Around the rink

Most people use the weekends in Jan. to relax after a crazy Christmas season, but the hockey world is anything but quiet. Oceanside kicked off their busiest weekend of the season on Jan. 13 as hosts of the 2013 Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) All Star Classic. Each year the VIJHL puts on the … Continued

No “Nationals hangover” for women’s v-ball

After winning the CCAA National Championship last season at home in such dramatic fashion, there was some concern for this season’s Mariners lacking the same motivation to repeat. But that hasn’t been an issue as VIU has another successful season underway. The squad is sitting in second place, just two points behind the University of … Continued

Canada’s most iconic sports calls

Every sports fan has a favourite moment in team history, and it’s accompanied by a spine-chilling commentary call. Here are the top ten in Canadian history (and let’s face it, most of them happen on ice). 10. Punch-up in Piestany— “They’ve turned the lights off in the arena, but that isn’t going to solve anything!” … Continued

Men’s basketball aims to improve in second half

The Mariners men’s basketball team passed the midway point of the season earlier this month, and is looking solid heading down the stretch to Provincials. VIU is second in the PacWest standings but there is still room for improvement, said head coach Matt Kuzminski. “Some of our ball movement slows down late in the game … Continued

Capturing the essence of Canada

“Hockey captures the essence of Canadian experience in the New World. In a land so inescapably and inhospitably cold, hockey is the chance of life, and an affirmation that despite the deathly chill of winter we are alive.” —Stephen Leacock The National Hockey League entered its third work stoppage in just two decades on Sept. … Continued

Around the Rink

Dec. was kind to Nanaimo’s Junior-A Clippers and Junior-B Buccaneers, and both teams closed out 2012 with a victory. The Clippers recorded three wins and three losses in a month that saw them on the road for four games, while the Bucs notched six wins in eight games. The Clippers began Dec. with a two-game … Continued

Mariners in a minute

 Volleyball The Mariners men’s team is hosting its 2013 Identification Camp on Jan. 13 in preparation for next season. Head coach Abe Avender and Assistant Coach Graham Sigalet will evaluate attending athletes looking for a future in varsity volleyball. Avender says the camp is an important aspect in team recruiting. “We hosted an ID camp … Continued

B.C. Summer Games coming to Nanaimo

Nanaimo will host the 2014 B.C. Summer Games, making it the second time the event has come to the Harbour City. Nearly 4000 athletes, coaches, and officials will visit Nanaimo from July 17–20, 2014 to take part in 19 events, says the BC Games Society. Athletes with a disability can compete in Athletics, Equestrian, and … Continued

Blue Jays transformed to World Series favourites

Toronto Blue Jays fans have reason to rejoice for the first time in years, as another season to forget was followed by an off-season to remember. Just months ago Jays fans were going through the usual end-of-season motions, accepting another year out of playoff contention and uttering the adopted team motto, “maybe next year.” A … Continued

Register for ski trips, ice hockey this semester

A fresh semester at VIU means a new batch of Campus Rec. activities for students. Registration for intramural leagues and outdoor recreation events began yesterday and sign-up for fitness programs will take place on Monday. Here is a look ahead at the events planned for this semester. Plenty of intramural sports are offered for 2013, … Continued

Get your head in the game

SASKATOON (CUP)—As athletes and coaches we spend a lot of time working on physical, technical, and strategic skills in our particular sport. But is that enough? What about the mental aspect of the game? How important is it for athletes to prepare their psychological mindset? According to Tom Graham, clinical research coordinator with the University … Continued

Around the rink: athlete profile

The Nanaimo Buccaneers have enjoyed a successful first half of their debut season, thanks in large part to their goaltending. Nanaimo has two strong netminders, one of which is 20-year-old Cameron Large, who is happy to be playing his final year in the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League (VIJHL) in his home town of Nanaimo. … Continued

Mt. Washington to open week early

Mount Washington ski resort announced it will open on Friday, Nov. 30, one week earlier than previously scheduled. It is the fourth consecutive year the resort will begin its winter schedule early. The exact lifts and terrain to be opened will be announced soon, and ski lifts will start running at 9 a.m. Friday morning. … Continued

Is Vancouver home to the worst sports fans?

The BC Lions played the Calgary Stampeders earlier this month in the Canadian Football League’s western division final game. Finishing the regular season atop the standings allotted B.C. home-field advantage, with the winner continuing on to compete for the 100th Grey Cup. I was among the 43,216 fans packed into BC Place Stadium that Sunday. … Continued

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