Friday, December 31, 2010

To All the Regina Pats Alumni

YEAR - 2011

from - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Tuesday, December 28, 2010



(Photo - When he played with New York Americans)

(Photo - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston's collection)

(Photo - When he Coached Regina Pats Junior Hockey Team)

Photo: Permission of Denver University

(Photo: Permission of Denver University

(Photo: Permission of Denver University)

(Photo: Denver University Hockey Team WebSite)




It is that time of year again, time for us to clear our schedule and get in shape before we take on the Warrior alumni team at the Brandt centre January 29th 2011. Please find attached the unofficial itinerary for the upcoming alumni weekend. Please RSVP before January 4th so I can get a head count on how many players we have. There will be more information upcoming regarding game tickets, cabaret tickets and hotel rooms. Take care enjoy the holiday season.

Cliff Mapes

V. P. Operations.

Regina Pats Hockey Club.



Fax (306)-569-1021

Saturday, December 25, 2010




by Ron “Scoreboard” Johnston
I had the honour of getting to know Fran over a span of four years as I worked alongside of him. For I was trying to get one of the best ever Regina Pats into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame. To me, he was one of the best. His number seven, a number that should have been retired long ago should be hanging in the rafters of Brandt Centre.

Fran Huck was inducted at the 40th Annual Induction Dinner on Saturday, June 17, 2006, at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina. For that special occasion, my wife and I sat at his special table along with his Regina Law Office Staff.

Huck was born and raised in Regina and developed his hockey within the Regina Pats minor hockey system. He made the Regina Pat Canadians as a 15-year-old before moving up and joining the Pats for the 1962-63 season where Fran played in 33 games and 6 play-off games. (Photo: taken from the Winnipeg Jets Memorial Page) - -

The following season, on Thursday, October 17, at Saskatoon, Regina's coach, Dunc Fisher, started a new line with centre Fran Huck, right winger Andy Black, and left winger Gary Dresdal. At that time the Regina games were being broadcast over radio station CKCK. I can still remember after one of the broadcasts an elderly lady called the radio station and asked why Fran Huck was dressed all in black? The explanation was that it was a play on their names, HUCK-DRESDAL-BLACK - “Huck Dressed in all Black”.

Fran was the scoring leader that season, finishing with 153 points, scoring a record 86 goals. Selected on the First League All-Star Team, plus winning the SJHL League Most Valuable Player Award (Leo Parker Trophy) as well as the Scoring Championship (Charles McCook Trophy).

In the play-offs on Thursday, Fran, 5' 6”, 158 pounds, scored his fifteenth hat trick of the season as he helped the Regina Pats to an 8-3 victory over Weyburn Red Wings at the Regina Exhibition Stadium to help the Pats come back to win the series. Fran was picked up by the SJHL League Winners, Estevan Bruins in the Abbott Cup against the Edmonton Oil Kings. He was also picked up by the Oil Kings who lost to the Toronto Marlboros in the Memorial Cup. The final game of that series was televised by the CTV network as they picked up the game in the second period. It became the first ever Memorial Cup final to be broadcast live across Canada.

In Fran's final season, 1964-65, he finished second in the League Scoring with 138 points, and 77 goals. He was selected on the League Second All-Star Team and, once again for the second straight year, won the Most Valuable Player Award. That year Fran was tagged with the nickname of "The Golden Hawk" The nickname was given to him because Huck and his linemates Andy Black and Barry Meissner wore gold helmets.

Photo's: Andy Black - Ron Johnston file - Fran Huck (Fran's Collection) - Barry Meissner Ron Johnston file
"The Gold Helmet was Andy's idea. I don't know why he thought about it but he had a flair for that type of thing. He showed up one day with our helmets and he had painted them gold. We didn't think anything about it. We just put them on. There wasn't any design behind it. I just put it on.'' (Photo: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston)During 1963-64 season, Fran scored 107 goals in 90 games, including 5 game with Estevan and 5 with Edmonton in the Memorial Cup. In his final season (1964-65) he had 105 goals in 80 games, including 3 games with Edmonton in the Memorial Cup.

The following season 1965-66 the nineteen year old played with Jackie McLeod's Canadian Olympic Team alongside another Ex-Regina Pat player, Lorne Davis, plus Ex-Weyburn Red Wings Morris Mott. Huck was also selected to the all-star team that year. Fran decided to focus on a law degree and decided to continue as an amateur player by entering the national program.

