The Swift Current Broncos will welcome some familiar faces when they host the Portland Winterhawks tonight at Innovationplex.

Former Bronco Josh Davies will return for the first time since he was traded to Portland in the offseason deal that brought Ryan McCleary to Swift Current. Davies has seven goals and 13 points in nine games with the Winterhawks. 

Forward Hudson Darby will also be playing his first WHL game in his hometown. Darby scored 30 goals and 70 points in two seasons with the Home Hardware U18 AAA Legionnaires and has two goals so far in his rookie season with the Winterhawks.

Tonight’s game starts at 7:00pm with Redhead Equipment Case IH Broncos Hockey starting at 6:45pm on the Eagle 94.1 FM. This will start a six-game homestand for the Broncos, who will also face the Everett Silvertips in a rematch of the 2018 WHL Championship on Sunday at 4:00pm.

Saskatoon beat Prince Albert 7-2 in the lone WHL game Thursday night. Other action tonight has Regina hosting Brandon, Moose Jaw visiting Edmonton, Medicine Hat hosting Lethbridge, Red Deer travelling to Kamloops and Calgary hosting Everett.

Meanwhile, Broncos defenceman Peyton Kettles and Team Canada Red opened the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in P-E-I with a 3-2 shootout win over Team Finland. They'll face Team Canada White as round-robin play continues today.

Legionnaires host Blazers in Swift Current and Eston

The Home Hardware Legionnaires will have two home games against the Saskatoon Blazers in two different communities this weekend. They'll start the homestand on Saturday at 7:45pm from Innovationplex and travel up to Eston for a game at the AGT Community Centre at 2:45pm on Sunday.

Meanwhile, the Innovation Federal Credit Union Wildcats will head up to the Battlefords to take on the Sharks for a pair of games this weekend.

In AA Hockey, Brett Stusrud scored twice and added three assists as the Southwest Sports Excellence U18 Broncos beat the Regina Rangers 6-1 in the Queen City. The Broncos will complete the home-and-home set with the Rangers on Saturday at 7:45pm from S3 Arenas.

The Pure Chem U15 Broncos have a three-game road swing in Warman, Tisdale, and Humboldt this weekend, and the SWT U13 Broncos host the Lumsden Lions on Saturday at 2:45pm and the Melville Millionaires on Sunday morning at 10:30am from S3 Arenas.

Female AA hockey has the Full Line Ag U18 Wildcats hosting the Southeast Gold Wings at 7:30pm Saturday and 1:30pm on Sunday from S3 Arenas, the Graphic Edge U15 Wildcats playing a pair of home games against the Lumsden-Bethune Lynx on Saturday at 5:00pm and Sunday at 11:00am from S3 Arenas, and the WW Smith U13 Wildcats also hosting Lumsden-Bethune tonight at 6:45pm and Saturday at 12:00 noon at S3 Arenas.

Canucks hammer Sharks for only victory among Canadian NHL teams

Captain Quinn Hughes had a goal and four assists as the Vancouver Canucks routed the San Jose Sharks 10-1 at SAP Center on Thursday. The Sharks remain winless in the NHL season and have only scored ten goals in their first ten games combined.

The Canucks were the only Canadian team to get a win on Thursday as the five others dropped their games. Arizona beat Montreal 3-2, Vegas beat Winnipeg 5-2, Dallas held off Edmonton 4-3, LA got past Ottawa 3-2 and Boston edged Toronto 3-2 in a shootout.

Sixers hand Raptors their fourth loss in five games

Joel Embiid scored 28 points to lead the Philadelphia 76ers to a 114-99 win over the Toronto Raptors at home on Thursday night. Scottie Barnes had 24 points for the Raptors, who drop to 2-4 and have lost four of their last five games.

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