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P.E.I. hockey player suspended after criticizing league’s response to racist incident

Keegan Mitchell shared a letter he received Thursday from Hockey P.E.I. notifying him of the suspension

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FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba takes a knee during the national anthem flanked by Chicago Blackhawks' Malcolm Subban, left, and Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse, before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta. Dumba, former NHL player Akim Aliu, Colorado’s Nazem Kadri, Toronto’s Wayne Simmonds and Florida’s Anthony Duclair are members of the recently formed Hockey Diversity Alliance. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)

Players share painful past in campaign to rid NHL of racism

Akim Aliu, Matt Dumba, Nazem Kadri, Wayne Simmonds and Anthony Duclair share their experiences

FILE - In this Aug. 1, 2020, file photo, Minnesota Wild's Matt Dumba takes a knee during the national anthem flanked by Chicago Blackhawks' Malcolm Subban, left, and Edmonton Oilers' Darnell Nurse, before an NHL hockey Stanley Cup playoff game in Edmonton, Alberta. Dumba, former NHL player Akim Aliu, Colorado’s Nazem Kadri, Toronto’s Wayne Simmonds and Florida’s Anthony Duclair are members of the recently formed Hockey Diversity Alliance. (Jason Franson/The Canadian Press via AP, File)
An arena worker removes the net from the ice after the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames NHL hockey game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

NHL postpones Saturday’s Canucks-Senators game over ongoing capacity limit

Neither the Canucks (16-15-3) nor the Sens (9-18-2) have played since Jan. 1

An arena worker removes the net from the ice after the Vancouver Canucks and Calgary Flames NHL hockey game was postponed due to a positive COVID-19 test result, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, March 31, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)

Unvaccinated tennis star spends his Christmas in immigration detention

Novak Djokovic battling deportation over COVID-19 rules to compete in the Australian Open

Protestors gather outside an immigration detention hotel where Serbia’s Novak Djokovic is believed to stay, in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. Locked in a dispute over his COVID-19 vaccination status, Djokovic was confined to the immigration detention hotel in Australia on Thursday as the No. 1 men’s tennis player in the world awaited a court ruling on whether he can compete in the Australian Open later this month. (AP Photo/Hamish Blair)
Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

COVID-19 spectre hangs over Canada’s Olympic figure skating trials in Ottawa

Canada’s top figure skaters will begin their quest for a spot on the Beijing Olympic team on Friday

Canada’s Keegan Messing reacts to the crowd after performing his men’s free program during the Skate Canada International figure skating competition, in Vancouver, on Saturday, October 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 12, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Flames owners say agreement with Calgary on new arena officially terminated

Premier Jason Kenney said during a news conference later in the day that he was ‘disappointed’

The Saddledome, home of the Calgary Flames, is shown in Calgary, Thursday, March 12, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Mark McMorris, of Canada, comes to a halt following his run in the slopestyle finals, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, during the Dew Tour snowboarding event at Copper Mountain, Colo. (AP Photo/Hugh Carey)

Olympic snowboarder Mark McMorris expects Beijing Olympics to go ahead as planned

McMorris “laying incredibly low” until the 2022 Olympic games begin in early February

Mark McMorris, of Canada, comes to a halt following his run in the slopestyle finals, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021, during the Dew Tour snowboarding event at Copper Mountain, Colo. (AP Photo/Hugh Carey)
Quebec Nordiques fans wait outside the Videotron Centre where the first-ever hockey game, a QMJHL game between the Quebec Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic ,will be played, Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Quebec City. Quebec politicians are meeting with National Hockey League brass in January, but it’s unclear what influence the government can have on the league or whether team owners have any interest in bringing the Nordiques back to the provincial capital.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Quebec government wants to bring an NHL team to the capital, but fans skeptical

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman confirmed a January meeting with ‘someone high up’ from Quebec

Quebec Nordiques fans wait outside the Videotron Centre where the first-ever hockey game, a QMJHL game between the Quebec Remparts and the Rimouski Oceanic ,will be played, Saturday, September 12, 2015 in Quebec City. Quebec politicians are meeting with National Hockey League brass in January, but it’s unclear what influence the government can have on the league or whether team owners have any interest in bringing the Nordiques back to the provincial capital.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
United States’ John Isner hits a forehand to Canada’s Brayden Schnur match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

U.S. over Canada easily, Russia beats France at ATP Cup

John Isner and Taylor Fritz beat their Canadian singles opponents and clinched match in doubles for 3-0 win

