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The Penticton Vees defeated the Cranbrook Bucks 4-0 Monday night (April 12, 2021) at the South Okanagan Events Centre to push their win streak to six games at the start of the 2021 abbreviated pod season. (Cherie Morgan Photography)
The Penticton Vees defeated the Cranbrook Bucks 4-0 Monday night (April 12, 2021) at the South Okanagan Events Centre to push their win streak to six games at the start of the 2021 abbreviated pod season. (Cherie Morgan Photography)
Vernon Viper’s defenceman Ayden Third (right) rubs out West Kelowna Warriors forward Carter Wilkie along the boards in B.C. Hockey League pod action Monday, April 12, at Kal Tire Place. Wilkie scored twice as the Warriors dumped the Vipers 5-1. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Warriors score first five goals, roll to 5-1 B.C. Hockey League pod win at Kal Tire Place

After a 3-0 start to the B.C. Hockey League pod season, the…

Vernon Viper’s defenceman Ayden Third (right) rubs out West Kelowna Warriors forward Carter Wilkie along the boards in B.C. Hockey League pod action Monday, April 12, at Kal Tire Place. Wilkie scored twice as the Warriors dumped the Vipers 5-1. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
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BCHL stays tight-lipped about reasons for leaving Canadian Junior Hockey League

The BCHL retains affiliation with Hockey Canada and BC Hockey, but isn’t saying what comes next

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Alberni Valley’s Brandon Buhr narrowly misses scoring his second goal of the Bulldogs’ BC Hockey League game against Victoria Grizzlies in the first period Friday, April 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

BC Hockey League submits notice to withdraw from CJHL

Canadian Junior ‘A’ League announces B.C. circuit’s intentions in short statement

Alberni Valley’s Brandon Buhr narrowly misses scoring his second goal of the Bulldogs’ BC Hockey League game against Victoria Grizzlies in the first period Friday, April 2, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Vernon Vipers forward Jojo Tanaka-Campbell celebrates teammate Griffen Barr’s overtime winning goal behind Salmon Arm goalie Liam Vanderkooi as the Snakes edged the Gorillas 6-5 in B.C. Hockey League pod action Wednesday afternoon, April 7, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

Barr lifts Vernon Vipers to perfect start

D-man Griffen Barr scores in OT as Snakes edge Salmon Arm 6-5 in wild BCHL afternoon game at Kal Tire Place

Vernon Vipers forward Jojo Tanaka-Campbell celebrates teammate Griffen Barr’s overtime winning goal behind Salmon Arm goalie Liam Vanderkooi as the Snakes edged the Gorillas 6-5 in B.C. Hockey League pod action Wednesday afternoon, April 7, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
Desmond Johnson (from left), Nicholas Kent and Ayden Third celebrate a goal by Vernon forward Jojo Tanaka-Campbell (17) during the Vipers’ 5-3 BCHL win over the West Kelowna Warriors Sunday, April 4, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers photography)

Vernon Vipers slither past West Kelowna

Jojo Tanaka-Campbell scores twice as Snakes edge Warriors 5-3 in BCHL pod play at Kal Tire Place

Desmond Johnson (from left), Nicholas Kent and Ayden Third celebrate a goal by Vernon forward Jojo Tanaka-Campbell (17) during the Vipers’ 5-3 BCHL win over the West Kelowna Warriors Sunday, April 4, at Kal Tire Place. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers photography)
West Kelowna Warriors forward Benjamin Woodhouse (26) fends off a check from Salmon Arm defenceman William Lavigne to beat goalie Owen Say during B.C. Hockey League pod action at Vernon’s Kal Tire Place Saturday, April 3. The Warriors edged the Gorillas 2-1. (Tami Quan Photography)

West Kelowna Warriors open BCHL pod play with win over Salmon Arm

Late goal from Carter Wilkie gives Warriors a 2-1 decision at Vernon’s Kal Tire Place

West Kelowna Warriors forward Benjamin Woodhouse (26) fends off a check from Salmon Arm defenceman William Lavigne to beat goalie Owen Say during B.C. Hockey League pod action at Vernon’s Kal Tire Place Saturday, April 3. The Warriors edged the Gorillas 2-1. (Tami Quan Photography)
Vees forward Liam Malmquist has been named an assistant captain ahead of the shortened 2021 season. (Jack Murray photo)

Penticton Vees add two forwards to leadership group

The Vees’ shortened season starts Friday, April 2

Vees forward Liam Malmquist has been named an assistant captain ahead of the shortened 2021 season. (Jack Murray photo)
Lukas Sillinger will be one of the 19 former Penticton Vees playing in the 2021 NCAA hockey championship tournament. (File photo)

