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Nitehawks goalie Connor Stojan tallied two points and earned the shut out in a 3-0 victory over Castlegar Rebels. Photo: Steve Piccolo

Hawks shut out Rebels, fall in OT to Border Bruins

Nitehawks goalie leads in goals against and points for in shut out victory over Castlegar Rebels

Nitehawks goalie Connor Stojan tallied two points and earned the shut out in a 3-0 victory over Castlegar Rebels. Photo: Steve Piccolo
Penticton’s outdoor rink next to city hall plays host to the BCHL’s 60th-anniversary all-star game festivities from Jan. 20 to 22. (Logan Lockhart/Western News)

BCHL all-star weekend in Penticton set to be first of its kind

‘This event is going to be one for the books for the BCHL,’ says Steven Cocker

Penticton’s outdoor rink next to city hall plays host to the BCHL’s 60th-anniversary all-star game festivities from Jan. 20 to 22. (Logan Lockhart/Western News)
It was Team Grandy (white and grey tops) against Team Reese-Hansen (black, and white/navy tops) in the women’s semifinal of the 2023 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship at the Chilliwack Curling Club on Saturday; Jan. 14; 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

PHOTOS: Provincial championships of curling in Chilliwack

Chilliwack Curling Club hosted championships of both women’s and men’s curling

It was Team Grandy (white and grey tops) against Team Reese-Hansen (black, and white/navy tops) in the women’s semifinal of the 2023 Scotties BC Women’s Curling Championship at the Chilliwack Curling Club on Saturday; Jan. 14; 2023. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris (7) celebrates his game winning goal against the New York Rangers with teammates Fredrik Claesson (33) and Tom Pyatt (10) during the first overtime period in game five of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Ottawa on Saturday, May 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Scott Niedermayer, Kyle Turris among stars announced for BCHL Alumni Game in Penticton

B.C.’s own Tyler Johnston from the hit TV show Letterkenny, will also lace up the skates

Ottawa Senators centre Kyle Turris (7) celebrates his game winning goal against the New York Rangers with teammates Fredrik Claesson (33) and Tom Pyatt (10) during the first overtime period in game five of a second-round NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff series in Ottawa on Saturday, May 6, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Colorado Mammoth forward Brett McIntyre, front left, scores a goal against Buffalo Bandits goalie Matt Vinc, back, on June 11, 2022, in Denver. Injured players working in the US are typically eligible for workers’ compensation, but not in Canada. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

Pro athletes chasing workers’ compensation for their injuries

Canadian athletes not eligible if they’re injured in a game or practice, B.C. asked to change that

Colorado Mammoth forward Brett McIntyre, front left, scores a goal against Buffalo Bandits goalie Matt Vinc, back, on June 11, 2022, in Denver. Injured players working in the US are typically eligible for workers’ compensation, but not in Canada. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning right wing Nikita Kucherov (86) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with defenseman Zach Bogosian (24) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Giovanni Manu helped bring the Thunderbirds to a winning record of 6-5 for the 2022 season. (Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)

2023 CFL Draft loses star UBC linemen Giovanni Manu and Theo Benedet

The top-ranked Thunderbirds opted out of the upcoming spring draft in hopes of title shot

Giovanni Manu helped bring the Thunderbirds to a winning record of 6-5 for the 2022 season. (Bob Frid/UBC Athletics)
Gracie Graham (right) has two points in three games as Canada is undefeated at the U18 women’s world championships in Sweden. (@HockeyCanada/Twitter)

Kelowna hockey player helps Canada reach U18 women’s world championship semis

Gracie Graham has two points in three games at the tournament through three games

Gracie Graham (right) has two points in three games as Canada is undefeated at the U18 women’s world championships in Sweden. (@HockeyCanada/Twitter)
Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the Championship Cup after the team’s overtime win against Czechia in the title game of the IIHF world junior hockey championships Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)

After banner world juniors, Connor Bedard not focusing on NHL draft

Phenom showed how wide the gulf is between himself and the rest of his contemporaries

Canada’s Connor Bedard carries the Championship Cup after the team’s overtime win against Czechia in the title game of the IIHF world junior hockey championships Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023, in Halifax, Nova Scotia. (Darren Calabrese/The Canadian Press via AP)
Briar McNaney has been hired as the Nelson Leafs’ interim head coach. Photo: Submitted

Following line brawl and suspensions Nelson Leafs hire new interim head coach

Briar McNaney arrives after several years coaching Columbia Valley

Briar McNaney has been hired as the Nelson Leafs’ interim head coach. Photo: Submitted
FILE - Naomi Osaka of Japan smiles during her first round match against Camila Osorio of Colombia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Naomi Osaka is pregnant and plans to return to competition in 2024, the tennis star announced Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. The former world No. 1 posted a life update Wednesday on social media, including a picture of an ultrasound. (AP Photo/Simon Baker, File)

