Sports briefs 

The Squamish Wolfpack came out of the weekend with just one point, despite fairly even back-to-back games against the North Delta Devils over the weekend.

On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Wolfpack lost just 1-0 to the Devils, giving up just one power play goal in the second period. The shots on net were low, 32 for the Devils and 26 for the Wolfpack. The Wolfpack's Ty Babitch and a player from the Devils squared off in the third period, but otherwise the number of penalties was low as well.

That set up the rematch on Sunday, with both teams finding their scoring touch.

The Devils went up 3-0 in the first seven minutes of the game, but the Wolfpack answered back shortly afterwards on a goal by Brady Bjornson, with Marcus Chabot assisting.

Squamish was next on the board in the first minute of the second period, with Trevor Chang scoring the goal and Bjornson adding the assist. The Devils scored on the powerplay less than a minute later to go up 4-2, but the Wolfpack tied it up before the end of the period with a powerplay goal by Trevor Kang (assists by Gray Meckling and Matthew Bonin) and another goal by Gray Meckling (assists by Cole Briggs and Jacob Bergeron).

The shots on net dried up in the third period, sending the game to overtime. The Devils managed to get one at the midway point of the four-on-four overtime period, ending the Wolfpack's hope of coming away with two points against another team in their division.

The Wolfpack will get their next opportunity Friday, Oct. 22, as they host their second home game of the season in Whistler at Meadow Park Arena. They will be playing the Grandview Steelers, who they have not faced this season and are one spot ahead in the Tom Shaw Conference of the PIJHL.

The puck drops at 8:15 p.m., and everyone is invited to come out and watch some Junior B-level hockey. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.


Run for the food bank

This Saturday, Oct. 23 marks the third annual Whistler Food Bank Fun Run and Walk, which will raise money and food donations for the local food bank.

The course is just 5 km, consisting of a lap around the Whistler Golf Course. The cost is $5 or a donation of food items to the food bank, and registration is from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the Whistler Golf Course parking lot. The event takes place at 9 a.m., and participants are free to walk, run or ride.

Local running and triathlon trainer Christine Suter is organizing the event. Anybody who wishes to volunteer can contact her at 604-932-0788 or


Football teams off to a great start

Two teams comprised of athletes from Sea to Sky have joined the North Vancouver Football League this fall, and so far both teams are doing well.

The Sea to Sky Broncos are aged 10 and 11, and play in the Pee Wee Division. They are currently tied for third in the league with a record of three wins and three losses. The Broncos practice every Tuesday in Squamish and on Thursdays in Whistler. Games are on the weekends. Their next game is on Sunday, Oct. 24 in North Vancouver, followed by a game at Don Ross Secondary in Squamish at 11:30 a.m. on Oct. 31.

The Sea to Sky Saints are children aged six to nine, and play in the flag football division. They are currently ranked second in the league with a record of four wins and two losses.

Their next game is on Sunday in North Vancouver. The team will also play a home game on Sunday, Oct. 31, kicking off at 10 a.m.

The regular season for both leagues winds up on Nov. 14.


Mt Currie hosting karate tournament

Wim Te Winkle of the Pemberton Karate Club and the Mount Currie Recreation Commission have joined forces to host the Q├ępen Karate Tournament in Mt. Currie, on Nov. 20, open to all students of the martial art. There are categories for white belts and higher, and age-appropriate age categories for children.

The tournament will take place at the Ullus Complex in Mt. Currie, with registration at 9 a.m. and competition starting at 10 a.m. Spectators are welcome.

The event is being held to promote participation in sports in Pemberton and Mt. Currie.

For registration packages, contact Daniel Cindric, recreation coordinator for Mt. Currie, at 604-894-6115 or


Lunar Enduro returns

This Saturday, Oct. 23, the Squamish Off Road Cycling Association is bringing back the Bill Landry Loonar Enduro, a six-hour event where riders see how many laps they can complete between 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. - with the last two hours taking place in the dark, so good quality lights and/or headlamps are mandatory.

You can race as a team of two or solo, with categories for juniors, open men and women, and veterans.

The theme of the race is cartoon characters, and the prize for best costume is a Kona Cruiser from Nesters Market.

The cost is $25 for SORCA members or $35 for non-members

The ride is based out of the campground. You have to pay to park and no dogs are permitted.

The ride is typically on beginner trails with some intermediate sections. The winning rider/team is the one with the most laps completed before the 8 p.m. cutoff. Riders on course before that time will be able to finish their laps.

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Olympic foundation board resigns en masse

The entire board of the Canadian Olympic Foundation - the fundraising wing of the Canadian Olympic Committee - resigned en masse this week after failing to reach an agreement with the committee over how much say the group should have over spending.

The foundation raises millions of dollars annually for sports organizations and athletes. It was behind the successful Red Mittens campaign during the 2010 Games that raised over $4 million for athletes.

The root of the resignations is an ongoing dispute between foundation board members over funding priorities and the fact that their input is not considered by the COC when making funding decisions. The board entered into talks with the COC but no agreement was reached.

The COC said they will be replacing the board and don't expect the mass resignation to have any impact on fundraising efforts.


Sochi following Vancouver's example

The International Olympic Committee completed an inspection of venues at 2014 Olympic host Sochi last week, where, like Vancouver, there's a huge emphasis on having venues completed at least two years in advance of the Games.

It's a tall order, as an entire rail-serviced mountain resort is currently under construction. It will host the alpine, snowboard, freestyle and sliding events. However, the on-snow venues themselves have been completed and will host their first test events this winter, starting with a FIS European Cup competition for alpine skiing.

There was snow in the mountains for the IOC's recent inspection. And this season the resort will also test a new snow making system.

"We have already started testing Sochi's operational readiness to host the Winter Games - three years before the Games are staged," said Dmitry Chernyshenko, president of the Sochi 2014 organizing committee. "Starting in January 2011, 74 test events will be held here, including 29 international events. It would be he equivalent of hosting two Olympic and Paralympic Games before the Games are actually staged."

According to Chernyshenko, they've already started to stockpile snow at higher elevations for the competitions - including some snow that remained from last season.



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