Brandon Wheat Kings netminder Ethan Eskit is the WHL’s Rookie of the Week. The 17-year-old Calgary native appeared in three games during Brandon's four-game road trip and surrendered only three goals and posted a .953 save percentage. In Red Deer on Friday, November 24, Eskit stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 2-0 loss to the Rebels. The following night he came in to relieve Carson Bjarnason in Medicine Hat and stopped seven of eight shots. Eskit then turned aside 25 of 26 shots in a 3-1 victory over the Prince Albert Raiders to end the Wheat Kings four-game road trip on Sunday.
The Winnipeg Jets have lost back-to-back games for the first time this month. Jake Oettinger made 27 saves for his first shutout of the season as Dallas defeated Winnipeg 2-0 at Canada Life Centre. Joe Pavelski and Tyler Seguin did the goal scoring for the Stars. Connor Hellebuyck stopped 19 shots in net for the Jets.
The Professional Women's Hockey League is set for puck drop on New Year's Day. Toronto will play host to New York in the PWHL's first-ever regular-season game at Mattamy Athletic Centre. Montreal will pay a visit to Ottawa at T-D Place the following day. The PWHL says the venues for all six teams' home openers will be among the primary facilities they use.
The Winnipeg Blue Bombers announced a two-year contract extension for General Manager Kyle Walters. Assistant General Manager/Director of U.S. Scouting Danny McManus and Senior Assistant General Manager/Director of Player Personnel Ted Goveia will also remain with the football club. All three men have played instrumental roles in the success of the franchise, particularly over the last seven years during which the club has posted double-digit win campaigns and advanced to four consecutive Grey Cup games, with championships in 2019 and 2021. Walters was first named the 17th general manager in franchise history on November 26th, 2013 after previously serving as an assistant coach and assistant GM. The 2024 season will mark his 14th year with the club. McManus was first hired by the Blue Bombers in a personnel capacity in December of 2013 and 2024 will mark his 10th season with the organization. McManus heads up the Blue Bombers U.S. scouting, while working closely with Walters and Goveia in shaping the club’s negotiation list of prospects. Goveia will also be entering his 10th year with the Blue Bombers in 2024, having first been hired by the club in December of 2013. Goveia has been heavily involved in the scouting department in both Canada and the U.S.