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Newly-discovered cave closed to public

VANCOUVER—A newly-discovered cave and the surrounding area in British Columbia's Wells Gray Provincial Park has been closed off to the public, with threats of fines up to $1 million for those who don't stay away, says an order from BC Parks.

The order issued this week says anyone who enters the surrounding area or the cave can be fined and face imprisonment for up to a year.

'White' teams accused of forming own hockey league

WINNIPEG—A lawyer representing some indigenous hockey teams in Manitoba argued in court yesterday that all the “white teams” got together and formed a new Junior 'B' league which excludes First Nations.

All of the teams were part of the Keystone Junior Hockey League until May, when five teams left to create the Capital Region League.

Junior squad downs Swiss in exhibition game

VICTORIA—Maxime Comtois, the lone veteran on Canada's world junior hockey team, hopes his teammates learn from yesterday's victory.

Comtois had two goals and two assists in Canada's 5-3 win over Switzerland in a pre-tournament game designed to help both squads prepare for the world junior championship that begins on Boxing Day in Vancouver and Victoria.

Habs blanked by Bruins

MONTREAL—Carey Price didn't want to make excuses after an uninspiring performance by the Montreal Canadiens against a division rival.

The Boston Bruins blanked Montreal 4-0 last night on a 22-save effort by former Canadiens' goalie Jaroslav Halak.

With the win, Boston (18-12-4) leapfrogged the Canadiens (17-12-5) for the first wild-card spot in the Eastern Conference.

Bill tabled to prevent OPG strike

TORONTO—The Ontario government introduced legislation yesterday that would prevent a strike or lockout at one of the province's major power utilities—a move its said was necessary to avoid power outages over the holidays.

Labour minister Laurie Scott said that if passed, the bill would send the dispute between the Power Workers' Union and Ontario Power Generation to arbitration.