Figure skating will be a significant focus this weekend as the world’s best participate in Regina,Saskatchewan for Skate Canada. Among the Canadians participating include three-time world champion Patrick Chan of Ottawa, Ontario (men’s singles), reigning world silver medalist Kaetlyn Osmond of Marystown, Newfoundland, two-time world pairs champions Meagan Duhamel of Sudbury, Ontario and Eric Radford of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Olympic ice dancing gold medalists Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir of London, Ontario, and world championship ice dancing silver medalists Kaitlyn Weaver and Andrew Poje
of Waterloo, Ontario. After the Friday short programs, the long programs go on Saturday.
The women’s and ice dance free skates start at 10:30am PT, the men’s free skate starts at 4pm PT and the pairs free skate starts at 6pm PT. All the coverage will be on CTV.
Here are the other events I will be watching this weekend with Canadian content:
Saturday—CFL—British Columbia Lions @ Winnipeg Blue Bombers—TSN—1pm PT—The Winnipeg Blue Bombers have a lot to play for, while the Lions do not. Winnipeg will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing 29-28 loss in Toronto last week. Winnipeg is also trying to hang on for second place in the Western Division. At 11-5, they currently have a two point lead over the Edmonton Eskimos.
Saturday—CFL—Calgary Stampeders @ Edmonton Eskimos—TSN—4pm PT—In the Battle of Alberta, Eskimos head coach Jason Maas might have just woken up the sleeping giant this week when he said,according to the Calgary Sun, he wanted the Eskimos to “beat the crap” out of Calgary. The Stampeders are coming off their first home loss in two years with a 30-7 defeat to Saskatchewan. The questionable comments made by Maas, just might help the Stampeders get their season back on track.
Saturday—NHL—Washington Capitals @ Edmonton Oilers—CBC—7pm PT—The Oilers have got off to a slow start at 3-5- 1, and now they will have a hungry Alexander Ovechkin to deal with. The Capitals were surprisingly spanked 6-2 by the Vancouver Canucks on Thursday at Rogers Arena. The Capitals have lost four of their last five games after starting the season themselves at 4-1- 1.
Sunday—Curling—World Curling Tour Masters Men’s Final—CBC—10am PT—The second grand slam event of the year on the World Curling Tour is taking place this weekend from Lloydminster,Saskatchewan. There are three Canadian teams undefeated to date—Calgary’s Kevin Koe, Sault Ste.
Marie’s Brad Jacobs and St. John’s Brad Gushue. In the first grand slam event of the season, Gushue beat Steffen Walstad of Norway 9-1 in the final of the Tour Challenge from Regina.
Sunday—Curling—World Curling Tour Masters Women’s Final—Sportsnet—2pm PT—Like the men,this is the second grand slam of event on the World Curling Tour. There are two teams currently undefeated at four wins and zero losses and they are both from Manitoba—the reigning Olympic gold medalist Jennifer Jones from Winnipeg and Kerri Einarson from Gimli.
Sunday—MLS—Seattle Sounders @ Vancouver Whitecaps—TSN—5:30pm PT—The Vancouver Whitecaps won their first MLS playoff game in franchise history on Wednesday when they trounced the San Jose Earthquakes 5-0. Now they will play the Seattle Sounders in a two game total point series starting Sunday from B.C. Place.