JOCK TALK: Hockey, rugby and more on tap

Colin Gall takes a look at where and when for West Shore sports teams and events

As West Shore winter sports begin to wind down, there’s lots on the calendar for spring.

Registration is underway for Juan de Fuca Whalers minor lacrosse. The regular rate applies until March 31, after which a $40 late fee will be included. For more information and to register, visit jdflacrosse.com.

Not ready to bid farewell to hockey? Take in the action of roller hockey at Eagle Ridge in Langford. Youth and adult leagues are both open for spring registration. Visit eagleridgerollerhockey.com for more details.

And Triangle Athletic Association offers its last day of early baseball registration Monday, Feb. 8 at Eagle Ridge from 6 to 9 p.m., after which registration fees will increase. Details and forms are online at triangleathleticassociation.com.

While ball players are eying the calendar, there’s still lots of hockey around the West Shore.

In Junior B play, the Westshore Wolves are nearing the end of their regular season but continue play Saturday (Feb. 6) when they head to Mill Bay to take on the Kerry Park Islanders at 7:30 p.m. Then on Wednesday the Wolves are back home to host the Peninsula Panthers at 7 p.m. at The Q Centre. Finally, the Wolves end their week Friday with the back end of a home-and-home against Peninsula, 7:30 p.m. puck drop at Panorama Rec Centre.

In Junior A play, the Victoria Grizzlies spend the week on the road.

Coming off a contest against the BCHL-leading Penticton Vees at The Q Centre on Thursday night They’re in Port Alberni on Friday taking on the Bulldogs and hit Powell River on Monday before heading home, where they’ll host the Merritt Centennials on Saturday, Feb. 13. Mark your calendar for the 7 p.m. start at The Q Centre.

And don’t forget the big Americas Rugby Championship tournament-opening match Saturday (Feb. 6) at 4 p.m. between Canada and Uruguay at Westhills Stadium. For ticket details visit events.rugbycanada.ca.

West Shore runners can sign up now for the next event in the Bear Mountain Run Series, the Diamond Dash, coming up Saturday, Feb. 13. The event is designed for runners and walkers of all levels, with 5K and family 1.5K events. Registration is available until Feb. 13, however late registration fees apply after Feb. 11.

The event’s charity partners are Santas Anonymous and the BC Cancer Foundation’s Ride to Conquer Cancer. Visit bearmountain.ca/Events/Running-Series for details.

Colin Gall is a local athlete and a Grade 11 student at Mt. Douglas Secondary School. Send your coming sports events to jocktalk@telus.net.

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