‘We’ve been waiting all year’: BCHL season set, Victoria Grizzles start April 2

Grizzlies GM and head coach Craig Didmon: “We’ve been waiting all year for this. Nobody is complaining.” Photograph By BRUCE STOTESBURY, TIMES COLONIST Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist MARCH 23, 2021 10:57 PM The Victoria Grizzlies will travel the farthest to play in the B.C. Hockey League Island Division season, to take place at Weyerhaeuser […]

BCHL’s return-to-play plan includes COVID-19 testing

Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist MARCH 13, 2021 06:00 AM Testing for COVID-19, reportedly a key previous stumbling block, will be part of the B.C. Hockey League’s 2020-21 season set to run five weeks beginning the first week of April. The BCHL said it has hired a chief medical officer to operate its COVID-19 safety […]

Decision on BCHL season pushed into next week

Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist MARCH 6, 2021 06:00 AM The B.C. Hockey League is now metaphorically, if not ­effectively, into overtime. No decision was reached Friday as to whether the league, with five teams in the Island Division, will have a 2021 season. In a statement late Friday, the league said: “The BCHL board […]

In-limbo BCHL hopeful of return to play

Victoria Grizzlies general manager and head coach Craig Didmon says he’s hopeful the BCHL can get some games in this season. TIMES COLONIST Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist FEBRUARY 22, 2021 09:56 PM Victoria Grizzlies GM and head coach Craig Didmon noted this is the time of year he would normally be preparing for the […]

Victoria Grizzlies land son of New York Rangers GM Gorton

Jack Gorton has 17 points in 25 games for Trinity-Pawling School last year: Trinity-Pawling School Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist FEBRUARY 8, 2021 09:53 PM Jack Gorton said it was a family decision, made with dad Jeff and mom Cindi, to go to the other continental coast to join the Victoria Grizzlies of the B.C. […]

BCHL and WHL B.C. Division seek provincial funds after Sask. provides $4M

Victoria Grizzlies Kenny Johnson, left, and Riley Hughes get the puck on Alberni Valley Bulldogs goaltender John Hawthorne during their BCHL game at the Q Centre on Jan. 31, 2019. ADRIAN LAM, TIMES COLONIST Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist JANUARY 15, 2021 09:13 PM The focus has shifted to other provinces, including B.C., after the […]


The BCHL has pushed the start of its regular season to the week of Feb. 8 after it was announced yesterday that the Provincial Health Office (PHO) has extended current restrictions around team sports until Feb. 5. The league had planned to start in mid-January if restrictions were eased when the previous order expired as […]

Junior hockey teams hail decision to let older players return to practice

Cleve Dheensaw / Times Colonist DECEMBER 28, 2020 09:57 PM What many in sports saw as a gap in logic has been rectified. Nineteen and 20-year-old junior hockey players are again allowed to practice with their younger teammates. The previous provincial ruling had set the cut-off at athletes 18-and-younger being allowed to train with a […]

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 […]