Hartley's Sports ShortsSportsHartley’s Sports Shorts; Tuesday, March 2nd SHARE ON: Hartley Miller, staff Tuesday, Mar. 2nd, 2021 In a nutshell: As of 12:05 a.m. Tuesday by Hartley MillerJunior Hockey:It looks like the Prince George Cougars will return to the ice in the near future. B.C.’s health minister, Adrian Dix told the media the WHL’s return-to-play protocol for its five B.C. Division teams has been approved. Details have not been announced. There has been speculation of a 24-game season in a hub city of Kamloops and/or Kelowna. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is expected to address proposals from both the WHL and BCHL during this afternoon’s 3:00 media briefing.Here’s the official response from Adrian Dix when asked by @GlobalBC @richardzussman about #BCHL and #WHL we’ll have more on tonight’s NewsHour Sports pic.twitter.com/M8dhK2tYcL— JAY JANOWER (@JayJanower) March 2, 2021NEW – Health Minister Adrian Dix says the WHL season has been approved by provincial health here in British Columbia and expects the season to go ahead. Says there are some health authority issues still being worked out, but the season will be played. #bcpoli #covid19BC— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) March 1, 2021British Columbia is the last WHL jurisdiction to approve a return to play. #bcpoli— Richard Zussman (@richardzussman) March 1, 2021‘All this excitement’: B.C.’s five WHL teams get provincial green light to play games again @TheWHL @GoBCHL https://t.co/KnqelXQgB5— Steve Ewen (@SteveEwen) March 2, 2021 Column:WHL’s B.C. teams closer to playing . . . Oilers new goalie had myocarditis . . . Junior A league cancels season https://t.co/L4iiUtTmm6— Gregg Drinnan (@gdrinnan) March 2, 2021 NHL: (North Division)Vancouver 4 Winnipeg 0 (Thatcher Demko made 27 saves for his first regular-season NHL shutout. The (9-14-2) Canucks snapped their 4-game losing streak and the (13-7-1) Jets 4-game win streak. The same teams play again tonight (5:00 PT) in Winnipeg)“Bubble Demko” was back for the Canucks on Monday against the Jets, and he led his team to one of its best wins of the season.@imacSportsnet has more ⤵https://t.co/PnVIQIKK2y— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 2, 2021Toronto 3 Edmonton 0Back-to-back shutouts for the Maple Leafs over the Oilers. https://t.co/izJZeF8fLw— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 2, 2021Ottawa 5 Calgary 1“We’ve got to figure this out … before we play them again.”To simply keep pace in the division, wins over the last-place Senators are a must, which is why the Flames’ season may hang in the balance over their next three games.(Via @EricFrancis)https://t.co/QMqiDl45SA— Sportsnet (@Sportsnet) March 2, 2021#NHLScoresCAR 3 – FLA 2 OT OTT 5 – CGY 1 VAN 4 – WPG 0 TOR 3 – EDM 0 VGK 5 – MIN 4 OT STL 5 – ANA 4 SJS 6 – COL 2https://t.co/NFSYj50hKj pic.twitter.com/0TUwwEbVez— NHL (@NHL) March 2, 2021Forward Brett Connolly of Prince George, who has struggled this season with Florida, has been placed on waivers by the Panthers.Brett Connolly had a shot at setting a new career-high in goals last season before the pandemic hit. Now, he’s the latest veteran to be waived: https://t.co/IyHoLXGPzN— Pro Hockey Rumors (@prohockeyrumors) March 1, 2021Connolly, who played in his 500th NHL game in late January, has just one goal and two assists in 16 games this season.If he goes unclaimed, the Panthers will likely place him on their taxi squad.The 28-year-old Connolly, a former PG, and Cariboo Cougar is in the second season of a four-year, $14 million contract ($3.5 AAV) he originally signed on July 1, 2019.The NHL schedule is right here.The Canucks schedule is right here.The NHL standings are right here. UNBC Timberwolves:.@sidney_roy raised the bar for @UNBCWSoccer @UNBCATHLETICS, now she’s a member of the Wall of Honour | https://t.co/0i3aBbZQqj #CityofPG #sports pic.twitter.com/dSyQ8IRuvQ— My Prince George Now (@mypgnow) March 1, 2021 NBA:The Toronto Raptors’ scheduled game in Tampa tonight against the Detroit Pistons has been rescheduled for Wednesday. According to the NBA, the game was delayed a day because of “positive test results and ongoing contact tracing within the Raptors organization.” The (17-17) Raptors are tied for 5th in the tight Eastern Conference.The NBA schedule is right here.The Raptors schedule is right here.The NBA standings are right here.