(As of 12:01 AM)

NHL:

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

This will be the Ducks first game since general manager Bob Murray replaced Randy Carlyle as head coach.

The (21-26-9) Ducks have lost seven straight to sink to the bottom of the Western Conference.

Anaheim has just two wins in its last 21 games (2-15-4).

The (25-25-7) Canucks are 9th in the Western Conference, two points behind the (27-25-5) Minnesota Wild who hold down the final wild-card spot.

Vancouver is just two points ahead of Arizona, Chicago and Colorado.

The only other NHL game this evening has Edmonton at Pittsburgh.


POPUGAEV:

Former Prince George Cougars forward Nikita Popugaev has signed an AHL contract with the Binghampton Devils, the farm club of the New Jersey Devils.

The 20-year-old Popugaev was selected by the Devils in the fourth round of the 2017 NHL Draft.


WHL: (PRINCE GEORGE COUGARS)

The Prince George Cougars have four home games coming up in a five-day span.

The Cougars host the (27-22-1-2) Victoria Royals Friday and Saturday and the Western Conference leading
(38-13-1-1) Everett Silvertips Monday and Tuesday.

The Royals visit the Kamloops Blazers tonight before heading for Prince George.

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 (21-27-5-1) Seattle Thunderbirds.

The Thunderbirds, who hold down the final wild-card playoff spot, lost 4-3 to the Tri-City Americans Tuesday.

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

The Cougars play Victoria four times, Everett and Kamloops three times each and Spokane and Portland twice each.

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

 

BCHL: (PG SPRUCE KINGS)

The Prince George Spruce Kings are back in action on Thursday when they host the (27-25-0-1) West Kelowna Warriors.

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 tonight at Salmon Arm.

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 are just two points ahead of the (14-9-1-3) Thompson Blazers with the Blazers having three games in hand which they make-up this weekend.

 

CANADA WEST WOMEN’S BASKETBALL:

Maria Mongomo of the UNBC Timberwolves is the Canada West women’s third star of the week.

Mongomo scored a conference-high 29 points and added five rebounds in an 80-78 playoff victory over the TWU Spartans.

It was the first Canada West playoff win in UNBC women’s basketball history.

The Timberwolves visit the No. 2 seeded Calgary Dinos in a best-of-three conference quarter-final series, which opens Friday.

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


UNBC SOCCER:

The UNBC women’s soccer team has added striker Claire Turner to its roster for the 2019 Canada West season.

The 17-year-old Turner is the second commitment to the TWolves from Fort St. John this winter, joining her teammate Kenzie Chilcott.

The Grade 12 student at North Peace Secondary School will enroll in Biomedical Studies at UNBC, with aspirations of working in obstetrics.


CFL:

Quarterback signings highlighted the first day of CFL free agency.

Bo Levi Mitchell decided to remain in Calgary agreeing to a four-year deal with the Stampeders.

The B.C. Lions came to terms with Mike Reilly on a four-year contract worth a reported $2.9 million or $725,000 per season.

The Edmonton Eskimos replaced Reilly by signing former Ottawa and Toronto pivot Trevor Harris.

The Saskatchewan Roughriders re-signed Zach Collaros to a one-year deal.

 

NBA:

The Toronto Raptors host the (24-33) Washington Wizards tonight 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.

 

PARA NORDIC SKIING:

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

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

Men and women athletes from 19 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.

 

CURLING:

The National Scotties Tournament of Hearts will begin Saturday and run through until February 24th in Sydney, Nova Scotia.

B.C. is represented by skip Sarah Wark of Abbotsford and her rink that has ties to Prince George.

Third Kristen Fewster Pilote is a former Prince George resident who now lives in Squamish.

Her sister Jen Rusnell of P.G. is the lead.

Rick Fewster of Prince George (dad of Pilote and Rusnell) is the coach.

The Wark team qualified after winning provincials in Quesnel.

B.C. will play its first game Saturday against Nova Scotia.

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.