Saturday, May 28, 2011




(Photo: Lt. Col. Ed Staniowski in uniform on deployment in Afghanistan. - Eddie Staniowski)

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By Bob Duff, The Windsor Star May 27, 2011

The first game in Memorial Cup history between
the eventual champion University of Toronto Schools and the Regina Pats was delayed over an hour awaiting the arrival of two troop trains carrying the First World War veterans to Toronto so that the returning soldiers could witness the game.

"It was somewhat appropriate that the game should be delayed to wait on that," Ed Staniowski noted.

Perhaps no one in the history of the Memorial Cup can speak to both sides of the tournament -its historic significance and what it takes to win -as well as Staniowski, 55, a Lieutenant-Colonel in the Canadian Armed Forces and the goalie for the 1973-74 Memorial Cup champion Pats.

"The Memorial Cup is the ultimate achievement in junior hockey," Staniowski said.

"I was very fortunate to be part of that 1974 team that made it there and then won it.

"You don't realize until after you've done it and you look back and see what it took to get there, how many things have to line up and come together. It's a long, hard, arduous road."

Since joining the military in 1985, Staniowski has come to appreciate the parallels between hockey players and soldiers.

"The Cup represents and embodies a commitment and sacrifice of a generation of Canadians who went off and served Canada in the Great War, many of whom made the ultimate sacrifice," he said. (Photo: Regina Pats - 1973-74 - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston Collection)

(Photo - Staniowski - cover from Canadian Hockey Magazine - 1975-76 - Dale Richter Collection)

"Any team that aspires to attempt to make a run at that Cup, they certainly have to come together with a lot of those same qualities. One has to be careful when making the comparisons certainly, but when you look at the young men and young women that represent the Canadian Forces, they're the same type of people.

"The same focus and drive that I enjoyed in junior and then later in professional hockey, I currently enjoy since I've had the chance to wear the uniform."

(Photo page 15 from Canadian Hockey Magazine - 1975-76 - Dale Richter Collection)

Since joining the Canadian Forces in 1985, Staniowski, currently stationed in Kingston, Ont., where he is director of primary reserve training, has served tours in Bosnia, Africa, the Middle East and Afghanistan, witnessing Canada's love for hockey in some very unusual places.

"I've got pictures of us playing ball hockey in Sierra Leone, West Africa on a tennis court surrounded by jungle," Staniowski said.

Staniowski's parents and two older brothers served in the military, as does his wife.

He intended to apply to Kingston's Royal Military College when he was selected by the St. Louis Blues in the 1975 NHL amateur draft.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011




Len (father, left), Krysten (sister, middle) and Joanne Boogaard (mother, right) exit the chapel after Derek Boogaard’s funeral service, held at the RCMP Depot in Regina, on Saturday, May 21, 2011.
(Photo's by: Michael Bell, Regina Leader-Post)

- CANADIAN PRESS - New York Rangers enforcer Derek Boogaard was known as a fierce fighter on the ice, but the hundreds who gathered for his funeral Saturday remembered a gentle giant.

Rain fell as family, friends and hockey players filed into a chapel at the RCMP training academy to pay tribute to Boogaard, who was found dead May 13 at his home in Minneapolis.

(Derek's father (Len) and brother (Ryan) both began their careers with the RCMP force.)

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner said Boogaard's death was an accident, due to a toxic mix of alcohol and the powerful pain killer oxycodone.

Boogaard's longtime friend, Jeremy Clark, told mourners that the 28-year-old was many things to many people.

"For some of you, he was the protector. For others, he was the big goof with that infectious grin ready to victimize you with a prank or a trick word," said Clark.

"Some saw the quiet giant, the thoughtful friend. Others saw the gracious guy that was ready to pick up the tab for complete strangers at a restaurant. I think for all of those we can agree -- he was a giant with a giant heart who leaves behind a giant hole."

Boogaard, a towering six foot seven, was known as "The Boogeyman," and one of the NHL's most feared fighters.

Boogaard was drafted by Minnesota in 2001 in the seventh round, No. 202 overall, and went on to play in 255 games with the Wild from 2005-10. He missed four games with the Wild because of a concussion.

He agreed to a US$6.5-million, four-year deal with the Rangers in July and appeared in 22 games last season, finishing with a goal, an assist and 45 penalty minutes.

Boogaard's final game was Dec. 9 at Ottawa when he fought Matt Carkner and sustained a concussion and shoulder injury -- it was the 70th fight of his NHL career.

Clark said Boogaard's "love for life and fun overtook the size of his fists."

"I'd never met someone who got more excitement and pleasure out of the simple things in life than Derek," said Clark.

Rangers teammate Sean Avery and the team's president and GM Glen Sather were among those who turned out to honour Boogaard, along with Minnesota Wild defenceman Brent Burns, retired winger Brendan Shanahan, and Jordan Eberle of the Edmonton Oilers.

Boogaard was born in Saskatoon and found his passion for hockey at the age of four.

Rangers scout Doug Risebrough, who was also Boogaard's GM in Minnesota, remembered Boogaard as a dedicated player, one who was working hard to improve himself.

"Boogy became a fan favourite, not only because of his physical play, his hits, his fights," said Risebrough. "He was working hard. The fans could see the improvement and everyone was cheering for him.

"They also knew about his charity work. They also felt the benefit of the work that he did for the Rangers, the Wild and later on his own charities with military families."

Risebrough recalled a charity ball hockey game when Boogaard played with young children half his size.

"Derek had a way of attracting people. He had a way of comforting people. A big man with a soft heart," said Risebrough. "On the ice, players were trying to get away from him. Off the ice, the people were trying to be around him."

Wild fans held a memorial service for Boogaard last Sunday at the Xcel Energy Center, where friends and former teammates remembered Boogaard as a rough-and-tumble guy on the rink, but his good-natured demeanour off the ice. He was noted for his community work and charitable visits to Children's Hospital in St. Paul.

Burns, who was Boogaard's roommate in Minnesota, said Boogaard meant a lot to each team he played with.

"I know I can speak for all the players that he's touched in his career, some with more force than others," said Burns.

"He's persevered through a lot, especially hockey, being told he wasn't good enough his whole life. (He) worked hard every day and eventually become one of the most feared enforcers and best protectors of his teammates in the NHL."

Burns said he had great experiences and a lot of laughs with the Boogyman.

"His compassion is second to none. All the charity things, his work with the military -- everyone loved Boogs. Everyone loved Boogs because of his protection and entertainment on the ice and everyone wanted to see the Boogyman off the ice."


The family of Derek Boogaard, the National Hockey League enforcer who died suddenly Friday, has donated his brain to scientists studying the connections between repeated head injuries and degenerative brain disease.

Friday, May 20, 2011



Published: 2011-05-20

Regina, SK

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our teddy bear and protector, Derek Leendert Boogaard. Derek was born on June 23, 1982, in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to Len and Joanne Boogaard, son of Peter & Nancy Boogaard and daughter of Ted & Anna Vrouwe.

Derek is survived
by Peter & Nancy Boogaard (Opa & Oma); parents Len & Joanne Boogaard; sister Krysten; brothers: Aaron, Ryan (Lisa), and Curtis (Gladys), Logan, Hayden, Molly), as well as numerous Aunts, Uncles, Cousins and close friends.

Derek grew up in Hanley, SK., before moving to Holland Landing, ON. There was then a move to Stroud, ON, where he found his passion for hockey at the tender young age of 4. In 1988 he moved to Herbert, SK., where he started elementary school. There was then another move to Melfort, SK., where his hockey continued. Derek gained his well-known nickname in the hockey world the "Boogeyman" while playing bantam AA after he was seen fighting on the ice.

It happened tha
t Todd Ripplinger was in attendance and put him on the protected list for the Pats Hockey team of Regina. From Melfort Derek then moved to Regina and played with the Regina Capitals and then with the Regina Pats. After playing with the Pats, Derek was sent to play for the Prince George Cougars for three years followed by two years with the Medicine Hat Tigers.

In 2001, Derek was drafted into the NHL by the Minnesota Wild. He spent a year playing with the Louisiana Ice Gators (ECHL) and two years with Houston Aeros (AHL). From 2005-2006 he spent his first NHL season playing with the Minnesota Wild where he played for five years and gained his title of the toughest player in the NHL. Minneapolis was a home away from home for Derek where he made many great friends. He was well loved and a fan favourite for many. The 2010-2011 season he moved to the big city and played with the New York Rangers. Derek was a strong person who battled a lot of adversity. He was a hero and a role model. Derek was a larger than life gentle giant. He was caring to everyone around him and a genuine son, brother, friend and teammate to many. (Photo: Regina Pats - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston Collection)

A private service for family and close friends will held for Derek on Saturday, May 21, 2011, at 10:00 a.m. at the RCMP Depot Chapel (please use McCarthy Boulevard entrance). Derek was heavily involved with the communities he lived in. He was a part of Defending the Blue Line which is an organization that supports military families and also donates hockey equipment to children. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Boogaard's Boogaurdians Memorial Fund or Defending the Blue Line, 1206 North Frontage Road, Suite B, Hastings, MN 55033. To leave an online message of condolence, please visit

Wednesday, May 18, 2011



Red Blue & Bling/Shoo


Regina, Saskatchewan – Saskatchewan based Western Hockey League teams and WHL Alumni have teamed up to raise funds for the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan by participating in a unique five day celebrity bike relay – The WHL Ride for the Kids.

The WHL Ride for the Kids will take place June 5-9 2011 beginning in Prince Albert with stops in Saskatoon, Swift Current, Moose Jaw and finishing in Regina. The culmination of the event will be the Red Blue & Bling dinner and auction at the Ramada Ball Room on Thursday June 9th at 7pm.

This gala event will allow those to mingle with current and past hockey greats that so far include: Kelly Chase, Curtis Leschyshyn, Dave Chartier, Mike Keane, Colby Armstrong, Riley Armstrong, Luke Schenn, Brayden Schenn, Jamie Heward, Barret Jackman, Mike Sillinger, Josh Harding and Jordan Eberle.

There will be live and silent auctions that will include unique sports memorabilia, experience NHL and golf travel packages and tons more. The highlight of the Red Blue & Bling dinner and auction will be a live celebrity Q & A.

Regina Pats Governor/President, Brent Parker, “The Red, Blue & Bling dinner will be a tremendous way to wrap up the events of the week surrounding the WHL Celebrity Bike Relay. We have worked with Shooting Stars ( SHOOTING STARS FOUNDATION ) on many occasions and are confident that this unique event is going to be a great deal of fun and raise significant funds towards the building of a Children’s Hospital for our Province”

Tickets for Red Blue & Bling are $100 and are available at the Regina Pats office. All the proceeds from this event will be distributed to local children’s charities including; the Children’s Hospital of Saskatchewan, Regina Palliative Care and Breakfast for Learning.

For more information on Red Blue and Bling or the WHL Ride for the Kids go to and click on the “community” banner or head to

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

WHL - RIDE for the KIDS

Attention: Western Hockey League Alumni

Thanks to the leadership of three former Saskatchewan WHL players - Kelly Chase, Curtis Leschyshyn and Dave Chartier - a major fundraising initiative is being staged next month in support the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital Foundation.

The WHL Ride for the Kids is the largest fundraising project ever conducted by WHL Alumni as former WHL and NHL players will bike over 650km from Prince Albert to Regina June 5 – 9, 2011. The province-wide bike relay will include stops in all five (5) WHL Centers – Prince Albert (June 5), Saskatoon (June 6), Swift Current (June 7), Moose Jaw (June 8) and Regina (June 9) – with special fundraising events to be held in each center. Partners involved in organizing the event include the WHL Alumni group who created the concept; the WHL Office and the five (5) WHL Saskatchewan based Clubs; the Children’s Hospital Foundation of Saskatchewan and the presenting sponsor, Scotiabank.

This is your opportunity to be involved in this exciting WHL Alumni fundraising event.

The WHL Ride for the Kids is looking WHL Alumni to participate in the event either by riding in the relay itself; volunteering in the staging of the bike relay or any of the 5 special events in each WHL center; or simply by making a donation to this great cause.

Many of you played in Saskatchewan, were raised in the province or may simply want to remain connected to the WHL by supporting this great cause.

If you are interested in participating, please complete the attached form and return it to WHL Ride for the Kids, attention Tyler Boldt by fax 403-693-3031 or by email at Please be sure to pass this information to any former teammates who may be also interested in participating.

For further information, please contact Tyler at or 403-693-3058.

We look forward to making the WHL Alumni’s Ride for the Kids a major success!

Sunday, May 15, 2011


- 2009


By: Rob Vanstone - Regina Sun Community News - Sunday, May 15, 2011

Appropriately, the athletic career of Frank Kovacs is being permanently honoured inside a hockey complex.

The sprawling Co-operators Centre - part of Evraz Place - was hardly imaginable when Kovacs played minor and major-junior hockey in the Queen City. In fact, the arena in which he became the Regina Pats' all-time leader in games played had a different name when Kovacs toiled for the WHL team.

It is only a short walk from the Brandt Centre (formerly the Agridome) to the Prairie Mobile Arena, which is one of the Co-operators Centre's six rinks. Outside the Prairie Mobile Arena, Kovacs and the other Regina Sports Hall of Fame inductees are recognized. The new display was unveiled Thursday by Hall of Fame president Tom Shepherd.

Shortly before the formal announcement, Kovacs - part of the Hall's Class of 2009 - showed a plaque bearing his picture to his six-year-old son, Carter, who was suitably impressed.

"It's really a neat experience to be involved in the Hall of Fame and to be a part of it,'' said Kovacs, 39, who played in 352 regular-season games over five years with the Pats, for whom he served as captain in 1991-92. "It's a great honour and I'm glad they have this.

"I was thinking about this earlier and it's really about my son. Something like this gives young kids something to look up to. When I was growing up, the Regina Pats were my idols. Maybe kids will look at this and say, 'I want to be in the Hall of Fame some day,' and it will motivate them to do well in sports and in school. This is a really positive thing for the community.''

The Hall, which was established in 2003, had been showcased in the University of Regina's Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport before moving to a new location.

"As the university was growing, they needed more space for themselves,'' Shepherd said while thanking the U of R for its support over the years. "They certainly made us welcome, and we could have continued to stay there, but we were thinking long-term.

"We think it has turned out very well. We're very proud of it.''

The Hall has 48 members - 20 athletes, 17 builders, eight teams and three patrons. The shrine also includes 150 honourary inductees who have been enshrined in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. All 198 inductees are recognized on plaques in the Co-operators Centre.

"They did a very nice job,'' Kovacs said. "This is such an amazing facility. It's used by all of Regina. To have a whole wall dedicated to the Regina Sports Hall of Fame is great. People can walk right by it and see the people who have been recognized in Regina and what they've done for their sports.''

This year's induction dinner is to be held in October. The deadline for nominations is June 1. To access a nomination form, or for more information, visit the Hall's website.

Saturday, May 14, 2011



by: Ron "Scoreboard: Johnston

(Photo: Regina Pats - 1999-2000)

Friday reports state that Derek has been found passed away in his apartment. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family.


Derek Boogaard finished his first season with the New York Rangers.

Derek Boogaard finished his first season with the New York Rangers.
(Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The New York Rangers on Friday confirmed the death of enforcer Derek Boogaard.

The Rangers released a statement not long after a report from the Minneapolis Star Tribune indicated that Boogaard was found dead early Friday morning in his Minneapolis apartment. The cause of death was not immediately known.

He would have turned 29 next month.

"Derek was an extremely kind and caring individual," Rangers president and general manager Glen Sather said in a statement. "He was a very thoughtful person, who will be dearly missed by all those who knew him. We extend our deepest sympathies to his family, friends and teammates during this difficult time."

Boogaard had just completed his first season with the Rangers after signing as a free agent. He spent the first several seasons of his career with the Minnesota Wild, who drafted him in 2001.

The six-foot-seven forward earned a reputation as arguably the most fearsome fighter in the league. He scored three goals and 13 assists while racking up 589 penalty minutes in 277 career NHL games.

Born in Saskatoon, Boogaard played with Regina, Prince George and Medicine Hat while in the Western Hockey League.


Parts taken from the Regina Leader Post - Greg Harder:

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"Obviously, you don't want to believe it,'' said Josh Harding, a fellow Regina product and a former teammate of Boogaard's with the NHL's Minnesota Wild. "It's something you can't prepare for — especially how young he is and how much of a life he had ahead of him.

"He's a gentle giant. If you just watched him on the ice, he had that mean, rough, tough background. But that wasn't him. He loved his teammates. He loved his family. He loved everybody. He didn't want any bad for anybody. He had your back with everything. It's a major loss to everybody that knew him. He's really going to be missed.''

Regina Pats director of scouting Todd Ripplinger also reacted with disbelief after the sad news surfaced Friday night.

"Is it true?'' Ripplinger said. "I'm in shock. I don't know what happened, but my prayers go out to his family.

"He was a great young man. I knew his family really well. They're good people.''

Boogaard spent the 2010-11 NHL season with the New York Rangers after spending the previous five big-league campaigns with the Wild. Before that, the 6-foot-7, 260-pound left winger played in the WHL with the Pats, Prince George Cougars and Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Pats, for whom Boogaard played five games during the 1999-2000 season, placed him on their protected list after Ripplinger watched him play bantam AA hockey one night in Melfort. Later that year, during a rather eventful scrimmage, Ripplinger aptly referred to the already-intimidating youngster as The Boogeyman.

"It caught on and everybody called him that,'' Ripplinger noted.

"I was at the camp where Boogey fought everybody at Pats camp, trying to make a name for himself,'' Harding added. "It only makes you realize how precious life is. I send my thoughts and prayers out to his family, his friends, his teammates — everybody that knew him — because he was an incredible guy.''


Authorities say it may be weeks before they can say exactly how and why New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard died. The 28-year-old Regina product was found dead Friday in his Minneapolis apartment. Boogaard was a fan favourite and one of the hockey's most feared fighters. He missed most of last season because of a concussion and shoulder injury from a fight.

Sunday, May 1, 2011


by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Barry Trotz was born July 5, 1962, in Dauphin, Manitoba, and started his Junior Hockey career as a Defenceman with the Regina Blues during the 1979-1980 season, who played in the (SJHL) Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. They were a farm team of the Regina Pats . The same season he played 41 games with the Pats of the (WHL) Western Hockey League. Trotz played with the Pats until the 1981-1982 season, winning the WHL Championship in 1980. He played his final year of junior hockey in his home town of Dauphin, Manitoba, where the Kings won the MJHL title as well as winning the Anavet Cup (Champions of the Province of Manitoba and Saskatchewan).

He was never known as a hockey star, but he was rugged and a steady player who overcame a serious injury to achieve success in the minors. Trotz began his coaching career at the University of Manitoba in 1984 as an assistant coach.
The following season Trotz became the General Manager and Head coach for the Dauphin Kings. For the 1987 season Trotz returned to the University of Manitoba this time as its head coach, while also serving as a part time scout for the Washington Capitals.

Trotz became the head coach for the Capitals minor league affiliate, the Baltimore Skipjacks, for the 1992 season. On March 26, 1993 the franchise moved to Portland, Maine becoming the Portland Pirates. Trotz lead the Pirates to two Calder Cup Finals, winning the Calder Cup in the Pirates' inaugural season of 1994. In the 1993-94 season won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Trophy for being the outstanding Coach.

May be one of a few that never played Semi or Pro hockey, but has become a well known NHL Head Coach of the Nashville Predators in 1997.

He was named the head coach of Predators on August 6, 1997, and was the team's first head coach as they played their first season in 1998-1999. Trotz led the Predators to a 28 win season, the third highest for an expansion team. He holds the record for most games coached by the first coach of an NHL franchise. The record for an expansion franchise was previously held by Terry Crisp while with the Tampa Bay Lightning. Coincidentally, Crisp now works as a radio and TV broadcaster for the Nashville Predators.

In a November 4, 2008 game vs. the Vancouver Canucks, Trotz became just the 10th head coach in NHL history to coach 750 games with a single team, and the 31st to reach that mark overall. As of January 2011 Trotz continues to be Nashville’s head coach and is currently the second-longest tenured coach. During the 2006-2007 Trotz had his most successful season, leading the Predators to the second most points in the Western Conference and third overall at 110, they trailed division rival Detroit meaning that the Predators would be denied their first division championship in club history.

Trotz led the Predators to four consecutive playoff appearances from 2003–2008 and reached the post season again in the 2009-2011 NHL season. Previous to 2011 his team always lost out in round one, (2003-04 to 2007-08 and again in 2009-10, but in 2011 got as far as round round two, only to lose out to Vanouver Canucks.

He has been an assistant coach three times for Canada at the IIHF World Championships, 2002, 2009 and part of the Gold Medal winning 2003 team.

Trotz was honored as member of the Portland Pirates Hall of fame in 2005, and as a member of the University of Manitoba Hall of fame in 2001.