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Goals were freely flowing for both teams at the Langley Events Centre Saturday night, Dec. 3, as the Vancouver Giants hosted Kamloops Blazers at Langley Events Centre. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Goals were freely flowing for both teams at the Langley Events Centre Saturday night, Dec. 3, as the Vancouver Giants hosted Kamloops Blazers at Langley Events Centre. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Giants forward Jaden Lipinski dug for the puck Friday, Dec. 2 against the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Sandman Centre. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)

A goaltenders duel ends in defeat for Vancouver Giants in Kamloops

Blazers scored three times with less than 5 minutes remaining for the win

  • Dec 3, 2022
Vancouver Giants forward Jaden Lipinski dug for the puck Friday, Dec. 2 against the Kamloops Blazers on Friday, Dec. 2 at the Sandman Centre. (Allen Douglas/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Two of the top prospects in hockey battled it out at Prospera Place on Tuesday night.(@Kelowna_Rockets/Twitter)

Cristall wins the battle, Bedard wins the war as Kelowna Rockets fall in front of sold-out crowd

Rockets forward Andrew Cristall collected four points but Connor Bedard extended his point streak

Two of the top prospects in hockey battled it out at Prospera Place on Tuesday night.(@Kelowna_Rockets/Twitter)
Langley referee Jeff Ingram was awarded the Western Hockey League Milestone Award in a ceremony prior to Sunday’s (Nov. 27) game between the Portland Winterhawks and Vancouver Giants at Langley Events Centre. (Vancouver Giants)

Langley ref honoured with WHL Milestone Award

Jeff Ingram has worked more than 650 regular season games as well as 99 playoff games.

  • Nov 28, 2022
Langley referee Jeff Ingram was awarded the Western Hockey League Milestone Award in a ceremony prior to Sunday’s (Nov. 27) game between the Portland Winterhawks and Vancouver Giants at Langley Events Centre. (Vancouver Giants)
Best friends and two of the top prospects in hockey: Kelowna Rockets forward Andrew Cristall (left) and Regina Pats forward Connor Bedard are set to each each other for the first time in their WHL careers. (Regan Bartel/Kelowna Rockets)

Top hockey prospects, best friends Bedard and Cristall set to battle it out in Kelowna

Rockets and Pats forwards first and second in WHL scoring

Best friends and two of the top prospects in hockey: Kelowna Rockets forward Andrew Cristall (left) and Regina Pats forward Connor Bedard are set to each each other for the first time in their WHL careers. (Regan Bartel/Kelowna Rockets)
Vancouver Giants bounced back in a big way Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, taking down the first-place Portland Winterhawks 3-1 at Langley Events Centre. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Shorthanded Vancouver Giants score to down Portland Winterhawks

Ty Thorpe notches 100th career point

  • Nov 27, 2022
Vancouver Giants bounced back in a big way Sunday afternoon, Nov. 27, taking down the first-place Portland Winterhawks 3-1 at Langley Events Centre. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Giants captain Zack Ostapchuk was named second star of the game Friday, Nov. 25 as a sellout crowd of 5,276 watched Pats captain Connor Bedard, a rising star and top NHL prospect, lead his team against Vancouver at the Langley Events Centre. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Sold-out crowd watches Connor Bedard lead Regina Pats to victory over Vancouver Giants

Top NHL prospect generates ‘unprecedented’ turnout

  • Nov 27, 2022
Giants captain Zack Ostapchuk was named second star of the game Friday, Nov. 25 as a sellout crowd of 5,276 watched Pats captain Connor Bedard, a rising star and top NHL prospect, lead his team against Vancouver at the Langley Events Centre. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
(Photo - Steve Dunsmoor/Kelowna Rockets)

THE MOJ: Rocketing into orbit with a B.C. hockey success story

Bruce Hamilton’s Kelowna Rockets have been doing junior hockey the right way for years

(Photo - Steve Dunsmoor/Kelowna Rockets)
Four hockey legends from the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey series were on hand for the puck drop at Langley Centre Centre on Friday, Nov. 18 with Giants captain Zack Ostapchuk and teammates wearing jerseys that paid tribute to Team Canada. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Giants loss at ‘Legends’ tribute game

Special teams were the story of the night

  • Nov 19, 2022
Four hockey legends from the 1972 Canada-Russia hockey series were on hand for the puck drop at Langley Centre Centre on Friday, Nov. 18 with Giants captain Zack Ostapchuk and teammates wearing jerseys that paid tribute to Team Canada. (Rob Wilton/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Samuel Honzek scored his 12th of the season for the Giants against Prince George Cougars on Sunday, Nov. 13. Prince George won 6-4. (James Doyle/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants drop game to Prince George Cougars

A six-goal streak proved impossible to counter

Samuel Honzek scored his 12th of the season for the Giants against Prince George Cougars on Sunday, Nov. 13. Prince George won 6-4. (James Doyle/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Giants Ty Halaburda and Colton Langkow applied pressure to Cougars netminder Ty Young as the G-Men won won the first half of their two-game road weekend against Prince George Cougars at the CN Centre on Saturday, Nov. 12 5-4.(James Doyle/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: A happy birthday for Vancouver Giants Honzek against Prince George Cougars

Accounted for two goals and two assists of 5-4 win on the road

  • Nov 13, 2022
Vancouver Giants Ty Halaburda and Colton Langkow applied pressure to Cougars netminder Ty Young as the G-Men won won the first half of their two-game road weekend against Prince George Cougars at the CN Centre on Saturday, Nov. 12 5-4.(James Doyle/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Lynden Lakovic (right) from Kelowna, B.C. is a forward for the Moose Jaw Warriors and was selected as a member of the Canada Black team in the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. (Langley Events Centre/Special to The News)

Only 1 Canadian team gets win in first day of World Under-17 Hockey Challenge

United States, Sweden, and Canada Black all won their Nov. 3 matchups

Lynden Lakovic (right) from Kelowna, B.C. is a forward for the Moose Jaw Warriors and was selected as a member of the Canada Black team in the 2022 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. (Langley Events Centre/Special to The News)
Colton Roberts will play as part of team Canada Black in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Nov. 3-12. (Langley Events Centre/Special to The News)

Lower Mainland players prepare for first day of World U-17 Hockey Challenge

Vancouver Giants’ Colton Roberts is one of three Lower Mainland players on team Canada Black

Colton Roberts will play as part of team Canada Black in the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge from Nov. 3-12. (Langley Events Centre/Special to The News)
Mazden Leslie opened the scoring in the first period for the Giants, who went on to down Medicine Hat Tigers 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 1. (Randy Feere/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants pull off a thrilling overtime win against Medicine Hat Tigers

Captain Zack Ostapchuk forced the game into sudden-death by scoring with 5.3 seconds left

  • Nov 2, 2022
Mazden Leslie opened the scoring in the first period for the Giants, who went on to down Medicine Hat Tigers 3-2 in overtime on Tuesday, Nov. 1. (Randy Feere/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Eddie Gregory joined the Vancouver Giants team as the play-by-play broadcaster last month. (Rob Wilton,Vancouver Giants/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Giants broadcaster hooked on adrenaline, emotion of the games

Eddie Gregory has been providing play-by-play coverage of hockey for close to 20 years

  • Nov 1, 2022
Eddie Gregory joined the Vancouver Giants team as the play-by-play broadcaster last month. (Rob Wilton,Vancouver Giants/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Jesper Vikman was a standout in goal for Vancouver Giants, but so was his counterpart for the Calgary Hitmen, who eked out a narrow 3-2 win Sunday, Oct. 30 in Calgary. (Cassandra Vilgrain/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Great goaltending, inspired play, but a close loss for Vancouver Giants against Calgary Hitmen

Ty Halaburda made a near-impossible shot while falling down

  • Oct 31, 2022
Jesper Vikman was a standout in goal for Vancouver Giants, but so was his counterpart for the Calgary Hitmen, who eked out a narrow 3-2 win Sunday, Oct. 30 in Calgary. (Cassandra Vilgrain/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Jesper Vikman stopped 29 of 33 shots for Vancouver Friday, Oct. 28, in an away game against Red Deer that saw two Giants goals disallowed. (Rob Wallator/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Jesper Vikman stopped 29 of 33 shots for Vancouver Friday, Oct. 28, in an away game against Red Deer that saw two Giants goals disallowed. (Rob Wallator/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Vancouver Giants extend their winning streak to three with a 2-1 victory over the Oil Kings in Edmonton Thursday night, Oct. 27, 2022. (Andy Devlin/Special to Black Press Media)

Victory in oil country earns head coach 250th career win

Vancouver Giants are on a road trip through the Prairies, kicking it off with a win in Edmonton

Vancouver Giants extend their winning streak to three with a 2-1 victory over the Oil Kings in Edmonton Thursday night, Oct. 27, 2022. (Andy Devlin/Special to Black Press Media)
Five Vancouver Giants have been flagged as players to watch by the NHL Central Scouting Service, who released their list Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Vancouver Giants graphic)

Vancouver Giants who bear watching identified

‘Players to Watch’ list issued by NHL Central Scouting Service

Five Vancouver Giants have been flagged as players to watch by the NHL Central Scouting Service, who released their list Tuesday, Oct. 25. (Vancouver Giants graphic)
Samuel Honzek tied the game with 1.7 seconds left to force overtime against the Royals on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Victoria. (Kevin Light/Special to Langley Advance Times)

VIDEO: Vancouver Giants pull off an late-in-the-game comeback for OT win against Victoria

Samuel Honzek tied the game with just 1.7 seconds left

  • Oct 23, 2022
Samuel Honzek tied the game with 1.7 seconds left to force overtime against the Royals on Saturday, Oct. 22 in Victoria. (Kevin Light/Special to Langley Advance Times)