Tuesday, April 26, 2011

PICTURE of EX-REGINA PATS

GLENN ROLFE - (Player - 1976-77)



Thursday, April 7, 2011

Eddie LITZENBERGER

Inducted into the Sask. Sports Hall of Fame

– Athlete – Hockey


Eddie was born in Neudorf, Saskatchewan and played his minor hockey in Weyburn. He became an outstanding player with the Regina Pats from 1949 to 1952 scoring 332 points in 197 regular season and play-off games for an outstanding 1.69 points per game. He served as captain of the Pats in 1950-51 and 1951-52 and mad the Western Junior League All-Star team in the same years. He was on the Pats teams the vied unsuccessfully for the Memorial Cup in the 1949-50 and 1951-52 seasons. Eddie's most successful year with the Pats was the 1950-52 season when he was runner-up in the scoring race in the Western Junior Hockey League.

His 12-year career in the NHL saw him play with the Montreal Canadians, Chicago Black Hawks, Detroit Red Wings, and the Toronto Maple Leafs. In his first full year in the NHL, Eddie was named the winner of the Calder Trophy as Rookie of the Year even though he was traded mid-way through the season from the Montreal Canadiens to the Chicago Black Hawks. He was named to the 2nd All-Star team in the 1956-57 season and was selected to play in five other All-Star games during his NHL career.

His teammates and management appreciated Eddie's leadership skills during his stay with the Black Hawks and he was appointed team captain for the 1958-59 and 1960-61 seasons. While playing with the Hawks, Eddie was a vital part in the Chicago's Stanley Cup Championship in 1960-62 (Chicago's first Stanley Cup since 1937-38), He was traded following that season to Toronto Maple Leafs. He led his new team in the next three-years to consecutive Stanley Cup championships. In his 658 games in the NHL, he scored 183 goals and assisted on 252 others.

Eddie followed up his NHL career with a stint in the American Hockey League where he helped his Rochester American team to two Calder Cup Championships in 1964-65 and 1965-66.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 15, 2002.

Glenn “Chico” Resch

Inducted into the Sask. Sports Hall of Fame

– Athlete – Hockey



Glenn "Chico" Resch was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, but he moved to Regina during his youth. Coached by his father Joe, he was a member of the Regina Pats team that won bantam, midget and juvenile city and provincial championships in the mid-1960's. Resch played community hockey in the city before moving on to the junior rans in 1966. As a student at Scott Collegiate, he also played high scholl football and baseball.

Following his junior hockey career, he moved on the the University of Minnesota-Duluth as a goaltender with the Bulldogs hcoeky team from 1968-1971. From there Resch embarked on his professional hockey career with stops in the International Hockey League IIHL), American Hockey League (AHL) and Central Hockey League (CHL) before landing in the National Hockey League (NHL). (Photo: HHOF- #000118-0184)

Resch made the jump from the minor leagues to the NHL with the New York Islanders on a full-time basis in 1974. He quickly enjoyed success in the league and was twice selected a second-team-all-star. After trailing the Pitsburgh Penguins 3-0 in a seven game play-off series in 1975, Resch became one of only two goalies in the NHL history to lead his team back to victory in seven games. The highlight of his career was backstopping the Islanders to a Stanley Cup Championship in 1980 before being traded to the Colorado Rockies on March 10, 1981. He moved with the team to New Jersey in June 1982 with it was renamed the New Jersey Devils. Resch finished his career with the Philadelphia Flyers following the 1987 season. In 571 games, Resch recorded 26 shutouts and posted a goals-against average of 3.27. His 231 wins placed him 35th among goalies for victories during a career.

In addition to his NHL duties, Resch suited up for Canada at the 1976 Canada Cup. He also represented the United States at the World Hockey Championships in 1981 and the Canada Cup in 1984.

Resch took home several honours in his first year of professional hockey with the IHL's Muskegon Hohawks in 1972. In addition to receiving the James Norris memorial Trophy for allowing the fewest goals, he was named rookie of the year and was selected a first-team all-star. He also won the most valuable player award in the CHL and was selected a first-team all-star. In 1982 he received the Bill Masterson Trophy, which is awarded to the NHL player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. In 1976, 1977 and 1984, Resch was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game.

After retiring as a player, Resch stayed active in the game as a goal tending coach with Philadelphia, as well as a coach and scout with the Ottawa Senators. He also spent a year as a coach of the Western Hockey League's Tri-City Americans after serving as an analyst for television broadcasts of Minnesota North Stars hockey games. Currently Resch is a television colour analyst for New Jersey Devils games with Fox Sports.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame - 2007.
Francis “Fran” Huck

Inducted into the Sask. Sports Hall of Fame

– Athlete – Hockey


Like many other Regina-born hockey players, Fran Huck developed his hockey skills within the Regina Pats organization. Starting in the 1962/63 season, Fran became an important cog in the Junior “A” Pats team. His scoring and play making abilities resulted in an exceptional junior career which included leading the league in scoring in the 1963/64 and 1964/65 seasons, being named the league’s Most Valuable Player in 1963/64, and being honoured as the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s (SJHL) first All-Star team centre. Huck’s scoring totals in his junior career saw him play in 183 regular season and play-off games scoring 203 goals and 170 assists for a scoring average of over two points per game. (Photo: Huck in a Regina Pats Jersey)

Huck played on the famous Golden Hawk line with Andy Black and Barry Meissner.

All three players wore the Golden Helmets.

Following his junior career, Huck played several seasons of international hockey with the Jackie McLeod-coached Canadian National Team. At the 1968 Winter Olympics in Grenoble, France, Fran was an important part of the Canadian bronze medal winning team leading the Canucks with four goals and five assists in the Olympic competition. (Photo: Taken by Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston)

In 1969, Huck began his pro hockey career playing for the Montreal Voyageurs of the American Hockey League (AHL). In 1971 with the Denver Spurs of the Western Hockey League (WHL), he collected 104 points in 81 games. He was also called up by the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Montreal Canadiens during this season and was eventually traded to the St. Louis Blues. His NHL career saw Fran play in 105 games before he moved on to the World Hockey Association (WHA) where he spent time with the Winnipeg Jets and Minnesota Fighting Saints. By the end of his WHA career in 1978, Fran had played 251 games and scored 212 points.

Fran turned to coaching for a short time in the Winnipeg area following his pro career. He was honoured in 1999 by his selection to the International Ice Hockey Federation’s (IIHL) Hockey Hall of Fame. (Photo: Huck showing his (IIHL Award)

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 17, 2006.


EX-REGINA PATS - DUNC FISHER

INDUCTED INTO the

SASK. SPORTS HALL of FAME

– Athlete – Hockey


Date: Thursday Apr. 7, 2011 5:44 PM CST

For the 45th year running, Saskatchewan is adding to its membership in the Sports Hall of Fame.

Ten inductees were named at a ceremony Thursday, including the championship-winning 1996 Saskatoon Hilltops football club.

Six athletes will be among those inducted into the hall, 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.