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Damian Warner, of Canada, celebrates after he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip

Decathlete Damian Warner wins Lionel Conacher Award as CP’s male athlete of the year

He set an Olympic record and a Canadian record, and became just the 4th man to top the 9,000-point barrier

Damian Warner, of Canada, celebrates after he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip
Canada celebrates a goal against Austria during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

World juniors: Bedard nets 4 to enter record book as Canada thrashes Austria 11-2

Regina forward just the seventh 16-year-old ever named to national men’s junior team

Canada celebrates a goal against Austria during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2006, file photo, former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden gestures toward a bust of himself during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. After a decade run as a successful coach of the Raiders, Madden made his biggest impact on the game after moving to the broadcast booth at CBS in 1979. He became the network’s lead analyst two years later and provided the sound track for NFL games for most of the next three decades, entertaining millions with his interjections of “Boom!” and “Doink!” throughout games, while educating them with his use of the telestrator and ability to describe what was happening in the trenches. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster, dies at 85

John Madden inspired series of popular video games

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2006, file photo, former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden gestures toward a bust of himself during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. After a decade run as a successful coach of the Raiders, Madden made his biggest impact on the game after moving to the broadcast booth at CBS in 1979. He became the network’s lead analyst two years later and provided the sound track for NFL games for most of the next three decades, entertaining millions with his interjections of “Boom!” and “Doink!” throughout games, while educating them with his use of the telestrator and ability to describe what was happening in the trenches. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Players from the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers skate before an empty arena prior to an NHL game in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. The NHL has postponed five home games for the Montreal Canadiens due to measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Stricter Canadian COVID rules complicate NHL push through pandemic

U.S. has shortened quarantine but Canada has not done so

Players from the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers skate before an empty arena prior to an NHL game in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. The NHL has postponed five home games for the Montreal Canadiens due to measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, returns a shot to Shelby Rogers at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark J. Terrill

Tennis player Leylah Fernandez named The Canadian Press female athlete of the year

Fernandez finished the year with a 25-17 record and she earned US$1.77 million in prize money

Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, returns a shot to Shelby Rogers at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark J. Terrill
Germany’s Jan Munzenberger (27) chases Switzerland’s Noah Meier (24) during third period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Germany’s Jan Munzenberger (27) chases Switzerland’s Noah Meier (24) during third period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vegas Golden Knights center Mattias Janmark (26) eyes the puck after colliding withTampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

NHL set to resume after 6-day break, eyes new CDC guidance

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut the recommended isolation period from 10 days to five

Vegas Golden Knights center Mattias Janmark (26) eyes the puck after colliding withTampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)
Cowichan’s Landis Fulton battles through a swarm of Rapids players during the U13 boys gold-medal game at the Vancouver Island Age-Grade Rugby Championships on Dec. 12. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan’s U13 boys win Island title at Age-Grade Rugby Championships

U14 and U16 girls both place fourth as Cowichan Rugby Football Club plays host

Cowichan’s Landis Fulton battles through a swarm of Rapids players during the U13 boys gold-medal game at the Vancouver Island Age-Grade Rugby Championships on Dec. 12. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
With games cancelled, this smiling snowman was the only thing to be seen at the Sherman Road turf last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan LMG ends losing streak

Div. 1 team comes out hot in second half of match against Vic West

With games cancelled, this smiling snowman was the only thing to be seen at the Sherman Road turf last weekend. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) crashes to the ice after being tripped by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

NHL brings back taxi squads in effort to keep season going; 3 more games postponed

Each team will be allowed to have a taxi squad of up to 6 players

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) crashes to the ice after being tripped by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)
Canada’s Owen Power (25) is stopped by Czech Republic’s goalie Jakub Malek (1) as Jan Mysak (19) defends during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Sunday, December 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Power nets 3 as Canada roars back for 6-3 win over Czechs at world junior hockey tourney

Buffalo prospect the first Canadian defenceman to score hat trick in tournament

Canada’s Owen Power (25) is stopped by Czech Republic’s goalie Jakub Malek (1) as Jan Mysak (19) defends during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Sunday, December 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Charlotte Jardine, Sada Bennefield and Jaxson Jardine at a VIMX event this fall. (Submitted by Taunya Jardine)

Duncan motocross riders shine on VIMX circuit

Jardine siblings among many participants from Cowichan Valley

Charlotte Jardine, Sada Bennefield and Jaxson Jardine at a VIMX event this fall. (Submitted by Taunya Jardine)
Fans watch as Canada and Russia warm up before first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition action in Edmonton, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. Alberta is about to host a third pandemic International Ice Hockey Federation tournament armed with experience from the first two, but with the ice still shifting underfoot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Hockey Canada, Alberta put pandemic hockey know-how to the test again in Edmonton

The Omicron variant and allowing of fans into arenas for this tournament are adding new variables

Fans watch as Canada and Russia warm up before first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition action in Edmonton, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. Alberta is about to host a third pandemic International Ice Hockey Federation tournament armed with experience from the first two, but with the ice still shifting underfoot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Team Jacobs skip, Brad Jacobs encourages sweepers as a rock glides towards the rings during men’s final of the 2021 Canadian Olympic curling trials against Team Gushue, in Saskatoon, Sask., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Elvin
Team Jacobs skip, Brad Jacobs encourages sweepers as a rock glides towards the rings during men’s final of the 2021 Canadian Olympic curling trials against Team Gushue, in Saskatoon, Sask., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Elvin
Lake Cowichan U9 player Travis Chasanyk. For a full photo gallery from the event, go to www.lakecowichangazette.com (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)

Lake Cowichan Lakers host U9 hockey tournament

Teams from across Vancouver Island took part in tourney on Nov. 27 and 28

Lake Cowichan U9 player Travis Chasanyk. For a full photo gallery from the event, go to www.lakecowichangazette.com (Kevin Rothbauer/Gazette)
Islanders defenceman Jack Strom skates in the team’s home game against the Saanich Predators last week. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Kerry Park Islanders skid into Christmas break

VIJHL team on 4-game winless streak ahead of holidays

Islanders defenceman Jack Strom skates in the team’s home game against the Saanich Predators last week. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Canada celebrates the win over Russia at the end of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition action in Edmonton, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canada celebrates the win over Russia at the end of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition action in Edmonton, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The league will be celebrating with an outdoor all-stars game in Penticton in January, 2023. (BCHL)

BCHL pushes 60th Anniversary in Penticton to 2023

The league decided to delay the game based on the province’s current COVID-19 situation

The league will be celebrating with an outdoor all-stars game in Penticton in January, 2023. (BCHL)
Cowichan defencemen Connor Elliott (3) and Mason Croucher (22) put the squeeze on Nanaimo forward Brody Waters during the teams’ game at the Cowichan Arena last Wednesday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Cowichan Capitals split with Nanaimo Clippers

Home-ice advantage has no meaning for BCHL rivals this year

Cowichan defencemen Connor Elliott (3) and Mason Croucher (22) put the squeeze on Nanaimo forward Brody Waters during the teams’ game at the Cowichan Arena last Wednesday. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
The Vancouver Island Safe Speed Association has developed an early concept for a new motorsports park that includes most of the elements of the current Westshore Speedway, due to close after the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of VISSA)

Group getting into gear in push to develop replacement Vancouver Island racetrack

Group working in advance of impending closure of Westshore Speedway after 2022 season

The Vancouver Island Safe Speed Association has developed an early concept for a new motorsports park that includes most of the elements of the current Westshore Speedway, due to close after the 2022 season. (Photo courtesy of VISSA)