Friday, February 3, 2012

1973-1974 - MEMORIAL CUP WINNERS


During the summer Dennis Sobchuk signed a 10 year contract valued at $1.7 million with Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association. The Vancouver Nats were bought by a group of businessmen headed by Ephraim Steinke, Exnie Rempel and Andy Berna. The group moved the franchise to Kamloops where the team was renamed the Chiefs. Meanwhile owner Ben Hatskin sold the Winnipeg Junior Jets to coach Gerry Brisson and renamed the team, Clubs. There were no overtime games that season during the League schedule. (Photo: Dennis Sobchuk - HHOF # 000054-0224 O-Pee-Chee - Collection)

1973-74 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: "Steady" Eddie Staniowski, Bob Leslie, Randy Johnson Defense: Greg Joly, Kim MacDougall, Mike Harazny, Dave Thomas, Mike Wirachowsky Centre: Dennis Sobchuk, Glen Burdon, Jim Minor, Rod Tudor, Al Dumba Right Wing: Mike Wanchuk, Rick Uhrich, Dave Faulkner, Drew Callander, Al Dumba, Rod Tudor Left Wing: Clark Gillies, Robbie "Roughhouse" Laird, Jon Hammond, "Billy the Kid" Bell, Russ Mahoney, Les Grauer Coach: Bob Turner General Manager: Del Wilson Assistant Manager: John Weber Trainer: Norm Fong Assistant Trainer: Wayne Zurkowski Statistican: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston Assistant Statistican: Dale "Scorecard" Richter

REGINA PATS GO OVERSEAS - AHEARNE CUP

Tuesday, December 18, at 8:30 a.m., Pats boarded an Air Canada jet at the Regina Airport. After stops in Winnipeg and Toronto, the group boarded a Scandinavian Air Systems 747 in Montreal for the trans-Atlantic crossing. After a long flight, the group arrived a day later at 10:35 a.m. in Copenhagan, Sweden.
Two days later, Pats got their first ever taste of international hockey, playing exhibition games prior to the tournament. Most of the teams in the tournament were professional. The only points the Pats were able to get was against the London Lions, were they fought to a 5-5 tie. The London Lions were made up of mostly players from Canada. The HC Spartak Moscow team won the tournament for the second straight time. (Photo: Brian Watts and Brian McCutcheson of the London Lions, on each side of Regina Pats goalie Ed Staniowski - London Lions Collection)

Taking in the trip were director Harold Jones, Canadian Amateur Hockey Association representative, Leader Post sports writer Mal Isaac, and a number of parents of members of the Pats along with a few avid Pat fans.

The Regina Pats picked up many tips on the Scandinavian tour one being to shoot more. The Europeans use the slap shot when they got the opportunity, but passing plays are produced to set up scoring attempts with their famous wrist shots. The main reason behind manger Del Wilson accepting the invitation to compete in the Ahearne Cup, (Named after British ice hockey promoter – J.F. “Bunny” Ahearne), tournament in the first place was to give the Pats an opportunity to learn.

SWEDEN TOUR - EXHIBITION GAMES

MonthDateDayVisiting Teamvs.Home TeamSCORE
December
21FridayRegina Pats Jr.(Canada)vs.Malmo Sweden3-3
December 23SundayRegina Pats Jr.(Canada)vs.Leksand Minor All-Stars8-2

SWEDEN (AHEARNE CUP TOURNAMENT)

MonthDateDayVisiting Teamvs.Home TeamSCORE
December
26WednesdaySweden (Leksand)Sr.vs.Regina Pats Jr. (Canada)5-0
December 27ThursdayRegina Pats Jr.(Canada)vs.Moscow Dynamos (Pro.)5-10
December 28FridayFinland Helsinkivs.Regina Pats Jr.(Canada)9-2
December
30SundayStockholm AIKvs.Regina Pats Jr.(Canada)8-1
January 01TuesdayRegina Pats Jr.(Canada)vs.London Lions (Pro.)5-5
January 02WednesdaySweden Sodertaljevs.Regina Pats Jr.(Canada)5-3
January
03ThursdayRegina Pats Jr.(Canada)vs.Sweden Djurgaarden2-15


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On Wednesday, February 6, Leader Post Headlines Read – “Regina Pats tie League record with 16 goals”. The newest League entry, Kamloops Chiefs, paid their first visit to Regina. Coach Joe Tennant and his tribe watched Pats run up one of the most lopsided scores in the WCJHL history. Tim Priestly, Kamloops goaltender, faced a 67 shot bombardment as the Pats won 16-1.

Friday, March 15, against Edmonton Oil Kings, Dennis Sobchuk reached the 400 point mark and became the first player in WCHL history to reach that mark in just three seasons. For only the second time in Pats' history, a member's sweater number had been retired at the end of the season; Dennis Sobchuk's # 14 and the other was Billy Hicke's # 17 back in 1957.


At the end of the season the League had the tightest finish in goaltender history. There were but .0530 points separating Garth Malarchuk of Calgary Centennials who finished with a goal against average of 3.0557, while Pats Ed Staniowski was 3.0587. For the second straight season Regina Pats' Dennis Sobchuk finished second in the League scoring race with 68 goals, 78 assists for 146 points. In the WCHL All-Star Team, Greg Joly tied Ron Greschner of New Westminster Bruins for best defenseman, while Dennis Sobchuk and Ron Chipperfield of Brandon Wheat Kings tied for best centre. Regina Pats' Clark Gillies was selected at left wing. (Photo: Clark Gillies - Patrick Petit - Regina Leader Post file)

Regina Pat Awards: Dennis Sobchuk, Team Top Scorer, (Tom Wills Award - Wrist Watch); Mike Wanchuk, Most Sportsmanlike Player, (Hub Bishop Memorial Trophy; Rob Tudor, Rookie of the Year, (Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy; Greg Joly, Top Defenseman, (Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy; Eddie Staniowski, Most Valuable Player, (Tom Wills Trophy)

EASTERN SEMI-PLAY-OFFS - Monday, April 1, Regina's "Billy the Kid" Bell scored four times to help Regina defeat Saskatoon Blades 6-3 at the Exhibition Stadium. Fore-checking and power plays took a large part in the outcome of the game. Both teams were ranked one-two in the League power plays and each team scored three times with a man advantage. It was all Blades in the first, leading 2-0 going into the middle frame. Saskatoon's Pat Price with 2 power play goals, both in the first period. In the second it was Pats Thomas on a low drive from the right point through a maze of legs for Regina's first goal at 1:29 then Bell with two. Pats took a 4-3 lead going into the final period.

Tuesday, April 2, Ed Staniowski was outstanding. He turned in a perfect game as the Regina Pats shut out the Blades 4-0 at the Saskatoon Arena. Pats were ahead 3-0 after the first period on two goals by Clark Gillies and Rob Tudor. Tudor scored his second goal in the second period. In addition to a pretty stout defence in front of him, Eddie Staniowski had help from the goal posts. After the game, Eddie stated, "No. 1 star should have been the goal post." Blades hit seven goal posts. Ed made three big saves in the second period on clear break-a-ways from the blue line.

Thursday, April 4, Jack McLeod's Blades bounced the Pats 3-2 at Regina Stadium. The difference in the game was Saskatoon did fore-checking while Regina did not fore-check or hit. The opening frame was scoreless and took only 25 minutes to complete. John McIvor scored twice for Saskatoon, both in the middle stanza when the Hub City took a 2-1 lead. McIvor scored only 14 seconds into the period as he was parked in front of the net. Regina's Rob Laird directed Dennis Sobchuk's pass and scored at 5:41 followed by McIvor's second goal five minutes later on a 15 footer knee-high drive in the third period. Williams gave Blades a 3-1 lead on a screen shot at 12:38 and Dennis Sobchuk scored at 18:50.

Friday, April 5, Saskatoon downed Pats 5-2 at the Saskatoon Arena. Regina Pats came out hitting but reversed their style in the middle period and ran into trouble. After taking a 1-0 lead early in the second on Billy Bell's 5th goal of the series, Blades struck for two goals in the span of one minutes and 11 seconds. Two minutes into the third period Dennis Sobchuk tied the game on a power play goal. Saskatoon then put it away with three goals, two were on break-a-way goals.

Sunday, April 7, an outstanding performance by defenceman Kim MacDougall, helped the Regina Pats to a 4-2 victory over the Blades at the Stadium. It was heavy body checking, plus the relentless skating of the Pats, that gave them the win in the contest. Rick Uhrich's power play goal at 8:34 of the opening period got the Pats on track. Rob Tudor goal at 13:05 made it 2-0 at the end of the first period. Clark Gillies and Glen Burdon upped the score to 4-0 before Danny Arndt of Saskatoon scored two goals; his first with less than two minutes left in the second and his second goal in the third period at 16:22.

