Monday, May 3, 2010

EX-REGINA PATS - AL DUMBA


Al Dumba was born on September 24, 1956 in Cupar, Saskatchewan. For Dumba, a Dysart native, being part of the Regina Pats was a wonderful and rewarding experience.

"As kids, we dreamt about playing for the Regina Pats, not about playing in the NHL," said Dumba.

During his stint with the Pats, he found the net 71 times which caught the eye of the NHL scouts. He was drafted by the NHL's Washington Capitals and the WHA'S Edmonton Oilers.

Dumba spent parts of three seasons wearing a Regina Pats uniform before heading out to play professional hockey with Dayton and Fort Wayne in the International Hockey League.


(Photo: Fort Wayne Komets)

Front Row: Robbie Irons, Greg Hickey, Terry McDougall, Barry Scully, Al Dumba, Dave Norris, Bill Blackwood, Bob Janecyk
Middle Row: Richard Oberlin (Asst. Trainer), Joe Franke (Trainer), Moose Lallo (Coach), Colin Lister(Business Manager), Ken Ullyot (General Manager), Bob Chase (Marketing Director), Phil Schultz (P.R. Director), Bill Welker (Asst. Trainer)
Back Row: Bill McNaught, Dan Erickson, Gary DeLonge, Steve Letzgus, Peter Crawford,
Richard Pepin, Kevin McCloskey, Dan Beyers, Greg Wymer

After his playing days were done, Dumba returned to his hockey roots in 1991 as an assistant coach with the Regina Pats.

"I had the great opportunity to coach with Brad Tippett and Bill Hickie," said Dumba. "I had a lot of fun coaching."

In 1992-93 Dumba became a co-coach with Bill Hickie.

"Bill Hickie was a mentor to me," said Dumba. "Bill let me run practice while he took care of the administrative side of the team."

Dumba felt his success as a hockey player contributed to his success as a coach.

"I was lucky to have been exposed to different systems and different philosophies in pro hockey which helped me as a coach," said Dumba.

Today, Dumba can still be found around the Brandt Centre as a member of the 620 CKRM brooadcast team, a postion he has held for the last 13 years. Accorind to the voice of the Regina Pats, Rod Pedersen, Al Dumba is one of the most genuine people in the world.

"Al is one of the most positive people I have ever met," said Pedersen. "We have tremendous chemistry on the air, which helps to produce a pretty good product for our listeners."

"It's fund to be involved," said Dumba. "The hockey fraternity is small and I really enjoy being around the guys."

When he is not a the Brant Centre, Dumba is following his son Jared's hockey career. Jared followed his father's footsteps and played in the WHL with the Saskatoon Blades before finding success professionally in the Central Hockey League and the International Hockey League.

Away from the rink, Dumba has found success in the investment field, as the owner of Al Dumba Investors Group.

"Hockey taught me that you nee to work to be the best you can be, no matter what you are doing," said Dumba.



(Photo: Al Dumba - pre-game speech - 2010 in Moose Jaw)

Dumba continues to enjoy his time with the hockey Club and Coach the Alumni Team. The Regina Alumni have competed in the Trans Canada Clash against the Moose Jaw Warriors and have won all three games played. "It is a special feeling to be part of the Regina Pats," he said.