Wednesday, August 4, 2010


AL RITCHIE - 1923-1926 and 1928-1934

The following is taken from the Regina Leader Post, April 28, 1956: Al “Silver Fox Ritchie was born on December 12, 1890, at Cobden, Ontario. He was taken to midland where he got his public, high school and hockey education.

Fascinated with stories of the wild west, he came to Regina in 1910 and got into the construction business with Patsons Construction and Engineering at which time he helped build the Albert and Broad Street subways. Later he helped form Ritchie and McDowough Construction which built four bridges for the Provincial Highway Department.

Al played baseball in those early years with the Metropolitan team in a Local four-team league before the First World War.

During the First World War, he took an officer’s course and joined the infantry. He was transferred to the artillery and served in France. After the war he was discharged, joined the customs service in Regina, and later became the custom and excise appraiser for 37 years.

He was the manager and coach of the Vic's Senior Hockey Team in 1921 when they won the Western Canada Championship in 1921 and 1922. Al was named coach of the Regina Pats Junior hockey Team in the 1923-24 season and organized the Pats Junior Football team in 1925, winning the Western Championship for the next four years and the Canadian Championship in 1928.

He was the only man in history to have won national championships.

Al Ritchie Coached the Regina Roughriders and headed east for the Grey Cup in 1928, 1930, 1931, and 1932. He ended his official football career in 1935. Later he became scout for the New York Rangers and helped the Junior Flin Flon Bombers and Lethbridge teams to join the Rangers farm system.

Al was named to the "Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 1964 and the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame, October 31, 1966. He was better known as "The Silver Fox" and died at the age of 75 in Regina on monday, February 21, 1966.



Hartzel was born at Colgate, Saskatchewan. He played for the Regina Pats from 1930-1934 as a Defenceman, played in 11 games, scored 3 goals, 7 assists for 15 points and had 34 penalty minutes.. Played in 34 play-off games, scoring 5 goals and getting 1 assist, while having 52 penality minutes. The following season 1934, he played 2 seasons with the Regina Aces of the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League.

Moose played one season of professional hockey with the New York Rovers of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League (WAHL) during the 1936-1937 season. He played in 47 games, 3 goals, 14 assists, 17 points, 121 penalty minutes, and played in 3 play off games.

Stinson Coached the Regina Pats during the 1946-1947 season. The Pats played 30 League games, winning 26, and l osing 4 games. Regina lost to the second place Moose Jaw Canucks in the League Final.


MURRAY ARMSTRONG - 1948 - 1956

Wil Klein: “I remember Murray Armstrong very well, having spent a good deal of my teenage years shooting pool at the National Billiards on the 1800 block Scarth Street in Regina.”

Murray Armstrong: “It was owned by Jack Farquarson and he sold me half interest in it.”

He and Farquarson, along with Eddie Litzenberger, were awesome pool players as was another senior guy named Joe Young who lost 2 or 3 fingers on one hand but was almost unbeatable at skittles pool.

The National was the hangout for all local sports teams, visiting hockey teams at junior and senior levels along with visiting CFL teams. That was the place Murray could keep his eyes on the young Pats” stated Wil Klein.

In 1957, after nine successful years at the helm, Coach Murray Armstrong left the Regina Pats for a coaching job at Denver University. He took with him a number of Pat players including John Hudson, Orville Off (team captain for one or two seasons), and Bill “Red” Hay, among others. They build a dynasty in the U.S.A. collegiate hockey circles which is in place to this day.

In a phone interview Murray Armstrong said, “My 21 years coaching career was great at the U of Denver and I had many good boys from Saskatchewan and the Pats. We went to the U.S. Championships Finals 11 times and won 5 Championships. In those 21 years the team won 463, lost 215, and tied 31 games. When I went to Denver University I told the Athletic Director, Mr. E. Wieman, 'I'll give you a National Championship in three years or I will resgin.' I got the National Championship in the second year. I turned down a chance from Muzz Patrick to coach the New York Rangers. I was happy in Denver.”

Will Klein: “Other major universities who were keen on hockey were North Dakota, Fargo-Moorhead, Minnesota, Wisconsin, along with Michigan (coach by a great ex-Pat, Red Berenson) and northeastern colleges followed suit because their teams, manned by U.S. Kids, could not keep up. That, of course, has changed over the years. To this day, Armstrong is considered the guru of them all.”

Murray stated, “I grew up in the small town of Semans, Saskatchewan. My father was a blacksmith. They had a closed-in rink. I can remember playing there till I was 12, then we moved to Regina. I started playing in organized hockey.” At 16, he was playing for the Regina Pats under Al Ritchie.

Under Armstrong, the Regina Pats never finished worse than third place. He mastermined the Pat Hockey Club to the Memorial Cup Final in 1949-50, 1951-52, 1954-55 and 1955-56, as well as the Abbot Cup Finalists in 1950-51. Murray played for the Regina Pats 1931-32 to 1934-35 when the club folded. He then went on and played with the New York Americans 1939 to 1942, the Detroit Red Wings form 1943 to 1946 and then became a journeyman. In 1974 Armstrong was inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame, received the 1976 Denver U.S.A. Citizen by ChoLester Patrick Trophy in New York in 1977. In his honor, Denver University commissioned a life-size bronze statue of Armstrong. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 21, 1981. As of the year 2010 Murray (94) and his wife Freda (97), are living in Venice, Florida.


FRANK MARIO - 1956-1962

Frank was born February 25, 1921, at Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, and died June 18, 1995 at Cornwall, Ontario. Center Frank Mario spent parts of two seasons with the Boston Bruins in the 40s. He was a fine offensive player who spent the bulk of his pro career in the American Hockey League.

Mario played junior with the Regina Abbots in 1939-40. The next year he averaged a point per game for the senior Regina Rangers before signing as a free agent with Boston. The young pivot was solid in a nine game look with the club before he was sent down to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. In 1942-1943, Mario played with the Cornwall Army before spending a year in military service.

Mario returned to North America during the last year of World War II and played the entire 1944-45 season on a Boston team hard hit by losses to the military. He registered 26 points and formed an effective forward unit with Bill Cupolo and rookie Kenny Smith. The next season he began a stretch of seven straight years with Hershey. Over this time he topped the 20-goal mark four times and helped the Bears win the Calder Cup in 1947. Mario retired in 1953 after playing one year with the senior Quebec Aces. The next year he coached the senior Cornwall Royals. From 1956 to 1962 Frank coached the Regina Pats of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey Hockey (SJHL). During that time the Pats played 325 League games and won 203. He then coached Peterborough Petes of the Ontario Hockey Association (OHA) Junior Team from 1962 to 1965.


DUNC FISHER - 1962-1964

Right-winger Dunc Fisher was a solid two-way player for the New York Rangers and Boston Bruins during the post-War period. He was also an offensive force in junior and the minors in a career that lasted over 15 years. The hard working forward was effective in the corners and in front of the net where he could utilize his dangerous wrist shot. Early in his career he was known for not keeping his head up and protecting himself when opposing defenders cleared the front of the net. Word spread and this tag haunted Fisher and kept him in the minors for much of his career despite his fine credentials.

Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Fisher played with the hometown Abbots and Pats in the provincial junior circuit. He was the property of the New York Rangers and scored 59 points in 68 games in his first year as a pro with the AHL's New Haven Ramblers in 1947-48. At the end of that season he played one playoff contest for the Blueshirts when they lost in the semi-finals to the Detroit Red Wings.

Fisher scored 25 points in 60 games as a rookie playing on a line with Don Raleigh and Nick Mickoski. The hard-working forward enjoyed his finest year in 1949-50 when he played all 70 games and scored three goals while helping New York reach the Stanley Cup final.

A few games into the 1950-51 season, Fisher was sent to the Boston Bruins for Ed Harrison and Zellio Toppazzini. He played parts of three years in Beantown and scored a career-high 15 goals in 1951-52. Early in the 1952-53 season he joined the AHL's Hershey Bears and became one of the most prolific scorers in the history of that franchise. Fisher hit the 40-goal mark in four of his six seasons and helped the team win the Calder Cup in 1958. In 1953-54 he set an AHL record with 13 game-winning goals. He also led the league with 41 goals in 1957-58 and was a first-team all-star that year. Fisher also garnered selection to the second team four straight years from 1954 to 1957. He often tormented opposing netminders by skating on the same line as AHL legend Willie Marshall.

After a nearly six-year hiatus from the NHL, Fisher was called up by the Detroit Red Wings to play eight games in 1958-59. Detroit had acquired his service from Boston in the off-season for Don Poile and Hec Lalande.

Fisher starred for two more years in Hershey where won another Calder Cup in 1959 before retiring the following year.



Bob was born August 8, 1910, at Dough Grange, Ireland. Right-winger Bobby Kirk was a fine goal scorer who played most of the 1937-38 season with the New York Rangers. He was an accomplished player in junior and senior hockey as well as the minors.

Kirk immigrated to Canada in his youth. He played with the Elmwood Millionaires-Winnipeg Elmwoods for two years while also suiting up for the senior Elmwoods and CNR teams. He later played in the AHA, WCHL, NWHL, and Can-Am leagues. In 1934-35 he scored 25 goals in 32 games for the Vancouver Lions to lead the NWHL.

The next year he played for the Philadelphia Arrows of the Can-Am League and was a first-team all-star after leading the league in assists and points.


On March 2, 1965, Regina Pats President R.B. Ramsay called a press conference. It was announced that veteran coach Bob Kirk who had been in poor health for several months had resigned due to illness. John Hudson coach of the Pat "B" club assumed the coaching duties for the balance of the season. Kirk joined Pats after 10 years with the Flin Flon Bombers when Flin Flon failed to renew his contract the previous spring. He coached senior hockey in Saskatoon before going to Flin Flon. In 1959 he guided Buffalo to the American title. Illness forced him to resign and he returned to coaching the Flin Flon Bombers the following season.

John led the Pats to the Western semi-final against the Edmonton Oil Kings and lost in an seven game series.


ROBERT (BOB) TURNER - 1965-1969

As a young defenseman Bob Turner was noted for his skating ability. He played for the Regina Pats (1951-54) and was coach of the Pats from 1965-68 and 1970 to 1976. He turned to scouting for the California Golden Seals following the 1968-69 season, but returned one year later, when Del Wilson purchased the club and rejoined the Western Canada Hockey League. How- ever, the California Golden Seals asked for his services again as a scout the following season. Bob, stated “Scouting involved a lot of travel and many days away from home. I just was to spend more time with my family and coaching gives me that opportunity while still maintaining contact with the game I love.”

During the 1973-1974 season he coached the Regina Pats to a Memorial Cup Championship.

He joined the Montreal Canadiens in the 1955-56 season as a rookie among all time greats like Maurice Richard.Bob was with them until 1961. In June,

1961, he was traded to the Chicago Black Hawks. he retired after two season with them. Bob played in 478 games, scored 19 goals, had 51 assists for 70 points, and played in 68 play-off games.

He was a member of the Stanley Cup champions (Montreal) five years in a row 1955 to 1959.

Until retiring, he was a real estate agent who spent most of his winter golfing in Arizona where he and his wife Betty would visit with their sons Jim and Ken.

Bob was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 18, 1994. He passed away on Monday, February 7, 2005, in Regina.


JACK SHUPE - 1969-1970

Before becoming a hockey coach, Jack played baseball with his home town Weyburn Beavers of the Saskatchewan Southern Baseball League (SSBL), during the late 1940 and early 1950's. He played with his three brothers, Doug (Outfielder), Blaine (Short-stop), Gayle (Pitcher) plus Jack playing (Infielder).

