1975-1976 - SEASON
The Leader Post headline: “September 17, Regina Pats have 14 goalies in their training camp. It was a sign for what lay ahead for Regina Pats for the next two seasons. There were no overtime games during the League schedule.” The Pats finished fifth in the Eastern Division with 52 points.
1975-1976 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Bob Mahnic, Brad Bergh, Bob Leslie, Jack Anderson, Brent Darke, Kerry Dark, Kerry Nisbet, Gerry Simpson Defense: Gord Wappel, Dean Tidball, Gerrald Joly, Dollard Joly, Pat Mallough, Myles Tangedal, Mike Wirachowsky, Keith Hertz, Mike McCann, Greg Tebbutt Centre: Drew Callander (Captain), Rob Tudor, Gerry Minor, Brian Festerling, Keith Hertz, Glen Rolfe, Bruce Rolin, Larry Ell Right Wing: Drew Callander, Rob Tudor, Al Dumba, Greg Fieger, Brian Festerling, Ken Burdon, Dirk Graham, Dick Van Der Velden Left Wing: Greg Ing, Jon Hammond, Ron Trafford, Keith Downton, Keith Hertz, Doug Keil, Mike Flegel Forward: Rhys Renouf Coach: Bob Turner Manager: Del Wilson Trainer: Norm Fong
LEAGUE SEMI-PLAY-OFFS - First and only time the League decided on inter-division play-offs. Victoria Cougars, who finished fifth in the League, played the League's tenth place Regina Pats.
Sunday, March 28, Victoria skated to a 3-1 victory over the Regina Pats at Victoria Memorial Arena. Coach Pat Ginnell's team were stirred up and scored two-third period power play goals for the victory. Jim Gustafson for the Cougars scored two goals. Gustafson gave Cougars a 1-0 lead at 10:52 of the first period. Pats were shorthanded and Drew Callander tied the game five minutes into the second period. Victoria scored two power play goals by Al Jill and Gustafson with his second in the third period.
Tuesday, March 30, Victoria netminder Murray Bannerman spoiled Pats chances as he helped his Cougars take a 5-2 win over Regina at the Memorial Arena before 3,090 fans. Greg Ing was stopped three times by Bannerman in the first two periods. His first chance came close to the end of the opening period on a power play opportunity. He and Rob Tudor took turns whacking at rebounds but the closest they came was a goal post. In the second period, Bannerman foiled Ing taking the puck out of the air. In the third, he stopped Ing on a clear break-away. Victoria had period leads of 1-0 and 4-0. Regina's Rod Tudor and Keith Hertz scored for the Pats in the third period.
Wednesday, March 31, Victoria's Dennis Fenske's second goal at 15:57 of the third period, helped the Cougars to a 4-4 tie over Regina Wednesday at Regina Stadium. Regina lead 1-0 after the first period and took a 3-1 lead into the third period. Pats' Drew Callander scored a goal and had three assists. He had one goal in the second period disallowed when he was on goalie Bannerman's doorstep. He batted a high flipped puck behind the goalie, only to have the referee say his stick was too high, thereby disallowing his goal.
Friday, April 2, Regina jumped into a 3-0 lead after the opening period only to see Victoria storm back with 5 straight goals to edge the Pats 5-4 at the Regina Exhibition Stadium. Pats forgot they have to play sixty full minutes of hockey and, for the second time, blew a victory opportunity. Mike Will was Victoria's top scorer with 2 goals, the first 2 in the second period.
Saturday, April 3, Regina Pats forced a return trip to Victoria as they earned a 6-4 victory at Exhibition Stadium. With Cougars taking an early 2-0 lead in the first period, Pats tied the score before the end of the period and went on to score three more goals in the second period. Al Hammond was Regina's top attacker with a hat trick, his final goal going into an empty net, while Rod Tudor had 2 goals.
Sunday, April 4, Victoria Cougars eliminated Regina Pats handily 9-3 at the Memorial Arena. Mike Will, Victoria's centre, was the hero in the first two periods. He was a one man show scoring the first four goals and adding two assists before being ejected with one minute remaining in the middle stanza. Cougars took a 2-0 first period lead and upped the score to 7-1 going into the third period. It was a rough affair with a total of 170 minutes in penalties.
The Victoria Cougars lost to the New Westminster Bruins who went on to beat Brandon and Saskatoon for the League Championship. The other teams in the Memorial Cup Tournament that year were Hamilton Fincups (OHA) and Quebec Remparts (QMJHL). Hamilton won over the Bruins 5-2 in the final game to win the Memorial Cup.
Front Row: Kerry Nisbet, Rob Tudor, B
Bob Turner (Coach), Mike Wirachowsky, Del Wilson (Manager), Jon Hammond, Jack Anderson Second Row: _________ (Business Manager), Brian Festerling, Gord Wappel, Al Dumba, Drew Callander, Dollard Joly, Keith Hertz, Myles Tangedal, Norm Fong (Trainer) Third Row: Dirk Graham, Gerry Minor, Larry Ell, Gerrard Joly, Ron Trafford, Greg Fieger, Greg Ing, Dean Tidball (Photo: Al Dumba – Collection)