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Port Alberni Bombers forward Brady McIsaac, centre, dances in the goalie crease with Oceanside Generals’ Ashton Sadauskas and Aidan Mailhot in the second period of their Dec. 1, 2021 Junior B game at Weyerhaeuser Arena in Port Alberni. (KAICEE TROTT/ Special to the AV News)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers drop two games to Generals, Storm

Last home game of the year for Port Alberni’s VIJHL team is Dec. 8

 

Port Alberni Bombers defenceman Jackson Payeur takes a Comox player into the boards behind the Port Alberni net. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers end losing skid with win against Comox

Bombers goaltender Callum Tung celebrates 18th birthday with a win

 

A banner honouring Nick Collins hangs in Kerry Park Arena. The Islanders’ annual Nick Collins Game was played at the arena on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Island hockey trio escape serious injury in car crash following memorial game

Kerry Park Islanders players escape serious injury in accident following Nick Collins Game

A banner honouring Nick Collins hangs in Kerry Park Arena. The Islanders’ annual Nick Collins Game was played at the arena on Saturday night. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Sam Davidson of the Port Alberni Bombers hits the brakes in front of the Westshore Wolves net during a game in Port Alberni on Nov. 13, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers can’t tame Wolves

Bombers started homestand with two wins in a row

Sam Davidson of the Port Alberni Bombers hits the brakes in front of the Westshore Wolves net during a game in Port Alberni on Nov. 13, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni Bombers forward Nathan MacDonald gets hooked behind the Nanaimo net by a Buccaneers player during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Wednesday, Nov. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers start homestand with win against Nanaimo

Next, the team hosts the Lake Cowichan Kraken on Nov. 10

Port Alberni Bombers forward Nathan MacDonald gets hooked behind the Nanaimo net by a Buccaneers player during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Wednesday, Nov. 3. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni Bombers forward Justin Osborne fires a shot past an Oceanside defender during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Oct. 27, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers fall 6-0 to Oceanside Generals in ‘heated’ contest

Plenty of penalty minutes handed out at Alberni Valley Multiplex

Port Alberni Bombers forward Justin Osborne fires a shot past an Oceanside defender during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Oct. 27, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
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Delta to host B.C. Junior ‘B’ hockey’s Cyclone Taylor Cup championship next April

The 2021 tournament was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

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Port Alberni Bombers forward Jaydon Merritt fires a shot at the Kraken goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers’ comeback falls short against Lake Cowichan Kraken

Two newest teams in the VIJHL squared off at the Alberni Valley Multiplex

Port Alberni Bombers forward Jaydon Merritt fires a shot at the Kraken goal. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Bombers forward Grayson Erickson squares off against a Peninsula Panthers player on Wednesday night’s 4-3 comeback win. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers win two in a row

The team picked up a come-from-behind win against Peninsula Panthers

Bombers forward Grayson Erickson squares off against a Peninsula Panthers player on Wednesday night’s 4-3 comeback win. (PHOTO COURTESY KAICEE TROTT)
Jaydon Merritt of the Port Alberni Bombers has the puck poked away by Victoria goaltender Fraser Wyatt during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Sept. 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers pick up first franchise win

The Bombers made history against the Comox Valley Glacier Kings

Jaydon Merritt of the Port Alberni Bombers has the puck poked away by Victoria goaltender Fraser Wyatt during a game at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on Sept. 28, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni Bombers goaltender Keelan Hondro keeps an eye on the puck during a Campbell River Storm powerplay on Sept. 22. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Bombers still seek elusive first franchise win

‘Growing pains’ to be expected with new Jr. B franchise says hockey ops manager

Port Alberni Bombers goaltender Keelan Hondro keeps an eye on the puck during a Campbell River Storm powerplay on Sept. 22. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Nathan MacDonald of the Port Alberni Bombers keeps the puck away from a Kerry Park defender during the Bombers’ home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Nathan MacDonald of the Port Alberni Bombers keeps the puck away from a Kerry Park defender during the Bombers’ home opener on Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Port Alberni Bombers forward Gavin Mastrodonato is stopped by Storm goaltender Carlos Siso during a game in Campbell River on Friday, Sept. 10. (RONAN O’DOHERTY / Black Press)

Port Alberni Bombers get rude welcome to the VIJHL from Campbell River Storm

Bombers will host their home opener on Sept. 15 at Alberni Valley Multiplex

Port Alberni Bombers forward Gavin Mastrodonato is stopped by Storm goaltender Carlos Siso during a game in Campbell River on Friday, Sept. 10. (RONAN O’DOHERTY / Black Press)
An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (VIJHL.com)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League cancels season opener due to COVID-19 cases

Westshore Wolves were scheduled to host expansion team Lake Cowichan Kraken

An unspecified number of positive COVID-19 tests among players has led to the cancellation of the first regularly scheduled game of the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League season. (VIJHL.com)
Port Alberni Bombers forward Robbie Steel scores the first goal in Bombers franchise history by slipping the puck past Oceanside Generals goaltender Ashton Sadauskas in an exhibition game on Aug. 31, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Port Alberni Bombers fall to Oceanside Generals in franchise’s first exhibition game

Robbie Steel scored the Bombers’ first goal in franchise history in an exhibition game

Port Alberni Bombers forward Robbie Steel scores the first goal in Bombers franchise history by slipping the puck past Oceanside Generals goaltender Ashton Sadauskas in an exhibition game on Aug. 31, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The Lake Cowichan Kraken and Kerry Park Islanders line up for a faceoff during an exhibition tournament at Lake Cowichan in August 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League ponders vaccine mandate

VIJHL governors will discuss the issue at an upcoming meeting

The Lake Cowichan Kraken and Kerry Park Islanders line up for a faceoff during an exhibition tournament at Lake Cowichan in August 2021. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
Bernie the Bulldogs mascot interacts with the audience during an Alberni Valley Bulldogs game in early 2020. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)

Bulldogs, Bombers partner with San Group for free youth tickets

BCHL and VIJHL teams will be offering free youth tickets for the next three seasons

Bernie the Bulldogs mascot interacts with the audience during an Alberni Valley Bulldogs game in early 2020. (AV NEWS FILE PHOTO)
Port Alberni Bombers head coach Gaelen Patterson chats with prospective players during an ID Camp at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on July 20, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers get first glimpse at players prior to inaugural season

Player identification camp drew primarily Vancouver Island players

Port Alberni Bombers head coach Gaelen Patterson chats with prospective players during an ID Camp at the Alberni Valley Multiplex on July 20, 2021. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Forward Carson Steel is headed back to his hometown of Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

VIJHL: Port Alberni Bombers acquire Carson Steel in club’s first trade

The 2021-22 VIJHL season is expected to get underway on Sept. 8

Forward Carson Steel is headed back to his hometown of Port Alberni. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)