Friday, February 3, 2012

1981-1982 - SEASON

Bill LaForge last season coached Oshawa Generals in the Ontario Hockey League, becomes Pats new coach.

New Westminster Bruins moved to Kamloops and with the backing of the NHL Edmonton Oilers, their franchise became known as the Juniors Oilers. Kamloops was the only WHL team to enjoy direct support from an NHL club but it did not last. (Photo: Bill LaForge)

1981-1982 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Ken Heppner, Chris Smith, Jim Campbell, Martin Wood, Darryl Kuntz, Dean Shaw, Kerry Poole, Billy Burke, Ed Stang Defense: Garth Butcher (Captain), Gary Leeman, Barry Trotz, Al Tuer, Jason Meyer, Dave Goertz, John Miner, Kevin Pylypow, Bruce Halloway, Ray Plamondon Centre: Jock Callander, Dale Derkatch, Kurt Wickenheiser, Jim Clarke, Marc Centrone, Tony Vogel, Brian Roach, Esa Tikkanen Right Wing: Dave Michayluk, Brent "Columbo" Pascal, Lyndon Byers, Evan Dobni Left Wing: Wally Schreiber, Jeff Crawford, Taylor Hall, Nevin Markwart, Brent Marinos Coach: Bill LaForge Assistant-Coach: Barry Trapp General Manager: Bob Strumm Trainer: Karl Jones Assistant Trainer: Dennis Scott

Ex-Regina Pats' Red Berenson coach of the NHL St. Louis Blues opened training camp Monday, September 14th. at the Regina Agridome.

Murray "Torchy" Schell, well known to sports fans passed away Tuesday, December 8. He was assistant equipment manager with the Saskatchewan Roughriders during the summer months. Retired as S/Sgt. of the RCMP in 1969. Became scout with Toronto Maple Leafs 1969 and central scout for the NHL in 1975. The following season a Memorial Trophy was presented to Regina Pats top Leading Scorer.

In Calgary, Friday, February 26, Jock Callander and Wally Schreiber's 47 consecutive point scoring streak came to an end. A new WHL record. The Pats finished the regular schedule with 3,412 penalty minutes, a WHL record. Finished with a 34.9 per cent power play efficiency, a league high. Jock Callander and Dave Michayluk finished 1 - 2 in the league scoring race at the end of the season. Callander with 79 goals plus 111 assists for 190 points while Michayluk had 62 goals and 111 assists for 173 points. The 111 assists by both players was a club franchise record. Dale Derkatch finished sixth with 62 goals, 80 assists for 142 points.

The end of the season the team had broken more WHL records and tied another in league play. Five team players scored 50 goals or more, they were Jock Callander (79), Dave Michayluk, Dale Derkatch (62), Wally Screiber (56), Brent Pascal (55). The other WHL record was Dale Derkatch finishing with 142 points for a rookie and 80 assists ties a WHL record.

(Photo: Regina Leader Post - file)

Regina Pats finished second with 48 wins, 24 losses, 465 goals for, 368 goals against for 96 points. Jock Callander won the League's Top scorer and Dale Derkatch won the Rookie of Year Award.


Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyDale Derkatch
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyJock Callander
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyGarth Butcher
Most Valuable PlayerThe Barker TrophyDave Michayluk
Top Goal ScorerNo TrophyJock Callander
Team Top ScorerNo TrophyJock Callander
Most Improved PlayerNo TrophyJeff Crawford
Most Popular PlayerNo TrophyBarry Trotz
Top Vote-getterLabatt's Three Star AwardDale Derkatch
Unsung HeroBooster Club AwardBrent Pascal


PRODUCTION LINE: Wally Schreiber (LW), Jock Callander (C), Dave Michayluk (RW)
CONTACT "C" LINE: Jeff Crawford (LW), Mark Centrone (C), Brent Pascal (RW)
NOTRE DAME HOUNDS LINE: Gary Leeman (LW), Dale Derkatch (C), Lyndon Byers (RW)

EASTERN QUARTER PLAY-OFF - Friday, March 26, Regina Pats' Jeff Crawford scored four goals (three) in the third period and had two assists to lead the home club to a 13-6 victory before 4,198 fans at the Regina Agridome. Regina had 3-1 and 7-5 period leads. Dale Derkatch was credited with seven assists, a new WHL record, and Brent Pascal also scored two goals and four assists. Tom McMurchy, Brandon's top scorer had three goals. The Pats big line had 19 points: Crawford (LW) 6, Derkatch (C) 7, and Pascal (RW) 6. "This was the first time I had 4 goals in junior hockey." Crawford said after the game.

