Monday, September 19, 2011

EX-REGINA PATS

and NHL CHICAGO BLACK HAWKS


JOHNNY GOTTSELIG'S WIDOW PASSES AWAY




Gottselig, Florence
Published: 2011-09-07, Regina Leader Post
Odessa, SK

GOTTSELIG, Florence Susan Florence passed away on the morning of Monday, September 5, 2011 at the age of 97 years. Florence was born at Odessa, Saskatcheswan on August 5, 1914. She was predeceased by her husband John; parents John and Josephine Fahlman; brothers Peter, Tony, John and Bill; sister Madeline; and great granddaughter Morgan. Left to cheris her memory are her three children: son Leonard (Susan); son Fred; daughter Lorna (David) Thauberger; granddaughter Tania (Chris) Francais and their children Jacie, Hailey and Lucas; grandson Chad (Jackie) Thauberger and their children Kaylee, Payton and Colby; sister Mary Teibler; sisters-in-law Lena Fahlman, Emily Fahlman, Caroline Gottselig, Tillie Gottselig and Marie Gottselig; and brotherin-law Aloysius Gottselig; and their families. A FUNERAL MASS will be celebrated at Little Flower Roman Catholic Church, 420 College Avenue, Regina, SK on Friday, September 9, 2011 at 10:30 a.m. A PRIVATE GRAVESIDE SERVICE will follow at a later date. Flowers are gratefully declined. Family and friends are invited to sign the online obituary and tributes page at www.regina-memorial.ca. Arrangements entrusted to 1585768


Thursday, September 15, 2011

EX-REGINA PATS - JOSH HARDING

Mask Honours His Teammates


September 15, 2011

From: Regina Pats Web Site - www.reginapats.com

What a Contribute - Thanks Josh

Throughout his hockey career, Minnesota Wild goaltender Josh Harding has had many different teammates. Among those who Harding has shared a locker room with are Derek Boogaard, Rick Rypien and Pavol Demitra.

Harding played with Rypien from 2001-04, while both were members of the WHL’s Regina Pats. As for Boogaard and Demitra, they have both spent time with the Minnesota Wild while Harding was a backup there (he still is). However, playing on a team with Josh Harding isn’t the only thing that Rypien, Boogaard and Demitra have in common. Unfortunately, all three of these men passed away during the summer of 2011.

For the rest of the story head to totalsports.com http://www.totalprosports.com/2011/09/14/josh-harding-goalie-mask-will-honor-nhlers-who-passed-away-this-summer/

For another link on this great story go to Yahoo! Sports' Puck Daddy blog http://sports.yahoo.com/nhl/blog/puck_daddy/post/Wild-goalie-Josh-Harding-8217-s-mask-honors-hoc?urn=nhl-wp12451

Monday, August 15, 2011

EX-REGINA PATS

RICK RYPIEN IS FOUND DEAD





Details are still sketchy, but former Regina Pats captain and current Winnipeg Jet Rick Rypien has been found dead at his Alberta home. Here is the story from the Globe and Mail.

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Former Vancouver Canucks tough guy Rick Rypien was found dead by a family member on Monday in Crowsnest Pass, Alta.

Rypien, who signed with the Winnipeg Jets in July, had missed most of last season because of a leave of absence from the Canucks for personal issues.

Local RCMP told The Globe and Mail on Monday night that the death was not suspicious.

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The Winnipeg Jets issued this statement upon learning of Rick's death while the Vanco uver Canucks issued this statement.


The Regina Pats issued this statement....


The entire Regina Pats Organization is deeply saddened to hear of the tragic news of the passing of former Regina Pats Captain Rick Rypien. Rick was a tremendous friend, teammate and role model during his time in Regina and he epitomized everything we want our young
men to be as people and as players. We would like to express our deepest sympathies to the Rypie
n family and all of his friends and teammates during this difficult time.”

On a personal note, Rick might have been the best captain the Pats have had in my time watching them. His heart, soul and desire was something else and it was that heart, soul and desire that got him to the NHL.

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Sad moment - Rest in Peace Rick. My thoughts and prayers are with the Rypien family this day. A great true warrior with the Regina Pats.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

REGINA PAT ALUMNI

DENNIS SOBCHUK


By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends


Dennis Sobchuk is still a hockey legend in Regina, where he starred with the junior Pats in the early 1970s. He played 200 games from 1971 to 1974, registering 191 goals and 225 assists. He was named the most valuable player of the 1974 Memorial Cup. He later had his number retired and is undoubtedly one of the greatest Pats of all time.

Lorne Davis, the long time Edmonton Oilers scout, remembers his junior exploits well.

"He played with a lot of energy. He could stickhandle and he could really shoot. He played with Clark Gillies (a Hockey Hall of Famer) at the time, people thought that Dennis would be the next great player. That didn't really happen but he had a great junior career."

His junior career was so impressive that he became the first player to sign with a professional hockey team before leaving major-junior hockey. He signed a 10-year, $1-million contract with the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers in 1973. He played the 1973-74 season with the Pats and was loaned to the Phoenix Roadrunners for the 1974-75 season because the Stingers didn't have an arena in which to play.

It was a very controversial move at the time, because of the money and because it was likely Sobchuk would have been the top player selected in the 1975 NHL draft. The WHA stole him before the NHL even had a chance, opening up a controversial practice the WHA would use with many of Canada's top junior players.

Sobchuk played for Phoenix, Cincinnati and Edmonton in 348 WHA games from 1974 through to 1979. He scored 145 goals and recorded 186 assists. His best offensive season was with the Stingers in 1976-77 when he had 44 goals and 51. Not bad, but his scoring and his play deteriorated from that season onward. He later tried resurrect his career in the NHL, but to no avail.

"Discipline-wise it may have helped me to go to the NHL," said Sobchuk, who played 35 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and Quebec Nordiques. "They were more structured in their foundation. In the WHA, we were just happy to have 18 guys on a team. One game we were supposed to play the Minnesota Fighting Saints and the Houston Areos came out because Minnesota folded that day. It was hard for a 20-year-old to be as serious in hockey as I would have been in the NHL."

Injuries really hampered Sobchuk's career.

"I had three shoulder separations and the third time they removed about six inches of my clavicle,'' Sobchuk said. "They told me at the time that when I turned 50 that I would have arthritis. It's hard to believe that I ever got to 50. It doesn't bother me now.

"It happened during the middle of my career when I was rolling," Sobchuk said. "The injuries happened one, two, three and it took the burning desire out. It seemed like every year I was battling to get back in shape. The guys were bigger. It wasn't as easy to get back in the stirrups. It wasn't fun again. It was work."

Sobchuk retired in 1983. He briefly returned to Regina to try his hand at coaching, but soon relocated to Bellingham, Washington, just south of the British Columbian border. He was involved in the construction of the local arena there, and soon turned to building and selling homes.

Friday, August 5, 2011

EX-REGINA PATS - GREG JOLY


Taken from the Wahsington Capitals web site -

Washington Capitals during two very disappointing seasons, Greg Joly is one of the most notable names in team history. The defenseman was the Capitals first draft choice, selected number one overall in the 1974 entry draft, and became the first player to sign a contract with the expansion franchise.

Drafted out of Regina of the WCHL after leading them to a Memorial Cup championship the previous season, the Alberta native spent his entire rookie season with the Capitals in their inaugural season if 1974-75. Hampered by a knee injury midway through the season, Joly appeared in only 44 games, recording one goal and seven assists, and posted a plus/minus rating of minus-68.

With his first professional season behind him, Joly began the 1975-76 season with Richmond of the AHL but was recalled by the Capitals after only three games. Although the Capitals were unable to improve much in their second season - winning 11 games as opposed to eight - Joly, only 22, showed some progress. In 54 games, he led team defenseman in scoring with eight goals and 17 assists. However, being a number-one overall pick, the expectations that Joly would become the young team’s franchise player were beginning to fall flat.

After beginning the 1976-77 with Springfield of the AHL, the Capitals, in desperate need of veteran leadership and running out of patience, traded Joly to Detroit in exchange for Bryan Watson in November 1976.

Joly appeared in 276 games over seven seasons with Detroit following his departure from Washington and retired from professional hockey at 31. Like many before and after him, Joly never did live up to the expectations and pressure of being a number-one draft pick.





Saturday, July 30, 2011

REGINA PATS - 2011

DOUG WICKENHEISER

GOLF CLASSIC



The 14th annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic is set to go on Monday, August 22nd at the Wascana Golf and Country Club. The entry fee is just $300 and it includes golf, cart, steak dinner, all on course contesting, mulligans, and best of all a swag bag jammed full of memorabilia.

Call the Pats office at
522-5604 to register yourself or a team.

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Last year champions:






Calvin Turner, John McEcheran and Pats Alumni
Jamie Heward & Kurt Wickenheiser.











Saturday, July 23, 2011

Obituary:

Ex-Regina Pat -Ivor RICHARDSON - (Executive - 1969)

August 16, 1932 to May 10, 2011

Ivor Hugh Richardson - It is with profound sorrow and heavy hearts that we, his children, announce the passing of our dear father. We shall find peace and comfort knowing he has been reunited with his wife and soul mate, Joni; mother, Elsie; father, Samuel; and, brother, Ken.

Born and raised in Stoughton, Saskatchewan, he moved to Regina as a teenager where he attended Scott Collegiate. A Master Plumber, he started Monarch Plumbing and Heating in 1957. As a member of the Mechanical Contractors Association he served on the Board of Directors and as President of the local association. He left his mark on several Regina landmarks including the Conexus Arts Centre, Cornwall Centre, Northgate Mall, additions to the Pasqua and General Hospitals, the Regina Inn, Miller and ONeill Collegiates and numerous apartment buildings and retail outlets. As a Master Mason and member of the Blue Lodge, a lifetime member of the Regina Optimist Club, and the WA WA Shriners Motor Patrol, he was actively involved in, and committed to community service. As well, he worked on several fundraising projects for Taylor Field and the YMCA.

A true sports enthusiast, Ivor was a season ticket holder for the Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club for 55 years, on the Management Committee of the Regina Pats Hockey Club in 1969, and an avid collector of sports memorabilia. Throughout his lifetime and following his retirement in 1990, Ivor, with his wife, Joni, shared their love of life with family and friends in Regina, at Regina Beach and in Palm Desert, California. Touching the lives of everyone he met with his laughter, generosity, kindness, and sensitivity, he maintained his trademark sense of humor all the way to the end.

Poppy had a great love for his grandchildren: Chad, Brandon, Alex, Chris, Craig, Kieran, Lindsay, Taylor, Austin, Derek and Geneva, and he recognized and honoured them as individuals. He enthusiastically spent countless hours in hockey arenas and on basketball courts beaming with pride. Many fine medical professionals gave the utmost care and attention to Ivor over the last few weeks.

The family cannot convey sufficient thanks to Dr. MacLeod, Dr. Ahmed, Reverend Dan Cooper and the Palliative Care Unit of the Regina Pasqua Hospital. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Salim and Dr. Clein who were supportive even in the final moments. We also thank the outpouring of kindness, prayers and wishes from friends too numerous to mention. In honour of our father (and father-in-law), we ask that you join us for a Celebration of his Life to be held at Speers Funeral Chapel, 2136 College Avenue, Regina on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. A private family interment was held in Riverside Memorial Park. Left to cherish his memory; Sandra, Kelowna, BC; Sherry (Neil Roach), Calgary, AB; Lisa (Rick Ledingham), Regina, SK; Mike, Kelowna, BC; Jacquie (Nils Corneman), Toronto, ON; Gary (Sharon), Regina, SK.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Regina Palliative Care Inc, 4F-4101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK, S4T 1A5. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit www.speersfuneralchapel.com

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

A STORY OF

LESTER PATRICK


Although this story does not have anything to do with the Regina Pats, it does include various changes in the sport of hockey.

By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Is there one person who has had more impact on the game of hockey than any other? The answer is yes: Lester Patrick - hockey's "Silver Fox"

Lester Patrick, along with his brother Frank, made countless contributions to the game of hockey throughout his lifetime as a player, coach, manager, owner and National Hockey League governor. Together the Patrick's pioneered hockey as big business.

Though he was born in Drummondville, Quebec, Dec. 30, 1883, Lester Patrick grew up and learned to play the game as a youngster in Montreal. The son of a very successful lumberman in Quebec and later British Columbia, Lester was also was known as a star athlete in cricket, rugby and lacrosse.

Lester first became prominent as a hockey player out west as he dropped out of McGill University in order to pursue puck dreams. Known for his great speed and puck skills, in 1903-04 he used his abilities as one of game's earliest offensive defensemen to help a team from Brandon Manitoba fall just short of a Stanley Cup championship against the Ottawa Silver Seven. He then returned to Montreal to play with Westmount before joining the Wanderers in 1905-06. Patrick was part of two Stanley Cup championships with the Wanderers before he moved to Nelson, British Columbia in order to work in the family lumber business.

