Hartley's Sports ShortsSports HARTLEY’S SPORTS SHORTS: WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 9TH SHARE ON: Hartley Miller, staff Wednesday, Oct. 9th, 2019 (As of 12:01 AM) by Hartley Miller Updated 12:01 PM BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings) The BC Hockey League is expanding to Cranbrook for the 2020-21 season. The Cranbrook Bucks will become the league’s 18th team. The addition of Cranbrook will trigger a realignment of the current BCHL divisions which will be announced at a later date. BCHL announces Cranbrook Bucks as the league’s 18th franchise. MEDIA RELEASE: https://t.co/q3XYW34OXX pic.twitter.com/0p5mjIMu9a — BC Hockey League (@GoBCHL) October 8, 2019 # The Prince George Spruce Kings play their next four on home ice. The (4-5-2) Spruce Kings host the (6-3-0-1) Nanaimo Clippers Friday and the (8-2-1) Salmon Arm Silverbacks Saturday. Prince George is 4th in the Mainland Division, two points behind the (6-6) Langley Rivermen, five points back of the (7-4-0-1) Chilliwack Chiefs and six behind the (8-2) Coquitlam Express. HIRED | The Spruce Kings are thrilled to announce Colin Minardi as the team’s new Associate Coach. Welcome to PG, Colin! MORE | https://t.co/qCPexItiTH#GetInTheMix#BCHL pic.twitter.com/Ylt3twJXNf — Spruce Kings (@SpruceKings) October 9, 2019 TRADE | The Spruce Kings have acquired forward Jaxon Steele (’00) from the Drayton Valley Thunder (@DVThunder) in exchange for forward Henry Wagner and Future Considerations. MORE | https://t.co/RqD6yT1G7I#GetInTheMix#BCHL pic.twitter.com/RRqxxLxYNy — Spruce Kings (@SpruceKings) October 9, 2019 The Spruce Kings schedule/results right here. The BCHL standings are right here. WHL: (PG Cougars) The PG Cougars play three of their next four games against the (3-2-1) Spokane Chiefs. The two teams meet Friday in Spokane plus Oct. 18th and 19th at CN Centre. The (1-4-0-1) Cougars also visit the (3-3) Tri-City Americans on Saturday. PG defenceman Cole Moberg has returned from Injured Reserved. October 8th injury report. Defenceman Cole Moberg has returned from the Injured Reserve.#NorthernUprising #WHL pic.twitter.com/tD8E29IGta — PG Cougars (@PGCougars) October 8, 2019 The PG Cougars schedule/results right here. The WHL standings are right here. #WHLScores EDM 5 REG 3 VAN 2 PA 4 POR 2 MH 4 👉 https://t.co/NHRTK8ru9s 👈 — The WHL (@TheWHL) October 9, 2019 # 44 WHL players, including PG Cougars defenceman Rhett Rhinehart, have been named to NHL Central Scouting’s ‘Players to Watch’ list for the 2020 NHL Draft. Rhinehart has a ‘C’ rating which indicates a fourth-, fifth-, or sixth-round candidate. NEWS | Rhett Rhinehart named to @NHLCentralScout Players to Watch List.#NorthernUprising #WHL 🔗 https://t.co/OZh7Vw99lp pic.twitter.com/FQ8JOpho5r — PG Cougars (@PGCougars) October 7, 2019 Four WHL players were given ‘A’ ratings, including Prince Albert Raiders defenceman Kaiden Guhle, Moose Jaw Warriors defenceman Daemon Hunt, Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Braden Schneider, and Vancouver Giants forward Justin Sourdif. The ‘A’ rating indicates a first-round candidate. Wunderbar!🇩🇪 Here’s your first look at our Oktoberfest-themed jerseys for Oktoberfest night coming up on October 19th! #NorthernUprising #WHL pic.twitter.com/on6WxWdquc — PG Cougars (@PGCougars) October 7, 2019 BC Major Midget League: (Cariboo Cougars) The (3-0-0-1) Cariboo Cougars visit the (0-3-1) Valley West Giants Saturday (11:15 a.m.) and Sunday (8:30 a.m.) in Abbotsford. The Major Midget Cougars are in 5th place but have two games in hand on the four teams ahead of them. The Major Midget League schedule/results/standings right here. NHL: (3 Canadian teams in action Tuesday) Edmonton 5 NY Islanders 2 (James Neal scored four goals for the 3-0 Oilers) Winnipeg 4 Pittsburgh 1 LA 4 Calgary 3 (OT) #NHLScores CAR 6 – FLA 3 EDM 5 – NYI 2 WPG 4 – PIT 1 DAL 4 – WSH 3 OT ANA 