Tuesday, April 9, before a sell out crowd, (4,150) at Saskatoon Arena, Pats downed the Blades 5-2. Saskatoon came out in high gear. Goalie Eddie Staniowski faced a continual barrage in the first 10 minutes. "Steady" Eddie finally yielded a goal at the ten minute mark. It was the 12th shot Staniowski faced during those hectic ten minutes. Kim MacDougall, even with a broken right hand finger, put Regina back on even terms two minutes later on a deflected shot from the point. The Regina Pats never looked back.

EASTERN FINALS - Friday, April 12, the largest crowd (4,372) of the season at the Regina Exhibition Stadium saw their Pats get thumped 7-3 by coach Stan Dunns' Swift Current Broncos. Regina got beat by 16 year old goalie Bill Oleschuk who faced 40 shots. The other had to be Don Larway, a pick up from the Winnipeg Clubs in the mid-season. Larway scored Broncos first three goals. Broncos went on to score four goals in the last period to put it out of reach. With the Broncos ahead 3-2 after the second period, Rob Laird of the Pats scored at 1:30 to tie the game before the Broncos scored 4 goals between the 2 minute mark and the midway point.

Sunday, April 14, at the Regina Stadium, Glen Burdon dashed down the ice hacking off two desperate checks and then whipped in the goal that started the unbelievable six goal come back against a shell-shocked goalie Bill Oleschuk. Pats produced a 7-5 victory over the stunned Swift Current Broncos at the Stadium. Broncos had enjoyed a goal just after 1:51 had elapsed in the final period. Regina Pats Rick Uhrich scored a pair of goals. The big scorer for the Broncos was Don Larway with his second straight hat trick.

Tuesday, April 16, at the Swift Current Civic Centre. Pats downed the Broncos 4-1 in a defensive display. Both teams faught through a scoreless first period before Regina's Rich Uhrich put in Dennis Sobchuck's rebound at 6:32 of the second. Brian Trottier tied the game for the Broncos on a backhander power play goal midway through the period. Less then 3 minutes later Doug McDougall shot from the point, it deflected off a Broncos defenseman to put Regina up 2-1 going into the final period. In the final period Robbie "Roughhouse" Laird put the lid on things as he scored a pair of tallies.

Thursday, April 18, Swift Current struck early and often then hung on to edge the Pats 6-5 at the Civic Centre. In the dying seconds of the middle period, Broncos Brian Trottier's goal gave Swift Current the winning goal as the third period was scoreless. Trottier scored three goals, his third coming with only 25 seconds left in the second period. Robbie Laird led the Pat attack with two goals, his second tied the game at 5-5. Pats outshot Swift Current 53-38 in the losing cause.

Friday, April 19, after almost 47 minutes of play, the Broncos decided to leave their bench led by Dave “Tiger” Williams. Using their hockey sticks as weapons, he led them into the stands to settle a few matters with some spectators. Approximately 30 minutes later, both teams were escorted to their dressing rooms by Regina's police. When the game resumed, the Bronco's bench was surrounded by a ring of city police and there was no further scoring. Regina went on to down Swift Current 6-2 at the Stadium.

Saturday, April 20, at Swift Current Civic Centre, Pats took victory over the Broncos 4-1 to advance to the League finals. Pats' goalie Eddie Staniowski blocked 30 shots, eleven coming in the final period when Broncos blitzed the Pat net minder. Regina's big attacker was defenseman Greg Joly with two goals coming in the middle frame. With the Pats taking a 2-1 lead into the second period, Greg Joly took things into his own hands as he rushed the length of the ice, tucked the puck between Oleschuk's legs, and leaving three Broncos trailing at his heels. It was the first of two goals for Joly, both being in the final period. Following the game Pats coach Bob Turner said, " When Joly and Sobchuk are going, the whole team goes." Somehow Bob forgot to mention his goalie, Eddie Staniowski but Swift Current coach Stan Dunn stated, " The guy who beat us was Eddie Staniowski. He was unreal."

LEAGUE FINAL - Tuesday, April 23, at the Regina Exhibition Stadium big Clark Gillies' goal at 3:40 of the third period turned out to be the winner as Pats squeaked by Calgary Centennials 2-1. Staniowski was the hero as time and time again he came through when needed. It with painful experience for him in the third period because he had pulled his back muscles in the second. It was Regina 1-0 after the first period as Dennis Sobchuk deflected a power play goal off Mike Wanchuk's point shot. Three minutes later Calgary's Don Ashby tied the game from a Dennis McLean centre pass. There was no scoring until Clark Gillies scored the winner, a quick blast from a sharp angle to the right of goalie Garth Malarchuk.

Wednesday, April 24, Coach Bob Turner put the Line of Glen Burdon, Rick Uhrich and Robbie Laird, (better known as the BUL Line) to shadow Calgary's top scoring line and kept them off the score sheet. The Line was at their best as they scored the two biggest Regina goals in the third period as Pats went on to a 4-2 victory over coach Scotty Munro's Centennials. Dennis Sobchuk opened the scoring at 3:04 of the first period. Calgary scored both their goals in the second to take a 2-1 lead before Regina erupted for three goals in the third period.

Friday, April 26, April Regina Pats took a 6-5 overtime victory, before 7,391 fans, over the Centennials at the Calgary Corral. It was Glen Burdon's goal at 4:57 that gave the Pats the win. Regina's Dennis Sobchuk scored three times, the first 2 goals of the first period and the first goal of the third period. The stubborn Calgary club deserved better fate. They never gave up. Regina had a 3-0 first period margin and were ahead 4-2 after 40 minutes of play. Early in the third period, Pats took a 5-2 lead, only to see the Centennials storm back with 3 unanswered goals in the last 4 minutes to force the overtime. Glen Burdon ended the spectacle with an ice length rush that ended the game when he put the puck behind Centennial's goalie Kel Erickson.

Saturday, April 27, Regina Pats won the Father Athol Murray Trophy, WCJHL Champions, and a trip to the Memorial Cup to be held in Calgary. They did it with a 5-2 victory over the Calgary Centennials before an overflow crowd (7,074) at the Calgary Corral. The seating capacity of the Corral is 6,495. It was defenseman Greg Joly's two goals, the first two of the game, that gave Pats the big lift to the League title. With a 2-0 early second period lead, the Centennials scored two goals within one minute and 21 seconds to tie the game. Regina hurt Calgary's chances when they replied with 2 of their own in 1 minute and 11 seconds, less than 1 minute after Calgary had tied the game. Those two Pat goals took all the steam out of the Calgary Centennials. "Didn't they work in the third period?" asked Pats coach Bob Turner. "Our goaltending and defence was simply outstanding.” (Photo: Ed Chynoweth, WCHA President, presents the Father Athol Murray Trophy to the Four Regina Pat Captains - Cp Wirephoto)



MEMORIAL CUP BOUND - Regina added goaltender strength for the Memorial Cup. They picked Larry Hendrick of Edmonton Oil Kings League all-star goalie, and Garth Malarchuk of Calgary. All tournament games were played at the Calgary Corral. Regina had the hospitality of Calgary's Scotty Munro. "He gave the use of their bus and told the Pats that he would do anything to help." said Regina Pats manager Del Wilson.

Regina Pats arrived Wednesday at Calgary Airport. Centennial trainer James "Bearcat" Murray welcomed them with his club's bus. Scotty Munro also graciously donated his trainer to help the Pats throughout the tournament.

Monday, May 6, Regina Pats were perfect in their first Memorial Cup game as they blanked Paul Emmil's St. Catherine Black Hawks 4-0. The Hawks thought Dennis Sobchuk was the player they had to stop. They forgot Pats defenseman Greg Joly as he scored two goals. It was one of his finest games as a junior and he controlled the game from start to finish. The other hero for Regina Pats was their netminder Ed Staniowski, who was there to stop the Hawks. Early in the third period, Staniowski stopped three brilliant point-blank shots, when the Hawks were applying power play pressure. On the same sequence Eddie had Hawk's Rick Adduono ring a shot off the goal post.

On Monday, Dave Faulkner was hit over the eye by a puck, requiring 13 stitches to close. Later in the game the same Faulkner dislocated his right elbow.

Wednesday, May 8, Quebec Remparts came out skating and the Remparts downed the Pats 5-3. Regina was out done in every department in this contest. It was a reverse to Monday's game. They were out- skated and outfought. Regina even lost in the injury department. Robbie Laird, who was outstanding. The only good thing for Regina was that all three goals scored came while they had the man advantage. It wasn't the same Pats Wednesday. For Quebec it was a must game, who now have to play St. Catherine Friday night. The winner would play Regina Pats on Sunday.

Friday, May 10, it was all Quebec Remparts as they ripped into St. Catherines Black Hawks and trounced them 11-3. Remparts had period leads off 1-0 and 5-2 and scored six goals in the final period. Seventeen year old Real Cloutier had 3 goals and 1 assist, while Jacques Locas and Dan Beaulieu scored 2 each. It was Quebec's 4th time in the last 5 years that they represented the Quebec League in the Memorial Cup Tournament.

Sunday, May 12, It was a sweet victory for the Regina Pats as they won their first Canadian Junior (Memorial Cup) Championship in 44 years, winning 7-4 in front of 7,382 fans plus TV watchers. The Pats trailed 3-0 near the seventeen minute mark of the opening frame before Big Clark Gillies' goal started the Regina come back.

Trailing 3-1 going into the middle period Pats coach Bob Turner walked into the dressing room, Dennis Sobchuk got up and said, "You do not have to say a word, Were going to win this game." Turner turned around and walked out. They went on and outshot Marc Picard's Remparts 22-4 in the second period and scored four straight goals. In the third period, Quebec's Jacque Locas scored at the fifteen minute mark to close the score to 5-4 for the Pats. Three minutes later, Regina's Glen Burdon outhustled everyone to the puck. Glen roared in on Rempart's goalie Robert Sauve, scoring the all important clinching goal. Dennis "The Cincinnati Kid" Sobchuk who had signed a million dollar contract with the World Hockey Association Club scored his third goal of the game, into the open net with 33 seconds remaining.

Coach, Bob Turner who won five Stanley Cups with Montreal Canadiens said, "This one meant more than anything else and that Swede trip brought them together as a team." In his last year centre Dennis Sobchuk said “I think the turning point came when we started hitting them in the second period.” Goalie “Steady” Eddie Staniowski said “We knew it was our biggest game of the year and no one was going to win it for us.”


MonthDateDayVisitorvs.HomeScore
May 05SundaySt. Catherines (OHL)vs.Quebec Remparts(QMJHL)4-1
May 06MondaySt. Catherines (OHL)vs.Regina Pats (WCJHL)0-4
May 08WednesdayQuebec Remparts (QMJHL)vs.Regina Pats (WCJHL)5-3

SEMI-FINAL GAME

MonthDateDayVisitorvs.HomeScore
May 10FridayQuebec Remparts (QMJHL)vs.St. Catherines (OHL)11-3

MEMORIAL CUP FINAL

MonthDateDayVisitorvs.HomeScore
May 12SundayRegina Pats(WCJHL)vs.Quebec Remparts (QMJHL)7-4

MEMORIAL CUP ALL-STAR TEAM - Goalie: Robert Sauve, Quebec Remparts Defense: Greg Joly, Regina Pats, Richard Perron, Quebec Remparts Centre: Glen Burdon, Regina Pats Right Wing: Rick Uhrich, Regina Pats Left Wing: Real Coultier, Quebec Remparts
Most Valuable Player: Defenseman: Greg Joly, Regina Pats

Approximately 200 fans waited it out at the Regina Airport almost a full three hours passed their original arrival time. After the arrival, Pats were led to escorted cars and through Regina's open streets to the City Hall. "You have made hockey history for the City." Mayor Henry Baker said at the City Hall. Premier of Saskatchewan Allan Blakeney on behalf of the province presented the players with a plaque. "I want to thank you for a great year in the WCHL." said Mr. Blakeney. "That calibre of hockey that is played in that League is a great source of enjoyment throughout Western Canada."



(Photo:Eddie Staniowsi and Dennis Sobchuk were all signing Monday - Regina Leader Post – Roy Antal)

The Memorial Cup brought to an end the career of nine Regina Pats, one being little Mike Wanchuk. He spent three months in bed suffering from mononucleosis. Wanchuk still felt some closeness with his teammates despite missing half a season.




TOP LEFTCLOCK WISE: Kim MacDougall, Bill Bell, Rick Uhrich, Dave Faulkner, Bob Leslie, Glen Burdon, Rob Tudor, Ed Staniowski, David Thomas, Mike Wirachowsky, (Below: Champion Regina Pats - Mike Wanchuk, Dennis Sobchuk, Drew Callander, Greg Joly, Jim Minor, Clark Gillies, Rob Laird, Michael Harazny



Sitting: Randy McCormick, Ken Gibson (Stick Boys) Front Row: Eddie Staniowski, Bob Turner (Coach), Greg Joly, John Weber (Assistant Manager), Dr. Jim Chatwin (Physician), Rick Uhrich, Del Wilson (General Manager), Bob Leslie Second Row: Wayne Zurowski (Assistant Trainer), Clark Gillies, Bill Bell, Dave Faulkner, Mike Wanchuk, Jim Minor, Rob Laird, Dennis Sobchuk, Norm Fong (Trainer) Back Row: Glen Burdon, Drew Callander, Mike Wirachowsky, Mike Harazny, Rob Tudor, Kim MacDougall, Jon Hammond, Dave Thomas (Photo: Dennis Sobchuk - Collection)