After four seasons in the national program, Huck started his professional hockey career with the Montreal Voyageurs of the American hockey League (AHL). In 1971 he played with the Denver Spurs of the Western Hockey League (WHL). The same season he played with the NHL Montreal Canadiens and was later traded to the St. Louis Blues before playing in the World Hockey Association with the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Fighting Saints. although he was associated briefly with Z├╝rcher SC of Switzerland in 1976.

After his 1978 retirement he served some time as coach with the St. Boniface Mohawks and Winnipeg Warriors and now has a career as a lawyer in Kelowna, British Columbia. A graduate of the University of Manitoba. By the end of his career in 1978, he had played in 251 games and scored 212 points. (Photo: HHOF-000054-0045)

Fran and three Winnipeg businessmen, Harry Buekert, Arnold De Fehr and Marsdon Fenwick bought the Junior Franchise in the 1980-81 season. Huck, who coached St. Boniface Mohawks of the Central Amateur Senior Hockey League the previous season, guided them to the Allan Cup Western Final against Spokane Flyers. Huck and Buekert coached the junior club to be known as the Warriors.

In 1999 Fran became one of just 90 elite hockey players to hold a position in the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHF) Hockey Hall of fame. At the age of 53, Huck was inducted into the Hall of Fame based on his playing internationally with the Canadian National team during the 1960’s. (Photo: Huck with his Hall of Fame Induction plaque - Regina Sun Newspaper - photo by Terry Chevaller)

Monday, December 20, 2010




Mike SILLINGER with Regina Pats in 1991

(Photo by: Jim McIsaac, Getty Images - #18 - NYI - 2007)

(January, 2010 - Pats Alumni Game - Present Time)



Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats are proud to honour one of the best forwards to have ever dawned a blue, white and red jersey. Mike Sillinger will have his number 16 raised to the rafters of the Brandt Centre during a pregame ceremony on Friday, January 14th as the Pats host the Edmonton Oil Kings.

(Photo: Mike Sillinger in Regina Pats Jersey # 16 - 1991)

“It’s truly an honor to have my jersey hanging up in a place where I have had some of my greatest memories,” says Mike Sillinger. “I was lucky to play my entire junior career here with the Pats and was always so proud to represent a great organization. As a home town boy, wearing that Pat Jersey was a dream come true and I will cherish those days forever.”

The home town Regina boy played with the Pats from 1987 to 1991 and is third on the all time Pats list in goals with 178, third in assists with 241 points and second in points with 419. When Sillinger broke into the league as a 16 year old in the 1987-88 season, he was teamed up with Jamie Heward and Frank Kovacs to form the famous “Pup Line”. He finished in the top 15 WHL scorers in the 88-89, 89-90 and 90-91 seasons. During the Pats playoff run to the conference semi-finals in the spring of 1989, Sillinger picked up 22 points in 11 games good for 9th among playoff scorers.

Regina Pats President, Brent Parker, “Mike was a great Regina Pat as well as being a tremendous ambassador for our organization and the City of Regina and this is an honour that is long overdue. The unique situation of having the #16 retired to two people is not lost on us, but we felt strongly that the accomplishments of both Dale Derkatch at Mike Sillinger while wearing this number were both worthy of this recognition. This night is really about honouring the person more than the number and I can’t think of anyone more deserving of being recognized for his accomplishments both here with the Pats and during a stellar NHL Career than Mike.”

The 1990-91 season was a fantastic cap to his WHL career as that winter, he put on the Red and White of Team Canada and helped the squad to a gold medal at the World Junior Hockey Championships in Saskatoon, later that season, he was named a WHL Eastern Conference all-star.

Sillinger was drafted in the 1st round, 11th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings. After his career was done with the Pats, he went on to a 16 year career in the NHL, playing in over 1000 games for 12 teams.

Saturday, December 18, 2010



by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

I have spoken to Al Dumba who helps handle the Trans Canada Clash between the Warriors and Pats. Dumba in turn has spoken to the organizer and he informed him last week that it will be played in the later part of January. Checking the schedule the game would be played on Saturday, January 29 in the afternoon.