Plenty of Penticton Vees alumni getting set for NCAA championship tournament

The tournament is set to kick off March 26 with 19 former Vees in the mix

Lukas Sillinger will be one of the 19 former Penticton Vees playing in the 2021 NCAA hockey championship tournament. (File photo)
The Vernon Vipers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks will kick off their 20-game B.C. Hockey League season Friday, April 2, at Kal Tire Place. Both teams and the West Kelowna Warriors will play their games in the Vernon pod. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)

B.C. Hockey League faces off April 2

Vernon Vipers will play Salmon Arm Silverbacks; West Kelowna Warriors other team in Vernon hub for 20-game schedule

The Vernon Vipers and Salmon Arm Silverbacks will kick off their 20-game B.C. Hockey League season Friday, April 2, at Kal Tire Place. Both teams and the West Kelowna Warriors will play their games in the Vernon pod. (Lisa Mazurek - Vernon Vipers Photography)
The Penticton Vees will play their first game of 2021 at the South Okanagan Events Centre April 2, 2021 against the Trail Smoke Eaters. It will be the first time the club has faced off against another team since the Okanagan Cup tournament in November, 2020 as the BCHL was put on hold due to the pandemic. (Phil McLachlan/Western News file)

Penticton Vees announce 2021 season schedule

BCHL restart sees Vees play 20 games in ‘Penticton pod’ with Trail and Cranbrook

The Penticton Vees will play their first game of 2021 at the South Okanagan Events Centre April 2, 2021 against the Trail Smoke Eaters. It will be the first time the club has faced off against another team since the Okanagan Cup tournament in November, 2020 as the BCHL was put on hold due to the pandemic. (Phil McLachlan/Western News file)
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BCHL will have three teams playing in Burnaby during shortened season

The league announced five pod locations as the junior A league prepares to play in early April

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Jack LaFontaine played a key part in his season in Penticton during the 2018-19 campaign. (Jack Murray photo)

Former Penticton Vees goalie among finalists for Hobey Baker Award

Jack LaFontaine is up for the award given to the best collegiate hockey player

Jack LaFontaine played a key part in his season in Penticton during the 2018-19 campaign. (Jack Murray photo)
Kal Tire Place and the City of Vernon will be one of five B.C. Hockey League pod venues for the shortened season starting in April. (File photo)

Vernon officially one of five B.C. Hockey League pod cities

Who the Vipers will be playing in the pod has not been announced

Kal Tire Place and the City of Vernon will be one of five B.C. Hockey League pod venues for the shortened season starting in April. (File photo)
The BC Hockey League announced a shortened 2021 season will begin in early April, following approval from the league’s board of governors and the provincial health office. (Damon James photo)

BC Hockey League announces shortened season will begin in April

Junior ‘A’ hockey league board of governors approve season following green light from province

The BC Hockey League announced a shortened 2021 season will begin in early April, following approval from the league’s board of governors and the provincial health office. (Damon James photo)
The Nanaimo Clippers in action at Frank Crane Arena in early 2020. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Clippers for sale, owner says hockey won’t be back to normal any time soon

Wes Mussio says he’s had numerous inquiries about the junior A club already

The Nanaimo Clippers in action at Frank Crane Arena in early 2020. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Penticton Vees, the BCHL and Shaw have teamed up to support the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre through Shaw’s “Brighter Communities powered by Shaw” fundraiser (Mark Brett/ Western News file)

Vees, BCHL team up with Shaw to support Penticton kids

Fundraiser aims to build the community spirit of hockey while supporting local charities

The Penticton Vees, the BCHL and Shaw have teamed up to support the OSNS Child and Youth Development Centre through Shaw’s “Brighter Communities powered by Shaw” fundraiser (Mark Brett/ Western News file)
A petition calling on the provincial government to allow the B.C. Hockey League to resume play has been launched by former NHL player Garry Valk. (Black Press file photo)
A petition calling on the provincial government to allow the B.C. Hockey League to resume play has been launched by former NHL player Garry Valk. (Black Press file photo)
Forward Ethan Mann from Wisconsin has committed to the Penticton Vees for the 2021-22 season.(Contributed)

Penticton Vees land Wisconsin-born forward Ethan Mann

Mann scored 32 points in 21 high school hockey games this year in Wisconsin

Forward Ethan Mann from Wisconsin has committed to the Penticton Vees for the 2021-22 season.(Contributed)
Jack Barnes, who was Cowichan Valley Capitals property from May 2020 until last week, scores a goal for the Penticton Vees during the 2019-20 BCHL season. (Brennan Phillips/Black Press)

COVID-crunched BCHL facing trade deadline dilemma with its 20-year-olds

Hard decisions loom when BCHL may or may not resume play

Jack Barnes, who was Cowichan Valley Capitals property from May 2020 until last week, scores a goal for the Penticton Vees during the 2019-20 BCHL season. (Brennan Phillips/Black Press)