Sunday, August 1, 2010

THE REGINA PATS - LEADER POST

SPORT WRITERS


In the early years from - 1917-18 to 1923-24 season the Regina Patricia game write-up did not mention the Sports writers name. From 1924-25 to 1929-30 season the writers name was Norm B. his surname was never mentioned. From 1930-31 to 1933-34 the sports writer was Dave Dryburgh - No Photo is available.

1946-47 to 1949-50 - Harvey DRYDEN















1949-1950 to 1952-1953 - Ned POWERS - After covering High school sports ans working full-time in the summer months, he joined the Leader-Post permanent staff in June 1949. Ned covered the Regina Pats for four years, 19491950 through to 1952-1953, each year with Murray Armstrong as coach. He travelled the western play-offs in 1950, they went to the Memorial Cup, but the sports editor, Harvey Dryden, accompanied him. Ned covered the Memorial Cup in 1952, where he saw probably the best junior hockey team ever assembled.

The Guelph Biltmores sent seven guys directrly to the NHL the next fall – Harry Howell, Lou Fontinato, Andy Bathgate, Dean Prentice, Billy McCreary, Ron Murphy and Ron Stewart. The Biltmores beat the Pats, four straight.


Then he moved to work at the Saskatoon StarPhoenix in April, 1953, shorthly after the Pats finished their season. Ned Powers only lived a block from the Exhibition Stadium and it was like a second home for him. Ned retired from full time employment in 1996, but still writes for StarPhoenix on a freelance basis only.


1952-1953 - Wilmer KLEIN -














1953-54 to 1956-57 - Ernie FEDORUK -
worked for over 50 years has been an enjoyable career as a journalist, mainly a newspaper reporter and sports columnist. He retired in 1996 atVictoria, "Time Colonist" newspaper. In his "retirement" he continues to produce as a freelance contributor to magazines and the his website sportfishingbc.com

Has just completed 14 years (2008) as director/officer of the Outdoor Writers of Canada, also was director of the Northwest Outdoor Writer Association for 11 years. His passion is fishing – to find and to protect – and insists his greatest contribution as a conservationist is incompetence.



1956-1956 to 1968-1969 - Ron CAMPBELL - No Photo Available

1968-1969 to 1971-1972 - Mal ISSAC -



















1974-1975 to 1977-1978 - Dale EISLER -















1977-1978 to 1984-1985 - Dave SENICK - is presently the Deputy City Editor for the Victoria Time Colonist.












1988-1989 - Ed WILLES -
Sports coloumnist Ed Willes was born in Ottawa in 1955. Growing up, he moved across the country living in Ottawa, Montreal, Regina, Chilliwack, Toronto, Kingston, and Victoria. He remained in Ottawa to complete his third year of journalism BA at Carleton, but, alas, never obtained his degree.

Willes' first newspaper posting was for the Medicine Hat News in 1982 when he covered the Western Hockey League (WHL) Tigers, minor league Blue Jays, rodeo, and more curling than he cares to remember.


In 1988, Willes moved to Regina where he reported on the WHL Regina Pats Hockey Team and Saskatchewan Roughriders. He was working on a feature about a woman darts thrower when he was offered a columnist job at the Winnipeg Sun.

In Winnipeg, he spent two years as the General Columnist before moving on and becoming the Jets beat writer and hockey columnist. This stint led him to cover the tragic demise of the Jets while he also took on the role of the first beat writer for the IHL Manitoba Moose.


After Winnipeg, Willes spent a year as a freelance writer in Montreal appearing regularly in the New York Times. Willes was finally drafted to The Province in the fall of 1998.

Aside from his extensive writing career, Willes boasts a single-digit handicap in golf, an encyclopedic knowledge of pre-1982 pop music and an "inexplicable fascination with movies and popular culture as a whole."


1988-89 to 2002-03 - Gregg DRINNAN -

has been sports
journalist for more than 30 years. This follows stints at the late, great Winnipeg Tribune, the Brandon Sun and Regina Leader-Post (1988-2003), was reporter and became sports editor. He moved to Kamloops and has been sports editor of the Daily News until now (2008).

Mr. Drinnan posts both his stories from the Kamloops Daily News and also his own independent content (often including time-sensitive updates and depth that might not otherwise make it into print) at his blog .




1988-1989 to Present - Rob VANSTONE -


a lifelong Regina and football enthusiast, was appointed Assistant Sports Editor in 1995 and was named sports columnist one year later. He is now the Leader Post's Sports Co-ordinator and columnist. Vanstone has spent much of his time at the Leader Post writing about the Saskat-chewan Roughriders and Regina Pats. He also writes a light-hearted sports column in the Regina Sun.




1989-99 to 2008-09 - Ian HA
MILTON -

He was awarded the Fred Sgambati - Media Award, presented annually by the CIS to a member of media in recognition of his/her major contribution to the develop-ment and growth of Canadian university sport. A graduate of the University of Regina's journalism school and a journalist at the Leader-Post since 1989, Hamilton has been the beat reporter of University of Regina athletics for over six years. He continued his outstanding coverage during the 2004-05 season filing over 250 stories on Cougars and Rams teams, including complete coverage of the CIS women's basketball and track and field championships. Hamilton also became the inaugural winner of the Fred's Collins Award presented earlier this spring by the Canada West regional association.

2001-2002 to 2008-2009 - Gregg HARDER -

has been the Leader-Post's hockey writer, focusing on the Regina Pats and the WHL. He writes a weekly column during the hockey season called Centre Ice. In the summer months, Harder covers the Saskatchewan Roughriders. A graduate of Red River College in Winnipeg, he previously worked as a freelance news and sports reporter for the Winnipeg Free Press. A few of his other freelance credits include: The Hockey News, Blueshirt Bulletin (a New York Rangers' publication), Hockey canada.ca and Prospects magazine