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
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.
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
“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
“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.
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.
Todd Lumbard during his playing days with the Regina Pats.
Todd Lumbard’s vision for the Regina Pats doesn’t require an especially vivid imagination — just a good memory.
has been more than 30 years since Lumbard donned a Pats goalie mask,
but he remembers those days like yesterday — a time when Canada’s oldest
junior hockey franchise was envied as a flagship of the WHL.
have a lot of pride in the fact that I played for the Pats,” offered
Lumbard, the team’s new president and part owner. “I remember it very
fondly. I love that jersey, I love that logo and I’m really proud to be
part of it again.”
Lumbard played two seasons with his hometown
Brandon Wheat Kings before he was traded to Regina in 1982 for Bruce
Holloway, Barry Trotz and Grant Jennings.
The Pats were looking to
reload for another title run after making it to the WHL final the
previous season, losing to the Portland Winterhawks. Regina had won the
league championship two years earlier and was in the midst of seven
consecutive seasons with at least 43 wins.
Yes, those were the days.
that time period the Wheat Kings were in a bit of a lull,” recalled
Lumbard, 50. “The Pats were at another level. Bob Strumm was the GM. He
brought an intensity that was incredible. We had a winning attitude. The
expectations were very high.”
Lumbard helped the Pats win 48
games before they were upset by the Calgary Wranglers in the second
round of the playoffs, marking the end of his WHL career.
underachieved and some of that was attributed to goaltending,” he
admitted with a laugh. “It was a great year for me, probably the best
year I ever had in hockey. But I wish we would have done better in the
Lumbard quickly turned pro in the farm system of the
New York Islanders, who selected him in the fourth round of the 1981 NHL
draft. He never played for New York, but was called up briefly in
1984-85, serving as Kelly Hrudey’s backup after a six-game suspension to
“When I got drafted in ’81, that was the summer
after their second of four Cups in a row,” noted Lumbard. “It was a
pretty heady time to be an Islander. The downside was the roster was
pretty well set for quite a few years. But it was neat to be part of
Lumbard spent three seasons “bouncing around” in the minors
before calling it quits. He returned to Brandon and started working for
his father, who owned a funeral home.
“The fun was sort of going
out of (hockey),” said Lumbard. “I just wasn’t playing well enough. I
had an opportunity to come back to the family business. I never really
thought I would do that but when I felt like it was time to look at real
life (after hockey), that seemed like a pretty viable option.”
and his brother Wade eventually bought the family business in 1995,
followed nine years later by the purchase of Speers Funeral Chapel in
Based upon Todd’s time with the Pats, it was decided that
he would relocate to Regina along with wife Kerry and their three
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.
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
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
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.
- ROUND 2 - # 35 - PICK: Erick GARDINER, Centre, Humboldt, Saskatchewan,
Height: 5:11, Weight: 160, Previous Team: Humboldt Broncos, Date of Birth: March
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."
3 - # 57 -REGINA TRADED TO VICTORIA, ROUND 4 - # 79 TRADED TO CALGARY
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.
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
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
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
"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."
2014-04-30 -CALGARY, AB - The Western
Hockey League announced today that the WHL Board of Governors have
approved the application to transfer the ownership of the Prince George
Cougars and the Regina Pats WHL franchises.
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
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
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
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
Update story by Vanstone:April 24, 2014 5:19 PM - leaderpost
WHL SCHEDULES SPECIAL MEETING TO REVIEW APPLICATIONS FOR OWNERSHIP TRANSFERS
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
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.