Lester, and his equally talented brother Frank, played in the small town of Nelson, BC until 1909-10. That season both Patrick brothers headed to Renfrew, Ontario where they signed up to play with the Renfrew Millionaires of the newly formed National Hockey Association - the direct forerunner of the National Hockey League.

However the Patricks returned to the west in 1911 and started their own circuit - the Pacific Coast Hockey Association. The PCHA was the most serious big league alternative that the NHA/NHL ever faced, even bigger than the World Hockey Association challenge of the 1970s.

The Patricks borrowed money from the million dollar family lumber business in order to finance the league. Both would continue to, as well as serve as coach, manger and owner of teams - Frank in Vancouver and Lester in Victoria. The money went to create Canada's first artificial ice rinks as well as pay players - who were mostly taken from the NHA. There were other franchises in Edmonton, Seattle, Calgary, New Westminster, Regina and Saskatoon.

Artificial ice was not the only invention to the game that the Patricks brought about. Other revolutionary innovations included:

Numbered Jerseys
Blue Lines
Penalty Shots
Allowing of goalies to leave their feet to make a save
Allowing of players to kick the puck
Rewarded assists on goals
"On the fly" line changes
Encourage rushing defensemen
Inaugurated a farm team system
Devised a profitable playoff system which is now used universally.

The NHL adopted everyone of Patrick's innovations, and are still in use today.

"The Patricks" wrote famed sports writer Elmer Ferguson "legislated hockey into modernism."

The PCHA eventually would have to fold eventually, and the Patricks sold the league and all of its players rights to the NHL in 1926. Lester would follow suit, being named as the architect of the New York Rangers, taking over from Conn Smythe, in 1926. Patrick served as coach of the Rangers until 1939 - guiding them to Stanley Cup championships in 1928 and 1933 in addition to being named as the NHL's best coach 6 times (there was no official trophy given to the top coach at that time, but hew as named to the NHL first all star team as coach 6 times). He continued to serve as manager of the Rangers until 1946.

His many accomplishments as a player and innovations as a builder are shadowed by one night in the 1928 NHL playoffs.

Six years earlier, while in charge of the Vancouver Millionaires, Patrick allowed Toronto to use Eddie Gerard, a borrowed player, as an emergency replacement as the Toronto team was decimated by injuries. Patrick did it as a show of sportsmanship and for the good of the game of hockey, but Gerard when on to be the star from that point on and cost Patrick and the Vancouver Millionaires the Stanley Cup. Six years later, Gerard and Patrick would cross paths again in the playoffs in 1928 with Patrick coaching the New York Rangers and Gerard managing the Montreal Maroons. Teams back then didn't carry back up goalies, and when Ranger starter Lorne Chabot was injured, Patrick asked to use a borrowed goaltender as a replacement, but Gerard refused knowing the Cup would be his almost certainly with the Rangers lacking a true goalie. Patrick, at the age of 44 decided to put the pads on himself. This move energized his Rangers. They played inspired hockey and the game went in to overtime. In a game that Hollywood couldn't dream of, Frank Boucher went on to score in overtime for the Rangers. The Rangers went on to win the Stanley Cup.

At that moment Patrick was immortalized forever. This is one of the NHL's most legendary moments.

After stepping down as the Rangers boss in 1946, Lester returned to his beloved Victoria where he ran the minor league Cougars until 1954.

He is generally regarded as the architect of modern day hockey as his name is identified with many of the major developments in style of play, the organization and expansion of the game. He is also credited with expanding the game to western Canada, particularly British Columbia, as well as popularizing it in the north eastern United States.

Today Lester Patrick is remembered by the Lester Patrick Memorial Trophy. It is given out annually to recipients who shows "outstanding service to hockey in the United States." The award only honours a part of Lester's great hockey contributions, but at least he is forever remembered by the NHL in some way.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011


OTHER PROGRAM COVERS

1957-58 - UNIVERSITY of DENVER

EX-REGINA PAT'S COACH - MURRAY ARMSTRONG



Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

OTHER PROGRAM COVERS

1973-74 - MEMORIAL CUP, CALGARY, ALBERTA




Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter



REGINA PATS - 1972-73



(Randy McCormick, Ken Gibson - Stick Boys)

Front Row: (Left to Right) Ed Staniowski, Glen Burdon, Del Wilson (Manager), Dennis Sobchuk, Doug Marit, Rich Uhrich, Bob Leslie

Second Row: John Weber (Assistant Manager), Rod Loynachan, Clark Gillies, Greg Joly, Fleuri Perron, Kim MacDougall, Brad Anderson, Mike Harazny, Chuck Walsh (Trainer)

Third Row: Rick Bohlman, Bill Bell, Rob Laird, Mick Wanchuk, Glen Ing, Jim Minor

REGINA PATS - 1973-74 - PROGRAM COVER





Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter



WESTERN CANADA JUNIOR HOCKEY LEAGUE

1967-68 YEARBOOK





Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Sunday, July 3, 2011

REGINA PAT ALUMNI

EDDIE WISEMAN


By Permission:
Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Small in stature (5'7" and 160lbs), Eddie Wiseman scored a few big goals in the 1930s and 1940s.

Wiseman, originally a Detroit Red Wings, joined the New York Americans in 1935. Over the next 4 years he and Gene Carr battled for top billing on the Amerks right wing. Relying on his speed as his main weapon, Wiseman scored 12, 14, 18 and 12 goals respectively.

Wiseman, who was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick, hailed from Regina, Saskatchewan. (Played for Regina Pats during the 1929-30 season. He did not play in the play-offs due to injuries. The team went onto win the Canadian Memorial Cup). Was traded to Boston part way through the 1939-40 season. Who was the player he was traded for? The legendary Eddie Shore. The Bruins were just looking to dump their aging and increasingly cantankerous star. Wiseman was not exactly fair trade value, but the Bruins took him anyways. The New York Times described Wiseman as a "no better than average hockey player."

The Bruins did not regret acquiring Wiseman. He played well in Boston, especially in the following season. After a strong regular season that saw him score 16 times and assist on 24 others (6th best total in the NHL) for a career best 40 points, he led all NHL shooters with 6 playoff goals as the Bruins won the 1941 Stanley Cup.

Wiseman would play one more year in the NHL before World War II interrupted and, for all intents and purposes, ended his hockey carer. He served with the Royal Canadian Air Force out of Saskatoon while also playing senior hockey with the Air Force team.

