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Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau, back, stands on the bench behind from left to right, Justin Bailey, Juho Lammikko, of Finland, Matthew Highmore and Brock Boeser while coaching in his 1,000th NHL game during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Vancouver Canucks have June 1 deadline to re-sign coach Bruce Boudreau

Team president Rutherford won’t commit to contract extension

Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau, back, stands on the bench behind from left to right, Justin Bailey, Juho Lammikko, of Finland, Matthew Highmore and Brock Boeser while coaching in his 1,000th NHL game during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Head coach Bruce Boudreau’s arrival helped change Canucks culture

Vancouver went 32-15-10 through final 57 games under bench boss

Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Fans line up to pay their respects during the visitation for Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Fans gather to pay tribute to Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur

Hall of Famer lying in state ahead of national funeral

Fans line up to pay their respects during the visitation for Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vancouver Canucks’ Sheldon Dries, left, and goalie Spencer Martin celebrate after Vancouver defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-2 during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks eliminated from NHL playoffs despite 5-2 win over Seattle Kraken

Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes sets franchise scoring record for defencemen

Vancouver Canucks’ Sheldon Dries, left, and goalie Spencer Martin celebrate after Vancouver defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-2 during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. Edmonton won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Oilers’ star Connor McDavid’s drive to be NHL’s best player starts off the ice

McDavid is on pace to be the league’s top scorer for the fourth time

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. Edmonton won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)
Images of hockey legend Guy Lafleur are projected on the ice during a ceremony at the Bell Centre prior to an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Montreal, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Lafleur passed away on April 22 at the age of 70. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Images of hockey legend Guy Lafleur are projected on the ice during a ceremony at the Bell Centre prior to an NHL hockey game between the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins in Montreal, Sunday, April 24, 2022. Lafleur passed away on April 22 at the age of 70. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes, right, is checked by Calgary Flames centre Blake Coleman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, April 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Elias Lindholm hits 40-goal mark as Calgary Flames down Vancouver Canucks 6-3

B.C. side six points out of playoff spot with three games to play

Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes, right, is checked by Calgary Flames centre Blake Coleman during second period NHL hockey action in Calgary, Saturday, April 23, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
The Quality Foods Oceanside Generals lost 4-3 in overtime against the Peninsula Panthers in Game 6 of their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League best-of-seven series final at the Peninsula Recreation Centre on Friday, April 1. (Michael Briones photo)

Bet-losing Parksville, Qualicum Beach mayors get their North Saanich hockey jerseys

After losing friendly wager, Ed Mayne sported a Peninsula Panthers jersey on April 20

The Quality Foods Oceanside Generals lost 4-3 in overtime against the Peninsula Panthers in Game 6 of their Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League best-of-seven series final at the Peninsula Recreation Centre on Friday, April 1. (Michael Briones photo)
A fan pays his respects in front of a bronze statue of Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Friday, April 22, 2022, in Montreal. Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at age 70. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Legendary Lafleur was an inspiration for a generation of Canadians

COLUMN: Former Canadiens superstar leaves an indelible legacy

A fan pays his respects in front of a bronze statue of Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Friday, April 22, 2022, in Montreal. Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur, who helped the Montreal Canadiens win five Stanley Cup titles in the 1970s, has died at age 70. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)
A fan pays his respects at a statue honouring Guy Lafleur in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal, on Friday, April 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec government talking to Lafleur family about possible national funeral

Montrealers pay tribute to Habs great as the reflect on his impact

A fan pays his respects at a statue honouring Guy Lafleur in front of the Bell Centre in Montreal, on Friday, April 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur (left) and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981. (CP PHOTO/Ian MacAlpine)

Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, a dominant force in his generation, dead at 70

Hall-of-famer led the Montreal Canadiens 1970s Stanley Cup dynasty, inspired legions of fans

Montreal Canadien Guy Lafleur (left) and Wayne Gretzky of the Edmonton Oilers are seen here during a break in their light skate at the first day of training camp for Team Canada in Montreal, Aug. 10, 1981. (CP PHOTO/Ian MacAlpine)
Denver’s Brett Stapley holds the trophy after Denver defeated Minnesota State in the NCAA men’s Frozen Four championship college hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)

Islander helps team clinch record-tying 9th US college hockey championship

Brett Stapley scored empty-netter for Denver Pioneers in NCAA Division 1 final

Denver’s Brett Stapley holds the trophy after Denver defeated Minnesota State in the NCAA men’s Frozen Four championship college hockey game Saturday, April 9, 2022, in Boston. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Minnesota Wild defenceman Jacob Middleton, centre, clears Vancouver Canucks right winger Conor Garland from in front of Wild goalie Cam Talbot during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 21, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
Minnesota Wild defenceman Jacob Middleton, centre, clears Vancouver Canucks right winger Conor Garland from in front of Wild goalie Cam Talbot during the first period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, April 21, 2022, in St. Paul, Minn. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig)
Ottawa Senators’ Connor Brown, left, and Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson, of Sweden, collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, April 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ottawa Senators’ Connor Brown, left, and Vancouver Canucks’ Oliver Ekman-Larsson, of Sweden, collide during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Tuesday, April 19, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin, left, checks Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Pettersson puts up 3 points as red-hot Canucks dump Stars 6-2 for sixth straight win

Vancouver sits 5 points behind Dallas in battle for NHL wild-card spot

Dallas Stars’ Tyler Seguin, left, checks Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 18, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A hockey-themed juggling performance was one of many spectacles at Rogers Hometown Hockey in Campbell River. Ronan O’Doherty photo/ Campbell River Mirror

Hometown Hockey festival worth the wait for Vancouver Island community

Campbell River fans got to show their appreciation for the sport on sunny long weekend

A hockey-themed juggling performance was one of many spectacles at Rogers Hometown Hockey in Campbell River. Ronan O’Doherty photo/ Campbell River Mirror
Zosia Adamek enjoyed a wildly successful freshman year playing hockey at Virginia-based Liberty University. The team won the American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship and her line, dubbed the ‘freshman line,’ was the top-scoring in the conference. (Photo courtesy of Mike Adamek)

Langford woman achieves personal, team success in first college hockey season

Zosia Adamek helped Liberty University clinch ACHA Div. 1 national title

Zosia Adamek enjoyed a wildly successful freshman year playing hockey at Virginia-based Liberty University. The team won the American Collegiate Hockey Association national championship and her line, dubbed the ‘freshman line,’ was the top-scoring in the conference. (Photo courtesy of Mike Adamek)
Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, back, Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller talk before a faceoff against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, April 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Canucks trounce Arizona Coyotes 7-1, extend win streak to 5 games

J.T. Miller dishes out 5 assists as victors chase playoff spot

Vancouver Canucks’ Bo Horvat, back, Quinn Hughes and J.T. Miller talk before a faceoff against the Arizona Coyotes during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Thursday, April 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A woodpecker has taken up residence in the World's Largest Hockey Stick at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Photo courtesy Lorraine Francisty)

Woodpecker makes its home in Cowichan’s Big Stick

Bird first spotted last week; community centre working to remove it

A woodpecker has taken up residence in the World's Largest Hockey Stick at the Cowichan Community Centre. (Photo courtesy Lorraine Francisty)
A fan takes a shot at the Rogers Hometown Hockey showcase in Salmon Arm in 2020. Black Press files

Campbell River all set to host Rogers Hometown Hockey

CBC touring show focused on the love of the game hits Island city this weekend

A fan takes a shot at the Rogers Hometown Hockey showcase in Salmon Arm in 2020. Black Press files
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