Saturday, March 20, 2010

REGINA PATS GRADS WHO PLAYED IN THE NHL - 1946-47 to 1955-56

Dunc Fisher (RW) - Member of the Regina Abbotts when team merged with Regina Commandos to form the Regina Pats in the 1946-47 season, his only year with the team. Played 26 games, scored 28 goals and 16 assists, plus had 5 goals and 7 assists in 6 play-off games. Born in Regina in 1927. Was the property of New York Rangers, he joined their farm team in New Haven before playing 1 NHL play-off game in 1948. Spent the next 3 seasons with the Rangers, 3 seasons with Boston Bruins from 1950-51and part of 1958-59 with Detroit Red Wings, but most of his career with the American Hockey League's Hershey Bears, which he set scoring marks and won 2 Calder Cups before retiring in 1960. Played 275 NHL games, scored 45 goals, 70 assists and played 21 play-off games, had 4 goals and 4 assists. Coached the Regina Pats in 1962-63.


Al "Red" Staley (C) - When the Regina Commandos (Staley's team) and Abbotts merged to become the re-formed Regina Pats in 1946-47, Staley was a high-scoring forward as the Pats posted a 26-4-0 recored in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Regina only losts were against the Moose Jaw Canucks who eliminated the Pats in the league final. Mose Jaw eliminated Regina again in 1947-48. Staley played 51 games during the 2 seasons, scored 59 goals and had 57 assists, plus he had 12 goals, 11 assists in 11 play-off games. Staley played only 1 NHL game with the New York Rangers in the 1948-48 season, recording 1 assist. Born in Regina in 1928.

Bill Folk (D) - Detroit Red Wings summoned him for 4 games in 1951-52 and 8 games in 1952-53. He had no points and played in no play-off games. Played senior and semi-pro hockey until 1966. Born in Regina in 1927. Played junior hockey for the Abbotts befored joining the Regina Pats for the 1946-47 season. Had 7 goals and 4 assists in 29 games, scored 2 goals in 6 play-off games. Coached the Regina Junior "A" Silver Foxes and Senior Regina Caps.

Lorne Davis (RW) - Spent 3 season with the Regina Pats from 1947-50, finishing his junior career with a Memorial Cup loss to the Montreal Junior Canadiens. Played 94 games, scored 48 goals and had 34 assists, 38 play-off games, scored 19 goals and had 10 assists. Born 1930 in Regina and died 2007 in Regina. His first NHL action came in 1951-52 with the Montreal Canadiens. Won 1953 Stanley Cup with the Canadiens after being summoned for the play-offs. Dealt in Chicago Blackhawks and Detroit Red Wings in 1954-55 and Boston Bruins in 1955-56, the last NHL team he played for in 1959-60. Had numerious minor league stops and stint with Canada's Olympice hockey team in 1980 and scouted for 3 thre NHL teams, primarily the edmonton Oilers. NHL totals were, 45 games, 9 goals and 12 assists, plus 18 play-off games, socred 3 goals and had 1 assist.

Paul Masnick (C) - During the second season with the Regina Pats he scored 44 goals and had 43 assists in 40 games along with a Memorial Cup appearance in 1950. He had 7 goals and 10 assists in 26 games as Pats rookie. In 30 play-off games scored 29 goals, 24 assists. Joined the Montreal Canadiens the next season and remained their property, except for an 11 game stint with the Chicago Blackkhawks, untio 1954-55. Was with Montreal in 1953 when they won the Stanley Cup. Finished his career in minor leagues, spcifically with IHL's St. Paul Saints in 1962, except for 41 game NHL finale with Toronto Maple Leafs in 1957-58. Born 1933 in Regina. Had 18 goals, 41 assists in 232 NHL games, plus 4 goals, 5 assists in 33 play-off games.

Eddie Litzenberger (RW) - Participated in Regina Pats Memorial Cup loss to the Montreal Canadiens as a rookie in 1950. He advanced to the Western Canadian final in 1951 and finished his junior career with another appearance in the 1952 Memorial Cup, which the Pats lost in 4 straight games to the Guelph Biltmore Mad Hatters. Prolific scorer, had 111 goals, 83 assists in 121 regular season games, plus 71 goals, 57 assist in 74 play-off games. Bounced between Montreal Royals, winning the Quebec leagus's rookie of the year award in 1953, and NHL's Montreal Canadiens for 3 seasons. Traded to the Chicago Blackhawk and won the 1954-55 Calder Trophy as NHL's top rookie after getting 40 points in the season's final 40 games. Had three 30-goal seasons with Chicago, became team captain, played regularly on a forward line with Bobby Hull and won the Stanley Cup in 1961. Traded to Detroit Red Wings the following season and quickly claimed by Toronto Maple Leafs, winning the Stanley Cup in 1962, 63 and 64. NHL career totals; 618 games, 178 goals, 238 assists, plus 5 goals, 13 assists in 40 play-off games. Won 2 Calder Cup championships with the AHL's Rochester Americans. Born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan in 1932.

Garry "Duke" Edmundson (C) - Played only one season with the Regina Pats 1950-51, joining then after 2 amateur season in edmonton. He scored 12 goals and had 6 assists in 23 league games, plus 18 goals, 14 assists in 27 play-off games. Was born in 1932 in Alberta. He missed Pats 1950 Memorial Cup appearance and again in 1952 when he was completing his junior career in Kitchener. Played one NHL game for the Montreal Canadiens in 1951-52, spent 7 seasons in the minors (and another 3 afterwards) before playing with Toronto Maple Leafs in 1959-60 and a 3 game finale in 1960-61. Played 43 NHL games and 11 play-off games, getting 4 goals, 6 assists, plus 1 assist in the play-offs.

Bob Turner (D) - The NHL sponsorship made Turner, like so may Pats, property of the Montreal Canadiens. The Canadiens woul send him to the minors for his first pro season (1954-55) and parts of the next two, but he was with the NHL club for 5 straight Stanley Cup victories between 1955-60. Often paried as a stay-at-home defenceman with free wheeling Hall of Fame defenceman Doug Harvey. Traded to Chicago Blackhawks, the reigning Stanley Cup champions in 1961 and played 2 season with them, and one with american Hockey League's Buffalo Bison before retiring in 1964. NHL totals; 478 games, 19 goals, 51 assists, plus 1 goal, 4 assists in 68 play-off games. Was born in Regina in 1934, died 2005 in Regina. Good skating defenceman with Pats from 1951-54. He was added to Regina Caps roster in 1952-53 for the senior Allan Cup play-offs. Played 101 Junior games, 27 goals, 29 assists, plus 1 goal, 9 assists in 30 play-off games. Between stints as a scout for the Oakland Seals, coached the Regina Pats from 1956-69, 1970-71 and 1972-77, leading them to an appearance in the 1969 Memorial Cup against Montreal Canadien Juniors and in 1974, winning the Memorial Cup championship.

Bill "Red" Hay (C) - College hockey twice took Hay away from the Regina Pats, which he first play in the 1952-53 season. He spent the next year at the University of Saskatchewan and rejoined the Pats in 1954-55 before attending Colorado College. He played 62 games for the pats, scored 30 goals, and had 48 assists. Played 36 play-off games, 20 goals, 13 assists, including a Memorial Cup apearance in 1955, when the games were played in the Regina's Exhbition Stadium against Toronto Marlboros. Regina won the first two games, but lost the next four (the last two in overtime). Hay scored 3 goals in Toronto's decisive 8-5 victory. Following a year of senior hockey in Calgary, Hay joined the Chicago Blackhawks in 1959-60 and played 70 games, scoring 18 goals and had 37 assists to win the NHL's calder Trophy as its outstanding rookie. Spent 7 more season in Chicago, playing in 506 games, 113 goals, 273 assists, plus 15 goals, 21 assists in 52 play-off games. Born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan in 1935. Won a Stanley Cup with Chicago. Played on Blackhawk "Million Dollar Line" with Bobby Hall and ex-Pats teammate Murray Balfour. Served as president of the NHL's Calgary Flames before becoming president of Hockey Hall of Fame.

Murray Balfour (D/F) - Former Pats stickboy had four-regula junior career as rugged defenceman from 1952-56. Missed most of 1955 play-offs because of a cracked kneecap, but returned for the montreal Cup series against Toronto Marlboros and forced overtime with a late goal in the fourth game. toronto won the final two games in overtime. Regina also lost to Toronto in the 1956 memorial Cup, which was played in toronto. Balfour played 138 games with the Pats, had 43 goals, 43 assists, plus 55 play-off games, 34 goals and had 20 assists. He played with Ottawa-Hull Canadiens as a 20 year old, losing a 7 game Memorial Cup final to the Flin Flon Bomber. Moved to forward in his final year with the Regina Pats and stayed there during the NHL, playing right wing alongside Bill Hay and Bobby Hull on the "Million Dollar Line". Played 2 NHL games with Montreal Canadiens in 1955-56 and 3 in 1957-58 before being traded to Chicago Blackhawk. Won the 1963 Stanley Cup during five years in Chicago. Last NHL team was Boston Bruins in 1964-65; left Boston after being diagnosed with cancer. Scored 67 goals, had 90 assists in 306 NHL games, plus 9 goals, 10 assist in 40 play-off games. Born in Regina in 1936, died of cancer in 1965. A rink in southern Regina bears his name.

Bill "Billy the Kid" Hicke (RW) - Had 3 goals and 8 assists in 8 league games as a 15-year old Pats rookie in 1954-55. Tied Bill Hay for team scoring in the play-offs en route to the 1955 Memorial Cup appearance, playing in 29 games, scoring 11 goals and had 20 assists. Linemate Bryan Whittal led Pats in play-off scoring the next year with 45 points, but Hicke was second with 17 goals and 20 assists as the Pats again advanced to the 1955 Memorial Cup, only to lose again in 5 games against the defending Toronto Marlboros. New Coach Frank mario who had replace Murray Armstron the previous season, guided the Pats to berth in 1957-58 Memorial Cup, but they lost a six-game series to the Ottawa-Hull Canadiens. hicke scored 3 goals in Regina's opening-game victory. Hicke was named MVP and was the scoring leader with 54 goals and 43 assists in 49 games. He also led play-off scorers with 28 goals, 20 assists in 28 games. Turned pro at the age of 20 with the AHL's Rochester Americans, winning rookie-of-the-year and MVP awars and scoring race with 97 points. Montreal Canadiens called him up for one game in 1959 and 1960. In 1965-65 was traded to New York Rangers. claimed by Oakland (California) Seals in 1967 NHL expansion draft. traded to Pittsburgh Penguins in 1971 and then to Detroit Red Wings, but never played in Detroit. Played in 729 NHL games, scored 168 goals and had 234 assists, plus 3 goals, 10 assists in 42 play-off games. He finished his career with the World hockey Association's Edmonton Oilers in 1972-73. Was born in 1938 in Regina and died in 2005 in Regina. Became part-owner of the Regina Pats in 1986 and served as coach and general manager before his group sold the team in 1995.