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The Kerry Park Islanders and Peninsula Panthers battle during a Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League game in November 2020. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League hasn’t given up on season

Games can’t resume until at least February, but league brass still hopeful

The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted

Physically tough, but mentally relaxing

It’s winter. I am usually just returning from down south and having…

Brett McLean of Comox played for the Colorado Avalanche in the 2005/06 and 2006/07 NHL seasons. He is now an assistant coach of the Minnesota Wild. Photo supplied

Vancouver Islander making NHL assistant coaching debut

Brett McLean of the Comox Valley opens coming NHL season behind the bench of the Minnesota Wild

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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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Dylan Wood starts a route following the conclusion of the Look Before You Leap bouldering competition hosted by On The Rocks Climbing Gym in Campbell River, B.C. on Feb. 29, 2020. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

2020: a year in sports

Some of the Mirror ‘s stand out sports photos from the last year

Dylan Wood starts a route following the conclusion of the Look Before You Leap bouldering competition hosted by On The Rocks Climbing Gym in Campbell River, B.C. on Feb. 29, 2020. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
Madison Thomas manoeuvres the ball in the midfield for Cowichan United during a LIWSA match last fall. (Citizen file)

Vancouver Island soccer leagues make plans to move forward

Schedules and cup draws are set in case adult soccer gets go-ahead

Madison Thomas manoeuvres the ball in the midfield for Cowichan United during a LIWSA match last fall. (Citizen file)
Fly fishing patterns 2020 tied with vintage Herters bobbin. Don Daniels photo

Old methods of buying fishing tackle have gone out the window

By Don Daniels Ever since the beginning of recreational sportfishing, all you…

  • Dec 30, 2020
Fly fishing patterns 2020 tied with vintage Herters bobbin. Don Daniels photo
The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted

Change the season to be jolly

By James Durand For the last few weeks my five-year-old has been…

  • Dec 23, 2020
The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted
Ernest Anderson cleaning up unused fishing rods that will be donated. Photo by Don Daniels

Time spent during the holidays, fishing or cleaning up gear

Here we are in the final two days before Christmas, and the…

  • Dec 23, 2020
Ernest Anderson cleaning up unused fishing rods that will be donated. Photo by Don Daniels
Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association logo

If all goes to plan Vancouver Island minor hockey games could restart in mid-January

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association set to go depending on what Dr. Bonnie Henry does Jan. 8

Vancouver Island Amateur Hockey Association logo
Campbell River’s Emoni Bush was among a gorup of highschool-age volleyball players participating in the first National Excellence Program for Women. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror

Campbell River volleyball player wraps up National Excellence Program

Volleyball Canada’s first National Excellence Program, which included identified high school age…

  • Dec 18, 2020
Campbell River’s Emoni Bush was among a gorup of highschool-age volleyball players participating in the first National Excellence Program for Women. Photo by Marissa Tiel – Campbell River Mirror
Lots of room for fly fishing in Strathcona Park. Don Daniels photo

Holiday fishing opportunities

By Don Daniels When it comes to recreational fishing around Campbell River…

  • Dec 16, 2020
Lots of room for fly fishing in Strathcona Park. Don Daniels photo
The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted

How do we stay self motivated

By James Durand So, it’s been a busy year for all bike…

  • Dec 16, 2020
The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted
VIJHL in action. (file photo)

VIJHL suspends season until Jan. 10

Provincial health order preventing 19- and 20-year-olds from skating

VIJHL in action. (file photo)
The Bazan Bay 5K virtual challenge is slated to take place April 14-21. (Submitted photo)
The Bazan Bay 5K virtual challenge is slated to take place April 14-21. (Submitted photo)
Rubber salmon sandals for the angler who has everything. Photo by Don Daniels

Home for the holidays, fishing activities for December through January

By Don Daniels For a number of people who enjoy fishing for…

  • Dec 9, 2020
Rubber salmon sandals for the angler who has everything. Photo by Don Daniels
The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted

Let’s practice some self preservation

By James Durand In the cycling world I live in, there are…

  • Dec 9, 2020
The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted
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)
The City of Campbell River will temporarily suspend all indoor and outdoor adult team sports. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Recreation service changes: Campbell River implements temporary restrictions on adult team sports

In response to the most recent public health orders, the City of…

  • Dec 4, 2020
The City of Campbell River will temporarily suspend all indoor and outdoor adult team sports. (File photo by THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted

Bursting the bubble

By James Durand Lately, I’ve not been riding nearly as much as…

  • Dec 2, 2020
The only retiring Swicked Cycles owner James Durand expects he'll do is retiring customers' bikes. Photo submitted