Saturday, March 27, Pats Gary Leeman absorbed a first period cross check and received a broken jaw as Regina went on to down the Brandon Wheat Kings 9-5 at the Brandon Keystone Centre. Pats also lost Bruce Holloway in the third period when he broke his ankle in two places. Wally Schreiber missed the game with a cast on his right hand. Both clubs were tied 3-3 after the first period and 5-5 after the second. It was Regina's defenseman Jason Meyer as he rushed the length of the ice and scored a goal that broke the tie at 1:58 of the third period.

Sunday, March 28, Coach Dunc McCallum watched as the Regina Pats downed his Brandon club 10-3 in their own back yard. On the week-end Pats directed 94 shots at Wheat Kings' Ron Hextall and Todd Lumbard. Brandon had their chances, 16 power play opportunities in the two games and were only able to score once. For Regina, Dave Michayluk had three goals and one assist, while Dale Derkatch had 2 goals and 2 assists and Marc Centrone tallied 2 goals and had 1 assist. Pats took a 2-0 lead after the first period and scored 7 straight goals before Brandon's Bosch scored at 19:31 of the second period.

Tuesday, March 30, Regina Pats helped coach Bill LaForge as they defeated Brandon 12-3 at the Regina's Agridome. Regina's Jock Callander had 2 goals and 2 assist while Marc Centrone had 2 goals and 1 assist. Tom McMurchy also tallied twice for the Brandon Wheat Kings. It was Regina 5-1 after the first period. In the second Pats took a 9-1 lead before Brandon then scored two goals. In the four games Pats outscored Brandon Wheat Kings 44-17. Pats top line of Crawford, Derkatch and Pascal scored 15 goals, and 27 assists. (Photo: Regina Leader Post)


- Saturday, April 03, Regina earned a 3-2 victory over Calgary Wranglers as 4,198 onlookers watched the game at the Regina Agridome. Jeff Crawford helped to score the winner, Crawford was in Regina's end zone and he fired a hard shot off the boards. Teammate Brent Pascal started to race toward the loose puck. At the same time Calgary netminder Mike Vernon went after the puck. Pascal was able to push the puck with his stick between Vernon's legs into the open net. Pats took a 1-0 first period lead on Dale Derkatch goals at 14:58. Calgary's Leigh Verstraete tied the game near the nine minute mark. Pats' Screiber then scored three minutes later to take a 2-1 lead into the third period. It was then Pascal at 16:09 and, 40 seconds later Calgary's Dan Bourbonnais closed out the scoring.

Sunday, April 04, Calgary upset Regina's scoring machine as they picked up a hard earned 3-2 victory at the Agridome, as 4,198 saw the ending of Pats 12 game winning streak. Dan Bourbonnais' two goals scored the winner on a two-on-one with Steve Tsujiura. Calgary's Darrell Anholt opened the scoring at 8:51 and Pats' Dave Michayluk tied the game with less than one minute remaining in the first. In the second period Bourbonnais scored his first goals at the four minute mark, then scored the winner at 17:24 of the third period followed by Pats' Centrone with only 35 seconds left in the contest. "It was goalie Mike Vernon, not Calgary, that held us to five goals in the first two games." said Pats coach Bill LaForge.

Tuesday, April 06, Chris Smith was the key to Pats 6-1 as 6,366 witnessed the Pats victory over Calgary at the Calgary Corral. Smith was outstanding, stopping numerous Wrangler opportunities. In the first stanza, Calgary came out and bombarded Smith outshot Regina 21-7 and kept the play in Pat's end zone for most of the session. Pats were outshot 36-21 in the game. The second and third periods became a continual series of fights, a total of 288 penalty minutes were handed out. Callander was Pats top scorer with 3 goals and 1 assist.

