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Wednesday night game at Langley Events Centre showcased top NHL draft talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. (Photos courtesy of Ryan Molag/Langley Events Centre)

Team White defeats Team Red 4-2 at 2023 kubota CHL/NHL top prospects game

Connor Bedard finished with six shots on goal

  • Jan 26, 2023
Tim Hortons outlets in Vernon, Kelowna, the Okanagan and B.C. will present a special doughnut Feb. 3-5 with proceeds going to Special Olympics B.C. (SOBC photo)

Special events help Okanagan, B.C. Special Olympics

Doughnuts, cold lake plunges will support Special Olympics B.C.; SOBC Games set for Feb. 2-4, Kamloops

Salmon Arm’s Laura Hall skated to a historic gold-medal win for Canada Monday, Jan. 17, at the FISU World University Games in Lake Placid, NY. Hall, a former member of the Vernon Vortex Speedskating Club, won the women’s 3,000-metre race, obliterating the 43-year-old track record by nearly three seconds. (Black Press - file photo)

VIDEO: Salmon Arm skater glides to historic gold medal

Laura Hall is first Canadian woman to win speedskating gold at World University Games; sets track record

The Sicamous Eagles (white) peppered North Okanagan Knights goalie Austin Seibel with 57 shots in a 7-1 KIJHL win at the Sicamous Recreation Centre Saturday, Jan. 14. (File photo)

Sicamous Eagles soar past North Okanagan Knights

KIJHL - Hometown Birds score seven unanswered goals in 7-1 victory; host 100 Mile House 2 p.m. Sunday

The Sicamous Eagles (white) peppered North Okanagan Knights goalie Austin Seibel with 57 shots in a 7-1 KIJHL win at the Sicamous Recreation Centre Saturday, Jan. 14. (File photo)
The Salmon Arm Silverbacks defeated the Vernon Vipers 3-0 at home at the Shaw Centre Friday night, Jan. 6, 2023. (Chris Fowler photo)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks blank Vernon Vipers

Matthew Tovell made 37 saves for his third shutout of the season

The Salmon Arm Silverbacks defeated the Vernon Vipers 3-0 at home at the Shaw Centre Friday night, Jan. 6, 2023. (Chris Fowler photo)
Connor Welsh (11) and the Vernon Vipers spoiled Ugly Christmas Sweater/Teddy Bear Toss Night at the Shaw Centre Saturday, Dec. 10, with a 4-3 BCHL overtime win against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. (Chris Fowler Photo)

Vernon Vipers spoil Salmon Arm Silverbacks’ Christmas theme

Snakes sweep weekend BCHL series with 4-3 overtime road win on Teddy Bear Toss/Ugly Sweater Night

Connor Welsh (11) and the Vernon Vipers spoiled Ugly Christmas Sweater/Teddy Bear Toss Night at the Shaw Centre Saturday, Dec. 10, with a 4-3 BCHL overtime win against the Salmon Arm Silverbacks. (Chris Fowler Photo)
As they did in 2018, tipping off the 25th annual event, the Vernon Panthers (white) will face the Kelowna Christian School Knights in the opening game of the 2022 Pit Classic senior girls basketball tournament Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at VSS. (Morning Star - file photo)

Vernon Panthers host Okanagan at classic

Senior girls basketball team hosts Kelowna, Penticton, Salmon Arm, Kamloops

As they did in 2018, tipping off the 25th annual event, the Vernon Panthers (white) will face the Kelowna Christian School Knights in the opening game of the 2022 Pit Classic senior girls basketball tournament Friday, Dec. 9, at 10 a.m. at VSS. (Morning Star - file photo)
Jacksenn Hungle (91) and the Victoria Grizzlies blanked CJ Foley (6) and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3-0 in BCHL action Saturday, Dec. 3, in the provincial capital. (Twitter/@BCHLGrizzlies photo)

Powerplay propels Victoria past Salmon Arm Silverbacks

BCHL - Grizzlies score twice with man advantage in 3-0 victory at home Saturday, Dec. 3

Jacksenn Hungle (91) and the Victoria Grizzlies blanked CJ Foley (6) and the Salmon Arm Silverbacks 3-0 in BCHL action Saturday, Dec. 3, in the provincial capital. (Twitter/@BCHLGrizzlies photo)
Sicamous Eagles (red) host the Chase Heat in KIJHL action Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Sicamous Recreation Centre. (Rick Koch File Photo)

Sicamous Eagles hope to melt Chase Heat

KIJHL - Shuswap rivals meet each other in Sicamous Sunday afternoon, 2 p.m., Dec. 3

Sicamous Eagles (red) host the Chase Heat in KIJHL action Sunday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m. at the Sicamous Recreation Centre. (Rick Koch File Photo)
The two-time defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers (bottom, right) meet the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL’s Grey Cup championship for the first time since 1950 today, Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. Pacific in Regina. (Black Press)

Bombers favoured by six on Grey Cup Sunday

Winnipeg seeks third straight CFL title, taking on Toronto Argonauts, who last won Cup in 2017

