Wednesday, August 26, 2015



Casey Lawford
Al Dreger
Todd Johnson
Mike Sillinger 

Regina Pats: The 18th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic was played Monday, August 24, 2015 at the Wascana Country Club.  150 golfers came together for a fun day of golf in support of Regina Palliative Care Inc. and its Caring Hearts Camp initiative.

As always seems to be the case, the weather couldn't have been better with a clear skies and warm day for the tournament.  Because of the efforts of the staff at Wascana Country Club, the course was in fantastic condition and the food enjoyed by everyone was second to none.

Thanks to the generosity of golfers and sponsors, this year's tournament raised over $15,000 for the Caring Hearts Camp initiatve. 



Wednesday, August 5, 2015


KEN DORATY: - Just received this picture in an e-mail from his son Gerry. Ken is the one on the right. Does anyone know the other two subjects.  NEED HELP ON THIS.   If you can help in any way please e-mail me at - -

Wednesday, July 29, 2015





by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

July, 2009

Celebrating 90 years of memories. No, we are not celebrating 90 years from the time the Regina Pats were formed, that was last year. Or the Saskatchewan Roughriders, they are celebrating their 100th birthday next year. Actually it is 90 years since the Exhibition Stadium was built.

I heard in the spring of 2009 that the Exhibition Stadium doors where going to be permanently closed sometime in 2010, and will eventually be demolished. Since the opening of the Agridome (now Brandt Centre) in 1977, the Exhibition Stadium today is used for agricultural exhibitions, minor hockey, broom ball, and other special occasions. It is presently the oldest standing hockey arena in Canada still in use. Now, with a new six-rink multiplex slated to go online at Evraz Place in December, Exhibition Stadium has officially reached the end of its life cycle. I thought it would be nice to write a story and put it on my Regina Pats History and Regina Pats Alumni Web Site. Should I put it on now or wait until January? Then I remembered that the rink was built in 1919, so that meant that it would be celebrating its 90th birthday on December 4th, this year, (2009).

I am sure many are not aware that the Amphitheatre and Winter Fair Building was located on the same spot as the present Regina Exhibition Stadium. (Sketch by William P. Argan)

This building was erected in 1913 and opened in February, 1914. The rink ice size was 85 feet by 200 feet. The seating capacity was 5,000. The total cost $130,000.

The building was turned over to the 77th Battery when war was declared in 1914. The structure was used as a military barracks and drill hall until fire destroyed it on December 18th, 1917.

Our nephew visited us at the end of June and I took him to visit the old rink where his father had played. He took something like 60 pictures both inside and out. How the rink had changed. The outside walls, made of brick, had certain areas where the bricks were falling showing holes. I almost did not recognized the inside of the main part of the rink. The centre clock and the press box high in the rafters were both gone. The well-known pillars, the wooden seats and cement steps were still there. Here are just a few pictures showing how the outside bricks are falling away from the building.

North-East Corner of the Rink
What use to be the Main Entrance – North Side

East Side – Looking north (Pasqua Hospital in the background)

One of the Old Dressing Rooms

It brought back good old memories

The new Stadium, later to be known as the Exhibition Stadium, was situated just east of Pasqua St. and south of Dewdney Avenue, behind the Grey Nuns Hospital now named the Pasqua Hospital. The ice service was from east to west and was known for its many pillars around the rink. The broadcast booth was situated high in the rafters of the Stadium on the south side and the only way a person could get to it was by the long steel ladder that went straight up to the door. When I was with the Pats, I could remember tucking my game book under one arm and climbing up with the other arm, step by step. The east end of the rink had the ice surface come right to the brick wall, there were no seats and it had a high wire screen . Above the ice was a long press box with open windows, plus the goal judge was seated at the centre of that box high above the goal. High above the centre of the ice, was the time clock under an “Export Cigarettes” sign.

See the picture below.

In the mid 1960's and 1970's the east gate (which is shown open in the right picture) led out to where the cows and horses were located during the cow and horse shows. Just to the right were what use to be the new dressing rooms, (Regina Pats and Visitors). The press box is located just to the right of the sign “next Pats home game” The goal judges box was located right above the goal mesh.

The rink was built of bricks and as I looked at the rink, probably for the last time, I could see a section on the east side where the bricks had fallen out leaving a big hole. The long wooden seats and wooden back benches were still around the north, west, and east area of the ice surface.
Oh how I can remember those special children games, where prizes were handed out to the kids. The attendance was up to near 6,000 or more. The kids were everywhere, even hanging onto the the steel ladder to the press box.

The rink was opened at 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 4, 1919, with nearly 3,000 spectators present. They saw a program of fancy skaters, Anna Munkin, Lillian Egan and Henry Bronk. Then followed open skating until 10:00 p.m. Nine days later, the first hockey game was played on Friday, December 19, between Vics and Moose Jaw Maple Leafs in the Senior Leagues home opener at 8:30 p.m. Reserved seats were $1.00 or 75 cents with rush seats at 50 cents.

The rink would become the largest west of the Winnipeg Amphitheatre. Ninety years plus one month later, the rink was no more. January 2010 the rink doors will close for the last time. (Photo: right - Winnipeg Amphitheatre - Manitoba Archives)

The Leader mentioned that the rinks' name would be called "Stadium" submitted by Mrs. W. G. Styles in a name contest . In 1935 the Stadium name was changed to the Exhibition Stadium.

