Thursday, April 22, 2010



Following is taken from the book, "Saskatchewan 80 Years of Puck Chasing", By permission: of Brenda and Joseph Zeman

Al was a very interesting man.

He held fort in the Balmoral Cafe' and would sit up most of the night telling stories and drawing diagrams with a pencil of plays on Nick Pappas' napkins which by the way, were linen. Al's theory was very simple he would say, "If they can't score on you they can't beat you." We never had a lot of scrimmages, as we only had eleven players.

(Photo: Buzz Boll - Sask. Hall of Fame & Museum)

By the way, I don't think Al could skate as he always appeared on the ice with a pair of four buckle overshoes, a coon skin coat, a hockey stick and sometime a big cigar.

Ritchie would, for instance, have us practice skating a man out of the play. We would practice one on one until everyone was able to take out a man as he should be taken out. He would have you do things over and over until it just became automatic. If you were on the offense, as soon as you lost the puck, you had better get in position to back-check.

His theory worked really well, in six playoff games against Calgary, Winnipeg and Toronto we had three goals scored against us and we managed to score nineteen.

I think you could say that Al Ritchie was a great coach in teaching fundamentals. It seems to me that all the teams he coached, whether hockey or football, got along well together.

Offensive practice consisted of a line rushing on the defense, with a wing man taking out the offensive wing man, then we would practice with two wing men back-checking. He had many variations and covered every situation you could think of in a hockey game.

I knew a lot of football players who played for him, and I never heard a lot of squawking about the coach. I attended a Grey Cup game in Montreal when Fred Wilson was manager and Al Ritchie was coach. The Riders played the Winged Wheelers on a football field that was like a skating rink.

The Pats back then really did not have much of a league to play in. Most of our games were exhibition games against the Vics and Aces, who were senior clubs, Swift Current and Mossomin had top intermediate teams. We also went to Edmonton and played a couple of their Junior teams, and won both games.

Personally, I was pretty busy with studies, Regina Pats practices, games, and played some games with the Pat "B" team. I also played hockey for the Normal School.

Junior hockey was no big thing in those days until you won the Provincial Championship.

The smaller places like, Moose Jaw, Weyburn, Swift Current and Moosomin, supported hockey better. You must also remember that in those years there was very little money. Pete Egan and Brix Peebles were our financiers as far as I can remember. We were in Winnipeg for a couple of weeks. Pete was manager of the Capital Theatre in Regina, so he arranged for us to go to the picture shows in Winnipeg. We ate at a restaurant and we singed the bills. They fed us really well.

As for how it felt to win the Junior Championship - I really do not think we realized what we had done. We had a big night in the Stadium and received plaques plus Longine Watches.

I played Senior Hockey the next winter in Weyburn in the Big Six. Then went to the Toronto Maple Leafs in May, 1931.

In the fall of 1929, Regina Pats and the Regina Argos amalgamated under the Pats name. The Argos were a junior team that was run by the late Father Athol Murray from Notre Dame College, Wilcox, Saskatchewan.

Ralph Redding from Craik and myself were the only two out-of-town kids to try out with the team."

Buzz Boll went onto play for the Syracuse Stars in the International Hockey League (IHL) from 1931-32 to 1932-33, Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL) 1932-33 to 1938-39, New York Americans (NHL) 1939-40 to 1940-41, Brooklyn Americans (NHL) 1941-42 and Boston Bruins (NHL) 1942-43 to 1943-44. Buzz also did some coaching with the Foam Lake Flyers Seniors of Saskatchewan in the late 1940's. (Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame - HHOF-000021-000005023)


Frank "Buzz" BOLL, was born on the 06 March 1911, in the town of Fillmore, Saskatchewan, and died on the 01 January 1990.


Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Monday, April 19, 2010





Seven decades of winning Pats' tradition are represent on the cover - The former Pats, and the decades they represent are as follows: BACK Row: (Left to right) Buzz Boll (20's), John Inglis (30's), Lorne Daveis (40's), Bill Hicke (50's), FRONT ROW: (Left to right) Fran Huck (60's), Dennis Sobchuk (70's), Jock Callander (80's)

