Saturday, December 3, 2016


The Western Hockey League (WHL) and Access Communications are proud to announce a three-year broadcast agreement commencing this year and through the 2018-19 WHL season. The WHL and Access are committed to providing local hockey coverage throughout the province of Saskatchewan. If you love hockey, you’ll love the WHL on Access7! “As a 100% community-owned company Access understands the importance of staying connected to our communities and to local events,” said Jim Deane, CEO, Access Communications Co-operative. “Our coverage of the 2015-16 WHL season and playoffs drew more than 12,500 households.” “The WHL is excited to partner with Access to ensure WHL hockey is aired regularly in> Regina and to more fans in Saskatchewan than ever before,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We would like to thank Shaw, the WHL’s official regional cable broadcast partner, for their support in making this new partnership a reality.”

In partnership with the WHL’s regional community cable broadcast partner Shaw Communications, Access7 will be broadcasting a minimum 40 WHL regular season games in the 2016-17 season across Saskatchewan, of which at least 10 will feature the Regina Pats. In addition, broadcasted games will feature all six of the WHL’s East Division teams including all five Saskatchewan-based clubs. Games will be available on Access channels 7 or 70 (depending on the community). “We are delighted to successfully partner with the Western Hockey League,” commented Wade Peterson, Community Programming Manager, Access Communications.

“The Access7 broadcasts have provided the WHL with outstanding exposure throughout Saskatchewan and have allowed fans to follow the WHL throughout the regular season and entire playoffs.” Upcoming WHL on Access7 Schedule

Swift Current Broncos at Regina Pats - Friday, Dec 9 at 7:00 PM
Regina Pats at Moose Jaw Warriors - Friday, Dec 16 at 7:00 PM
Calgary Hitmen at Regina Pats - Friday, Jan 6 at 7:00 PM
Regina Pats at Swift Current Broncos - Saturday, Jan 21 at 7:00 PM
Edmonton Oil Kings at Regina Pats - Saturday, Feb 4 at 7:00 PM
Regina Pats at Moose Jaw Warriors - Friday, Feb 18 at 7:00 PM
Medicine Hat Tigers at Regina Pats - Friday, Mar 3 at 7:00 PM
Regina Pats at Moose Jaw Warriors - Saturday, Mar 11 at 7:00 PM
Regina Pats at Brandon Wheat Kings - Saturday, Mar 18 at 6:30 PM

Additionally, Access will air many more WHL regular season and playoff games through its partnership with the WHL and Shaw. The complete WHL on Shaw schedule can be found at

Friday, November 4, 2016


 by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Victoria wins 5-3 in Pats first western trip, Saturday, November 19th. After 19 games the club is now 15-1-3 with 107 goals score and 61 against.

They tied the clubs record at 18 games, which was back in the 1965-65 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League, two years prior the start of the WHL.


Monday, October 10, 2016

Obituary: Gary Duke Edmundson

Regina Pats - 1950-1951

(Photo: 19 August 2014, Grand Prairie Daily Herald-Tribune

Grande Prairie’s Duke Edmundson re-visted the Hockey Legends Lounge in Grande Prairie on Friday. Edmundson was one of the first local hockey players to play in the NHL. Supplied by Stan Neufeld

It is with great sadness the family of Garry 'Duke' Edmundson announce his passing in Newport Beach, California on Tuesday, September 20th. He will be remembered not only for his gentle and kind spirit but his exceptional talents and accomplishments in the worlds of hockey and business. Duke was born in Sexsmith, Alberta on May 6th, 1932 and raised in Grande Prairie. Hockey became his passion at an early age and he became the first Peace River area player to play in the NHL. At the age of 16, Duke signed a "B" card with the Montreal Canadiens and received $100 and a new pair of skates. He later played with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Duke finished his hockey career in the Western Hockey League with the San Francisco Seals and stayed in California where he met his wife Dona.

