Saturday, July 10, 2010

TWO REGINA PATS WHO PLAYED FOR AN NHL TEAM THAT LASTED ONLY ONE OR TWO YEARS
by Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston


FRANK LUDWIG JERWA

Frank was born in Bankhead, Alberta, on 28 February 1910. Played Left Wing for Canmore Miners in the Alberta Senior Hockey League from 1926-1928. Played part of a season with the Regina Pats as a Defenceman. Played in 5 games, scored four goals, two assists and 4 penalty minutes.

St. Louis had first applied for an NHL expansion franchise in 1932 but was rejected because it was to far from other cities in the league and concerns arose over travel costs especially in the middle of the Great Depression. With the once mighty Ottawa Senators heading into bankruptcy the team was transferred to St. Louis during the summer of 1934. The NHL was still concerned by the travel cost, but did not want to lose another franchis after the Pittsburgh/Philadelphia franchise folded. Wearing patriotic red, white and blue uniforms the team, which was, renamed Eagles . They played in front of solid crowds at the St. Louis Arena. However, it became apparent the team was doomed to failure as they finished dead last with an awful record of 11-31-6, as escalating travel cost wiped out what little money the team had left Ottawa as long costly train rides from the American Midwest to Canada and Boston destroyed any chances the team had of survival, as they folded after just one season.












The St. Louis Arena

GLEN BURDON

Glen was born in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, approximately 60 miles north-west of Regina on 4 August 1954. He played Centre for the Regina Pats Junior Hockey Team starting in 1971-72 and finishing with the Memorial Cup Team in 1973-74. With the Pats he played in 174 games, had 48 goals, 121 assists, for 169 points. Played in 40 play-off games, scored 9 goals, 21 assists for 30 points.

He was selected in round 2, number 20 overall by the Kansas City Scouts in the 1974 NHL Amateur Draft. In 1974-75, played 5 games with the Baltimore Clippers, then with Providence Reds, both of the American Hockey League, before playing 11 games with the Kansas City Scouts. While playing with the Scouts, Glen wore # 15 hockey jersey.

Glen was one of the few players to have played for Kansas City Scouts. Along with Washington Capitals, the Scouts joined the NHL as an expansion team for the 1974-75 season. T

he team was not a particular success either at the gate or on the ice.

Scouts won only 27 games in the two year season. With its owners $900,000 in debt, the franshise was relocated to Denver where it be came the Colorado Rockies.

Kansas City Kemper Arena