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.