Friday, December 17, 2010

REGINA PATS ALUMNI

2010 -
GAME



On Saturday, January 30, 2010, at the Moose Jaw Civic Centre, at 1:30 p.m. Regina Pats Alumni Team win their third straight game over Moose Jaw Warriors, 7-4 in the Trans Canada Clash.



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Photo: Courtesy of Rod Pedersen
- Pictured from left standing: Nevin Markwart, Al Dumba (Coach), John Miner, Mart Smith, Doug Trapp, Frank Kovacs, Brandon Coates, Kevin Markwart, Chad Wylchinski, Kyle Deck, Kurt Wickenheiser, Troy Volhoffer, Jamie Heward, Mark Simpson (Trainer) - Kneeling: Rod Houk, Gord Wappel, Chris Andersen, Mike Sillinger, Mike Kirby, Brian Varga, Shaun Fleming)

TEAM LINE-UPS:

Regina Pats: # 2 - Gord Wappel; # 3 - John Miner; # 4 - Kyle Deck; # 7 - Chris Anderson; # 10 - Doug Trapp; # 11 - Nevin Markwart; # 13 - Brandon Coates; # 15 - Mike Kirby; # 16 - Mike Sillinger; # 18 - Kelly Markwart; # 19 - Jamie Heward; # 19 - Brian Varga; # 24 - Frank Kovacs; # 25 - Kurt Wickenheiser; # 27 - Troy Vollhoffer; # 33 - Shaun Fleming; # 35 - Rod Houk; Coach - Al Dumba; Trainer - Mark Simpson

Moose Jaw Warriors: # 1 - Scott Christison; # 2 - Scott Thomas; # 4 - Travis Thiessen; # 7 - Kevin Masters; # 12 - Rob Reimer; # 18 - Brad Toporowski; # 20 - Blair Atcheynum; # 20 - Kevin Smyth' # 20 - David Bararuk; # 21 - Darryl LaPlante; # 22 - Troy Edwards; # 23 - Sean Robertson; # 24 - Jeremy Thompson; # 24 - Jeff Budai; # 26 - Grady Manson; # 27 - Lane Manson; # 27 - Reed Low; # 29 - Milt Mastad; # 34 - Josh Lepp; # 35 - Glen Seymour; # 55 - Rob Harvey; Coach - Jeff Truitt; Assistant Coach - Derek Kletzel

LOOK OUT MOOSE JAW -

this year we have the "Cannon" and the "Pup Line" - My Prediction - Regina 5-2


















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Here is the Regina Pats Roster:

# 2 - Gord Wappel (Defenceman) - 1974-75 to 1977-78 - Gord is the oldest player on the team. One of the players to play on all three Alumni Teams. His best season was his last. Games: 67; Goals: 10; Assists: 30, Points: 40. He was drafted 80th by Atlanta Flames in the 1978 NHL draft. Played 2 games with Atlanta in 1979-80 then the relocated to Calgary and played 18 more games in 2 more seasons. Retired in 1982-83.






# 2 - Chad Wilchynski - Defenceman - (1993-94 to 1996-97) - This will be Chad's first year with the Alumni Team. His best season was during 1995-96 season, Games: 67, Goals 7, Assists: 44, Points: 51. Only played 1 game in 1996-97.








# 3 - John Miner (Defenceman) - Seasons Played: 1981-82 to 1984-85 Nickname: "The Cannon" - Was one of two Regina Pats to have the hardest slap shot, the other was Ernie Hicke (Billy Hicke's younger brother). 1983-4 had 27 goals; 1984-85 had 30 goals - (Team Record).








