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A Hockey Canada logo is shown on the jersey of a player with Canada’s National Junior Team during a training camp practice in Calgary, Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Sponsorship boycott of Hockey Canada’s men’s programs grows amid calls for change

A growing list of top-tier corporate sponsors are pulling their support for…

Canada women's national soccer team goalkeeper Stephanie Labbe poses for photographs with her gold medal from the Tokyo Olympics after an announcement in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 16, 2022. Soccer Canada announced that the women's team will play Nigeria on April 8 in Vancouver and on April 11 in Langford, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Whitecaps name longtime national team goalie GM of women’s soccer

Stephanie Labbe retired this year after a lengthy playing career capped with gold in Tokyo

Vancouver’s Elias Pettersson dekes around Edmonton’s Darnell Nurse during NHL preseason action at the Abbotsford Centre on Wednesday (Oct. 5). (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

Vancouver Canucks post first 2022-23 preseason win in Abbotsford

Canucks defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in front of a sold out Abbotsford Centre

Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Hoglander (21), of Sweden, scores against Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Pettersson scores 2, Canucks edge Oilers 5-4 for first win of NHL pre-season

Game was played at a sold-out Abbotsford Centre

Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Hoglander (21), of Sweden, scores against Edmonton Oilers goalie Stuart Skinner (74) during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford, B.C., on Wednesday, October 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe talks to the team during the first day of training camp in Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Bench bosses on the bubble: Keefe, Boudreau among NHL coaches at risk this season

As expectations mount in demanding hockey markets, so does job insecurity

Toronto Maple Leafs head coach Sheldon Keefe talks to the team during the first day of training camp in Toronto, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A Hockey Canada document is review by a member of Parliament during a House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage looking into safe sport in Canada on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Trudeau says it “boggles the mind that Hockey Canada is continuing to dig in its heels”

Hockey Quebec has ‘lost confidence’ in Hockey Canada; withholding funds

A Hockey Canada document is review by a member of Parliament during a House of Commons Committee on Canadian Heritage looking into safe sport in Canada on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, left, watches his solo home, his 62nd of the season, with Texas Rangers catcher Sam Huff during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. With the home run, Judge set the AL record for home runs in a season, passing Roger Maris. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

Fan who caught Judge’s 62nd homer unsure what he’ll do with it

Cory Youmans made the catch of a lifetime Tuesday night

New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge, left, watches his solo home, his 62nd of the season, with Texas Rangers catcher Sam Huff during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. With the home run, Judge set the AL record for home runs in a season, passing Roger Maris. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits a solo home run, his 62nd of the season, during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. With the home run, Judge set the AL record for home runs in a season, passing Roger Maris. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
New York Yankees’ Aaron Judge hits a solo home run, his 62nd of the season, during the first inning in the second baseball game of a doubleheader against the Texas Rangers in Arlington, Texas, Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2022. With the home run, Judge set the AL record for home runs in a season, passing Roger Maris. (AP Photo/LM Otero)
Axel Schuster is seen during a news conference, in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, November 15, 2019. The Vancouver Whitecaps have given the CEO and sporting director a four-year contract extension.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver Whitecaps hand CEO Axel Schuster four-year contract extension

Club still fighting for a playoff berth with a single game left in regular-season play

Axel Schuster is seen during a news conference, in Vancouver, B.C. Friday, November 15, 2019. The Vancouver Whitecaps have given the CEO and sporting director a four-year contract extension.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser lines up for a faceoff against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Pre-season for any professional sports team is a time for optimism

It’s what happens during the start of the regular season that actually matters

Vancouver Canucks’ Brock Boeser lines up for a faceoff against the Montreal Canadiens during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Wednesday, March 9, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Collin Delia (60) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers’ Tyson Barrie (22) as Dylan Holloway (55) watches the puck go in the net during second period preseason action in Edmonton on Monday, October 3, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vancouver Canucks goalie Collin Delia (60) is scored on by Edmonton Oilers’ Tyson Barrie (22) as Dylan Holloway (55) watches the puck go in the net during second period preseason action in Edmonton on Monday, October 3, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
BC Sports Hall of Fame is holding a Greg Moore lap of honour. (Special to The News)

BC Sports Hall of Fame hosts virtual race in memory of racer Greg Moore

Memorial iRacing event will start on Monday, Oct. 3 at 1 p.m.

BC Sports Hall of Fame is holding a Greg Moore lap of honour. (Special to The News)
Bryan Burnham in action with the B.C. Lions. (The Canadian Press / Christopher Katsarov)

PODCAST: Bob Marjanovich with Bryan Burnham

MOJ on Sports: B.C. Lion’s Father played for the NFL’s Philadelphia Eagles

Bryan Burnham in action with the B.C. Lions. (The Canadian Press / Christopher Katsarov)
Nashville Predators forward Yakov Trenin (13) and Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn (14) react after being called for penalties by referee Garrett Rank (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)

Behind the stripes: What 3 NHL officials enjoy off the ice

Referees, linesman say sharing other aspects of lives helps humanize them

Nashville Predators forward Yakov Trenin (13) and Dallas Stars forward Jamie Benn (14) react after being called for penalties by referee Garrett Rank (48) during the first period of an NHL hockey game, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022, in Dallas. (AP Photo/Brandon Wade)
B.C. Lions’ James Butler, left, tries to fend off Ottawa Redblacks’ Alonzo Addae as he carries the ball during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ James Butler, left, tries to fend off Ottawa Redblacks’ Alonzo Addae as he carries the ball during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(courtesy B.C. Lions)

THE MOJ: A Rourke return for the Lions? Let’s call it a long shot with a shot

Still a faint hope that B.C.’s quarterback sensation could be back in time for the playoffs

(courtesy B.C. Lions)
Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes, left, and J.T. Miller talk during a stoppage in play during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game against the Seattle Kraken in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes, left, and J.T. Miller talk during a stoppage in play during the first period of a pre-season NHL hockey game against the Seattle Kraken in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) celebrates his RBI sacrifice fly against the New York Yankees during sixth inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Blue Jays first baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. (27) celebrates his RBI sacrifice fly against the New York Yankees during sixth inning American League MLB baseball action in Toronto on Wednesday, September 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam speaks to reporters at the Raptors media day availability, in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Toronto Raptors’ Pascal Siakam speaks to reporters at the Raptors media day availability, in Toronto, Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher answers questions from a reporter during the Raptors training camp at the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Raptors coach Nick Nurse says<strong> </strong>Boucher is one of the most unique players in the NBA.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Toronto Raptors’ Chris Boucher answers questions from a reporter during the Raptors training camp at the Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities at the University of Victoria in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, September 27, 2022. Raptors coach Nick Nurse says<strong> </strong>Boucher is one of the most unique players in the NBA.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito