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Calgary Stampeders' Zack Williams (67), Malik Henry (82) and Sean McEwen (51) celebrate Henry's touchdown against the B.C. Lions during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, November 12, 2021. Canadian offensive lineman Williams signed a two-year contract extension with the Calgary Stampeders on Monday. Williams, a 2019 third-round CFL draft pick, was eligible to become a free agent next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Offensive lineman Williams re-signs with Stampeders, Good-Jones released to NFL

Canadian offensive lineman Zack Williams signed a two-year contract extension with the…

Calgary Stampeders' Zack Williams (67), Malik Henry (82) and Sean McEwen (51) celebrate Henry's touchdown against the B.C. Lions during the second half of a CFL football game in Vancouver, on Friday, November 12, 2021. Canadian offensive lineman Williams signed a two-year contract extension with the Calgary Stampeders on Monday. Williams, a 2019 third-round CFL draft pick, was eligible to become a free agent next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A rock slides down the sheet at the Men’s World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Melvin Lee’s first invitation to curl with a diverse team of law students came more than two decades ago. Now, the avid curler has a wealth of experience under his belt. And he is trying to give a similar welcome to others who are underrepresented in the sport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

This Korean-Canadian curler wants to make the sport more diverse. Here’s how.

‘It’s not just enough to have that open door in your facility. You need to be vulnerable and reach out to those communities.’

A rock slides down the sheet at the Men’s World Curling Championships in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 6, 2021. Melvin Lee’s first invitation to curl with a diverse team of law students came more than two decades ago. Now, the avid curler has a wealth of experience under his belt. And he is trying to give a similar welcome to others who are underrepresented in the sport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin (30) makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Thursday January 5, 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Oilers snap two-game skid with 4-2 victory over Islanders

Home ice finally appeared to be an advantage for the first time…

New York Islanders goalie Ilya Sorokin (30) makes the save on Edmonton Oilers' Leon Draisaitl (29) during second period NHL action in Edmonton on Thursday January 5, 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Team Canada celebrates winning the gold medal over Czechia during overtime of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Guenther scores in OT, Canada beats Czechia for 20th world junior gold

Canada got the revenge it desperately craved — and is golden again…

Team Canada celebrates winning the gold medal over Czechia during overtime of the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal game in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada’s Shane Wright, top left, celebrates his goal with teammates during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal action against Czechia in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada’s Shane Wright, top left, celebrates his goal with teammates during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship gold medal action against Czechia in Halifax on Thursday, January 5, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Anaheim Ducks Chris Pronger hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Ottawa Senators in Game five of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Anaheim Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Pronger helped the Edmonton Oilers get to Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final. After he asked for a trade, GM Kevin Lowe told Anaheim Ducks counterpart Brian Burke he was punching his ticket to the final by sending him the big defenceman. Lowe was right,and Pronger not only led the Ducks to the Cup but helped the Philadelphia Flyers get to the final in 2010 as part of his illustrious career that made him part of the 2015 classof the Hockey Hall of Fame. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Cardiac events a frightening, familiar sight in the NHL

The horror that swept across the NFL when Buffalo Bills defensive back…

Anaheim Ducks Chris Pronger hoists the Stanley Cup after defeating the Ottawa Senators in Game five of the NHL Stanley Cup hockey finals in Anaheim Wednesday, June 6, 2007. Pronger helped the Edmonton Oilers get to Game 7 of the 2006 Stanley Cup final. After he asked for a trade, GM Kevin Lowe told Anaheim Ducks counterpart Brian Burke he was punching his ticket to the final by sending him the big defenceman. Lowe was right,and Pronger not only led the Ducks to the Cup but helped the Philadelphia Flyers get to the final in 2010 as part of his illustrious career that made him part of the 2015 classof the Hockey Hall of Fame. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Canada’s Logan Stankoven, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Connor Bedard, right, as USA’s Jimmy Snuggerud, second from left, and Jack Peart look on during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship semifinal action in Halifax on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Canada roars back to beat U.S. 6-2 and advance to gold-medal game at world juniors

Czechia beats Sweden 2-1 in OT to also qualify for Thursday’s final

Canada’s Logan Stankoven, left, celebrates his goal with teammate Connor Bedard, right, as USA’s Jimmy Snuggerud, second from left, and Jack Peart look on during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship semifinal action in Halifax on Wednesday, January 4, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Oleksandra Slatvytska (left to right), executive director of Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine, head coach Vadym Shakmraichur, defenceman Andrii Grygoriev and goaltender Dmytro Kybritskiy answer questions during a media availability with members of the Ukrainian Men’s National Hockey Team, in Edmonton on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Hard to leave’: Ukrainian hockey players determined to preserve sport during war

Some Ukrainian hockey players practising on the ice in Western Canada say…

Oleksandra Slatvytska (left to right), executive director of Ice Hockey Federation of Ukraine, head coach Vadym Shakmraichur, defenceman Andrii Grygoriev and goaltender Dmytro Kybritskiy answer questions during a media availability with members of the Ukrainian Men’s National Hockey Team, in Edmonton on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2023.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Team Canada celebrates their win over Slovakia during overtime of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinal action in Halifax, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Bedard, Canada set for world junior semifinal against U.S.: ‘The biggest rivalry’

