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Vancouver Canucks players Brock Boeser (6) and Elias Pettersson (40). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dale MacMillan

2021-22 NHL preview: Canucks, Lightning, McDavid, award projections and more

Podcast: Black Press takes a look at the coming National Hockey League season

Vancouver Canucks players Brock Boeser (6) and Elias Pettersson (40). THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dale MacMillan
Whitby Steelhawks goaltender Lukas Coote gets a shoulder on Toronto Monarchs’ Zach Herreweyers diving attempt during ALL action back in 2018. Coote played four seasons in the ALL before signing with the NLL’s Georgia Swarm as a free agent while Herreweyers has spent time in the NLL with both Calgary and Halifax. (Tim Prothero Vintage Lax/Special to Langley Advance Times)

New lacrosse division in need of helpers

Arena Lacrosse League, playing out of Langley Events Centre, seeking volunteers and officials

Whitby Steelhawks goaltender Lukas Coote gets a shoulder on Toronto Monarchs’ Zach Herreweyers diving attempt during ALL action back in 2018. Coote played four seasons in the ALL before signing with the NLL’s Georgia Swarm as a free agent while Herreweyers has spent time in the NLL with both Calgary and Halifax. (Tim Prothero Vintage Lax/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Höglander looks on as Edmonton Oilers’ Brendan Perlini celebrates a goal during first period NHL pre-season action in Vancouver, Saturday, October 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Oilers wrap up pre-season with win over Canucks ahead of final roster decisions

The teams will play each other again Wednesday in their NHL regular season-opening game

Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Höglander looks on as Edmonton Oilers’ Brendan Perlini celebrates a goal during first period NHL pre-season action in Vancouver, Saturday, October 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Canada’s Kyle Baillie (centre) celebrates with teammates after a try against Chile during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Holding a slender 22-21 advantage after the first leg in Langford, B.C., Canada looks to finish off Chile on Saturday in the rematch of their aggregate Rugby World Cup qualifying series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Canadian men eliminated from Rugby World Cup contention after loss in Chile

Canada will miss the Rugby World Cup for the first time ever

Canada’s Kyle Baillie (centre) celebrates with teammates after a try against Chile during the second half of a Rugby World Cup 2023 qualification match at Starlight Stadium in Langford, B.C., on Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. Holding a slender 22-21 advantage after the first leg in Langford, B.C., Canada looks to finish off Chile on Saturday in the rematch of their aggregate Rugby World Cup qualifying series. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
They’re back! The Giants will be back on the ice tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Giants/Special to Black Press Media)

TONIGHT: Giants play first at home game in 20 months

In game two of the 2021-22 season, G-Men take on Prince George at Langley Events Centre Friday night

They’re back! The Giants will be back on the ice tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Giants/Special to Black Press Media)
They’re back! The Giants will be back on the ice tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Giants/Special to Black Press Media)

TONIGHT: Giants play first at home game in 20 months

In game two of the 2021-22 season, G-Men take on Prince George at Langley Events Centre Friday night

They’re back! The Giants will be back on the ice tonight at 7:30 p.m. (Giants/Special to Black Press Media)
Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes the save on Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) as Elias Pettersson (40) defends during second period NHL pre-season action in Edmonton on Thursday, October 7, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Draisaitl, McDavid lead Edmonton Oilers to 3-2 exhibition win over Vancouver Canucks

Freshly signed stars Pettersson, Hughes return to action for B.C. side

Vancouver Canucks’ goalie Jaroslav Halak (41) makes the save on Edmonton Oilers’ Connor McDavid (97) as Elias Pettersson (40) defends during second period NHL pre-season action in Edmonton on Thursday, October 7, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Canada’s Jonathan David, right, and Mexico’s Edson Alvarez go for a header during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Canada’s Jonathan David, right, and Mexico’s Edson Alvarez go for a header during a qualifying soccer match for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 in Mexico City, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Bandits general manager Kyle Julius will return for the team’s upcoming Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season at Langley Events Centre, the CEBL franchise announced Thursday, Oct. 7. (Fraser Valley Bandits (Canadian Elite Basketball League)/special to Langley Advance Times)
Bandits general manager Kyle Julius will return for the team’s upcoming Canadian Elite Basketball League (CEBL) season at Langley Events Centre, the CEBL franchise announced Thursday, Oct. 7. (Fraser Valley Bandits (Canadian Elite Basketball League)/special to Langley Advance Times)
White Rock’s Andy Anderson competes in the men’s park skateboarding preliminary heats at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Aug. 5. Though he didn’t advance to the final round, he gained a fan in legendary skater Tony Hawk. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)

B.C. skateboarder earns praise from legendary skater Tony Hawk

Skateboard icon calls Andy Anderson “an awesome skater” during podcast appearance

White Rock’s Andy Anderson competes in the men’s park skateboarding preliminary heats at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on Aug. 5. Though he didn’t advance to the final round, he gained a fan in legendary skater Tony Hawk. (AP Photo/Ben Curtis)
Canada head coach John Herdman salutes the crowd as he leaves the pitch following a 1-1 draw against the United States in a World Cup soccer qualifier Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Canada will be missing some key pieces when it takes on mighty Mexico at famed Azteca Stadium in World Cup qualifying play Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Humphrey

Canada missing some important pieces for World Cup soccer qualifying showdown

Veteran goalie and team captain among those out for match with Mexico

Canada head coach John Herdman salutes the crowd as he leaves the pitch following a 1-1 draw against the United States in a World Cup soccer qualifier Sunday, Sept. 5, 2021, in Nashville, Tenn. Canada will be missing some key pieces when it takes on mighty Mexico at famed Azteca Stadium in World Cup qualifying play Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Humphrey
Langley’s Sebastian Colyn has become Trinity Western University’s winningest soccer goalkeeper. Colyn and basketball standout Nicole Fransson were named TWU’s Spartan Male and Female athletes of the week. (TWU/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Langley’s Colyn sets record for TWU soccer wins

Awarded athlete of the week along with basketball standout Fransson

Langley’s Sebastian Colyn has become Trinity Western University’s winningest soccer goalkeeper. Colyn and basketball standout Nicole Fransson were named TWU’s Spartan Male and Female athletes of the week. (TWU/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Aldergrove Kodiaks lost 8-3 to Chilliwack Jets in a Sept. 22 home game that saw four game misconduct penalties handed out at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Arena. A week later, the Kodiaks administered a 7-1 defeat to Surrey Knights on home ice. (Kurt Langmann/Langley Advance Times file)

Kodiaks dominate Surrey Knights

A 7-1 home ice victory for Aldergrove

Aldergrove Kodiaks lost 8-3 to Chilliwack Jets in a Sept. 22 home game that saw four game misconduct penalties handed out at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Arena. A week later, the Kodiaks administered a 7-1 defeat to Surrey Knights on home ice. (Kurt Langmann/Langley Advance Times file)
Seattle Kraken’s Jeremy Lauzon (55) checks Vancouver Canucks’ Vasily Podkolzin (92), of Russia, as Seattle’s goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Seattle Kraken’s Jeremy Lauzon (55) checks Vancouver Canucks’ Vasily Podkolzin (92), of Russia, as Seattle’s goalie Philipp Grubauer (31), of Germany, watches during the second period of a pre-season NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, October 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jake Virtanen recently debuted for HC Spartak Moscow of the KHL. (Instagram photo)

Ex-Canuck Jake Virtanen playing in Russia amid sex assault lawsuit

Former Vancouver Canucks forward arrived in Russia last month to join KHL team

Jake Virtanen recently debuted for HC Spartak Moscow of the KHL. (Instagram photo)
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Abbotsford Canucks announce training camp schedule

Training camp runs from Oct. 6 to 9 at the Abbotsford Centre

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White Rock resident Sue Rittinger is looking to expand the women’s 45+ hockey league she started last year. (Contributed photo)

Lower Mainland women’s hockey league looking to expand

Goal for 45-plus women’s league is to have two divisions, says Sue Rittinger

White Rock resident Sue Rittinger is looking to expand the women’s 45+ hockey league she started last year. (Contributed photo)
Langley Trappers celebrated their seventh win in a row Friday, Oct. 1, a 6-2 victory over the Abbotsford Pilots. On Saturday, the streak ended with a narrow loss to White Rock Whalers. (Trappers Twitter feed)
Langley Trappers celebrated their seventh win in a row Friday, Oct. 1, a 6-2 victory over the Abbotsford Pilots. On Saturday, the streak ended with a narrow loss to White Rock Whalers. (Trappers Twitter feed)
Cade McNelly has rejoined the Vancouver Giants roster. (file)

Cade McNelly rejoins Vancouver Giants

Player reassigned by NHL’s Los Angeles Kings

Cade McNelly has rejoined the Vancouver Giants roster. (file)
Tiffany Foster and Brighton won the $100,000 Onni Group Grand Prix, the final grand prix event of the 2021 season at Thunderbird Show Park on Sunday, Oct. 3. (tbird/Quinn Saunders)
Tiffany Foster and Brighton won the $100,000 Onni Group Grand Prix, the final grand prix event of the 2021 season at Thunderbird Show Park on Sunday, Oct. 3. (tbird/Quinn Saunders)