When all was said and done, Eddie Wiseman played in 454 NHL games, scoring 115 goals and 165 assists for 280 points. In the playoffs he added 10 goals and 20 points in 45 contests.

Wiseman, who was also noted for his ability on the golf course, would go on to coach junior hockey in Saskatchewan. He would also serve as the Bruins western Canada scout. He eventually settled in Red Deer, Albert and opened real estate and insurance businesses.

Eddie Wiseman died in Red Deer on May 4th, 1977.

REGINA PAT ALUMNI

DARREN VEITCH


By Permission:
Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Paul Coffey, one of the greatest offensive defensemen in NHL history was selected 6th overall in the 1980 NHL Entry Draft. He was the 4th defenseman taken. Ahead of him were long time NHL battlers Dave Babych and Larry Murphy and some guy named Darren Veitch.

Darren who?


Veitch's journey through the NHL and the minor leagues began in the Montreal Forum at the '80 draft.

The Montreal Canadiens had just drafted centre Doug Wickenheiser from the Western Hockey League's Regina Pats. Veitch, Wickenheiser's teammate in Regina, was an all-star defenceman also waiting to go high.

The Winnipeg Jets next picked Babych from Portland of the WHL. Third up was a little centre from the Quebec League's Montreal Jr. Canadiens named Denis Savard. Chicago drafted him.

Drafting fourth overall, Los Angeles chose Murphy from the Ontario Hockey League's Peterborough Petes.

Finally, with the fifth overall pick, the Capitals chose Veitch, who led the WHL in assists with 93 in 71 games, and a total of 122 points. The Oilers then selected Paul Coffey directly after after Veitch.

Coffey, Murphy and Savard appear destined for the Hall of Fame. Dave Babych also had a splendid career. Veitch had a steady if unspectacular career, posting 48 goals, 209 assists, 296 penalty minutes in 511 career games with Washington, Detroit and Toronto from 1980 to '91. But needless to say, aside from that one draft day in Montreal, he was never in the same class of player as those stars.

The Washington Capitals, starting in the 1980s anyways, have long be known as a franchise with a fetish for standout defensemen, although they demand their defensemen be very solid in their own zone and durable. They had acquired the likes of Rod Langway, Brian Engblom, Larry Murphy, Scott Stevens and Kevin Hatcher to a name a few.

It was hoped Veitch would be a big part of of the Capitals, and it started out promising. He had a heavy right handed shot from the point and became a fixture on the powerplay In his second season he scored 9 goals and 53 points.

His career would be forever changed following an early season game in 1982 against the Vancouver Canucks. Veitch missed the rest of the season and part of the following season recovering from a serious collarbone injury.

With Veitch injured and slow to return to form when he did come back, the Capitals took measures to acquire a top offensive rearguard fearing that Veitch would never be the same. They went out and acquired one of the best d-men in the game in Larry Murphy.

Veitch struggled to regain his status in Washington once he did return. He did fully recover from the collarbone injury, and did improve his defensive game, but he fell down the depth chart. At the very best he was the 4th but often was on the 3rd pairing and received less ice time.

Because of these circumstances, it would be wrong to say Veitch was a first round draft pick bust. He was actually quite serviceable even if he never reached the high expectations placed upon him.

Veitch was moved to Detroit in exchange for a couple of more typical 5th and 6th defensemen in John Barrett and Greg Smith. In Detroit Veitch had a chance to return to his offensive game, and he did not disappoint as he posted career highs in 1986-87 with 13 goals and 58 points, while being a respectable +14. He was solid but never a bonafide true offensive leader.

Veitch played with the Wings until 1988 when he was sent to Toronto for the erratic Mirko Frycer. Veitch however played sparingly for the Leafs and actually spent more time in the minor leagues than in the NHL.

Veitch's last NHL appearance came in 1990-91, but he continued to play hockey until 1999. He appeared in the AHL, IHL and WCHL and briefly in Germany.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

REGINA PAT ALUMNI

DENNIS "SOBIE" SOBCHUK


By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Dennis Sobchuk is still a hockey legend in Regina, where he starred with the junior Pats in the early 1970s. He played 200 games from 1971 to 1974, registering 191 goals and 225 assists. He was named the most valuable player of the 1974 Memorial Cup. He later had his number retired and is undoubtedly one of the greatest Pats of all time.

Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston - I had the honour of assisting the Coach's when he was with the club. He was a native of Lang, Saskatchewan, the younger brother of Eugene.

In His rookie season, Dennis played with Regina Pats best Rookie Line: Sobchuk (68-56-67-123), Mike Wanchuk (64-44-38-82) and Clark Gillies (68-31-58-79). Between the three, had a total of 47 Power Play Goals, plus 21 Winning goals. Sobie was one of the best Centers we ever had. I can remember a game we played against Edmonton, he won 14 face-offs in arrow.


In his second season, Sobchuk on Friday, January 19, 1972, at Regina, score 6 goals and had 4 assists for 10 points against Coach Rudy Pilous Brandon Wheat Kings.

Lorne Davis, the long time Edmonton Oilers scout, remembers his junior exploits well.

"He played with a lot of energy. He could stick handle and he could really shoot. He played with Clark Gillies (a Hockey Hall of Famer) at the time, people thought that Dennis would be the next great player. That didn't really happen but he had a great junior career."

His junior career was so impressive that he became the first player to sign with a professional hockey team before leaving major-junior hockey. He signed a 10-year, $1-million contract with the WHA's Cincinnati Stingers in 1973. He played the 1973-74 season with the Pats and was loaned to the Phoenix Roadrunners for the 1974-75 season because the Stingers didn't have an arena in which to play.

It was a very controversial move at the time, because of the money and because it was likely Sobchuk would have been the top player selected in the 1975 NHL draft. The WHA stole him before the NHL even had a chance, opening up a controversial practice the WHA would use with many of Canada's top junior players. (Photo: Hockey Hall of Fame - HHOF # 000054-02245 0 - Pee-Chee)

Sobchuk played for Phoenix, Cincinnati and Edmonton in 348 WHA games from 1974 through to 1979. He scored 145 goals and recorded 186 assists. His best offensive season was with the Stingers in 1976-77 when he had 44 goals and 51. Not bad, but his scoring and his play deteriorated from that season onward. He later tried resurrect his career in the NHL, but to no avail.

"Discipline-wise it may have helped me to go to the NHL," said Sobchuk, who played 35 games in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and Quebec Nordiques. "They were more structured in their foundation. In the WHA, we were just happy to have 18 guys on a team. One game we were supposed to play the Minnesota Fighting Saints and the Houston Areos came out because Minnesota folded that day. It was hard for a 20-year-old to be as serious in hockey as I would have been in the NHL."

Dennis played also two seasons with Edmonton Oilers of the WHA. The WHA disbanded and he joined Detroit for the 1979-80 season. During 1982-83 played two games with the Quebec Noriques.

From 1979-80 to 1982-83 he played with Adirondack REd Wings (AHL), Birmingham Bulls (CHL), two years overseas with EV Zug (Swiss-2 League) and EC Innsbruck (Austira League). In his last year he played in the AHL with Moncton Alpines and Fredericton Express, and then retired.
Injuries really hampered Sobchuk's career.

"I had three shoulder separations and the third time they removed about six inches of my clavicle,'' Sobchuk said. "They told me at the time that when I turned 50 that I would have arthritis. It's hard to believe that I ever got to 50. It doesn't bother me now.

"It happened during the middle of my career when I was rolling," Sobchuk said. "The injuries happened one, two, three and it took the burning desire out. It seemed like every year I was battling to get back in shape. The guys were bigger. It wasn't as easy to get back in the stirrups. It wasn't fun again. It was work."

Sobchuk retired in 1983. He briefly returned to Regina to try his hand at coaching, but soon relocated to Bellingham, Washington, just south of the British Columbian border. He was involved in the construction of the local arena there, and soon turned to building and selling homes.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

REGINA PAT ALUMNI


SELMAR ODELEIN


By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

This rawboned farm kid from Quill Lake (150 miles north of Regina) was selected by Edmonton in the 1st round, 21st overall in 1984. Selmar Odelein was delighted that he was chosen by the Stanley Cup champions but at the same time realized that it would be tough to earn a spot on the teams strong blueline that included guys like Paul Coffey, Kevin Lowe and Charlie Huddy.

Edmonton's Western scout at that time, former NHL'er Lorne Davis, was the guy primarily responsible that Edmonton picked Selmar in the 1st round. Davis had watched Selmar for four years, ever since Selmar had attended a hockey school that Lorne Davis was running. Selmar's strength at that time was his good all-around play. He moved the puck well out of his zone and was capable of doing everything required by an NHL defenseman. His strongest asset was his defensive play in his own zone.

Selmar played for the Regina Canadians (SJHL) and Regina Pats (WHL) being the rookie of the year for the Pats in 1983-84. Selmar also represented Canada in the 1985 and 86 world junior championships, winning the Gold in 85.

He never managed to earn a full time job on the Oilers blueline and only played a total of 18 games for the Oilers during a three year span. He played mostly in the AHL for the Nova Scotia / Cape Breton Oilers. A severe knee injury followed by serious surgery derailed his NHL dreams.

After four years in the Oilers farm system Selmar decided that it was time to try something else, so he toured with the Canadian national team during the 1989-90 season and then looked at options of playing in Europe. He finally got a good offer from Austria and the Innsbruck team. He spend two years in Austria before heading to Great Britain where he finished his career in 1994.

Selmar never lived up to the high expectations and his NHL career was brief and disappointing. His younger brother Lyle had a lot more success in the NHL although being drafted in the 8th round, 141st overall.
REGINA PAT ALUMNI

GREG JOLY




By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

It was the early 1970s. Bobby Orr had transformed the game. The best hockey player in the world was a defenseman and every team wanted the next Bobby Orr.

The Washington Capitals, with their very first draft pick in franchise history, thought they had landed him with the 1st overall pick in the 1974 NHL Amateur draft. They were so sure they even went "off the board" to get him.

Greg Joly was a standout with the Regina Pats in the early 1970s, earning Memorial Cup MVP honours in the spring of 1974. He was so good that 25 years later when Regina's all century team was named Joly was named as one of the defensemen.

Despite the strong finish to the season, Joly was not a clear cut top choice by any means. The Hockey News had him rated #7. History would prove this draft to be weak in terms of top end talent. Clark Gillies, Doug Risebrough, Pierre Larouche, Mario Tremblay and Lee Fogolin would be judged best of the 1st round years later, although later rounds unearthed legendary names like Bryan Trottier, Mark Howe and Dave "Tiger" Williams. (Photo: Regina Pats - 1973-74 - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston's Collection)

So you can hardly blame the eager young Caps for taking the defenseman Joly. But rushing a young defenseman in under the most ideal conditions is rarely successful, let alone the blunderous conditions the Capitals franchise would endure. The pressure and the follies along with Joly's own immaturity probably contributed to his failing. Joly was rushed in to become the face of a new franchise, a franchise that for years would be a laughing stock. There is no rookie in history that would not have wilted under those circumstances.

Let's be fair. He did play in 365 NHL games over 10 different seasons. He was not a complete bust. But after just two years with the Caps, where he posted ridiculous +/- totals of -68 (in just 44 games!) and -46, he was on the move to Detroit. The next Bobby Orr he was not. Instead, he goes down in history as arguably the worst 1st overall draft selection in draft history.

The Caps did not do enough to help out Joly. Instead of landing him a veteran defenseman or two to guide them, the pretty much threw Joly to the wolves and hoped he'd come out smelling like roses. When he struggled early (thanks in part to hamstring and knee injuries), they did nothing positive for his confidence by taking him off his familiar blue line and playing him as a left winger and as a center for stretches of time. Ironically, the veteran leadership he needed came in the form of Bugsy Watson - the wily veteran for whom Joly was traded to Detroit for.

In Detroit he spent three full seasons with the Red Wings before becoming a regular on the shuttle to and from the minor leagues. Injuries really hampered his development. Knees, shoulder, ankle and an especially bad wrist injury really held him back.

It's too bad. Joly appeared to be a good kid who deserved better. I especially like how every summer he would return home to work on the family farm near Calgary.

His best seasons as a professional came in Glens Falls, NY with the Adirondack Wings of the AHL. He twice was part of Calder Cup championship teams and twice was named as a league all-star. I'm guessing here, but I think Joly re-found his joy for the game in Adirondack. By that stage he did not care if it was the minor leagues nor if the pay was not very good. He prolonged his career to enjoy the game again.

Joly did retire in 1986. Nowadays he works in the insurance business in Glens Falls.

It is unfortunate but the name Greg Joly will always be equated with those horrible 1970s Washington Capitals teams and with draft infamy. To this day people wonder what would have happened had the Caps drafted Regina teammate Clark Gillies over Joly and Bryan Trottier over Mike Marson in round two.
REGINA PAT ALUMNI

EARL INGARFIELD Sr.

By: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston - Earl Ingarfield retired from hockey in 1971 and stayed involved with the game. He went on to coach the Regina Pats for one season only, during 1971-72 in the (WCJHL) and became the League coach of the year. That same year, Earl coached the best ever Regina Pats "Rookie Line" of Denis Sobchuk, Mike Wanchuk and Clark Gillies.

The following year he became a scout for the NHL New York Islanders. Halfway through that Islanders season, the coach was let go and Earl had the chance to coach the club to then end of the season, after which he returned to scouting for the Islanders once again. He then went on and became the director of player personnel. (Photo: Ron "Scoreboard: Johnston - Collection)

He also Coached and was the Owner of the Lethbridge Junior Team, a team which he played back in the 1950's with the Native Sons. In 1955 Earl was a pick-up by the Regina Pats for the Memorial Cup Series and played two games.

Earl's son Earl Jr. played 26 games with the Regina Pats during the 1976-77 season. He enjoyed a professional hockey career, but was nowhere near as successful. He scored 4 goals and 4 assists in 39 career NHL games.

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By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Throughout the 1960's, the highlights for the New York Rangers and their fans were few and far between. However one player who everyone appreciated was Earl Ingarfield.

Earl was definitely not considered to be a star hockey player by most standards, but rather a spirited and determined journeyman who did his job very well although virtually unnoticed. Only three times did the underrated Earl score more than 20 goals, yet he was known for his graceful skating and a booming shot.

After completing junior hockey for his hometown Lethbridge Native Sons, Earl turned pro in 1954, playing just two games for Vancouver of the WHL. However he soon put together 3 successful years under his belt and earned a trial with the New York Rangers in 1958. For the first two years in NY he saw little ice time, but by 1960 the soft spoken Earl made the team permanently, notching 13 goals in 66 games.

The following season, he enjoyed his best season as a pro, scoring 26 goals, 31 assists and 57 points while playing a full 70 game schedule.

Earl often played center with Andy Bathgate on the right side and Dean Prentice on the left. The 1962 playoffs against Toronto really defined Earl's career. With Earl in the lineup the Rangers were on the verge of upsetting the heavily favored Leafs. However Earl got knocked out of the series with a serious injury. The result was disastrous for the Rangers, who ended up losing the series. New York newspapers quickly immortalized Earl by criticizing the Rangers play minus Earl.

Earl remained on Broadway until the beginning of 1967-68. The Pittsburgh Penguins took the veteran forward in the first ever expansion draft. Earl played a year and a half in "Steeltown" before a trade to the west coast. Earl eventually finished his career in usual anonymity in Oakland, but did in 54 games have a 21 goal, 45 point year in 1969. He retired in 1971.
REGINA PAT ALUMNI

DIRK GRAHAM


By Permission:
Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends


Played for the Regina Pats - (1975-76 to 1978-79)

Meet Dirk Graham - Mr. Chicago Blackhawk.

Dirk Graham was a hard-hitting, defensive-minded forward in his eight years with the Blackhawks. His hustling aggressive style was very typical of the Hawks in those days. He was a tireless worker who did anything necessary to help Chicago win hockey games.

He was also pretty good with the puck. He had 152 goals, 190 assists and 685 penalty minutes in 546 games for Chicago from 1988 to 1995. He also set a team record for most short-handed goals in a season, 10 in 1988-89.

Originally a draft pick of the Vancouver Canucks, Graham 6 seasons in the minors waiting for his chance to play in the NHL which finally came on a full time basis in 1985 with the Minnesota North Stars. His total NHL stats include 219 goals and 489 points in 772 games.

But most importantly, he was a leader. He was captain for 6 1/2 seasons and part of the 1992 squad
that won 11 straight playoff games before losing to Pittsburgh in the Stanley Cup finals.

"It's a commitment to team, a commitment to your teammates, playing with heart, playing with desire," Graham said. "If you come to play every night, play hard and leave everything on the ice ... we're going to win our share of hockey games."

A young Jeremy Roenick was awed by Graham's leadership.

"Dirk Graham, I've said many times, is the captain of captains. He is a man that has gone through so much adversity, who has paid his dues well beyond anybody's expectations."

Joe Murphy agreed.

"I think Dirk Graham is probably the most important player on our team, being the captain right now. He holds the group together. He's our captain. He's the guy the guys look up to. He's a quiet leader, but when he has something to say, the guys listen to him. He just goes out and plays hard. Night in and night out he does it.

Graham, who won the Selke Trophy as the league's best defensive forward in 1991, was a playoff warrior. In the 1990 playoffs he played with a frozen leg due to a cracked knee cap. In 90 career playoff games Graham potted 17 goals and 27 assists to go along with countless body checks and dogged determination.

Graham was also a member of Team Canada at the 1991 Canada Cup. He scored a key short-handed goal against the United States in the two game finale.

Graham was named coach of the Blackhawks in 1998. The move was a surprise since Graham had only one season as an assistant coach under his belt.

"I played with the guy. I knew what kind of leadership he has," said Bob Murray, Chicago's general manager and former teammate. "I know the kind of instantaneous respect he commands when he walks in the locker room."

Graham biggest disadvantage as a coach was that he didn't have Dirk Graham playing for him. He was quickly replaced behind the bench by Lorne Molleken.

REGINA PAT ALUMNI

DUNC FISHER


By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

In 1950 the Detroit Red Wings defeated the New York Rangers in the second overtime period in the seventh and deciding game of the Stanley Cups. The game is one of hockey's classic match-ups as Detroit's Pete Babando went from unheard of skater to national hero, scoring in the the second over time to give the Wings the Cup.

However what is often forgotten about in the recollection of this classic game is that just moments earlier the Rangers had a flurry of chances to score in the Red Wings end. The best chance was off of the stick of Dunc Fisher.

Dunc, a second year right winger, sped around an exhausted Black Jack Stewart and faced goalie Harry Lumley on a breakaway. Fisher had Lumley beaten on a low wrist shot, only to ring the puck off of the post.

Moments later, Babando scored for Detroit, giving them the win, and the Cup. They say hockey is a game of inches. Had Fisher's shot been an inch over he likely would have scored and he would be a hockey hero forever etched in hockey history. Instead he is virtually forgotten about by newer generations.

