The full picture for the Western Canada Cup could be set by the end of tonight. In Saskatchewan the Yorkton Terriers can advance to the WCC in Dauphin with a victory in Melville against the Millionairs. Game four of the series happens at 8:30pm. If you missed it yesterday the BCHL's Coquitlam Express and the AJHL's Spruce Grove Saints joined Dauphin and Winnipeg in the Western Canada Cup mix. The five tournament begins next Saturday.
Meanwhile, ticket packages continue to be available today at Credit Union Place. The South Ticket Office is open until 5:00pm. Hockey fans who have already bought their tickets for the Western Canada Cup will be able to pick them up on MONDAY.
The Winnipeg Jets have signed head coach Paul Maurice to a four-year contract extension. Maurice was brought in on January 12th after former coach Claude Noel was fired. The Jets responded well to the change, winning seven of their nine remaining games in January. Winnipeg was 18-12-5 overall under Maurice and finished the season with a 37-35-10 record.
The first round of the NHL's post-season starts tonight as the Montreal Canadiens face the Lightning in Tampa Bay. The Habs will be facing a Lightning team missing starting goaltender Ben Bishop who has an elbow injury. Two other series begin tonight as well. Columbus visits Pittsburgh and Anaheim welcomes Dallas.
The Saskatchewan Roughriders rewarded quarterback Darian Durant today. The CFL club signed Durant to a multi-year contract extension after he guided the Riders to a Grey Cup title last year, just the fourth in club history. Durant was entering the option year of his CFL deal. Durant has spent his entire eight-year CFL career with the Riders.
Toronto Blue Jays ace R-A Dickey gets the start tonight in Minnesota. The veteran knuckleballer has a 1-2 record. Blue Jays first baseman Adam Lind is day to day with a lower-back injury. Toronto shortstop Jose Reyes is expected to return to the lineup Friday. He has been out with a hamstring problem.
The Players Championship is changing its playoff format. PGA Tour commissioner Tim Finchem says it will be a three-hole aggregate playoff on the 16th, 17th and 18th holes this year. If players remain tied, it would go to sudden death starting on the par-3 17th, famous for its island green. The Players Championship is the only regular PGA Tour event to use a playoff format that is not sudden death.