(As of 12:01AM)

WORLD JUNIOR:

32 players, 13 of them from the WHL, including Prince George Cougars defenceman Dennis Cholowski, will compete for 23 roster spots at Canada’s world junior selection camp next week in St. Catharines, Ontario.

18 forwards, 10 defencemen and four goalies were invited to camp by Hockey Canada, including seven players from last year’s silver-medal winning team.

The world junior hockey championship will begin Boxing Day in Buffalo.

 

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS:

The 11-14-2-2 Prince George Cougars are off until Sunday at 2PM when they host the 18-10-3 Victoria Royals in their Teddy Bear Toss game.

The two teams will also play Tuesday at the CN Centre.

The Cougars are 2-1 on a five-game home-stand.

 

WESTERN HOCKEY LEAGUE:

Everett Silvertips             4         Portland Winterhawks         1

BC DIVISION STANDINGS:

Victoria, 31 games = 18-10-3 (39 points)
Kelowna, 28 games = 17-8-2-1 (37 points)
Vancouver, 30 games = 13-13-2-2 (30 points)
Kamloops, 28 games = 13-15 (26 points)
Prince George, 29 games = 11-14-2-2 (26 points)

WESTERN CONFERENCE WILD CARD:

Tri-City, 26 games = 14-9-3 (31 points)
Seattle, 29 games = 13-13-2-1 (29 points)
Kamloops, 28 games = 13-15 (26 points)
Prince George, 29 games = 11-14-2-2 (26 points)

 

PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS:

The Prince George Spruce Kings are 5-1 on an eight game home-stand that wraps up this weekend.

The 16-10-2-3 Spruce Kings entertain the 8-16-2-4 Alberni Valley Bulldogs Friday and the 20-8-2-1 Wenatchee Wild Saturday.

 

BCHL:

MAINLAND DIVISION STANDINGS:

Langley, 33 games = 15-8-9-1 (40 points)
Prince George, 31 games = 16-10-2-3 (37 points)
Surrey, 32 games = 16-12-3-1 (36 points)
Chilliwack, 32 games = 15-13-2-2 (34 points)
Coquitlam, 30 games = 5-22-1-2 (13 points)

 

CARIBOO COUGARS:

The 15-4-1 Cariboo Cougars will play the 7-13 Thompson Blazers Saturday at 4PM and Sunday at 10AM at Kin 1.

 

NHL:

Philadelphia           4         Edmonton          2

The Flyers played without defenceman Brandon Manning of Prince George, who is expected to be sidelined for the next three-to-four weeks with a hand injury.

The 27-year-old has three goals, three assists, and 16 penalty minutes in 22 games this season.

The Flyers continue their western swing tonight in Vancouver against the 14-10-4 Canucks.

Toronto                   2        Calgary                1      (SO)

Anaheim                 3         Ottawa                0

Washington           6          Chicago              2

Capitals forward Brett Connolly of Prince George scored on the power play, his fifth goal of the season.

 

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES:

Prince George midfielder Anthony Preston has committed to play the 2018 Canada West men’s soccer season with the UNBC Timberwolves.

The 17-year-old Duchess Park student plays for the Prince George Youth Soccer Association U-18 team.

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The UNBC basketball teams resume Canada West league play on January 5th and 6th when they host UBC-Okanagan.

The Timberwolves are 4-8 in the men’s and women’s standings.

 

NFL:

Roger Goodell has signed a five-year, $200 million contract extension to remain commissioner of the NFL through 2024.

Since Goodell replaced Paul Tagliabue in 2006, the NFL’s total revenues have more than doubled to over $13 billion.

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A key NFC South match-up tonight to kick off week 14 of the NFL season.

The 9-3 New Orleans Saints visit the 7-5 Atlanta Falcons.

The Saints lead the division by a game over Carolina after winning nine of their last 10.

 

NBA:

Cleveland Cavaliers     101     Sacramento Kings     95

The 18-7 Cavs tied a franchise record with their 13th straight victory.

The 15-7 Toronto Raptors begin a four-game road trip Friday at Memphis against the 8-16 Grizzlies.