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BCHL delays start of the season as provincial health orders remain in place

The junior A league has been forced to abandon a plan to start in mid-January

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The KIJHL season won’t continue until at least Feb. 5. Photo: Tyler Harper

KIJHL postpones regular season until Feb. 5

The announcement follows an extension of the province’s athletic travel restrictions

The KIJHL season won’t continue until at least Feb. 5. Photo: Tyler Harper
Chicago Black Hawks Duncan Keith of Penticton will be at Sunday’s Wildstone Colour4Kids Run at LocoLanding in support of the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre. Western News file photo

A dozen Vees alumni in NHL training camps this week

Duncan Keith, Troy Stecher, Brad Thiessen and Dante Fabbro among NHLers

  • Jan 4, 2021
Chicago Black Hawks Duncan Keith of Penticton will be at Sunday’s Wildstone Colour4Kids Run at LocoLanding in support of the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre. Western News file photo
The Pat Quinn Classic has been a popular tournament for top bantam and peewee teams in recent years, but COVID-19 means there will be no physical event this season. The scholarships established by the tournament are carrying on. (Pat Quinn Classic photo)

Pat Quinn Classic scholarships continue even as COVID cancels tournament

Female and male bantam players province wide are encouraged to apply for $1,000 scholarships

The Pat Quinn Classic has been a popular tournament for top bantam and peewee teams in recent years, but COVID-19 means there will be no physical event this season. The scholarships established by the tournament are carrying on. (Pat Quinn Classic photo)
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BCHL pushes back season start due to provincial health orders

The delay is minimal, just six days, for now. But the league is open to starting up after Christmas

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The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is mouring the death of former president Len Dergousoff of Salmon Arm. The longtime Revelstoke Grizziies board member, who was president from 1999-2002, lost a year-long battle with cancer at age 80. (Dergousoff family photo)

Former KIJHL president dies after cancer battle

Len Dergousoff, 80, of Salmon Arm, was longtime Revelstoke Grizzlies exec, president 1999-2002

The Kootenay International Junior Hockey League is mouring the death of former president Len Dergousoff of Salmon Arm. The longtime Revelstoke Grizziies board member, who was president from 1999-2002, lost a year-long battle with cancer at age 80. (Dergousoff family photo)
The Penticton Vees celebrate winning the Okanagan Cup semi-final game 5-2 against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday night. The Vees play for the championship Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (Cherie Morgan of Cherie Morgan Photography)
The Penticton Vees celebrate winning the Okanagan Cup semi-final game 5-2 against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday night. The Vees play for the championship Saturday, Nov. 14, 2020. (Cherie Morgan of Cherie Morgan Photography)
The ‘new normal’ for hockey parents in Chilliwack and elsewhere in B.C., watching their kids from outside of the arena due to COVID-19 protocols. (Submitted photo)

Chilliwack hockey parents petition to be let back in the arena

Refused access due to pandemic protocols, parents are now applying pressure to loosen the rules

The ‘new normal’ for hockey parents in Chilliwack and elsewhere in B.C., watching their kids from outside of the arena due to COVID-19 protocols. (Submitted photo)
Riders of all ages participated in 2019’s Axel Mercx Granfondo in Penticton, with over 1600 registering for 2020 before COVID-19 forced its cancellation. (Western News File)

Granfondo ‘Penticton’s best opportunity for an event in 2021’

The long-distance cycling event was cancelled this year after 1600 riders had already registered

Riders of all ages participated in 2019’s Axel Mercx Granfondo in Penticton, with over 1600 registering for 2020 before COVID-19 forced its cancellation. (Western News File)
The 2020 Penticton Dragon Boat Festival will not be held due to coronavirus. (Western News file photo)
The 2020 Penticton Dragon Boat Festival will not be held due to coronavirus. (Western News file photo)
Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool making NFL debut on Monday Night Football

Abby Senior grad suiting up with the Pittsburgh Steelers to take on New York Giants in Big Apple

Abbotsford’s Chase Claypool makes his NFL debut on Monday Night Football on Sept. 14. (Pittsburgh Steelers Twitter picture)
The KIJHL returns to the ice Nov. 13, albeit without the Spokane Braves, Beaver Valley Nitehawks and 100 Mile House Wranglers. Photo: Tyler Harper

KIJHL delays season to Nov. 13; three teams opt out

The league will play a 30-game season without 100 Mile House, Spokane and Beaver Valley

The KIJHL returns to the ice Nov. 13, albeit without the Spokane Braves, Beaver Valley Nitehawks and 100 Mile House Wranglers. Photo: Tyler Harper
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Penticton basketball club launches fall registration, expanding into Summerland

Lake City Basketball launching fall youth leagues; new precautions in place including no spectators

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The B.C. Hockey League has announced it plans to start its 2020-21 regular season Dec. 1, though teams can start training camps in early September. (Black Press file photos)

BCHL teams can start training in September for first league games in December

B.C. Hockey League announces Dec. 1 start date for 2020-21 season

The B.C. Hockey League has announced it plans to start its 2020-21 regular season Dec. 1, though teams can start training camps in early September. (Black Press file photos)
The Vernon Vipers have announced the signings of three new forwards for the upcoming BC Hockey League season. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Vipers land three forwards

Signings continue for BC Hockey League squad

The Vernon Vipers have announced the signings of three new forwards for the upcoming BC Hockey League season. (Morning Star - file photo)
Junior golf tour returns to Okanagan with free clinic

Junior golf tour returns to Okanagan with free clinic

Ford Junior Golf Clinic goes Sunday, July 19, at Vernon’s Predator Ridge Golf Resort

Junior golf tour returns to Okanagan with free clinic
KIJHL sets season starting date of October 2, 2020

KIJHL sets season starting date of October 2, 2020

Teams to move to move forward with the scheduling and delivery of summer camps and programs under the guidance of the league and BC Hockey

KIJHL sets season starting date of October 2, 2020
The Penticton Vees sent forward Darwin Lakoduk to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for future considerations on June 10, 2020. (Jack Murray photo)

Penticton Vees send forward Darwin Lakoduk to Prince George

Move made to keep roster in compliance with league rules

The Penticton Vees sent forward Darwin Lakoduk to the Prince George Spruce Kings in exchange for future considerations on June 10, 2020. (Jack Murray photo)
Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Canada West cancels fall sports due to COVID-19

B.C. student athletes at seven universities impacted by cancellation, more cancellations possible

Canada West has officially cancelled all fall sports in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Penticton Vees head coach Fred Harbinson shouts out instructions March 12, 2020 at the South Okanagan Events Centre during what would be his team’s final practice of the year. Shortly thereafter the remainder of the BCHL season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Inside the Penticton Vees’ last normal day: head coach on pandemic, next season, fate of BCHL

Fred Harbinson reflects on a cancelled season, hopes team is back ‘in full force’ in the fall

Penticton Vees head coach Fred Harbinson shouts out instructions March 12, 2020 at the South Okanagan Events Centre during what would be his team’s final practice of the year. Shortly thereafter the remainder of the BCHL season was cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic. (Mark Brett - Western News)