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The Nanaimo Clippers’ game against the Alberni Valley Bulldogs slated for Thursday, April 15, has been postponed due to a “potential positive COVID-19 test result,” says the BCHL. (News Bulletin file photo)

UPDATE: Nanaimo Clippers COVID-19 test comes back negative, team can practise and play

Junior A hockey team had suspended activities the day before out of ‘abundance of caution’

Nanaimo NightOwls. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo NightOwls cancel season due to COVID-19

Baseball team’s inaugural season in West Coast League will have to wait until 2022

Tristan Fraser of the Nanaimo Clippers collides with Michael Hoekstra of the Victoria Grizzlies along the boards during Saturday’s game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex. Fraser scored the game-winning goal in a 4-3 win. (Elena Rardon/Black Press)

Nanaimo Clippers win in their return to the ice

Clippers edge Victoria Grizzlies 4-3 Saturday in BCHL action in Port Alberni

Nanaimo Clippers forward Baxter Anderson moves the puck as teammate Shaun Mahoney checks Alberni Valley Bulldogs opponent Ethan Bono during Island Cup exhibition action last fall at Port Alberni’s Weyerhaeuser Arena. (Black Press file photo)

Nanaimo Clippers about to start ‘uncharted’ BCHL season

Clippers will play 20 games in 35 days in Island ‘pod’ in Port Alberni

Nanaimo Clippers forward Baxter Anderson moves the puck as teammate Shaun Mahoney checks Alberni Valley Bulldogs opponent Ethan Bono during Island Cup exhibition action last fall at Port Alberni’s Weyerhaeuser Arena. (Black Press file photo)
Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Trevor LeDonne during a game last season at Frank Crane Arena. (Corey Shaw/Nanaimo Clippers photo)

Nanaimo Clippers’ persistence pays off with condensed hockey season

New captain Trevor LeDonne and his team excited for games

Nanaimo Clippers defenceman Trevor LeDonne during a game last season at Frank Crane Arena. (Corey Shaw/Nanaimo Clippers photo)
Ian Thorpe’s Thorpe Report will appear once a month in the News Bulletin.

Thorpe Report returns, softball on the way back

Ian Thorpe’s sports column back on a monthly basis in the News Bulletin

  • Mar 18, 2021
Ian Thorpe’s Thorpe Report will appear once a month in the News Bulletin.
A Nanaimo NightOwls hat featuring an alternate logo created by Snuneymuxw artist Noel Brown. (Nanaimo NightOwls photo)

Snuneymuxw artist creates alternate logo for Nanaimo’s new NightOwls baseball team

West Coast League expansion team set to debut this summer at Serauxmen Stadium

A Nanaimo NightOwls hat featuring an alternate logo created by Snuneymuxw artist Noel Brown. (Nanaimo NightOwls photo)
The City of Nanaimo’s parks, recreation and culture department opened registration last week for spring programming. (News Bulletin file photo)

City of Nanaimo’s parks and rec set for spring programming

Registration now open, activities going ahead with COVID-19 precautions

The City of Nanaimo’s parks, recreation and culture department opened registration last week for spring programming. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Nanaimo Clippers in action at Frank Crane Arena in early 2020. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo Clippers for sale as 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)
Alli Schroder is the first woman to sign with a Canadian College Baseball Conference program, according to Baseball Canada. (Submitted photo)

VIU Mariners baseball team signs first woman in league history

Right-handed pitcher Alli Schroder commits to university team for 2021-22 season

Alli Schroder is the first woman to sign with a Canadian College Baseball Conference program, according to Baseball Canada. (Submitted photo)
Danielle Groenendijk raised more than twice her goal for Parkinson Canada. (Photo submitted)

VIU volleyball athlete doubles fundraising goal for Parkinson’s

Daily runs over 30 days by Groenendijk add up to 254 kilometres

Danielle Groenendijk raised more than twice her goal for Parkinson Canada. (Photo submitted)
Driven Performance Fitness instructor Katie Diaz leads participants through a zumba class. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo News Bulletin’s top 10 most-read sports stories of 2020

Readers were interested in ways to keep moving during the pandemic

Driven Performance Fitness instructor Katie Diaz leads participants through a zumba class. (Photo submitted)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat prepares to take a faceoff during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Vancouver on Sunday, April 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat prepares to take a faceoff during the first period of an NHL hockey game against the Toronto Maple Leafs, in Vancouver on Sunday, April 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Lord Tweedsmuir’s Tremmel States-Jones jumps a player and the goal line to score a touchdown against the Kelowna Owls in 2019. The face of high school football, along with a majority of other high school sports, could significantly change if a new governance proposal is passed at the B.C. School Sports AGM May 1. (Malin Jordan)

Power struggle: New governance model proposed for B.C. high school sports

Most commissions are against the new model, but B.C. School Sports (BCSS) and its board is in favour

Lord Tweedsmuir’s Tremmel States-Jones jumps a player and the goal line to score a touchdown against the Kelowna Owls in 2019. The face of high school football, along with a majority of other high school sports, could significantly change if a new governance proposal is passed at the B.C. School Sports AGM May 1. (Malin Jordan)
Photos of Vancouver Canucks players are pictured outside the closed box office of Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canucks to return to play Sunday versus Leafs after COVID-19 outbreak

The team has had 11 games postponed since an outbreak late last month

Photos of Vancouver Canucks players are pictured outside the closed box office of Rogers Arena in downtown Vancouver Thursday, April 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A woman walks past the Olympic rings in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
A woman walks past the Olympic rings in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)

Head of Tokyo Olympics again says games will not be cancelled

On Thursday, minister in charge of Japan’s vaccine rollout, Taro Kono, said even if the Olympics go on, there may be no fans of any kind in venues

A woman walks past the Olympic rings in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
A woman walks past the Olympic rings in Tokyo, Wednesday, March 10, 2021. (AP Photo/Koji Sasahara)
Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller said it would be “very challenging and not very safe” for him and his teammates to play as scheduled on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks’ return to ice postponed again after players voice COVID health concerns

Friday’s game against the Edmonton Oilers was called off after the team met virtually with the NHLPA

Vancouver Canucks forward J.T. Miller said it would be “very challenging and not very safe” for him and his teammates to play as scheduled on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Legendary broadcaster Bernie Pascall is among in the Class of 2021 to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. (PQB News file photo)

Island broadcasting legend Bernie Pascall named to Canadian Football Hall of Fame

Pascall named by Football Reporters of Canada as inductee in the 2021 class in the media category

Legendary broadcaster Bernie Pascall is among in the Class of 2021 to be inducted into the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. (PQB News file photo)
A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past banners for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to mark 100 days before the start of the Summer Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eugene Hoshiko
A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past banners for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to mark 100 days before the start of the Summer Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eugene Hoshiko

Rings on the Horizon: Tokyo Summer Olympics hit 100 days out marker

Vaccination rollouts have ranged from expedient in some parts of the world to virtually non-existent in some countries

A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past banners for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to mark 100 days before the start of the Summer Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eugene Hoshiko
A man wearing a protective mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus walks past banners for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Tokyo, Wednesday, April 14, 2021, to mark 100 days before the start of the Summer Games. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Eugene Hoshiko
CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie attends a news conference in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday February 28, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Source: Ottawa won’t provide CFL with interest-free loan in 2021

It’s unclear, though, what — if any — subsidies the league has received so far in 2021

CFL commissioner Randy Ambrosie attends a news conference in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday February 28, 2019.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck