Today’s announcement of the death of Pat Quinn—former Vancouver Canucks player, coach, president, and general manager—caused me to reflect a bit longer than I normally would at such news.

I have always respected Quinn, an imposing former NHL defenceman with the Maple Leafs, the Canucks, and the Atlanta Flames who was probably best known from his playing days for knocking out Bruins megastar Bobby Orr with a postseason blindside hit while a Leafs rookie. Wayne Gretzky has said repeatedly, through the years, that Quinn was the best bench boss in hockey.

This weekend, ski and snowboard season officially opened at Whistler Mountain.

Blackcomb will be ready on Thursday (November 27).

For those wondering about the conditions, check out the photos above and below.

Today, Whistler Mountain opened five days earlier than expected, with many runs operating from from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.

The company announced that the Upper and Lower Ego Bowl, Upper Whiskey Jack, Upper Franz's, Papoose, Orange Peel, and Pony Train are all available this weekend, as well as a terrain park that can be reached via the Emerald Express chair.

Blackcomb, however, isn't scheduled to begin operations until Thursday (November 27).

The only other B.C. resort to open this weekend is Sun Peaks, which is four hours from Vancouver and 45 minutes from Kamloops by car. There, outdoor enthusiasts could enjoy an additional 20 centimetres of fresh powder.

Two of the most noticeable fans at Rogers Arena during Vancouver Canucks games have announced their retirement. The Green Men, known for wearing head-to-toe spandex suits and sitting next to the visiting team’s penalty pox, said that the NHL’s 2014-15 season will be their last.

“This is a tough day, but it will lead to better ones,” Ryan Sullivan, who is known as Sully, stated in a Canucks video today (November 7). “We’d like to announce that this will be our final season as Green Men. After this year, we’re just going to be men—something we’ve both been looking forward to for quite some time.”

“It was tough decision,” Adam Forsyth, who is known as Force, continued. “After five years of being idiots in spandex, we want to be idiots in skin.”

The 2014 Skate Canada International, part of the ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating 2014/15, has wrapped up in Kelowna.

From October 30 to November 2, the event brought some of the world's best figure skaters to Prospera Place.

Takahito Mura of Japan won gold in the men's competition, while Anna Pogorilaya of Russia topped the ladies.

Meanwhile, Meagan Duhamel and Eric Radford of Canada were victorious in the pairs, as were Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje in the ice dance.

Canada’s women’s national team took on the world champions from Japan on Tuesday night (October 28).

At B.C. Place, the home team lost 3-2, after Aya Sameshima scored the game winner on a breakaway.

14,328 people attended the international women’s soccer friendly match.

Lululemon athletica has managed to piss off the entire city of Buffalo, New York.

The Vancouver-based yoga apparel company placed the words “wide right” and “no goal” on the floor of its Walden Galleria retail store, offending sports fans after the tile mosaic received widespread attention on social media.

In Buffalo, “wide right” references a missed field-goal attempt that caused the Buffalo Bills to lose Super Bowl XXV to the New York Giants in 1991. “No goal” refers to an equally devastating loss that the Buffalo Sabres suffered to the Dallas Stars in triple-overtime of game six in the 1999 Stanley Cup finals.

As part of 2K Sports' campaign to promote NBA 2K15, a few Vancouver media reps and people affiliated with the gaming industry were invited to a session at Rogers Arena on October 5.

In advance of the event, we were asked to provide our shirt, shorts, and shoe size, so there was an expectation that we might get a chance to hit the court. I thought maybe we’d do a shoot around, so I arranged for my seven-year-old daughter, who has expressed curiousity about the sport, to join me.

Were we in for a surprise.

Enjoy it while it lasts.

This morning, I examined the NHL standings and the Vancouver Canucks are tied for the most points in the Pacific Division.

Of course, we're only two games into the season and the Canucks were fortunate to play their weakest divisional rivals.

Nevertheless, Vancouver's team demonstrated remarkable tenacity last night in coming back from a two-goal deficit to defeat the Edmonton Oilers 5-4 in the shootout.

There were plenty of bright spots in the Canucks' second straight win.

With the Victoria marathon and half-marathon taking place on Vancouver Island this weekend, I’ve been thinking a lot about running. I’m not participating in Victoria this year (although I ran the half-marathon in 2013 year and it was one of the most scenic routes I had ever experienced) but I’m looking forward to spring when racing season ramps up.

I received an email from the BMO Vancouver Marathon today letting me know that people who participated in the 2014 runs—including marathon, half-marathon, and eight kilometre distances—could sign up for the 2015 event a few days before registration opens to the public on October 15.

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