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Toronto Blue Jays announcer Ben Wagner sits in the broadcast booth in Toronto, Sunday, April 10, 2022. Sportsnet, the Blue Jays’ radio rightsholder, will not resume on-site radio broadcasts for the 2023 regular season and will instead use remote coverage from its downtown Toronto studio for road games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

THE MOJ: Leaving the broadcasters at home a sad and baffling decision

Radio crew not joining the team on the road leads to an inferior product without much of a saving

Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jason Zucker (16) is checked to the ice by Ottawa Senators’ Jakob Chychrun (6) in front of goaltender Dylan Ferguson (34) during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Monday, March 20, 2023. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)

Goalie from Vancouver Island makes 48 saves to earn his first NHL win

Dylan Ferguson and his Ottawa Senators defeat the Pittsburgh Penguins 2-1

VIU Mariners player Chloe Scaber gets past a Géants de Saint-Jean defender during the Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association gold-medal match Saturday, March 18, in Hamilton. (Canadian Collegiate Athletic Association photo)

VIU Mariners women win national basketball championship

Program wins its first CCAA title since 1998

Tofino’s Reed Platenius gets chaired up the beach by teammates Wheeler Hasburgh and Noah Cohen after winning his first-ever WSL contest on March 12 in Florida. (Kurt Steinmetz photo)

Vancouver Island surfer tops World Surf League junior rankings

Tofino’s Reed Platenius is currently the best men’s pro junior surfer in North America

Tofino’s Reed Platenius gets chaired up the beach by teammates Wheeler Hasburgh and Noah Cohen after winning his first-ever WSL contest on March 12 in Florida. (Kurt Steinmetz photo)
Campbell River native Olivia Knowles, pictured here, signed with the Minnesota Whitecaps last spring. Her team advanced to the Isobel Cup finals this weekend. Photo courtesy Kayla Franz/Minnesota Whitecaps

Minnesota Whitecaps defender Olivia Knowles remembers humble Campbell River beginnings

Knowles all-time leader in games played at University of Minnesota, played boys hockey until 15

Campbell River native Olivia Knowles, pictured here, signed with the Minnesota Whitecaps last spring. Her team advanced to the Isobel Cup finals this weekend. Photo courtesy Kayla Franz/Minnesota Whitecaps
Linesman Lonnie Cameron, who was honoured before the game for working his 1,500th NHL game laughs as the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks play during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, on Monday February 25, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

PODCAST: Lonnie Cameron officiated more than 1500 NHL games

MOJ on Sports: Islander worked the Olympics and 19 Stanley Cup Finals

Linesman Lonnie Cameron, who was honoured before the game for working his 1,500th NHL game laughs as the Vancouver Canucks and Anaheim Ducks play during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, on Monday February 25, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Oceanside Generals Brady Van Herk keeps jabbing the puck against Campbell River Storm’s Nick Peters that eventually went in to win 3-2 Game 3 of the VIHL North Division final in overtime. (Michael Briones photo)
Oceanside Generals Brady Van Herk keeps jabbing the puck against Campbell River Storm’s Nick Peters that eventually went in to win 3-2 Game 3 of the VIHL North Division final in overtime. (Michael Briones photo)
Golden Eagle Golf Club hosted the first tournament of the MJT 2023 season from March 13-14. (MJT/Special to The News)

2023 season of the Maple Leaf Junior Golf Tour tees off at B.C. golf course

Players received gift packages in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the MJT

Golden Eagle Golf Club hosted the first tournament of the MJT 2023 season from March 13-14. (MJT/Special to The News)
Carter De Boer drives to the net and scores the Campbell River Storm’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Oceanside Generals in Game 2 of the VIJHL North Division final at Rod Brind’Amour Arena on Friday, March 17. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Carter De Boer drives to the net and scores the Campbell River Storm’s only goal in a 4-1 loss to the Oceanside Generals in Game 2 of the VIJHL North Division final at Rod Brind’Amour Arena on Friday, March 17. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Vernon’s Elena Gaskill, Beijing Olympian in 2022, will join four-time NFL Super Bowl winner Rob Gronkowski at a dinner fundraiser in Vancouver March 28. (Contributed)

Vernon Olympian raising funds with Super Bowl winner Gronk

Elena Gaskell and four-time champ Rob Gronkowski part of fundraiser in Vancouver March 28

Vernon’s Elena Gaskill, Beijing Olympian in 2022, will join four-time NFL Super Bowl winner Rob Gronkowski at a dinner fundraiser in Vancouver March 28. (Contributed)
Campbell Riverite Tyler Turner took home gold from the para-snowboarding world championships earlier this month. Photo courtesy Luc Percival

Campbell River para-snowboarder defends world championship title

Tyler Turner wins gold in only competition this year

Campbell Riverite Tyler Turner took home gold from the para-snowboarding world championships earlier this month. Photo courtesy Luc Percival
B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian speaks to reporters after an end of season meeting at the CFL football team’s practice facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday November 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

THE MOJ: Saluting the wisdom — and the resolve — of Solomon Elimimian

Hall of Fame induction is the crowning achievement of an examplary B.C. Lions career

B.C. Lions linebacker Solomon Elimimian speaks to reporters after an end of season meeting at the CFL football team’s practice facility, in Surrey, B.C., on Tuesday November 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Christina Spence-Proteau of Port Alberni takes a shot during the final round of the 2019 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship at Osoyoos Golf Club. (Chuck Russell/Golf Canada)

Island golfer helping B.C.’s first Indigenous Golf Championship tee off this spring

Port Alberni golfer takes the helm as tournament chair for May event in Osoyoos

Christina Spence-Proteau of Port Alberni takes a shot during the final round of the 2019 Canadian Women’s Mid-Amateur & Senior Championship at Osoyoos Golf Club. (Chuck Russell/Golf Canada)
Oceanside Generals Evan Dyce backhands a shot that was saved by Campbell River Storm goalie Nick Peters. (MIchael Briones photo)
Oceanside Generals Evan Dyce backhands a shot that was saved by Campbell River Storm goalie Nick Peters. (MIchael Briones photo)
The Victoria HarbourCats are offering a chance to win a free funeral for attending a game on July 30. (screenshot, Victoria HarbourCats)

Victoria Harbourcats planning for your demise with a free funeral promotion

Vancouver Island ball club staging free funeral contest during summer game

The Victoria HarbourCats are offering a chance to win a free funeral for attending a game on July 30. (screenshot, Victoria HarbourCats)
Andrew Harris waves to V.I. Raiders fans at Nanaimo’s Caledonia Park during a pre-game ceremony in 2012. (News Bulletin file photo)

Andrew Harris getting ready for CFL swan song and his new life on Vancouver Island

Toronto Argonauts running back also head of football operations with the Vancouver Island Raiders

Andrew Harris waves to V.I. Raiders fans at Nanaimo’s Caledonia Park during a pre-game ceremony in 2012. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Northern Lights is the first women’s professional paintball team in Canada. From top left clockwise: Hannah Urquhart, Kate Evingston, Erin Scott, Kenna Lozinski, Tessa Osterhage, Amanda Renardy, Ainslie Young, Heather Brown. (Credit: 4TL Media)

B.C. players dominate Canada’s first women’s pro paintball team

Fraser Valley women dead set on helping to grow the sport they love

The Northern Lights is the first women’s professional paintball team in Canada. From top left clockwise: Hannah Urquhart, Kate Evingston, Erin Scott, Kenna Lozinski, Tessa Osterhage, Amanda Renardy, Ainslie Young, Heather Brown. (Credit: 4TL Media)
Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Brian White (middle) fires a shot between the defence of Real Espana’s Junior Garcia (right) and Getsel Montes for a goal during second half CONCACAF Champions League soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 8, 2023. The Whitecaps advanced to the quarterfinals in CONCACAF Champions League play Wednesday after completing a 7-3 aggregate win over Honduran side Real CD Espana.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam

Whitecaps through to CONCACAF Champions League quarterfinals

Next step for Vancouver is reigning Major League Soccer champions Los Angeles FC

Vancouver Whitecaps FC’s Brian White (middle) fires a shot between the defence of Real Espana’s Junior Garcia (right) and Getsel Montes for a goal during second half CONCACAF Champions League soccer action in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 8, 2023. The Whitecaps advanced to the quarterfinals in CONCACAF Champions League play Wednesday after completing a 7-3 aggregate win over Honduran side Real CD Espana.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
The U12 Cougars were one of the eight teams that represented the CRYSA in the Surrey Mayor’s Cup this past weekend. Photo courtesy Campbell River Youth Soccer Association

Campbell River rep teams take part in Surrey Mayor’s cup soccer tourney

Eight teams were part of the 350 taking part in annual tournament

  • Mar 15, 2023
The U12 Cougars were one of the eight teams that represented the CRYSA in the Surrey Mayor’s Cup this past weekend. Photo courtesy Campbell River Youth Soccer Association
Campbell River gymnast Jackson Martin comes back from the Canada Games with a silver medal earned as a member of Team BC. Photo contributed

Campbell River gymnast Jackson Martin brings home medals from Canada Games

Next up will be the Canadian Championships

  • Mar 15, 2023
Campbell River gymnast Jackson Martin comes back from the Canada Games with a silver medal earned as a member of Team BC. Photo contributed