Thursday, July 8, 2010

PAIR SWAP STORIES FROM REGINA

PATS EARLY DAYS


Taken from the Regina Leader Post (Sunday – Sun Community News, February 27, 2005, by Jolie Toews: Since the Pats hockey club has been around for 87 years, it's uncommon to come across former Pats who are older than the club itself.

Rae and Unglis, Regina residents, each played one season with the Regina Pats. Rae played during the 1929-30 season when the Pats won the Memorial Cup as a first string center.

When coach Al Ritchie spoke, you moved.” Rae said. “He was hard in one way, because he wanted you to do what he wanted. He was the master and he knew what you should do, and yet he never skated. He never had a pair of skates on. But he knew the game and that was the important thing,” he commented. Len died at the age of 97 years old, (Regina Pats oldest living player ever on Friday, September 28, 2007, in Regina.)
John Inglis joined the Pats during the 1933-34 season. Before Inglis played for the Pats, he was a goalie for the Lumsden Monarchs. Inglis said he was “lucky in a way to become a Pat in 1933. Jimmy Franks was the Pat's goalie, but he was over age that season. So they were in need of a new goalie.” Inglis said. As a goalie, Inglis had a few cuts and bruises since goalies in those days didn't wear masks. A scar on his right cheek tells its own story of the dangerous job of a goaltender. (John died at the age of 93 years old, on Thursday, November 15, 2007, in Regina.)
You can see both their obituaries, click on (obituaries icon) at the top of this website.