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Edmonton Oilers winger Evander Kane skates amongst hats thrown onto the ice after his hat-trick during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Edmonton, Sunday, May 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Edmonton Oilers winger Evander Kane skates amongst hats thrown onto the ice after his hat-trick during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Edmonton, Sunday, May 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Amesbury pre-game with the Tulsa Oilers. (Special to The News)

VIDEO: B.C. enforcer wins ‘King of the Rink’ battle

Maple Ridge’s Daniel Amesbury won competition with a TKO

Amesbury pre-game with the Tulsa Oilers. (Special to The News)
Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Battle of Alberta deadlocked after Oilers dump Flames 5-3 to even playoff series

Draisaitl, Keith have 3 points apiece for Edmonton; Game 3 goes Sunday

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Chloe Primerano was drafted into the Western Hockey League by the Vancouver Giants on Thursday, May 19, 2022. (Jamison Derksen/Vancouver Giants)<strong> </strong>

Vancouver Giants select first-ever female skater in WHL prospects draft

Burnaby Winter Club player Chloe Primerano tabbed in Round 13

Chloe Primerano was drafted into the Western Hockey League by the Vancouver Giants on Thursday, May 19, 2022. (Jamison Derksen/Vancouver Giants)<strong> </strong>
Calgary Flames forward Brett Ritchie, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates centre Trevor Lewis (22) and left wing Milan Lucic (17) during first period NHL second round playoff hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Wednesday, May 18, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Flames torch Oilers 9-6 in wild start to Battle of Alberta series

Tkachuk scores 3 for Calgary; Game 2 goes Friday night

Calgary Flames forward Brett Ritchie, centre, celebrates his goal with teammates centre Trevor Lewis (22) and left wing Milan Lucic (17) during first period NHL second round playoff hockey action against the Calgary Flames in Calgary, Wednesday, May 18, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Prospect development for the Vancouver Canucks has been a hot topic recently. Research by The News has shown that the organization’s draft picks over the last six years produced fewer NHL and AHL games than all other teams in the Pacific Division. (Black Press/Canadian Press file photos)

‘Rushed’: Are the Vancouver Canucks not properly developing draft picks?

Analyzing what the NHL Draft has produced for the Canucks at the AHL and NHL level

Prospect development for the Vancouver Canucks has been a hot topic recently. Research by The News has shown that the organization’s draft picks over the last six years produced fewer NHL and AHL games than all other teams in the Pacific Division. (Black Press/Canadian Press file photos)
Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Coun. Dan McLean, Coun. Peter Demong and Coun. Evan Spencer (left to right) pose at Calgary City Hall on Monday, May 16, 2022. Gondek announced a friendly wager between the Calgary and Edmonton city councils for the upcoming Battle of Alberta NHL series between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colette Derworiz

Calgary and Edmonton city councils make friendly wager on NHL playoffs

Top Canadian soccer players also wade in on Battle of Alberta

Calgary Mayor Jyoti Gondek, Coun. Dan McLean, Coun. Peter Demong and Coun. Evan Spencer (left to right) pose at Calgary City Hall on Monday, May 16, 2022. Gondek announced a friendly wager between the Calgary and Edmonton city councils for the upcoming Battle of Alberta NHL series between the Calgary Flames and the Edmonton Oilers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colette Derworiz
Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, right, celebrates his goal with teammates during second period NHL playoff hockey action against the Dallas Stars in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, May 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk, right, celebrates his goal with teammates during second period NHL playoff hockey action against the Dallas Stars in Calgary, Alta., Sunday, May 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, left, and Los Angeles Kings defenceman Mikey Anderson battle during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Pair of Canadian clubs see NHL playoff matchups extended to Game 7

Edmonton-L.A. and Toronto-Tampa Bay series go the distance

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, left, and Los Angeles Kings defenceman Mikey Anderson battle during the first period in Game 6 of an NHL hockey Stanley Cup first-round playoff series Thursday, May 12, 2022, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)
The Montreal Canadiens logo is projected onto the ice during a pre-game ceremony prior to their NHL hockey home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, in Montreal on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The Montreal Canadiens won the 2022 NHL draft lottery on Tuesday night and have the first selection for the upcoming draft at their home arena. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The Montreal Canadiens logo is projected onto the ice during a pre-game ceremony prior to their NHL hockey home opener against the Chicago Blackhawks, in Montreal on Tuesday, October 10, 2017. The Montreal Canadiens won the 2022 NHL draft lottery on Tuesday night and have the first selection for the upcoming draft at their home arena. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
FILE - In this April 7, 2012, file photo, Anaheim Ducks’ Sheldon Brookbank, left, checks Calgary Flames’ Akim Aliu, a Nigerian-born Canadian, during third period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta. Aliu’s book titled “Akim Aliu Dreamer: Growing Up Black in the World of Hockey,” is due out in February and shares a journey of being a Nigerian-born child of mixed-race parents attempting to assimilate at a young age in Ukraine and Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)

Aliu lands book deal on how he confronted racism in hockey

Graphic novel shares Aliu’s dealing with the difficulties of assimilating in Ukraine and Canada

FILE - In this April 7, 2012, file photo, Anaheim Ducks’ Sheldon Brookbank, left, checks Calgary Flames’ Akim Aliu, a Nigerian-born Canadian, during third period of an NHL hockey game in Calgary, Alberta. Aliu’s book titled “Akim Aliu Dreamer: Growing Up Black in the World of Hockey,” is due out in February and shares a journey of being a Nigerian-born child of mixed-race parents attempting to assimilate at a young age in Ukraine and Canada. (AP Photo/The Canadian Press, Jeff McIntosh, File)
After a three-year hiatus, the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic will return to the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)

Vancouver Canucks bringing Young Stars Classic back to Penticton

The multi-day event ran in the Peach City from 2010 to 2018

After a three-year hiatus, the Vancouver Canucks Young Stars Classic will return to the South Okanagan Events Centre. (Mark Brett - Western News)
Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau, back, stands on the bench behind from left to right, Justin Bailey, Juho Lammikko, of Finland, Matthew Highmore and Brock Boeser while coaching in his 1,000th NHL game during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)

Vancouver Canucks have June 1 deadline to re-sign coach Bruce Boudreau

Team president Rutherford won’t commit to contract extension

Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau, back, stands on the bench behind from left to right, Justin Bailey, Juho Lammikko, of Finland, Matthew Highmore and Brock Boeser while coaching in his 1,000th NHL game during the second period of an NHL hockey game against the St. Louis Blues in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022. (Darryl Dyck/The Canadian Press)
Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)

Head coach Bruce Boudreau’s arrival helped change Canucks culture

Vancouver went 32-15-10 through final 57 games under bench boss

Vancouver Canucks head coach Bruce Boudreau. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press via AP)
Fans line up to pay their respects during the visitation for Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Fans gather to pay tribute to Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur

Hall of Famer lying in state ahead of national funeral

Fans line up to pay their respects during the visitation for Montreal Canadiens legend Guy Lafleur, Sunday, May 1, 2022 at the Bell Centre in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Vancouver Canucks’ Sheldon Dries, left, and goalie Spencer Martin celebrate after Vancouver defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-2 during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canucks eliminated from NHL playoffs despite 5-2 win over Seattle Kraken

Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes sets franchise scoring record for defencemen

Vancouver Canucks’ Sheldon Dries, left, and goalie Spencer Martin celebrate after Vancouver defeated the Seattle Kraken 5-2 during an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, on Tuesday, April 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. Edmonton won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Oilers’ star Connor McDavid’s drive to be NHL’s best player starts off the ice

McDavid is on pace to be the league’s top scorer for the fourth time

Edmonton Oilers center Connor McDavid (97) scores a goal against San Jose Sharks goaltender James Reimer (47) during overtime in an NHL hockey game Tuesday, April 5, 2022, in San Jose, Calif. Edmonton won 2-1. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)