Pro sports

Rob Friend, a Canadian former professional soccer player, was named president of the new Langley-based Canadian Premier League franchise announced on Wednesday, April 13. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
Rob Friend, a Canadian former professional soccer player, was named president of the new Langley-based Canadian Premier League franchise announced on Wednesday, April 13. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
With the final two penalties successfully killed, Nicco Camazzola tied the score at 1-1 for the Giants and Adam Hall converted on Vancouver power play to make it 2-1 heading into second intermission. (Gary Ahuja/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants down Silvertips 5-3

Team sits sixth in the WHL’s Western Conference standings with 50 points

With the final two penalties successfully killed, Nicco Camazzola tied the score at 1-1 for the Giants and Adam Hall converted on Vancouver power play to make it 2-1 heading into second intermission. (Gary Ahuja/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes the ball during a playoff football game in January. Stafford and the Rams will play in the Super Bowl game Sunday (Feb. 13) against Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)

Sports-bet pilot kicks off at 6 Fraser Valley pubs starting Super Bowl weekend

Live odds and related promos flashed across digital, TV-type screens

Los Angeles Rams quarterback Matthew Stafford passes the ball during a playoff football game in January. Stafford and the Rams will play in the Super Bowl game Sunday (Feb. 13) against Cincinnati Bengals. (Photo: Jae C. Hong/AP)
Surrey’s Cindy O’Brien Hugh, 62, hurdles with Greyhounds Masters Track & Field Club at North Surrey Secondary in April. (File photo: Tom Zillich)

YEAR IN REVIEW: The most compelling Surrey sports stories of 2021, another pandemic year

Profiled were Surrey track masters, a Stanley Cup winner, one crash victim and one survivor who skated again

Surrey’s Cindy O’Brien Hugh, 62, hurdles with Greyhounds Masters Track & Field Club at North Surrey Secondary in April. (File photo: Tom Zillich)
TEASER PHOTO ONLY. Surrey-raised hockey player Colin Fraser, shown here with the Stanley Cup in the summer of 2010 after winning the trophy as a member of Chicago Blackhawks, would be a strong candidate for induction in a Sports Hall of Fame in Surrey. (File photo)

Virtual Surrey Sports Hall of Fame viewed as ‘highly accessible’ and ‘contemporary’

Such a hall ‘provides all the benefits of a real-world museum without the limitations,’ according to city report

TEASER PHOTO ONLY. Surrey-raised hockey player Colin Fraser, shown here with the Stanley Cup in the summer of 2010 after winning the trophy as a member of Chicago Blackhawks, would be a strong candidate for induction in a Sports Hall of Fame in Surrey. (File photo)
Canada’s Haley Smith makes a jump during the women’s cross-country race at the Nerrang mountain bike trails during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 12, 2018. When COVID-19 swept across the country last spring, forcing lockdowns and cancelling sporting events, Canadian mountain biker Haley Smith’s response was swift — train harder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft
Canada’s Haley Smith makes a jump during the women’s cross-country race at the Nerrang mountain bike trails during the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast, Australia, Thursday, April 12, 2018. When COVID-19 swept across the country last spring, forcing lockdowns and cancelling sporting events, Canadian mountain biker Haley Smith’s response was swift — train harder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Rick Rycroft
Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Professional athletes the main beneficiary of national interest exemptions at border

Several ministers and senior public health officials can authorize exemptions

Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco Mendicino holds a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Jerry Rollins on the cover of his book, “Enforcer to Entrepreneur: Achieving Hockey Stick Growth in Life, Business and Sports.”

The goon old days: Surrey roots for hockey player who wrote ‘Enforcer to Entrepreneur’

Jerry Rollins grew up in Whalley before making it in the business world of San Diego

Jerry Rollins on the cover of his book, “Enforcer to Entrepreneur: Achieving Hockey Stick Growth in Life, Business and Sports.”
Toronto Blue Jays play an MLB intersquad baseball action in Toronto on Friday, July 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Toronto Blue Jays play an MLB intersquad baseball action in Toronto on Friday, July 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas. The chance that there will be no Major League Baseball season increased substantially Monday, June 15, 2020, when the commissioner’s office told the players’ association it will not proceed with a schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic unless the union waives its right to claim management violated a March agreement between the feuding sides. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Commissioner says there might not be an MLB season this year

Issues include union-league talks and COVID-19

FILE - In this Nov. 21, 2019, file photo, baseball commissioner Rob Manfred speaks to the media at the owners meeting in Arlington, Texas. The chance that there will be no Major League Baseball season increased substantially Monday, June 15, 2020, when the commissioner’s office told the players’ association it will not proceed with a schedule amid the coronavirus pandemic unless the union waives its right to claim management violated a March agreement between the feuding sides. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Colorado Avalanche’s J.T. Compher (37) as Vancouver’s Chris Tanev, left, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, March 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks goalie Thatcher Demko (35) stops Colorado Avalanche’s J.T. Compher (37) as Vancouver’s Chris Tanev, left, defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Friday, March 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Fighters at a “We love MMA” event in Germany in 2017. (Photo: Sven Mandel/wikimedia.org)

Pro MMA fight ban considered in Surrey

Proposed bylaw would not prohibit professional or amateur boxing, among other pursuits

Fighters at a “We love MMA” event in Germany in 2017. (Photo: Sven Mandel/wikimedia.org)
Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte, left, dives for the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets’ Andrew Peeke defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Motte, left, dives for the puck as Columbus Blue Jackets’ Andrew Peeke defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game Sunday, March 1, 2020, in Columbus, Ohio. (AP Photo/Jay LaPrete)
Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) stops Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Rare goal from Marincin lifts Leafs to 4-2 win over Canucks

Toronto defender nets first of the year against Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks goaltender Thatcher Demko (35) stops Toronto Maple Leafs right wing William Nylander (88) during second period NHL hockey action in Toronto, Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Ryan nets hat trick in return as Senators beat Canucks 5-2

Ottawa winger received assistance for admitted alcohol problem

Ottawa Senators right wing Bobby Ryan (9) celebrates his goal against the Vancouver Canucks during first period NHL hockey action in Ottawa on Thursday, February 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler, of Sweden, from left to right, Troy Stecher, Tanner Pearson, Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson, of Sweden, celebrate Eriksson’s goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, February 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Tyler Toffoli scores twice, Canucks crush Bruins 9-3

Stecher, Miller each add three points for Vancouver

Vancouver Canucks’ Alexander Edler, of Sweden, from left to right, Troy Stecher, Tanner Pearson, Bo Horvat and Loui Eriksson, of Sweden, celebrate Eriksson’s goal against the Boston Bruins during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Saturday, February 22, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Anaheim Ducks’ Josh Manson (42) punches Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Myers (57) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Henrique scores 2 as Ducks soar past Canucks 5-1

Vancouver tumbles out of top spot in Pacific Division

Anaheim Ducks’ Josh Manson (42) punches Vancouver Canucks’ Tyler Myers (57) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck