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The Fraser Valley Bandits have signed guard Gentrey Thomas for the 2021 CEBL season. (Fraser Valley Bandits photo)

Fraser Valley Bandits sign guard Gentrey Thomas

Abbotsford-based basketball club signs former UC Riverside talent

The Fraser Valley Bandits have signed guard Gentrey Thomas for the 2021 CEBL season. (Fraser Valley Bandits photo)
Justin Bond’s Bahrain 1 took a team around a year to construct. It gets its name because the Sheik of Bahrain is a major sponsor of the team. / Photo courtesy of Justin Bond.

Mission dragracer wins Atlanta race, ousts back-to-back world champion

Justin Bond goes quarter-mile in 5.738-seconds, beating champ Stevie ‘Fast’ Jackson on home turf

Justin Bond’s Bahrain 1 took a team around a year to construct. It gets its name because the Sheik of Bahrain is a major sponsor of the team. / Photo courtesy of Justin Bond.

Ethan Bowen named MVP as Chilliwack Chiefs hand out year-end awards

Bowen led the Chiefs in scoring during the abbreviated BCHL pod season

The Chilliwack Chiefs played their 2020-21 BCHL season finale Sunday against Prince George at the Chilliwack Coliseum. The junior A team will open 2021-22 with an American Hockey League team calling Abbotsford home. (Darren Francis photo)

Chilliwack Chiefs viewing Abbotsford AHL arrival as an opportunity

The junior A BCHL club hopes to strike up a friendly relationship with the unnamed Canucks affiliate

The Chilliwack Chiefs played their 2020-21 BCHL season finale Sunday against Prince George at the Chilliwack Coliseum. The junior A team will open 2021-22 with an American Hockey League team calling Abbotsford home. (Darren Francis photo)
Chilliwack’s Allie Thiessen enjoyed a productive season for the Central Washington Wildcats women’s softball squad, and earned GNAC All-Academic status. (Central Washington U graphic)

Chilliwack’s Allie Thiessen earns All-Academic status in Great Northwest Athletic Conference

The women’s softball star at Central Washington University had one of the highest GPAs on the list

Chilliwack’s Allie Thiessen enjoyed a productive season for the Central Washington Wildcats women’s softball squad, and earned GNAC All-Academic status. (Central Washington U graphic)
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Fraser Valley Bandits team with Fraser Health to encourage vaccination

Professional basketball team urges those qualified to receive shot to ease life back to normalcy

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Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks drew a large crowd to the Abbotsford Centre in 2019. Canucks management hopes the crowds return for the planned AHL team this fall, and early returns are positive. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Canucks: ‘Incredible’ early interest for Abbotsford AHL tickets

Team has had a strong response to both e-mail information and priority ticket lists

Elias Pettersson and the Vancouver Canucks drew a large crowd to the Abbotsford Centre in 2019. Canucks management hopes the crowds return for the planned AHL team this fall, and early returns are positive. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Graduating goalie Mathieu Caron stops Prince George forward Nick Rheaume in Sunday’s season finale at the Chilliwack Coliseum. (Darren Francis photo)

Chilliwack Chiefs say goodbye to departing vets in pod season finale

Longtime goalie Mathieu Caron and captain Kyle Penney are among the players aging out of the BCHL

Graduating goalie Mathieu Caron stops Prince George forward Nick Rheaume in Sunday’s season finale at the Chilliwack Coliseum. (Darren Francis photo)
July 25, 2019:  Zach Clay of Canada during the Pan American Games Men's Artistic Gymnastics podium training at Polideportiva Villa el Salvador in Lima, Peru.   Daniel Lea/CSM

COVID costs Chilliwack gymnast Zach Clay last chance at qualifying for Olympics

Clay won’t be able to compete at the upcoming Senior Pan American Championships in Brazil

July 25, 2019:  Zach Clay of Canada during the Pan American Games Men's Artistic Gymnastics podium training at Polideportiva Villa el Salvador in Lima, Peru.   Daniel Lea/CSM

