Vicki Hall

Freelance writer

Vicki has written about sports in Canada for more than 15 years for CBC Sports, Postmedia, the Calgary Herald and the Edmonton Journal. She has covered five Olympic Games, 10 Grey Cup championships and one Stanley Cup Final. In 2015, Vicki won a National Newspaper Award for sports writing and is a member of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame Selection Committee.

Latest from Vicki Hall

Canada's speed skaters point to NHL bubble success in search for new training hub

Ever the realist, Heather McLean flew home to Canada from the Netherlands in early March and quarantined herself for 14 days, even though it was not yet a requirement to do so.
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Flames' collapse the kind of loss that could lead to overhaul of roster

So many questions linger after a campaign of turmoil for Calgary. From the terrifying collapse of defenceman T.J. Brodie at practice, to the dismissal of former head coach Bill Peters for racist comments during his time in the American Hockey League, nothing was easy for the Flames.
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Calgary coach says Flames have nothing to be ashamed of despite OT loss to Stars

Geoff Ward hardly sounded heartbroken Sunday when talking to reporters about the one that got away after his team gave up a lead late in the third period before losing in overtime to the Dallas Stars on Sunday.
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Flames' Matt Tkachuk questionable for Game 3 after punishing loss to Stars

Matthew Tkachuk's night at the office pretty much summed up the experience of his entire team Thursday as the Calgary Flames fell 5-4 to the Dallas Stars.

No longer a castoff, Lucic guides Flames into series with Stars

Bruising Milan Lucic is the poster child for the collective mood and mindset of the Calgary Flames as they prepare to clash with the Dallas Stars in the first round of the Stanley Cup playoffs.

Experienced Chicago shows Oilers how to win when it counts

Once the sting of defeat fades away, the Edmonton Oilers have plenty to learn by conducting an extensive post-mortem of their 3-1 loss in the best-of five Stanley Cup qualifiers.
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It's time for Matthew Tkachuk to get back to scoring if Flames hope to beat Jets

Calgary Flames forward Matthew Tkachuk has done what his coaches wanted in terms of annoying and distracting the Winnipeg Jets. Now he needs to contribute on the scoreboard for Calgary to advance.
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Coach Tippett must channel his inner sports psychologist if Oilers are to stand a chance

Dave Tipppett is paid to be the head coach of the talent-laden Edmonton Oilers. Over the next 48 hours, he needs to channel his inner sports psychologist to help his team rebound from a 6-4 beating by Chicago in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup qualifiers.

Kassian, Tkachuk have sights set on Cup conquest rather than renewing old feud

Exhibition matches rarely generate much excitement in the National Hockey League. But the mentality is different this time for the Oilers and the Flames as the provincial rivals tangle in their one-and-only exhibition game prior to the Stanley Cup qualifiers.

Jets' Blake Wheeler steps away from domestic chaos to play in Stanley Cup qualifiers

Winnipeg Jets captain Blake Wheeler and his wife Sam stickhandled homeschooling, cooking, and cleaning through the first four months of the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, he is about to step away from the domestic chaos to skate in the National Hockey League Stanley Cup qualifiers in Edmonton.

Oilers goalies Smith, Koskinen fuelled by friendly competition in pursuit of Cup run

The performance of Mike Smith – and that of fellow goalie Mikko Koskinen – is crucial to the Edmonton Oilers’ chances of authoring a fairy tale for their long-suffering fans when hockey resumes.

NHL teams face health, safety challenges as training camps open

During training camp, players are free to do what they want when they leave the rink. There is no bubble, as there will be come July 26 when the teams report to their respective hub cities in Edmonton and Toronto.

Asterisk or not, Flames coach sees tough road ahead in battle for Stanley Cup

Geoff Ward realizes there are hockey fans who staunchly believe in attaching an asterisk to the 2020 Stanley Cup champions. The Calgary Flames interim head coach gets that this playoff tournament — slated to start in the heat of summer with no fans in attendance — is vastly different than in years past.

Oilers' McDavid, Nurse size up new playoff format ahead of potential Hawks clash

Two days after the NHL revealed its return-to-play plan, Edmonton Oilers star Connor McDavid and defenceman Darnell Nurse were already looking ahead to potentially playing in the 24-team Stanley Cup format.

Tyler Mislawchuk ready to compete virtually in Triathlon Canada World Series

After returning home from Europe and spending two weeks of mandatory self-isolation in his basement, Olympic triathlete Tyler Mislawchuk is finally ready to compete. Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, his next race will be from his sun room in Oak Bluff, Man.

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