(As of 12:01 AM) by Hartley Miller Long Weekend Wrap

Don Cherry:

At age 85, Don Cherry is out as a hockey commentator on Rogers Sportsnet.

The decision was made to fire Cherry after he made remarks on Saturday’s Coach’s Corner about immigrants not wearing poppies in advance of Remembrance Day.

“I live in Mississauga. Very few people wear the poppy. Downtown Toronto, forget it. Nobody wears the poppy. … Now you go to the small cities. You people … that come here, whatever it is — you love our way of life. You love our milk and honey. At least you can pay a couple bucks for a poppy or something like that. These guys paid for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys paid the biggest price for that,” Cherry said.

In an interview with the Toronto Sun after he was let go, Cherry would not take back what he said.

“I know what I said and I meant it.  Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honour our fallen soldiers.”

He added to the newspaper: “To keep my job, I cannot be turned into a tamed robot.”

(PG Cougars)

The Prince George Cougars have lost five in a row and nine of their last 10 after dropping a pair of home games against the Victoria Royals.

The Royals beat the Cougars 3-2 in a shootout and 2-1.

Victoria has won nine-straight regular-season games against Prince George.

Victoria Royals  2  Prince George Cougars  1  (Saturday)

Sean Gulka took advantage of a turnover to score an unassisted goal which snapped a 1-1 tie early in the third period for the (9-7-1) Royals.

The Cougars home record dropped to 2-8-0-1 (including six straight losses) before 3,051 fans.

Captain Josh Maser tallied early in the first for PG before Kade Oliver tied the game on the power play midway thru the second.

Victoria Royals  3  Prince George Cougars  2  

The Cougars battled back from a 2-0 deficit late in the third period but eventually lost in the fourth round of a shootout before 2,048 fans at CN Centre.

The (4-13-0-2) Cougars sit eight points out of the final wild-card playoff spot.

Prince George will visit Kamloops Friday and Vancouver Saturday before hosting Edmonton on Tuesday, November 19th.

The PG Cougars schedule/results right here.

The WHL standings are right here.

BCHL: (PG Spruce Kings)

The Prince George Spruce Kings have lost their last three games but their next three are on home ice.

The (8-11-2-2) Spruce Kings host the (12-9-1) Vernon Vipers Wednesday, the (14-9-1-1) Cowichan Valley Capitals Friday and the (4-15-3-2) West Kelowna Warriors Saturday.

Chilliwack Chiefs  4  Prince George Spruce Kings  1  (Saturday)
Surrey Eagles  7  Prince George Spruce Kings  2  (Friday)

Prince George is tied with the (10-13) Langley Rivermen for third place in the Mainland Division, just a point ahead of the last place (8-13-0-3) Surrey Eagles and nine behind the second place (12-7-4-1) Chilliwack Chiefs.

The Spruce Kings schedule/results right here.

The BCHL standings are right here.


BC Major Midget League: (Cariboo Cougars)  at North Shore Winter Club

Vancouver NW Hawks  3  Cariboo Cougars  1  (Sunday)
Cariboo Cougars  2  Vancouver NW Hawks  1  (Saturday)

The (10-3-0-1) Major Midget Cougars are in 3rd place in the 11-team BCMML, a point behind the (11-5) Vancouver NW Hawks and a point ahead of the (10-4) Vancouver NE Chiefs.

Cariboo will visit the (9-4-0-1) Fraser Valley Thunderbirds Saturday at 3:15 p.m. and Sunday at 11:45 a.m. in Abbotsford.

The Major Midget League schedule/results/standings right here.

(2 Monday games)

Carolina  8  Ottawa  2
Arizona  4  Washington  3 

The Vancouver Canucks, coming off Sunday’s 2-1 loss to New Jersey, host the (9-5-3) Nashville Predators tonight.

The (9-6-3) Canucks have dropped their last four.

Vancouver has scored just five goals in its last four games.

There are nine Tuesday NHL games in total.

Other Canadian teams in action: Montreal is home against Columbus, Winnipeg entertains Colorado and Edmonton is at San Jose.


The NHL schedule is right here.

The Canucks schedule is right here.

The NHL standings are right here.

The NHL scoring leaders are right here.

NFL: (Final game in week 10)

Seattle Seahawks  27  San Francisco 49’ers  24  (OT)

Jason Myers kicked a game-winning, 42-yard field goal as time expired in overtime.

The Seahawks are 8-2 while the 49’ers suffered their first loss to fall to 8-1.

The NFL schedule/results right here.

The NFL standings are right here.


CFL: (Road teams won both division semi-finals)

West semi:  Winnipeg  35  Calgary  14

The Blue Bombers advance to the Western final in Regina against the Saskatchewan Roughriders Sunday afternoon at 1:30 PT.

East semi:  Edmonton  37  Montreal  29

The Eskimos advance to the Eastern final in Hamilton against the Tiger-Cats Sunday morning at 10:00 PT.

The winners meet in the 107th Grey Cup Sunday, Nov. 24th in Calgary.


The CFL standings are right here.

The 2019 schedule/results right here.

High School Football: (Double-A Varsity wild-card playoff game at Masich Place)

Clarence Fulton Maroons (Vernon)  35  College Heights Cougars  18


Canada West Basketball: (UNBC Timberwolves)

The UNBC Timberwolves men’s basketball team is 3-and-1 after winning a pair of games against Trinity Western University in Langley.

The UNBC women’s basketball team split a pair against Trinity Western to sit with a 1-and-3 record.

Men: UNBC Timberwolves     88  Trinity Western Spartans  86 (Saturday)
           UNBC  Timberwolves  100  Trinity Western Spartans  87  (Friday)

Women: Trinity Western Spartans  63  UNBC Timberwolves  52  (Saturday)
UNBC Timberwolves  70  Trinity Western Spartans  62 

The Timberwolves host the UBC Thunderbirds Friday night at 6:00 & 8:00 and Saturday night at 5:00 and 7:00.

UBC is 2-2 in both the men’s and women’s standings.


The Canada West men’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West men’s basketball standings are right here.

The Canada West women’s basketball schedule is right here.

The Canada West women’s basketball standings are right here.



LA Clippers  98  Toronto Raptors  88

Both teams are 7-3. Kawhi Leonard had 12 points, 11 rebounds and 9 assists against his former team.

The Raptors are 2-1 on a five-game road trip that continues Wednesday in Portland.

The Raptors schedule/results right here.

The NBA standings are right here.