Friday, April 09, once again Chris Smith was the main difference for Regina. Friday, the Pats hockey club were badly outshot 53-24 but came through with a 4-3 victory over Calgary, taking the best-of-five series. It was Wally Schreiber's second goal, a high slap shot at 12:46 of overtime that was the winner. It was witnessed by (7,712) a sell-out as the spectators squeezed into the Calgary Stampede Corral. Wranglers outshot the Pats 12-3 in the overtime but it was Regina's third shot that counted. Pats Jock Callander beat Calgary's Brain Tutt in a race for a loose puck near Calgary's blue line. Jock poked the puck ahead to Michayluk who then pushed the puck over to Schrieber at the slot for the overtime goal.

EASTERN DIVISION FINAL - Monday, April 12, Regina downed Lethbridge Broncos 6-3 at the Lethbridge Sportsplex. Broncos held a first period 2-1 lead resulting in 144 minutes in penalties, most occurring passed the mid point of the period. At the conclusion, 200 minutes had been handed out. Both clubs decided to stick to hockey after the first period. Pats scored two unanswered goals in the second to take a 3-2 lead. Dave Michayluk scored two goals for Regina, both in the third period.

Wednesday, April 14, with Regina Pat Blues' coach Barry Trapp, along with Bob Strumm coaching the Pats, they lost a close one 2-1 at Lethbridge. Ron Sutter scored the only goal in the first period for the Broncos with only one minute left in the period. There was no scoring until 12:37 of the third period when Regina's Schreiber scored on Michayluk's rebound passed goalie Cleo Rowein. There were less than two minutes remaining when Broncos Mark Magnan received a pass from Ivan Krook in the slot area. Magnan let a hard shot go and the Lethbridge Broncos had the victory.

Friday, April 16, with the largest junior hockey crowd (6,050) ever to date at the Agridome, Lethbridge Broncos downed the Pats 3-1, with coach Barry Trapp handling the Pats bench. Broncos took a 2-0 lead on first period goals by Mark Magnan at 7:39 and Ron Sutter at 11:19. Regina's Tony Vogel then scored a deflected shot by defenceman Barry Trotz at 13:42. Magnan scored his second goal at the midway point of the third period as he broke through Pats defence, scoring on a backhander.

Saturday, April 17, Regina beat Lethbridge 4-2 at the Agridome, in front 5,820 fans as Pats' defenseman Garth Butcher returned to the lineup and was a big help to the club. At one point in the game, he came out of nowhere diving through the air to sweep away a Bronco attempt on the net, that saved a certain goal. Both clubs fought through the first period and came out tied 1-1. After the second period Pats took the lead 3-2 going into the final period. Michayluk, who scored two goals, scored his second in the third period at the five minute mark.

Sunday, April 18, three games in as many nights was in Letbridge's favor as the Broncos won 5-3 at Lethbridge Sportsplex. Regina goalie Chris Smith, on one of his first shots, stopped Lethbridge Ivan Krook on a break-a-way. Smith went on to have a strong game blocking 37 shots. Bronco's netminder Cleo Rowein also made a key save when Dale Derkatch let a booming shot go in the third period. Both clubs were tied 2-2 after the opening period and Lethbridge took the lead 4-3 after the second. Doug Rigler, on a low back-hand passed Smith at 17:31, sealed the victory.

Tuesday, April 20, Lethbridge Broncos' Coach John Chapman said, "We were never in the game." That summed it up as Regina defeated Lethbridge 6-1 at the Agridome before 5,836 fans. Pats were getting to the puck all night. Regina scored three goals in the first and second period. Ivan Krook scored the only third period goal for the vistors at the five minute mark. Pats' goaltender Chris Smith, who played for Oshawa Generals of the OHL the passed two seasons, was released in January and brought to Regina. He came back and played in the last 7 League games with a dislocated shoulder. He played strong in the net, especially in Tuesday's game, robbing Lethbridge's Krook twice turning back labelled drives by Magnun and Rick Sutter.

Thursday, April 22, Regina Pats Chris Smith's outstanding performance blocked 38 shots helping his club to a 5-2 victory as 5,468 saw Regina Pats down the the first place Lethbridge Broncos at the Sportsplex. The Broncos finished with 50 win and 100 points. For Regina it was coach Bill LaForge's first chance behind the Pats bench in five games and the players were happy to have him back. For Regina it was Pascal scoring two goals the first of the game and his second into an open net. Although Broncos outshot Regina in every game throughout the series, it was the Pats who took the series 4-3.

WHL LEAGUE FINAL - Saturday, April 24, Dave Michayluk scored two goals and assisted on two others as he lead Regina to a 6-4 victory over Portland Winter Hawks in front of 5,762 at the Regina Agridome. One of Michayluk's goals was a gift as he scored behind the net and banked the puck off the skate of a Portland Winter Hawks defenceman. Pats scored three goals in the first period before Portland scored with less than three minutes left in the period. In the second period Portland scored two goals to tie the game before Pats came back with two to take a 5-3 lead into the third.

Sunday, April 25, Portland took a 4-1 lead going into the final period and had to hold on to a 5-4 win at the Queen City Agridome. Regina did everything but get the tying goal. They were foiled by goal posts, cross bars, diving defensemen, and Mr. May himself. Both teams fought through a scoreless first period. Portland scored two quick goals at the 6:09 and 6:29 mark with Pats Dale Derkatch scoring 20 seconds later. Winter Hawks once again scored another two quick goals at 16:26 and 17:01. In the third period Pats outscored Portland 3-1 and outshot the Winter Hawks 17-9 in the third period.

Tuesday, April 27, Portland fell behind 6-2 and outscored Regina 4-0 in the third to force overtime as the Pats had a third period collapse. Centre Ken Yarenchuk then scored as he let a high shot catch the left of the net. The goal was scored at 2:49 of the extra session to provide the Winter Hawks with a 7-6 comeback victory at the Agridome. Portland coach Ken Hodge said, "It was a big win. We now go home for the next three games." Yarenchuk finished with two goals and added three assists. "It was the best game of my life." stated Yarenchuk.

Friday, April 30, the buzzer had sounded the end of the game as 9,201 watched at Memorial Coliseum as the Winter Hawks downed Regina 5-3. It was the cue for the Pats to pour from their bench and begin a brawl. Portland led 1-0 going into the second period, only to have Pats take a 3-2 lead after the second period. Winter Hawks scored three goals in the third period, including an empty net goal at the 19:11 mark. Heath finished the game with 2 goals and had 1 assist for the winners. Portland peppered 50 shots against Chris Smith. There were 260 minutes in penalties handed out in the game. Pats had 190 minutes which raised their total to 1,074 in 19 playoff games.

Saturday, May 1, the Portland (10,389) fans knew their team was on their way to their first Memorial Cup by the mid point in the second period. Portland had no trouble as they walked all over Regina Pats 9-2, they lead 8-2 at the end of the second period. Rob Geale scored two goals, both in the first period, and Perry Pelensky scored two goals, both in the second period, which contributed for Winter Hawks.

Portland Winter Hawks became the first United States team to play in the Memorial Cup, along with Kitchener Rangers (OHA) and Sherbrooke Beavers (QMJHL). The Tournament was played at the Robert Guertin Arena. The Kitchener Rangers faced the Sherbrooke Beavers in the final, winning 7-4 and taking the Memorial Cup.

Front Row: Darryl Kuntz, Karl Jones (Trainer), Bruce Holloway, Bill LaForge (Coach), Garth Butcher, Bob Strumm (Owner and General Manager), Jock Callander, Stew MacDonald (Office Manager), Kerry Poole Second Row: Kevin Gallant (CKRM Broadcaster), Dave Michayluk, Taylor Hall, Ray Plamondon, Brian Roach, Jeff Crawford, Lyndon Byers, Dave Goertz, Gary Leeman, Al Tuer, Bryan Raymond (Marketing Manager), Jon Hammond (CKRM Colour Man) Third Row: Dale Derkatch, Barry Trotz, Rob Babchuk, Mark Raedeke, Brent Dallyn, Tony Vogel, Wally Schreiber, Darren Bobyck