Sunday, April 18, 2010






PROGRAM COVER - 1968-1969

Supplied by - Kevin Shaw

Supplied by - Kevin Shaw

Saturday, April 17, 2010


Regina Pats Are The Oldest Existing Junior Hockey Club In The World, 1917-1918.
(02) Had The First Russian Born Player And Coach In The NHL - John Gottselig, Chicago Black Hawks, 1928-1929.
(03) In 1930-1931 Goal Tender Ken Campbell Had 7 Shut Outs In Arrow In The Play Offs - Western Canada Record, Also In 74 Games With The Pats Had 36 Shut Outs.
(04) First Pro Hockey Game Was Broadcast In Regina On 15 March 1923 By Pete Parker. The First Game Of The WCHL Play-offs Between Edmonton Eskimos and Regina Caps. Beating Foster Hewitt By 8 Days. Hewitt's was an Amateur Game.
(05) In 1925 Memorial Cup The Regina Pat Players Refused To Go On The Ice Unless Coach Al Ritichie Wore His Coon Coat During The Game, Even Though It Was A Hot Day Outside.
(06) Pats Scored 7 Consecutive Power Play Goals in The First Period Of A Western Hocky League Game.
(07) In Saskatoon On Sunday, December 1969, Rod Norrish Scored 3 Goals in 20 Seconds, In The First Period Breaking The NHL Record By 1 Second.
(08) Stan Maketa of the Chicago Black Hawks Invented The Hook In The Hockey Stick.
(09) Lester Patrick (Club Owner and Player Of The Victoria Professional Hockey Club) was the First To Use The Blue And Red Lines, Also To Have The First Atifical Ice, 1911 In Western Canada.
(10) A Pat Goalie (Glen Campbell) had To Whittle An Inch Of His Pads Before A Western Canada Play-off Game Could Start Between Calgary And Regina In The 1920's.
(11) Fran Huck had 17 hat tricks in one season.
(12) A Referee in Paris, Ontario, was credited as the first to use a whistle and present the face-off.
(13) In the early years, a goalie if penalized had to serve his penalty in the penalty box.
(14) A Rink was to be built at the north end of Broad Street (east side, between 12th Avenue and Victoria Avenue). The rink would seat 6,000 plus 2,000 standing room. At the last minute, it was turned down for an ic plant in the Exhibiton Stadium.
(15) That Lester Patrick (club owner and player of the Victoria professional hockey club), was the first to use the blue and red lines. He also had the first artifical ice rink in 1903.
(16) In 1946 to 1969 the Regina Pats were a farm team of the NHL Montreal Canadiens.
(17) The first ever Regina Junior Hockey game ever recorded was back in March 25, 1897 against a Moose Jaw Junior Hockey Team, at the Regina Rink. At the close of one hour's play the score stood 9-5 in favour of the Regina team. The game was played in two halfs. It was Regina 7-1 at the half.
(18) How "Scoreboard" got his Nickname - It was my first exhibition game with Coach Bob Turner in the 1965-1966 Regina Pat Season. We we visiting Moose Jaw. I was in the dressing room, and about to leave, when Ernie Hicke (younger brother of Billy Hicke) called out, "Hay Scoreboard". I turned around and looked at him, the rest is now history.
(19) TWO GREAT ONES GET AWAY: Al MacInnis played 2 games with the Regina Pats in the WHL and also played 59 games with the Pat Canadians in the year 1978-1979. Two years later Esa "Tik, The Grate One" Tikkanen did the same - played 2 games with Regina Pats in the WHL and played 59 games with the Pat Canadians.
(20) Regina Pats have only 2 players who have been inducted into the HHOF (Hockey Hall of Fame) - Clark Gillies and Al MacInnis.
(21) On Friday, October 1988, at Regina, the Pats had scored two goals by the 29 second mark of the opening of the game: Gary Dicke at 18 seconds, then Jamie Heward at the 29 second mark before 2,416 fans as Pats down Prince Albert.
(22) Gord "Red" Berenson - Was the first Canadian hockey player to go directly from an American college (the University of Michigan) to the NHL, joing the Montreal Canadians late in 1961-62 season. Has been coach of University of Michigan since the 1980's.
(23) Regina Pats are probably the only club to trade players for a coach. During the off season of 1988, they sent Kevin Clemens and Kevin Ekdahl to Medicine Hat Tigers for coach Doug Stauter.(24) The fourth game of the season in 1984, Doug Trapp set a club record, getting 7 assists in the game. Regina Pats downed the visiting Seattle Breakers 12-3 before 2,262 fans.
(25) In 1996 - Regina Pats make a mile stone: Tuesday, November 5, in Saskatoon, rookie Dimitri Nabokov in the third period at 7:41, assisted by Boyd Kane and Brad Stuart, was Regina Pats 19,000 goal, this included league and play-off games going back to 1917-1918 season.
(26) After 48 years service, in 1999, as doorman and security at the old Exhibition Satdium and Agridome, big Rudy SILZER retired. When on duty at the Pat games, he was often called to action. Many a time whenever a pane of glass was knocked out, they had Rudy replace it. With his big hands and size, he was able to put the new sheet of glass into place all by himself, otherwise it was a two man job. Also, I can remember when a fracas occured in the stands, Rudy would grab that person at the back of the neck. Lift the person off their feet, and carry them out of the stadium.
(27) Larry Walker, was once on the Regina Pats WHL 50 man "protected" list about 1985 as a goaltender and tried out for the Pats. He went onto be one of the best ever all time Right Fielders in the MBL.
(28) Due to a maintenance walk-out strike on Friday, February 27, 1981, New Westminster Bruins had to play some of their games in various towns, including just over the United States boarder. Only about 100 turned out at Bellingham, Washington, for the game against the Regina Pats. It has to be one of the smallest crowds ever to see a WHL game. The Pats scored 2 short handed goals to go on and defeat the Bruins 7-2.
(29) THE FAMOUS ROOKIE LINE - During the 1971-1972 Coached under Earl Ingarfield Sr. made up of centre Dennis "Sobie" Sobchuk, right winger Mike Wanchuk and left winger Clark Gillies. The three finished as the top three scorers for the Regina Pats that sesson.THE FAMOUS ROOKIE LINE:Goals: 131 - Assists: 153 - Points: 284 - Winning Goals: 21 - Power Play Goals: 47 - Short Handed Goals: 3, Break Away Goals: 5
(30) Tuesday, October 25, 1974, Kamloops Chiefs outshot Regina Pats 44-27, only to lose the game 7-2.
(31) HOW REGINA PATS GOT THEIR NAME - The club was named after the Princess Patrica's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). Also the Pats Mascot was taken from the PPCLI mascot the bull dog.
(32) Regina Pats were scheduled to play 20 games in the span of six weeks, in 1934. Taking the train to Winnipeg and playing twice before entering the United States. Starting at Chicago on November 29, then Detroit, Philadelphia, Hersey, Pa., Baltimore, Lake Placid, New York, Atlantic City. In the last two places they would play twice and many more wanted them to play exhibition games that season. Just before they were to leave, Tuesday, November 27, Pats announced, that the Tournament was called of because financial arrangements fell through. The Regina Pats folded December 6, and there was not a Regina Pat franchise again until 1946.
(33) Nyjer Jamed MORGAN in the 1999-2000 season player Left Wing and was the first colour player to play for the Regina Pats. Went on and Played Major Baseball with the Pittsburgh Pirates.
(34) Dennis SOBCHUK was the first ever hockey player to be given a million dollar contract in 1974.
(35) Regina Pats have supplied the most players to the Canadian Junior International Hockey Team. As of the season 2007-2008, they have supplied 23 players.36 By the end of the 2007-2008 season the Pats had been involved in 35 one goal games, a team franchise record. Winning 24, losing 11.


Wednesday, April 14, 2010


(Photo: Mrs. Randall Carpenter - Great Niece), Whistler, B.C.)

Fred played for the Regina Pats during the 1925-26 and 1926-27 seasons. Went on to play for St. Louis Flyers of the American Hockey Association (AHA) during the 1928-29 season. Went on to play with Tulsa Oilers (AHA) from 1929-30 to 1931-32. Following season played with St. Paul Greyhounds and also Tulsa. In 1933-34 with Portland Buckaroos of tne North West Hockey League (NWHL). From 1934-35 to 1937-38 played with the Kansas City Greyhounds of the American Hockey Association (AHA).

Retired from playing hockey and the Head Coached the Lethbridge Maple Leafs of the Alberta, (Canada), Senior Hockey League from 1938-39 to 1939-40. During the 1940-41 season he Coached the Regina Rangers of the Saskatchewan Senior Hockey League (SSHL) to the Allan Cup (Senior Champions of Canada). Following year 1941-42 Coached New York Rovers of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL).

Served the United Stated States Army from 1942 to 1944, then back Coaching with New York Rovers as a Mid-Season replacement in the 1945-46 and Coached to the 1947-48 season.

Sunday, April 11, 2010


Clark Gillies - 2002

Recognized for his leadership abilities at the amateur and professional levels of hockey, Clark Gillies was born in Moose Jaw on April 7, 1954.

He played three seasons of Junior Hockey with the Regina Pats and led the club to the 1974 Memorial Cup championship. Drafted by the New York Islanders, Gillies made the club’s roster following an impressive NHL training camp. He played twelve seasons with the Islanders and won four consecutive Stanley Cup championships beginning in 1980.

A left-winger, he was teamed with Mike Bossy and fellow Saskatchewanian Bryan Trottier on a high-scoring forward line. As the Islander dynasty made way for the up-and-coming Edmonton Oilers, Gillies was claimed in 1986 by the Buffalo Sabres with whom he remained for two seasons before retiring in 1988. Over fourteen NHL seasons, Clark Gillies tallied 697 points in 958 games. He was named to the First All-Star Team in 1978 and 1979, and was a member of Team Canada at the 1981 Canada Cup.

In recognition of his four Stanley Cup wins and his contributions as an Islander, Gillies’ number “9” was retired in 1996. He was inducted to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2002.

Friday, April 9, 2010


Lieutenant- Colonel Ed E. Staniowski - Athlete - Hockey

After growing up in Moose Jaw where he played much of his minor hockey, Ed Staniowski moved to Regina to become the goaltender for the Regina Pats Juniors from 1971 to 1975. His outstanding junior hockey career resulted in him being named the Pats’ most valuable player in 1973, 1974, and 1975. During his tenure with the Pats, Ed established records for the best goals against average, most shutouts, most games played, and the most saves by a goalie. In 1974 and 1975, he was named the Western Canada Junior Hockey League’s (WCJHL) most valuable player and led the Pats to their third Memorial Cup in the 1973/74 season.

Ed played internationally at the Ahern Cup in 1974. He was picked as the Canadian Major Junior Hockey Player of the Year in 1975, and represented Canada in the World Junior Hockey championship in Winnipeg where he was chosen as the tournament’s best goaltender.

Between 1975 and 1985, Ed played with the St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets, and Hartford Whalers in the National Hockey League (NHL). As well, Ed played a number of games with the Providence Reds, Sherbrooke Jets, and Binghamton Whalers in the American Hockey League (AHL). He also spent time in the Central Hockey League (CHL) with the Kansas City Blues and Salt Lake Golden Eagles. He finished his hockey career in the 1984/85 season with the Salt Lake Golden Eagles who had joined the International Hockey League (IHL).

NHL statistics show Ed having played in 219 regular season games and 9 playoff games with 75 wins, 105 losses and a goals against average of 4.06 for regular season games and 3.93 for playoff games. He played for Team Canada in the 1979 series in Moscow that was won by the host U.S.S.R. team. In February 2000, Ed and teammate Clark Gillies had their Regina Pats’ sweaters retired in the Agridome.

Staniowski joined Canada’s military following the completion of his hockey career and has advanced to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. His military duties have seen Ed in a peacekeeper’s role in Cyprus, Croatia, and Bosnia.

Inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 11, 2005.

Thursday, April 8, 2010


Clark was Inducted in to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the year 2002.

Clark Gillies' leadership qualities and hockey ability was a large reason why his teams won championships at both the amateur and professional level. His amateur career was highlighted by a Memorial Cup championship prior to a National Hockey League career that spanned 14 seasons. At 6'3" and 215 lbs., Gillies was one of the league's premiere power forwards during the second half of the 1970's and early 1980's. The left winger teamed up with fellow Hockey Hall of Famers Mike Bossy and Bryan Trottier to form one of the decade's most lethal forward lines, nicknamed the "Trio Grande". (Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame - HHOF- #000040-0134 London Life-Portnoy)

Gillies was born on April 7, 1954 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Canada. He earned a reputation of playing tough with the ability to provide offence during his three seasons with the Western Canada Junior Hockey League's Regina Pats. In 1973-74, the Pats won the west and then became the best junior team in the nation by winning the Memorial Cup championship. He was named to the WCJHL First All-Star team that season. Later that spring he was drafted fourth overall by the New York Islanders whereupon he made the team following his first NHL training camp, never playing a minor professional game. At the World Hockey Association draft the same year, Gillies was selected in the third round by the Edmonton Oilers.

As an intimidating presence on the ice throughout his career, Gillies appeared to elevate his level of play when the opposing team raised his ire. He was a dependable competitor who was virtually unstoppable while playing his rugged style of game. This quality provided his Islander linemates the extra space to work their magic and achieve individual success. Gillies earned the respect and admiration of his teammates and peers despite not realizing points earned and reflected in a season's or career's statistics. He still concerted himself as an efficient NHL scorer as he scored 30-or-more goals six times in his career and assisted on 30-or-more goals five times.
At around the halfway point of Gillies' third NHL season, Eddie Westfall, the New York Islanders captain, removed the "C" from his sweater. After a special dressing room vote, the young Gillies was chosen as the new team captain. As a test of his strength in the dressing room, Gillies backed it up with leadership on the ice. During the 1977 NHL playoffs during a quarterfinal round against Buffalo he recorded three consecutive game-winning goals to tie an NHL record. After two and a half seasons, Gillies resigned as captain and was succeeded by future Hockey Hall of Famer Denis Potvin. A period of league domination continued in the spring of 1980 as the Islanders won their first of four consecutive Stanley Cups equaling Montreal's achievement in the late 1970's.

During the 1984 playoffs, Gillies notched a career-best 12 goals that included a hat trick in game two of the finals against the Edmonton Oilers. Nicknamed "Jethro" (after the Beverly Hillbillies TV show character) by his teammates, Gillies played two more seasons to end his years as a member of the Uniondale, New York-based team. His career with the Islanders spanned 12 seasons where he registered regular season totals of 304 goals and 663 points, fourth in all-time scoring for the franchise. Ninety-two of those goals, or almost one-third were power play markers. As well, fifty-four of his regular season goals were either game-winning or game-tying goals.
During the summer of 1986 he was obtained by another New York State team, the Buffalo Sabres, in the annual Waiver Draft. He played two seasons with the Sabres, before retiring after the 1987-88 season.

Gillies was a two-time NHL First Team All-Star left wing in 1977-78 and 1978-79. He participated in the 1978 NHL All-Star Game and the following year was selected to play with the NHL All-Stars in the 1979 Challenge Cup. His Islander line was the number one NHL unit against the Soviet Union national team. "The Trio Grande" was also an obvious choice to lead Team Canada at the 1981 Canada Cup, where Gillies helped Canada earn a second place finish.
He retired from the NHL with regular season totals of 319 goals, 378 assists for 697 points. In 147 NHL playoff games he scored 47 and assisted on the same for 94 points. On December 7, 1996, Clark Gillies' number "9" was retired by the New York Islanders as a symbol of his great contribution and significance to the team.



Athletes BuildersTeams
Gordon "Red" BerensonMurray Armstong1925 Regina Pats - World Amateur Hockey Champions - Memorial Cup
Ken DoratyKen More1930 Regina Pats - Canadian Junior Champions - Memorial Cup
Clark GilliesAl Ritchie1933 Regina Pats - Western Canadian Junior Champions - Abbott Cup
Robert TurnerMike Kartusch1974 Regina Pats - Canadian Champions - Memorial Cup
William "Red" Hay
Grant Warwick
Eddie Litzenberger


Lorne Davis - Athlete: Hockey -

Lorne grew up near Lumsden and learned to play hockey on frozen sloughs. He played minor hockey with the Regina Commandos before joining the Regina Pats in the 1947-48 season. He ended his junior career with a Memorial Cup appearance in 1950 against the Montreal Junior Canadians. As a Pat he had 95 points in 111 games.

Lorne spent 14 seasons playing professional hockey, including six years in the National Hockey League with the Montreal Canadians, Chicago Blackhawks, Detroit Red Wings, and Boston Bruins. He had 30 points in 95 games and earned another four points in 18 playoff games. Lorne was part of Stanley Cup winning teams in 1953 and 1955.

In 1958, Lorne won the Calder Cup with the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League and also won a Western Professional Hockey League Championship with the Edmonton Flyers. Lorne was an A.H.L. all-star and W.P.H.L. most valuable player. He served as player coach of the Muskegon Zephyrs of the International Hockey League, and also played with the Regina Capitals and Winnipeg Maroons.

