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January 1, 2019 5:55 AM Jets end 2018 with victory over Oilers

Lemieux scored a pair, including the game winner, as the Winnipeg Jets ended 2018 on an upbeat note by defeating the Edmonton Oilers 4-3 on Monday. Lemieux, the 22-year-old son of former former NHLer Claude Lemieux, had previously scored just two goals in 31 career games. “It felt great, it’s good to be a difference-maker,” Lemieux said. “I thought our line played 165

December 31, 2018 2:00 PM Oilers beef up defence with acquisition of Petrovic, Manning, Norell

Manning, in his fourth season in the NHL but first with Chicago, has a goal and two assists in 27 games this year. The 28-year-old began his NHL career in Philadelphia and has played in 234 total games with 12 goals and 34 assists. Norell plays in the Swedish Hockey League, where the 23-year-old has three assists in 27 games. He was drafted by Chicago 156

December 30, 2018 4:39 PM Vancouver Canucks take overtime win over Calgary Flames

“You have five power plays, you’ve got to get at least one or two, and especially on home ice,” said Calgary centre Sean Monahan. “It isn’t as sharp as it needs to be.” The Canucks made it 2-2 at 11:37 of the second when rookie sensation Elias Pettersson broke down the right side and whipped a 40-foot wrist shot past Rittich. “We trust each other, trust 173

December 29, 2018 12:50 AM Auston Matthews, Mike Bossy and the joy of flex

The day Matthews began getting free sticks as a top prospect “was a big sigh of relief for them, for sure.” Matthews now uses a Bauer model that’s far lighter and whippier than anything available in Bossy’s era. “My go-to shot back then was the snap shot,” Bossy said. “Whereas today it looks like they’re using a hybrid of what I’d call an old-time wrister 252

December 28, 2018 11:18 PM With Fry still on leave, Team Jacobs to solidify lineup plans in coming days

With the Canadian Open just over a week away, Team Brad Jacobs is planning to discuss lineup plans over the weekend before unveiling its foursome for the next stop on the Grand Slam of Curling circuit. Jacobs used substitute players for third Ryan Fry at two events earlier this month. Fry is on leave from the team and his return date is uncertain 161

December 28, 2018 6:04 PM Humboldt Broncos coach steps down during first season after tragic bus crash

HUMBOLDT, SASK.—Nathan Oystrick has stepped down as head coach and general manager of the Humboldt Broncos. The 36-year-old Regina native was hired in July, three months after 16 members of the junior hockey team — including former coach Darcy Haugan — were killed when the team’s bus and a semi-truck collided at a rural intersection on the way to a playoff 167

December 28, 2018 5:22 PM De Grasse has swapped coaches, training bases in hopes of turning around career

De Grasse was forced to withdraw just days before the 2017 world track and field championships in London with a hamstring injury, and then shut down last season early when he suffered another hamstring strain to the same leg at the Canadian championships in Ottawa. The 24-year-old from Markham, Ont., burst onto the international scene when he won double 154

December 28, 2018 4:11 AM Gaudreau notches hat trick as Flames snap three-game skid with victory over Jets

A few minutes later, Jets fans had a bit of a scare when Hellebuyck bent over to smother a puck with his glove at the side of the crease. The knee of Flames defenceman Noah Hanifin caught the goalie in the head, knocking off his mask. Hellebuyck appeared shaken, but after a trainer came out to look at him, he remained in the game. Lowry tied it 1-1 with 2:07 left in the period 150

December 27, 2018 11:05 PM Maple Leafs’ Auston Matthews voted as Atlantic Division all-star captain

Auston Matthews’ selection as one of four captains for the NHL’s all-star game reflects the impact he’s had on the league in just his third season with the Maple Leafs. Fans voted the star centre as captain of the Atlantic Division all-stars for the annual event, being held Jan. 25-26 in San Jose. Nathan MacKinnon (Central), Connor McDavid (Pacific) 171

December 27, 2018 10:16 PM What a difference a year made for Tiger Woods

So far only one Canadian has qualified to be in the Masters field. That’d be Mike Weir, the 2003 winner of the green jacket. But that’s hardly a bellwether for the health of Canadian golf. At October’s Safeway Open, the first tournament of what’s essentially the PGA Tour season that will conclude in 2019, there were eight Canadians in the field — a record 170