Across Western Canada the three other league finals begin. In BC the RBC Cup host Vernon Vipers host the Coquitlam Express. Alberta has the Spruce Grove Saints and Drumheller Dragons meeting in game one of their series and Saskatchewan features the Yorkton Terriers home to the Melville Millionaires. The winners of those three series will come to Dauphin along with the Kings and Winnipeg Blues for the Western Canada Cup.
The Brandon Wheat Kings try to continue their climb back into their Eastern Conference Semi Final Series with the Oil Kings. Game five in Edmonton tonight has Brandon trailing the series 3-1, but the Wheat Kings have all the momentum following a big win at home on Wednesday. If Brandon forces a game six it'll go Monday in the Wheat city.
After a nice win yesterday Dauphin's Hanna Jenson resumes action in the round robin at U-18 Canada Winter Games qualifying for curling today. Jenson has two tilts, first she tangles with Elmwood's Julia Maida then tonight she throws the rocks with Alexandra Friesen of St.Vital.
There's seven games on the ice in the NHL this evening but only one featuring Canadian teams. The Winnipeg Jets play their final game of the 2013-14 campaign when they battle the Flames in Calgary. Also on the schedule, Chicago visits Washington, Carolina is at Detroit, Tampa Bay hosts Columbus, the New York Islanders make a short trip to New Jersey, St. Louis is in Dallas and Colorado goes to San Jose.
Brendan Shanahan has been hired as the Toronto Maple Leafs' president and alternate governor. The 45-year-old Toronto native had been serving as the NHL's director of player safety since 2011. Shanahan played over 15-hundred games in the NHL and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame last year.
Bill Haas holds a one-stroke lead heading into the second round of the Masters. Haas carded an opening-round 4-under 68. Mike Weir of Bright's Grove, Ontario, opened with a 73 while Graham DeLaet of Weyburn, Saskatchewan, had an 80.
(and) The Blue Jays send Dustin McGowan to the mound tonight as Toronto visits the Baltimore Orioles. McGowan struggled in his first start of the season, surrendering four runs on eight hits over two-plus innings in a loss to the Yankees. Baltimore counters with Chris Tillman.