(As of 12:01AM)

PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS:

(WHL)

The Prince George Cougars have dealt 17-year-old forward Kjell Kjemhus to the Moose Jaw Warriors in return for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft.

In 28 career games with the Cougars, including just five this season, Kjemhus had two goals and six points.

The Cougars roster sits at 23 players; 13 forwards, eight defencemen, and two goaltenders.

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The PG Cougars play their next 11 games on the road, with eight of them in the U.S. Division.

The trip starts with a doubleheader against the (16-10-0-2) Winterhawks Friday and Saturday in Portland.

The Winterhawks have scored the most goals in the Western Conference and second most in the WHL (behind the Prince Albert Raiders).

The Cougars next home games are against Kelowna January 11th to 12th.

Prince George is coming off a 5-3 victory over Victoria as Vladislav Mikhalchuk scored the Un-Teddy Bear Toss goal at 7:49 of the first period.

The Royals beat the Cats 5-1 the previous day at CN Centre.

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The 11-14-1-2 Cougars are fourth in the BC Division, just a point behind the (13-10) Victoria Royals and the (12-15-2) Kelowna Rockets.

Prince George is sitting in the Western Conference’s second wild-card spot, one point ahead of the (11-11-1-1) Kamloops Blazers, who have four games in hand.

PG is also four points in front of the (9-13-3) Seattle Thunderbirds.

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Just seven WHL players, none from the BC Division, have been named to Canada’s selection camp roster in preparation for the 2019 World Junior Hockey Championship.

The three forwards, three defencemen and one goaltender from the WHL are among 34 players given an invite to the camp that begins next week in Victoria.

Team Canada will begin its gold-medal defence against Denmark on December 26th in Vancouver.

 

 

PRINCE GEORGE SPRUCE KINGS:

(BCHL)

The BCHL-leading Prince George Spruce Kings are down a spot from #15 to #16 in this week’s CJHL Top 20 Rankings.

The 21-8-1-2 Spruce Kings host the (11-10-6-3) Vernon Vipers on Wednesday.

They also entertain Nanaimo Friday and Surrey December 14th and 15th on their seven-game homestand.

Prince George leads the Mainland Division by a point over the (22-9) Chilliwack Chiefs.

Chilliwack is back in action on Wednesday, with a home game against Langley.

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The Canada West World Junior ‘A’ Challenge Camp is underway in Calgary.

A pair of Prince George Spruce Kings 17-year-old defencemen, Nick Bochen and Layton Ahac, are attending.

Bochen replaced Dylan Anhorn (19) who is on the sidelines with an injury.

 

CARIBOO COUGARS:

(BCMML)

The 11 BC Major Midget League teams are at the halfway point of their regular season schedule having completed 20 of their 40 games.

The 13-4-3 Cariboo Cougars are in the second place, four points behind the (16-3-1) Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

Cariboo will visit the (6-9-3-2) Valley West Giants Saturday night in Langley and Sunday morning in Delta.

The Giants hold down the eighth and final playoff spot.

 

NHL: (Three Monday games)

Dallas  4  Edmonton  1
Nashville  2  Buffalo  1
Tampa Bay  5  New Jersey  1

The 11-15-3 Vancouver Canucks are 0-2-1 on a five-game homestand that continues tonight against the (14-10-2) Minnesota Wild and wraps up Thursday vs. (19-8-1) Nashville.

The Canucks have lost three straight and 11 of their last 12 to fall to second-last in the eight-team Pacific Division, only ahead of LA.

Vancouver has added forward Josh Leivo from the Toronto Maple Leafs in return for minor-league forward Michael Carcone.

Leivo became expendable after the Maple Leafs signed William Nylander to a six-year contract.

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There are 10 Tuesday games in the NHL with Edmonton the only Canadian team idle.

Montreal hosts Ottawa, Winnipeg is at the NY Islanders, Calgary plays in Columbus and Toronto visits Buffalo.

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Former Minnesota Wild general manager Chuck Fletcher has taken over as GM of the Philadelphia Flyers.

The 51-year-old Fletcher replaces Ron Hextall who was fired last week.

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Seattle will officially become the NHL’s 32nd franchise.

The league’s Board of Governors held meetings this morning in Sea Island, Georgia.

The Seattle Hockey Partners are due to pay a $650-million expansion fee, which is 30% more than Vegas doled out in June of 2016.

Speculation is that Seattle will start play in 2021.

 

PGYSA:

The Prince George Youth Soccer Association (PGYSA) has been chosen to host the 2019 Boys Provincial ‘B’ Cup championships from July 4th to 7th.

The tournament will take place at Masich Place Stadium, Rotary Soccer Fields, and the PG Soccer Association Fields.

 

NFL: (Final game of Week 13)

Philadelphia Eagles  28  Washington Redskins  13

The (6-6) Eagles are tied with the Redskins, a game back of the (7-5) Dallas Cowboys in the NFC East.

The Redskins are down to their third-string QB (Mark Sanchez) after Colt McCoy broke his right fibula.

Starter Alex Smith broke his fibula and tibia in Week 11.

 

NBA:

Denver Nuggets  106  Toronto Raptors  103

The loss snapped the Raptors eight-game win streak.

The 16-7 Nuggets have won six straight.

The 20-5 Raptors host the (17-8) Philadelphia 76’ers on Wednesday.

 

UNBC TIMBERWOLVES:

All teams in Canada West basketball have reached their semester break.

Regular season play resumes in the New Year.

The UNBC Timberwolves are 6-4 in both divisions.

The UNBC women are tied for seventh while the men are eighth out of 17 teams.

The Timberwolves host the Thompson Rivers University (TRU) Wolfpack of Kamloops January 4-5 at the Northern Sport Centre.

The TRU women are 3-7 while the TRU men have a 4-6 record.

 

HIGH SCHOOL VOLLEYBALL:

The high-school volleyball season is complete.

The College Heights Cougars placed fourth and Kelly Roadrunners seventh out of 16 at the B.C. double-A boys volleyball championship in Langley.