Played a little senior hockey, before his coaching career. Coached the Weyburn Red Wings of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) from the 1963-64 season to 1966-67. Coached the Regina Pats in the 1969-70, also in the SJHL. At the start of the new year (1970), he became aware he would be the coach of the Medicine Hat Tigers new entry in the Western Canada Junior Hockey League (WCJHL) the next season.


EARL Sr. INGARFIELD - 1971-1972

Centre Earl Ingarfield was a consistent centre who possessed good speed and a decent shot. He was respected wherever he played for his work ethic and dedication to team play.

The native of Lethbridge, Alberta starred in the WCJHL for the hometown Native Sons. He played five years of junior and led the league in goals scored in each of his last two seasons. Ingarfield's pro career got off to a bright start with three strong years with the Saskatoon Quakers and Winnipeg Warriors.

Earl had 16 years of professional hockey, 13 in the National Hockey League. In 1958-59 the crafty forward played sparingly as a rookie for the New York Rangers. He began the 1959-60 season in the NHL but was sent down to Cleveland of the AHL after 20 games. The next year began a run of seven seasons as a full time member of the Broadway Blueshirts. During this time he often formed an effective forward unit with Andy Bathgate and Dean Prentice. Following the 1961-62 season he was the recipient of the t eam's Player's Player Award.

Ingarfield suffered a blow to his ego when he was traded to Montreal and then promptly placed on the unprotected list at the Inter-League Draft. At least his old team, the Rangers, put in a claim and utilized him for two more season. Eventually the Rangers were looking at youngsters, notably Jean Ratelle, and Ingarfield was deemed expendable and left unprotected in the Expansion Draft. He was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins and joined his ex-linemate Bathgate in adding leadership and offense to the young squad. Ingarfield scored 37 points despite losing nearly 30 games to a knee injury, the first serious mishap of his career.
In 1968-69 he was acquired by the Oakland Seals and remained there until retiring in 1971. His best season on the West Coast was 1969-70 when he scored 45 points in 54 games. After retiring, Ingarfield accepted the head coaching position of the Regina Pats of the WCJHL, and led the club to a first place finish. Earl was the coach of the year in the WCHL. He had the honour of coaching the famous rookie line: Dennis "Sobie" Sobchuk (Centre), Mike Wanchuk (RW) and Clark Gillies (LW). He stayed just a year because the separation from his family in Lethbridge was too great a strain at this stage of his life. In 1972 was offered a scouting position with the expansion New York Islanders that allowed him to be based from home.

Halfway through the 1972-73 season Phil Goyette was fired as head coach and Ingarfield was persuaded to take the coaching reigns for the remainder of the schedule. The team struggled in the standings but appeared to play with more heart under Ingerfield. He was offered the full-time job as head coach of the club but he turned it down to stay in Alberta. Ingerfield went back to scouting for two more years and was instrumental in bringing Bryan Trottier to the Islanders. Coaching was not his prime target upon retirement, as a thriving Mote

l business in his native Lethbridge and the possibility of a scouting job held top priority. however, when approached to coach the Regina Pats he jumped at the chance of continuning to keep his hand in the game he loves.

Ingarfield left scouting when he purchased the junior Lethbridge Broncos and became the team's coach and assistant general manager. He carried on for over two years before leaving hockey temporarily to become the sales manager of a local radio station. Ingarfield resumed his scouting responsiblities for the New York Islanders in 1982 and focused o n the three major junior leagues, U.S. high schools and colleges and his son Earl Jr. when he played for the Calgary Flames and Detroit Red Wings.


LORNE DAVIS - 1976-78

Lorne was born July 20, 1930, in Lumsden, Saskatchewan, and grew up in Regina, attending Scott Collegiate. Played with the Regina Junior Pats Hockey Team, as a right winger from 1947-48 to 1949-50. He played in 94 league games, scored 49 goals, had 35 assists for 84 points and had 67 minutes in penalties. Played in 32 play-off games, which included 5 games in the Memorial Cup Final against the Montreal Junior Canadiens in his last season.

In 1950-51 season, started with the Victoria Cougars in the PCHL, playing 3 games, but finished with the Montreal Royals of the Quebec Major hockey League, playing in 50 games. In 1951-52 played with Vancouver Canucks in the the Pacific Coast Hockey League, Buffalo Bisons of the American hockey League and played three games with the Montreal Canadiens.

Davis won a Stanley Cup with the Mont real Canadiens in 1953 and played for four of the 'Original Six' NHL teams, Montreal 1951 to 1953. The following year he played 8 games with Chicago before being traded to Detroit the same year. In 1954-55 Lorne played one season with Edmonton Flyers in the WHL. The next year he played 15 games with Boston Bruins (NHL), then played in the AHL for several years, playing with Buffalo, Hersey, and Providence. Davis once again played 10 games with Boston Bruin s in the 1959-60 season. He finished his hockey career with the Winnipeg Warriors (WHL) in 1960-61, before playing with the Regina Capitals (SSHL) for four seasons.

Coached Muskegon Zephyrs of the IHL during the 1964-65 season, and the Regina Junior Pats of the WCHL replacing a Pats teammate Bob Turner, January 10, 1977.

At the request of Father Bauer, became a co-coach with the Canadian team that participated in the 1980 Olympics at Lake Placid, U.S.A.

Lorne became a scout and scouted for 42 years, starting with the expansion St. Louis Blues in 1966, then joined Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association. He continued attending more than 200 games annually on four continents for 40 years. After coaching with the Regina Pats, he then became a scout with New York Rangers. Finally 25 years with the Edmonton Oilers. There were few greater pleasures in sport than sitting around listening to Lorne spin sto ries and talk hockey. He was the dean, when he passed away in December, 2007 in Regina, Lorne was the dean, he was the world's oldest working hockey scout, at the age of 78. Only one guy in the entire history of hockey can say they played with both Gordie Howe and Rocket Richard, was traded with Terry Sawchuk and won five Stanley Cups as scout of the team featuring Wayne Gretzky, Mark Messier, Paul Coffey, Jari Kurri, Grant Fuhr, Glenn Anderson and Kevin Lowe.

"At the end of 2007 training camp Lorne wasn't feeling well and a month ago he was having problems with his back," said Prendergast of the Edmonton Oilers vice-president of hockey operations. At the start of December Lorne took some tests and found out his body was full of cancer.


NG - 1978-1979

He was born in Lethbridge, and played his jun ior hockey with Edmonton Oil Kings during the 1963-1964 season in the (SJHL). Gregg then played in the Canadian Pacific Hockey League (CPHL) from 1964-1965 to 1967-1968 with Mephis Wings and Omaha Knights. During that time he also played with Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League (AHL).

Played with Medicine Hat Blades in the 1968-1969 season, then with Drumheller Miners in 1969-1970, both with the Albert Senior League (ASHL). The following season played and coached Roanoke Valley Repels of the Eastern Hockey League until 1973.

From 1974-75 to 1976-77 seasons, he coached the Philadelphia Firebirds of the National Amateur Hockey League (NAHL). The next seas on he coached the Fort Wayne Komets of the International Hockey League (IHL). Gregg then tried out coaching junior hockey with the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for only one season. He went back to the (IHL) the next season and coached Toledo Goaldiggers.


BRIAN MURRAY - 1979-1980

He's had coaching stints at all levels, beginning at the minor hockey, senior, collegiate to the Junior "A" level an no matter the competition, he's always had a penchant for producing winners.

Has a track record which speaks nothing short of success! Some of his many merits include – Ottawa District Senior "A" League Championship with Shawvill(Quebec Pointiacs in 1969, Quebec Athletic University Association Division 11 Conference Champion in 1973 with MacDonald College of Montreal; Piloted Rockland Nationals of the Central Junior "A" League to the Centennial Cup Championship in 1976; in 1977, he undertook to rebuild the l ast place Pembroke Lumber Kings to the same CJHL and in just three short season, led his team to two Central Junior League Championship s and one Eastern Ontario Tier II Championships (Pembroke later represented Ontario in the Centennial Cup in 1977 and advanced to the tournament final before losing out to Prince Albert of the Saskatchewan Junior League.

Graduated with a degree in Physical Education from McGill University in Montreal, where he played on the varsity hockey team for a few years.

Following his graduation, he joined the academic faculty of Shawville's Pontiac High School to head the school's Physical Education Department, in which he instructed the students for eight years in that capacity. Served as Athletic Director and Hockey Coach for MacDonald College of Montreal from 1970 to 1974. Voted Coach and Manager of the Year in the Central Junior League during the 1976-1978 seasons. Had the honor of coaching the C.J.H.L.'s all-sat team in series of exhibition games involving top teams from the Ontario Major Junior 'A' Circuit during 1975 to 1978.

He owns a partnership in a Hotel and Sporting Good

s/Automorive Business in Shawville, Quebec. His brother Terry is a member of the Philadelphia Flyers farm system, having played with the AHL champions' Maine Mariners the last two years.


JACK SANSTER - 1980-1981

Jack has a remarkable coaching background having bee

n involved in Tier II hockey for the past 5 ½ years.

Jack coached the Portage Terriers of the M.J.H.L. In 1974 and the Thompson

King minors of the M.J.H.L. From 1975 to 1978.

For the past 2 years, he coached the Taber Golden Suns of the A.J.H.L. During his first year with the Suns, Jack was awarded "Coach of the Year" honours. His arrant credentials also inclue a Masters Coaching Certificate; training at the "Fred Shero: Coaching Clinic and International Coaching Clinics. Jack has also operated his won successful hockey school for nine years.

Jack was born in Togo, Saskatchewan and was raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba. He commenced his coaching career in Thompson, Manitoba in 1961.


BILL LaFORGE - 1981-1982

Bill spent last season as Coach of the OHL Oshawa Generals, where he led the team to their best play-off finish in nine years.

Bill grew up in Edmonton, part of a large family, where his was active in many sports and started coaching at the age of fourteen.

Bill owned, managed, and was player-coach of the Senior "A" Edmonton Bruins from 1974 to 1977.

In January of 1977, he became the Hockey Director of Enoch, a reserve just outside of Edmonton, where he organized minor hockey and took a particular coaching interest in the J unior "B" team. He led the Enoch teams, once perennial league basement dwellers to many championships. Bill still holds a hockey camp at Enoch each summer.

Hockey is not Bill's only sporting interest. Along with his son and off ice accomplishments, he was also an avid football player. Played for the Edmonton Huskies until 1971 and earned tryouts with both Alberta CFL teams.


DON BOYD - 1982 -1983

Don grew up in the Northern Ontario city o f Dryden. He played all his minor and high school hockey there, and was constantly named as one of the top goalies in the city. He then took up an opportunity to play Tier I and moved west to play with Brandon Wheat Kings. He was with the Wheat kings for two years before accepting a hockey scholarship at Bowling Green State University. Don okated with the Falcons for three years. Don managed two other major achievements while at Bowling Green, he graduated with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education and he met his wife-to-be Linda.

After college, Don moved to London, Ontario where he began a business career and played in a senior league. At the end of that season Don and Linda were married, then they spent their first year of married life in London.

It was that year that Don entered coaching, as he headed the Junior "B" Thamesford Trojans. His college coaching a creer began the next season, when he was hired by the University of Michigan as their assistant coach. After one at the U of M, Don and Linda moved on to the University of North Dakota where Don woul

d be an assis

tant under coach Gino Gasparini. In his second season there, 1981-82, Don helped in guiding the Fight Sious to a National Championship.

Working in university surroundings was helpful to Don, as he was able to obtain his Masters in Education atthe University of North Dakota and has done considerable work toward his doctorate.

As of the year 2008- he is the Columbus Blue Jackets, (CHA) director of hockey operations and player personnel. He has been a member of the organization since 1999.


DOUG TRAPP - 1982-1983

Barry is a Saskatchewan native, born and raised in Balcarres. He played all of his minor hockey there before moving on the the Junior "A" ranks in Melville, Saskatchewan. He spent three years with the Millionaires, after which he signed with the Toronto Maple Leafs. Barry played six years in the Leafs system, the first two with Rochester Americans. W

hile in Rochester, he met and married his wife Nancy. The two of them then moved to Denver, Colorado for a year with the Denver Invaders. Barry concluded his pro career in Tulsa, Okalahoma, spending three years with the Central Hockey League Oilers.

In 1967 Barry was selected in the National Hockey League's Expan-sion Draft by Los Angeles Kings, but chose to retire and return home to Balcarres.

Upon his return to Saskatchewan, Barry

took over the family business and became the president of Trapp Transport.

Though his move home signified the end of his pro career, Barry's involvement in hockey was far from over. He went on to play both senior and intermediate hockey, coach at the intermediate level, and represent the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association as a coaching instructor.

Barry "Trapper" Trapp entered the Pats organization during the 1981-1982 season when he was named as one of the coaches of the Pat Capital midgets. He was with the Caps until December, at which time he took over as head coach of the Regina Blues Tier II team. At the conclusion of the Blues season, he went on to become assistant coach with the Regina Pats, helping them enormously during the play-offs.


BOB STR UMM - 1982-1985

Bob was born in Saskatoon, but moved to Regina with his family when he was very young. He spent seven years in the Queen City, living in a house a few blocks away from Exhib ition Grounds. It was the closeness of the Pats home arena coupled with his father's heavy involvement in hockey that first got Bob interested in the sport. The Strumm family returned to Saskatoon when Bob was still in public school and it was there that he finished his education. His schooling included four years at the University of Saskatchewan, from where he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts Degree majoring in Economics.

After university, Bob took a position with the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix news paper as a Sport Reporter. He hel the position for five years, and it was in his fifth year there that he married Marianna Kindrachuk, sister of former NHL Orest.

Bob and Marianna then moved to Studbury, Ontario where Bob studied Sports Administration at Laurentian University. After their stay in Ontario, they headed back west and Bob took a position with the Edmonton Journal newspaper as a Sports Reporter. Not long after that and Executive Assistant's position came open in the Sestern Hockey League office in Calgary and Bob jumped at the chance to become invo lved in hockey. While working under league president Ed Chynoweth, as his assistant, Bob researched and designed the highly popular WHL Guide.

In June of 1977 Bob was offered the general manager's chair of a new WHL franchise, the Billings Bighorns. It did not take him long to decide that this was what he wanted to do and from that point on he began to write the story of one of the league's most successful general managers.

In his two year's in Billings he directed the team to a Division Championship and a Division Pennant. He followed that up by moving to the Pats organization in 1979 and leading the Blue and White to a Western Hockey League Championship, two Eastern Division Championships, and two Eastern Division Pennants in the next four years. Bob served as GM of the Regina Pats (1979-86) and Spokane Chiefs (1987-90). His teams captured four regular season and playoff division championships and one WHL Championship Trophy (1980 with Regina). He also received international acclaim as general manager of the 1981-82 Canadian team, which won Canada's first World Junior Hockey Championship.

In 1990-91, Strumm served as an assistant to the genera l manager of the Detroit Red Wings and then spent two years managing an independent player scouting service. In 1993, he joined the Inter-national Hockey League's Las Vegas Thunder as the club's general manager and served in that capacity for six years. Bob, who holds a Master's of Business Administration degree, is the father of daughters, Brianna and Kristie, and son, Bobby.

Bob Strumm was named director of pro scouting for the Columbus Blue Jackets in July 2001 after spending the previous two years with the club as a pro scout. His responsibilities with the Blue Jackets continue to involve scouting the NHL and over all pro player evaluation. He brings over 20 years of experience in hockey administration. (Photo: Columbus Blue Jackets)


BILL MOORES - 1985-1986

After playing four seasons of junior hockey with the Edmonton Oil Kings (1966-67 to 1969-70) and a season with the University of Alberta, which saw him lead the Golden Bears in scoring in 1971-72, he coached in the Edmonton Minor Hockey Ass ociation for several seasons before returning to his almamater as an assistant coach to Clare Drake in 1976-77.

From 1976-77 to 1993-94 Moores was a member of the Golden Bears coaching staff, serving as an assistant coach for 10 seasons and head coach for seven. During that time, he took one year to coach the Regina Pats during the 1985-86 season.

Following the 1993-94 season, Moores took a leave of absence from the University of Alberta to coach in Japan where he served as head coach of the Kokudo Bunnies in 1994-95 and 1995-96. He guided Kokudo to the Japanese Ice Hockey Federation championship in 1995 with a 22-7-1 record and a 3-2 win in the best-of-five final. After his second season in Japan, Moores accepted an assistant coaching position with the Rangers, but his ties to Japan did not end as he served as a consultant to the Japanese National Team and was an assistant with Japan at the 2000 IIHF World Championships in St. Petersburg, Russia.

Bill became the Edmonton Oilers Assistant Coach from

2000-01 to 2008-09 season.

Moores and his wife, Connie reside in Edmonton.


DOUG SAUTER - 1987-1988

Doug Sauter is one of the most successful coached in the Western Hockey League. The 34 year old native of Fairlight has racked up 340 wins in eight years. Sauter has the best winning percentage of any coach with six or more years of service.

Doug came to the Pats in June of 1986 from the Medicine Hat Tigers. The Tigers were subsequently allowed to choose two players for Sauter, because he was under contract to the Tigers. For the record, the players were Kevin Clemens and Kevin Ekdahl. Sauter spent two years in Medicine Hat and helped in turning them into a powerhouse. Prior to his two-50 win season in the Gas City, he coached in Springfield of the American Hockey League. That team was operated by the Chicago Black Hawks and Philadelphia Flyers.

After a successful year in the AHL, Sauter elected to return to Major Junior Hockey. One of the big reasons for his appearance on the pro team was his five strong years in Calgary with the now-defunct Wranglers.

Sauter's grooming as a coach began in New Westminster, with those famous Ernie McLean Bruins teams back in the '70s. As a back up goaltende r, Doug moved into the coaching ranks right after he graduated from the Bruins. Sauter, who coached a tier two team in Abbotsford, British Columbia, was also assistant coach with the Bruins. In four years as an assistant coaxh the Bruins won four consecutive WHL championships and two Memorial Cups. Sauter played a very prominent role in those championships.

Doug is an avid sportsman, with golf being his favorite past-time in the off-season. He has become the winningest coach in the Central Hockey League and is in his 12 th year with the Oklahoma City Blazers, 2008.


BERNIE LYNCH - 1988-1989

Bernie Lynch was suspended by Hockey Regina in 1998. At the time, the organization said the suspension would continue until investigations into alleged sexual misconduct were completed.

Those allegations turned out to be unfounded, but Lynch was turned down when he applied to be a volunteer coach this season.

"A number of years ago somebody indicated that they had heard that there was an allegation against our client, which resulted in an investigation," explained Doug Kovatch, Lynch's lawyer.

"The investigation turned up absolutely nothing -- ever," Kovatch added.

Kovatch claims Hockey Regina is still holding those allegations against Bernie Lynch.

Hockey Regina's position is that it can select whomever it likes to coach. It says two other candidates were selected for the positions that Lynch applied for.


DENNIS SOBC HUK - 1988 -1989

Number 14 was officially retired on May 12, 1974, when the Regina Pats and the player who wore it, Dennis Sobchuk, won the Memorial Cup in Calgary. Dennis remains a legend in Regina and Western Hockey League circles. His accomplishments were tremendous in his three years as a member of the Pats. Last year, (1986-87) "Sobby" came back! He returned to the Pats as Assistant General Manager/Coach.

The ever popular Sobchuk, who has seen most everything in hockey, was a great help to the team.

Dennis retired from professional hockey in 1984. It was then that he decided to give coaching a whirl. In 1985 he coached the Milestone Flyers of the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League to a provincial 'C' Championship. The following year, 1986, he accepted an offer from the Regina Pats.

In 1972 Sobby signed a 10-year contract with the Cincinnati Stingers of the now defunct World Hockey Association. However, with Cincinnati not in operation until 1975, he played in Phoenix in 1974-1975. He won the team's scoring crown that year. He then joined Cincinnati in 75 and stayed for 2 and a half years. He was named the team's MVP in 1975-76. Dennis was traded to Edmonton in 1977 and played there for two years. With the merger of the World Hockey Association and the National hockey League, the Oilers lost Sobchuk to Philadelphia. The Flyers traded the centre to Detroit in 1979. In January of 1980, Dennis suffered a shoulder separation and was out for the season. From that point on Sobchuk played with Zug, Switzerland; Moncton Alphines (American Hockey League); Innsbruck, Austria; Frederiction Expres; Quebec Nordiques; and again back to Innsbruck, where his pro playing career ended.

Born and raised in Lang, Saskatchewan, Dennis still farms (1987) with his brother, Gene, and father, Harry. Between farming and hockey, Dennis found time for other sports, including baseball. In that sport he played for the Weyburn Sportsman and Regina Maroons. Sobchuk has a Saskatchewan Summer Games Gold Medal and a Canadian Summer Games Bronze for his efforts in baseball.

The former 1 st. pick of the 1973 World Hockey League draft now resides (1987) in White City. Dennis and his wife, Julia, are proud parents of two children, Justin, 6, and Ashley, 4. He and his wife lived at Bellington, Washington, U.S.A. Sobby had his own construction company.As of the start of 2010, Dennis is now living in Arizona.


BRAD TIPPETT - 1989-1993

The Tippett family moved from Moosomin, Saskatchewan to Regina where Brad was born. They then moved to Prince Albert. While at Prince Albert, Brad played Left Wing with the junior hockey Prince Albert Raiders from 1977 to 1979 in the

SJHL (Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Went onto play with the University of Michigan Wolveriness from 1979-1983.

Played a little professional hockey, in the Winnipeg Jet Farm System, starting with Sherbrooke Jets, AHL (American Hockey League 1982-184, then with Fort Wayne Komets, IHL (International Hockey League) 1984-1985. The following year was an Assistant Coach with his Junior Team, Prince Albert Raiders under Head Coach Terry Simpson. He became Assistant General Manager with the club during the 1987-1988 season and became General Manager 1988-1989.

Brad was the Head Coach of the Regina Pats from 1989 to 1993. He then became the Coach of the Regina Midget AAA Rifles and is still coaching the club as of (2008). His brother Dave has been the Head Coach of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League.



Hockey was a possession for this boy, son of a barber from his early childhood. “I was a rink rat at seven, “ he said. “I made myself a real nuisance, but I'd fetch wood for the pot belled stove and spend three or four hours a day on the ice.”

Billy in 1946, 1947 and 1948 played on the Pat's Bantams and won three provincial tiles. In 1952 and 1953 he moved up to the Pat Midgets and won two more provincial titles. He was such a good hockey player that at the same time (1952 and 1953) he also played for the Pat Juveniles. They also won the provincial titles in the same years. He won Most Valuable Players awards, All-Star selections and league scoring titles from 1946 to 1953.

In 1954 he was the second youngest player ever to play for the Regina Pats Junior Team. He was fifteen years old when he was called up for the 1953-54 play-offs against Lethbridge, scoring a hat trick.

In 1954-55, 1955-56 and 1957-58 his teams won the Western Canada Hockey League Championship and competed in Memorial Cup finals in these three years. In 1956-57 selected on the All-Star Team and in 1957-58 season won the League scoring title and League's Mose Valuable Player Award and selected on the fir st All-Star Team.In 1959-60 season his sweater # 17 was the first sweater to be retired with the Regina Pats Hockey Club.

