Saturday, February 4, 2012

1987-1988 - SEASON

1987-1988 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Rob McKinley, Rod Houk, Brian Leibel Defense: Brad Miller, Tim Logan, