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BCHL delays start of regular season to Dec. 8 amid COVID precautions

Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist NOVEMBER 23, 2020 10:00 PM The B.C. Hockey is giving the pandemic process a safe six extra days by pushing back the start date of its regular season from Dec. 2 to Dec. 8. All remaining exhibition games have been cancelled. The provincial health orders announced last week, extending to […]

Rookie Ellis Rickwood at home in Victoria Grizzlies’ den

Grizzlies rookie forward Ellis Rickwood has 21 points so far in preseason play. Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist NOVEMBER 17, 2020 10:02 PM It’s as good as omens get. Ellis Rickwood attended the same elementary school, Greenbrier, as fellow Brantford, Ont., native Wayne Gretzky. But it’s a more contemporary NHL player, Mitch Marner, who is […]

It’s playoffs in November for BCHL’s Island Division

Eddie Yan and the Grizzlies face the Nanaimo Clippers on Tuesday in the Island Cup final. Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist NOVEMBER 16, 2020 10:19 PM Darren Naylor nailed it when discussing the most unusual year in sports history. “Nobody ever thought they would see playoff hockey in November,” said the GM and head coach […]

Grizzlies forward Alex DiPaolo having breakout BCHL pre-season

Victoria Grizzlies forward Alex DiPaolo in a team practice at The Q Centre on Thursday, ahead of Saturday’s pre-season game at home against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs. DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist NOVEMBER 8, 2020 04:44 AM It hasn’t been easy stick-­handling through this ­pandemic hockey season. But Alex DiPaolo is […]

BCHL announces 32-game regular season

Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist NOVEMBER 5, 2020 09:22 PM Victoria Grizzlies general manager and head coach Craig Didmon says his team is rounding into form for a December start. The pandemic has hip-checked the B.C. Hockey League schedule and sent almost half of it flying over the boards. The league announced Thursday that teams […]

WHLer Payton Mount back home with Grizzlies, for now

Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist OCTOBER 28, 2020 09:24 PM A fit sometimes feels so perfect that you don’t even have to ask “why?” You just know it’s right. Payton Mount of the Seattle Thunderbirds grew up playing at The Q Centre in the Juan de Fuca Minor Hockey Association. Was there really any other […]

Wood looks to stake his claim to the Grizzlies’ crease

VICTORIA, B.C.: DECEMBER 18, 2019- Victoria Grizzlies goaltender Blake Wood practices at The Q Centre in Victoria, B.C. December 18, 2019. (DARREN STONE, TIMES COLONIST). For Sports story by Brian Drewry. Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist OCTOBER 16, 2020 06:37 AM Blake Wood earned the nickname Little Luongo when he started playing goal as a […]

Grizzlies, other Island teams stay safe so far in sports re-start

Victoria Grizzlies general manager and head coach Craig Didmon says play among BCHL teams “has been as physical as in previous seasons.” TIMES COLONIST Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, TIMES COLONIST Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist OCTOBER 9, 2020 06:30 AM It is so far so good for Island sports teams that have returned to play. […]

Chase McInnis takes long route from U.S. to Victoria Grizzlies

Grizzlies sophomore forward Chase McInnis aims to improve upon his 19 points from a season ago. (ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST) Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist OCTOBER 2, 2020 06:00 AM As an American, forward Chase McInnis of the Victoria Grizzlies took one of the trickiest pandemic routes to the B.C. Hockey League pre-season Island Cup, […]

Junior hockey back on the Island for the first time since March

Forward Eddie Yan runs through drills during Victoria Grizzlies practice at the Q Centre back in January, before the COVID-19 pandemic hit. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist SEPTEMBER 26, 2020 10:07 PM “We’re just happy to have hockey back and are making the most of it,” said third-year ­Grizzlies forward Eddie […]