Canada & World

Canada forward Sidney Crosby and Sweden defenceman Johnny Oduya rub shoulders during first period men’s gold medal final hockey action at the Sochi Winter Olympics Sunday, February 23, 2014 in Sochi. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Olympics top NHL agenda at board of governors’ meeting in Florida

NHL and NHLPA have until Jan. 10 to pull the plug if COVID-19 makes trip ‘impractical or unsafe’

Minnesota Wild head coach Bruce Boudreau watches his team play against the Colorado Avalanche during the first period of an NHL hockey game on February 9, 2020, in St. Paul, Minn. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Hannah Foslien

Struggling Vancouver Canucks hope Boudreau can kickstart dismal season

Horvat: ‘It brings us new life. But at the same time, we have to go out there and prove it now’

Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) covers up the puck as Quinn Hughes (43) checks Los Angeles Kings’ Phillip Danault (24) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Demko records 30-save shutout, Canucks beat Kings 4-0 in Boudreau’s debut

Victory comes less than 24 hours after Vancouver fired Green, Benning

Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green stands on the bench behind Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, and Alex Chiasson (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks head coach Travis Green stands on the bench behind Elias Pettersson (40), of Sweden, and Alex Chiasson (39) during the third period of an NHL hockey game against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Jake Guentzel scores hat trick, Penguins rout Vancouver Canucks 4-1

Chants of ‘fire Benning!’ echoed through the arena late in the game

Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) and Pittsburgh Penguins’ Sidney Crosby (87) collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Renee Gonzalez, left, and Pamphinette Buisa confer during a training session prior to the Dubai Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens 2021 women’s competition, in Dubai, U.A.E., in a Nov. 30, 2021, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-World Rugby-KLC Fotos, Mike Lee, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

South Africa, Australia win again at Dubai Sevens while young Canada teams struggle

The Canadian men went 1-9-0 over the first two tournaments while the women were 2-8-0

Canada’s Renee Gonzalez, left, and Pamphinette Buisa confer during a training session prior to the Dubai Emirates Airline Rugby Sevens 2021 women’s competition, in Dubai, U.A.E., in a Nov. 30, 2021, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-World Rugby-KLC Fotos, Mike Lee, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Scherzer pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco. Eight-time All-Star Max Scherzer is nearing a $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday, Nov. 29, because the agreement was still being worked on and would be subject to a successful physical.(AP Photo/John Hefti, File)

Even if games go on, Major League Baseball lockout could alienate Gen Z

Those born between 1995 and 2010 have never experience a baseball lockout or strike

FILE - Los Angeles Dodgers’ Max Scherzer pitches against the San Francisco Giants during the ninth inning of Game 5 of a baseball National League Division Series Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021, in San Francisco. Eight-time All-Star Max Scherzer is nearing a $130 million, three-year contract with the New York Mets, a person familiar with the negotiations told The Associated Press. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday, Nov. 29, because the agreement was still being worked on and would be subject to a successful physical.(AP Photo/John Hefti, File)
New Texas Rangers infielder Marcus Semien adjusts his hat as he gets ready to answer questions at a press conference at Globe Life Field Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)

Busy November provided some clarity for Blue Jays, now team must wait

MLB’s first work stoppage threatens plans for spring training and opening day on March 31

New Texas Rangers infielder Marcus Semien adjusts his hat as he gets ready to answer questions at a press conference at Globe Life Field Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021, in Arlington, Texas. (AP Photo/Richard W. Rodriguez)
Ottawa Senators goaltender Filip Gustavsson (32) makes a save on Vancouver Canucks’ left wing Tanner Pearson (70) during first period NHL action in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

J.T. Miller’s 3-point night leads Canucks to 6-2 win over Senators in Ottawa

Quinn Hughes hands out 4 assists for Vancouver in second straight win

Ottawa Senators goaltender Filip Gustavsson (32) makes a save on Vancouver Canucks’ left wing Tanner Pearson (70) during first period NHL action in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat (53) is topped by Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Garland nets winner as Canucks beat Habs 2-1 to snap 4-game losing skid

