The Western Hockey League playoffs will get underway on Friday, March 31 with all eighth series on the schedule.

In the Eastern Conference, the league-leading Winnipeg ICE will face the eighth-seeded Medicine Hat Tigers, who defeated the Swift Current Broncos on the last night of the regular season to clinch a spot in the playoffs. Also, Connor Bedard and the Regina Pats will face the Saskatoon Blades in an all-Saskatchewan matchup, the Moose Jaw Warriors will take on the Lethbridge Hurricanes, and the Red Deer Rebels will face their QEII rivals in the Calgary Hitmen

In the west, the Memorial Cup host Kamloops Blazers will face the Vancouver Giants in the first round, while the #1 seeded Seattle Thunderbirds take on the Kelowna Rockets, the Portland Winterhawks face the Everett Silvertips, and a lot of bus miles will be logged as the Prince George Cougars take on the Tri-City Americans.

The Memorial Cup will take place May 25 to June 4 in Kamloops, BC.

U15 A Broncos capture provincial title

There will be another banner hanging at S3 Arenas after Swift Current wrapped up the Hockey Saskatchewan provincial U15 A championship, defeating Martensville 6-2 and 3-1 to finish unbeaten in playoffs. 

Meanwhile, the Shaunavon Badgers fell to Kerrobert 8-3 and 5-4 in their U15 D provincial final over the weekend.

Team Canada wins bronze at World Women's Curling

Kerri Einarson and Team Canada won a second-straight bronze medal at the World Women’s Curling Championship with an 8-5 win over host Sweden on Sunday morning. 

Silvana Tirinzoni and Team Switzerland defeated Norway 6-3 to win the championship for a fourth-straight year.

The World Men's Championship starts on Saturday with Brad Gushue and his team from Newfoundland representing Canada.

Leafs and Canucks win on Sunday

John Tavares scored twice as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Nashville Predators 3-2 in the NHL on Sunday night. The Leafs are now seven points ahead of the Tampa Bay Lightning for second in the Atlantic Division.

Elsewhere, Elias Pettersson had a pair of goals as Vancouver beat Chicago 4-2 to hand the Blackhawks their fifth straight loss.

Three Canadian teams are in action tonight with Edmonton visiting Arizona, Montreal travelling to Buffalo and Ottawa hosting Florida.

Raptors continue push for play-in with win over Wizards

OG Anunoby scored 29 points and Fred VanVleet added 28 as the Toronto Raptors beat the Washington Wizards 114-104 on Sunday at Scotiabank Arena. The Raptors are ninth in the NBA's Eastern Conference and are three games clear of the 11th place Wizards for the last spot in the play-in tournament for the final two playoff seeds. Toronto hosts Miami in their next game on Tuesday.

Rush drop fifth straight against Roughnecks

The Saskatchewan Rush fell 14-6 to the Calgary Roughnecks at home on Saturday for their fifth loss in a row. The Rush drop to 5-8 and into fifth place in the NLL's Western Conference as they get set to host Vancouver on Saturday.

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