The N.H.L.’s St. Louis Blues hired Lorne as a scout in 1967. He later scouted for the New York Rangers and the Houston Aeros of the World Hockey Association. He served as coach and general manager of the Regina Pats and was part of the coaching team for the Canadian team at the 1980 Olympics. As of 2003 he is currently scouting for the Edmonton Oilers.


Doug Wickenheiser - Athlete: Hockey -

Doug’s hockey career, which spanned 21 years, began in 1969, when he began playing as an 8 year old in Regina’s minor hockey programs. Doug established himself as a high-scoring player early, when in his 1972-73 season with the Earlybirds, he scored a record-setting 100 goals. As a midget with the Pat Canadians, he again was high scorer and received the Ernie Hicke Trophy for his accomplishment.

In 1977, Doug joined the Regina Pats and in his final year with the team had 89 goals and 170 points in 71 games, claiming the WCHL scoring championship, helping the Pats win the league title and advancing to the Memorial Cup in Regina. That year he was selected the outstanding player in Canadian junior hockey.

In June 1980, Doug was the first overall draft choice of the NHL’s Montreal Canadiens. During his NHL career, he played for Montreal, the St. Louis Blues, the Vancouver Canucks, the New York Rangers and the Washington Capitals. During his 556 regular season games, he scored 111 goals and made 165 assists. He also played in the International Hockey League, the American Hockey League, for Canada’s National Team, and professionally in Italy, Germany and Austria.

Doug made his mark in St. Louis not only as a player but also as a representative of the St. Louis Blues hockey team in establishing the Gateway Hockey School. After his NHL career was over, Doug returned to St. Louis with his wife Dianna. In 1997, when he was diagnosed with inoperable cancer, the St. Louis Blues helped raise money to finance his treatments. Doug directed that money to assist children facing expenses for their cancer treatments. After Doug’s death in 1999, the Blues established the Fourteen Fund (Doug’s number while playing for the Blues) as their charitable trust. The fund is recognized with a flag that adorns the team’s arena.

In March 1999, the Regina Pats retired Doug’s jersey – number 12. The Western Hockey League annually recognizes a player for contributing to his community with the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy and the City of Regina has named an indoor rink in his honour.


Del Wilson - Builder: Hockey

Goaltender with Regina Abbotts and Regina Pats junior hockey teams in mid 1940's.
Coached Pats minor teams from 1948-66, often several in same season, winning 36 provincial and 3 international titles.

General Manager of Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League's Pats from 1966-68 before moving team, which he co-owned, into the Western Canada Hockey League.

General Manager of Pats for six seasons, including 1974 Memorial Cup Champions.

Chairman of WCHL and Canadian Major Junior Hockey League, WHL president and referee-in-chief.

Montreal Canadians scout from 1949-55.
Received WHL Board of Governors award in 2005.


Wayne Kartusch - Builder: Hockey

President of Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1977-2003

Saskatchewan Hockey Association's chairman of junior hockey.

Hockey Canada's director of junior hockey, member of the junior council and hockey development council.

SJHL president after coaching the Regina Pat Blues junior A team from 1971-77.

Officiated junior hockey 1966-71, while playing senior hockey for Regina Caps.

Served as volunteer coach in the Queen City Minor Hockey Association.

Played for the Junior Regina Pats from 1958-60, University of Michigan from 1960-63 and Windsor Bulldogs of the International Hockey League from 1963-64.

Awards included: SHA and Canadian Junior A Hockey life memberships plus recognition from Hockey Canada and the SJHL.


Doug Killoh - Athlete: Multi-Sport

Inducted: Thursday, October, 2008

Played eight seasons as defensive end with CFL's Saskatchewan RoughRiders from 1953-60; enshrined in Riders' Plaza of Honor in 2001.

After progressing through Junior Hockey team's minor system, spent two seasons with Regina Pats (1950-51 and 1952-52 - Right Wing), appearing in 1952 Memorial Cup. Later played senior hockey.

Tremendous all-around athlete, grew up in Regina and participated in City's Parks League Hockey and won numerous awards in track& field.

Served as Assistant Coach with Junior Football's Regina Rams for four National Championships in the 1970's.


Photo Courtesy: Del Wilson
Del Wilson (Hockey) - Born in Craik, SK, Del has dedicated his life to hockey.

He started coaching Regina Pats Minor Hockey teams in 1948 and coached Bantam, Midget, Juvenile and Junior B teams simultaneously from 1949-1966.

Along the way he had a string of Provincial Championships including 13 titles at the Bantam A level, 12 titles at the Midget A level, 8 titles at the Juvenile A level, and 2 titles at the Junior B level.

In addition to his coaching duties, Del served as General Manager of the Regina Pats from 1956-1968 and 1970-1976, winning the Memorial Cup with the 1974 team. Nationally and internationally

Del continued to make his mark in hockey including:

• Serving as Chairman of the Board of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for 6 years, including 1 year as President

• Was Referee-in-Chief of the WHL 1980-82

• Scouted for the Montreal Canadiens of the National Hockey League from 1949-1995

• Coached Regina Pat Juvenile teams to 3 international titles

• 1967 – Manager of WHL team who won a gold medal in Edmonton

• 1973 – Manager of Regina Pats in Ahearne Cup, Sweden


KOVACS, Frank -

During five seasons with WHL's Regina Pats (1987-92) set team record for games played with 352.

Scored 50 and 46 goals in his last two seasons, plus added 10 goals in 8 playoff games in 1990-91.

Team captain and team MVP during his final season with the Pats.

Fourth round draft pick (71st overall) of the Minnesota North Stars.

Named East Coast Hockey League league MVP in 1992-93 as a member of the Dayton Bombers.

Also played professionally in Hungary and England.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010


BALFOUR, Murray Lewis – Born: 24 August 1936, Died: 30 May 1965. A Professional Hockey Player. A native of Regina, Saskatchewan. He played on the outdoor rinks and in the Local League program. Murray then played Junior Hockey for the Regina Pats in 1952-53 to 1955-56 as a Defenceman in the old Western Junior Hockey League (WJHL). In his last year with the Pats in the Western Semi-Final play-offs in Flin Flon, in the last game of the series, (Thursday, March 29, at Flin Flon) Coach Murray Armstrong, had Murray become a forward and that is how he became a Right Winger. Regina was trailing 4-1 in the second period and Regina roared back to pump home 8 goals, starting with Murray's goals at 13:50.

Balfour played for teams in the Quebec hockey League (QHL), National hockey League (NHL), Eastern Ontario Hockey League (EOHL), and the American Hockey League (AHL). At 5'9”, 178 pounds, Murray played for the Ottawa Junior Canadiens from 1956 to 1957, Montreal Canadiens from 1956 to 1958, Ottawa-Hull Canadiens from 1956 to 1957, Montreal Royals from 1957 to 1958, Rochester Americans from 1958 to 1959, Chicago Blackhawks from 1959 to 1964 (playing on the famous “Million Dollar Line” with Bobby Hull and ex-Regina Pats Red Hay), Hershey Bears from 1964 to 1965, and the Boston Bruins from 1964 to 1965.

Murray Balfour died from an inoperable tumour that was found on this lung on May 30, 1965, at the age of 28. A few days later over 900 people including Bobby Hull attended his funeral at Regina's Riverside Memorial Park Cemetery.

Murray became the 11th Regina Pat to be inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 12, 2004. In 1975 the City of Regina honoured him by naming a rink on Massey Road in the Hillsdale/Whitmore Park after him.

Monday, April 5, 2010



- passed peacefully away on Saturday, January 19, 2002, in Regina, Saskatchewan, at the age of 90 years. Arthur was predeceased by his wife, Olive; his parents, Francis and Evelyn; his brothers: Fred, Frank, Bob, Jim, Bert, Len; and sister, Evelyn. Arthur is survived by his son, Gordon (Joan); four grandchildren; one great grandson; as well as numerous nieces and nephews.

He was a member of the Pats Memorial Cup Team 1929-1930. He served in the RCAF from 1941-1945. During his working career he was employed by the J.H. Ashdown Co. and Acklands.

Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, January 23, 2002 at 11:00 a.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, (College Ave. Entrance), 2136 College Ave. Interment in Riverside Memorial Park. The family would like to thank the staff at Sunset Extendicare. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to a charity of choice. Arrangements in care of Speers Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Services. E-mail condolences to the family may be sent to

Saturday, April 3, 2010


Braden Husdal, Regina Leader Post -

Published: Thursday, September 18, 2008

Gary Renner and Bill White have seen it all in their 40 years as a scorekeeper and timekeeper for the Regina Pats.A different arena, different coaches and different players are all changes Renner and White have experienced since they began the positions they still hold. World junior championships, NHL preseason games and Memorial Cups have also been viewed by the two stalwarts and they wouldn't have it any other way."There are so many moments and comical experiences that I've been a part of in my time in the position," said Renner, the Pats timekeeper since 1968. "It's so hard to lay a finger on one that stands out more than any other because if I did that I wouldn't be doing justice to another moment that I can't remember right now.Gary Renner (left) – keeping score plus stats and Bill White – the time-keeper 1983 at the Regina Agridome Gary Renner (left) – keeping score plus stats and Bill White – the time-keeper - 2008 at the Regina Agridome-Brandt Centre"I've met so many great people through this job that I can go up to and have a conversation with about a fond memory. If I have to single out one thing then I would say that the people are the best part."Renner and White are an integral part of the Pats game-day operations. Responsibility for keeping proper time and keeping straight goals, assists and penalties is something that neither man takes lightly. Renner arrives approximately two hours before each game to ensure the score sheet is in order while White arrives about an hour early to work the clock for team warmups.Their positions enable them to interact with coaches, players and officials on an almost nightly basis. That interaction has helped form some relationships that both fondly remember."One of my favourite players was Garth Butcher, who played in the early '80s," said White of the former Pats defenceman. "We saw him in the penalty box on a regular basis and he always had something funny to say."One time Garth and a guy from another team were both in the box after getting penalties and they started talking to one another. The guy from Calgary asked Garth, 'Why wouldn't you fight me tonight, Butcher?' Garth answered back, 'The coach told me not to, but if there would've been a real hockey player out there I would have fought him.' I thought that that was pretty good."White has been with the Pats organization since 1969 when he was a part-time official. Eventually he moved to scorekeeper for the Pat Blues SJHL team and then to timekeeper for the Pats. He has been working with Renner ever since.White and Renner are both big fans of the Pats and hockey in general but while the game is on they maintain their professionalism."Deep down inside I'm always cheering for the Pats but I try to never show that when the game is on," said White. "It's important to myself as well as the coaches and the referees that I'm impartial."I've never had anyone upset at me about the clock because the referees are always watching it too. If there's ever a question if too many seconds went by before I stopped it then they'll come over and we always manage to get things straightened out."Renner and White have no plans on stepping down from their positions anytime soon. Renner is 62 and White is 80, but they maintain that as long as they remain healthy, they'll continue."I love watching hockey and I'd probably be at the games even if I wasn't the scorekeeper," said White. "I used to travel all over the province to watch the team play and I like the team just as much after all of these years.''


Given permission to use: Jennifer Rattray

MOORE, Kenneth Strath - (Born: 17, February, 1910, in Balcarres, Saskatchewan – Died: December 1982) -

Played for the Regina Pats during the 1929-1930 season.

He was a player who competed in the 1932 Winter Olympics.

In 1932 he was a member of the Winnipeg Hockey Club the Canadian team which won the gold medal, (Winning 5 games and tying one game: (Canada needed a win or a tie to secure a gold. In the final game played against the United States to 2-2 tie in a game called after three scoreless overtime periods). He played one match and scored one goal. Moore was one of Canada's first indigenous Olympians and a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation in Saskatchewan, although his parents were originally from Northern Manitoba. He married Edith Mae McDougall and has one daughter, two granddaughters and one great grandson. He died in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Kenneth Strath Moore, a member of the Peepeekisis First Nation, was born in Balcarres, Saskatchewan the third of eight children. When his two older brothers died attending Residential School, his parents moved the family to Regina, Saskatchewan, where they became one of the initial First Nations families to reside in that city.

At a young age, Moore demonstrated athletic ability which was matched only by his sportsmanship. One of the early indications was the Eilers’ Medal, awarded to a player in the Regina Junior Hockey Association who, in the estimation of the fans, was looked upon as “the cleanest athlete”.

Moore would excel at hockey, baseball, lacrosse, rugby, basketball, speed skating, and every sport he played, receiving years of glowing coverage in newspapers in Regina and throughout Western Canada. In newspaper articles, Moore is described repeatedly as “the outstanding player for his team” and a “super sniper” who “possessed a terrific shot … and a turn of speed that carries him out of many tight spots”.

As a family of extremely modest means, Moore’s parents James and Edith sacrificed to provide him with the equipment he needed to participate in sport. All family savings went to purchase skates, jerseys and other equipment. His athletic ability enabled him to win scholarships and achieve an education. At a time when few Canadians, and almost no Aboriginal Canadians, attended university, Moore’s athletic ability enabled him to win scholarships. He attended Campion College and Regina College on athletic scholarships, where he captained hockey and rugby teams, and was described as “the most versatile athlete in the College.”


Added by: Ron "Scoreboard: Johnston - The Olympics, however, were not the end of Moore’s career. He was a member of the Kimberley Dynamiters in 1936 when they won the Allan Cup and he was invited to tour with them for the 1937 World Championships. Before he could leave, however, he was dropped as a member of the team for unknown reasons. He then shifted to coaching, first with the St. Boniface Athletics of the Manitoba Amateur Hockey Association, then the St. James Canadians.


The following story: given by permission of the University of Regina - The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan, story by Jennifer Rattray (her grandfather)

Moore toured the country as a member of the Regina Argonauts Baseball Team at the age of just 15. Moore was a National Junior Hockey Champion with the Regina Pats, scoring the winning goal with 40 seconds left in the game to bring home the Memorial Cup in 1930. Moore won two Allan Cup National Hockey Championships, and in 1932 reached the pinnacle of his career when he traveled to Lake Placid, New York, to play in the Olympic Games where he received a gold medal. That gold medal made history, as Moore is believed to be the first Aboriginal person to win an Olympic gold medal.

While success marked his athletic life, tragedy would mark Moore's personal life. Only three of his siblings survived to adulthood. In addition to losing his two older brothers at residential school, a younger brother Percy died as a teenager in a grain elevator accident, and Moore's youngest brother Lloyd died in the Second World War aboard the St. Croix. His brother Victor survived the war, winning the Military Cross for distinguished and meritorious services in battle.

Today, Moore's achievements would be extraordinary. In the 1920's and 1930's in Canada, Moore's achievements are heroic in nature. Moore represents excellence and the particular poetry that occurs when talent and heart come together to overcome poverty, prejudice and tragedy.

After his retirement from sport a Winnipeg newspaper noted that "It is doubtful if any other athlete in Canada has a record that will stand up to that of Moore's." Moore gave back to the community by coaching the St. Boniface Athletics to the MAHA Junior North Division Hockey Championship title in 1942 and 1943, and the St. James Canadians to the south junior titles and the Provincial Junior Hockey Championships in 1944.

In 1976 the Kimberley Dynamiters team Moore played on was inducted into the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame, and in 1987 the Winnipegs, Moore's 1932 Olympic Hockey Team, was inducted into the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame and into the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame.


Doug was born March 30, 1961, in Regina, Saskatchewan. Was a great scorer in pee-wee, bantam, right up to when he played for the Regina Pats (1977-80.

He was chosen first over all by the Montreal Canadiens in the 1980 NHL draft. Three years later he was traded to the St. Louis Blues who's General manager was Ron Caron. Caron was the one who happened to draft him three years earlier.

A serious knee injury, resulting from a car accident during a St. Louis Blues outing, had him miss about a year of playing hockey.

In August 1994, Wickenheiser had a malignant cyst removed from his wrist - which he had first noticed four years earlier in 1990. Three years later, in October 1997, he was diagnosed with an inoperable form of cancer in his lung. Doug Wickenheiser was only 37 when he died from lung and brain cancer on January 12, 1999, in St. Louis, Missouri.

In the 1987-88 season Doug was claimed by Vancouver Canucks. He had brief stints with the New York Rangers and Washington Capitals ending his 10 years NHL career. He produced 111 goals, 165 assists and 276 points in 556 games; 11 points in 41 play-off games. Doug also played with the Canadian National Team in 1988-89. Doug cam back to St. Louis where he and his wife, Dianna, opened a nursery and frozen custard business in St. Peters.

The Regina Pats honoured Doug on Saturday, March 3, 1999, at the Agridome on "Wick's Night". This picture shows his wife, Dianne (rear right), sister-in-law Donna Wickenheiser (rear left), and the Wickenheiser's four-year-old twin daughters Rachel and Daitlin.

 Photo: Regina Leader Post Newspaper)

Burial: Resurrection Cemetery, Afton, St. Louis County, Missouri, U.S.A

Photo: by Connie Nisinger


Published: 2008-11-12

MARIT, Ken - born: February 24, 1952 and died: November 7, 2008. Ken Marit beloved husband of Kerry Colborne Marit of Cochrane passed away suddenly on Friday November 7th at the age of 56 years.

Known for his easy smile and boundless love for his children, Ken leaves behind many friends from the varied aspects of his full life. Ken was the oldest son of a South West Saskatchewan farm family and like many of his contemporaries hockey was a life long passion.

His father Lorne drove Ken and his brothers to the local hockey rink every day of the winter and from an early age Ken excelled. He later played with (the Regina Pats - 1968-72) and the Des Moines Iowa Capitals until a shoulder injury ended his hockey career in 1973. Ken's love of hockey would remain though and surface again as he raised his three boys, all of whom were active in Cochrane minor hockey. Ken moved from the family farm to Calgary in 1981 to work in commercial sales to the gas services industry. He recently retired to devote his full-time energies to managing the relocation and expansion of Marit Stables, the business he ran jointly with wife Kerry. With the expansion completed he and Kerry looked forward to travelling further afield for equestrian shows and events. Kerry and their daughter Augusta are both accomplished equestrians and helping them realize their dreams was an important part of Ken's life. For the past few years Ken has been known as the Marit dad in Cochrane Cobra high school football.

All three of his boys have played and excelled in the fine Cobra program and Ken's steady hand was a support for many of the outstanding young men involved. Ken was a man of quiet strength. He worked hard to provide a good life for his wife and family. He loved his children Justin, Adam, Augusta and Jack and his recently deceased daughter Danielle, without limit. Special friends of his children like Alicia, Brittany, and many, many others were like family to him.

Ken is predeceased by his father Lorne and daughter Danielle. He will be missed by his mother Cecile Marit, brothers Doug and his wife Jo (all of Willow Bunch, Saskatchewan), Rick and wife Deena (of Fife Lake, Saskatchewan) and Grant and wife Carol (of Assiniboia, Saskatchewan) and their children, together with the families of his brothers-in-law Paul (Janice) Colborne and J.D. (Kim) Colborne and sister-in-law Carmen (Greg Kletke) Colborne.

Over the years Ken was a kind and caring son-in-law to Diana Colborne of Cochrane and he leaves behind numerous special aunts, uncles and cousins and scores of close friends. His beloved wife and partner Kerry invites all who wish to remember Ken to join their family for Funeral Services at McINNIS & HOLLOWAY'S Cochrane Funeral Home (369 Railway Street, Cochrane, Alberta) on Friday, November 14, 2008 at 11:00 a.m.

Forward condolences through If friends or family so desire donations may be made in Ken's name to fund a special program to be determined at Football Alberta (780)427-8108 or In living memory of Ken Marit, a tree will be planted at Fletcher Park, Airdrie by McINNIS & HOLLOWAY FUNERAL HOMES, Cochrane Funeral Home, 369 RAILWAY STREET, COCHRANE. Telephone (403) 932-4740


OTTENBREIT – Harry "Harold" - Born: 12 January 1937, Grayson, Saskatchewan
He played for (the Regina Pats from 1949-50 to 1951-52).

Harry in his last years was the Assistant Coach of the University of Denver Men's Hockey Team from 1967-68 to 1972-73. While being Assistant Coach, the club appeared in the NCAA Tournament 5 times, 1968, 69, 71, 72, and 73. They won the NCAA Championship twice, 1968 and the following year 1969.

Harry died, 20 February 1974, at the Age of 37, of a Heart Attack at the University of Denver.


Published: 2007-02-10

GEISTHARDT - Max - of Crofton British Columbia passed away on February 6, 2007 at the age of 68. He was predeceased by his parents Alfred & Matilda and a daughter Rachel Townsend. His is survived by his loving wife Eleanor, son Robert (Ally), granddaughter Marleigh and brothers Alfred (Darlene), Ronald and Elmer and numerous nieces and nephews.

He attended Innismore & Haultain public schools and Central Collegiate High School. He started his post secondary education at the University of Denver on a hockey scholarship and completed his studies at the Universities of Saskatchewan and Regina where he received his bachelor of education degree. He enjoyed a long career teaching in the public school ystems of both Regina and British Columbia.

He was a member of the Regina Pats Hockey Club (1956-58) and Regina Rams Football Team. A celebration of his life will take place at the Cowichan Golf Club in Duncan, B.C. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Max's memory to the Canadian Cancer Society.