# 4 - Kyle Deck - (Defenceman) - Seasons Played: 2002-03 to 2006-07 - The youngest player of the Alumni Team.







# 7 - Chris Anderson - Defenceman - Seasons Played: 1998-99 to 1999-00. He is from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Chris Anderson played parts of four seasons with the Tri-City Americans before being sent to the Regina Pats half way through the 1998-99 season. He spent his 20 year old season with the blue and white in 1999-2000









# 10 - Doug Trapp - (Right/Left Wing) - 1982-81 to 1984-85 - Best Season was his last when he finished second in Regina Pats scoring, Gamed played: 72, Goals: 48, Assists: 60, Points: 108









# 11 - Nevin Markwart - (Left Wing) - 1981-82 to to 1982-83 - Has played in all three Trans Canada Clash games. Played only two seasons. His last, played only 43 games, Goals: 27, Assists: 39, Points: 66








# 13 - Brandon Coates - (Left Wing) - 1992-93 to 1993-94 - He only played one game in 1993-94 season. In his first season, Games: 36, Goals: 21, Assists: 15, Points: 36











# 15 - Mike Kirby - (Right Wing) - 1988-89 to 1989-90 - Played two seasons. First season, played only two games. Second season, Games Played: 65, Goals: 11, Assists: 16, Points: 27





# 16 - Mike Sillinger - (Centre) - 1987-88 to 1990-91 - In his last three seasons finished first in Regina Pats scoring. During the four seasons played in, Games Played: 266, Goals: 188 Assists: 241, Points: 429. WHL Second Team All-Star and WHL First Team All-Star. Played on the famous "Pup Line". Canada Junior Team 1991 (Won Gold Medal). Was Captain of the Canadian team in 2000 World Championship. Holds NHL record for playing with most teams: 12. In 2009 joined Edmonton Oilers as their Director of Player Development.








# 18 - Kelly Markwart - (Left Wing) - 1987-88 to 1990-91 - One of the players to play in all Trans Canada Clash games.








# 19 - Jamie Heward - (Right Wing) - 1987-88 to 1990-91 - Played on the famous "Pup Line". His best season was his last when he - Games Played: 71, Goals: 23, Assists: 61, Points: 84










# 19 - Brian Varga - (Left Wing/Centre) - 1978-79 to 1980-81 - The oldest Regina Pat Alumni to play on the team. In his last season won the Regina Pats scoring race; Games Played: 68, Goals: 64, Assists: 96, Points: 160







# 24 - Frank Kovacs - (Right/Left Wing) - 1987-88 to 1990-91 - Played on the famous "Pup Line". His best season, was his last with the Regina Pats when he finished second in the teams scoring behind line mate Mike Sillinger; Games Played: 71, Goals, 50, Assists: 51, Points: 101.









# 25 - Kurt Wickenheiser - (Centre) - 1981-82 to 1984-85 - Kurt's best season, was his second year with the team, Games Played: 69, Goals: 45, Assists: 30, Points: 75. Younger brother of Doug and cousin of Olympic champions star Hayley. Kurt has played in all three Trans Canada clash games.









# 27 - Troy Volhoffer - (Left Wing) - Played only one season with the Regina Pats, during 1982-83.








# 33 - Shaun Fleming - (Goalie) - 1998-99 to 1999-00 - In his second season was the back-up goal tender behind Donald Choukalos, Games Played: 22, Minutes Played: 1107, Goals Agains: 58, Empty Net Goals: 1, Average: 3.14







# 1 Rod Houk - (Goalie) 1987-88 to 1988-89. In his second season was the number one goalie, Games Played: 59, Minutes Played: 3,466, Goals Against: 248, Average: 4.29. Has played in all three Trans Clash Alumni Games.






Al Dumba - Coach - Third season as the Coach for the Alumni Team. Coached during 1993-94 season - Games: 36, Won: 17, Lost: 19

As a Player - (Left/Right Wing) - 1973-74 to 1975-76. His best season was last, when he finished third in the team scoring, Games Played: 72, Goals: 44, Assists: 59, Points: 103.





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GAME SUMMARY
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By: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston -

Just prior to the pre-game warm up, I spoke to the team telling them that I had received a letter from the oldest Regina Pats Alumni (Murray Armstrong). I told the team that, in previous conversation with Mr. Armstrong, I learned he was 94 years old, living in Florida, almost blind but plays 18 holes of golf each week, and that he and his wife will be celebrating their 67th wedding anniversary in March. I finished saying that I would like them to dedicate this game to him.

The victory 7-4 improved the Pats' record to 3-0 all-time in alumni contests between junior hockey's top rivals.The paid attendance was announced as 2,578 (a sell out) in the Crushed Can. Moose Jaw went along with a three goalie system: Scott Christison played in the first period, Josh Lepp the second period and Glen Seymour the third period. For Regina it was Houk for the first half of the game and Shaun Fleming for the second half.

The game opened with three quick goals within two minutes, early in the first period. The two teams went into the second period tied 2-2. Moose Jaw scored back-to-back goals with just over one minute to take a 2-0 lead. Warrior Alumni's Darry LaPlante scored on a soft goal right in front of the net at 3:22, assisted by Jeremy Thompson. The second goal had Rob Harvey score on a rebound at 4:32, assisted by Blair Atcheynum.

Regina came right back as Nevin Markwart scored a real strange goal. He shot from the right corner, hit goalie Christison and the puck just trickled over the goal line at 5:24. Regina tied the contest as Brandon Coates scored a shorthanded goal when he picked-up a loose puck and scored on a break-a-way, a low shot at 16:18. In the first period Regina outshot Moose Jaw 15-10. I kept my own record on shots as I noticed whoever did them did not even count Regina's first two shots on goal.

In the second period Regina went up 5-2 as Kurt Wickenheiser scored from the left corner at 1:43, assisted by Kyle Deck and Mike Kirby. Then Nevin Markwart scored his second goal of the game as he came in from the left boards and scored at 11:04, assisted by Chris Anderson and Troy Vollhoffer. The next goal was a beauty, a three way pass that was tipped in from the right side of the net (I was not able to get the players names as the announcing system was terrible, very hard to hear), I believe it was Jamie Heward. Then it was Moose Jaw's turn, scoring two quick goals. The first being a weak shot by Jeff Budai at 14:13, assisted by Kevin Masters. Sounded like the announcer gave the time for the next goal as being 14:19, (I know that was wrong). Roy Edwards scored on a break-a-way from the blue line and deaked Fleming. It was Regina 5-4 going into the final period. In the second period, Regina once again outshot Moose Jaw 15-10.

In the third period Regina scored a power play goal by Brian Varga a hard shot at 2:15, assisted by Gord Wappel and Mike Kirby. The final goal had Kirby coming in from the left boards into the front of the net, as he made a nice deak to the right corner at 15:27 assisted by Troy Vollhoffer.

Following are pictures that I took:

Leaving the dressing room for pre-game warm up.

# 2 - Gord Wappel, # 11 - Nevin Markwart, # 19 - Brian Varga, # 25 - Kurt Wickenheiser




After the pre-game warm-up Mike Sillinger took time out to let me take his picture, plus Kurt Wickenheiser and Gord Wappel.

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Here are some hilarious quotes from the weekend: taken from Rod Pedersen's blog.

- "It was too rough for him. We scared him off!" - Doug Trapp on why Theoren Fleury didn't come back to play again after the 2008 T.C. Clash.

- "Warmup's 18 minutes long but you don't have to stay out there for the whole 18 minutes." - Regina coach Al Dumba in his pregame speech.

- "Sillinger and I both have titanium hips. I hope if we skate beside each other, we don't stick together like magnets!" - Linesman Dallas Davison.

- "Are you the team bus driver?" - A security guard to Mitchell Blair under the stands in the Civic Centre.

- "I wouldn't miss this for the world." - Rider legend Roger Aldag before the game.

- "Kevin Gallant will be happy we lost. I read your blog." - Warriors forward Troy Edwards.

- "My father-in-law told me the day I retired in 1992 that I'll never be able to thrill a crowd again. I guess he was wrong." - Troy Volhoffer.

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