At the age of 20 played his first professional season (1958-59) with Rochester Americans; scoring 41 goals and had 97 points. Awarded Scoring Championship, Rookie of the year and Most Valuable player in the American hockey League. Same season called up by the Montreal Canadiens for one play-off game and had his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. He began his 46 year marriage to Lee Anne the following summer.

Billy embarked on a 14 year pro hockey career and retired in 1973. The following year he purchased Kyle's Sporting Store in downtown Regina from former NHL players Bill and Gus Kyle until 1990.

In 1986 along with tree friends he became co-owner of the Regina Pats for the next ten years. He was General Manager for five years and coach for part of a season. In his latter years; asthma, diabetes, then prostate cancer for seven years, slowed hi
m down. Hicke passed away Monday, July 18, 2005 at the age of 67, in his home town of Regina, Saskatchewan.


AL DUMBA - 1993-1994

Al played three season with the Regina Pats, from 1973-

74 to 1975-76. Was picked # 119 in the eight NHL draf

t round by Washington Capitals. He nevered played in the NHL. Played in the International Hockey League (IHL) first with Dayton Gems during the 1976-77 season. The following season with Fort Wayne Komets untion 1981.

Was Assistant Coach with the Regina Pats from 1990-91 to 1992-93, and he became the Co-Coach during the 1993-94 season. During 1999-2000, coached the Regina Crestveiw (Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League) SHL, taking them to the Allan Cup Final.

Al became a banker after his retirement, founding his own company, called Al Dumba Investors Group. During the Regina Pats Hockey season, is the colour commedator for CKRM Pats broadcaster Rod Pedersen, up to 2010 season. He is the older brother of goaltender Greg Dumba.

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NORM JOHNSTON - 1993-1994

Johnston has had 13 successful years as a Coach and General Manager in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Norm was responsible in helping rebuild 4 franchises in the (SJH
L) Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League ranging from (1983-1997). He has 315 wins and 285 losses while coaching with the North Battleford North Stars, Flin Flon Bombers and the Humboldt Broncos of the SJHL. Johnston was the Head Coach of the SJHL Champion, Flin Flon Bombers, which were representatives at the Centennial Cup in 1993.

He went onto be the Lloydminster Junior ‘A’ Bobcats head Coach and Director of Hockey Operations in 2005.


RICH PRESTON - 1995-1997

Rich Preston played one season of junior h


ey with the Regina Pats of the SJHL before heading south to attend the University of Denver. There, he excelled as an offensively productive forward for four seasons, graduating in 1974.

As property of the Chicago Blackhawks, Preston was promptly informed that he' d be starting out his pro career in Texas with their minor-league affiliate in Dallas. He and Terry Ruskowski did head to the Lone Star State, but not to join the Hawks. Instead, they jumped t o the WHA's Houston Aeros where the prospect of playing with Gordie Howe looked more re warding than toiling in the minors.

So Preston launched a successful four-year stint in Houston where he developed into an outstanding two-way player who, as he put himself, was a jack-of-all-trades and master of none. At least, until he joined the Winnipeg Jets for the WHA's final season in 1978-79. During the playoffs, Preston was stellar, being voted as
the MVP of the tournament. His Jets won the last Avco Cup ever awarded.

After weathering a contractual dispute between the Blackhawks and Jets as the two leagues merged, Preston landed on his blades in the Windy City, thanks in part to his friendship with Keith Magnuson and Cliff Koroll from their University of Denver days.

In his first season, Preston lept from the starting gate, corralling 31 goals and 30 assists?his best single-season NHL result. In all, he put in five solid years with the Hawks before jumping to the New Jersey Devils for two seasons.

In 1986-87, he re-signed as a free agent with the Hawks where he played 77 games and then retired. He became the Assistant Coach of the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League (NHL) in 2002.




Parry began his Western Hockey League coaching career
in 1994 through to 1999. In that time he was an Assistant Coach for the Spokane Chiefs and a Head Coach for the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Regina Pats.

As the Assistant Coach for the Spokane Chiefs, in his two-year stint with the club, he helped guide the Chiefs to a Division Semi-Final (1994-95) and captured the Division Pennant and Division Championship (1995-96).

Following his time in Spokane, Parry moved on and accepted the Head Coach position with the Lethbridge Hurricanes (1996-97). During his time in Lethbridge he led the Hurricanes to a Divisi


League Pennant, won the Division and League Championship, plus was the runner-up at the Memorial Cup. In 1997-98, he took over Head Coach for the Regina Pats and guided the Pats to their first pennant in 14 years.

At the start of 2000 Parry became the Western Scout for Los Angeles Kings (NHL). The start of 2004, Parry became Head Coach of the Moose Warriors, but released December 6, due to a poor start.


TIM TISDALE - 1998-2000

Tim played junior hockey for the Swift Curren

t Broncos (WHL) 1986-87 to 1988-89. He never played in the NHL. From 1989-90 to 1991-92 played for Cape Breton Oilers in the American Hockey League (AHL).

Played in the East Central Hockey League (ECHL) with the Wherling Thunderbirds from 1992-93 to 1993-94 and also 1995-96. At the start of the 1993-94 season

played 18 games for Winden Wildcats in the British Hockey League (BHL) before playing with Wheeling Thunderbirds.

During the 1994-95 was a player-assistant coach with Wheeling. In 1998 he wa

s assistant coached with the Regina Pats, and the following season 1999-2000 was Head Coach.

Returned to his home town of Swift Current, and was involved with the Midget AAA and in 2008 Coached the Pee Wee Swift Current Broncos.


LORNE MOLLEKEN - 2000-2001

Lorne was born in Regina, . He played four seasons of Junior Hockey in the Western Canada Junior hockey League (WCJHL). Swift Current Broncos 1972-73, Lethbridge Broncos (1974-75) for the start of the season, traded to Winni

peg Clubs and played till 1975-76.