Valley Huskers and Save-on-Foods bring back meat-draw fundraiser

The BC Football Conference club is raising money as it prepares for a return to action in 2021

UBC Sports Hall of Famer Carrie (Watson) Watts (far right, front row) helped lead the UBC Thunderbirds to the 2004 national championship, their first since 1974. She served as assistant coach a few years after graduation. (Photo/UBC)

Agassiz-born basketball star inducted into UBC Sports Hall of Fame

Carrie (Watson) Watts helped lead the team to their first championship in decades

UBC Sports Hall of Famer Carrie (Watson) Watts (far right, front row) helped lead the UBC Thunderbirds to the 2004 national championship, their first since 1974. She served as assistant coach a few years after graduation. (Photo/UBC)
The Aquilini Investment Group has agreed to a proposed contract of five years to run the Abbotsford Centre. (File photo)

Proposal to run Abbotsford Centre offered to Canucks ownership group

Planned five-year contract to cost city $750K annually, starting Jan. 1, 2022

The Aquilini Investment Group has agreed to a proposed contract of five years to run the Abbotsford Centre. (File photo)
The AHL Board of Governors has approved the Vancouver Canucks decision to move their franchise to Abbotsford. (File photo)

AHL approves Canucks’ franchise relocation to Abbotsford

Board of Governors approves move, season set to start on Oct. 15

The AHL Board of Governors has approved the Vancouver Canucks decision to move their franchise to Abbotsford. (File photo)
GW Graham grad Deanna Tuchscherer and the UFV women’s basketball team will return to play this fall under an ‘alternative sports format’ approved at the recent Canada West annual general meeting. (UFV Cascades photo)

Canada West conference approves ‘alternative sports formats’ for 2021-22 season

The UFV Cascades and other university teams will return to action in regional-heavy play

GW Graham grad Deanna Tuchscherer and the UFV women’s basketball team will return to play this fall under an ‘alternative sports format’ approved at the recent Canada West annual general meeting. (UFV Cascades photo)
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Abbotsford graphic designer pitches Flyers rebrand for AHL team

Alex Svarez suggests new affiliate team turns back the clock and brings back Flyers moniker

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Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen is now under investigation from the Vancouver Police Department following sexual misconduct allegations. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)

Vancouver police investigating sexual misconduct claims against Canucks’ Jake Virtanen

Abbotsford native remains on leave with the Vancouver Canucks following recent allegations

Abbotsford’s Jake Virtanen is now under investigation from the Vancouver Police Department following sexual misconduct allegations. (John Morrow/Abbotsford News)
Colton (left) and Merick Sampson (right) have committed to play for the Augustana Vikings, a University of Alberta satellite campus playing in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. (submitted photo)

Chilliwack’s Colton and Merick Sampson joining Augustana Vikings men’s basketball team

The soon-to-be Chilliwack secondary grads will play in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference

Colton (left) and Merick Sampson (right) have committed to play for the Augustana Vikings, a University of Alberta satellite campus playing in the Alberta Colleges Athletic Conference. (submitted photo)
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Abbotsford’s Magnuson Ford temporarily severs ties with Canucks forward Jake Virtanen

Abbotsford dealership condemns sexual misconduct, may bring Virtanen back pending investigation

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Abbotsford's Jake Virtanen has stepped down as the host of the Archway Charity Golf Tournament after recent sexual assault allegations came to light. (File photo)

Jake Virtanen steps down as host of Abbotsford charity golf tournament

Archway Community Services announces he will no longer be host of event after allegations

Abbotsford's Jake Virtanen has stepped down as the host of the Archway Charity Golf Tournament after recent sexual assault allegations came to light. (File photo)
Chilliwack Chiefs commit Brady Milburn.

Chilliwack Chiefs pursue brother act with Brady Milburn commitment

Brady should be able to play alongside older brother Connor Milburn in the BCHL next season

Chilliwack Chiefs commit Brady Milburn.