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Shawn Driver proudly stands next to his car in his Sooke shop. (Bailey Moreton - Sooke News Mirror)

Sooke racer hits speed of 468 km/h on salt flats

Shawn Driver is breaking records, but still wants to go faster

BCHL

BCHL all-star festivities to include Top Prospects Game

All-star events will be held Jan. 14 in Penticton, with NHL and college scouts in attendance

Victoria Royals’ Anthony Wilson, #21, breaking on Prince George Cougar goaltender Taylor Gauthier during the second period. (Christopher Kelsall photo)

Injured Victoria Royals limp to 4-1 loss against Prince George Cougars

10 regulars out of the lineup Saturday night

  • Oct 25, 2021
Members of the Sardis Drumline on the ice at an empty Abbotsford Centre prior to Friday night’s American Hockey League game. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack’s Sardis Drumline gets season-long gig at Vancouver Canucks games

Small groups from Sardis secondary school will perform at 41 National Hockey League matches

Members of the Sardis Drumline on the ice at an empty Abbotsford Centre prior to Friday night’s American Hockey League game. (submitted photo)
Victoria Royals Keanu Derungs celebrating his goal to open the scoring at 1:12 of the second period. (Christopher Kelsall/Special to Victoria News)

Prince George Cougars hammer the Victoria Royals 5-1

Royals fall after injecting inexperienced youth into the depleted line-up

Victoria Royals Keanu Derungs celebrating his goal to open the scoring at 1:12 of the second period. (Christopher Kelsall/Special to Victoria News)
Georgia Devonshire is a talented rugby player selected in a Canada-wide search for potential Olympic candidates. (Photo courtesy of Brian Findlay)

Saanich rugby player makes top 100 in Canada-wide search for Olympic talent

UVic student selected through RBC training ground designed to find Canada’s best athletes

Georgia Devonshire is a talented rugby player selected in a Canada-wide search for potential Olympic candidates. (Photo courtesy of Brian Findlay)
Vikes soccer alums Trinity Kettyls (left) and Mackenzie Riggs (right) run in 2020’s Vikes Kick Cancer event in honour of the latter of whom, who was diagnosed with brain cancer the same year. (University of Victoria Varsity Athletics)

UVic Vikes take to second run for brain cancer research in honour of diagnosed alum

Goal is to raise a total of $100,000 for the Brain Tumour Foundation of Canada

Vikes soccer alums Trinity Kettyls (left) and Mackenzie Riggs (right) run in 2020’s Vikes Kick Cancer event in honour of the latter of whom, who was diagnosed with brain cancer the same year. (University of Victoria Varsity Athletics)
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey and BC Hockey League official Shayne Heinekey (right) receives his 2021 Hockey Canada most improved official award for B.C. Hockey. (Photo courtesy of BC Hockey)
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey and BC Hockey League official Shayne Heinekey (right) receives his 2021 Hockey Canada most improved official award for B.C. Hockey. (Photo courtesy of BC Hockey)

The greatest award: How officiating hockey changed Greater Victoria man’s life

Shayne Heinekey the recipient of Hockey Canada’s most improved official award for B.C.

  • Oct 22, 2021
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey and BC Hockey League official Shayne Heinekey (right) receives his 2021 Hockey Canada most improved official award for B.C. Hockey. (Photo courtesy of BC Hockey)
Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey and BC Hockey League official Shayne Heinekey (right) receives his 2021 Hockey Canada most improved official award for B.C. Hockey. (Photo courtesy of BC Hockey)
The Victoria Royals have aquired goaltender Campbell Arnold from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 draft. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria Royals acquire goalie from Spokane Chiefs

Campbell Arnold was picked up by the Royals in exchange for a third-round pick in 2023

The Victoria Royals have aquired goaltender Campbell Arnold from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a third-round pick in the 2023 draft. (Black Press Media file photo)
Aleah Ashlee of the Comox Valley is a guard on the University of Victoria women’s basketball team. Photo by Peggy Street

Basketball’s ‘Grandma Aleah’ loving her status as a rare 6th-year Vike

Comox Valley basketball product Aleah Ashlee back for another run with UVic

Aleah Ashlee of the Comox Valley is a guard on the University of Victoria women’s basketball team. Photo by Peggy Street
BCHL

2021 BCHL Showcase runs Wednesday to Sunday in Chilliwack

After one year in Chilliwack, the league intends to move the event around starting in 2022-23

BCHL
Recently acquired 19-year-old Ashton Luken stopped 15 shots during the Panthers’ 6-5 overtime loss to the Victoria Cougars Sunday night. (Photo by Tina Doehnel)

Peninsula Panthers claw a point off Victoria Cougars in narrow loss

The Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League team is also dealing with a rash of injuries

Recently acquired 19-year-old Ashton Luken stopped 15 shots during the Panthers’ 6-5 overtime loss to the Victoria Cougars Sunday night. (Photo by Tina Doehnel)
Rowers taking part in the Head and Tail of the Gorge regatta in Victoria on Saturday. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Costumed regatta takes to the Gorge in Victoria

Saturday was day one of the Head and Tail of the Gorge event

Rowers taking part in the Head and Tail of the Gorge regatta in Victoria on Saturday. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Cody Carlson has taken over as head coach and general manager of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Saanich Predators. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Predators)

Saanich Predators name new coach and general manager

Cody Carlson takes over from Brent Polischuk as Jr. B hockey team’s head coach, GM

Cody Carlson has taken over as head coach and general manager of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League’s Saanich Predators. (Photo courtesy of Saanich Predators)
Riders take part in the 2020 Tripleshot CrossFondo cyling races, the 2021 version of which happens this Sunday (Oc t. 17). (Courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)

More than 300 riders will race around Greater Victoria in Tripleshot CrossFondo

The Sunday event (Oct. 17) is also raising money for youth cycling program, trail development

Riders take part in the 2020 Tripleshot CrossFondo cyling races, the 2021 version of which happens this Sunday (Oc t. 17). (Courtesy of Kevin Light Photography)
Elaine Klima and Aiden Grew were the winners of the Oct. 8 race up Mount Douglas. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turnbull)

Aiden Grew retains crown for fourth time in race up Mount Douglas

Lambrick Park students vie to be Monarchs of the Hill, formerly King and Queen of the Hill

Elaine Klima and Aiden Grew were the winners of the Oct. 8 race up Mount Douglas. (Photo courtesy of Tom Turnbull)
Victoria Royals goalie #35 Sebastian Wraneschitz redirects the puck as teammate #3 Justin Kipke battles with Kamloops Blazers #29 Nick McCarry during the first period at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)

Kamloops Blazers roll over Victoria Royals 8-3

Royals had best start of the season but couldn’t execute on the powerplay

  • Oct 14, 2021
Victoria Royals goalie #35 Sebastian Wraneschitz redirects the puck as teammate #3 Justin Kipke battles with Kamloops Blazers #29 Nick McCarry during the first period at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Don Denton/Black Press Media)
Victoria Royals player Trentyn Crane forechecking deep in the Kamloops Blazers’ zone. (Christopher Kelsall photo)

Victoria Royals goaltender Tyler Palmer remains strong between the pipes

Kamloops Blazers outshoot Royals in 3-2 Tuesday win

  • Oct 13, 2021
Victoria Royals player Trentyn Crane forechecking deep in the Kamloops Blazers’ zone. (Christopher Kelsall photo)
Brayden Schuurman lines up for the face-off during a preseason game against the Kelowna Rockets on Sept. 17. (Paige Bednorz/Kelowna Rockets)

Victoria Royals’ Schuurman earns WHL player of the week after lamp-lighting weekend series

The centreman had 5 goals and an assist during a two-game set against Kelowna

Brayden Schuurman lines up for the face-off during a preseason game against the Kelowna Rockets on Sept. 17. (Paige Bednorz/Kelowna Rockets)
BCHL

31 BCHL alums on NHL rosters as pro season starts

The Nashville Predators and Colorado Avalanche lead the way with three BCHLers on their rosters

BCHL