A group called the Queen City Gardens Limited, President Jack Hamilton, was created August 13th, 1938, and they decided to shelve the idea of the new downtown rink and approached the Regina Exhibition Board regarding leasing the Stadium rink. They ordered an ice plant from Canadian Ice Machine Company on October 20th. At the same time they bought an ice maker from Frank Bauman of Minneapolis. The ice plant was finally finished at the end of November, in time for the opening game of the new Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League. They also made improvements to the rink: open waiting room on the east side, repairs to the ladies washroom, players dressing rooms remodeled, plus a new paint job all over the rink. The Stadium name was changed to the Queen City Gardens.

The Stadium was known for its many steel pillars throughout the rink. The Regina Pats played at the rink from 1920 until the club was disbanded in 1934. Then they reorganized in 1946 and played there until 1977 when they moved into the new Agridome.

(Photo: Bryan Schlosser, Leader-Post files)

Most people said that Foster Hewitt was the first to ever broadcast a hockey game. Hewitt broadcast an amateur hockey game March 22, 1923, but Pete Parker broadcast the first professional game eight days earlier on Regina Radio Station CKCK.

The following was taken from the Regina Leader-Post, March 14, 1972, by Sports Writer, Ron Campbell.

"It was March 15, 1923, the radio listeners in this area were surprised to hear the first complete professional hockey game ever broadcast in Canada. The broadcast originated from the Exhibition Stadium and was carried by CKCK radio on Hamilton Street. At the time it was operated as part of the Morning Leader, with a studio on the fifth floor of the Leader-Post building.

Calling the play-by-play that night was L.D. "Pete" Parker who was visiting the city as part of the radio station's 50th Anniversary observances being held that year. "It was just an experiment" said Pete, recalling that fabulous night. "Bert Hooper was the whole radio department at that time. He did everything, broadcasting and engineering. Bert was always looking for something new as far as broadcasting was concerned and, while I had done some, I guess the main reason why he asked me to do the play-by-play was because I had always been a real hockey nut." said Pete.
(Sketch by William P. Argan)

"It was the first game of the Western Canada Hockey League play-offs between Edmonton Eskimos and Regina Caps leading to the Stanley Cup. The broadcast went off pretty well and caught all of our listeners by surprise."

Pete called the game from high in the rafters on the west side of the Stadium where the present broadcast booth is located; however, a special closed-in box was built to house Pete and he used a cradle-type telephone and an amplifier.

During 1955 the City of Regina was celebrating their Golden Jubilee and the entire Memorial Cup series was played at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. The officials for the game were both from the east, Charlie Delziel of Montreal and Len Corriveau of Quebec City.

It had Turk Broda, goalie of the Toronto Maple Leafs back in the 1950's, coaching the Maple Leaf farm team, Toronto Marlboros. The Marlboros' won in five games, having the last two games going into overtime.The last game was played before 5,718 fans.

Throughout the five games, there were 25,821 spectators attending, almost 8,000 more than witnessed last year's final in which St. Catherine Tee Pees defeated the Edmonton Oil Kings in five games.

Regina Transit Buses lined up in front of the Regina Exhibition Stadium waiting for the fans to depart from the Memorial Cup game.

(Photo:Regina City Archives Photo)

It was noted in the second game Saturday, that the Stadium Manager, Bob Gillies, announced seats sold-out, standing room only at $1.00 per person.

There never was a Pats team that won the Memorial Cup at the old Exhibition Stadium. The Regina Pats had only three chances, in 1952, 1955 and 1969. The only team that did win was a team approximately 500 miles away from a northern Manitoba mining city, the Flin Flon Bombers in 1957.

Flon Flon Bombers finished in first place in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League that year with 88 points, twenty more than the second place Regina Pats. The Bombers went on to defeat the Ottawa Canadiens and ex-Pat's Murray Balfour in the Memorial Cup in seven games. The first three games were played in Flin Flon, the rest of the series was then moved to the Regina Exhibition Stadium.

Photo: Flin Flon Bombers – Web Site

The building is expected to be demolished sometime down the road as part of a long-term revitalization plan for the exhibition grounds.

"Many people, even our current customers, love the quality of the ice in there and have fond memories of the building." noted Evraz Place President and CEO Mark Allan, "but it's clearly at the end of its useful lifespan. That was something we subsidized so the community could have ice. As soon as we have the new ice we're not going to subsidize that. One of the things I've found in my six years here is if we have too many sacred cows on the property ... it contributes to our demise. It's at our peril that we ignore these things and don't face them. Just because something is difficult to do doesn't mean we won't do it. We're going to step away (from the Stadium). We'll try and do it respectfully but we will step away."

Allan said he's open to ideas about how to go about honouring the facility which was a long-time home to the WHL's Regina Pats.

"It's important to respect what the building has contributed to the community." he said. "We'll be putting our heads together on that this fall. We will make some sort of a gesture. I don't want to make it a bigger issue because I just don't have a choice in what I want to do but I want to be respectful as we step away."

Ask former Pats player and coach Al Dumba about the Stadium and the memories immediately come flooding back. They begin when, as a youngster, he watched his heroes like Fran Huck and Bill Hicke, then they continue with his first training camp at age 14. He remembers standing in line outside the office of GM Del Wilson, waiting to learn if he had made the team. He recalls being in awe from his first meeting with head coach Bob Turner who had won five Stanley Cup rings with the Montreal Canadiens. Dumba also remembers the brawls that were a regular occurrence, never to forget the infamous night in the 1973-74 season when Tiger Williams and other members of the Swift Current Broncos led a revolt into the stands.

"There are lots of old funny memories that we talk about all the time still." said Dumba, now the colour analyst on Pats' radio broadcasts. "I still skate in there two or three times a year at least. You can see some of those old rooms. It brings back a lot of thoughts about old teammates and everything."

That said, Dumba insists shutting the doors is for a higher purpose and he, for one, is a believer in progress. "It's going to be sad -- we're going to think about it -- but at the same time you always want to see bigger and better things." He continued, "You don't want to live in the past but you sure want to remember the past. Hopefully there will be something done when it is taken down, maybe some type of monument or something just to kind of help people remember. If they could save maybe a piece of it or a part of it, I'm not sure what they could do. It would help if they could do something nostalgic with it." Much of that nostalgia -- although certainly not all -- is associated with the Pats.

"It may sound like an oxymoron but I have good memories of Exhibition Stadium." former Pats star Dennis Sobchuk said. "I remember the chicken wire, the people, and the horse smells. The Regina Pats were the team. If you tuned on to TV or radio or read the paper, it was all Pats. You thought it was the epitome of junior hockey. You would go into Exhibition Stadium and your eyes would be wide open. It was like going to the old Montreal Forum."

Darrell Davis interviewed Gord Berenson on April 7, 2008. Berenson said that while in Regina he stopped to see the Brandt Centre, home of the Western Hockey League's Pats, without realizing the decrepit Exhibition Stadium was still standing nearby. He said, "When I was a kid, really a kid, like 11 years old, my mom would wake me up at 5 (a.m.) so I could get to the Stadium every Saturday morning.'' said Berenson. "I knew how to get into the Stadium. I would go in there and skate in the dark until the games started at 8. That was my favourite day -- I couldn't wait for Saturday morning.''

There is a person who was previously associated with the Pats and is almost as old as the rink. Murray Armstrong is 93 years old. He played and coached in that old Regina Exhibition Stadium. Even two players whom he coached in the 1950's, Bob Turner and Lorne Davis, played and coached in that rink.

The Canadian MacDonald Brier was held at the Regina Exhibition Stadium in 1955. The Brier was started back in 1927 and up until1955, the largest attendance for the Brier was 32,000 which was the previous year at Edmonton. In 1955 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium, the attendance was 51,725. It was only the second time that the Brier had been held in Saskatchewan, it had been held in Saskatoon in 1946.

In 1955, the MacDonald Brier Canadian Men’s Curling Championship was held at Exhibition Stadium in Regina. The Saskatchewan team, wearing white sweaters were skipped by Garnet Campbell of Avonlea, playing on Sheet D, (the second sheet from the right). Campbell and brothers Don, Glen, and Gordon won all 10 of their games to give Saskatchewan its first Brier championship.

Photo: Saskatchewan Archives Board R-B1159

Wednesday, May 7, 1958 there was a large concert, consisting of Sam Cooke, the Eberly Brothers, George Hamilton, Paul Anaka and many more.

See a short video - by CBC News, dated - 20 October 2010:

There were many other great performances: Louis Armstrong, The Ice Capades and the Shrine Circus.  As mentioned the rink was called many names, another was "The Barn" and one that I started to use "The Cow Palace".

There were many more activites at that old rink.

In 1966, Regina Leader Post, dated September 9, the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra performed. The orchestra, under the direction of Victor Feldbrill, gave a matinee performance for students at 3:30 and then the main "pop" concert at 8:15 p.m. In 2002 the Womens's CIS Hockey Championship was held at the Regina Exhibition Stadium, from February 28 to Sunday, March 3. The Gold Medal game as played at 2:00 p.m. on TSN-TV. It had Alberta defeating Laurier 5-2.

A Massed Band in 1971 performed at the Exhibition Stadium, featuring the 10th Field Regiment RCA Pipes and Drums (P/M George Crawford; the Wa Wa Shrin Pipes and Drums (P/M Duncan Fisher-Ex-Regina Pat); and the Fraser Pipe Band (P/M Doug Lutz) 

SPA Archives Photo

World's Curling Selection committee choosing site for 1973 Silver Broom World Curling Championship... They were checking out the Exhibition stadium in Regina.. The building was in darkness and the committee were having difficulty seeing anything.. When all at once the door at the end of the stadium opened up and the massed bands came forward as the lights came up .. this was an idea of Doug Lee and George Crawford that was credited with the committee choosing to bring the event to Regina in 1973.

Also the Montreal Canadiens played some Exhibition games in the rink. Louis Armstrong performed and the list goes on.

Thursday, July 23, 2015


This letter was sent to me one year before he died. I am so glad that I sent him the book, even if he was almost blind. Every time I read this, I cry.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Graham Tuer Re-Joins Regina Pats

Jun 30, 2015 - 15:02 CST
Written By: Regina Pats Staff,
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce Graham Tuer has joined the organization as a Scout and Liaison to Hockey Regina.

Graham Tuer’s name is synonymous with hockey in the Queen City having been involved with the sport for over fifty years.  The Regina native has coached and/or managed hockey teams at every level of minor and junior hockey in Saskatchewan.  Tuer served as the Regina Pats’ Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel in the early ‘90s and was recognized by the club as one of the organization's ‘builders’ in 2008.  In addition to his work with the Pats, Tuer managed the Regina Pat Canadians, winning an Air Canada Cup national Midget-AAA championship in 1988.  In 2007, Hockey Regina recognized Tuer by naming a tournament, the Graham Tuer Bantam AA Tournament, in his honour.

The Regina Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2012) has been on the board of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey league since 1983 and was an important contributor to creating the Saskatchewan Development Model.  Throughout his career in hockey, Tuer scouted for numerous WHL Teams and NHL Central Scouting.  He was awarded the WHL Distinguished Service Award in 2010.

This spring, Tuer was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit (West), recognized as an individual who has served amateur hockey faithfully.

“I’m happy to be back and pleased with the organization and how it’s taking shape,” commented Graham Tuer.  “In my discussions with the coaching staff, I was very impressed with their vision and the empathy they show toward their players and their development.  It was difficult for me to leave a great organization like Kelowna, but it is wonderful to be a part of the Regina Pats again.  I’m told it looks natural for me to be a Regina Pat.”

Friday, June 19, 2015

Given permission to use: Jennifer M. Rattray -

MOORE, Kenneth Strath - (Born: 17, February, 1910, in Balcarres, Saskatchewan – Died: December 1982) -

Played for the Regina Pats during the 1929-1930 season.

He was a player who competed in the 1932 Winter Olympics.

In 1932 he was a member of the Winnipeg Hockey Club the Canadian team which won the gold medal, (Winning 5 games and tying one game: (Canada needed a win or a tie to secure a gold. In the final game played against the United States to 2-2 tie in a game called after three scoreless overtime periods). He played one match and scored one goal. Moore was one of Canada's first indigenous Olympians and a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan, although his parents were originally from Northern Manitoba. He married Edith Mae McDougall and has one daughter, two granddaughters and one great grandson. He died in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Kenneth Strath Moore, a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation, was born in Balcarres, Saskatchewan the third of eight children. When his two older brothers died attending Residential School, his parents moved the family to Regina, Saskatchewan, where they became one of the initial First Nations families to reside in that city.

At a young age, Moore demonstrated athletic ability which was matched only by his sportsmanship. One of the early indications was the Eilers’ Medal, awarded to a player in the Regina Junior Hockey Association who, in the estimation of the fans, was looked upon as “the cleanest athlete”.

Moore would excel at hockey, baseball, lacrosse, rugby, basketball, speed skating, and every sport he played, receiving years of glowing coverage in newspapers in Regina and throughout Western Canada. In newspaper articles, Moore is described repeatedly as “the outstanding player for his team” and a “super sniper” who “possessed a terrific shot … and a turn of speed that carries him out of many tight spots”.

As a family of extremely modest means, Moore’s parents James and Edith sacrificed to provide him with the equipment he needed to participate in sport. All family savings went to purchase skates, jerseys and other equipment. His athletic ability enabled him to win scholarships and achieve an education. At a time when few Canadians, and almost no Aboriginal Canadians, attended university, Moore’s athletic ability enabled him to win scholarships. He attended Campion College and Regina College on athletic scholarships, where he captained hockey and rugby teams, and was described as “the most versatile athlete in the College."  In  newspaper articles Moore is described repeatedly as "the outstanding player of his team" and a "super sniper" who "possessed a terrific shot ... and a turn of speed that carries him out of many tight spots."   At a time when few Canadians, and almost no Aboriginal Canadians, attended university, Moore's athletic ability enabled him to win scholarships. 


Added by: Ron "Scoreboard: Johnston -  The Olympics, however, were not the end of Moore’s career. He was a member of the Kimberley Dynamiters in 1936 when they won the Allan Cup and he was invited to tour with them for the 1937 World Championships. Before he could leave, however, he was dropped as a member of the team for unknown reasons. He then shifted to coaching, first with the St. Boniface Athletics of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association, then the St. James Canadians.


The following story: given by permission of the University of Regina - The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, story by Jennifer Rattray (her grandfather)

Moore toured the country as a member of the Regina Argonauts Baseball Team at the age of just 15. Moore was a National Junior Hockey Champion with the Regina Pats, scoring the winning goal with 40 seconds left in the game to bring home the Memorial Cup in 1930. Moore won two Allan Cup National Hockey Championships, and in 1932 reached the pinnacle of his career when he traveled to Lake Placid, New York, to play in the Olympic Games where he received a gold medal. That gold medal made history, as Moore is believed to be the first Aboriginal person to win an Olympic gold medal.

While success marked his athletic life, tragedy would mark Moore's personal life. Only three of his siblings survived to adulthood. In addition to losing his two older brothers at residential school, a younger brother Percy died as a teenager in a grain elevator accident, and Moore's youngest brother Lloyd died in the Second World War aboard the St. Croix. His brother Victor survived the war, winning the Military Cross for distinguished and meritorious services in battle.

Today, Moore's achievements would be extraordinary. In the 1920's and 1930's in Canada, Moore's achievements are heroic in nature. Moore represents excellence and the particular poetry that occurs when talent and heart come together to overcome poverty, prejudice and tragedy.

After his retirement from sport a Winnipeg newspaper noted that "It is doubtful if any other athlete in Canada has a record that will stand up to that of Moore's." Moore gave back to the community by coaching the St. Boniface Athletics to the MAHA Junior North Division Hockey Championship title in 1942 and 1943, and the St. James Canadians to the south junior titles and the Provincial Junior Hockey Championships in 1944.

In 1976 the Kimberley Dynamiters team Moore played on was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1987 the Winnipegs, Moore's 1932 Olympic Hockey Team, was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.

Saturday, January 24, 2015




REGINA -- Part taken from Rod Pedersen's web site: The Moose Jaw Warriors spoiled the Regina Pats' party.  On the night the Pats' unveiled their splashy new video scoreboard before a season high 6484 fans, former Pats forward Jack Rodewald scored the winner on the powerplay at 3:34 of overtime as the Warriors skated off with a 4-3 victory Friday in the Brandt Centre.

Taken from Rod Pederson Web Site:  Take a minute, close your eyes, and think of the best times of your life.  Then imagine, for one magical night, to have the opportunity to go back to that time in your life.  For me, that's the case tonight when the Regina Pats host the Moose Jaw Warriors at a sold out Brandt Centre in Regina.  With the regular Voice of the Pats Phil Andrews away at a wedding in Jamaica, I've been called up to broadcast the action on 620 CKRM and will be reunited with my old radio partner of 15 seasons, Al Dumba.  This is Slapshot meets Hot Tub Time Machine!  You can add to the excitement the fact the Pats' new state-of-the-art digital video scoreboard will be unveiled in a special pregame ceremony and you come to realize this is one of the biggest nights in the franchise's 98-year history.  Thanks again to the Pats for the opportunity.  Like Richie Hall said about being hired in Winnipeg this week, "This has rejuvenated me".   Same here.


Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston: The cost of the clock is three million and weights 22,000 pounds.


Saturday, December 27, 2014








To read the complete article researched and written by Ron C. "Scoreboard" Johnston,  click on the following: 


Friday, December 19, 2014




LENNOX, Robert Taylor 

Passed away at the Northcott Care Centre in Ponoka, AB on November 10, 2014 at the age of 71 years.

Robert was predeceased by his father Van Cleve, mother Hazel, sisters Beverley Seddon and Rita Johnstone. He is survived by his only nephew and niece, Jeff Johnstone and Jocelyn Holt of Calgary.

Robert was born in Regina, Saskatchewan November 10, 1943. Hockey was a passion for Bobby where he played for the Regina Pats hockey team 1960-1961. He attended and graduated from Martin Collegiate High School in 1962. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed in Victoria, B.C from 1963-64.

In 1969, he moved to Calgary where he attended SAIT and earned a degree in steam engineering. He was hired with Suncor and worked in Fort McMurray then resided in Calgary where he worked for many years with the City of Calgary as a steam engineer.

He enjoyed cooking ethnic cuisine, having family BBQ's and going to watch movies at the theatre. He loved watching hockey games and taking trips to the mountains, especially Banff.

At the families request, no services will be held. Memorial tributes can be made directly to the Huntington Society of Canada, 102-5636 Burbank Cres SE, Calgary AB T2H 1Z6 (phone 403-532-0609, A special 'Thank You' to the staff at Northcott Care Centre for their care for Robert and specifically to Margaret Stephanson for her many years of companionship.

Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



John Jack Chandler passed away on Monday, January 25, 2010 at the age of 76 years, after a struggle with COPD and cancer.

He was predeceased by his father John Dave; brother Bill; and brother-in-law Len Moore.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years Daryl; children Mark (Bev), Guy (Donna), David and Michael; grandchildren Michelle, Jennifer (Chad), Brett, Denine and Creeson; great grandchild Paytyn; mother Fern; siblings Doreen Moore and Luella (Rich) Milne; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jack was well known in the community for his participation in local sporting activities including playing for the Regina Pats as a Right Winger (1951-1954) and Old Timers hockey.

Jack was influential in the Regina mechanical industry, working with Honeywell Controls for 37 years. His passion was his family and their life at the beach, Jake from the Lake.

A CELEBRATION OF JACK'S LIFE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Donations in Jack's memory may be made to Wascana Grace Hospice, 50 Angus Road, Regina, SK S4R 8P6 or to Regina Palliative Care Inc., 4F 4101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK S4T 1A5. Family and friends are invited to sign the online book of condolences at .

Published in The Leader-Post from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2010

Friday, December 12, 2014



Gordon Maurice "Moe":   Moe Young passed into his forever sleep December 8 2014.


He is predeceased by his mother and father, Marie Montgomery and John Fredrick Young, his brother Fredrick Young and his first wife Donna Jean.

Left behind to celebrate his life are his wife of 30 years Sheila Adams and their blended family Debbie (Nigel), Nancy, Shauna (Dale), Sharon (David), John (Linda), 10 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren as well as his sister Jean Edwards (91 years young) and her family.

Moe started his life in Regina, Saskatchewan March 23, 1928, the youngest in his family. Moe's passion was sports including hockey and golf. Hockey became his primary focus. He first played with the Regina Abbotts as a Junior Hockey player (1942-1945), then the Regina Pats assumed the franchise (1946-1947).

 He turned professional with the Boston Bruins organization and played for the Tulsa Oilers 1948-1951 then the Tacoma Rockets 1951-52. During that time he suffered one of his many major concussions that included a stick hit to his right eye leading to loss of sight.

In the fall of 1952, he went to Trail as playing coach of the Smoke Eaters where he stayed until 1955. In 1956 he moved to Kelowna to join the Packers and stayed with them until 1959. He was one of the major team members during the Packers' eight game tour of Sweden and Russia in November 1958.

In1958 the Kelowna Packers won the Western Canadian Championship and made it to the Allan Cup Finals placing runner up to the Belleville McFarlands. Due to the overall achievement in 1958, the Kelowna Packers were selected to carry Canada's name in the International Hockey Exhibitions in Sweden and Russia in November 1958. They were the first Canadian team to play Canada's national game in Russia. And the Packers won the tournament!

Moe won many awards during his hockey career. He was second in the WHL total points race in his final year with the Packers in 1959. He won the Most Valuable Player award in 1952 and 1953, and was coach of the WHL all-star team while he was in Trail. The Fans of Trail wanted him so badly a public subcription was taken up to buy his contract from Boston while he was still in Tacoma.

When Brian Roche went east to play hockey halfway through the 1960-61 season, Moe took over the Kelowna Junior Buckaroos as coach and lead the league to the final against Kamloops. In November 2008, Moe along with his 1958 Kelowna Packers teammates were the first team to be nominated and selected by the Sports Legacy Committee to the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum in the Team category.

During his off season in 1951, Moe won the position as captain of the Willingdon Cup Golf team for Saskatchewan held at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. Moe was also the non-playing captain of the BC Willingdon Cup gold team in 1953. Moe always felt one of the highlights of his golfing career was playing with Stan Leonard on his Regina Tour at the Wascana Golf and Country Club.

When Moe arrived in Kelowna in 1955-56 he joined the Kelowna Golf and Country Club with a 2 handicap. He went on to win the Low Interior Amateur in 1958, the Ogopogo Open and then won the Kelowna Golf and Country Club Open Championship in 1963. Moe was president of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club 1963-1964.

Moe had many varied experiences in both work and travel. He sold cars  winning the Master Salesmanship Award in BC in the middle 1950s, and was the Sports Director and Local Sales Manager for CHBC, including the nightly sports report. He also tried his hand at being his own boss. Above all he valued his family.

We will all carry many happy memories of his keen sense of humor and welcoming home, especially in his many happy years with his amazing wife, Sheila. Moe's family thanks Dr. M. Bobyn for amazing support and to all the wonderful caring folks who looked after Moe at the Good Samaritans Mountainview Village Care home in Kelowna. In keeping with Moe's wishes there will not be a funeral. Moe's immediate family will be gathering at a later date to share many happy stories. In lieu of flower please feel free to make donations to Alzheimer's research or charity of your own choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting 250-860-7077.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014




  for the THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR tonight against

 Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 ! 

For the third year in a row, Pavel Padakin scored the “teddy bear goal” for his team as the Regina Pats prevailed 4-2 over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings in WHL action on Wednesday.  He twice accomplished the feat while with the Calgary Hitmen.

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Friday, November 28, 2014





Today - Friday, November 28th.

This is Your Day, Phil


Sunday, November 16, 2014


Sunday, October 19, 2014




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014, AT 2:00 P.M.




Sunday, October 12, 2014




Photo: from Regina Pats Web Site

What a night at the Brandt Centre seeing the 74 team out at centre ice and the current Pats swinging by to shake their hands.   

Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston   - took my camera but unfortunately this is the one and only picture before my batteries went dead and, of course it never fails, I had no new batteries with me.

Gary Renner (Scorekeeper - 40 years); Dennis Sobchuk (Red Sweater) 

Friday, October 10, 2014



OCTOBER 10th & 11th.

Photo: from my collection - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston 

The 1974 Memorial Cup Champion Regina Pats will be in the Queen City this weekend for their 40 year anniversary reunion. The entire team will be here minus Rob Laird and the late Rick Uhrich who passed away at the age of 60 just this past September 4th.

The players will be attending this Friday night's game against the Tri-City American's. They will all be sitting in the west end.  At the start of the game they will be paraded onto the ice for the official face-off. The alumni will be available at a select time during the game for autographs and there will be a silent auction featuring 1974 Championship memorabilia.

There will be a luncheon held at the Press Box Sports Bar on Saturday at noon.  Tickets are available for 50 dollars each, you can get them by contacting Kim "Macker" MacDougall at 306-539-6764 or Drew Callander 306-552-8784 or at the Regina Pats office in the Brandt Centre.  Rod Pedersen will be emceeing the luncheon and hosting a Question and Answer segment with a number of the alumni. Should be fun. Get your tickets now! 





Former Regina Pats defenceman Cole Hamblin was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. We're asking you to please help us in supporting Cole in winning his battle with cancer.

Our Prayers are with you Cole!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Junior Hockey's Royal Franchise: The Regina Pats

Junior Hockey's Royal Franchise: The Regina Pats


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by Darrell Davis and Ron Johnston

The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the release of the book “Junior Hockey’s Royal Franchise: The Regina Pats”. It’s a book about the rich and lively history of the Regina Pats written by former Pats employee Ron “Scoreboard” Johnston and former Leader-Post writer, Darrell Davis.

The book has been a long labor of love for Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston, who started the research of the book in the mid-nineties because of his keen interest to discover the club's origins. He began a 18 year quest, working 8 hours a day, mostly at Regina Central Library and the Saskatchewan Archives, searching microfilm records of old newspaper articles from across Canada.
The research that Scoreboard compiled allowed Darrell Davis to turn the pages, hopefully finding some stories that were worth telling. Darrel interviewed dozens of people associated with the Pats, reveled in their memories and put them to print.

There are stories from every generation of Pats hockey, as well as bios and photos of each Pat to play in the NHL, stats and standings of every Regina Pat team, and stories from each of the retired Pat players.

Proceeds from the book go towards the Leader Post Foundation; Supporting Community and Education

Friday, October 3, 2014




October 01, 2014

The Pats announced the hiring of alumni Mike Sillinger into the role of Scouting and Recruitment

Regina, SaskatchewanThe Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the hiring of alumni Mike Sillinger into the role of Scouting and Recruitment, providing additional resources and experience to the Pats’ Hockey Operations Department.

“I'm thrilled to be a Regina Pat again and part of an organization I've always been passionate about,” commented Mike Sillinger.  “With my hockey knowledge and ability to understand what it takes to get to the next level, I hope I can be a positive influence and bring many tools to the current prospects.  My family and I enjoy being part of the community and know it will be a good fit.”

Sillinger spent the previous four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers as the NHL club’s Director of Player Development where he worked with Oilers prospects in the AHL and ECHL as well as draft picks in the college and junior ranks. 
“Mike’s experience as an NHL player and Director of Player Development with the Oilers adds a valuable resource to our Hockey Operations Department,” said Regina Pats President Todd Lumbard.  “As a former star player in this organization and a resident of Regina, Mike is well positioned to assist the Pats in attracting and retaining top talent for years to come.”

In his playing days, Sillinger spent four seasons with the Pats, wearing the Blue and White from
1987-1991.  Over that time, the Regina native became the Pats’ second all-time leading scorer with 419 points (178G, 241A) in 266 games played.  One of the members of the famed, “Pup Line”, Sillinger was drafted 11th Overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.  After splitting his first professional seasons between the Red Wings and their AHL affiliate, Sillinger went on to an 18 year NHL career with 12 teams. Sillinger played in 1,049 games while tallying 240 goals and 308 assists.  In recognition of his accomplishments in junior and the NHL, the Pats retired Sillinger’s number 16 in 2011.

“Mike is a local guy with lots of experience in hockey and lots of passion for the Pats,” added Regina Pats Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock.  “He’s involved in the community and with players who are coming up for the draft down the road and we feel he can provide us with added insight.”

Thursday, October 2, 2014



Born: Blairmore, May 16, 1984,  Died: Coleman August 15, 2011


By David Carrigg and Jim Jamieson

Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien was found dead in his southwest Alberta home on Monday afternoon. He was 27.

Alberta RCMP spokesman Sgt. Patrick Webb said police were called to a home in Coleman after the hockey player was found deceased. Rypien’s death is not considered suspicious and has been deemed sudden.

Rypien’s agent Allain Roy said Monday evening before his client’s death had been confirmed that he was surprised at the spread of the then-rumoured event on Twitter. Roy said he’d spoken with Rypien on the weekend and that all seemed well.

“He was fine,” said Roy. “He was excited about going to Winnipeg and getting ready for training camp.”

Rypien, who played parts of six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, signed a one-year deal worth US$700,000 with the Jets as a free agent during the off-season. The cousin of Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien had spent much of his pro career bouncing between the Canucks and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, which had been located in Winnipeg.
“We are deeply saddened to confirm Rick’s passing,” True North Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the Jets, said in a news release. “As many people are aware, he had strong ties to True North Sports & Entertainment, the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, the former Manitoba Moose Hockey Club and the Vancouver Canucks. We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Rypien family as well as Rick’s friends.

“We also appreciate all of the support that has come pouring in from Rick’s fans. Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team.”

Rypien was a paradox: a fearsome fighter, but someone whose personal demons took him away from the game he loved to play. Twice in his time in Vancouver he took personal leaves from the Canucks, the most recent last season.

Rypien is the second NHL enforcer to pass away at a young age in the last three months. New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment on May 13, the victim of a deadly cocktail of painkillers and alcohol.

Rypien was remembered fondly by former teammates, including Jordan McGillivray, who played junior hockey with Rypien with the Western HockeyLeague’s Regina Pats.

“We were best friends for the three years that he played with the Pats,” McGillivray said. “He was part of our family for three years. My mom and dad are devastated.

“This has shaken everybody. I feel horrible for his family, and I’m really lost for words right now.”
Bill Sweatt, a former teammate with the Canucks and Moose, used his Twitter account to share his thoughts.

“This is just terrible. RIP rick. You were a great teammate and friend,” Sweatt wrote on his page on the social media website.

Rypien clearly fought some personal issues, but when he returned from his four-month leave of absence and joined the Moose last March, he made it clear to reporters in Winnipeg that substance abuse wasn’t involved. It’s believed he struggled with depression and other emotional issues and at the March news conference an uncharacteristically candid Rypien said he felt like he had finally come to the point in his life where he could reach out for help.

Early last season, before taking his leave, Rypien was involved in an incident with a fan in Minnesota on Oct. 19. Rypien was suspended for six games and the Canucks were fined US$25,000.

“I missed a lot of hockey, but certain things needed to be dealt with,” said Rypien upon his return to hockey in March. “I’ve got a totally different mindset now and I’m very excited. I’m more excited about playing hockey than I’ve ever been in my life.”

In 119 career NHL games, all with the Canucks, he had nine goals and seven assists and racked up 226 penalty minutes.

“Rick has been a beloved member of the Canucks family for the past six years,” the Canucks said in a statement. “Rick was a great teammate and friend to our players, coaches and staff. We send our deepest condolences to the Rypien family at this most difficult time.”

With files from the Regina Leader-Post




Born: July 11, 1927, Regina, Saskatchewan; Died: April 21, 1976

Played with Regina Pats: 1946-47

Obituary: Regina Leader Post, April 22, 1976, plus a Write-up published on April 23, 1976.   Thanks to Kevin Shaw for passing on the following.



Friday, September 12, 2014



Pats mourn passing of Memorial Cup winner Rick Uhrich


Kim MacDougall and Rick Uhrich had been in touch several times over the past year about the
upcoming reunion of the 1974 Memorial Cup-champion Regina Pats.

Little did MacDougall know their most-recent conversation would be the last. Uhrich, a 60-year-old Regina native, passed away suddenly on Thursday morning near his home in Toronto, leaving MacDougall and other former Pats teammates "at a loss."

"I sent an email out today to all the guys (to inform them of Uhrich's passing)," said MacDougall, who's organizing the 40th anniversary celebration.

"The respect that everybody has for him is amazing. He's one of the nicest guys. I don't know if I've ever heard anybody say anything bad about him. The unfortunate part is I'll never have another telephone conversation with him. In today's world they email and stuff. We phone each other. I'm certainly going to miss those calls."   (Photo:  From my file)

Uhrich played four season with the Pats, the final being in 1973-74 when they captured the Memorial Cup. That championship season was the basis for a lasting bond.

"I remember our 25th reunion, our 30th reunion, it's just like you were playing hockey together two weeks ago," noted MacDougall. "You don't miss a beat. It's hard to describe but there is definitely a special bond when you go through and win a championship like that. You look at the Memorial Cup, it has to be pretty special. The Pats haven't won it for 40 years."

It was also special because of the group that won it - Uhrich included.

"You look at our Memorial Cup team, we really only had three guys from outside the province of Saskatchewan," noted MacDougall. "You won't find that very often anymore or at all. The 12 guys from Regina all went to school or played minor hockey with and against each other, knew each other for a long, long time."

Uhrich was the fourthleading scorer on the Pats' star-studded team, recording 35 goals and 87 points in 68 games. He spent the next season with the IHL's Fort Wayne Komets before retiring to get into the computer business.

Uhrich met his wife Jill while playing for the Pats. Uhrich and his wife Jill had two children: Son Jesse, 20, and daughter Clare, 17.

"He's our first player (to pass away)," said MacDougall, noting that head coach Bob Turner died in 2005. "(Uhrich) was a very, very good friend. I talked to him a month ago about the reunion stuff and he was coming back for some business and wondered when we were having it.

"We didn't get it off (in the spring due to some scheduling conflicts). We're doing it on Oct. 10. You always have regrets about everything. Now I regret we didn't do it earlier."

© Copyright (c) The Regina Leader-Post


His obituary can be found here:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



August 25, 2014 - From the Regina Pats Web Site -
Sam Steel had a three point night in White's 5-4 shootout victory over Blue.

Regina, Sask. - The Regina Pats finished 2014 Training Camp with the annual Blue and White Game as Team White, coached by Kelly Markwart and Garrett Mitchell, took a 5-4 shootout win over Team Blue, coached by Doug Trapp and Dyson Stevenson.
It didn’t take long for Team White to get on the board when Sam Steel got the scoring started just 49 seconds into the first period.  Connor Gay picked up the lone assist.  Team Blue found a response five minutes later when Dane Schioler walked into an Austin Wagner pass with a rocket of a slap shot, blowing it by Daniel Wapple.  The two early markers rounded out the scoring for the squads in the first period.  Shots in the opening frame favoured Blue 15-10 over White.

The first half of the second period went by without another marker, and both Daniel Wapple and Tyler Fuhr would head to the bench in favour of young goaltenders Jordan Hollett and Kurtis Chapman.  Wapple made 19 saves on 20 shots while Fuhr stopped 10 of 11.  Shortly after the switch, Steel found the back of the net again as he finished off a play from Gay and Braden Christoffer. Just when it looked as if White was headed to the third period with a 2-1 lead, Darcy DeRoose busted in off the wing and snapped a wrist shot five-hole on Hollett to tie the game with just 30 seconds left in the period. 

In the final stanza it was Team Blue’s turn to get an early marker as Rykr Cole jammed the puck to the back of the net, giving the dark side its first lead of the evening.  The advantage was short-lived, though, as after Kurtis Chapman stopped a breakaway opportunity from Logan McVeigh, a pass heading back up ice hit the skate of Maximilian Kammerer and bounced back in behind the Blue goaltender to even the scoreboard 3-3.  With time dwindling, Team White regained the lead with a powerplay marker when Steel found Christoffer to the far side of the net and the over-age forward buried the go ahead strike.  Team Blue found a last burst, desperate to tie the contest and Jared McAmmond got some space before snapping a shot to the back of the net to tie the contest 4-4 and force the shootout.  Shots through sixty minutes were 37-26 in favour of Team Blue.

The shootout saw Jordan Hollett and Kurtis Chapman both turn away their first shooters before Connor Gay solved Chapman with a nice backhand over the goaltender’s pad.  Hollett then stoned Sergey Zborovsky, giving Sam Steel the chance to end the game and the rookie slid puck behind Chapman to seal the evening in favour of Team White.

Steel finished the night with three points (2G, 1A) while his linemates Connor Gay (2A) and Braden Christoffer (1G, 1A) each ended up with two points.  Team Blue spread around the scoring, featuring four goal scorers and no player with more than one point.

The Pats get a couple of days to recuperate and practice before they open the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament August 28th against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:00 p.m.

Pats Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock talks about the Blue and White game and gives his thoughts on 2014 Training Camp  -   Play Video

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


August 19, 2014

Taken From the Regina Pats Web Site:

Regina, Saskatchewan The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Darrin Mckechnie as Assistant Coach.  The Pats alum joins Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock and fellow assistant coach Dave Struch behind the bench for the upcoming season.

“I’m honoured to be brought on board by the organization I played for,” said Darrin McKechnie.  “It’s like a dream come true.  I never really thought this could happen this fast.  For any coach in the Regina area, the Pats are looked at so highly and to be a part of it I’m very excited, especially being an alumni.”

McKechnie was the head coach of the Regina Capitals of the SSMHL last season, leading the team to the Saskatchewan Midget-AA Championship after a 24-6-6 Regular Season.  For the 2012-13 campaign, Darrin coached the Regina Pat Blues of the SBAAHL to the best record in the South Division at 22-4-1.  Prior to coaching in minor hockey, McKechnie was an assistant coach for the University of Regina Cougars from 1996-2000.

The Regina resident played with the Pats from 1986-1988, amassing 164 points (82G, 82A) over a 144 game WHL career.  Following his junior days, McKechnie went on to play for the University of Regina where he is third all-time in scoring with 169 points (76G, 93A) in 132 games.  McKechnie’s 76 goals and 93 assists are both second in school history.  During his time with the Cougars (1988-1993), Darrin was named the Canada West and CIS Most Sportsmanlike Player (1992) and a Canada West Second Team All-Star (1993).

"We are extremely excited to have Darrin McKechnie join our coaching staff,” commented Regina Pats President Todd Lumbard.  “As a former player Darrin has first-hand knowledge of what it means to be a Pat.  His tireless work ethic combined with the ability to teach and connect with players will be great assets to our team.  We had Darrin in our sights for several weeks and are thankful the pieces fell into place allowing him to join our staff!" 

Following his time at the University of Regina, McKechnie joined the Regina Police Service where he is currently a Staff Sergeant and has been serving for 21 years.