Montreal falls in first game after firing general manager Marc Bergevin

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat (53) is topped by Montreal Canadiens defenceman Jeff Petry during first period NHL hockey action in Montreal, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Boston Bruins’ Trent Frederic (11) scuffles with Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat (53) and Luke Schenn (2) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Marchand sparks comeback as Bruins rally to edge Vancouver Canucks 3-2

Former Boston goalie Halak makes 39 saves in a losing effort

Boston Bruins’ Trent Frederic (11) scuffles with Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat (53) and Luke Schenn (2) during the second period of an NHL hockey game, Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A fan holds a Canadian flag in the stands as players are introduced at the start of a match against New Zealand, in Ottawa, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Canada Soccer said it has agreed to a “transparent, independent review of the investigation of allegations” against former women’s coach Bob Birarda during the time when he was employed by the association. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A fan holds a Canadian flag in the stands as players are introduced at the start of a match against New Zealand, in Ottawa, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Canada Soccer said it has agreed to a “transparent, independent review of the investigation of allegations” against former women’s coach Bob Birarda during the time when he was employed by the association. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A fan holds a Canadian flag in the stands as players are introduced at the start of a match against New Zealand, in Ottawa, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Canada Soccer said it has agreed to a “transparent, independent review of the investigation of allegations” against former women’s coach Bob Birarda during the time when he was employed by the association. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A fan holds a Canadian flag in the stands as players are introduced at the start of a match against New Zealand, in Ottawa, Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Canada Soccer said it has agreed to a “transparent, independent review of the investigation of allegations” against former women’s coach Bob Birarda during the time when he was employed by the association. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Columbus Blue Jackets’ Vladislav Gavrikov, left, knocks the puck away from Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Columbus Blue Jackets’ Vladislav Gavrikov, left, knocks the puck away from Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat during the first period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Brodie Seger of Canada flies down the course during the second Men’s World Cup downhill training run in Lake Louise, Alta., on November 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Brodie Seger, Jack Crawford lead rebuilding Canadian men’s downhill ski team

Olympic Games season starts with today’s World Cup downhill in Lake Louise

Brodie Seger of Canada flies down the course during the second Men’s World Cup downhill training run in Lake Louise, Alta., on November 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
An overhauled Canadian women’s rugby sevens team with a new coach opens the World Series season tomorrow in Dubai. The Canadian Press photo

Canadian women’s rugby sevens team opens new World Series season in Dubai

Jack Hanratty has been tasked with steering the team through the end of the year

An overhauled Canadian women’s rugby sevens team with a new coach opens the World Series season tomorrow in Dubai. The Canadian Press photo
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (59) can’t find a rebound in front of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) with Tucker Poolman (5) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Pittsburgh Penguins’ Jake Guentzel (59) can’t find a rebound in front of Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) with Tucker Poolman (5) defending during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Pittsburgh, Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky (right) checks Montreal Canadiens Guy Lafleur during NHL action in Montreal, March 2, 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Continuing to battle lung cancer, Habs great Lafleur also striving to raise awareness

Cancerous spot was discovered on Lafleur’s right lung in September 2019 during heart surgery

Edmonton Oilers Wayne Gretzky (right) checks Montreal Canadiens Guy Lafleur during NHL action in Montreal, March 2, 1982. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Chicago Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat (12) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fleury stops 40 shots, outduels Demko as Blackhawks blank Canucks 1-0

Chicago goalie improves recent record against Vancouver to 13-0-2

Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Chicago Blackhawks’ Alex DeBrincat (12) during first period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7), quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) and Bryan Burnham, back left, celebrate before Whitehead’s touchdown was called back when he was ruled down at the one yard line during the first half of a CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Friday, November 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Lions’ Lucky Whitehead (7), quarterback Nathan Rourke (12) and Bryan Burnham, back left, celebrate before Whitehead’s touchdown was called back when he was ruled down at the one yard line during the first half of a CFL football game against the Edmonton Elks in Vancouver, on Friday, November 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs (middle) celebrates with teammates Tyler Myers (left) and Elias Pettersson after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam
Vancouver Canucks’ Kyle Burroughs (middle) celebrates with teammates Tyler Myers (left) and Elias Pettersson after scoring a goal against the Winnipeg Jets during second period NHL hockey action in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rich Lam