He never played in the NHL, but played in the National Amateur Hockey League

(NAHL) for one season. Then the International Hockey League (IHL), American Hockey League (AHL), and Central Hockey League (CHL) from 1976-77 to 1984-85.

Has had a very lengthy coaching career, starting as an Assistant Coach with Moose Jaw 1988-89, then Co-Coach 1989-90 to 1990-91. Moved to Saskatoon and was Head Coach 1991-92 to 1994-95.

Lorne then tried the pro ranks, first with Cape Breton Oilers of the American Hockey League (AHL) 1995-1996. Next with Hamilton Bulldogs (AHL) 1996-97 to 1997-98. Was an Assistant Coach for Chicago Black Hawks of the National Hockey League (NHL) 1998-99 and Head Coach 1999-2000.

During the 2000-01 season was Head Coach of the Regina Pats. Regina that year was the host team of the Memorial Cup. Pats finished third in a four team tournament. In 2002-03 was back in the (NHL) as Assistant Coach with San Jose Sharks and Assistant Coach for Pittsburgh Penguins the following season.

Returned to being Head Coach of the Saskatoon Blades in 2004-05 and is still Head Coach as of 2008.


BOB LOWES - 2001 -2004

Bob was born, January 21, 1963, at Prince Albert. He played Tier 2, Junior "A" with his h

ome team from 1979 to 1982, winning the Centennial Cup in 1981 and 1982. Transferred to Regina and played with the Pats from 1982-84 and in 1982-83 played a few game with Michigan State. During the 1984-85 season, Coached 8 games while Coach Bob Strumm was suspended.

Never played any amateur or professional hockey. In 1991-92 was the Assistant Coach for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the (WHL) Western Canada Junior Hockey League. Became Head Coach of the Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL), then became the Regina Pats Head Coach.

Presently, a Scout with the Ottawa Senators (NHL).


CURTIS HUNT - 2005-2008

and 2009 to 2011

Curtis was born, January 28, 1967, at North Battleford, Saskatchewan. Played his junior hockey with Prince Albert Raiders (WHL), then started his semi-pro with Fredericton Express (AHL) of the American Hockey League during the1987-88 season. From 1988 to 1991 with Milwaukee Admirals (IHL) International Hockey League. Albany Choopers (IHL) 1990-91, St. John's Maple Leafs (AHL) 1991-94. He then played for Houston Aeros (IHL) 1994-96, and ended his playing career with Michigan K. Wings 1995-96.

He started his coaching career with Grand Rapids Griffins (IHL) 1998-99 as an Assistant Coach. Became a Head Coach with the Moose Jaw Warriors (WHL) 2002-04 and the following season with Regina Pats until 2008. During the 2008-09 season for a shot time was Assistant Coach with Ottawa Senators (NHL), finished the season as Head Coach with Binghamton Senators. Returned as Head Coach with the Regina Pats during the 2009-11 seasons.



Dale was born in Preeceville, Saskatchewan, October 17, 1964, but spent his early years in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the age of 14, Dale left home to attend school at Athol Murray College of Notre Dame. During his two years at Notre Dame, Dale played for the Midget AAA Hounds. He helped lead the Hounds to back-to-back Air Canada Cups, winning the National Championship in 1980 and finishing 4th in 1981, where he won the tournament's M.V.P. award. Also during the 1981 season, Dale was named the Tournament Scoring Champion at the Midget Mac's Tournament in Calgary, recording 37 points in only 6 games.

He then played with the Regina Pats (WHL) from 1981-85, breaking numerous records. One which was the all time Pats leading scorer with 491 points, also 222 goals and 269 assists, records that may never be broken.

Dale played all his pro hockey over-seas. First with Asiago HC (Italy) during the 1985-86 season, plus play 2 games with the University of Manitoba. Back over-seas with Ives Tampere (SM-liiga) from 1986-89. Then he played in the Number 1 German League with Munich Hedos (1989-90) and (1993-94), Rosenhem SB (1990-92). Then played in the Swiss top league with Zurich and Duesseldorf EG of the German Number 1 League (1992-93). In 1994-95 played with Munich Mad Dogs (Del) and Riessersee SC in the German Number 1 League, also 1996-98.

Became Scout of the Washington Capitals (NHL). In 2003-04 to 2008, was the Director of Hockey for Notre Dame College in Wilcox, Saskatchewan, approximately 60 miles south of Regina. Head Coach of Regina Pats during the 2008-2009 season.


PAT CONACHER - 2011-2012

Pat was born on May 1, 1959, at Edmonton, Alberta. He started with Billing Bighorns (WCHL) Western Canada Junior Hockey League during the 1977-79 seasons. Played with Saskatoon Blades in the same League 1978-79. Turned pro the following season with New Haven Nighthawks. Played with the New York Rangers (NHL) 1979-80 and also 1982-83 season. Pat did not play during 1980-81. Next year played with Springfield Indians (AHL), then with Tulsa Oilers (CHL) 1982-83. Following year played with Edmonton Oilers (NHL), also with Moncton Alpine (AHL). Nova Scotia Oilers (AHL) in 1984-85. Maine Mariners, (AHL) (1985-86) also with Utica Devils, also during 1989-91 in the same league. Back in the (NHL) with New Jersey Devils (1987-92), Los Angeles Kings (1992-96), Calgary Flames and the New York Islanders during (1995-96). He retired, only to play with the Canadian National Team (INTL) during 1997-98.

Pat's coaching career had him being the Assistant Coach of the Phoenix Coyotoes (NHL) from (2001-04). Head Coach (2004-05) with Utah Grizzles (AHL) and the following season with San Antonio Rampage (AHL) until 2007. Was the Assistant General Manager and Assistant Coach with Chiiliwack Bruins (WHL) during (2010-11), then became the Head Coach with Regina Pats the following season.