3 – DET 1 NSH 5 – SJS 2 LAK 4 – CGY 3 OT BOS 4 – VGK 3https://t.co/FNxH9cvrz9 #NHLFaceOff pic.twitter.com/Ek33G692mU — NHL (@NHL) October 9, 2019 The (0-2) Vancouver Canucks have their home opener tonight at 7:00 against the (1-1) LA Kings. The two other Wednesday games in the NHL feature Montreal at Buffalo and New Jersey at Philadelphia. The NHL schedule is right here. The Canucks schedule is right here. # 39-year-old Patrick Marleau is back with the San Jose Sharks. The Sharks’ all-time leader in games, goals and points is returning to his original team with a one-year, $700,000 contract after spending the past two seasons with the Toronto Maple Leafs. MLB: (Best-of-five League Division Series) American League: Tampa Bay 4 Houston 1 (The series is tied 2-2 with the 5th and deciding game Thursday (4:07 PT) in Houston. The winner will play the New York Yankees in the American League Championship Series) # National League: The 5th and deciding games in the National League Division Series will be played today. The St. Louis Cardinals visit the Atlanta Braves (2:00 PT) followed by the Washington Nationals at the LA Dodgers (5:30). Winners meet in the best-of-seven NLDS. The MLB playoff schedule/results right here. The MLB standings are right here. # Canada West Women’s Soccer: (UNBC Timberwolves) The (3-3-4) UNBC Timberwolves women’s soccer team will visit the (8-0-2) Calgary Dinos Saturday and Sunday (11 a.m. PT both days). With four regular-season games left, all on the road, the Timberwolves are 5th out of eight in the Canada West Pacific Division where the top six teams advance to the playoffs. The UNBC women close at Victoria on Oct. 18th and UBC on the 19th. The UNBC women’s soccer schedule/results right here. The Canada West women’s soccer standings are right here. Canada West Men’s Soccer: (in Langley) The (4-6-3) UNBC men’s soccer team has two regular-season games remaining, both against the (3-5-4) Thompson Rivers WolfPack on October 19th and 20th at 1:00 p.m. at Masich Place. It does not appear that the Timberwolves will advance to the Canada West playoffs. The UNBC men are 6th out seven in the Prairie Division, where just the top four move on to the quarterfinals. The UNBC men’s soccer schedule/results right here. The Canada West men’s soccer standings are right here. CFL: (Week 18) Michael ‘Pinball’ Clemons is the new general manager of the Toronto Argonauts. The 2-12 Argos hired Clemons to replace the fired Jim Popp. # Just prior to the CFL trade deadline, the Toronto Argonauts dealt quarterback Zach Collaros to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. The Argos get a 2020 third-round pick that would become a first-round selection if Collaros re-signs with the Bombers. The 31-year-old Collaros is scheduled to become a free agent in February. # Just four weekends remain in the CFL regular season. The (5-10) BC Lions put a four-game win streak on the line when they visit the (7-8) Edmonton Eskimos Saturday (4 p.m. PT). The Lions need a victory to keep their slim cross-over playoff hopes alive. A key game Friday night (6:30 PT) has (10-4) Saskatchewan at (9-5) Calgary. The Riders lead the West Division by two points over the Stampeders and Blue Bombers. Elsewhere, (8-6) Montreal is at (9-6) Winnipeg Saturday (1:00 p.m. PT) and (3-11) Ottawa is at (2-12) Toronto Friday (4:00 PT). The CFL standings are right here. The 2019 schedule/results right here. NFL: (Week six) The (5-0) New England Patriots host the (2-3) New York Giants Thursday night to begin the sixth week of the NFL season. The Patriots and the (4-0) San Francisco 49’ers are the only unbeaten teams in the NFL. Teams at 4-1 are Seattle, New Orleans, Green Bay, Kansas City and Buffalo. Four teams are winless: Cincinnati and Washington at 0-5 plus Miami and the New York Jets at 0-4. # The NFL schedule/results right here. The NFL standings are right here.