place June 3-6 at at Shawnigan Lake School’s Charlie Purdey Arena. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Capitals announce spring camp

Rookie ID session will take place June 3-6 at Shawnigan Lake School

Would-be Capitals take the ice in the 2020 ID camp at The Stick. The 2021 event is taking place June 3-6 at at Shawnigan Lake School’s Charlie Purdey Arena. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
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BCHL will have three teams playing in Burnaby during shortened season

The league announced five pod locations as the junior A league prepares to play in early April

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The puck will finally drop for the Cowichan Valley Capitals’ 2020-21 season in April. (Citizen file)

BCHL, Cowichan Caps prepare for return of hockey

Cowichan will play in Port Alberni pod with Alberni, Nanaimo and Victoria

The puck will finally drop for the Cowichan Valley Capitals’ 2020-21 season in April. (Citizen file)
In a photo from his rookie seaon, Medicine Hat Tigers forward Corson Hopwo drives toward the Calgary Hitmen net to score his first WHL goal on Nov. 4, 2018. (Randy Feere/Medicine Hat Tigers)

Hopwo opens WHL season with first career hat trick

19-year-old’s feat includes overtime winner

In a photo from his rookie seaon, Medicine Hat Tigers forward Corson Hopwo drives toward the Calgary Hitmen net to score his first WHL goal on Nov. 4, 2018. (Randy Feere/Medicine Hat Tigers)
The BC Hockey League announced a shortened 2021 season will begin in early April, following approval from the league’s board of governors and the provincial health office. (Damon James photo)

BC Hockey League announces shortened season will begin in April

Junior ‘A’ hockey league board of governors approve season following green light from province

The BC Hockey League announced a shortened 2021 season will begin in early April, following approval from the league’s board of governors and the provincial health office. (Damon James photo)
Peninsula Panthers and Kerry Park Islanders players battle during a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game in November 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

VIJHL pulls plug on 2020-21 season

‘It seemed that this is the time to make this decision’

Peninsula Panthers and Kerry Park Islanders players battle during a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game in November 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Duncan Christian’s Grace George lines up a shot during the three-point portion of the BC School Sports Pandemic Basketball Challenge after taking a pass from Cam Stevens. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Duncan Christian leads the way in pandemic basketball challenge

School tops participation numbers for second time this year

Duncan Christian’s Grace George lines up a shot during the three-point portion of the BC School Sports Pandemic Basketball Challenge after taking a pass from Cam Stevens. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Cowichan Capitals traded defenceman Clark Webster to his hometown Summerside Western Capitals. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Hopeful Cowichan Capitals make flurry of deadline deals

Roster bolstered in case BCHL season gets go-ahead

The Cowichan Capitals traded defenceman Clark Webster to his hometown Summerside Western Capitals. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Nanaimo Clippers in action at Frank Crane Arena in early 2020. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Clippers for sale, owner says hockey won’t be back to normal any time soon

Wes Mussio says he’s had numerous inquiries about the junior A club already

The Nanaimo Clippers in action at Frank Crane Arena in early 2020. (News Bulletin file photo)
Kyle Topping  skates for the Cowichan Valley Capitals during the 2015-16 BCHL season. (Citizen file)

Former Caps make news in pro ranks

Kyle Topping and Laurent Brossoit mark achievements

Kyle Topping  skates for the Cowichan Valley Capitals during the 2015-16 BCHL season. (Citizen file)