Friday, December 17, 2010



First of all an short summary of the last two Trans-Canada Clashes:

Saturday afternoon, February, 9, 2008, at the Regina Brandt Centre, Regina Pats Alumni edged the Moose Jaw Warriors Alumni 3-2 in the Trans-Canada Clash. It was the second time the two clubs played against each other.

The previous year, in Moose Jaw, on Saturday afternoon, January 27, 2007, the Pats won in a wide open affair 10-9 on Kurt Wickenheiser's last minute winning goal.

The 2008 game at Regina, a paid attendance of 5,657 saw both clubs put on a solid performance. It was fast skating, five solid body checks, plus sticks getting up high.

Game Summary:


Regina Pats: # 33 - Ryan Hoople (1997-98); # 35 - Rod Houk (1987-89); # 2 - Gord Wappell (1974-78); # 4 - Derek Ebelre (1990-93); # 6 - Kevin Haller (1987-90); # 6 - Jeff Helperl (1992-94); # 7 - Dave Faulkner (1973-75); # 8 - Stu Grimson (1982-85); # 9 - Len Nielsen (1982-97); # 10 - Doug Trapp (1982-85); # 11 - Nevin Markwart (1981-83); # 15 - Mike Kirby (1988-91); # 15 - Darrin McKechnie (1986-88); # 16 - Dale Derkatch (1981-85); # 18 - Kelly Markwart (1987-91); # 19 - Brian Varga (1978-81); # 20 - Gary Dickie (1985-89); # 21 - Mike Blaizdel (1979-80); # 24 - Frank Kovacs (1987-92); # 25 - Kurt Wickeneiser (1981-85), Coach - Al Dumba, Coach - Brad Tippett

Moose Jaw Warriors: # 2 - Scott Thomas (1987-91); # 4 - Travis Thiessen (1990-92); # 4 - Dayle Wilcox (1997-00), # 5 - Pat Beauchesne (1985-88); # 8 - Kevin Herom (1984-87) # 9 - Theoren Fleury (1984-88); # 10 - Scott Schoneck (1995-00); # 12 - Rob Reimer (1987-91); # 17 - Mark Mackay (1984-85); # 17 - (1984-85); # 19 - Jim McKenzie (1987-88); # 20 - Kevin Smyth (1990-93); # 21 - Darryl LaPlante (1994-97); # 22 - Troy Edwards (1984-87); # 24 - Devon Oleniuk (1988-89); # 29 - Milt Mastad (1994-95); # 41 - Derek Letzel (1988-92); # 55 - Rob Harvey (1986-90); Coach - Greg Kvisle; Coach - Barry Trapp

by: Ron :Scoreboard" Johnston

Moose Jaw Warriors took a 1-0 lead after the first period as Kevin Smyth beat Pats goalie Rod Houk at 8:19 on Theo Fleury's assist.

Pats Darrin McKechnie tied the contest at 5:17 of the second period assisted by Frank Kovacs. Derek Kletzel gave Moose Jaw a 2-1 lead at 16:51 of the second period.

Regina Pats scored back-to-back goals in the third period. (Derek Eberle scored assisted by Kurt Wickenheiser, then came Brian Varga's winning goal at the mid point of the period.) The game was broadcast on CKRM . Two oldies, Kevin Gallant (Pat's announcer from 1980-1988) and Mal Isaac (1967-1974) called the play-by-play of the game.

(Photo: CKRM Regina Pats Broadcaster - Rod Pedersen) - Three generations of Regina Pats broadcasters .... From right: Mal Isaac (1967-1974), Kevin Gallant (1980 - 1988) and Rod (1995 - 2010).


(Photo: Kelly Markwart file - 2008 - Regina Pats Alumni)


Other Pictures:

# 21 - Mike Blaisdel and # 18 - Kelly Markwart

Moose Jaw - Theoren Fleury

# 9 - Moose Jaw - Theoren Fleury and Regina Pats # 15 - Darrin McKechnie

# 6 - Kevin Helperl and Moose Jaw's # 22 Troy Edwards

Moose Jaw's # 35 - Glen Seymour trap a Regina Pats Player and # 10 - Scott Schoneck

Note: were the puck is - (bottom of Regina Pat players stick)


2010 -

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.

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)


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


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


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.



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.


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.