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Seattle Kraken’s Jeremy Lauzon (55) checks Vancouver Canucks’ Vasily Podkolzin (92), of Russia, as Seattle’s goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Seattle Kraken’s Jeremy Lauzon (55) checks Vancouver Canucks’ Vasily Podkolzin (92), of Russia, as Seattle’s goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jake Virtanen recently debuted for HC Spartak Moscow of the KHL. (Instagram photo)

Ex-Canuck Jake Virtanen playing in Russia amid sex assault lawsuit

Former Vancouver Canucks forward arrived in Russia last month to join KHL team

Jake Virtanen recently debuted for HC Spartak Moscow of the KHL. (Instagram photo)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) points toward the sidelines prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)

Brady beats Belichik, sets passing yards record in return to New England

Legnedary quarterback admitted to getting emotional about facing his old team on Sunday night

Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady (12) points toward the sidelines prior to an NFL football game between the New England Patriots and Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Sunday, Oct. 3, 2021, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Steven Senne)
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, reaches for the puck in front of Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Copp (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, February 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks sign stars Pettersson, Hughes to multi-year contracts

News of the deals comes more than a week after the Canucks opened training camp in Abbotsford, B.C.

Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, reaches for the puck in front of Winnipeg Jets’ Andrew Copp (9) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, February 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris, centre, is tackled by B.C. Lions’ Anthony Thompson (23) and Jalon Edwards-Cooper (29) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, October 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris, centre, is tackled by B.C. Lions’ Anthony Thompson (23) and Jalon Edwards-Cooper (29) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, October 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Jason Dickinson, right, is checked by Calgary Flames’ Nikita Zadorov during second period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Gaudreau, Tkachuk lead Calgary Flames to 4-1 pre-season win over Vancouver Canucks

Canucks say defenceman Travis Hamonic isn’t opting out of NHL season

Vancouver Canucks’ Jason Dickinson, right, is checked by Calgary Flames’ Nikita Zadorov during second period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes reaches for the puck as it bounces off the glass after being shot around the boards during first period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Reports: Canucks sign stars Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes to new deals

Pettersson reportedly gets a 3-year deal, Hughes signs for six

Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes reaches for the puck as it bounces off the glass after being shot around the boards during first period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead celebrates his touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. Whitehead, Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence and Lions quarterback Michael Reilly have been named the CFL’s top performers for September. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Whitehead in the spotlight as B.C. Lions take on surging Winnipeg Blue Bombers

Lions (4-3) host reciever’s former team, the first-place Winnipeg Blue Bombers

B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead celebrates his touchdown against the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. Whitehead, Hamilton Tiger-Cats linebacker Simoni Lawrence and Lions quarterback Michael Reilly have been named the CFL’s top performers for September. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Football Canada and indigenous artist Kolten Khasalus Grant have collaborated to produce a national identity for football in indigenous communities across the country.
The Indigenous Football Canada logo, shown in a handout, will be available on merchandise for Football Weekend in Canada on Oct. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Football Canada, artist Grant produce identity for football in Indigenous communities

President Jim Mullin said Football Canada and sport in general both have a role to play in reconciliation

Football Canada and indigenous artist Kolten Khasalus Grant have collaborated to produce a national identity for football in indigenous communities across the country.
The Indigenous Football Canada logo, shown in a handout, will be available on merchandise for Football Weekend in Canada on Oct. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Calgary Flames’ Michael Stone (26) collides with teammate, goalie Daniel Vladar, of the Czech Republic, as Vancouver Canucks’ Justin Dowling, left, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Calgary Flames’ Michael Stone (26) collides with teammate, goalie Daniel Vladar, of the Czech Republic, as Vancouver Canucks’ Justin Dowling, left, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Arturs Silovs clears Seattle Kraken’s Nathan Bastian in the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Arturs Silovs clears Seattle Kraken’s Nathan Bastian in the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7) pushes Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Nick Marshall away as he runs with the ball after making a reception during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7) pushes Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Nick Marshall away as he runs with the ball after making a reception during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ladies Golf Night reporter Leslie Stirling. (S/J File photo)

It’s a wrap for Ladies’ Night golf

Leslie Stirling column

  • Sep 24, 2021
Ladies Golf Night reporter Leslie Stirling. (S/J File photo)
Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario increases sporting events capacity, ahead of baseball playoffs, NHL season

Ontario is opening the door wider for fans at sporting events, just…

Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander catches his breath behind the net during their NHL training camp in Toronto on Thursday, September 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

NHLers weigh in on league’s vaccine policy: ‘I’ve gotta be careful with this one’

NHL deputy commissioner said last week he estimates 98 per cent of players will be vaccinated

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander catches his breath behind the net during their NHL training camp in Toronto on Thursday, September 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer David Shoemaker in Toronto on Monday July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Lululemon to outfit Canadian Olympic, Paralympic athletes through 2028 Games

Lululemon will provide Team Canada with clothing and accessories from 2022 until 2028

Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer David Shoemaker in Toronto on Monday July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40) slides into then-Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) during third period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Oilers goaltender Stalock likely to miss season due to possible heart condition

Keeper had contracted COVID prior to last season but had been cleared to play since

Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson (40) slides into then-Minnesota Wild goaltender Alex Stalock (32) during third period NHL qualifying round game action in Edmonton, on Friday August 7, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Simon Fraser University football team kicker Kristie Elliott, who recently became the first Canadian woman to play and score in a college football game, poses for a photograph before practice at the university in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. It’s taken some adaptations, but Elliott has broken new ground for women in college sports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Simon Fraser University football team kicker Kristie Elliott, who recently became the first Canadian woman to play and score in a college football game, poses for a photograph before practice at the university in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. It’s taken some adaptations, but Elliott has broken new ground for women in college sports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jim Hughson is retiring after 42 years of broadcasting. (Hockey Night in Canada)

Award-winning play-by-play announcer Jim Hughson retires, ending 42-year career

B.C native has served as the voice of the Vancouver Canucks and Hockey Night in Canada

Jim Hughson is retiring after 42 years of broadcasting. (Hockey Night in Canada)
Montreal Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Braden Holtby during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver on January 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Anxiety and insomnia drove Canadiens star Jonathan Drouin to take break from hockey

Forward says he has since restored his mental health, and is skating with his teammates again

Montreal Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Braden Holtby during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver on January 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck