Friday, June 27, 2014

Regina Pats Announce Changes to Coaching Staff

June 24, 2014 - Taken from the Regina Pats Web Site:

The Pats announced today that Head Coach Malcolm Cameron, Assistant Coaches Bill McGuigan and Josh Dixon will not be returning for the upcoming season.

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today that Head Coach Malcolm Cameron, Assistant Coaches Bill McGuigan and Josh Dixon will not be returning for the upcoming season. The search for a new coaching staff will begin immediately.


Malcolm Cameron has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. Cameron joined the Pats in 2011 as an assistant coach and spent last season as head coach. Prior to joining the Pats he spent the previous seven seasons in the ECHL coaching in, Long Beach, Texas, Florida and Elmira.


Josh Dixon informed the team of his resignation June 17th, 2014. Dixon joined the Pats in 2011 and has been an assistant coach with the hockey club for the past three seasons.  Prior to joining the Blue and White, Dixon was the Head Coach for the Okanagan Hockey Academy varsity team.  He also spent time as an assistant coach in the ACAC. 


Bill McGuigan informed the team of his resignation June 5th, 2014. McGuigan joined the Pats last season as an assistant coach.  Prior to his time in Regina, McGuigan spent time as head coach of the Summerside Western Capitals, Miramichi Timberwolves and Charlottetown Abbies.


The organization would like to sincerely thank all three coaches, Malcolm, Bill and Josh for their service to the hockey club and wish them the very best as they move forward in their careers.


Monday, June 16, 2014




** Photo's from the Face Book Site **

This Years Champions: 

Boston Leier, Dyson Stevenson, Chandler Stephenson, Lane Scheidl


  This year's tournament was the most successful ever, 

raising $12,000 and counting!



Friday, June 6, 2014




FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014

Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward & Jordan Eberle


Taken from Regina Face Book Site 

Here are some shots from the opening ceremonies of Sticks on Rose. The event has raised over 100 thousand dollars for charity in the last two days!

Todd Lumbard and Anthony Marquart were out for the ceremonial face off with Pats Alumni and Shooting Stars founding members Jamie Heward, Mike Sillinger and Jordan Eberle.





Click on pictures to enlarge:



Thursday, May 29, 2014




From: Regina Pats Web Site:

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced today the team has signed forward Luc Smith to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

Smith was the Pats’ 3rd round pick (60th Overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  The pick the Pats used to select Smith was acquired in a trade with Brandon for Draft Day Considerations.

“It’s a good experience,” said Smith.  “I know the hard work starts now, this is a big step in my career and I’m enjoying this day for sure.”

Smith suited up in 35 games for the St. Albert Sports Raiders of the AMHL in 2012-13.  The 6’5”, 202 lbs forward totaled 11 points (8G, 3A) and 48 penalty minutes in the regular season to go with 5 points (2G, 3A) and 26 penalty minutes in ten playoff games.

“I think it’s an exciting day,” commented Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.  “Luc’s a big bodied player which is the type of lineup we’re trying to build here.  He’s a great kid with good family so it’s a good day.”

The signing comes after Smith participated in the Pats Spring Prospects Camp this weekend in Regina.

Saturday, May 24, 2014




REGINA LEADER POST:  Photo: Glen Resch - from Web Site

ELLA RESCH  - Published: 2014-05-24 
With sadness in our hearts, our family would like to announce the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend. Mrs. Ella Resch was born Ella Bertine Nesvold on May 12, 1922 in Crane Valley, Saskatchewan. Ella passed on May 18, 2014 at the age of 92. Joe and Ella were married April 20, 1945. For the past two years, Ella had been a resident of the Lutheran Home. Joe was a devoted caregiver to Ella for many years in their home and then by her side, each day in Regina. Most afternoons, you would find the two of them lying side by side on the bed in her room, holding each other. Joe and the family would like to thank the staff at the Lutheran Home for the excellent care and dignity they provided Ella. Joe and Ella began their married life in Moose Jaw, where both worked and fell in love at Swifts Meats. They moved to Regina in 1949. Ella had many interests with her knitting, sewing, baking, and quilting. Ella was a devoted mother and always said, "her greatest love and accomplishment, was having 6 wonderful loving children". Her hobbies and interests in her later life, turned to donating and committing her crafts to the Outreach Program, which she did for many years. Ella was always a giving and generous person to those who were less fortunate. Joe and Ella's other passion throughout their life was country music, dancing and the many Polka Festivals that they attended. She is survived by the 'love of her life' Joe, children Gloria (Gerry), Sandra (Lew), Glenn (Diane), Diana (Jim), Candas and Penny (Ron), 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. Ella's legacy shall remain her devotion to Joe and her family. In former years, many will remember Ella at a ballpark or hockey arena supporting her family. Ella displayed relentless determination to help create Regina's first dedicated softball fields for girls. Today, we all know it as the Northside Minor Girls Softball Fields. The Girls Softball League as well as these fields, have been home to many young girls over the years. Ella will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. It was Ella's wish to have no formal memorial. We will honour her with all our cherished memories and the love we shared.

By: Ron C. Johnston - I can still remember at the Northside for three years Ella's Bantam girls always finished in first place.  Ella and Joe's daughter was their number one pitcher. I was a Coach at the time and my team always finished second, right behind them. Then I became a Canadian Professional Umpire and did some of their games, as the team went up through out the Divisions. 




New owner proud of being a Pats goaltender

Thursday, May 15, 2014






Wayne Zurowski

Published: 2014-05-14-Regina, SK
Wayne Zurowski ("Deacon") passed away in Regina on May 10, 2014. Born in Earl Grey, Sask., on December 3, 1938, Wayne was predeceased by his parents Jake and Ella (nee Vollhoffer.) He is survived by his brother Ted, Ted's wife Eileen, their children Monica (Terrence Spath) and Maureen, her children Mackenzie and Mason DePatie (all of Calgary) and numerous relatives and friends. Wayne's family expresses deep appreciation and thanks to dear friends Joe and Florence Manz, Bill Beckett, along with cousins Loreen Coghill and Howard and Monica Vollhoffer. They all provided love and support to Wayne during his recent illness. Prior to retirement, Wayne was a long-time City of Regina Parks Department employee. He was a generous brother and uncle, a loyal friend, and an avid sports fan. His favourite teams were the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Blackhawks and Regina Pats. In the 1970s, Wayne was an assistant trainer with the Regina Caps, Regina Pats and Roughriders. A highlight of this time for Wayne was when the Pats won the Memorial Cup in 1974. Loved always, Wayne is already missed. A Celebration of Wayne's Life will be held at Lee Funeral Home, 3101 Dewdney Ave., on Sat., May 17, 2014 at 11 a.m., followed by Interment at Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Regina Humane Society in Wayne's name.







Supplied by: Eugene Parranto

Monday, May 12, 2014



MAY 05, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014




AS  HE  IS  NOW - 2014





VIDEO:  Regina Pats Chad Lang talking about the first two draft picks interviewed by:  PHIL "THE THRILL" ANDERSON, Radio CKRM


REGINA PATS  -  ROUND 1 - # 13 - PICK: Jordan HOLLETT, Goaltender, Langley, B.C., Height: 6:02, Weight: 175, Previous Team: Okanagan, Date of Birth: March 1, 1999 



“We are proud to select Jordan Hollett,” said Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  “He’s a big, athletic goaltender who we feel can be an important part of the Regina Pats moving forward.”

99 Born Goaltender Jordan Hollett, OHA Bantam AAA Team is one of the Top Ranked 99 Born Goalies going into this years WHL Bantam Draft being held  May 2014.  Jordan has been a client with MGD Goaltending since his family moved to the Province in the Summer of 2007  from Eastern Canada.  Jordan developed a strong bond with Goalie Coach Angelo Maggio and has been a fixture around their training facility in Langley, BC, for the past 7 years,   not only working with his Goalie Coach and Mentor but volunteering his time to assist with MGD’s Goaltending Camps and Programs thru the Spring/Christmas and Summer, where he is passing on his passion of the game to the future goalies coming thru their programs.

Jordan and the OHA Team recently competed and won Gold  in the 36th John Reid Memorial Bantam AAA Tournament, January 16-19, 2014 in St. Albert, AB – The tournament is held annually and is one of the Prestigious  Tournaments in Canada.  The tournament selects and  invite some of the Top Teams from Western Canada representing (BC,AB,SASK,MAN) along with teams from the US, this year even had representation from Europe HC Kometa,Czech Rep.
Jordan was also named Top Goaltender of the Tournament and selected to the Tournament All Star Team:

Tournament Stats    GP 7   Wins 4    Loss 0    Ties 0     s/o 0   GAA1.75     Saves 87  SV% 0.926
OHA Team Stats       GP 25 Wins 20 Loss 5    Ties 0     s/0 6   GAA 1.57

Some Quotes:

  • His technically proficiency is above and beyond expectations!
  • His work ethic (and a major growth spurt) are the two main factors to consider in being one of the top 99 Goaltenders.

Recent Articles:

2014 JRMT Tournament All Star teams
2014 JRMT Tournament Tournament MVP Awards
2014 JRMT Champions


REGINA PATS  -  ROUND 2 - # 35 - PICK: Erick GARDINER, Centre, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Height: 5:11, Weight: 160, Previous Team: Humboldt Broncos, Date of Birth: March 21, 1999 



Gardiner is from Humboldt and was captain of the team last season. He is the younger brother to Prince Albert Raiders forward Reid Gardiner.


"Erik is an intelligent play maker who see ice well," commented Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  "He provides the opportunity to make players around him better, has scoring ability and strong character."

2013-4 - SEASON: Bantam AA - GP: 31, G: 24, A: 37, PTS: 61 





NEXT REGINA PATS PICK:   ROUND 5 - #101 - PICKED: Riley BRUCE, Left Defence, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Height: 5'10" Weight: 152, Previous Team: Winnipeg Hawks, Date of Birth: 5 April 1999, Shots: Left, Plays in the Winnipeg AAA Bantam League.



2013-4 - SEASON: Bantam AAA - GP: 28, G: 6, A: 17, PTS: 23, PPG: 3, PIM: 165  -  Play-Off Games, G: 3, A:5, PTS: 8, PIM: 62.  Chad Lang says, "Bruce plays hard, skates well and is hard to play against.  




The Pats traded their 6th round pick in 2015 for the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6th round pick in this draft. 123rd overall.

Round 123rd pick:   Pats selected: defenseman Garrett Ewert from Kamloops, Chad Lang says, "He is a big mobile defenseman who moves the puck well and is very strong defensively." 

Plays Defence, Height: 6"1, Weight: 168, Shots: Right.


Round 145 pick:   Pats selected: Left Wing Carson Welke, Yorkton UCT Terriers Bantam AA, Height: 5' 9", Weight: 160


1913-14 Season: GP: 30, G: 27, A: 37, PTS: 64, PPG: 4, PIM: 109 - Play-Off: G: 14, A: 19, PTS: 23  - No Photo available


Chad Lang says,  "He is a character player who can bring his skills in every type of game. He has a balanced blend of scoring ability and play making skills. His strong work ethic and gritty play allows him to be a strong playoff performer."




ROUND 8 - #167 th - PICK: Zachary Cox, Right Winger, from Rocky View, Alberta, Date of Birth: 19 February 1999, Height: 6'0", Weight: 150, Last Played for Airdrie Xtreme Bantam AAA, 1913-14 Season: GP 32, G: 17, A: 13, PTS: 30, PIM: 22 - No Photo Available




ROUND 9 - # 189 th -  PICK: Gary Haden, Center, also from Airdie Xtrem Bantam AAA, Height: 5"8, Weight: 140, Played: GP: 33, G: 39, A: 31, PTS: 70, PIM: 42



Gary Haden, playing against Lethbridge Golden Hawks.  Photo: Rocky View Publishing


Lang says, "Haden is a smooth, quick centerman with soft hands and a finishing touch around the net. Equal parts goal scorer and playmaker, he can make any linemate look good. Clever operator with great vision and anticipation." 




 ROUND 10 th. - # 211 -  PICK: Adam Sandstrom, Defence, Height: 6'1, Weight: 160, plays for Red Deer Rebels White Bantam AAA.  Played in 33 games, G: 4, A: 14, PTS: 18, PIM: 50, Shots: Left  -  No Photo Available


Chad Lang says he is a big mobile defenseman. A good puck mover and plays a good positional game. Also has a good hockey sense. 




 ROUND 11 th. - # 232  -  PICK: Robert  Holmes, Date of Birth: 22 July 1999, Left Wing, playes for Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA.  1913-14 Season: Played in 26 games, G: 2, A: 7, PTS: 7, PIM: 18  -  No Photo Available



Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Lumbard Excited to be Part of Pats' Ownership

Bruce Luebke - has the following story on his blog: Click on following -   Luber's Lounge

Former Brandonite and Wheat King Todd Lumbard
will have a prominent role in the new ownership group of the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats.

The sale of the Pats was officially approved by the WHL's Board of Governors Wednesday, with the new ownership group in Regina is headed by local businessman Anthony Marquart.

Other members of the Queen City Sports and Entertainment group include Lumbard and fellow Regina businessmen Gavin Semple, Shaun Semple, and Jason Drummond.

"I don't think that desire to be involved in hockey ever leaves someone. After playing hockey, it's been something that I've always desired to get back into and this was a dream of mine to be an owner in this league," said Lumbard on Wednesday, "Having this opportunity, I just feel so fortunate to be part of it and, for me, it's very exciting to be involved in the game of hockey in such an interesting way. I'm looking forward to re-engaging myself with hockey. It's something I've missed being part of for the last several years."

Lumbard's role with the Pats will be more than part of the ownership group, as the 50-year old will taking over as Team President.

"I will be spending a fair bit of time with the Pats as President. Of course, we'll have a general manager that really will conduct the day-to-day business, but I'll be the direct contact between the general manager and the ownership group," said Lumbard, "I'm really looking forward to being involved, in more than just as an owner, being somewhat involved in the operations of the club."

The negotiations to purchase the Pats took over a year, with the sale expected to officially close by the end of May.

In the meantime, Lumbard expects to begin his duties as Team President immediately.

"First things for us is getting to know the people in the organization, right from our general manager all the way through, learning about how they operate and what they do. And then moving forward with some of the plans we have in conjunction with our staff team to implement some of the things that we want to do," said Lumbard, "We have an ownership group that is very strongly invested in the community of Regina, which we hope bodes well for corporate sponsorship involvement and, also, season tickets sales, interest in the team and those type of things."



The WHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the transfer of the Prince George Cougars ownership from Rick Brodsky to EDGEPRO Sports and Entertainment Ltd., and the Regina Pats from Russ and Diane Parker to Queen City Sports and Entertainment Group Ltd.

The new Prince George ownership group is led by local businessman Greg Pocock along with partners Ernest Ouellet, Raymond Fortier, and John Pateman. Former Prince George Cougars and current NHL players Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer are also key members of the new ownership entity.

The Prince George Cougars franchise relocated from Victoria twenty years ago. Rick Brodsky has been the only owner of the Cougars WHL franchise since it began operations in Prince George in 1994.

The new ownership group in Regina is headed by local businessman Anthony Marquart, who takes over the franchise from Russ and Diane Parker who have owned and operated the Pats franchise for the past 19 seasons. The other members of the Queen City Sports and Entertainment group includes prominent Regina businessmen Todd Lumbard, Gavin Semple, Shaun Semple, and Jason Drummond.

“The WHL is fortunate to have attracted two very high calibre ownership groups who are fully committed to whatever is necessary to take the Prince George Cougars and the Regina Pats franchises to a new level,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We are confident that fans will enthusiastically embrace the local ownership groups and bring long-term stability to these WHL markets.”

It’s anticipated that both sales will close prior to the end of May. Further details will be announced in the near future when the new ownership groups conduct media conferences in both Prince George and Regina.

Thursday, April 24, 2014



    Regina Pats deal said to be close to $7.5 million 


Parts taken from an e-mail, this date from my Cousin Will Klein - When you think back, we bought the team in 1979 for I believe $250,000 (may have been $500K) and sold it six years later for $1.5 million. And now it has sold at $7.5 million. Obviously Parker still harbored the local animosity of being an out-of-towner.


From Regina Leader Post:  Marquart’s group also includes former Pats goaltender Todd Lumbard. It has been reported that businessmen Jason Drummond, Shaun and Gavin Semple are also part of the locally based ownership team.


Left:  Anthony MARQUART and Wife Nanette - Photo: by Michael Bell, Regina Leader Post News Paper - President of Royalty Developments

Right:   Todd LUMBARD - Photo: Speers web site -  President of Speers Funeral Chapel -  (Ex-Regina Pat Goalie) 1982-83 season


Shaun and Gavin SEMPLE - Brandt Entertainment Inc. and Brandt Tractor Ltd. - Photo from web site

Kelly and Jason DRUMMOND - DGC Entertainment Inc.  - Photo: by Michael Bell, Regina Leader Post News Paper


For full story click on following:  Rob Vanstone story -   Regina Leader Post 

Update story by Vanstone:   April 24, 2014 5:19 PM -    leaderpost


April 23, 2014

The WHL's Board of Governors will review applications to transfer the ownership of the Prince George Cougars and Regina Pats WHL franchises.

Courtesy WHL Release:

CALGARY, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today a special meeting of the WHL Board of Governors has been scheduled for Wednesday April 30, 2014 in Calgary to review applications to transfer the ownership of the Prince George Cougars and Regina Pats WHL franchises.  The meeting will take place at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary at 8:30 am, prior to the WHL Awards luncheon.

The owner of the Prince George Cougars, Rick Brodsky has entered into an agreement with Mr. Greg Pocock of EDGEPRO Sports & Entertainment Ltd., to purchase the Prince George WHL franchise.  Mr. Pocock is the head of a group consisting of local Prince George businessmen and former WHL players who formed EDGEPRO to purchase the Cougars franchise.

It was also announced today the ownership of the Regina Pats franchise, Russ and Diane Parker, have agreed to sell their franchise to a group of Regina businessmen headed by Anthony Marquart.  Mr. Marquart has formed Queen City Sports & Entertainment Group Ltd., to acquire the Pats franchise.

Both franchise purchases are subject to the approval of the WHL Board of Governors.  In order for the transfers of ownership to be approved, a two-thirds majority vote is required from the WHL Board of Governors at the April 30 meeting.

Should the transfer of ownership applications be approved by the WHL Board of Governors, the sale transactions will close later in May, at which time the new ownership will be in position to take control of the franchises.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

REGINA  PATS  of  the



to  be  SOLD


by: Ron C. "Scoreboard" Johnston



Rumors have it that the Parker Family have sold the oldest existing franchise in the world to a local Regina Group.  This report came from the Moose Jaw radio station CHAB, this afternoon (Tuesday, April 22.  Could this group be Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward and Jordan Eberle group that have been trying to buy the team for the past several years.




by: Ron C. "Scoreboard" Johnston

I have been told that our last Memorial Cup Champions will meet together on the week-end of June  15th.  With the Wickenhiser Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday followed with the banquet Sunday Evening.  This banquet will be open to the public.  For further info on this keep watching this web site.

Front Row: (Left to Right) Randy McCormick, Ken Gibson (Stick Boys)   2nd. Row: Ed Staniowski, Bob Turner (Coach), Greg Joly, John Weber (Assistant Manager), Dr. Jim Chatwin (Physician), Rich Uhrich, Del Wilson (General Manager), Bob Leslie   3rd. Row:  Wayne Zurowski (Assistant Trainer), Clark Gillies, Bill Bell, Dave Faulkner, Mike Wanchuk, Jim Minor, Rob Laird, Dennis Sobchuk, Norm Fong (Trainer)   4th. Row: Glen Burdon, Drew Callander, Mike Wirachowsky, Mike Harazny, Rob Tudor, Kim MacDougall, Jon Hammond, Dave Thomas

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

  Alumni - Past and Present




Played: 1971-72 to 1973-74 


Left Wing  -  Shot: Left - Number 9


ONE of the 1974 Memorial Cup Champions


















Past:   Rookie Year 1971-72                            and                                  Present 


Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Alumni - Past and Present


Lieutenant-Colonel  Ed STANIOWSKI


from a hockey player to the Army



Played: 1973-74 to 1975-764 




ONE of the 1974 Memorial Cup Champions


 Past and Present


Picture to the Right was taken when Eddie played in the Alumni Game several years ago.  Photo: By Ron C. Johnston

  Alumni - Past and Present




Played: 1973-74 to 1975-76

Assistant Coach - Regina Pats: 1991-92 & 1992-93

Coach - Regina Pats: 1993-94

Colorman - CKRM - Regina Pat Games: 13 Years  


Right Wing


ONE of the 1974 Memorial Cup Champions - Was a Rookie that Season


Past and Present Picture



Alumni - Past and Present


Kim MacDougall


Played: 1972-72 to 1973-74 


Defenceman - Shot left


Coach - Regina Pat Blues: 1980-81


ONE of the 1974 Memorial Cup Champions 


 Past and Present Picture


Saturday, March 22, 2014



Summary by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

First: Period:  Every thing went the visitors way, as they scored four times in the opening period. Three minutes into the period, Regina Pats Chandler Stephenson hit the goal post. Brandon came right back as Jayce Hawryluk scored at 3:05 over the glove side, assisted by Jessie Gabrielle. Pats got caught on Brandon's second goal, as Wheat Kings had their 1st line out while  Pats had their 4th line.  Jessie Quenneville scored on a rebound at 8:34, assisted by Gabrielle and Hawryluk. Brandon went up 3-0 on a power play, Peter Quenneville scored on a slap shot at 14:36, assisted by Ryan Pilon and Ryan Pulock. Two minutes later a Regina Give away resulted in Brandon's 4th goal, as Ryan Pilon scored on a slap shot to Dawson MacAuley's glove side at 16:46. At that time MacAuley was replaced by Tyler Fuhr.

Penalties: Regina - Bost Leier (Interference) 13:39; Eric Roy (Delay of Game) 17:42

Score: Brandon - 4, Regina - 0; Shots: Regina - 15, Brandon - 13

Second Period:  A Brandon give away along the boards resulted in Pats first goal, as Morgan Klimchuk scored at 3:13, assisted by Chandler Stephenson and Dayden Hunt.  Pats made it closer as Bryan Hunt scored a power play goal at 10:51 on a hard shot, assisted by Boston Leier, and Connor Gay. Brandon went up 5-2 as Ryan Polock scored on a back hand at 16:45, unassisted. Just one minute later Regina came back and Connor Gay scored.  Chandler Stephenson shot on goal and Gay scored on the rebound, also assisted by Zgraggen. With approximately 2 minutes remaining Regina Pats hit their 3rd goal post by Logan McVeay.

Penalties: Regina - Kyle Burroughs (Holding) 8:33; Brandon - Nejezchleb (Interference) 9:26; Brandon - Jayce Hawryluk (Unsportsmanlike); Regina - Jessie Zgraggen (Unsportsmanlike) 9:39; Regina - Dmitays Sinitsyen (Kneeing) 13:25

Score: Brandon - 5, Regina - 3; Shots: Regina - 13, Brandon - 9

Third Period:




Parts taken from Regina Leader Post - Rob Van Stone

The Regina Pats have advanced beyond the first round only three times — in 1996, 1998 and 2007 — since Russ Parker purchased the franchise in the spring of 1995.

Regina has not reached the third round since 1993, when co-coach and general manager Bill Hicke owned the team along with Ted Knight and Morley Gusway.

Regina Pats and Brandon Wheat Kings

Open Play-off Series in Regina


March 22, 2014 - Taken from the Regina Pats web site:

After a week off, it's time to Rock the Red at the Brandt Centre tonight

In total, the Pats have 99 games of playoff experience spread out among 10 players — with 15 others who’ve never made a post-season appearance. The Wheat Kings are even less playoff tested, with 67 combined games between eight players. While the coaches is a bit different, Brandon's Kelly McCrimmon has 92 play-off games while Regina Pats' Malcolm Cameron, it will be his first.


The Regina Pats (39-26-4-3) and Brandon Wheat Kings (34-29-6-3) meet for the third time in a row to begin the Eastern Conference Quarter-Finals.  The Pats finished the season 1st in the East Division and were 3-3-2-0 against the Wheat Kings who sit in the 7th seed.  Their previous two meetings saw Brandon steal a win in Regina and roll to a playoff clinching victory the next night.  Chandler Stephenson led the Pats in the Regular Season with eleven points (4G, 7A) in eight games against Brandon.  Peter Quenneville led all skaters with 15 points (7G, 8A) in seven games of the season series and scored five goals in the final two games.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:00 p.m.   

Rock the Red

The Pats announced their playoff theme this week and are encouraging fans to “Rock the Red” and wear red to home games throughout the playoffs.  Lucky fans at both home games this weekend will receive a Pats noisemaker they can bring with them to both games.

Lead Up: Pats End Regular Season with 6-3 Loss to Brandon

The Pats jumped out to a 2-0 lead with goals from Dmitry Sinitsyn and Connor Gay, but the Wheat Kings responded with five unanswered goals through the first and second period.  The final frame saw the Pats get back within two when Boston Leier’s centering pass deflected into the net, but Brandon would ice the game on an empty net goal for the 6-3 win.   

All-Star Nomination

Chandler Stephenson led the Pats in scoring with 89 points (30G, 59A) and was recognized for his efforts this season as Stephenson was named an Eastern Conference Second Team All-Star. Stephenson led the WHL with 8 shorthanded goals.  

Up in the 30’s

The Pats come into the playoffs featuring four thirty goal scorers from the Regular Season.  Dyson Stevenson led the way with 38, Boston Leier scored 33 while Morgan Klimchuk and Chandler Stephenson both had 30 to their name.   

Playoff (In)Experience

It’s uncharted territory for many players on both sides of this series.  The Pats come in with 13 players yet to touch the ice in the WHL Playoffs while the Wheat Kings feature 16 who have yet to see their first playoff action.  Boston Leier leads the Pats with 30 playoff games to his name followed closely by Jesse Zgraggen with 26.

Who to Watch on Brandon

The Wheat Kings get their top scorer back to start the playoffs.  Jayce Hawryluk had been serving a four game suspension to wrap up the Regular Season.  Hawryluk finished the season with 64 points (24G, 40A) in 59 games.  

