Saturday, February 4, 2012

1986-1987 - SEASON

Lethbridge Broncos' majority owner, Dennis Kjeldgaard, and part owner, Al Foder, sold the team's franchise back to a Swift Current community owned group. It was headed by John Rittinger who paid $550,000 for the club.

The Pats were probably the only club to trade players for a coach during the off season. They sent Kevin Clemens and Kevin Ekdahl to Medicine Hat for coach Doug Sauter.

1986-1987 PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Brian Leibel, Rob McKinley, Darin McInnis, Mike Gibson, Stacey Nickel, Jeff Stayko Defense: Brad Miller, Chris Tarnowski, Dan Logan, Milan Dragicevic, Darren Parsons, Trent Kachur, Mike Dyck, Craig Kalawsky, Jim Mathieson, Brian Wilkie, Layne Meko, Gerald Bzdel, Mike Shand, Kevin Kuntz Centre: Mark Janssens (Captain), Mike Van Slooten, Bryan Wells, Len Nielsen, Brad Hornung, Ray Savard, Bob Rioux Right Wing: Craig Endean, Taras Diakiwski, Bob Heeney, Grant Chorney, Rod Williams, Brent Kilpatrick, Phil LePage, Bryan Wells, Scott Reid, Layne Meko, Ray Savard, Ken McIntyre, Kevin Kowalchuk Troy Bakogeorge, Layne Meko Left Wing: Darren McKechnie, Gary Dickie, Gregg Nicol, Brent Fedyk, Erin Ginnell, Shawn Byram, Trent McLellan, Garnet Kazuik N/K: Brent Janke, Murray Larose Coach-General Manager: Doug Sauter Assistant Coach: Dennis Sobchuk Trainer: Stan Szumiak

Tuesday, December 30, 1986, was a sad day throughout the WHL as all the teams were mourning the death of four Swift Current Broncos who died when their bus rolled into a ditch. The Broncos were on their way to Regina for a hockey game.

The photos of Chris Mantyka (L), Brent Ruff, Scott Kruger and Trent Kresse are frozen in time at the Centennial Civic Centre.
(Photo: taken from - Special -

To view a great tribute to the Swift Current Four - click on the web site noted below:- -

On Sunday, March 1, 1987, during the last game of the schedule, Regina Pats were playing against Moose Jaw Warriors at the Regina Agridome. Centre Brad Hornung, suffered a spinal cord injury when he was checked into the boards which left him a quadraplegic. Brad attends each Regina Pats home game at the Brandt Centre and is seated in Section 104, wheelchair seat # 2. Anytime you are in Regina Pats game, look him up and get a chance to meet him. He's a great guy and you will be glad you did. It only takes a few seconds of your time. (Photo: Kevin Shaw Collection)

Saturday, March 14, Kamloops Blazers' Rob Brown surpassed Brian Propp as the WHL Leagues all time scorer with 514 points.

For the first and only time, there were no interlocking scheduled games. The League had seperate scoring records for the west and east divisions that year.
Pats' Craig Endean was the scoring leader. He had 69 goals, 77 assists for 146 points and his team mate Len Nielson was runner up with 36 goals, 100 assists and 136 points. Endean was also selected to the All-Star second Team. The Regina Pats finished fifth in the Eastern Division with 66 points.

Regina Kings' Dale Derkatch scored 83 goals and had 51 assists for 134 playing in the SMHL.


Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyDareen McKechnie
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyDareen McKechnie
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyBrad Millar
Most Valuable PlayerThe Barkers TrophyLen Nielsen
Top Leading ScorerTorchy Schell Memorial TrophyCraig Endean
Most Improved PlayerNo TrophyGary Dickie
Most Popular PlayerNo TrophyMark Janssens
Unsung HeroBooster Club AwardRay Savard
Leading Vote-getterMolson Three Star AwardMark Janssens
Player's PlayerNo TrophyMark Janssens
Top Play-off PerformerNo TrophyCraig Endean

EASTERN QUARTER PLAY-OFFS - Tuesday, March 24, before Civic Centre fans Moose Jaw Warriors defeated Pats 4-1 in a hard hitting contest."There must have been 200 body checks." stated Warrior coach Greg Kvisle. Referee Dean Forbes handed out 29 minor penalties, 22 for roughing.

Wednesday, March 25, Regina's Craig Endean's four goals were not enough as Moose Jaw edged Pats 5-4 Wednesday at the old Exhibition Stadium. It was the first WHL game in four years at the Stadium. The game had to be moved due to the Regina Horse Show taking place at the Agridome. In two games Endean scored all of Pats goals. Fleury was the Warriors top goal scorer with two.

Friday, March 27, Moose Jaw went on to down Doug Sauter's Pats 6-0 before a sell out crowd (3,420) at the Civic Centre. On Friday, the Warriors took the best of five series, three straight. The game was already over by the fifteen minute mark of the first period with Moose Jaw ahead 4-0. In a trade with Portland, Warrior goalie Glen Seymour came to Moose Jaw on January 8, and made 40 saves for his shut out. He was outstanding in the first period with 23 saves.

Moose Jaw Canucks lost to the Medicine Hat Tigers in five games. Tigers went on and defeated Saskatoon in the east, then Portland Winter Hawks in seven games for the League championship.

That year the Memorial Cup was back to a three team tournament. Medince Hat Tigers (WHL), Oshawa Generals (OHA) were the host team, while Longueiul Chevaliers from the (QMJHL). The title match had the Tigers facing the host Oshawa Generals at the Civic Centre. Seventeen year old Trevor Linden scored twice to help Medicine Hat win 6-2 and the Memorial Cup.