Edmundson, Gary (C)












Above: Regina Pats Stats:

Friday, June 10, 2016

DETROIT: - The man known as Mr. Hockey has died. The Detroit Red Wings say Gordie Howe died today at age 88.

Howe played 32 professional hockey seasons and won the NHL scoring title and MVP award six times each.

He was known as a fierce, physical competitor who could beat you with his elbows or a deciding goal.

The Gordie Howe hat trick - when a player scores a goal, records an assist and gets in a fight in one game - is named after him.

Howe helped the Detroit Red Wings hoist the Stanley Cup four times and was a 21-time all-star.

© 2016 The Canadian Press

Tuesday, June 7, 2016


Lydia Beier's grandfather, Wilfred Green, was on the Regina Pats Board at the time when the Regina Pats won the Memorial Cup in 1925. Lydia's mother was born on the same day the team won the memorial cup.

 Wilfred got a little tipsy with his team winning and a daughter being born that he told everyone that she would be named Patricia after the team. My grandmother was not well after the birth and was sedated. When she woke up the nurse said "Patricia is a beautiful name".

He had told EVERYONE!

Monday, May 30, 2016


JANUARY 5, 1987 - Regina Leader Post

Thursday, May 12, 2016


It was 42 years ago today (May 12, 1974), the Regina Pats defeated the Quebec Ramparts 7-4 to win their fourth Memorial Cup. - (Missing from picture: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston)

Greg Joly won the Stafford Smythe Memorial Trophy as the most valuable player in the tournament. (Photo: Ron C. Johnston)

Wednesday, May 4, 2016


Adam Brooks presented the Bob Clarke Trophy as the league's top scorer 
by the legend himself!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016



by; Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston Pats 

Photo: Adam Musil's goal

Regina out shot Red Deer 15-4  in the final period, only to give up the only goal Adam Musil scored on a loose puck in front of the net at the 12:46 mark.  The visitors out played the home club in the final period and deserved the win, it was a tough lose  They came out flying in the third period and by the 3 minute mark were out shooting the Rebels 13-1.

 In the first period the Pats got a good first shift in the offensive zone but on their first change took a too many men penalty just 31 seconds in. They managed to kill it off with the help of the left post on a Colton Bobyk point shot. There was no scoring and Red Deer out shot Regina 12-7 

 In the second period Red Deer went up 1-0 as Adm Helewka recieved a pass from Jake DeBrusk at the left boards on a power play.   Scoring from the right face-off circle at 14:59, also assisted by Michael Spacek.   With only 12.6 seconds remaining in the period Adam Brooks took a pass from Lane Zablock at the right Red Deer blue line and skated right down the centre and scored to tie the score at 1-1, assisted by Colby Williams.  Regina out shot Red Deer 11-10

Game attendance was 6,264. It was a real sad way to have to end the Pats season.


From an Old Post: - From: Rod Pedersens' blog. February 2012 -  -

There's the set up for our wedding Wednesday...

Self-explanatory. The minister was a real good one. Quite frankly the event could not have gone better...

Introducing Rod and Cindy Pedersen, from Mexico!

Wow he did it, Rod got Married!!! Gone fishing (on his blog) - What a catch, Rod.

We stayed in Nuevo Vallarta which is referred to as the "Beverly Hills of Puerto Vallarta". Here is the view from our hotel room which was the best in the resort...

Saturday, February 18, 2012 - SEE YOU IN A WEEK...... On Rod's blog.



(Photo: Regina Leader Post - file)

From: My Old Regina Pats Web site:  - March 02, 2012 -


Regina, Saskatchewan - Regina Pats owner Russ Parker has been inducted into the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as a Builder in Baseball and Hockey.

Parker became known as "Mr Baseball" in Calgary and was the Manager of the Alberta Dodgers that won the Canadian Major Baseball Championship in 1965. Russ coached baseball and hockey through the 1960's and 1970's in Calgary before becoming the first commissioner of the Albert Major Baseball League from 1972-75. In 1977 he brought professional baseball to Calgary to play in the Pioneer Baseball League. In 1985 Russ purchase the Salt Lake City Gulls of the Pacific Coast League and moved them to Calgary where the Calgary Cannons were born and played for 17 years until 2002..

Russ Parker - "It is difficult to express how special this is for me.....I am humbled and so honoured it really is an amazing felling!" Parker continued "I have met so many wonderful people, friends, characters and shared so many great stories. I am grateful to have had the help of many people throughout the years and owe particular thanks to my family without whose support and encouragement this day would not have been possible."

Parker a native of Moosomin, Saskatchewan, (He and his wife Diane, purchased the Regina Pats in the spring of 1955 and has operated the franchise in the Queen City since that time.



 Rod Pedersen web site: - Tonight’s Game Seven is the first the Pats are involved in since the 2000 WHL Playoffs when they faced off against the Saskatoon Blades.  The last time the Blue and White won a seventh was 1982 when the Pats knocked off the Lethbridge Broncos.  Since then, the Pats have only been involved in four game sevens (1984, 1990, 1996, 2000).  The last time the Pats moved on to the Eastern Conference Finals was 1993.  Cole Sanford is the only player on the Pats roster to play in a seventh game.  The over-ager was named the second star, posting a goal and two assists against the Kootenay Ice in the second round of the 2014 WHL Playoffs 

Wheels on the Bus: - This second round matchup hasn’t just been a grind on the ice.  The travel through seven games has been impressive.  With 830 km separating Regina and Red Deer (taking the Trans-Canada) and the series going the distance, the Pats have logged 4,150km of travel on the bus.  That’s roughly 40 hours on the bus in the last ten days.


Through six games in this second round playoff series, the home team has won every game. The Pats have yet to lose at the Brandt Centre in these playoffs and hold a 5-0 record while the Rebels are 5-1 at the Enmax Centrium. The Pats have outscored the Rebels at the Brandt Centre 17-8 while Red Deer at home has 12 goals the Pats 6. It is down to sudden death, due or die game.

 Bill Hicke was the Regina Pats' general manager and co-coach the last time the team advanced to the third round of the Western Hockey League playoffs. It was April of 1993. The Regina Pats had just dispatched the favoured Saskatoon Blades in a best-of-seven East Division semifinal. The smooth-skating Swift Current Broncos were next on the agenda for a Pats team that reached the third round of the playoffs despite finishing slightly under .500 during the regular season.

Photo: Don Healy,  Regina Leader Post

Sunday, April 17, 2016




 Picture: Rod Pedersen

 - web site Phil Andrews : - The Regina Pats hosted game 6 of their second round series with the Red Deer Rebels on Sunday. The Pats needed a win to force a seventh and deciding game on Tuesday night in Red Deer. The Rebels took game 5 on home ice on Friday with a 5-1 win on the back of a goal and an assist from Brandon Hagel, two assists from Luke Philp and 28 saves from Rylan Toth. Sean Richards provided the only offense for the Pats whose powerplay went oh for 5 in the loss. The Rebels got defenceman Colton Bobyk back from suspension for game 6 while the Pats were without forwards Adam Berg and Riley Woods due to injury.

 The Pats' pregame tradition of having a Canadian military soldier walk onto the ice with a lit torch and set a virtual fire at centre ice with the Pats logo is as good as there is in sports ANYWHERE

Game Story: - The Regina Pats struck first and they struck often getting goals from Jared McAmmond in the first, Connor Hobbs, Cole Sanford, Lane Zablocki in the second and Captain Colby Williams in the third.  For Red Deer, they could only muster one goal, which came in the first from Jake DeBrusk.  The Pats outshot the Rebels 40-21 overall including 22-4 in the second period alone.  In a series that has seen plenty of scoring on the power play, neither team could convert today.  Pats goaltender Tyler Brown turned away 20 shots for the victory. 

 The series now shifts back to Red Deer for Game Seven on Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m The Regina Pats struck first and they struck often getting goals from Jared McAmmond in the first, Connor Hobbs, Cole Sanford, Lane Zablocki in the second and Captain Colby Williams in the third.  For Red Deer, they could only muster one goal, which came in the first from Jake DeBrusk.  The Pats outshot the Rebels 40-21 overall including 22-4 in the second period alone.  In a series that has seen plenty of scoring on the power play, neither team could convert today.  Pats goaltender Tyler Brown turned away 20 shots for the victory.  The series now shits back to Red Deer for Game Seven on Tuesday night beginning at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, April 13, 2016


 Up 5-1 near the end of the second period, the Rebels scored to make it 5-2. In the third period they added three more goals to make it 5-4, only to see the Regina Pats hold onto win 5-4 and even the series 


The Regina Pats (2-2-0-0) defeated the Red Deer Rebels (2-2-0-0) 6-4 on Wednesday night to even their best-of-seven Eastern Conference Semi Final series at 2- Game Story: The Red Deer Rebels opened the scoring with just under seven minutes left in the first, thanks to Austin Strand.  In the waning minutes of the opening frame, the Pats' Connor Hobbs evened the score at one all.  A minute and thirty seconds later, Hobbs got his second of the night and fourth of the playoffs to take the lead 2-1.

Regina added three more in the second.  Luc Smith notched his first of the post-season to make it 3-1.  Regina’s Lane Zablocki got the next two, to push the home team's lead to 5-1.  His fifth of the playoffs proved to be the game winner.  Red Deer started to mount the comeback getting a late goal from Luke Philp to end the middle frame trailing 5-2.

In the third, Red Deer added two more goals from Nelson Nogier and Luke Philp to pull the visitors within one at 5-4.  That would be as close as this one got as Cole Sanford added an empty net goal to seal the victory 6-4.  The Pats Goaltender Tyler Brown turned away 44 shots to earn the victory.  The series now shifts back to Red Deer Friday night for Game 5.


NOTE: -  Regina Pats in 4 games have scored - 17 goals; 11 Power Play Goals, 1 Short Handed.



The Pats are hitting the road and Access7 is going with them!

We’re excited to announce that our camera crews are headed to Red Deer to broadcast game 5 of the Regina Pats/Red Deer Rebels playoff battle on Friday, April 15 at 7 pm.

The game will be aired in HD in Regina on channel 70 and provincially in standard definition on channel 7.

We will be covering the remainder of the series LIVE, both home and away games, on Sunday, April 17 at 4 pm and on Tuesday, April 19 at 7 pm.

Go Pats Go!

Rod Pedersen will be calling the play-by-play for all games with Braden Malsbury doing colour.

Pats strike back on home ice

 beat Red Deer 6-3

Perseverance paid off for the Regina Pats.

 Due to Health problems the past 4 months and being in the Hospital - relying more on other reports.

Regina Leader Post: -

The WHL club erupted for three unanswered goals in the third period on Tuesday night, skating to a 6-3 playoff win over the Red Deer Rebels before 6,247 fans at the Brandt Centre After opening the series with a pair of one-goal losses in Red Deer, the Pats broke loose in Game 3 with some timely scoring on home ice. “We haven’t really changed anything in our game,” said head coach/GM John Paddock, whose team outshot the Rebels 40-28.

“We played the same way in Red Deer. All three games have been tied going into the third period. You can’t get any closer than that. (You just have to) keep playing right, keep playing hard and fast, and let the chips fall where they may.” With Tuesday’s victory, the Pats are now on the board in their best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal, trimming Red Deer’s lead to 2-1.


 First two games - 5 goals - all on power plays

ROD PEDERSEN: - 620 CKRM will be broadcasting the SportsCage live from the Brandt Centre beginning at 4:00 pm on Wednesday.