United States’ John Isner hits a forehand to Canada’s Brayden Schnur match at the ATP Cup tennis tournament in Sydney, Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer, right, makes a stop as Kraken defenceman Adam Larsson (6) and Vancouver Canucks centre Matthew Highmore (15) crash against him during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Red-hot Canucks score 3 in third period to topple Seattle Kraken 5-2

Vancouver improves to 8-0-1 since Bruce Boudreau took over as coach

Seattle Kraken goaltender Philipp Grubauer, right, makes a stop as Kraken defenceman Adam Larsson (6) and Vancouver Canucks centre Matthew Highmore (15) crash against him during the second period of an NHL hockey game Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
Brian ‘Red’ Hamilton, Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager. (Vancouver Canucks Instagram photo)
Brian ‘Red’ Hamilton, Vancouver Canucks assistant equipment manager. (Vancouver Canucks Instagram photo)
Vancouver Canucks’ Tucker Poolman, left, and Los Angeles Kings’ Brendan Lemieux chase the puck during second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

L.A. Kings edge Canucks 2-1 in shootout as Vancouver’s 7-game win streak ends

B.C. squad has points in 8 straight games under new coach Bruce Boudreau

Vancouver Canucks’ Tucker Poolman, left, and Los Angeles Kings’ Brendan Lemieux chase the puck during second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, left, moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, left, moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Canada’s Lukas Cormier (6) and Austria’s Fin van Ee (15) battle for the puck during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

IIHF cancels remainder of 2022 world juniors due to COVID-19 spread

Omicron has led to multiple forfeited games and teams placed under quarantine

Canada’s Lukas Cormier (6) and Austria’s Fin van Ee (15) battle for the puck during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates with center William Karlsson (71) after scoring during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Vegas Golden Knights center Jonathan Marchessault (81) celebrates with center William Karlsson (71) after scoring during the first period of the team’s NHL hockey game against the Los Angeles Kings on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)
Damian Warner, of Canada, celebrates after he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip

Decathlete Damian Warner wins Lionel Conacher Award as CP’s male athlete of the year

He set an Olympic record and a Canadian record, and became just the 4th man to top the 9,000-point barrier

Damian Warner, of Canada, celebrates after he won the gold medal for the decathlon at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David J. Phillip
Canada celebrates a goal against Austria during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

World juniors: Bedard nets 4 to enter record book as Canada thrashes Austria 11-2

Regina forward just the seventh 16-year-old ever named to national men’s junior team

Canada celebrates a goal against Austria during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2006, file photo, former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden gestures toward a bust of himself during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. After a decade run as a successful coach of the Raiders, Madden made his biggest impact on the game after moving to the broadcast booth at CBS in 1979. He became the network’s lead analyst two years later and provided the sound track for NFL games for most of the next three decades, entertaining millions with his interjections of “Boom!” and “Doink!” throughout games, while educating them with his use of the telestrator and ability to describe what was happening in the trenches. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

John Madden, Hall of Fame coach and broadcaster, dies at 85

John Madden inspired series of popular video games

FILE - In this Aug. 5, 2006, file photo, former Oakland Raiders coach John Madden gestures toward a bust of himself during his enshrinement into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio. After a decade run as a successful coach of the Raiders, Madden made his biggest impact on the game after moving to the broadcast booth at CBS in 1979. He became the network’s lead analyst two years later and provided the sound track for NFL games for most of the next three decades, entertaining millions with his interjections of “Boom!” and “Doink!” throughout games, while educating them with his use of the telestrator and ability to describe what was happening in the trenches. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)
Players from the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers skate before an empty arena prior to an NHL game in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. The NHL has postponed five home games for the Montreal Canadiens due to measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Stricter Canadian COVID rules complicate NHL push through pandemic

U.S. has shortened quarantine but Canada has not done so

Players from the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers skate before an empty arena prior to an NHL game in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. The NHL has postponed five home games for the Montreal Canadiens due to measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, returns a shot to Shelby Rogers at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark J. Terrill

Tennis player Leylah Fernandez named The Canadian Press female athlete of the year

Fernandez finished the year with a 25-17 record and she earned US$1.77 million in prize money

Leylah Fernandez, of Canada, returns a shot to Shelby Rogers at the BNP Paribas Open tennis tournament Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021, in Indian Wells, Calif. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mark J. Terrill