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Practise and skill development are the only activities allowed for Quesnel minor hockey after restrictions were extended. In this file photo, Xavier Cannon, makes a save during practise at Quesnel Arena. (File Photo)

Quesnel Minor Hockey going strong despite COVID-19

The QDMHA communications director, was focusing on the positives when restrictions were extended

Mitch Love played his minor hockey in Quesnel before moving to the WHL and beginning his coaching career. (Kevin Clark / The Herald)

Mitch Love, Team Canada, come up one game short

The Quesnel-born coach helped lead Canada to a silver medal at the World Juniors

Rocks thrown by individuals practising and junior teams can still go up and down the Quesnel sheets under current public health rules. (File Photo)

Quesnel Curling Centre hoping to salvage season

Manager Dave Plant said the club was keeping the ice in until updated rules come down Feb. 5

Quesnel's 2024 BC Winter Games bid gained support from the School Board and CRD joint committee this week. (Submitted photo)

Quesnel’s BC Winter Games bid clears hurdles

Both the school district and regional joint committee agreeed to support the 2024/2026 bid

Quesnel's 2024 BC Winter Games bid gained support from the School Board and CRD joint committee this week. (Submitted photo)

Quesnel soccer hits pause on 2021

With the winter season on ice for good, the QYSA is already looking forward to the snow melting

The Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League brands themselves as a tier 2 league, and operates outside of Hockey Canada’s jurisdiction. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Junior league eyes Quesnel for expansion

The expansion director for the GMHL presented to the North Cariboo Joint Advisory Committee

The Greater Metro Junior A Hockey League brands themselves as a tier 2 league, and operates outside of Hockey Canada’s jurisdiction. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
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A 100 Mile House Minor Hockey Player practices his stickwork at a practice at the South Cariboo Rec Centre. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

100 Mile House Minor Hockey Association suspends activities

This move is effective immediately and comes due to the spike of COVID-19 cases in 100 Mile House

A 100 Mile House Minor Hockey Player practices his stickwork at a practice at the South Cariboo Rec Centre. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Quesnel is vying to host the 2024 BC Winter Games. (Submitted)

Quesnel moving forward with 2024 BC Winter Games bid

The city’s manager of economic development and tourism, Amy Reid, said the deadline is in Feb.

Quesnel is vying to host the 2024 BC Winter Games. (Submitted)
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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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Matthew Hender broke down his workout on a Special Olympics BC Facebook livestream, providing tips and proper form. (Special Olympics Photo)

Quesnel Special Olympics athlete shares workout

Matthew Hender designed a workout with no equipment called No Pain No Gain

Matthew Hender broke down his workout on a Special Olympics BC Facebook livestream, providing tips and proper form. (Special Olympics Photo)
Skiing lessons for both adults and kids made the opening day at Hallis Lake (Dec. 12), a hive of activity. Classes will continue in January. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Hallis Lake skiers sliding into 2021

The Cariboo Touring Ski Club, based just outside of Quesnel has seen higher demand during COVID-19

Skiing lessons for both adults and kids made the opening day at Hallis Lake (Dec. 12), a hive of activity. Classes will continue in January. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Ross Campbell (left), a previous winner of the award and officiating co-ordinator for the region, and Frank Gonzalez (right), the referee in chief for the Quesnel and District Minor Hockey Association, were on hand to present Ryan Fury with his award from British Columbia Hockey as most dedicated official for the 2019-20 season. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel hockey referee earns provincial honour

Ryan Fury was named the most dedicated referee in B.C. for the 2019-20 season

Ross Campbell (left), a previous winner of the award and officiating co-ordinator for the region, and Frank Gonzalez (right), the referee in chief for the Quesnel and District Minor Hockey Association, were on hand to present Ryan Fury with his award from British Columbia Hockey as most dedicated official for the 2019-20 season. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Taking the T-bar up the bunny hill Saturday, Dec. 19 at Troll Ski Resort. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

PHOTOS: Troll Ski Resort opens

The ski hill between Quesnel and Wells is open every day during the Christmas holiday except Dec. 25

Taking the T-bar up the bunny hill Saturday, Dec. 19 at Troll Ski Resort. (Lindsay Chung Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Chris Thon has come back to Quesnel as a result of new public health orders that say athletes aged 18 and older cannot practise or play, while his teammates practise in Kamloops. (Kamloops Storm Photo)

New public health orders send Quesnel captain of KIJHL franchise home

Kamloops Storm captain Chris Thon is back in Quesnel because athletes aged 18 and older cannot play

Chris Thon has come back to Quesnel as a result of new public health orders that say athletes aged 18 and older cannot practise or play, while his teammates practise in Kamloops. (Kamloops Storm Photo)
Mitchell Dunn submitted videos of his performance to a sectional competition. (Submitted Photo)

Quesnel skater competes at provincial event from home

Mitchell Dunn was forced to compete through video when COVID-19 restrictions prevented travel

Mitchell Dunn submitted videos of his performance to a sectional competition. (Submitted Photo)
Nick and Theo Burzynski took advantage of the first day of cross-country skiing at Hallis Lake, hitting the trails on Dec. 12. Junior and beginner ski classes were attended by over two dozen people. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Quesnel cross country ski trails to open this weekend

The Hallis Lake lodge and rental shop will open for the first time this winter Saturday, Dec. 12

Nick and Theo Burzynski took advantage of the first day of cross-country skiing at Hallis Lake, hitting the trails on Dec. 12. Junior and beginner ski classes were attended by over two dozen people. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
The Quesnel Special Olympics Curling team (Dean Cake, Josh Tilsner, Matt Hender, Douglas King and Cory Melnychuk) played the Burnaby team in a challenge match. (Submitted Photo)

Special Olympics Quesnel faces Burnaby in curling challenge

The Burnaby club sent pre-set rock locations for Quesnel to try to out-count

The Quesnel Special Olympics Curling team (Dean Cake, Josh Tilsner, Matt Hender, Douglas King and Cory Melnychuk) played the Burnaby team in a challenge match. (Submitted Photo)
Mitch Love is preparing for the World Juniors and the WHL season. The Quesnel native started coaching the Saskatoon Blades in 2017, and won a Gold Medal with team Canada at the juniors in 2020. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)

Quesnel-born coach looking to give Canada back to back gold medals

Mitch Love, who grew up in Quesnel, will be an assistant coach for Canada at the World Juniors

Mitch Love is preparing for the World Juniors and the WHL season. The Quesnel native started coaching the Saskatoon Blades in 2017, and won a Gold Medal with team Canada at the juniors in 2020. (Saskatoon StarPhoenix/Liam Richards)
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)
Even masked curling for adults will not be allowed under new public health orders. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

New sport rules give out red cards to Quesnel leagues and clubs

New public orders even have implications on youth sports in the province

Even masked curling for adults will not be allowed under new public health orders. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)