Saturday, March 20, 2010

REGINA PATS GRADS WHO PLAYED IN THE NHL - 1917-18 to 1933-34

Regina Pats Alumni have represented Canada on Junior, amateur and professional teams, played senior hockey, gone to the United States and Canadian Colleges, advance to the professional reanks, journeyed to Europe and also achieved the ultimate by playing in the National Hockey League. In Chronological order, here are short, biographical capsules of former Regina Pats who have advanced to the National Hockey League.

Laudas "Duke" Dutkowski (LW) - Regina's first junior to play in the NHL - born in Regina in 1902, died 1976 in Vancouver. Several sources indicate he requested having the "T" removed from Dutkowski before his death, so he is better know as Duke Dukowski. He played senior hockey before and after playing for Regina Patricia on it inaugural 1917-18 team until 1920. Played a total of 34 games, recording 128 goals and 25 assists (which were not recorded as diligently in those days), and also appeared in the 1919 Memorial Cup, which Regina lost to the University of Toronto. Coached Patricia in 1920-21. Played in minor leagues before Chicago Blackhawks (and served as their captain), New York Americans and New York Rangers between 1926-34. Primarily a defenceman in the NHL, he played 206 regular-season games with 46 points and 178 penalty minutes.

Eric "Cowby" Pettinger (D) - Third of four Pettingers to play for the Pats, preceded by Bill and Dick and followed by brother Gord, who played in the NHL. The brothers were born in England, Eric was born in 1904, died in 1969 in Ontario. He spent 3 seasons with Patricia, 1921-24, advanced to the 1922 Memorial Cup and lost to Fort William Canadiens. Was initially signe by the New York Rangers, was also property of Toronto Maple Leafs before joing Boston Bruins for the 1929 Stanley Cup victory. He rejoined the Toronto Maple Leafs for 2 years and played 13 games for the Ottawa Senators before they folded in 1931. Retired as a player in 1937 after 6 years with international Hockey League franchise in London, Ontario. Coached at university of Western Ontario and in Wallaceburg, Ontario. Played 98 NHL regular-season games with 7 goals and 12 assists.

Johnny Gottselig (D) - First Russian-born player to play in the NHL. Russian birthplace often caused problems when he crossed the Canada - U.S. border to play in the NHL. Family emigrated to Regina when Johnny was a youngster; he was born in 105, died in 1986 in Illinois. Played with the Pats from 1923-25. Was on the first Pats team coached by Al Ritchie in 1923-24. Won the 1925 Memorial Cup in a two-game final against Aura Lee, Ontario. His Junior totals were 29 games played, 46 goals and 6 assits. Played 16 NHL seasons, 589 regular-season and 43 play-off games, all with Chicago Blackhawks from 1928-44. Had 176 goals, 195 assists and 203 penalty minutes in regular season, 13 goals and 13 assists in play-offs. Was Blackhawks captain 1935-40. Coached Chicago from 1944-48 and afterwards became team's public relations director and broadcaster.

Frank Ingram (LW) - He was also on Al Ritchie's first Pats team, which won the 1925 Memorial Cup in its second year together. Regina won the opener of the best-of-three, 2-1 on Ingram's overtime goal which bounced off an Aura Lee defenceman following a rink long rush. He scored 25 goals in 24 career games with the Pats. Born in Craven, Saskatchewan in 1907, died in 1985 in Oklahoma. Played junior for Regina Boat Club before joining Regina Pats and played senior for Regina Victorias after leaving the Pats, working his way to a three-season career with Chicago Blackhawks from 1929-32. Spent 8 more season in the minors. Played 101 NHL regular season games with 24 goals and 16 assists.


Ken "Cagey" Doraty (RW) - Scored Regina's first goal in a 5-2 comeback victory to help Pats sweep Aura Lee in the 1925 Memorial Cup. He had 13 goals in 12 play-off games en rpoute to the junior championships. He played another 15 games for the Pats with 13 goals and 9 assists. Born in Ontario in 1906 before his family moved to Rouleau, Saskatchewan, where he played minor hockey. Most famous goal came in 1933 NHL play-off game for the Toronto Maple Leafs, for who he scored the winner of a 1-0 semi-final against the Boston Bruins in the 6th overtime period. In a 1934 regular season game he scored 3 goals during a 10 minuted overtie to give Toront a 7-4 victory over Boston. Through a partial season with the Chicago Blackhawks (18 games, no points) three seasons with Toronto and a two-game stint with Detroit Red Wings. Doraty play 103 regular season gaems with 15 goals and 26 assists, adding another 7 goals and 2 assists in 15 play-off games. He served as Moose Jaw Cnaucks president and coach in the 1949-50 season, also coached the Senior Regina Caps. He died in 1981.

Alex "Touch" Wood (G) - Spent only 1928-29 with the Regina Pats, on year after and alalgamated team (Pats and Regina Falcons) called the Regina Monarchs won the 1928 Memorial Cup. He played 6 regular season games and posted 2 shutouts. Played 6 more play-off games, posting a 3-1-2 record and 2.33 goals against average, before the Pats were eliminated by the Calgary Canadians in the Western Canada semi-final. Born in Scotlan in 1911 and died in 1979. He signed with Chicago blackhawks, but played for 11 minor pro teams in 8 years before making his lone NHL start with the New York Americans in 1937. An All-Star in the minors, he played for 5 more teams before retiring in 1945.


Frank Jerwa (D) - Before completing his lone season (1928-29) with the Regina Pats, Jerwa tallied 4 goals and had 2 assistes in 5 inter-City Junior Hockey League games. Joined the Pacific Coast Hockey League's Vancouver Lions. Vancouver sold him to the NHL's Boston Bruins. Played parts of 2 season with Boston before being dealt to the St. lous Eagles in 1934-35, that team's only year of existence. Finished his career 7 years later in the minors, with his final 2 season in Vancouver. Born in Alberta in 1910 and died in 1992. He scored 11 goals and 16 assists in 81 NHL games. Brother Joe also played in the NHL.


Donald Deacon (D) - After a 1 game play-off turn with the Regina Pats in 1929, Deacon spent the next year with the rival Regina Olympics before rejoining the Pats. He backstopped by Ken (Shutout King) Campell, the Pats won the 1930 memorial Cup in Deacon's absence. Campbell had shut out opponents 7 times in 11 games en route to the Canadian junior championship, during Deacon's 2 years with the Pats, Campbell had another 17 shutouts in 24 games, but didn't reach the Memorial Cup. deacon played 15 games for the Pats and scored 6 goals. His success in Saskatchewan's senior league earned him 3 stints with the Detroit Red Wings. Played in 30 games, 6 goals and 4 assisted between 1936-40. Deacon was born in Regina, retired in 1943 and died that year from a fall at the age of 30.


Gordon "Gosh" PETTINGER (C) - He is the younger brother of Eric Pettinger. Born in England in 1911m died in 1986. Played with the Regina Pats from 1928-1930, scoring 18 goals in 23 games. Had great timing for winning championships. Following a Memorial Cup victory in 1930. Pettinger scored the tying goal in Regina's 3-2 victory in the final game against Toronto Nationals. He joined the North West Hockey League's Vancouver Lions and advanced to the New York Rangers in 1932-33 in time for a Stanley Cup victory.

Eddie Wiseman (RW) - Pats capped his only season (1929-30) with a Memorial Cup victory, but the 17-year old Wiseman, who had played three regular season games and scored one, did not appear inthe play-offs due to injuries. It was 11 years later that he won a Satnley Cup with Boston Bruins. He turned pro as an 18-year old and spend 1932-34 with Detroit Red Wing, three seasons with New York Americans and three with Boston Bruins. Tailied 115 goals and 165 assists in 456 NHL games, adding 10 goals and 10 assists in 43 post season games. Born in 1912 in New Brunswick, died in Red Deer in 1977.

Frank "Buzz" Boll (D) - Born in Fillmore, Saskatchewan, Boll played junior and senior hockey in nearby, Weyburn around the 1929-30 season, Memorial Cup winning season he spent with theRegina Pats. On their 5 game play-off run he scored 3 goals and added 3 assists. Joined Toronto Maple Leafs in 1933, but was part of a notorious trade that sent him and Busher Jackson to the New York Americans for Sweeny Schriner in 1939. After the Americans (now Brooklyn) folded in 1942. Boll joined the Boston Bruins for his most profit campaigns, scoring 25 goals in 1942-43 and 19 more in 1943-44. In 437 games he scored 133 goals and had 130 assists, adding 7 goals and 3 assist in 31 play-off games. He died in 1990.

Alex Motter (D/C) - Regina Pats advanced to the Memorial Cup in Motter's second and final season, 1932-33, and lost back-to-back 2-1 decisions against Newmarket Redmen. Decisive game ended in overime and controversy, leading to four Pats being suspended for josting on-ice official. He had 10 goals in 38 games for the Pats. Spent 1 year playing senior hockey in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. Played sparingly for the Boston Bruins before joining Detroit Red Wings, capping 6 seasons in Detroit with a 1943 Stanley Cup victory. Born in Melville, Sawkatchewan in 1913 and died in 1996. NHL totals: 255 games, 39 goals and 64 assists, with 12 points in 42 more play-off games.

Murray Armstrong (C) - Born in Manor, Saskatchewan in 1916. Grew up in Regina. Joined the Regina Pats and played 6 regular season games through 1931-33, scoring 3 goals and 2 assists, plus 32 play-off games with 7 goals and 1 assist. Appeared in the 1933 Memorial Cup. Divided 8 NHL season and played 270 regular-season game with Toronto Maple Leafs (1937-39), New York Americans (1939-42) and Detroit Red Wings (1943-46). Part of Toronto to New York trade for Sweeney Schriner. Coached Regina Pats from 1947 to 1956 and led them to 4 Memorial Cup appearances in 1950, 52, 55, and 56, winning none. Coached University of Denver for 21 years and won 5 NCAA.

"Jimmy" Franks (G) - He replaced legendary Ken (Shut out King) Campbell and in only one season (1932-33) took the Regina Pats to the Memorial Cup final with a 0.63 goals-against average in 15 play-off games. James had a 1.26 goals against average in three regular season games. Was an emergency call up for NHL teams, appearing in only 42 games with a 4.30 goals against average from 1936 to 1943 with Detroit Red Wings, New York Americans and Boston Bruins, plus part of one play-off game with Detroit in 1937. He was born in 1914 in Melville, Saskatchewan, died in 1994 in Oregon.

Leslie Cunningham (C) - Was the leading scorer for the Regina Pats en route to the 1933 memorial Cup, scoring 4 goals in four-regular season games and 6 goals in 15 play-off games. Had the goal the forced three overtime sessions in Regina's controversial 2-1 loss against Newmarket that determined the Memorial Cup. Cunningham, Jimmy Franks, Alex Kerr and Bill Cairns were suspended for a post-game fracas involving referee Johnny Mitchell. Calgary born in 1914, died in 1993. Was a high scoring forward for American Hockey League's Cleveland Barons, winning the scoring tilte in 1943. After he left the league, AHL's top player was awarded the Les Cunningham Trophy. AHL exploits earned him only 2 NHL stints, for 23 games in 1936-37 with New York Americans and 37 games in 1939-40 with Chicago Blackhawks, with whom he totaled 7 goals and 19 assists. Played only 1 NHL play-off game.
Audley "Aut" Tuten (D) - After one season with the junior Melville Millionairies and Saskatoon Tigers, he played for the Regina Pats in a two-team Inter City Junior Hockey League, winning all 3 games against Moose Jaw Canucks in 1933-34. He had 2 assists in regular season play and 2 assists in 8 play-off games. Audley moved to the Eastern American Hockey League for 5 seasons and the American Hockey Association for 2 more before playing 5 games with the NHL Chicago Blackhawks in 1941-42. He played another 34 games with Chicago in 1942-43 and gave him a total of 39 NHL games, scored 4 goals and had 8 assists. Finally retired in 1949. Was born in 1915 in Alberta, died in 1994.



Bob Richards (RW) - Joined the Regina Pats for the 1934 play-off run. Had 2 assists in 5 games before Pats lost the provincial final to Saskatoon Wesleys. Born 1915 in Regina. Played senior hockey in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Britain, Lethbridge, Alberta and Flin Flon, Manitoba. He enjoyed one NHL season with New York Rangers during the 1942-43 season, scoring 12 goals and had 12 assists in 49 games. Finished his career in Lethbridge in 1949. Died in 1988