Brandt Clarke was a month short of his sixth birthday. The moment,…

Team Canada celebrates their win over Slovakia during overtime of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinal action in Halifax, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada's Connor Bedard, centre, reacts after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinal action against Slovakia in Halifax, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Bedard scores in OT, Canada beats Slovakia to advance to world junior semifinals

Connor Bedard made one opponent miss. And another. And another. The breathtaking…

Canada's Connor Bedard, centre, reacts after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinal action against Slovakia in Halifax, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada’s Connor Bedard, centre, reacts after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinal action against Slovakia in Halifax, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada’s Connor Bedard, centre, reacts after scoring the game-winning goal in overtime of IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship quarterfinal action against Slovakia in Halifax, Monday, Jan. 2, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Sweden’s goaltender Carl Lindbom, centre, makes a pad save on Canada’s Connor Bedard, left, during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Halifax, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Sweden’s goaltender Carl Lindbom, centre, makes a pad save on Canada’s Connor Bedard, left, during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Halifax, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) shoots on Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)

Connor McDavid shines as Oilers pound Kraken 7-2

Connor McDavid had a goal and four assists, and the Edmonton Oilers…

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) shoots on Seattle Kraken goaltender Martin Jones (30) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Friday, Dec. 30, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Lindsey Wasson)
Canada’s Connor Bedard, left, skates past Austria’s Lukas Horl, right, and Luca Auer during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Halifax on Thursday, December 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada’s Connor Bedard, left, skates past Austria’s Lukas Horl, right, and Luca Auer during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Halifax on Thursday, December 29, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
New York Cosmos forward Pelé controls the ball as Miami Toros midfielder Tommy Mulroy defends during the second half of an NASL soccer game at New York's Yankee Stadium on Aug. 10, 1976. Pelé, the Brazilian king of soccer who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. He was 82. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)

‘Greatest of all time’: Pelé as described by his peers

Pele has been praised over the decades by everyone from world leaders…

New York Cosmos forward Pelé controls the ball as Miami Toros midfielder Tommy Mulroy defends during the second half of an NASL soccer game at New York's Yankee Stadium on Aug. 10, 1976. Pelé, the Brazilian king of soccer who won a record three World Cups and became one of the most commanding sports figures of the last century, died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. He was 82. (AP Photo/Richard Drew, File)
Orebro's Linus Oberg, left, and teammate Filip Berglund flank Canada's Chris DiDomenico during play at the 94th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. Canada finished winless at the 2022 Spengler Cup after losing 3-1 to Orebro on Thursday in quarterfinal action at the international hockey tournament. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Keystone, Gian Ehrenzeller

Canada leaves Spengler Cup without a win after 3-1 loss to Sweden’s Orebro

Canada finished with a winless record at the Spengler Cup after dropping…

Orebro's Linus Oberg, left, and teammate Filip Berglund flank Canada's Chris DiDomenico during play at the 94th Spengler Cup ice hockey tournament in Davos, Switzerland, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022. Canada finished winless at the 2022 Spengler Cup after losing 3-1 to Orebro on Thursday in quarterfinal action at the international hockey tournament. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Keystone, Gian Ehrenzeller
Hats are thrown from the crowd as Canada’s Connor Bedard celebrates his third goal of the game during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action against Germany in Halifax on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Bedard has 7 points as Canada finds form at world juniors with 11-2 rout over Germany

Canadians improve to 16-0 against Germany all-time at men’s under-20 showcase

Hats are thrown from the crowd as Canada’s Connor Bedard celebrates his third goal of the game during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action against Germany in Halifax on Wednesday, December 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Serbia's Novak Djokovic of Falcons, serves to Austria's Sebastian Ofner of Kites, during a match of the World Tennis League at Coca-Cola Arena, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

Novak Djokovic back in Australia a year after deportation

Novak Djokovic has arrived in Australia almost a year after he was…

  • Dec 27, 2022
Serbia's Novak Djokovic of Falcons, serves to Austria's Sebastian Ofner of Kites, during a match of the World Tennis League at Coca-Cola Arena, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Friday, Dec. 23, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Czechia’s Jaroslav Chmelar, right, celebrates a goal in front of Canada’s Joshua Roy, left, and Jack Matier during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship hockey action in Halifax, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Canada looking for a ‘reset’ after humbling loss at world juniors

Dylan Guenther is all for elite players using every available tool at…

  • Dec 27, 2022
Czechia’s Jaroslav Chmelar, right, celebrates a goal in front of Canada’s Joshua Roy, left, and Jack Matier during second period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship hockey action in Halifax, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese
Canada’s Adam Fantilli, centre, and Tyson Hinds, right, collide with Czechia’s Jaroslav Chmelar during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship hockey action in Halifax, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

Czechs stun Canada 5-2 at world junior men’s hockey championships

Game marked opener for both countries at annual tourney

Canada’s Adam Fantilli, centre, and Tyson Hinds, right, collide with Czechia’s Jaroslav Chmelar during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship hockey action in Halifax, Monday, Dec. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese