Torben Rolfsen

Torben Rolfsen is a Vancouver-based writer and his Rolfsen Report is heard weekly on TSN Radio. Twitter: @vanguy


Goalie Jacob Markstrom of the Vancouver Canucks reaches to make a glove save against the Edmonton Oilers in NHL action on October, 7, 2017 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver. (Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Rousing start to NHL season across Canada

The 2017-18 National Hockey League season got off to a rousing opening over the past several days, with a number of players registering red-hot starts.

Greg Allen of the Cleveland Indians hits into a fielders choice against the Chicago White Sox in the seventh inning at Progressive Field on Oct. 1, 2017 in Cleveland, Ohio. (David Maxwell/Getty Images)

MLB playoffs will be like 7 World Series in 1

After a great regular season that featured extreme performances from both teams and individuals, Major League Baseball’s postseason is shaping up as one of the most intriguing in years.

Brock Boeser #6 of the Vancouver Canucks celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against the Las Vegas Golden Knights in NHL pre-season action on September 17, 2017 at Rogers Arena in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images)

Boeser has all the Canucks' answers

NHL preseason games got underway with the young Vancouver Canucks travelling to Los Angeles, beating the Kings 4-3 in overtime Saturday before coming home to host the franchise debut for the expansion Vegas Golden Knights on Sunday.

Wide receiver Emmanuel Sanders of the Denver Broncos waves to fans during a preseason NFL game against the Arizona Cardinals at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on August 31, 2017 in Denver, Colorado. (Photo by Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

NFL predictions for the 2017 season

After an offseason that featured people protesting outside NFL headquarters (most of them players injured during the unnecessary four-game exhibition slate), it’s time for the games to start counting.

Mixed martial arts star Conor McGregor (R) competes with boxer Floyd Mayweather Jr. during their fight at the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on August 26, 2017. Floyd Mayweather outclassed Conor McGregor with a 10th-round stoppage on August 26 to win their money-spinning superfight and clinch his 50th straight victory. / AFP PHOTO / John GurzinskiJOHN GURZINSKI/AFP/Getty Images

What's next for Mayweather, McGregor?

It was no Thrilla In Manila or Rumble In The Jungle, but the Money Grabba In Nevada turned out to be a lot better than most expected going in.

Deshaun Watson #4 of the Clemson Tigers celebrates after throwing a 2-yard game-winning touchdown pass during the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship Game on January 9, 2017. (Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)

College football is finally back

Leaves are starting to hit the ground, there’s a nip in the night air, and kids are getting ready to return to school.

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See you in Gastown for the Grand Prix

This Wednesday, the day after Major League Baseball’s All-Star Game, is often referred to as “the slowest day of the year in North American sports”.

Elias Pettersson poses for photos after being selected fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks during the 2017 NHL Draft at the United Center on June 23, 2017 in Chicago. (Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

Will Elias Pettersson be the next Henrik Sedin?

The Vancouver Canucks had a successful weekend at the NHL Draft and, while grades for each of the league’s 31 teams are all over the map, the consensus is the Canucks did very well, especially with their second through fourth picks (two forwards and a goalie).

Stephen Curry, left, of Golden State Warriors, with the ball against LeBron James of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 1 of the 2016 NBA Finals at ORACLE Arena on June 2, 2016 in Oakland, California. (Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

NBA and NHL finals predictions

Eight months to the day since Toronto and Golden State opened the preseason in Rogers Arena, the NBA Finals will begin Thursday in Oakland with the rubber match series between the two teams everyone has expected to meet all season long.

Gary Bettman commissioner of the National Hockey League at the World Cup of Hockey press conference in Toronto on Wednesday August 17, 2016. (Stan Behal/Postmedia Network)

Bettman's disregard for fans knows no boundaries

NHL commissioner Gary Bettman had yet another “thank you” to Canadian hockey fans Sunday, running the Senators-Penguins Game 5 at the same time as the World Hockey Championship gold medal game.