Canada & World

Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris, centre, is tackled by B.C. Lions’ Anthony Thompson (23) and Jalon Edwards-Cooper (29) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, October 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Winnipeg Blue Bombers’ Andrew Harris, centre, is tackled by B.C. Lions’ Anthony Thompson (23) and Jalon Edwards-Cooper (29) during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, October 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Jason Dickinson, right, is checked by Calgary Flames’ Nikita Zadorov during second period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Gaudreau, Tkachuk lead Calgary Flames to 4-1 pre-season win over Vancouver Canucks

Canucks say defenceman Travis Hamonic isn’t opting out of NHL season

Vancouver Canucks’ Jason Dickinson, right, is checked by Calgary Flames’ Nikita Zadorov during second period NHL pre-season hockey action in Calgary, Friday, Oct. 1, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes reaches for the puck as it bounces off the glass after being shot around the boards during first period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Reports: Canucks sign stars Elias Pettersson, Quinn Hughes to new deals

Pettersson reportedly gets a 3-year deal, Hughes signs for six

Vancouver Canucks’ Quinn Hughes reaches for the puck as it bounces off the glass after being shot around the boards during first period NHL hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Football Canada and indigenous artist Kolten Khasalus Grant have collaborated to produce a national identity for football in indigenous communities across the country.
The Indigenous Football Canada logo, shown in a handout, will be available on merchandise for Football Weekend in Canada on Oct. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Football Canada, artist Grant produce identity for football in Indigenous communities

President Jim Mullin said Football Canada and sport in general both have a role to play in reconciliation

Football Canada and indigenous artist Kolten Khasalus Grant have collaborated to produce a national identity for football in indigenous communities across the country.
The Indigenous Football Canada logo, shown in a handout, will be available on merchandise for Football Weekend in Canada on Oct. 15. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Calgary Flames’ Michael Stone (26) collides with teammate, goalie Daniel Vladar, of the Czech Republic, as Vancouver Canucks’ Justin Dowling, left, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Calgary Flames’ Michael Stone (26) collides with teammate, goalie Daniel Vladar, of the Czech Republic, as Vancouver Canucks’ Justin Dowling, left, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Abbotsford on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Arturs Silovs clears Seattle Kraken’s Nathan Bastian in the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Arturs Silovs clears Seattle Kraken’s Nathan Bastian in the second period of an NHL preseason hockey game Sunday, Sept. 26, 2021, in Spokane, Wash. (Dean Rutz/The Seattle Times via AP)
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7) pushes Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Nick Marshall away as he runs with the ball after making a reception during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7) pushes Saskatchewan Roughriders’ Nick Marshall away as he runs with the ball after making a reception during the first half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, September 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario increases sporting events capacity, ahead of baseball playoffs, NHL season

Ontario is opening the door wider for fans at sporting events, just…

Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander catches his breath behind the net during their NHL training camp in Toronto on Thursday, September 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

NHLers weigh in on league’s vaccine policy: ‘I’ve gotta be careful with this one’

NHL deputy commissioner said last week he estimates 98 per cent of players will be vaccinated

Toronto Maple Leafs forward William Nylander catches his breath behind the net during their NHL training camp in Toronto on Thursday, September 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer David Shoemaker in Toronto on Monday July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Lululemon to outfit Canadian Olympic, Paralympic athletes through 2028 Games

Lululemon will provide Team Canada with clothing and accessories from 2022 until 2028

Canadian Olympic Committee Chief Executive Officer David Shoemaker in Toronto on Monday July 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Simon Fraser University football team kicker Kristie Elliott, who recently became the first Canadian woman to play and score in a college football game, poses for a photograph before practice at the university in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. It’s taken some adaptations, but Elliott has broken new ground for women in college sports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Simon Fraser University football team kicker Kristie Elliott, who recently became the first Canadian woman to play and score in a college football game, poses for a photograph before practice at the university in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. It’s taken some adaptations, but Elliott has broken new ground for women in college sports. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jim Hughson is retiring after 42 years of broadcasting. (Hockey Night in Canada)

Award-winning play-by-play announcer Jim Hughson retires, ending 42-year career

B.C native has served as the voice of the Vancouver Canucks and Hockey Night in Canada

Jim Hughson is retiring after 42 years of broadcasting. (Hockey Night in Canada)
Montreal Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Braden Holtby during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver on January 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Anxiety and insomnia drove Canadiens star Jonathan Drouin to take break from hockey

Forward says he has since restored his mental health, and is skating with his teammates again

Montreal Canadiens' Jonathan Drouin celebrates his goal against Vancouver Canucks goalie Braden Holtby during the third period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver on January 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Josiah Morra, second right, runs with the ball during HSBC Canada Sevens quarterfinal rugby action against Britain, in Vancouver, on Sunday, September 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian men fall to Britain in rugby sevens quarterfinal

The best the host men can finish in Vancouver is fifth

Canada’s Josiah Morra, second right, runs with the ball during HSBC Canada Sevens quarterfinal rugby action against Britain, in Vancouver, on Sunday, September 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Team Saskatchewan skip Matt Dunstone directs his teammates as he plays Team Northern Ontario at the Brier in Calgary, Alta., on March 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Road to Canada’s Olympic curling trials crowded in Ottawa tournaments

The men’s and women’s champions in Saskatoon will wear the Maple Leaf in team curling in Beijing

Team Saskatchewan skip Matt Dunstone directs his teammates as he plays Team Northern Ontario at the Brier in Calgary, Alta., on March 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada’s Ciaran Breen, front, is tackled by Germany’s John Dawe during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada 2nd in rugby sevens pool with 2-1 record, meets Great Britain in quarterfinal

Canada will face Great Britain in Sunday’s quarterfinal while the U.S. plays Kenya

Canada’s Ciaran Breen, front, is tackled by Germany’s John Dawe during HSBC Canada Sevens rugby action, in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions quarterback Michael Reilly (13) hands off to running back Chris Rainey (3) during first half CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes in Montreal, Saturday, September 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
B.C. Lions quarterback Michael Reilly (13) hands off to running back Chris Rainey (3) during first half CFL football action against the Montreal Alouettes in Montreal, Saturday, September 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Canada head coach John Herdman, left, and David Junior Hoilett walk off the field after the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match against French Guiana in Vancouver, on Sunday March 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian men continue climb up world soccer rankings, reaching No. 51

It’s the highest position for the Canadian men in more than a decade

Canada head coach John Herdman, left, and David Junior Hoilett walk off the field after the first half of a CONCACAF Nations League qualifying soccer match against French Guiana in Vancouver, on Sunday March 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Connor Braid (6) runs the ball against Fiji during World Rugby Sevens Series action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms

B.C. rugby stalwart Connor Braid retires in wake of Tokyo Olympics

Sevens star also had 26 caps for the Canadian 15s team

Canada’s Connor Braid (6) runs the ball against Fiji during World Rugby Sevens Series action in Vancouver, B.C., on Saturday, March 9, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms
Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)

Tailgating, face-painted fans back in force at U.S. NFL stadiums

Vaccination rates and mask rules vary across the country

Cincinnati Bengals fans cheer during the first half of an NFL football game against the Minnesota Vikings, Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, in Cincinnati. (AP Photo/Jeff Dean)