(As of 12:01 AM)

CFL: (B.C. Lions)

Free agency in the CFL begins today.

The B.C. Lions are expected to make a big splash.

Quarterback Mike Reilly and the Lions have reportedly agreed on a four-year deal worth a league-record $700,000 per season.

The 34-year-old Reilly spent six seasons with the Edmonton Eskimos after starting his CFL career as a backup with the Lions.


NHL: (3 Monday games)

San Jose Sharks  7  Vancouver Canucks  2

Canucks 19-year-old goalie Mike DiPietro struggled in his NHL debut stopping just 17 of 24 shots.

The (34-16-7) Sharks won their sixth straight to move into first place in the Western Conference, a point ahead of Calgary and two up on Central Division leading Winnipeg.

The (25-25-7) Canucks are 9th in the Western Conference, two points behind the (27-22-5) St. Louis Blues and the (27-24-5) Minnesota Wild.

The Blues and Wild are tied for the final wild-card spot.

Vancouver is just two points ahead of Colorado and surging Chicago.

The Canucks begin a three-game California road swing Wednesday in Anaheim.


Washington  6  LA  4

Brett Connolly of Prince George scored his 13th goal of the season for the Capitals.

Pittsburgh  4  Philadelphia  1

There are a dozen NHL games tonight, with four Canadian teams in action.

Toronto visits Colorado, Calgary is at Tampa, Winnipeg hosts the NY Rangers and Ottawa entertains Carolina.

 

WHL: (PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS)

The Prince George Cougars have their next four games on home ice starting Friday when they play the (27-22-1-2) Victoria Royals in the first of a doubleheader.

The Cougars are coming off Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Vancouver Giants in Langley.

Watch the highlights here.

The Cougars are riding a 13-game losing skid (0-10-3), the longest streak in the WHL this season.

They are 0-2 since general manager Mark Lamb replaced Richard Matvichuk as head coach.

The 16-32-4-2 Cougars are last in the Western Conference, seven points behind the (20-27-4-1) Kamloops Blazers and 10 back of the (21-26-5-1) Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds, who hold down the final wild-card playoff spot, host the Tri-City Americans tonight.

Prince George has 14 games left, including nine at CN Centre.

(All of the PG Cougars Cat Scan Podcasts can be found right here)

 

BCHL: (PG SPRUCE KINGS)

There’s less than two weeks left in the BCHL regular season.

The Prince George Spruce Kings host the (27-25-0-1) West Kelowna Warriors on Thursday.

The 35-12-1-5 Spruce Kings are second in the Mainland Division, five points behind the (40-12-1) Chilliwack Chiefs.

Both Prince George and Chilliwack have five regular season games left, including three against each other.

The Chiefs play at Salmon Arm on Wednesday.

Spruce Kings remaining schedule: (5 games)

Feb. 14 West Kelowna  at  Prince George
Feb. 17 Prince George  at  Chilliwack
Feb. 18 Prince George  at  Surrey
Feb. 22 Chilliwack  at   Prince George
Feb. 23 Chilliwack  at   Prince George

 

BCMML: (CARIBOO COUGARS)

The Cariboo Cougars entertain the 9th place South Island Royals Saturday afternoon at 4:00 and Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at Kin 1.

The 20-7-5 Major Midget Cougars are tied with (21-10-1-2) Okanagan for 3rd place in the 11-team league. They are three points back of the (21-7-4-2) Vancouver NE Chiefs and five behind the (24-6-1-1) Fraser Valley Thunderbirds.

 

BCMML: (CARIBOO COUGARS MINOR MIDGET) 

The Cariboo Minor Midget Cougars (15-year-olds) finished their regular season with a 14-10-1-5 record.

They are currently in 3rd place in the 10-team league, but sit just two points ahead of the (14-9-1-3) Thompson Blazers with the Blazers having three games in hand.

 

CANADA WEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

The UNBC Timberwolves visit the Calgary Dinos in the best of three Canada West women’s basketball quarterfinals.

Games will be played Friday and Saturday and if needed on Sunday.

Calgary had the first round bye after finishing the regular season 17-3 and on a 15-game win streak.

The Timberwolves are coming off their first Canada West women’s basketball playoff victory in program history, 80-78 over the Trinity Western Spartans Friday in Langley.

NBA:

Toronto Raptors  127  Brooklyn Nets  125

The Raptors host the (24-33) Washington Wizards Wednesday before heading into the NBA All-Star break.

The 42-16 Raptors are second in the Eastern Conference, one game behind the (42-14) Milwaukee Bucks.

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Point Guard Jeremy Lin is expected to sign with the Toronto Raptors after a buyout from the Atlanta Hawks.

He appeared in 51 games for the Hawks this season, averaging 10.7 points  on nearly 47 per cent shooting.

Toronto will become Lin’s eighth NBA team.

 

PARA NORDIC SKIING:

The 2019 World Para Nordic Skiing Championships begin this week in Prince George.

Opening ceremonies will be held Friday night starting at 6:00 at Canada Games Way followed by competition from Feb 16th-24th at the Caledonia Nordic Ski Club.

Men and women athletes from 20 countries compete in four cross-country skiing and four biathlon events.

The athletes are grouped into three classes for competition: sitting, standing, and visually impaired.

VOLLEYBALL:

The Prince George Kodiaks 16U Girls red volleyball team finished third at their first Super Series tournament in
Burnaby.

The Kodiaks went 3-0 in the round robin and then beat Thunder White 2-1 in the quarterfinals.

They lost to the eventual champions Velocity of Vancouver 25-20, 27-25 in the semis.

The Kodiaks whipped Thunder Blue 25-12, 25-21 for Bronze.

 

PG ICEMAN:

Rob McDougall (1:52:21) won the men’s solo race by a minute and eight seconds in the 32nd annual Prince George Iceman.

He was followed by Jordan Bax (1:53:29) and 2017 Iceman champ Cam McNamara (1:53:42).

The Icewoman championship went to Jocelyn Poirier-Hardy (1:58:53) followed by Emily Ertel (2:09:56).

There were 534 registered participants, which included 38 soloists, 73 adult teams and 30 junior teams.

The course consisted of a ski at Otway Nordic Centre, a 10-km run from Otway to Exhibition Park, a five km skate at the ice oval, a five km run and an 800-metre swim at the Aquatic Centre.