Fisher, a 5'7" 170lb right wing from Regina, Saskatchewan, made his NHL debut in the 1948 playoffs with the Rangers after spending the year with the Rangers AHL affiliate. He even picked up an assist in his in his first game. Fisher would play 2 1/2 seasons with the Rangers before being traded to Boston in exchange for Ed Harrison and Zellio Toppazzini. After a season and a half in Boston, Fisher wasn't producing offensively as the Bruins had hoped, and they demoted him to the minors where he would be an AHL All Star for the next 6 seasons. His excellence at the AHL level finally earned him a shot at the NHL again in 1958 when the Red Wings traded Don Poile and Hec Lalande to acquire the high scoring minor leaguer. Dunc however failed to scored in 8 appearances and finished his career in the minors.

In 275 NHL games Dunc Fisher scored 45 goals and 70 assists for 115 points. He appeared in 21 games scoring 4 goals and 8 points. He was at best an average player at the NHL level. He would have became a hockey legend had he not hit the post in that Stanley Cup Finals game 7. Alas, it was not meant to be, as Pete Babando became the hero.

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Six athletes will be among those inducted into the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame, June 2011 including former NHLer Dunc Fisher from Regina.

He says one of his most memorable moments is hitting the goal post in double overtime during game seven of the Stanley Cup final.

"That always sticks in my craw because if I had scored, we would have won the Stanley Cup," Fisher told reporters. "That was a highlight and a low light." (Photo: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston's Collection)

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By: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Dunc played for the Regina Pats during the 1946-1947 season as a Right Winger. Played in 26 games, scored 27 goals, had 14 assists for 41 points, and played in 6 play-off games, scoring 5 goals and had 7 assists. Coached the team in 1962-1963, finishing 5th out of 7 teams. Also Coached during the 1963-1964 season finishing 2nd in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Was known for uniting the Golden Hawk Line of Fran Huck, Andy Black and Barry Meissner.

REGINA PAT ALUMNI

KEN DORATY


By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Supplied by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston - Ken started his hockey with the Regina Pats during the 1923-24 and 1924-25 seasons.

"Cagie" Ken Doraty accomplished the rarest of all hat tricks in hockey history - three goals in one overtime.

How the heck did he manage to do that, you are probably asking yourself. Well its simple! On January 16, 1934 the Toronto Maple Leafs forward broke a 4-4 tie in regular season overtime against Ottawa to make the score 5-4. However the game didn't end because the NHL didn't use a sudden death format at that time. Instead they used a mandatory full 10 minute overtime. Doraty went on to add two more insurance goals to defeat the Ottawa Senators 7-4. (Photo: Supplied by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston)

By this time Doraty was becoming a bit of an overtime hero of sorts. Less than a year earlier, during the playoffs on April 3, 1933, Doray scored after 104 minutes and 46 seconds of overtime as Toronto defeated Boston 1-0 in the playoffs. The game was the longest in history at that time and remains the second longest in NHL history.

Despite his knack for scoring big goals, Doraty was a marginal NHLer, spending most of his time in the minors. After debuting with Chicago in 1926-27 with 18 pointless games, Doraty played the next 6 seasons in the minors, most noteably with the IAHL's Cleveland Indians. Doraty, who is one of the smallest players to ever play in the NHL (5'7" 133lbs), returned to the NHL with the Leafs in 1932, playing parts of 3 seasons, but returned to the minors following his stint of success with the Leafs. Doraty, who resurfaced for a 2 game stint with the Detriot Red Wings in 1937, only played in 103 NHL games, scoring 15 goals and 26 assists. He also chipped in 7 goals and 9 points in 15 NHL playoff games.

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Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston - his full name was; Kenneth Edward "Cagie" DORATY, born: 23 June 1906, Stittsville, Ontario, Canada, died: 04 April 1981.  After retiring from hockey, Doraty coached the Moose Jaw Canucks for three years, and lead them to a Memorial Cup win against the Toronto St. Michael's Majors in 1947. He later became a prominent businessman in Moose Jaw, owning a hotel and a billiard hall. He passed away there at the age of 74 and was buried in the Moose Jaw Rosedale Cemetery, Block: 20, Lot: 38, Grave: 8, along with his wife Dorothy Ingram. (Photo: Right-Entrance to the Rosedale Cemetery)


REGINA PAT ALUMNI

GOALTENDER - GARY BROMLEY


By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

No one could ever accuse Gary Bromley of spinning his wheels or staying in one place too long. From the time this netminder turned pro in the Buffalo Sabres organization in 1972, until the year he retired (1981), he saw action in four different pro leagues and seven North American cities.

Gary started his Junior Hockey with the Regina Pats (1968-69 to 1970-71).

After playing three years in the minors, Gary finally got his chance to play with the emerging powerful Sabres in 1974-75. He played really well that year too, with a 26-11-11 record in 50 games. He also posted 4 shutouts and a 3.10 GAA

Despite the success, Bromley got little respect. Many experts and the Sabres themselves felt that Bromley could not be the goalie that could take them to the next level. The Sabres made moves to upgrade the goaltending situation, which left Bromley out of the picture for the 1975-76 season. Playing behind Rogier Crozier, Gerry Desjardins and Al Smith, Bromley only got into one game that season, and gave up seven goals. (Photo: Taken from the Regina Pats program)

Bromley resurfaced in the World Hockey Association, first in Calgary and then in Winnipeg, where he enjoyed a 25-12-1 season.

"I'll never forget that Jets team" recalls Bromley. "We had guys like Bobby Hull, Anders Hedberg and Ulf Nilsson, and we won the Avco Cup (as WHA champions)."

Bromley returned to the NHL with Vancouver in 1978-79, and appeared in 38 contests behind a weak Canucks team. The Canucks, who also had Glen Hanlon, went out and acquired their future "King," Richard Brodeur. Needless to say Gary didn't see much playing time behind those two guys, and was traded to Los Angeles, where he signed a two-way minor league contract.

"I had applied to the Vancouver Fire Department the summer before my last season," he said. "Because when I signed my two-way contract with LA, I pretty well knew which way it would be no matter how well I played. I was a bit disappointed because I did have a good training camp."

"So they sent me down to New Haven for the year. But I still had the idea that I was going to get on with the fire department. When I came back to Vancouver at the end of the season, I applied to the department again and got on. So I took the secure job."

Still living in British Columbia's lower mainland, Bromley has no regrets. "Its been a terrific experience. Like hockey, firefighting is a team game with camaraderie and shift work .... so the transition was easy."

