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WHL announces return for five clubs, reschedules 14 regular-season games


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CALGARY — The Western Hockey League announced on Thursday that five teams have been removed from COVID-19 protocols.

The Calgary Hitmen, Kamloops Blazers, Prince George Cougars, Vancouver Giants and Victoria Royals are all allowed to resume team activities.

All 22 WHL clubs are now cleared to compete.

The WHL also announced the rescheduling of 14 regular-season games on Thursday.

Prince Albert’s game in Edmonton originally scheduled for Jan. 11 will now be this coming Tuesday.

Regina’s game in Winnipeg this Saturday has been moved to Feb. 15.

A game between Regina and Swift Current originally planned for Dec. 31 will now be played on March 7.

Swift Current’s matchup in Prince Albert scheduled for last Saturday will now be on March 14.

Two games have been moved to March 15, with Calgary’s visit to Winnipeg moved from last Saturday to that date and Moose Jaw’s tilt in Brandon on March 16 will now be played a day earlier.

Three games have been rescheduled to March 16, with Calgary at Brandon (from Jan. 7), Moose Jaw at Winnipeg (from March 15) and Prince Albert at Swift Current (from Jan. 7) now on that date.

March 20 had two games moved to it: Regina at Winnipeg (from Jan. 16), and Moose Jaw at Medicine Hat (from Jan. 8).

Two games were moved to March 23: Edmonton’s visit to Medicine Hat (from Jan. 9) and Vancouver’s trip to Kamloops (from Jan. 8).

Moose Jaw’s game in Winnipeg originally scheduled for Jan. 3 will now be on March 29.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 13, 2022.

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Transportation Safety Board investigating helicopter crash in central Alberta

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CAMROSE, Alta. — The Transportation Safety Board of Canada says it is investigating a helicopter crash in central Alberta on the weekend.

The government agency says a Bell 206B helicopter crashed near Camrose on Sunday.

It says a pilot and three passengers were on board. 

RCMP say officers from the Killam-Forestburg detachment, as well as paramedics and firefights, were called to the crash.

Mounties say three of the four people on board were taken by ground ambulance to area hospitals.

A fourth occupant was airlifted to an Edmonton hospital.

Neither the RCMP nor the TSB would describe the severity of the injuries, and did not identify the people who were on the helicopter. 

The Transportation Safety Board says it is gathering information and “assessing this occurrence.”

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Running back James Wilder Jr. signs one-year extension with Edmonton Elks

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EDMONTON — The Edmonton Elks signed running back James Wilder Jr. to a one-year contract extension on Monday.

Wilder, who was scheduled to hit the free-agent market next month, racked up 996 total yards and three touchdowns in 2021.

The Florida State product finished third in CFL rushing yards (770) last season and was named the Elks’ most outstanding player.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 24, 2022.

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