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Alberni Valley Bulldog’s Ethan Bono makes an appearance during a skills event at the BC Hockey League all-star weekend in Penticton on Friday, Jan. 20, 2023. (LOGAN LOCKHART/ Black Press Media)

Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Ethan Bono plays with BCHL top prospects

Bono recently marked 100 regular season games in the BCHL

Wednesday night game at Langley Events Centre showcased top NHL draft talent from the Western Hockey League, Ontario Hockey League and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. (Photos courtesy of Ryan Molag/Langley Events Centre)

Team White defeats Team Red 4-2 at 2023 kubota CHL/NHL top prospects game

Connor Bedard finished with six shots on goal

  • Jan 26, 2023
Kimberley Kufaas Photography
Kimberley Kufaas Photography

Annual Mount Cain Cup held during much needed weekend blizzard

Awards and prizes were handed out in the beer garden after the event

  • Jan 24, 2023
From left to right: PHSS Athletic Director Paul Cagna, Brody Chambers, Carter Chastin, Auzton Shaw, and wrestling coach Tyson Whitney stop for a photo at the end of the tournament. (Submitted photo)

PHSS wrestling team earns medals at Campbell River Invitational

The Port Hardy Secondary School wrestling team competed in its second tournament in two weeks

From left to right: PHSS Athletic Director Paul Cagna, Brody Chambers, Carter Chastin, Auzton Shaw, and wrestling coach Tyson Whitney stop for a photo at the end of the tournament. (Submitted photo)
From left to right: Brody Chambers came in second place, Auzton Shaw earned a bronze medal, Rylan France won a bronze medal, and Maven Speck-Labree came in second place. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

PHSS wrestling team wins medals at Icebreaker tournament in Nanaimo

Students bring home two silver medals and two bronze medals

From left to right: Brody Chambers came in second place, Auzton Shaw earned a bronze medal, Rylan France won a bronze medal, and Maven Speck-Labree came in second place. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Eight students came out to train wrestling at the Port Hardy Secondary School gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Top row, left to right: Rylan France, Karl Baraceros, Nathaniel Fralic, Brodie Chambers, Auzton Shaw, Finn Nelson. Bottom row, left to right: Athletic director Paul Cagna, Jorden Strussi, and Carter Chaston. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Port Hardy Secondary School wrestling program continues to grow over 2022-2023 season

High school wrestling starts back up at PHSS on Wednesday, Jan. 4 from 5-6:30 p.m. in the gymnasium

Eight students came out to train wrestling at the Port Hardy Secondary School gymnasium on Wednesday, Dec. 14. Top row, left to right: Rylan France, Karl Baraceros, Nathaniel Fralic, Brodie Chambers, Auzton Shaw, Finn Nelson. Bottom row, left to right: Athletic director Paul Cagna, Jorden Strussi, and Carter Chaston. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
North Island Eagles teams, coaches, and of course the alumni players all stopped for a group photo at the end of the game. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

11th annual North Island Eagles alumni game hits the ice at the Chilton Regional Arena

Now in its 11th year, the North Island Eagles hockey program’s alumni…

North Island Eagles teams, coaches, and of course the alumni players all stopped for a group photo at the end of the game. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
The Regina Pats took down the Victoria Royals 9-5 on Nov. 26 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy of the Regina Pats)

NHL’s next big thing shows Victoria what hockey royalty looks like

Highly-touted Connor Bedard scores hat trick as his Regina Pats take 9-5 win over the Royals

The Regina Pats took down the Victoria Royals 9-5 on Nov. 26 at the Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre. (Courtesy of the Regina Pats)
Whalers volleyball team in action at a tournament. (Sandy Grenier photo)

PHSS Whalers girls volleyball team places 6th at regional championship tournament

The championship tournament took place Nov. 16 and 17 in Nanaimo

Whalers volleyball team in action at a tournament. (Sandy Grenier photo)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono battles along the boards behind the Rivermen net with Langley forward Riley Wallack. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

BCHL: Alberni Valley Bulldogs’ Ethan Bono named to BCHL All-Star team

All-Star Tournament will take place in January 2023 in Penticton

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono battles along the boards behind the Rivermen net with Langley forward Riley Wallack. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
James Wamiss-Nelson, Linden Harrison, and Karl Baraceros stop for a photo after Monday’s practice. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
James Wamiss-Nelson, Linden Harrison, and Karl Baraceros stop for a photo after Monday’s practice. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Vancouver Island University’s soccer program won two provincial championships in one day as the women and men both won Pacific Western Athletic Association titles on Sunday, Oct. 30, in West Vancouver. (News Bulletin file photo)
Vancouver Island University’s soccer program won two provincial championships in one day as the women and men both won Pacific Western Athletic Association titles on Sunday, Oct. 30, in West Vancouver. (News Bulletin file photo)
PHMH players get ready for their first game of the season. (Submitted photo)
PHMH players get ready for their first game of the season. (Submitted photo)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono had a four-point night against the Powell River Kings on Oct. 15. (PHOTO COURTESY CHAISSON CREATIVE)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono had a four-point night against the Powell River Kings on Oct. 15. (PHOTO COURTESY CHAISSON CREATIVE)
BCHL

BCHL says Hockey Canada is biased towards major junior

A 35-page paper suggests Hockey Canada needs to recognize junior A as a legit development path

BCHL
PHOTO FINISH: Dorian Baird, 11, zips over the finish line in his Delorean time machine soap box race car during the Sept. 17 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby at Ucluelet’s Bay Street. Dorian went on to win top spot of the Tier B group. (Nora O’Malley photos)

PHOTOS: 2022 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby in Ucluelet

Ukee kids had a blast on Saturday, Sept. 17 zooming down Bay…

PHOTO FINISH: Dorian Baird, 11, zips over the finish line in his Delorean time machine soap box race car during the Sept. 17 Dustin Riley Soap Box Derby at Ucluelet’s Bay Street. Dorian went on to win top spot of the Tier B group. (Nora O’Malley photos)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono scored a goal against the Powell River Kings on Sunday in his hometown of Port McNeill at the Chilton Regional Arena. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)

Bono returns to home ice for two preseason BCHL games in Port McNeill

The crowd roared when the Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward stepped onto the ice Saturday night

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono scored a goal against the Powell River Kings on Sunday in his hometown of Port McNeill at the Chilton Regional Arena. (Tyson Whitney - North Island Gazette)
Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono will play in a pair of games in his hometown of Port McNeill in September 2022. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Port McNeill local ready to return to home ice for preseason BCHL games

Ethan Bono will be playing in two BCHL preseason games on Sept. 17-18 in Port McNeill

Alberni Valley Bulldogs forward Ethan Bono will play in a pair of games in his hometown of Port McNeill in September 2022. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Jordan Smith get some air during men’s wakeboarding at the Wake Provincials at Sproat Lake on Saturday, Aug. 13. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)

B.C. wakeboarding provincials ride over Sproat Lake

The Alberni Valley played host to the 2022 wakeboard and wakeskate provincials

Jordan Smith get some air during men’s wakeboarding at the Wake Provincials at Sproat Lake on Saturday, Aug. 13. (ELENA RARDON / Alberni Valley News)
Brianna Miller kicks the conversion against Italy at Starlight Stadium on July 24. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Canadian women’s rugby team wins 34-24 versus Italy

First time women’s 15’s have played at home in 7 years

Brianna Miller kicks the conversion against Italy at Starlight Stadium on July 24. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)