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Former Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) sits in the penalty box as seats normally filled with fans remain empty during first period NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. A defence lawyer is expected to cross-examine a woman today who claims she was sexually assaulted by Virtanen in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Former Vancouver Canucks right wing Jake Virtanen (18) sits in the penalty box as seats normally filled with fans remain empty during first period NHL action against the Edmonton Oilers in Vancouver, B.C., Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. A defence lawyer is expected to cross-examine a woman today who claims she was sexually assaulted by Virtanen in 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A player gets ready to serve at the West Fraser Timber Park during the Billy Barker Days Pickleball Tournament on Sunday, July 17. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)
A player gets ready to serve at the West Fraser Timber Park during the Billy Barker Days Pickleball Tournament on Sunday, July 17. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Observer)
Canada’s Rebecca Quinn, left, and United States’ Sophia Smith fight for the ball during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship final soccer match in Monterrey, Mexico, Monday, July 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Fernando Llano

US beats Canada for women’s soccer title, ‘24 Olympic berth

The U.S. got a measure of revenge for their Olympic semifinal loss…

Canada’s Rebecca Quinn, left, and United States’ Sophia Smith fight for the ball during the CONCACAF Women’s Championship final soccer match in Monterrey, Mexico, Monday, July 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Fernando Llano
Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen (18) falls in front of Edmonton Oilers’ Ethan Bear (74) as he reaches for the puck while Jesse Puljujarvi, right, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trial begins for Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen, former Canuck charged with sexual assault

Charge tied to a police investigation into an incident that took place on Sept. 26, 2017

Vancouver Canucks’ Jake Virtanen (18) falls in front of Edmonton Oilers’ Ethan Bear (74) as he reaches for the puck while Jesse Puljujarvi, right, watches during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Galen Rupp, of the United States, and Cam Levins of Canada (right) compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Patrick Smith/Pool Photo via AP

B.C. marathoner Cam Levins finishes historic 4th at world championships

Black Creek-born runner beat his previous Canadian record by about 2 minutes

Galen Rupp, of the United States, and Cam Levins of Canada (right) compete during the men’s marathon at the World Athletics Championships Sunday, July 17, 2022, in Eugene, Ore. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Patrick Smith/Pool Photo via AP
Team Canada makes their entrance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast for the opening ceremony (DetailsGroup photo).

61 B.C. athletes to represent Team Canada at 2022 Commonwealth games in Birmingham

2022 Commonwealth games have B.C. born athletes gearing up for competition

Team Canada makes their entrance at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast for the opening ceremony (DetailsGroup photo).
Racing fans packed the Goldpan Speedway for the Bob Willson Memorial Crash to Pass on Thursday, July 14. (Tracey Roberts photo — Quesnel Observer)
Racing fans packed the Goldpan Speedway for the Bob Willson Memorial Crash to Pass on Thursday, July 14. (Tracey Roberts photo — Quesnel Observer)
West Fraser employees take a well-deserved break during the annual Pete Ketcham Memorial Golf Tournament. Pictured are a number of West Fraser golfers, including Hank Ketcham, Board Chair (back row, second from the right). (Contributed photo)
West Fraser employees take a well-deserved break during the annual Pete Ketcham Memorial Golf Tournament. Pictured are a number of West Fraser golfers, including Hank Ketcham, Board Chair (back row, second from the right). (Contributed photo)
Tiger Woods of the US reacts to dust after playing a shot on the 1st hole during the first round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 14 2022. The Open Championship returns to the home of golf on July 14-17, 2022, to celebrate the 150th edition of the sport’s oldest championship, which dates to 1860 and was first played at St. Andrews in 1873. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Tiger Woods of the US reacts to dust after playing a shot on the 1st hole during the first round of the British Open golf championship on the Old Course at St. Andrews, Scotland, Thursday, July 14 2022. The Open Championship returns to the home of golf on July 14-17, 2022, to celebrate the 150th edition of the sport’s oldest championship, which dates to 1860 and was first played at St. Andrews in 1873. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar is coming home. Lazar, who has played in Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo and Boston, has signed a three-year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (File photo)

Shuswap hockey star signs with Vancouver Canucks

Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar, who also played minor hockey in Vernon, inks three-year deal

Salmon Arm’s Curtis Lazar is coming home. Lazar, who has played in Ottawa, Calgary, Buffalo and Boston, has signed a three-year NHL contract with the Vancouver Canucks. (File photo)
Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo walks with a trainer after Bradley Zimmer was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on July 7, 2022, in Seattle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ted S. Warren

Blue Jays fire Montoyo, name bench coach John Schneider interim manager

Toronto sits a half-game up on the Mariners for the third wild-card spot

Toronto Blue Jays manager Charlie Montoyo walks with a trainer after Bradley Zimmer was hit by a pitch during the seventh inning of the team's baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on July 7, 2022, in Seattle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ted S. Warren
Chicago Blackhawks center Henrik Borgstrom (13) chases Florida Panthers right wing Claude Giroux (28) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, March 31, 2022. NHL free agency opened with a bang Wednesday as the Senators signed veteran forward Giroux to a reported three-year, $19.5-million contract in another move that signals the franchise’s long, painful rebuild is over.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Reinhold Matay

Giroux joins Senators, Campbell Oilers, Mikheyev Canucks as NHL free agency opens

Goaltending carousel continues to turn in the first day of the NHL signing season

Chicago Blackhawks center Henrik Borgstrom (13) chases Florida Panthers right wing Claude Giroux (28) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, in Sunrise, Fla., Thursday, March 31, 2022. NHL free agency opened with a bang Wednesday as the Senators signed veteran forward Giroux to a reported three-year, $19.5-million contract in another move that signals the franchise’s long, painful rebuild is over.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Reinhold Matay
Canada’s Cyle Larin (17) celebrates his goal with Richie Laryea against Jamaica during first half CONCACAF World Cup soccer qualifying action in Toronto on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Canada will get a taste of World Cup opposition in September with games in Europe against Qatar and Uruguay ahead of the men’s soccer showcase in Qatar in November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canada’s Cyle Larin (17) celebrates his goal with Richie Laryea against Jamaica during first half CONCACAF World Cup soccer qualifying action in Toronto on Sunday, March 27, 2022. Canada will get a taste of World Cup opposition in September with games in Europe against Qatar and Uruguay ahead of the men’s soccer showcase in Qatar in November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Organizer Keith Azak’s goal to continue building a large-scale open basketball tournament to Terrace. (Brittany Gervais/Terrace Standard)

‘Rockin’ to the final game’: High hopes for northern B.C. roundball tourney

The Riverboat Days Open Basketball Tournament tips off this August in Terrace

Organizer Keith Azak’s goal to continue building a large-scale open basketball tournament to Terrace. (Brittany Gervais/Terrace Standard)
Vancouver Canucks 15th pick Jonathan Lekkerimaki gets a hand with his jersey from Gary Bettman during the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft on July 7, 2022 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vancouver Canucks 15th pick Jonathan Lekkerimaki gets a hand with his jersey from Gary Bettman during the first round of the 2022 NHL Draft on July 7, 2022 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) is sacked by Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Willie Jefferson (5) during the first half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Blue Bombers blitz B.C. Lions 43-22 in battle of CFL unbeatens

Winnipeg QB Zach Collaros tosses for 288 yards, 3 TDs

B.C. Lions quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) is sacked by Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Willie Jefferson (5) during the first half of CFL football game in Vancouver, on Saturday, July 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Victor Cui, speaks to media, in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday January 25, 2022. For the first time in league history, a CFL game will be broadcast in an Indigenous language. The Edmonton Elks president and chief executive officer announced Friday the franchise’s July 22 home game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be broadcast live in Cree.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

For first time ever, CFL game set to be broadcast in an Indigenous language

Edmonton Elks vs Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be broadcast live in Cree

Victor Cui, speaks to media, in Edmonton, Alta., on Tuesday January 25, 2022. For the first time in league history, a CFL game will be broadcast in an Indigenous language. The Edmonton Elks president and chief executive officer announced Friday the franchise’s July 22 home game against the Winnipeg Blue Bombers will be broadcast live in Cree.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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PETEY 2.0: Canucks draft a second Elias Pettersson

It was deja vu for Canucks fans on July 8 during the NHL draft in Montreal

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Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager Emilie Castonguay talks to GM Patrik Allvin during the first round of the NHL draft in Montreal, Thursday, July 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.

NHL’s glass ceiling finally shattering as more women move into front-office roles

Several women on the floor at the NHL entry draft, including five female AGMs

Vancouver Canucks assistant general manager Emilie Castonguay talks to GM Patrik Allvin during the first round of the NHL draft in Montreal, Thursday, July 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes.
A spectator looks on as the Olympic Caldron is relit in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Hosting 2030 Winter Olympics in B.C. estimated to cost $1.2B in public funds

Events would be hosted in Whistler, Metro Vancouver and Sun Peaks

A spectator looks on as the Olympic Caldron is relit in downtown Vancouver, Wednesday, February 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward