Andrew Copp scored twice and Connor Hellebuyck made 33 saves as the Winnipeg Jets blanked the Red Wings 3-0 in Detroit. Kyle Connor potted his 20th goal of the season scoring shorthanded into an empty net with 2:31 left in the third period. Copp, Hellebuyck and Connor all grew up in suburban Detroit. The Jets, who have eight players in COVID-19 protocol, were playing their first game in seven days.
Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor has been selected to participate in the 2022 NHL All-Star Game February 4th & 5th in Las Vegas. Connor, 25, is in his fifth full season in the NHL, all with the Jets franchise. The Shelby Township, Mich. native leads the Jets and is tied for seventh in the NHL with 20 goals, while his 17 even strength goals are tied for the most in the league. Connor has led the Jets and ranked in the top-10 in the league in goals each of the past two seasons. This will be Connor’s first NHL All-Star Game appearance.
Rachel Homan and John Morris will represent Canada in mixed doubles at the Beijing Olympics. Curling Canada had to select a team after last month's Trials in Portage la Prairie were cancelled due to COVID-19 issues. Curling Canada consulted with the Canadian Olympic Committee and Own the Podium before announcing the pairing. Morris won mixed doubles gold with Kaitlyn Lawes at the 2018 Pyeongchang Games. Play begins February 2nd at the Ice Cube in Beijing, two days before the Opening Ceremony. Canada's four-player teams were finalized in November at the Trials in Saskatoon. Jennifer Jones will skip the women's team and Brad Gushue will skip the men's team.
Should the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts proceed as planned, it will feature an expanded 18-team field, it was announced Thursday by Curling Canada. The event, scheduled at Fort William Gardens in Thunder Bay from January. 28th-February 6th, is still pending approval by Ontario’s Ministry of Health. The top three teams on the Canadian Team Ranking System (CTRS) that did not qualify for the Scotties Tournament of Hearts and Tim Hortons Brier through a provincial/territorial playdown event or selection will receive invitations to the national championships. For the Scotties, the 18-team field now includes Team Hollie Duncan representing Ontario, Team Tracy Fleury of East St. Paul as Wild Card 1, Team Chelsea Carey of Regina as Wild Card 2 and Team Rachel Homan of Ottawa as Wild Card 3. Homan has been selected to represent Canada in mixed doubles at the 2022 Olympic Winter Games and will not compete in Thunder Bay with her team. However, Team Homan maintains three of four players for the 2022 Scotties Tournament of Hearts and is therefore eligible to compete. Fleury's addition to the field means three Manitoba teams will be competing at the Scotties. Mackenzie Zacharias won the Provincial Scotties last month in Carberry and Kerri Einarson is the reigning Canadian champion.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have agreed to terms on a one-year contract extension with fullback Mike Miller. The Riverview, New Brunswick native returns for an 11th season in the Canadian Football League, the last four with the Blue Bombers. One of the greatest special-teams players in CFL history, Miller became the league’s all-time leader in special-teams tackles in a game in Toronto on August 21st, moving past Jason Arakgi, the long-time linebacker with the B.C. Lions. Miller now has 210 career special-teams tackles after leading the league with 25 in 2021. Undrafted, Miller first broke into the league with Edmonton in 2011 and played six seasons there before joining the Blue Bombers as a free agent in 2017. He has not missed a single game in four seasons in Winnipeg, suiting up for 68 games in the regular season and playing a key role in the back-to-back Grey Cup championships of 2019 & 2021.