Naomi Osaka says she’s pregnant, plans tennis return in 2024

Osaka hasn’t played a competitive match since September

FILE - Naomi Osaka of Japan smiles during her first round match against Camila Osorio of Colombia at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Monday, Jan. 17, 2022. Naomi Osaka is pregnant and plans to return to competition in 2024, the tennis star announced Wednesday, Jan. 11, 2023. The former world No. 1 posted a life update Wednesday on social media, including a picture of an ultrasound. (AP Photo/Simon Baker, File)
Black Jack skier Julien Locke is seeking nordic skiers to test out his new Nordic Pulse ski app, and offer feedback. (Seb Dandurand photo)

Nordic Pulse seeks test pilots for new ski app

Nordic Pulse creator Julien Locke is seeking feedback from local skiers testing the new skiers’ app

Black Jack skier Julien Locke is seeking nordic skiers to test out his new Nordic Pulse ski app, and offer feedback. (Seb Dandurand photo)
Trail U18 Smoke Eaters skated to a 7-3 victory over the Winfield Bruins on Sunday. Photo: Jim Bailey

U18 Smoke Eaters welcome seven teams to annual tournament

U18 Smoke Eaters just miss out on the playoff round, come away with a fourth place finish

Trail U18 Smoke Eaters skated to a 7-3 victory over the Winfield Bruins on Sunday. Photo: Jim Bailey
Vancouver Whitecaps defenders Mathias Laborda, front left, and Karifa Yao participate in a drill during the opening day of the MLS soccer team’s training camp, in Vancouver, on Monday, January 9, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Personnel questions linger as Vancouver Whitecaps kick off training camp

Vancouver looks to avoid repeat of last year’s bad start after narrowly missing playoffs

Vancouver Whitecaps defenders Mathias Laborda, front left, and Karifa Yao participate in a drill during the opening day of the MLS soccer team’s training camp, in Vancouver, on Monday, January 9, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed they hosted 24-year-old, Victoria native CFL star quarterback Nathan Rourke for a workout Monday. Rourke passes during the first half of a pre-season CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Vancouver, on June 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Kansas City Chiefs latest NFL team to take a look at B.C. Lions quarterback Rourke

CFL’s top Canadian has worked out with 10 teams south of the border

The Kansas City Chiefs confirmed they hosted 24-year-old, Victoria native CFL star quarterback Nathan Rourke for a workout Monday. Rourke passes during the first half of a pre-season CFL football game against the Saskatchewan Roughriders in Vancouver, on June 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones (25) kneels in prayer for safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic on-field collapse in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)

Stable Hamlin released from Cincinnati hospital, continues recovery in Buffalo

Fallen Bill safety has been walking since having a breathing tube removed on Friday

Buffalo Bills running back Taiwan Jones (25) kneels in prayer for safety Damar Hamlin before an NFL football game against the New England Patriots, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023, in Orchard Park, N.Y. Hamlin remains hospitalized after suffering a catastrophic on-field collapse in the team’s previous game against the Cincinnati Bengals. (AP Photo/Adrian Kraus)
Winnipeg Jets’ Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (71) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with Sam Gagner (89) and Kevin Stenlund (28) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday January 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade

Jets beat Canucks 7-4, with hat trick by Kyle Connor

Canucks set to play Pittsburgh Penguins next on Tuesday

Winnipeg Jets’ Axel Jonsson-Fjallby (71) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks with Sam Gagner (89) and Kevin Stenlund (28) during second period NHL action in Winnipeg on Sunday January 8, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Greenslade
The Trail Smoke Eaters carried the play on Saturday in Langley, but suffered a 3-1 loss to the Rivermen. Photo: Steve Piccolo

Trail Smoke Eaters salvage a point, fall to Warriors and Rivermen

Trail Smoke Eaters suffer two tough road losses against West Kelowna and Langley

The Trail Smoke Eaters carried the play on Saturday in Langley, but suffered a 3-1 loss to the Rivermen. Photo: Steve Piccolo
Nitehawks centre Ethan Smyth lines up to face off against Summerland opponent on Saturday at B.V. Arena. Photo: Jim Bailey

Shorthanded Nitehawks skate to OT win over Steam

Tyson Tokarz scored in overtime to lift Beaver Valley Nitehawks to 3-2 win over Summerland

Nitehawks centre Ethan Smyth lines up to face off against Summerland opponent on Saturday at B.V. Arena. Photo: Jim Bailey
A rock slides down the sheet at the Men’s World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Melvin Lee’s first invitation to curl with a diverse team of law students came more than two decades ago. Now, the avid curler has a wealth of experience under his belt. And he is trying to give a similar welcome to others who are underrepresented in the sport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

This Korean-Canadian curler wants to make the sport more diverse. Here’s how.

‘It’s not just enough to have that open door in your facility. You need to be vulnerable and reach out to those communities.’

A rock slides down the sheet at the Men’s World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Melvin Lee’s first invitation to curl with a diverse team of law students came more than two decades ago. Now, the avid curler has a wealth of experience under his belt. And he is trying to give a similar welcome to others who are underrepresented in the sport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh