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)
REGINA PAT - MIDGET

1957-58 - PROVINCIAL "A" CHAMPS



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

Front Row: (Left to Right) Bob Rieger, John Arnot, Bobby Schmidt, Ken Roode, Reggie Folk, Gerry Andal, Mickey Brown

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Gary Peters, Len Kliesinger, Don Hudson, Danny Burgess, Alex Hood, Terry Shercliffe, Richard Wiest, Dave Fraser, Del Wilson (Coach)

Missing: Malcolm Perkins, Lorne Dillsbough, Bob Lowe

REGINA PAT - BANTAM

1957-58 - PROVINCIAL "A" CHAMPS



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

Front Row: (Left to Right) Michael Curran, Warren Schram, Murray Mets, Pat Tracey, Don McRitchie, Bob Bevis, Ken Hranchuk, Jimmy Brown

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager) Neil Robertson, Jimmy Lane, Ken McNabb, Russell Setter, Joe Lecours, Kermit Culham, Mike Fischer, Monte Snell, Del Wilson (Coach)

Missing: Verne Cunningham, Lorne Leader





Saturday, June 18, 2011

REGINA PAT - MIDGETS

1956-57 - PROVINCIAL "A" CHAMPS



Taken from the 1957-58 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Front Row: (Left to Right) Pil Szysky, Alan Murray, Lorne Warnes, Terry Gordon, Richard Stevens, Ted Sroka, Bobby Schmidt, Don Rodgers

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Bob Rieger, Gord Wallace, Stanley Weichel, Don Smith, Scott Watson, Paul Peters, Martin Read, Alex Hood, Alex Young, Del Wilson (Coach)

Missing: Dimetry Warnyea
REGINA PAT - JUVENILE

1956-57
- SASK. PROV. "A" CHAMPS




Taken from the 1957-58 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Front Row:
(Left to Right) Joe Viatkunas, Larry Morrison, Jim Frolick, Bill Kelly, Scott Watson, Dennis Rennick, Vaughan Hensrud, Christy Batley, Bill Sides, Gord Wilkie

Back Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Ron Burgess, Hugh Miller, John Ivanitz, Max Geisthardt, Tom Fahlman, Dave Boa, Don Rodgers, Terry Henning, Jon Art, Wayne Kartusch, Del Wilson (Coach)

REGINA PAT - BANTAMS

1955-56 - PROVINCIAL "A" CHAMPS



Taken from the 1956-57 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Front Row: (Left to Right) John Arnott, Bart Johnston, Bobby Schmidt, Malcolm Perkins, Mark Wheaton, Reggie Folk, Leigh Tsang

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Bill Moore, Doug Chase, Martin Blackwell, Danny Burgess, Don Dillabaugh, Del Wilson (Coach)

Third Row: Bob Reiger, Harley Ast, Ray Blender, Alex Hood, Don Leader, Don Smith, Richard Wiest

REGINA PAT - MIDGETS

1955-56 - PROVINCIAL "A" CHAMPS



Taken from the 1955-56 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Front Row:
(Left to Right) Dave Butts, Ted Sroka, Gord Berenson, Terry Gordon, Bill Kelly, Don Esch

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Alan Murray, Dennis Rennick, Jon Art, Gary Butler, Gord Wilkie, Del Wilson (Coach)

Third Row: Dymetry Warnyca, Ron Rodgers, Hugh Miller, John Ivanitz, Don Rodgers, Phillip Szysky, Wayne Kartusch

Missing: Bill Urzaki
REGINA PAT - JUVENILE

1955-56
- SASK. PROV. "A" CHAMPS



Taken from the 1955-56 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Front Row:
Left to Right: Max Giesthardt, Tom Fahlman, Vaughn Hensrud, Norbert Kemp, Gerry Dels, Terry Henning

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Murray Swanston, Dave Boa, Gord Berenson, Aubrey Burlock, Joe Viatkunas, Del Wilson (Coach)

Third Row: Gary Butler, Wayne McKinnon, Billy LeCaine, Mike Gilhooly

Missing: Ted Woodward, Barry Cornish, Denny Slinn

Friday, June 17, 2011

REGINA PAT - BANTAMS

1954-55 - PROVINCIAL "A" CHAMPS



Taken from the 1955-56 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Front Row:
Left to Right: Jack Seed, Lorne Warnes, Mike Harper, Allan Blott, Ray Blender, Bruno Fornika

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Graham Forbes, Gordon Wallace, Allan Murray, Ted Sroka, Gary Butler, Del Wilson (Coach)

Third Row: Jim Williams, Phillip Szysky, Dymetry Warnisca, Stan Weichel, Terry Gordon, Don Rodgers, Trayton Adair

REGINA PAT - MIDGETS

1954-55 - PROVINCIAL "A" CHAMPS



Taken from the 1955-56 Program - Supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

Front Row:
Left to Right: Wilf Stetner, Vince Collins, Gilbert Graboski, John Art, Brian Dutkowski, Billy Kelly, Bob Lax

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Dave Boa, Aubrey Burlock, Gordon Berenson, John Shorten, Tom Fahlman, Del Wilson (Coach)

Third Row: Gary Butler, Wayne McKinnon, Hugh Miller, Terry Henning, Bill Sides, Terry Harper, Max Geisthardt

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

REGINA PATS - BROADCASTERS

LLOYD SAUNDERS - 1952-53 TO -




REGINA PAT BANTAM

1952-53 - SASK. CHAMPS



(Photo: taken from the program - supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter)

Front Row: Left to right: Ken Kuntz, Murray Swanston, Mike Gilhooley, Wilfred Stetner, Gerry Dels.

Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Murray MacDonald, Doug Biden, Barry Nicholson, Bill Hicke, Mickey Garvey, Gregg Sunstrum, Eddy Jerome, Del Wilson (Coach)

Third Row: Derby Danyk, Gerry Schmidt, Norbert, Kemp, Billy LeCaine, Bobby Jerome

REGINA PAT - JUVENILE

1952-53
- SASK. CHAMPS



(Photo: taken from the program - supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter)

Front Row: Left to right: Bill Hay, Orville Off, Joe Selinger, Earl O'Neil, Bill Junior

Second Row: mike Kartusch (Manager), Bill Kurtz, John Hudson, Wayne Klinck, Elmer Schwartz, Allan McHattie, Del Wilson (Coach)


Third Row: Ken Raymond, Grant McHattie, Harvey Flaman, Jack Rogers, Frank Wappel

Missing: Nick Kaufman, Murray Buranen


PAT - MIDGETS 1951-52 - SASK. CHAMPS




(Photo: taken from the program - supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter)

Front Row:
Left to right: Hugh Huck, Wayne Petrovich, Arliss Wright, Ron Ackerman, Butch Leskun, Luke Moser, Jerry Warden Second Row: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Grant Munroe, Fred Buchan, Harold Ottenbreit, Bill Dixon, Laurie Schmidt, Gordon Flaman, Del Wilson (Manager) Third Row: Murray Balfour, Done Wilkie, Glen MacDonald, Danny Wong Missing: Brian Whittal
REGINA PATS JUNIOR B'S

1952-53 - SASK. CHAMPS



(Photo: taken from the program - supplied by: Dale "Scorecard" Richter)

Front Row: Left to Right: Mike Kartusch (Manager), Rene Bertholet, Eddy Boychuk, Don Marion, Eugene Shatz, Emile Klein, De Wilson (Coach)

Back Row: Ziggy Wittal, Ken Arthur, Wilfred Urhen, Frank Nelson, Jim Hoffert

Missing: Owen Gillstrom, Gordie Miklejohn, Len Tater, Beattie Martin, Murray Courtney

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

DEATH of REGINA PATS

BEATTIE RAMSAY



Taken from the Regina Pats program: A great friend of junior hockey in the city of Regina was lost when Beattie Ramsay, passed away at the age of 57 on September 30, 1952.

Mr. Ramsay had retired as president of the Regina Pat Hockey club just a month earlier because of ill health.

Mr. Ramsay, who was described by Pat Coach Murray Armstrong "as the finest man and finest sportsman I have ever known", was a native of Lumsden who made his mark as a scholar, soldier, sportsman and businessman.

He played on two Allan cup senior hockey championship clubs in 1923, was a member of the Toronto Granties clubs that won the world amateur title. He played on the first Toronto Maple pro team in 1926-27 before returning to western Canada as a construction engineer. Mr. Ramsay was president of the Pats since their reorganization in 1946-47.

Mr. Ramsay proved to be a great man because he was a firm believer that sports, above all things, should mold character into the youngsters who played. He himself was an example for every boy.

Although he was always keen to win, it was not victory that Beattie Ramsay had in mind. His chief concern was the behaviour of boys, on or off the ice. It was his thought to make the boys better Canadians.

Ken More, who succeed Mr. Ramsay as president of the Pats, said at the time of his death, "We have lost our leader. We have no words at our command to indicate the extent of our loss. Beattie made his contribution quietly and without fanfare".

Con Smythe of Toronto Maple Leafs wrote, "Beattie Ramsay to me was one of the best: His life could be an example to anyone".

From Montreal, Frank Selke of the Canadiens said: "We have lost a good friend butmen like Beattie leave and indelible stamp on those who were privileged to know him and work with him. None of us will forget his fine sportsmanship".

Certainly none will forget it in Regina.


REGINA PATS - 1955

MEMORIAL CUP - PROGRAM COVER

and ROSTER LINE-UP





Sunday, June 12, 2011

REGINA - DAY FOUR

RIDE for the KIDS

ELLHERT FAMILY THANKS

WHL RIDE FOR THE KIDS

Thank you from Carla and Mike Ellhert

I wish I could stand before you today under better circumstances. I hate to say it, but thinking about it, I don’t think I’d be here if not for the unfortunate passing of our son, Dawson.

In early February of 2010, Dawson was diagnosed with a brain tumour. The surgery to remove it seemed to be a great success but he suffered a massive stroke during recovery that ultimately claimed his short life. He died on February 15th, 2010 at eight year old.

Simply put, Dawson was one of the kindest, happiest children you’d ever be lucky enough to meet. He cared about everyone and everything – especially his family, friends and teachers and he loved nature as a whole. His infectious smile, huge laughs, quick wit and compassion made him a joy to be around.

It was rare that Dawson cried. When he did, it was usually over something that affected other people or things – like a deer on the side of the road or when he cried in the hospital for a little boy that no one came to visit.

But there was one time when Dawson cried for himself that really stands out.

A couple of days after the tumour was discovered, we drove him to Saskatoon to see a pediatric neurosurgeon. Going through registration at the emergency triage desk, it was loud and crowded.

From there, the trip to the pediatric emergency department, though short, was down a hallway that could best be described as a tunnel – it was not very welcoming for a child.

Finally, as he was lying in his bed in pediatric emergency, he started to cry. When I asked him why he was crying, he said that he didn’t like this place and didn’t want to stay.

Who would?

It was bright, noisy and cramped and all that separated him from the chaos outside was a curtain around his bed. We assured him that he wouldn’t have to stay here long and that we were sure, when he got to his room, it would be much better.

It wasn’t.

On the pediatric ward, Dawson was in a shared room with four beds. It wasn’t a very warm or inviting place for a child. There was no room for his many visitors and certainly no room for us to stay there with him. Carla and I took turns sleeping with him in his bed or lying on an old mattress on the floor. All night long, there were caregivers coming and going, tending to others in the room and it made for fitful sleeps.

Throughout Dawson’s time there, we learned that children have different needs than we, as adults do. They still need to be happy – the need to play – they need to have their parents near – they need to feel comfortable and they need to feel safe.

Very simply – they still need to be kids.

As parents, our focus had to be on getting the best care for Dawson. We have no doubt we had good people taking care of him but the facility made our short time there difficult.

Looking back, it would be hard to imagine having a lengthy stay in that environment for either Dawson or ourselves. At a time when we, as his parents needed to be able to make the most important decisions of our lifetime, we were emotionally and physically exhausted.

The new Children’s Hospital will be designed from the ground up to address these issues. Not only will a new state-of-the-art facility be able to attract the best and brightest professionals to get the best possible outcome, it will also provide for a stay that’s as comfortable as possible for both the child and the parents.

I do need to be very clear about something. From the time Dawson entered emergency at RGH to his passing in Saskatoon, he and his parents and family were treated with dignity, respect, compassion, professionalism and in our opinion, top notch are. His loss was devastating on a personal level to all of the wonderful people who provided care to him. While we watched in wonder as they calmly tended to our son in his last few days, I was completely shocked at how deeply hurt they were when they found out he would not survive. I know they must feel joy for the many children they can help but our hearts go out to these people for the young ones they cannot save.

Carla and I would like to express our deep appreciation to the WHL, Scotiabank and all the organizers, players and teams involved in the WHL Ride for the Kids.

As I said earlier, if not for Dawson’s passing, we probably wouldn’t be here today.

That’s why it’s especially humbling to see so many give their time and effort to support something so important to so many.

We continue to pray that you’ll never need to see the inside of the Children’s Hospital but I can assure you, your efforts for children and families will be appreciated far more than you’ll ever know.

Thank you so much.

Carla and Mike Ellhert


Front Row: Kim Kilbert - Representing (Children's Foundation), Mrs. Ellhert, Mr. Ellhert and son

Saturday, June 11, 2011

REGINA PATS

2004-05 - PQ PROGRAM - QUARTER # 2




Supplied by: Kevin SHAW

REGINA PATS

1990-91 - PROGRAM COVER



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REGINA PATS

1988-89 - PROGRAM COVER




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REGINA PATS

1972-73 - PROGRAM COVER



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REGINA PATS

1964-65 - PROGRAM COVER



No Date on Program Cover

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REGINA PATS

1949-50 - PROGRAM COVER



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REGINA PATS

1931 - PLAY-OFF PROGRAM SHEET




The games were played at the Winnipeg's Amphitheatre