HICKE – William Lawrence “Billy the KID ” - was born on March 31, 1938 in Regina, Saskatchewan. He passed away peacefully at home, with his family by his side on Monday, July 18, 2005. He was predeceased by his parents John and Catherine and Sister Marie. Bill leaves to cherish his memory, his loving wife Lee Anne; daughter Lisa (Jim) Ostertag; son Danny; bestest friends & grandsons: Ryan and Dylan Ostertag; brothers: John (Jackie); Eddie (Irene); Ernie (Barb); mother and father-in-law, Margaret and Earl Rickard; sisters-in-law: Shirley Floyd and Bonnie “Bunny” Rickard, nieces and nephews: Kelly, Dean, Shane, Tiffany, Brian, Karen, Yauni, and Adam.

Bill Hicke was a Super Star, who patrolled the right wing for the Regina Pats for four and a half years, including three Memorial Cup finals in the late 50’s. He then launched himself into a 14-year career in the NHL, which included 3 Stanley Cup Championships with the Montreal Canadians.

Upon retirement he and his wife Lee Anne owned and operated Kyle’s Sporting Goods in downtown Regina, where he resided as the honorary mayor of Hamilton Street. Bill was involved as an owner, general manager and coach of the Regina Pats from 1985 to 1995.

In 1995 he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Bill was an exceptional golfer and a member of the Wascana Golf and Country Club for 50 years. He resided on the board of Hockey Canada, and acted as President of the Players Association for the WHA and was a Player Association Rep in the NHL.

Bill loved his family more than anything in this world; he was an extraordinary husband, father and grandfather in every sense of the word. It wasn’t his accomplishments that made Bill Hicke larger than life; it was the man himself! He lived and loved every moment of life, like it was his last. If you were honored enough to know him, you will never forget him. His generosity, his stories and his everlasting smile, had the ability to lighten your heart and brighten your day. On July 18th an extraordinary Man became an extraordinary Angel.


Published: 2008-04-08

GIOKAS, WILLIAM – Born: December 3, 1927 and Died: April 4, 2008. In loving memory of William (Bill) Giokas, father, husband and friend, who died peacefully April 4th, 2008 at the age of 80. He is survived by his two sons, Tim (Tammy) of Regina, and Paul (Jan) of Fort Worth, Texas; four grandchildren, Joshua, Jacob, Jackson and Nicholas; one brother, George (Grace) of High River, Alberta; sisters-in-law Kay Lambrecht and Audrey Giokas of Regina; special friend, Joanne Majkut; and countless nieces, nephews, cousins, and family. Bill was predeceased by his wife of 50 years, Edith; brothers, Constantine of London, Ontario and Peter.

Bill was born and raised in Regina where he excelled in the game of hockey. Feeling a need to serve his country, his high school education was interrupted for two years after he enlisted in the Armed Forces underage.
Upon discharge he returned to Balfour Tech High School and had a stellar career with (the Regina Pats (1946-47). Bill turned pro with the New York Rangers organization in 1947-48 and played several years with the organization before returning home to Regina to play senior hockey with the Regina Caps. After his playing days, he had a successful coaching career with the Regina Pat Blues and Regina Monarchs where he won the Saskatchewan Senior Championship in 1965.
He retired from coaching in 1969 to focus on family and his career in the automotive industry. He was a prominent fixture in the automotive world for over 50 years in his hometown of Regina, winning countless awards with both Chrysler Canada and General Motors. Bill loved his hockey, movies on TV, good Scotch, and time with family.
He will be greatly missed by all who knew him. Dad, your family loves and misses you and hopes you stay out of the corners. A FUNERAL MASS will be held at St. Martin R. C. Church, 4720 Castle Road, Regina, SK on Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at 1:00 p.m. with Very Rev. Ken Miller presiding. In lieu of flowers, the family requests you make a charitable donation to The Canadian Cancer Society, 1910 McIntyre Street, Regina S4P 2R3, in the name of Bill Giokas. An online book of condolences may be signed at


LAUDAS JOSEPH “DUKE” DUTKOWSKI - Born: August 30, 1900 and Died: September 26, 1976 - Professional Hockey Player.

A native of Regina, Saskatchewan, played with the Regina Patricia Junior Hockey team from 1917-18 to 1919-20, and Coached the team in 1920-21. He played for the Chicago Blackhawks from 1926 to 1927, and from 1929 to 1931, and the New York Americans from 1930 to 1931, and from 1932 to 1934.

Originally going by the name Dutkowski, he dropped the 'T' from his name. After his hockey days he ran a hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia, where he passed away at the age of 76.

Burial: Capilano View Cemetery, West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Friday, April 2, 2010



Published: 2002-04-19

HOLT, JULES (nee Todoruk) and (Wife) - HOLT, LINDSAY ELGIN (Husband) - passed away peacefully in Burnaby General Hospital within five days of each other, Jules on April 6, 2002, Lindsay on April 11, both 85 years old.

Jules was born in Hamilton, Ontario, Lindsay in Govan, Saskatchewan. Survived by nieces Ruby Fitzgerald (Port Coquitlam, British Columbia), Doreen Duke (Victoria British Columbia), Diane Holt (South Slocan, British Columbia), nephews Barney McGhee (Kelowna, British Columbia), Bob Thompson (Regina, Saskatchewan), Pat McGhee (Port Stanley, Ontario); their children and grandchildren. Dearly loved by great-niece, Lindsay Alford (Holt-Outram).

Lindsay served overseas with great distinction in the Canadian Army during World War II. He was involved with the Regina Pats hockey team, first as a player (1933-34), then on it's executive for many years. In the 30's, he played junior football with the Regina Dales, before moving to the Regina Roughriders (1937-40, 45-46). He was the first head coach of the Saskatoon Hilltops Football Team. In addition to coaching them for three years in the 40's and 50's, he was a loyal supporter of the club in the years that followed. In the 70's he served on the executive of the Winnipeg Football Club (Blue Bombers).

A long career at Eaton's led to his position of divisional contract sales manager in Winnipeg. Lindsay and Jules pursued their passion of walking, running and hiking with great energy, beginning with the Manitoba Hiking Hearts in 1968, and continuing in the mountains of British Columbia, Kokanee Glacier Park and the Valhallas held a very special place in their hearts. By 1999 (age 83), they had logged 84,057 miles. By their request, no service will be held. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Manitoba Heart and Stroke Foundation, Suite 301-352 Donald St., Winnipeg, Manitoba R3B 2H8. WALKEY & COMPANY FUNERAL DIRECTORS 1-604-738-0006


Published: 2009-03-14

Grebinsky, Bernard Joseph - Born: June 20, 1932, and Died: March 11, 2009 It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Bernie Grebinsky, our beloved father, brother, husband and grandfather. Bernie will be sadly missed by his loving partner, Marion Dingwall and her family, Karen (Harry) Finkel and their children Kirstie and Mark of Winnipeg.

Also left to cherish Bernie's memory are his children and grandchildren; Bernie's daughter Cathy (Brett) Marklund and grandchildren Kelsey and Cale of Calgary, and his son Jeff (Donna) Grebinsky and grandchildren Katelyn and Michael of Red Deer. Also fondly remembering Bernie are his brothers Mike (Margaret) Grebinsky of Calgary, Paul (Mary) Grebinsky of Victoria, Vern (Bess) Grebinsky and sister Emily (Ken) LeValley of Regina, along with many nieces, nephews and extended family. Bernie was predeceased by his parents Frank and Anastasia Nellie Grebinsky, sister Frances Stefanic and brothers Ed and Bill Grebinsky.