 Game 5 goes Friday in Red Deer in a 7:00 pm and I'll have the television call on Access 7.

Friday, April 1, 2016


It was Regina Pats down one game to none after loosing the opening game 6-3 in Lethbridge.  The hard faught Pats turned things around winning the next four games, two being shut outs against the second highest scoring team in the east. On Friday night they skated to a 7-2 win right in Lethbridge

Phil Andrews: - web site -  In the first period the Pats score early and often. First Sam Steel beat Stuart Skinner short side on a delayed penalty call at 1:24. The goal was reviewed to see if the net ad come off it's pegs but after a long delay the goal stood. Austin Wagner and Adam Brooks assisted on the goal to make it 1-0. Then at 2:59 the Pats extended it to 2-0. Lane Zablocki was denied by Stuart Skinner on a diving save but the puck squirted to the goal line and Zablocki poked it in for his first career WHL playoff goal with the lone assist to Austin Wagner. The Hurricanes had two powerplays in the period and on the second one the Pats scored short handed. Sam Steel took a beautiful pass from Cole Sanford and put home his second of the night, 4th of the playoffs at 10:22 and it was a 3-0 game. The Pats were not done there, Lane Zablocki picked up his second of the night at 15:05 on a beautiful tip in front. Austin Wagner his third assist of the period and it was 4-0 Regina. That was it for Stuart Skinner in the Canes net, allowing 4 goals on 9 shots. Game 4 starter Jayden Sittler replaced him. The Pats took the four goal lead to the break and outshot the Canes 11-10. 

In the second the Pats pressed in the early goings but Jayden Sittler made some massive stops to keep the Hurricanes within 4. Lethbridge went to their third powerplay a short time later and with it, got on the board. Tyler Wong had a point shot go off his skate and in for his 1st of the post season at 5:33. Brayden Burke and Giorgio Estephan the assists and the Pats lead was 4-1. The Pats had some great chances after that to go back up by 4, Austin Wwagner was denied on a breakaway and on a 2 on 1 rush. The Pats gave up another penalty in the second half of the frame but killed it off and then got their first powerplay with 20 seconds left in the period. 1:40 carried over into the third with the Pats up 4-1. The Pats outshot the Canes 15-10 in the period and led 26-11 overall. 

In the third the Hurricanes got to within 2 when Giorgio Estephan skated into the right circle and buried his second of the playoffs and it was 4-2. Penalties started to come and four on four the Pats went up 5-2. Austin Wagner scored his second at 7:11. Then on a 4 on 3 powerplay Adam Brooks made it 6-2 with his 5th. The Canes pulled Sittler with over 9 minutes left and that's when Cole Sanford scored into the empty cage for his 3rd to make it 7-2 at 12:06. That was the final score, the Pats win the series 4 games to 1 and advance to play either the Red Deer Rebels or Calgary Hitmen. The Pats outshot the Canes 9-5 in the period and 35-25 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 5 in the win and the penalty kill was 4 for 5 with a short handed goal.

Thursday, March 31, 2016

Regina Pats won 2-0 Wednesday, as they upset front winning Lethbridge Hurricanes. It was Pats second shut out in three days.  - Game Story

Regina Pats Official Web Site: The Regina Pats now have a 3-1 series lead over the Lethbridge Hurricanes after beating them 2-0 on Wednesday evening.  This the second shutout for the Pats, in the series, who blanked the Hurricanes 3-0 in Game Two.  The lone goal for Regina, came late in the first from Cole Sanford who notched his second of the post-season.  Regina would get an empty net marker from Adam Brooks to preserve the victory late in the third.  Pats goaltender Tyler Brown turned away 32 shots to earn the shutout.  Game Five of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference Quarter Finals now shifts to Lethbridge this Friday night.


Photo: Regina Leader Post:

Have been in the Hospital the past three weeks, under the weather since Christmas.

Thursday, February 25, 2016



In the first period the Pats got off to another quick start. Lane Zablocki scored his 12th of the year just 29 seconds in from Adam Brooks to make it 1-0. The Pats went up 2-0 at 7:09 when Sam Steel finsihed off a back door feed from Cole Sanford and Jared Freadrich. 20 seconds after that it was Cole Sanfords turn to score, his 31st from Sam Steel and Jared Freadrich and the Pats lead was 3-0. The Hurricanes responded when Tyler Wong got a bouncing puck to go in from the top of the crease for his 35th at 8:41. Colton Kroeker and Andrew Nielsen the assists aand it was a 3-1 game. The Pats got that one back when Cole Sanford scored his 2nd of the night, 32nd of the year on a nice centering feed from Sean Richards at 10:09. Sergey Zborovskiy the second assist and it was 4-1. That was it for Stuart Skinners night in goal, allowing 4 goals on 5 shots, he was replaced by Jayden Sittler. The Pats powerplay extended the lead to 5-1 when Rykr Cole tapped in a gift of a back door pass from Jake Leschyshyn at 16:31, Sean Richards with the other helper. The Hurricanes got an abbreviated powerpla after that and got to within 3. Ryley Lindgren tried to center from the right goalline and it went off a skate and in for his 24th at 19:03 and it was 5-2. Then in the dying seconds the Hurricanes Brady Reagan got a point shot through traffic from the right point and scored his 4th at 19:52 to make it a 5-3 Pats lead and that was the score after 1. The Pats outshot the Hurricanes 16-13 in the period.

In the second goals were harder to come by and the game stayed 5-3 until the 13:22 mark. Colton Kroeker tried a pass from the right circle and it went off of James Hilsendager and in for his 10th to get the Hurricanes to wihin one at 5-4. The Pats restored the two goal lead at 15:17 went Austin Wagner skated in on a partial breakaway, shielded off the defender and put home his 24th unassisted to make it 6-4 Regina. The Canes got back to within a goal when Tyler Wong was left all alone in the slot, he took a pass and ripped it off the far post and in for his second of the night and 36th of the season from Brayden Burke and Colton Kroeker at 17:08 and the game was 6-5. That was the score after two periods, the Canes outshot Regina 15-12 in the period and the teams were tied 28-28 overall.

In the third the Hurricanes started with 1:44 on the powerplay but the Pats killed it off. The Canes were able to tie the game short handed when Brayden Burke put home a rebound for his 21st and it was 6-6. Lane Zablocki gave the Pats the lead back at 8:46 with a backhand shot into the top of the net for his second of the game and 13th and it was 7-6 Regina. The Hurricanes responded thanks to Colton Kroeker who scored at 10:43 and 13:51 to complete his hattrick and Lethbridge led 8-7. Then it was Lane Zablocki's turn to get his first career hattrick at 17:02 and it was 8-8. That was the score after 60 minutes. The Canes outshot the Pats 24-11 in the period and led 52-39 overall.

In overtime the Pats outshot the Canes 7-3 and had numerous chances to win it but Jayden Sittler stood on his head and we went to a shootout. The shootout went 7 rounds, Austin Wagner scored for the Pats and then Andrew Nielsen was stopped by Tyler Brown and the Pats won 9-8 the final score.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 4 in the game while the penalty kill was 2 for 4.

The thurd star of the game went to the Pats Lane Zablocki who had a hattrick in the win. The second star to Tyler Wong of the Hurricanes who had two goals and 4 assists and the first star to the Hurricanes Colton Kroeker who had a hattrick and an assist in the loss. 
The Pats are back in action at the Brandt Centre on Friday when they host the Prince Albert Raiders at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 
Scoring Summary

1st Period
Pats Goal at 0:23. Lane Zablocki (12) from Adam Brooks.

Pats Goal at 7:09. Sam Steel (21) from Cole Sanford and Jared Freadrich.

Pats Goal at 7:29. Cole Sanford (31) from Sam Steel and Jared Freadrich.

Hurricanes Goal at 8:41. Tyler Wong (35) from Colton Kroeker and Andrew Nielsen.

Pats Goal at 10:09. Cole Sanford (32) from Sean Richards and Sergey Zborovskiy.

Pats PP Goal at 16:31. Rykr Cole (10) from Jake Leschyshyn and Sean Richards.

Hurricanes PP Goal at 19:03. Ryley Lindgren (24) from Tyler Wong.

Hurricanes Goal at 19:52. Brady Reagan (4) from Arvin Atwal and Cory Millette. 
2nd Period
Hurricanes Goal at 13:22. Colton Kroeker (10) from Darian Skeoch and Tyler Wong.

Pats Goal at 15:17. Austin Wagner (24) unassisted.

Hurricanes Goal at 17:08. Tyler Wong (36) from Brayden Burke and Colton Kroeker. 
3rd Period
Hurricanes SH Goal at 8:05. Brayden Burke (21) from Tyler Wong.

Pats Goal at 8:46. Lane Zablocki (13) from Adam Brooks.

Hurricanes PP Goal at 10:43. Colton Kroeker (11) from Brayden Burke and Andrew Neilsen.

Hurricanes Goal at 13:51. Colton Kroeker (12) from Brayden Burke and Tyler Wongs.

Pats Goal at 17:02. Lane Zablocki (14) from Adam Brooks.



Sunday, February 21, 2016




 2011-2012 - SEASON

GP: 70 - G: 41 - A: 75 - PTS: 116 - PIM: 36




GP: 58 - G: 33 - A: 64 - PTS: 97 - PIM: 24   


Thursday, December 10, 2015



THE  1930-31  YEAR  BOOK


Supplied by: Kevin Shaw



1930-31  YEAR  BOOK

Supplied by: Kevin Shaw 


Tuesday, December 8, 2015




by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

8 July, 2009

Up to date: December 9, 2015 - More pictures (36) of the Stadium by Gord Phillips, thanks so much for the wonderful photos Gord.  And yes the Stadium is still standing to this date, maybe they are waiting until its 100th birthday in 2019.  - A short tube by CBC News (October 21, 2010

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, also received by e-mail 36 pictures from Gord Phillips. 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.

Me looking over the rink - (Photo: Brian Middleton)

North-East Corner of the Rink
What use to be the Main Entrance – North Side - (Photo: Brian Middleton)

East Side – Looking north (Pasqua Hospital in the background) - (Photo: Brian Middleton)

Front of the Stadium - (Photo: Gord Phillips)

Inside Rink - showing ice service - (Photo: Gord Phillips)

(Photo: Gord Phillips)

 (Photo: Gord Phillips)

(Photo: Gord Phillips)

(Photo: Gord Phillips)

(Photo: Gord Phillips)

One of the Old Dressing Rooms - (Photo: Brian Middleton)


It brought back good old memories (me sitting and looking around)- (Photo: Brian Middleton)

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.

Have no pictures of the Broadcast Booth, but Gord took two pictures high up in the rafters.

(Photo: Gord Phillips)

(Photo: Gord Phillips)

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. NOTE: Entrance to the new Dressing Rooms, far right below press box and goal judge area. (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.

More pictures of the rink taken by Gord Phillips.

The Visitors and Home Team Players Box.

Looks like an example of the Players and Penalty Box Door.

East End - they up dated from the time I was there. See above picture with the clock in the middle of the ice.

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 until 1955, 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, January 23 to 25, 1967. (Photo: Regina Leader Post AD - January 7, 1967)

The Shrine Circus, plus the American Circus.  As mentioned the rink was called many names, another was "The Barn" and one that I started to use "The Cow Palace".

Royal American Shows - (Photo: - - 

Year: Not Known

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.