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Old Man winter put a damper on Greater Victoria’s highly active sports community causing postponements across several events, teams and leagues.

In the Vancouver Island Junior Hockey League, five games were rescheduled, starting Friday with the cancellation of three games due to poor road conditions.

The Nanaimo Buccaneers were to visit the Peninsula Panthers in Sidney at the Panorama Recreation Centre, The Westshore Wolves were to visit the Campbell River Storm at Rod Brind’Amour Arena and the Comox Valley Glacier Kings were scheduled to play in Parksville against the Oceanside Generals at the Oceanside Place.

The Wolves and Storm were scheduled to go again, as were the Buccaneers in Sidney on Monday and Tuesday, respectively, but will be rescheduled one more time.

From the league:

On Monday, the rescheduled game between the Campbell River Storm and Westshore Wolves was cancelled with the prospect of more snow and icy conditions over the south and mid-island. A third attempt to get the game in is still being worked out for next week sometime (18th – 24th).

Tuesday’s (Feb. 12) attempt to replay last Friday’s game between the Nanaimo Buccaneers and Peninsula Panthers in North Saanich has also been cancelled because of the dump of snow expected overnight.

The Comox Glaciers Kings/Oceanside Generals game missed on the 8th has been rescheduled for Oceanside Place on Tuesday, Feb. 19 at 7:00 pm.

Once again, the VIJHL will update the schedule on the website and through social media as soon as we have details on the new dates for the Campbell River/Westshore and Nanaimo/Peninsula games.

Stay tuned.

Vancouver Island Soccer League:

In the Vancouver Island Soccer League, all games were cancelled.

Even with a few centimetres of snow, artificial turf fields don’t do well in freezing temperatures. Victoria went from famine to feast with artificial turfs over the past decade, the downside is game cancellations due to snow, but the upside is fewer cancellations due to rain.

Both leagues are winding down their regular seasons and the likelihood of stacked schedules leading into the post-season is a reality.

Vancouver Island Race Series:

The Vancouver Island Race Series postponed the Nanaimo edition of their series of eight road races. The Cedar 12K, a highly anticipated race due to its new flat and fast course will now be run on Sunday, March 3rd, two weeks after its scheduled run.

Runners earn performance points for their clubs depending on how high they place in their five-year age groups. Additionally, runners can judge their level of performance with an age-grading system to see how they may have run during their peak years and a performance algorithm provides a rating based on how well someone ran and they can use the numbers to judge against their own best performances. Cedar 12K will be fodder for much analysis. How often does one get to run a 12K race?

The majority of businesses and schools closed down during the week that saw three winter storms hit the lower island including the University of Victoria, Camosun College and all three school districts that make up the lower island from Sooke to Sidney.