Bernie was born in Foam Lake Saskatchewan in 1932, and in 1936 moved to Regina. It was in Regina that a long career in hockey began, as both a player and a coach. Bernie played 3 seasons with the Regina Pats beginning in 1949-50 to 1951-52, making 2 Memorial Cup appearances. It was then on to the pros for Bernie, first with the Spokane Flyers followed by the Vancouver Canucks. In 1963 while working with O'Keefe Breweries he was transferred to Winnipeg and joined the Winnipeg Maroons. That season the team went on to win the Allan Cup then traveled overseas representing Canada as good will ambassadors playing hockey throughout Europe. This would be the first of 2 such trips the Maroons would make to Europe. In 1967 Bernie coached the Selkirk Steelers of the MJHL, during their inaugural season. He was transferred to Edmonton in 1970 followed a year later by a move to Calgary.

In 1973 he returned to Winnipeg working in the home renovation industry and of course playing hockey, now with the Oldtimers. Wanting to slow down some and already working in Selkirk with the Window Factory, he and Marion moved to Winnipeg Beach in 2002. There they bought a house that had been built in 1927 and preceded to renovate it turning the house into a cosy country home. Always one to be busy Bernie worked, golfed and enjoyed life right to the end. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Canadian Cancer Society. A memorial service will be held on Sunday, March 15, 2009 at 12 noon in the Cropo Funeral Chapel, 1442 Main Street, Winnipeg. CROPO FUNERAL CHAPEL 204-586-8044 1329973


Published: 2003-01-17

KIRKPATRICK, Arthur "Art" Chichester - passed away in Regina on Wednesday, January 15, 2003. Art was born in Tyvan, Saskatchewan on April 24, 1914. He is survived by his wife Lillian of Regina, three daughters: Pat Prior (Ron) of Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Gwen Kirkpatrick of San Diego, CA and Frances Joan Kirkpatrick (Nik Maissen) of Kelowna, British Columbia, his sister Kay McGregor of Regina and two grandsons: Chris Prior of Fort Saskatchewan and Thomas Prior of Vancouver, British Columbia.

Following his tour of duty in the Navy, Art worked for Renfrew Farm Equipment, moved to Oliver-Cockshutt-White Motors and was eventually the manager of the western division of farm equipment. He retired after forty-three years and invested in community activities. He was active with the Masons, Lakeview United Church, Meals on Wheels, served as an organizer of the Regina Summer Games and was a member of the Association of Canadian Travellers for over sixty years.

Art will be remembered for his love of sports. He played hockey with the Regina Pats (1933-1934), baseball during his service in the Navy, enjoyed hunting and curling and was an accomplished golfer. His daughters wish to express their respect and appreciation for his unselfish support as a single parent when their mother (Mickey Kirkpatrick) passed away in 1957.

We are proud of his accomplishments and grateful to him. He taught by example how to be a good neighbour and good friend. He knew he was loved. Friends and family will recall his playful nature, wonderful wit and the occasional harmonica accompaniment to sing-a-longs. Memorial Service will be held on Monday, January 20, 2003 at 11:00 a.m. in Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue. Arrangements in care of Speers Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Services. E-mail condolences to the family may be sent to


WAREING, Laurence James "Lude" - died peacefully at the Wascana Rehabilitation Centre (D.V.A. Wing), on June 28, 2002 at the age of 86. He was predeceased by his parents James Stephens Wareing and Alice Wareing (Hardy) and two sisters, Lorna and Hilda. He is survived by his loving wife of 61 years, Betty, and their four daughters, 13 grandchildren, and one great grandchild: Barbara Wareing of Regina, and her two children, Marnie and Graham; Gayle (Gord) Heenan of Terrace, British Columbia, and their four children, Daphne, (great granddaughter Raychel), Dana, Beckie, Luke, and Clayton; Joanna Wareing of Regina, and her two children, Devin and Peter; Dana (Marty) Popescul of Prince Albert, and their four children, Robbie, Aron, Jane, and Lee. Lude was born on October 19, 1915 in Regina to James, a sign painter, and Alice, a teacher. His skill and passion for hockey lead him to Notre Dame College, where he played for Father Athol Murray. It was Father Murray who gave him the nickname "Lude", which stuck with him for the rest of his life. He played for the Regina Pats during the 1933-1934 season.

He subsequently played professional hockey with the Philadelphia Ramblers, New York Rovers, and the New York Rangers organizations. His hockey career ended in 1941 when he joined the Royal Canadian Air Force and served overseas in World War II. On October 19, 1941, he married Betty Wareing (nee Williams). After the war, they purchased a farm near Tregarva where they farmed and raised their family. Lude, Betty, and their family also had many great times at their cottages at Regina Beach. Lude will be remembered as an exceptional husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather. He was a kind and gentle man who enriched the lives of those fortunate enough to know him. The family expresses sincere thanks to the staff at the Veteran's Unit 3-6 for their loving care during his final years. A private funeral service for immediate family was held at an earlier date. Arrangement in care of Speers Funeral Chapel and Crematorium Services.



Published: 2002-01-04

STINSON, SAMUEL HARTZELL - A fun-loving, gentle man, "Moose" Stinson passed away Tuesday, Dec. 25, 2001 at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances, Ontario. He was born in Colgate, Saskatchewan on May 20, 1914 to auctioneer Samuel Harvey and Elizabeth (nee Pepper) Stinson. The family moved to Regina, Sask. in 1923. While attending public school and then Central Collegiate, he achieved many athletic honours in track and field.

At the age of 18, he played football for the Regina Roughriders, advancing to the Grey Cup final in 1932. He also was a member of the Regina Pats Hockey Club from 1930-34 and in 1937, he left Regina to play for the New York Rovers - a farm team of the New York Rangers. He later coached the Regina Pats, and was president of the Regina Fastball Association. His love for "the game" continued throughout his lifetime. In 1939, he married Olive Demchuk and together with daughter, Janice, lived in Regina, Vancouver, Fort Frances, Thunder Bay, and Winnipeg, where he was employed with Burns and Co., then later Westfair Foods. In their 61 years together, Olive and Hart were fortunate to travel extensively with dear friends and family. He was predeceased by his wife, Olive; and brothers, Russell and Gordon. Sam is survived by his daughter, Janice Gustafson; son-in-law, Dick; treasured grandsons, Jon and Joel; sisters-in-law, Ada, Tilly, and Mary; brother-in-law, Roger; loving nieces and nephews; and the families that knew him as Grampa "Moose".

Thank you to his Winnipeg guardian angels, his Fort Frances caregivers, and to friends and family who "kept in touch". Cremation has taken place, and there will be no formal service. If so desired, in memoriam donations may be made to "Ice for Kids" c/o 828 Sixth St. E., Fort Frances, Ont., P9A 1W9 or to a charity of your choice.

"We learned more from Gramps than we ever did in school - not facts but truths, not theory but wisdom, not just to think but how to live. You have been a shining example of a life well-lived, and we are forever grateful."