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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.

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