Upcoming Games

Game Two vs. Brandon – Sunday, March 23rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)  
Game Three at Brandon – Wednesday, March 26th, 6:00 p.m. CST – Westman Place (CKRM)  
Game Four at Brandon – Friday, March 28th, 6:30 p.m. CST – Westman Place (CKRM)   

Tuesday, March 18, 2014





The Edmonton Oil Kings and the Prince Albert Raiders, here in action last month, will play in the first round of the WHL playoffs starting March 22, 2014, at Rexall Place. The Raiders beat the host Red Deer Rebels March 18 in a play-in game — held as the two teams were tied for eighth in the league’s Western Conference — to determine who would face the top-seeded Oil Kings.

Photograph by: Shaughn Butts , Edmonton Journal

Edmonton Journal - by: Chris O'Leary - 

RED DEER — The Edmonton Oil Kings have a dance partner for the Western Hockey League playoffs.

The Prince Albert Raiders downed the Red Deer Rebels 5-3 in a play-in game on Tuesday night, qualifying as the eighth-seed in the WHL’s Eastern Conference playoffs. They’ll travel to Edmonton to face the top-seeded Oil Kings on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. for Game 1 of the series. Game 2 goes Sunday at 4 p.m.

Created by a tie in points for the eight-seed spot, the play-in was just the fifth ever in WHL history. The Oil Kings and Raiders played in the most recent one, with Edmonton squeezing into the playoffs with a 2-1 overtime win in that game in 2009.

Technically a one-off game in hockey purgatory — outside of the regular-season but not a part of the post-season — Tuesday’s game had a playoff feel.

While Prince Albert out-shot the Rebels 47-30, the teams played a tight game that was never larger than a one-goal lead. They traded breakaway goals in a fast second period (Evan Polei doing the damage for Red Deer and Reid Gardner striking for Prince Albert) and the Rebels took a 3-2 lead into the third, thanks to a shifty goal by Red Deer winger Rhyse Dieno.

Dieno took a pass in front of the Raiders net and pulled goalie Nick McBride to his right. He quickly went back to his left and stashed the puck home for the lead.

The Raiders seized control of the game early in the third period, with Dakota Conroy setting up Collin Valcourt’s power-play goal at 2:21, then squeaking one past Bartosak at 4:43 to put Prince Albert in front, 4-3. The Raiders held that lead through the period and kept the Rebels in their own end through much of the final 90 seconds of play. Red Deer pulled goalie Patrik Bartosak with 45 seconds to go, but Josh Morrissey flipped the puck into the empty net to close the game out.
With their season over, the Rebels got a warm send-off from a crowd of 5,411.

The Oil Kings could have sealed the Rebels’ playoff fate on Sunday in the regular-season finale, but Red Deer won that game 5-0. Edmonton sat Griffin Reinhart, Curtis Lazar, Henrik Samuelsson, Reid Petryk, Edgars Kulda, Blake Orban and Brandon Baddock in that game, taking much of the challenge away from the visiting team, which needed the win to force this extra game.

The Oil Kings were 2-1-0-1 against the Raiders this season.

Three unanswered goals in the third period help visitors:

NOTE: Players listed in Italics are the starting lineup.
1. P.A J. Hart, (1) (C. Brooks, R. Gardiner), 7:08
1. R.D W. Johnson, (1) (S. Feser, K. Dixon), 11:52
2. R.D E. Polei, (1) (B. Maxwell, R. Dieno), 7:43
2. P.A R. Gardiner, (1) (J. Hart), 11:01
2. R.D R. Dieno, (1) (C. Bleackley), 13:57 (PP)
3. P.A C. Valcourt, (1) (D. Conroy, L. Draisaitl), 2:21 (PP)
3. P.A D. Conroy, (1) (L. Draisaitl, J. Morrissey), 4:43
3. P.A J. Morrissey, (1) (J. Hart), 19:45 (EN)
2 - P.A T. Andrlik, 3:54 - Delay of Game, 2 min (PP)
2 - P.A S. Lange, 13:11 - Tripping, 2 min (PP)
3 - R.D P. Bartosak, 1:16 - Tripping, 2 min (PP)
3 - P.A J. Hart, 9:06 - Hooking, 2 min