Saturday, March 20, 2010

REGINA PATS GRADS WHO PLAYED IN THE NHL - 1956-67 to 1965-66


Gord "Red Baron" Berenson - Third and second among Regina Pats scoring leaders in 1956-57 and 1957-58, respectively, before dividing a year with Belleville (which represented Canada at the 1959 world championships) and Flin Flon. Played 51 games as a rookie with 21 goals, 23 assists, plus 4 goals, 3 assists in 7 play-off games. With linemate Bill Hicke getting 97 points in 1957-58. Berenson scored 95 on 46 goals and 49 assists. Had 19 goals and 39 points as Regina advanced to the 1958 Memorial Cup: Regina won the first and fourth games, but lost the final two against Ottawa-Hull Canadiens. He went to University of michigan, against the wishes of the Montreal Canadiens and was a two-time college all-star between 1959-62. Upon graduationg, began a 17-year NHL career with Montreal Canadiens, who traded him to New York Rangers in 1966. St. Louis acquired Berenson in the 1967 expansion draft and he became a prolific scorer, with a top season of 82 points (with 35 goals) in the 1968-69 season, including 6 goals in one game against the Philadelphia Flyers. Acquired by Detroit Red Wings in 1970 and traded back to St. Louis five years later. After three and a half more season with the Blues, became an assistant coah and head coach, a job he also held with Buffalo Sabres, before becoming the University of Michigan's head coach in 1984. born in Regina in 1938. He played in 987 NHL games, socred 261 goals and had 397 assists, plus 23 goals and 34 assists in 85 play-off games.


Bill LeCaine (RW/C) - Part time player as a Pats rookie in 1955-56, playing one regular season game and seven play-off games. Born in 1938 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He spent 1958-59 at the University of North Dakota. Regina Pats totals: 88 games, 37 goals, 43 assists; plus 42 play-off games, 12 goals and had 14 assists. Played left wing as a professional, which included 4 NHL games (no points) with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1968-69. Most of his career was spent with Port Huron Flags/Wings of the International Hockey League.


Terry Harper (D) - Usually pairerd on the blue line during 1957-58 rookie season with rugged defender John Palenstein, the duo played the majority of each game for the Pats. First team-all-star his final two seasons. His two goal performance helped the Regina Pats rebound from two games-to-none deficit against Prince Albert Mintos in 1959-60 Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) semi-final. In 158 games with the Pats he had 24 goals, 50 assists; plus 50 play-off games, scored 9 goals and had 14 assists. Montreal Canadiens kept him in the minors for two season before calling him for 14 games in 1962-63. Spent 10 years with Montreal and won five Stanley Cups (1965, 66, 68, 69, 71). spent three years with Los Angeles Kings from 1972-75, four with Detroit Red Wings from 1975-79 and one each with St. Louis Blues and Colorado Rockies before retiring at the age of 41. Born in 1940 in Regina. Played 1,065 NHL games, most of any Pat players with 38 goals and 225 assists; also 112 NHL play-off games, 4 goals and 13 assists.


Norm Beaudin (RW) - For his second Regina Pats season, 1960-61, Beaudin played on a high-scoring line with centre, Garry Peters and left winger Gary Butler. In the third game of the best-of seven SJHL final against Estevan Bruins the line had 10 points in a 6-4 Regina victory. He scored the winner in Regina's clinching 2-1 victory. Regina lost the Western Canadian semi-final to the Edmonton Oil Kings in 1961. Edmonton picked up Beaudin for the 1962 Memorial Cup, which they lost to the Hamilton Red Wings. Born in 1941 in Montmartre, Saskatchwan. He played 172 regular season games for the Pats, scored 122 goals and had 102 assists, plus 51 games, 36 goals, 14 assists in the play-offs. Beaudin played only parts of two NHL seasons. Played 13 games with St. Louis Blue in the 1967-68 season (one goal, one assist) and 12 game with Minnesota North Stars in 1970-71. Scored 97 goals in 4 season with the World Hockey Association (WHA) Winnipeg Jest and finished his career in 1978 after two years in Switzerland.

Garry Peters (C) - With 36 goals and 46 assist in the 1960-61 season, he led the Regina Pats in scoring during his second season. He had 46 goals, 69 assists in 1961-6, led the league in scoring during his third season. Had 37 points and 39 assists in his fourth season, which ended with a loss in the league final to the Estevan Bruins who added him for their next play-off round. Born in 1942 in Regina. He also had 9 goals and 6 assists in his rookie season with the Pats. Played 200 junior league games, plus 36 play-off games, had 23 goals and 28 assists. Started his NHL career with the Montreal Canadiens in 1964-65. Was traded to the New York Ranger for 1965-66, back to Canadiens the next year and claimed by the expansion Philadelphia Flyer where he played from 1967-71. After two games with Boston Bruins in 1971-72, joined the WHA's New York/ Jersey Knights for two season. Played 311 NHL games, had 34 goals and 34 assists; plus 2 goals and 2 assists in 9 play-off games.

Fran "Golden Hawk" Huck (C) - Got his nickname for the pained helmet he wore while setting scoring records. Left the Pats to their chagrin, before junior eligiblity expired to join the Canadian national team in 1965-66. Led junior league with 86 goals (and 153 points) in 1963-64 and 77 goals (136 points) in 1964-65, when he was picked up by the Edmoton Oil Kings for the Memorial Cup. Estevan Bruins had done the same thing in 1963-64. Born in Regina in 1945. Played 146 league games for the Pats, scored 167 goals, and had 136 assists; plus 32 play-off games, 36 goals and 33 asists. Spent 1965-70 with national team, then joined the Montreal Canadiens for 7 games in two season. Was with St. Louis Blues in 1970-7 and 1972-73, ending his NHL career with 94 games, scoring 24 goals and had 30 assists; plus 11 play-off games, 3 goals and 4 assists. Played in the WHA from 1973-78 with the Winnipeg Jet and Minnesota Fighting Saints.


Barry Meissner (LW) - Saw limited action as Pats rookin before developing into a good scorer with 58 points in 1964-55, had 103 points in 1965-66 and 79 points in 1966-67. A total of 109 goals and 109 assists in 118 league games, plus 22 goals and 35 assists in 43 play-off games. In the NHL played one game (no points) for the Minnesota North Stars in 1967-68 and 5 games (one assist) in 1968-69. Most of his pro career was divided between the Central and American Hockey Leagues. Was born in 1946 in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Is the brother of dick Meissner who also played in the NHL.


Ernie Hicke (RW) - Younger brother of Bill Hicke, they played together in 1970-71 with the NHL California (Golden) Seals. With Barry Meissner and Andy Black, their Pats line had 21 points in a 19-1 victory over the Flin Flon Bombers on October 22, 1965. He was born in 1947 in Regina. Played for the Pats from 1963-67. Scored 103 points in each of his last two seasons. Had 98 goals, 166 assists in 195 league games for the Pats, plus 24 goals, 33 assists in 62 play-off games. Had the hardest slap shot of any Regina Pat player, that I had ever sceen. His NHL career began with California in 1970-71, who acquired him from the Montreal Canadiens in a deal for the Seal's first draft pick, which ended up being Guy Lafleur. He also played on season with Atlanta Flames, two with New York islanders, three with Minnesota North Star and one with los Angeles kings. In 520 NHL games had 132 goals, 140 assists, plus one goal in two play-off games with Minnesota in 1977.


Stan Gilbertson (LW) - Destined, like Ernie Hicke, to play on bad NHL teams, beginning with California (Golden) Seals in 1971-72. Was traded to st. Louis Blues during 1974-75 season, traded to Washington Capitals in 1975, then dealt to Pittsburgh Penguins in 1975-76 and in first of two season with Pittsburgh played his only three NHL play-off games (one goal and one assist). In the NHL had 85 goals, 89 assists in 428 games. He began his junior career with the Estevan Bruins, who loaned him the Pats in the 1964 play-offs. Was born in 1944 in Duluth, Minnesota. Played for the Regina pats in 1863-64 and 1964-65. His Pats totals were 99 games, 75 goals, 74 assists; plus 41 play-off games, 30 goals and 29 assists. Suffered a career ending leg injury in a car accident in 1977.