Friday, February 3, 2012

1964-1965 - SEASON

Brandon Wheat Kings became the newest team to enter the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League (SJHL) at the start of the season. The League schedule was decreased from 62 games to 56. At the start of the season Regina Pats had eighteen undefeated games, winning fourteen and tying four games. The streak ended Saturday, November 21, at Estevan as the Bruins defeated the Pats 6-4.

A letter by Frank Selke Sr., a former Montreal Canadien Executive Director, helped 20 year old Andre Legueux a wandering French-Canadian native of Drummondville, Quebec, to the Regina Pats that season. Andre played 48 games with the Montreal Junior Canadiens during the 1962-63 season.

On Tuesday, December 25, Pats had to cancel a game against Melville Millionaires due to a bad snow blizzard. Friday, January 22, at Regina Exhibition Stadium the Pats had 68 shots directed at the Flin Flon goaltender Gary Holland. Regina Pats went on to defeat the Flin Flon Bombers 9-2. Regina finished in first place with 84 points, followed by Weyburn Red Wings with 75, then Brandon Wheat Kings with 65. Regina Pats, Defenseman, Doug Piper, was selected on the First All-Star Team. Goalie, Peter Sternig and Centre Fran Huck were selected on the Second All-Star Team. Fran Huck finished second in the scoring race with 138 points, he also won the Most Valuable Player Award (Leo Parker Trophy).

At the end of the season six Ex-Regina Pat players: Gary Butler, (LW) 1956-57 to 1960-61; Marty Reid, 1959-60; Alex Hood (LW), 1958-59 to 1961-62; Wilf Martin (C) 1961-62; Pierre Dechaine (RW) 1961-62; and Gordon Wilkie (C) 1957-58 to 1959-60. They helped the University of Michigan win the NCAA Championship as they won 6-3 of Denver.

Left to Right: Gary Butler, Marty Reid, Alex Hood, Wilf Martin, Pierre Dechaine, Gord Wilkie - (Photo: Gary Butler - Collection)

1964-1965 - Regina Pats Roster - Goalies: Peter Sternig, Tim Tabor Defense: Doug Piper, Mike Fischer, Murray Flegel, Dale Blomquist, Bob Taylor Centre: Fran Huck, Andre Lagueux, Dave Balicki, Jim McComas, Doug Cross Right Wing: Stan Gilberston, Andre Lagueux, Ernie Hicke, Rich Sentes, Andy Black, Bernie Blanchett, Dave Smith Left Wing: Stan Gilbertson, Barry Meissner, Ken Faranski Coach: Bob Kirk, John Hudson (Play-offs only) Manager: Del Wilson Trainer: Sandy Archer President: R.B. "Bud" Ramsay

Tuesday evening, March 2, Regina Pats President R.B. Ramsay called a press conference. It was announced that veteran coach Bob Kirk who had been in poor health for several months had resigned due to illness. John Hudson coach of the Pat "B" club assumed the coaching duties for the balance of the season. Kirk joined Pats after 10 years with the Flin Flon Bombers when Flin Flon failed to renew his contract the previous spring. He coached senior hockey in Saskatoon before going to Flin Flon. In 1958 he guided Buffalo to the American title. Illness forced him to resign and he returned to coaching the Flin Flon Bombers the following season.

League Semi-Finals - Wednesday, March 3, "That was a big one - the one for Bobby", moaned a Pat player in a quiet dressing room. The tired Pats had just edged Estevan 2-1 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. It was a big win for the new coach John Hudson. It was a team effort for both, but the hero had to be the sensational puck blocking of Wayne Doll in the Bruins net. The veteran, sidelined on February 11, with an appendectomy, was making his first start in the net. He robbed Pats of many chances making 37 saves, 20 in the middle period. His only mistake was Pats second and winning goals at 16:34 of the second period when he went out to glove a waist high shot by Ernie Hicke and let the puck get by him. Huck then took a rebound off the back boards and scored into an empty net for Pats other goal.

Saturday, March 6, Estevan broke loose for 4 third period goals to score a 6-3 victory over Regina Pats at the Estevan Agricultural Auditorium. The Bruins had to come from behind twice in the early stages. The turning point was early in the third period, with Pats on a power play. REgina faltered when clearing the puck in their own end zone. Terry Kerr slipped a loose puck under Peter Sternig's pads during a goal mouth scramble. Both clubs exchanged goals in the first and second periods before Estevan went ahead on three straight goals before Pat's Andre Lagneaux scored.

Tuesday, March 9, Ernie "Punch" McLean's Bruins battled back from a three goal second period deficit downing Regina Pats 6-4 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Pats held a 3-0 lead early in the middle period when the Bruins bounced back, scoring their three goals in the second half of the period. Bruin's rookie Morris Stefaniw triggered three goals, including the winner, while Ross Lonsberry scored two goals. Fran Huck was Pats top scorer with two goals. Both teams were tied 4-4 with less than a minute left in the game when Estevan scored two quick goals, the second into an empty net.

Thursday, March 11, sparked by a brilliant two goal performance by Regina Pats Stan Gilberson, they chalked up a narrow 4-3 victory over Estevan. It was a rough penalty cliff hanger that saw 53 minutes in penalties in the first period. The game had standing room only, (2,538) as the crowd forced their way into the Auditorium. It wa the largest turnout in four years. No one left the rink until the final whistle. Estevan's Morris Stefaniw had three goals, including the winner, while Ross lonsberry triggered two goals. Fran Huck was the Pats top scorer with two goals.

Friday, March 12, Regina scored four times while having the man advantage, and defeated Estevan 5-1 before a standing room only crowd, (5,000) at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Defenseman Mike Fischer led the way for the Regina Pats with a pair of power play goals. It was the first time coach Hudson had been able to go all the way with his three lines. There was no scoring until the 10:37 mark of the second period as Fischer scored his first goal followed by Fran Huck's goal one minute later. Andy Black scored on Regina's third man advantage goal with less then three minutes left in the period. Bruin's Ted "Chief" Hodgson scored Estevan's only goal at 3:50 of the third period, followed by Pats Ken Faranski and Fisher's second goal.

Tuesday, March 16, Regina Pats completely out classed the Estevan Bruins 8-1 before another standing room only crowd (2,735) who jammed every area possible in the 2,100 seat Estevan Auditorium. Pats goalie Peter Sternig, was all smiles, the second year he lost out to Estevan's Wayne Doll as all-star goalie. "He won it, but I'll take this." said Sternig.

Andre Lagueux turned in a sparkling performance as he scored two goals and set up two others. Regina's Andy Black moved in quickly and scored on Fran Huck's rebound. One minute later Estevan's Wayne Green scored on a hotly disputed goal; the goal light did not go on, but the referee signalled a goal several seconds later. After the game, "It went passed the goal post." stated Pats' goaltender Peter Sternig. Pats lead 4-1 after the first period.

League Final - Wednesday, March 24, five unanswered third period goals, gave the Weyburn Red Wings a one sided 7-2 victory over the Regina Pats. The game saw an all-time Colosseum play-off attendance record (2,452) take in the game. Left-winger Ken Koshey sparked the attack with three goals and ran his total to eight in the play-offs. Five of Weyburn's goals were on rebounds. The score could have been much higher, but thanks to Pats goalie Peter Sternig, he stopped Weyburn on three break-a-ways, plus tow initial stops. "With a two week lay-off we were not sharp," said Regina's coach John Hudson. Andre Lagneux and Frank Huck scored for Pats, both in the first period.

Friday, March 26, hockey fever has hit the Weyburn City of 9,000. For the second time, an all-time record (2,677) attendance jammed every nook and cranny of the 1,933 seat Weyburn Colosseum. The Regina Pats took a 5-3 victory over coach Jack Shupe's Wings. Regina's Andy Black and Stan Gilbertson scored two goals each.

Weyburn Rookie Sandy Snow scored followed by Pats Andy Black. Regina upped the score to 3-1 at the end of the first period on two quick goals, 45 seconds apart in the last minute of play. In the second period, Weyburn's Morris Mott and Ken Thompson scored. Stan Gilbertson and Andy Black scored his second goal in the third period.

Saturday, March, 27, four-second period goals, two within a 44 second span, mid-way in the period, helped the Regina Pats to a narrow 5-4 vitory over Weyburn. A standing room only crowd (5,600) watched the contest at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. For his second consecutive game, Andy Black plus Ken Faranski, led the Pats with two goals each. Morris Mott scored two goals for Weyburn, both in the third period. Red Wing's Gail Holden opened the scoring at 7:06. Pats Andy Black tied the game at 14:49 as he directed Dave Rudloph's point shot. With only 18 second left in the first period, Jim Cardiff scored to give Weyburn a 2-1 lead going into the second period.

The Gold helmet worn by Fran Huck "Golden Hawk" - 1963-65. The line that wore the gold helmets consisted of Fran, Andy Black, and Barry Meissner. (Photo: Sask. Hall of Fame - permission -taken by Ron C. Johnston)

Monday, March 29, at the Regina Exhibition Stadium, Regina Pats took a 3-0 first period lead and went on to a 4-2 victory over Weyburn Red Wings. Pats ran into a flood of penalties in the final period and weathered a late Weyburn drive. Fran Huck scored for Regina only 20 seconds into the game, on a goal mouth pass from Andy Black. Dave Smith then scored with a 45 footer to the top corner at 9:03. Weyburn then were two men short when Barry Meissner scored 40 second later. It wasn't until the third period that Gail Holden and Dwight Carruthers scored while Pats were shorthanded. Faranski scored Pats other goal.

Weyburn protested Monday's game , saying the referee had erred in calling penalties in the third period. League Commissioner Frank Bourcher ordered replay prior to Wednesday's game with Regina ahead 3-0 at 3:13 of the third period. Regina Pats went onto to win 3-1 with Morris Mott scoring at 10:58.

Wednesday, March 31, twice the Red Wings faced three goal deficits. They came up with a strong finish to edge Regina Pats 5-3 as fans (5,804) jammed the 4,447 seat Regina Exhibition Stadium and saw tge Red Wing hold off elimination. Pats pumped three goals passed goalie Caley in the first five minutes only to see Weyburn rifle four in the second half of the wild opening period. The second period was scoreless and Gail Holden scored the only goal at 13:56 of the final period for Weyburn.

Thursday, April 1, with only one minuted and 21 seconds remaining, an overtime goal by Barry Meissner gave the Regina Pats a 5-4 squeaker over the Weyburn Red Wings before another sell-out (2,675) standing room only crowd at the Weyburn Colosseum. It was Regina's first SJHL Championship in 4 years. Frank Huck led the way with a pair of goals for Regina. The Red Wings raored to a 2-0 first period lead and held a 4-1 cushion going into the third period. Regina had a brilliant three goal comeback, two on power play goals in the space of 18 seconds mid-way through the period to tie the game and force overtime. In overtime, a stick check by Regina Pats Mike Fischer at Weyburn's blue line sent Barry Meissner in alone and beat Caley, on a knee-high 15 foot shot.

Western-Quarter Final - Sunday afternoon, April 4, the Regina Pats romped to a one sideded 10-4 victory over the New Westminster Royals before the largest hockey crowd (3,570) in 10 years at New Westminster's Queens Park Arena. Pats led by defenseman Mike Fischer's six points as he had three goals and three assists. Rick Sentes and Andre Lagueeux each acored twice. George Parret led the Royals scoring with two goals. ... (Photo: New Westminster Queens Park Arena) ....

Regina had period lead of 3-1 and 5-1 and upped the score to 7-1 early in the thrid period by Sentes and Lagueux goals in the space of 22 seconds. The B.C. champs then pumped home 2 quick goals within the span fo 17 seconds at the 6:20 mark in the wild scoring third period.

Monday, April 5, Regina downed the Royals 4-2 in a lack luster contes at New Westminster. Andy Black led the Pat scorers with two goals while Paul Shmyr scored both New Westminster goals. Pats took a 3-0 first period lead on Ernie Hicke's goal mouth pass from Rick Sentes and lifted the puck over sprawling Don Wallis at 8:00. One minute and 13 second later Andy Black scored his two goals. Schmyr scored late in the second period and opened the third period at 5:36 on a tip in pass. Regina's Barry Meissner scored one minute later from Boy Taylor's pass.

Wednesday, April 7, the Regina Pats chalked up a 7-2 win to sweep the best-of-five series over New Westminster at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Andre Lagueux and Stan Gilbertson led Regina with two goals apiece. Regina were ahead 3-0 after the first period, while both clue scored a goal in the middle frame. New Westminster's scorers were Garth Rizzuto in the second period and Wayne Gross in the third period. With six pickups the New Westminster Royals still were no threat to the Regina Pats.

Under the CAHA regulations, Regina picked up Weyburn's defenseman Jim Carduff, centre Morris Mott, left-winger Bill Lesuk, plus goalie Don Daley for the Edmonton Oil King series. The CAHA took the advantage of home ice away from the Regina Pats who were Saskatchewan Champions. Saskatchewan was to have had the extra game in the series, but just prior to the start, Art Potter announced that Alberta would get the extra home game.

Western Semi-Final - Friday, April 9, Fran Huck scored three goals and two assists, including the winner, as Regina Pats walked off with a 7-5 decision over the Edmonton Oil Kings at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Barry Meissner scored the winner at 7:52 in the third period on an unbelievable angle. Edmonton's Ross Perkins had two goals. Regina lead 2-1 after the first period and 5-3 after the second period. Coach Harold "Buster" Brayshaw who had guided the Oil Kings to five straight western titles stated, "We were terrible! We showed the effect of our 10 day lay-off."

Saturday, April 10, with the help of the Goden Hawk and the Masked Bandit, Regina Pats dropped the Oil Kings 5-2 in overtime at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Pats Fran Huck broke open the tight-checking game just five seconds into the straight ten-minute overtime. He won the face-off at centre ice and tapped the puck ahead, then went around defenders and let a blistering waist high shot goal. Only 30 seconds later, Ernie Hicke shoved Bill Lesuk's goal mouth pass passed Edmonton's Gary Simmons. huck scored his second goal in the final minute of the overtime. It was the fantastic stop by Regina Pats' goaltender Peter Sternig with but 34 seconds remaining, that made it possible for overtime, stopping defenseman Bob Falkenber on a clear-break-a-way.

Monday, April 12, Edmonton Oil Kings downed Regina Pats 3-1 at the Edmonton Gardens. If it wasn't for the spectacular work of Regina Pat goalie Peter Sternig, Oil Kings could have wrapped it up in the first period. Sternig made 35 stops, 14 of them in the first period, stopping the Oil Kings on at least seven labelled drives in the early going. Edmonton's Al Hamiltion snared a loose puck from Regina Pats pick-up Morris Mott at Regina's blue line and skated through four defenders to score at 15:02 of the first period. Pats' Doug Piper tied the score 44 seconds into the third period, then Edmonton Greg Tomalty scored and Hamiltion put his seond goal into an empty net closing out the scoring.

Wednesday, April 14, it was Edmonton Oil King 8 and Fran Huck 3 at Edmonto Gardens Arena. Dave Rochefort led the free wheeling Oil Kings' attack with three goals while Ross Perksin had two. Edmonton and Regina scored goals 61 seconds aprat early in the game. Oil Kings then pumped in three goals in the space of 91 seconds late in the first period to hurt the Pats and take a 4-1 lead. Edmonton upped the score to 7-2 after the middle period.

Thursday, April 15, the razor-sharp Edmonton Oil Kings chalked up a one-sided 9-3 victory over the helpless Regina Pats at Edmonton Gardens. Ron Anderson spearheaded Edmonton's attack with a three goal effort, plus Graham Longmuir and rookie Brian Bennett scored two goals apiece. Goals by Edmonton's Bennett and Ted Rogers, one minute and 25 seconds apart, gave the Oil Kings a 2-0 lead by the three minute mark. Pat's Fran Huck and Andy Black's goals 25 seconds apart near the end of the first period, tied the game at 2-2. Edmonton took a 5-3 lead into the third period.

Saturday, April 17, at the Regina Exhibition Stadium before a poor turnout (2,097) fans saw their local boys soundly whip Edmonton Oil Kings 8-1 in a free wheeling display. Again it was Fran Huck who led the Regina attack, scoring four goals and adding two assists to boost his series totla to thirteen goals and six assists in six games. Edmonton's Dave Rockefort scored the first goals of the game at 6:38 of the first period only to have Pats lead 2-1 by the end of the period. They added three unanswered goals in the second and third period.

Monday, April 19, four goals in the third period, two in the space of 53 seconds, helped the Edmonton Oil Kings to a 6-2 victory over Regina at the Edmonton Gardens infront of 6,505 sepectators. It wa anybody's game going into the final period. Centre Ross Perkins started the third period attack just 58 seconds into the frame. This seemed to take the life out of the Regina Pats. A bouncing puck rolled out from behing Regina Pats net and onto the stick of the Oil Kings centre. He shot the puck and goalie Peter Sternig made the save only to have Perkins score on his own rebound.

Hap Emms summed up the 1965 Memorial Cup as follows, "The 1960's saw the West dominated by a series of increasing punacious Edmonton Oil King teams." The Oil Kings were making their sixth consecutive appearance. Once again Regina Pat's Fran Huck was picked up by the Westerners. Emmas Niagara Falls Flyers won in five games, played at Edmonton Gardens. The third game in the Memorial Cup was the first time a game had to be halted due to fights. They had to call in 25 Edmonton City Policemen to restore order.

Last season, Fran Huck scored 107 goals in 90 games, including 5 games with Estevan and 5 with Edmonton in the Memorial Cup. This season he had 105 goals in 80 games, including 3 games with Edmonton in the Memorial Cup.