The two-time defending champion Winnipeg Blue Bombers (bottom, right) meet the Toronto Argonauts in the CFL’s Grey Cup championship for the first time since 1950 today, Sunday, Nov. 20, at 3 p.m. Pacific in Regina. (Black Press)
Alec Henderson is the first skier from Western Canada to earn a spot on the nation’s “NextGen” slopestyle team. (Submitted)

Okanagan skier becomes 1st Western Canadian in 7 years to make slopestyle team

Alec Henderson is currently competing for Canada at a World Cup event in Austria

Alec Henderson is the first skier from Western Canada to earn a spot on the nation’s “NextGen” slopestyle team. (Submitted)
West Kelowna Warriors forward Jaiden Moriello (11) gets a shot past Salmon Arm defender Nic Leggett (4) that is stopped by goalie Matthew Tovell during the Warriors’ 7-1 BCHL win Saturday, Oct. 29, at Royal LePage Place. (Tami Quan Photography)

West Kelowna Warriors lay Halloween licking on Salmon Arm

Warriors defeat Silverbacks 7-1 in BCHL play Saturday, Oct. 29, at Royal LePage Place

West Kelowna Warriors forward Jaiden Moriello (11) gets a shot past Salmon Arm defender Nic Leggett (4) that is stopped by goalie Matthew Tovell during the Warriors’ 7-1 BCHL win Saturday, Oct. 29, at Royal LePage Place. (Tami Quan Photography)
A KIJHL franchise could begin playing in Quesnel in fall of 2022. (File Photo)

Sicamous Eagles rally, treat fans to win over Princeton

Eagles down 2-0 to Posse in KIJHL play at Sicamous Rec Centre, charge back for 3-2 victory

A KIJHL franchise could begin playing in Quesnel in fall of 2022. (File Photo)
Vipers defenceman David Brandes celebrates his first BCHL goal in a 6-5 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (Lisa Mazurek photo)

Special teams lift Vernon Vipers over Salmon Arm Silverbacks

Two Vipers scored their first career BCHL goals in a 6-5 win Friday night at Kal Tire Place

Vipers defenceman David Brandes celebrates his first BCHL goal in a 6-5 win over the Salmon Arm Silverbacks Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (Lisa Mazurek photo)
Senior runners head out on their five-kilometre course during the first North Zone high school cross-country event of the season Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Coldstream’s Kal Lake Provincial Park. (Brendan Shykora - Black Press)

Close finishes highlight North Zone cross-country season-opening race

Three of four races determined by a second or less in Coldstream’s Kal Lake Provincial Park

Senior runners head out on their five-kilometre course during the first North Zone high school cross-country event of the season Wednesday, Sept. 28, at Coldstream’s Kal Lake Provincial Park. (Brendan Shykora - Black Press)
North Okanagan Knights goalie Austin Seibel stretches to make a toe save off a Sicamous player during the Knights’ 3-1 KIJHL win over the Eagles Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. (Tanya Seibel photo)

North Okanagan Knights clip Sicamous Eagles

KIJHL - Knights scored 3-1 home-ice victory for first win of season, hand Eagles first loss

North Okanagan Knights goalie Austin Seibel stretches to make a toe save off a Sicamous player during the Knights’ 3-1 KIJHL win over the Eagles Saturday, Oct. 1, at the Nor-Val Sports Centre. (Tanya Seibel photo)
Goalie Matthew Tovell leads the Salmon Arm Silverbacks onto the ice for their BCHL game Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Shaw Centre against Wenatchee. Tovell and the ‘Backs downed the Wild 6-4. (@sasilverbacks photo)

Late rally lifts Salmon Arm Silverbacks past Wild

Four goals in game’s final 10 minutes give ‘Backs a 6-4 BCHL win over visiting Wenatchee Saturday

Goalie Matthew Tovell leads the Salmon Arm Silverbacks onto the ice for their BCHL game Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Shaw Centre against Wenatchee. Tovell and the ‘Backs downed the Wild 6-4. (@sasilverbacks photo)
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BCHL says Hockey Canada is biased towards major junior

A 35-page paper suggests Hockey Canada needs to recognize junior A as a legit development path

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Vernon Vipers defenceman Ayden Third (right) bumps Salmon Arm captain Nathan Mackie into the boards during the Silverbacks’ 4-1 B.C. Hockey League victory in Vernon’s home opener Saturday, Sept. 24, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Salmon Arm Silverbacks sweep aside Vernon

‘Backs roll to 4-1 BCHL win in Vipers’ home opener; sweep season-opening home-and-home series

Vernon Vipers defenceman Ayden Third (right) bumps Salmon Arm captain Nathan Mackie into the boards during the Silverbacks’ 4-1 B.C. Hockey League victory in Vernon’s home opener Saturday, Sept. 24, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Salmon Arm Silverbacks goaltender Matthew Tovell was stellar in a 3-0 win over the Vernon Vipers to kick off the 2022-23 BCHL season Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. (Salmon Arm Silverbacks photo)

Vernon Vipers shut out by Salmon Arm in season opener

Matthew Tovell stopped all 36 shots he faced for the Silverbacks

Salmon Arm Silverbacks goaltender Matthew Tovell was stellar in a 3-0 win over the Vernon Vipers to kick off the 2022-23 BCHL season Friday, Sept. 23, 2022. (Salmon Arm Silverbacks photo)