Saturday, March 20, 2010

REGINA PATS GRADS WHO PLAYED IN THE NHL - 1966-67 to 1973-75


Brian Lavender (LW) - Scored 71 goals in two season with the Regina Pats (1965-66 and 1966-67) also added 126 assists. His play-off totals were 6 goals and 16 assists in 21 games. NHL debut came in 1971-72 with the St. Louis Blue, who drafted him from the Montreal Canadiens via Minnesota. New York Islanders purchsed him in 1972-73 and was traded mid-season to Detroit Red Wings. He was dealt to Californa Golden Seals and played one season before a short stint in the World Hockey Association (WHA) ended his career in 1975. Born in 1947 in Edmonton, Alberta. In the NHL scored 16 goals and had 26 assists and had no points in three play-off games.


Barry "Diesel" Cummins (D) - Born in 1949 in Regina. Played 115 games with the Regina Pats between 1966-69, although an injury forced him to miss most of the 1966-67 season. He had 20 goals and 42 assist, plus 45 play-off games, scoring 3 goals and had 21 assist. He also had 298 penalty minutes, plus 131 in the play-offs. Most of his professional career was spent in the Western Hockey League, but played 36 games (one goal and two assists) for the NHL's California Golden Seals in 1973-74.

Ron Snell (RW) - Born in 1948 in Regina. He played 116 games with the Regina Pats between 1966-68. Ron scored 80 goals, had 84 assists, plus 14 goals, 10 assists in the play-offs. Advanced in Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (CMJHL) final in 1966-67 losing to the Moose Jaw Canucks. Had five points in seven NHL games with the Pittsburgh Penguins over two seasons. Played two season with the World Hockey Association (WHA's) Winnipeg Jest, scoring 24 goals and had 24 assists. Retired in 1976. Was Assistant Coach with the Regina Pat Blues of the Saskatchewan Jinior Hockey League (SJHL) in 1981-82.


Don "Big Bird" Saleski - (RW) - Don played with the Regina Pats from 1966-70, scoring 78 points in 136 games. He reached the Memorial Cup final in 1968-69, scoring 6 goals and 6 assists in 11 games play-off games, losing to the Montreal Junior Canadiens. Was born in Moose Jaw in 1949. Played seven and one-half season for the Philadelphia Flyers, winning the Stanley Cup in 1973-74 and 1974-75. Was traded in midseason to Colorado Rockies but did not see eye to eye with head coach Don Cherry. Played part of next season in Colorado before ending his career in minor leagues in 1980. In the NHL played in 543 games, scored 128 goals and had 125 assists, plus 13 goals, 17 assists in 82 play-off games. Was part of the "Broad Street Bullies" racking up 527 penalty minutes in regular season play and 131 minutes in play-offs.


Glenn "Chico" Resch (G) - Appeared in only five regular season games and six play-off games with the Regina pats, advancing to the Canadian Major Junior Hockey League (CMJHL) final in 1966-67 before losing to Moose Jaw. Was born in Moose Jaw in 1948. Played from 1967 to 1971 at the Universitiy of Minnesota-Duluth. Successful in minor leagues, winning Rookie-of-theyear in International Hockey League in 1972 and Most Valuable Player in Central Hockey League in 1974. Played for the New York Islanders from 1979-81, winning the Stanley Cup in 1979-80. Traded to Colorado Rockies in 1981 and won Bill Masterton Trophy with them in 1982. He also played for New Jersey Devils and Philadelphia Flyers. Glenn compiled 231-224-82 regular season recorn with a 3.27 goals against average, plus a 17-17 record with a 2.48 goals against average in the play-offs. Retired in 1987 and worked as a scout and goaltending coach. Presently a colour commentator for the New Jersey Devils.


Brian Roy "Spinner" Spencer (RW) - Played just 23 games with the Regina Pats in 1967-68, before being traded. Brian scored one goal and had two assists. Drafted by Toronto Maple Leafs in 1969 and call up in 1969-70. First gasme as a Leaf was to be broadcast nationally, but the game was switched to the Vancouver Canucks game in British Coumbia (B.C.), causing Spencer's father Roy to drive 85 miles to the TV staation and armed with a gun, tried to force the TV crew to switch to the Leafs game, Roy was shot and killed in a confrontation with the R.C.M.P. outside the station. Brian was born in 1949 in Fort St. James, B.C. He played for the Leafs, New York Islanders, Buffalo Sabres and Pittsburgh Penguins. His NHL totals were, 8 goals, 143 assists and 634 penalty minutes in 533 career games, plus 1 goal, 5 assists in 37 play-off games. He moved to Florida when his hockey career ended and in 1987 was charged with kidnapping and murder. Brian was found not guilty in 1988. Three months later he was shot and killed while being robbed.


Larry Wright (C) - Born in 1951 in Regina. Played three season (1967-71) with the Regina Pats and one at the University of Minnesota-Duluth. He scored 79 goals, 157 assists in 161 league games, plus 25 goals, 29 assists in 37 play-off games. Larry also had 7 goals and 10 assists in the Memorial Cup in 1968-69. Was captain of the Regina Pats in his final junior season. Drafted in the first round, eighth overall by Philidelpha Flyers in the 1971 draft but failed to find success in the NHL. Played just 27 games in 1971-72 and picked up one assist, had one assist in nine game in 1972-73. Traded to California Golden Seals in 1974-75 as part of the Reggie Leach deal, but was scoreless in just two games there. Played in Dusseldorf, Germany in 1976 before one more shot at the NHL in 1977 with Detroit Red Wings and ending his career in the minors in 1979.


Gary Bert Bromley (G) - Played from 1968-71 with the Regina Pats, leading them to the Memorial Cup in 1968-69, only to lose to the Montreal Junior Canadiens. Had a successful career in the minor leagues, leading Cincinnatio Swords to the Calder Cup in 1973. Called up by the Buffalo Sabres in 1974 and played 136 NHL games, mostly as a backup, for the Sabres and Vancouver Canucks. Gary compiled a 54-44-28 NHL record with a 3.43 goals agains average, plus a play-off record of 2-5 with a 4.16 goals against average. Played in 57 World Hockey Association (WHA) games over two season with Winnipeg Jets and Calgary Cowboys. Retired in 1982. Born in 1950 in Edmonton, Alberta.


Rod Norrish (LW) - A high scorer in his two season, 1969-71 with the Regina Pats, scoring 86 goals and 51 assists in 115 games. In his 1970-71 season was his best and he was loaned to the Weyburn Red Wing for the Memorial Cup play-offs, only to lose to the Montreal Canadiens. Had 8 goals and 13 assists in 19 play-off games in 1971. Against Weyburn on november 25, 1969, scored the fastest goal at the start of a period - five seconds, equaling the mark set by NHL's Toronto's Charlie Conacher in 1932. In Saskatoon on December 7, 1969, scored three goals in 20 seconds, bettering the NHL record set by Chicago Blackhawk's Bill Mosienko in 1952, by one second. First NHL round pick, 21st overal, by Minnesota North Stars in 1971 draft. Born in 1951 in Stronfield, Saskatchewan. He scored three goals and three assist in 21 games over two seasons with Minnesota. Retired in 1975.



Dwight Joseph Bialowas (D) - Born in 1952 in Regina. Played three season with the Regina Pats from 1969-72. He had 78 points in 158 league games, plus 24 points in 32 play-off games. Helped his team advance to the Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) final, only to lose to Weyburn Red Wings. Most Sportsmanlike Pat in 1970-71. Drafted 18th overall in the 1972 NHL draft by Atalnat Flames. Traded in 1975 to Minnestoa North Stars. In the NHL had 11 goals, 46 assists in 164 games before retiring in 1978 after finishing a playing career in the minor leagues.



Rich Preston (C) - Played just one season with the Regina Pats, 1969-70, scoring 15 goals and had 15 assists in 36 games. Played for the University of Denver from 1970-75. After being drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks and told he would start his career in the minors, chose Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association (WHA) and played four years there and one with the Winnipeg Jets. In the WHA scored 133 goals, 152 assists in 388 games. Was name MVP in the 1978-79 WHA play-offs, helping Winnipeg win the Avco Cup. Played from 1979-87 in the NHL, six seasons with Chicago Blackhawks and two with New Jersey Devils. In the NHL scored 127 goals, 164 assists in 580 games; plus 4 goals, 18 assists in 47 play-off games. Assistant coach with Chicago from 1991-95. Head coach of the Regina Pats for two seasons, 1995-97, with a record of 79-69-5. Assistant coach with Calgary flames from 1997-200, with San Jose Sharks from 2001-03, then back with Calgary Flamses from 2004-09. Named General Manager/Head Coach of the Western Hockey League (WHL) Lethbridge Hurricanes in 2009. Born in 1952 in Regina.


Eugene Sobchuk (C) - The older brother of Regina Pats scoring star Dennis. He played from 1969-70 with the Weyburn Red Wings and 1970-71 with the Regina Pats. Lost the 1970 Memorial Cup to the Montreal Junior Canadiens with Weyburn. He scored 17 goals and had 37 assists in 66 games with the Regina Pats. Drafted 109th overall by New York Rangers in the 1971 NHL draft, but only played one NHL game in 1973-74 with the Vancouver Canucks. Played two seasons in the World Hockey Association (WHA) with Phoenix Roadrunner and Cincinnati Stingers before retiring after two more season in the minor leagues. Was head coach of the Saskatchewan Junion Hockey League's Weyburn Red Wings from 1979-81. Born in 1951 in Lang, Saskatchewan.



Phil Russell (D) - Played just one game with Regina Pats in 169-70 before moving on to Edmonton Oil Kings. Had on assist for the Regina Pats. Tough, hard hitting, hard-nosed rearguard was drafted 13th overall in the NHL draft by Chicago Blackhawks in 1972. First-team Western Canada Hockey League (WCHL) all-star in 1972. Traded to Atlanta Flames in 1979, traded to New Jersey Devils in 1983 and then Buffalo Sabres in 1986. Played in the NHL all-star game in 1976, 1977 and 1985. Born in Edmonton in 1952. In the NHL scored 99 goals, 325 assists and had 2,038 penalty minutes in 1,016 games, plus 4 goals, 22 asists and 202 penalty minutes in 73 play-off games. Coached in minor leagues as assistant or head coach from 1988 to 1993, in 1999-2000 and from 2004-08.


Dennis "Sobby" Sobchuk (C) - In 200 games in three season with the Regina Pats compiles impressive stats - 191 goals, 225 assist for 416 points (better than two points per game), plus 22 goals and 42 assists in 35 play-off games. Western Canada hockey League (WCHL) rookie-of-the-year in 1971-72, as well as second team all-star. helped the Regina Pats advance to league final in his frist season, losing to Edmonton Oil Kings. WCHL player-of-the-year in 1972-73. Scored 3 goals and 4 assists in three games to lead the Pats to the Memorial Cup Championship in 1973-74. Had his sweater retired by the Pats at the end of the season. WCHL first-team all-star in 1973-74. Is the younger brother of Gene, who played with the Pats. Born in 1954 in Lang. Selected late in the 1974 NHL draft in the fifth round by Phildadelphia Flyers because he had already signed with the WHA. He played five season in the WHA with Phoenix Roadrunners and Cincinnati Stingers, scoring 145 goals, 180 assists in 348 games. Joined the NHL Detroit Red Wings after leagues merged, but never found the same success in the NHL that he had in junior and the WHA. In the NHL had 5 goals, 6 assists in 35 games with Detroi and Quebec Nordiques. Assistant coach for the Regina Pats from 1986-88 and became head coach and general manager in 188-89.

Eddie "Steady Eddie" Staniowski (G) - Played with the Regina Pats from 1971-75, his first year as a backup. In the second year as a starter, 1973-74 led Pats to the Memorial Cup victory. Was first-team-all star in 1973-74 and was named Canadian Major Junior player-of-the-year. Was picked up by New Westminster Bruins for the 1974-75 Memorial Cup and won two games, but the team lost the final to Toronto Marlboros. Played for Canada at the world junior championship in 1975 winning both games he played. In the NHL drafte 27th overall by St. Louis Blue in 1975. Shared Terry Sawchuk Trophy with Dog Grant in 1978 for allowins fewest goals in the Central Hockley League (CHL). Split six seasons between the Blues and the minors before being traded to the Winnipeg Jets in 1981, then to Hartford Whalers in 1983. Retired in 1985. An assistant coach with Moose Jaw Warriors in 1987-88. Born in 1955 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. In the NHL had a record of 67-104-214 during the regular season with a 4.06 goals against average, plus a 1-6 play-off record and a 3.92 goals against average.


Clark Gillies (LW) - The big left winer played three season with the Regina Pats, forming a great scoring line with Dennis Sobchuck and Mike Wanchuk. Had 117 goals, 166 asists in 201 league games, plus 14 goals, 21 assists in 35 play-off games. Helped the team win the Memorial Cup in 1973-74. In the NHL was drafted 4th over by New York Islander in 1974. The power forward went on the play 14 NHL season, never playing a game in the minors. Joined with Bryan Trottier and Mike Bossy to creat the line of "Trio Grande", one of the top scoring lines in the 1970's and 190's. helped the Islanders win 4 Stanley Cups and scored 30 or more goals 6 times. First-team NHL all-star in 1977-78 and 1978-79. Played for Canada in the 1979 Challenge Cup and 1983 Canada Cup. In the NHL scored 319 goals, 378 assists in 958 regular season games, with 1,028 penalty minutes; plus 42 goals, 47 assists, and 287 penalty minutes in 164 play-off games . New York Islanders retired his # 9 in 1996 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame 2002. Born in 1954 in Moose Jaw. Retired in 1988 after two seasons with Buffalo Sabres.


Greg Joly (D) - A great high-scoring defenceman in junior. Played for the Regina Pats from 1971-74, culminating in a Memorial Cup championship in 1973-74. With the Pats, scored 41 goals, 163 assists in 141 games; plus 7 goals, 19 assists in 35 play-off games. Was the Western Canada Hockey League (WHL) first-team all-star in 1972-73 and 1973-74. Memorial Cup tournament Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1974. In the NHL draft was first overall by Washington Capitals in 1974, but was injured in training camp and later in the season. Suffered under Tom McVie's restrictive system and under unfair expectations from a bad team. After two seasons in Washintong, traded to Detroit Red Wings. Spent parts of 6 seasons in detroit before playing 3 more years in the minor leagues, then retiring. Was the American Hockey League (AML) secondteam all-star in 1983-84 and AHL team all-star in 1984-85. In the NHL scored 21 goals, had 76 assists in 365 games and was scoreless in five play-off games. Born in 1954 in Rocky Mountarin House, Alberta.


Glen William Burdon (C) - Played three season with the Regina Pats, playing in the Memorial Cup championship in 1974. Scored 57 goals and 120 assists in 174 games. Limited to 46 games in his second season with a back injury. Had 7 goals and 19 assists in 30 play-off games and 2 goals in the Memorial Cup Championship. NHL drafted 20th overall by the Kansas City Scouts and 23rd overal by the Edmonton Oilers of the World Hockey Assocation (WHA). Played 1974-75 season in the minors, was called up in 1975-76 season for his only 11 NHL games with kansa City, getting two assists. Played remainder of his career in the AHL and CHL. Retired after the 1978-79 season. Born in 1954 in Lumsden, Saskatchewan.


Robert Laird (RW) - Pound for pound one of the toughest to play on the Regina Pats. He scored 54 goals, 53 assists and 345 penalty minutes in 137 games from 1971-74 with the Regina Pats, plus 11 goals, 15 assists and 82 penalty minutes in the play-offs as well as two goal, three assists and 33 penalty minutes in three games as the Pats won the Memorial Cup in 1974. In the NHL draft he was 116th overall by Pittsburg Penguins and 29th overall by the Minnesota Fighting Saints of the World Hockey Association (WHA). Signed as a free agent by Minnesota North Star in 1979 and played just one NHL game that season. Long successful 10-year-playing career in minors, including first team all-star in the Internation Hockey League (IHL) in 1979. Spent 11 years coaching, including an assistant job in 1989-90 with the Washing Capitals of thew NHL. Born in 1954 in Regina.


Kim McDougall (D) - Played three season with the Regina Pats from 1971-74. Helped the team win the Memorial Cup in 1974. Secored eight goals and 67 assists in 145 games, plus two goals and four assists in 24 play-off games. Born in 1954 in Regina. NHL drafted 60th overall by the Minnestoa North Stars in 1974 and 66th overall by the Winnipeg Jets in 1974 in WHA draft. Played just one game with Minnestoa, scoring no points. Retired after the 1975-76 season. Coached the Regina Pat Blues of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) in 1980-81.