SPORTS IN BRIEF
Cougars send Kjemhus to Warriors
Kjell Kjemhus is heading back to Saskatchewan. The Prince George Cougars have traded the 17-year-old forward to the Moose Jaw Warriors for a seventh-round pick in the 2020 WHL bantam draft. In his second stint with the Cougars this season after he was brought back from junior A, Kjemhus, a five-foot-10, 187-pound native of Grande Prairie, Alta., had two assists and 14 penalty minutes in five games.
In 28 games with the Cougars, dating back to January, when he arrived in a trade from the Regina Pats, Kjemhus had two goals and six points. He started the season in the BCHL with the Vernon Vipers and picked up one assist in 10 games. The Cougars roster is now down to 23 players – 13 forwards, eight defencemen and two goalies. The Cats begin an extended roadtrip this weekend in Portland, Ore., where they’ll face the Winterhawks Friday and Saturday.
Jones opens Canada Cup with back-to-back wins
ESTEVAN, Sask. (CP) — Defending champion Jennifer Jones is right where she wants to be after the opening day of the Canada Cup.
The Winnipeg skip sits 2-0 after downing Darcy Robertson 9-7 in Wednesday’s evening draw after opening her tournament with a 7-5 win over Calgary’s Chelsea Carey (0-2) earlier in the day. Jones trailed by two heading into the final end, but scored three points to take the victory. Robertson (1-1) had taken a 7-5 lead with a deuce in the eighth. Casey Scheidegger of Lethbridge, Alta., also moved to 2-0 with a 7-5 win over Ottawa’s Rachel Homan (1-1) in evening play, while Kerri Einarson toppled Allison Flaxey 7-6 in an all-Winnipeg matchup for her first win. They both sit 1-1. On the men’s side, Edmonton’s Brendan Bottcher beat defending champion Reid Carruthers of Winnipeg 9-5, and Calgary’s Kevin Koe downed Regina’s Matthew Dunstone 9-6. Bottcher and Koe improved to 1-1 while Carruthers and Dunstone are winless at 0-2. Round-robin play continues Thursday.
Tom Cochrane to invest in Halifax CFL
HALIFAX (CP) — Singer-songwriter Tom Cochrane has been lined up as a potential investor in the newly named Atlantic Schooners, the group trying to land a CFL franchise for Halifax said Wednesday. A short statement from the ownership group said the Manitoba-born Cochrane, a multiple Juno Award winner, has been a longtime friend of Bruce Bowser, one of the group’s founding partners.
“Tom Cochrane, world-renowned musician and CFL fan, has confirmed his intention to invest in the Atlantic Schooners franchise,” the group said. The statement followed an earlier tweet by CFL Commissioner Randy Ambrosie.
A photo shows Ambrosie with his arms around Cochrane and Bowser with the caption: “With TWO members of the Atlantic Schooners ownership group.” However, attempts to reach Ambrosie for comment were rebuffed by the league office on Wednesday.
“The commissioner won’t comment on this matter,” a league spokesman said.
Although the CFL is yet to grant a conditional franchise to the ownership group, the drive to land a team cleared a major hurdle in October after Halifax Regional Council directed city staff to do a business case analysis of the group’s stadium.