Gary was nicknamed "Bones" right from the start of his career as he weighed only 145 lbs when he first attended professional camps. He eventually tipped the scales at 160 lbs but is forever known as Bones.
REGINA PAT ALUMNI

ROBERT DIRK


By Permission: Taken from Joe Pelletier - WebSite - Greatest Hockey Legends

Robert Dirk was a one-dimensional hard hitting defensive defenseman, complete with the mean streak every coach dreams of. But you had to take the good with the bad with Robert Dirk.

Dirk was huge at 6'4" and 218 pounds. He was a punishing but clean hitter who specialized in protecting his goalie and the area in front of the net. He was an intimidating presence if there ever was one.

While his job is thankless, that's about all Dirk could do. His skating was, well, bad. He would never dream of winning a foot race, and his agility was not a whole lot better. He compensated this by playing smart positional hockey and slowing down the opposition with his strength and smarts. Dirk wisely played within his limitations, recognizing when to retreat early to not get spurned by speedy forwards

An extremely likeable guy, Dirk definitely wasn't an offensive contributor. In 402 NHL games Dirk scored a lucky 13 career goals and 29 assists for just 42 points. He added one lonely assist in 39 playoff games.

Holding the blue line with a dump to the corner or a less than fearsome shot directed to the front of the net was his only offensive contribution. It was a pretty rare play to ever see him pinch up in the offensive zone.

Dirk was originally drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the 1984 Entry Draft (53rd overall). He played three full seasons with his hometown WHL Regina Pats (1982-83 to 1985-86). In his final season he had an impressive 19 goals and 79 points with 140 PIM.

Dirk spent 5 seasons in the Blues organization, but split his time between St. Louis and their farm team in Peoria (IHL). In total Dirk played in 93 games over 5 years with the Blues. He didn't make with the Blues on a full time basis until 1990-91, which ironically was the year the Blues traded him. (Photo: Supplied by Kevin Shaw)

Dirk was a throw-in in a large deal with the Vancouver Canucks. Dirk, who spent a good part of his youth growing up in the British Columbia interior, joined the Canucks with Geoff Courtnall, Cliff Ronning and Sergio Momesso for Dan Quinn and Garth Butcher. The trade still stands as perhaps the best trade in Canucks history.

Dirk's best NHL years came in Vancouver where he played under coach Pat Quinn. Quinn must have saw something of himself in big Dirk. Like Dirk, Quinn was a big, plodding defensive blueliner who struggled to stay in the NHL on a full time basis. Dirk really enjoyed playing for the big Irishman.

Dirk played almost 3 full seasons with the Canucks. In that time he played in almost every game and was rarely a scratch unless it was due to a minor injury. He scored 9 of his 13 career goals in his 217 games with the Canucks. He added 401 of his 786 career PIM with the Canucks.

The Canucks traded Dirk to Chicago for a draft choice at the trading deadline in 1994. As a result, Dirk was moved just prior to the Canucks Cinderella run in the 1994 playoffs, something he would have loved to have been part of. The Canucks felt they had to move Dirk in order to create roster room for equally big Brian

Glynn who they had just picked up. So in essence the Canucks traded Dirk for Glynn. Glynn fulfilled Dirk's role and had much more mobility although lacked Dirk's mean streak.

Dirk finished the '94 season with Chicago but was traded to Anaheim in the summer Dirk patrolled their blue line for a season and a half before flipping him to Montreal for Jim Campbell. Dirk's stay in Montreal was less than memorable. In his first game he suffered a serious knee injury (ironically the Habs were playing the Canucks in Dirk's first game). The injury cost Dirk his place in the Montreal line up. It also cost him his place in the NHL as no team looked to pick up an immobile d-man with a bum knee.

Dirk did play one final pro season split between the IHL's Detroit Vipers and Chicago Wolves before trying his hand in the minor league world of coaching and managing. At one time he also owned a construction company which he started while still playing.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011



REGINA PATS - STATISTICAN

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CORE SHEETS - 1968-69 ABBOTT CUP - PATS vs. DAUPHIN

By; Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Back in 1965-66 season, I joined the Regina Pats
as the first ever Western Junior Hockey Statistician. It was not until the early 80's that teams started to use players or have real Statistician's on their clubs. The following are sheets from the seventh and final game in the 1969 Abbot Cup at Dauphin, dated April 26.

The first Sheet shows: the Regina Pat players who were on "for and against" goals scored in that game. (P) stands for Power Play Goal, (BWG) Break-a-way goal, (S) Short Handed Goal, (ATTENDANCE) 2,994


Sheet Number 2. Shows the first period.
(Both Teams Line Changes, Shots on Net, Blocked Shots by both Teams, plus Bottom is the Regina Pats summary).


Sheet Number 3. Shows the second period.
(Both Teams Line Changes, Shots on Net, Blocked Shots by both Teams, plus Bottom is the Regina Pats summary).


Sheet Number 4. Shows the third period.
(Both Teams Line Changes, Shots on Net, Blocked Shots by both Teams, plus Bottom is the Regina Pats summary).


Sheet Number 5. Shows the Final Sheet. (Regina Pats Total Summary). Note: Gord Redden and Murray Keogan - Pick-ups from Weyburn Red Wings.

G: Goals, A: Assists, PTS: Points, PIM: Penalty Minutes, PPG: On ice-Power Play Goal, GAS: On ice-Shot Handed Goal, GAF: Goal Against Full Strength, GFF: Goal Full Strenght, PK: Penalty Kill, WG: Winning Goal, PPGS: Power Play Goals Scored, TG: Tying Goal, BWG: Break-a-way Goal, ON NET: Shots on net, MISS: Miss Shots, BLOCK: Block Shot, HIGH: High Shot, POST: Hit post or Cross Barr, DEFL: Defection shot.



Tuesday, June 21, 2011

REGINA PATS - PROGRAM

1951 - WESTERN CANADA FINALS



Taken from the 1951 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Sunday, June 19, 2011

REGINA PAT - JUVENILE

1957-58 - PROVINCIAL "A" CHAMPS

and D
ULUTH INTERNATIONAL

TOURNAMENT C
HAMPIONS



Taken from the 1958-59 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter


Front Row: (Left to Right) Larry Morrison, Scott Watson, Richard Stevens, John Ivanitz, Terry Gordon, Lorne Warnes, Jim Frolick, Bob Schmidt

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Dimetry Warnyea, Ted Sroka, John Arnot, Alex Hood, Ron Bahr, Paul Peters, Dave Butts, Hugh Miller, Wayne Kartusch, Gary Peters, Del Wilson (Coach)