Sports Update – Tuesday, September 12 –

The Virden Oil Capitals play the second of five preseason games tonight when they face the Portage Terriers at Stride Place. The Caps lost their exhibition opener 4-3 to the Estevan Bruins of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League Sunday at Tundra Oil & Gas Place.

The Brandon Wheat Kings made a pair of roster moves on Monday. The Western Hockey League team reassigned a pair of players born in 2008, forward Isaac Davies and defenseman Giorgos Pantelas. Both players were selected in the 2023 Prospects Draft and are ineligible to be full-time WHL players this season. Pantelas was selected 19th overall and played in both preseason games against the Regina Pats last weekend. Davies, a 2023 fourth-round selection, played in Friday’s game in Regina. Following his reassignment, Pantelas will return to RHA Kelowna and join their U18 team. He played with the U15 program last season. Davies, meanwhile, will try out for the Airdrie U18 AAA team in the Alberta Elite Hockey League. He was part of Airdrie’s U15 AAA team last season.

Nominations for the 2023 Manitoba Baseball Awards honoring the association’s best coaches, officials, players, teams, volunteers and honorary members for their performance and/or contribution to the sport of baseball are closed. The 2023 Manitoba Baseball Awards Banquet will be held Saturday, October 21 at the Holiday Inn Airport West in Winnipeg.

Curling Canada and the Canadian Olympic Committee have announced Conception Bay South’s Cailey Locke and Portugal Cove’s Simon Perry are the Canadian mixed doubles team that will compete at the Gangwon 2024 Winter Youth Olympic Games. Both athletes from Newfoundland & Labrador qualified for Team Canada based on their team performance during the best-of-seven qualifying series taking place at the Saville Community Sports Center in Edmonton. Sixteen-year-old Locke and seventeen-year-old Perry defeated Lauren Evason of St. Louis. Sherwood Park’s Adolphe and Jaxon Hiebert were 4-3 in the series, winning the last three games in a row to rally from a 3-1 deficit. The Youth Olympic Games are the largest multi-sport event in the world that brings together outstanding young athletes aged 15-18 years. Gangwon 2024 will start on January 19; ended on February 1 and featured 1900 athletes competing in seven sports, 15 disciplines and a total of 81 disciplines.

Hockey Canada has announced the format and schedule for the 2023 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, November 2-11 in Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island. Six teams will compete in this year’s tournament: Team Canada Red, Team Canada White, Czechia, Finland, Sweden and the United States. Each team will play five preliminary round matches with the quarterfinal matches set for November 9 and the semifinals the following day. The match for the bronze and gold medals will take place on November 11.

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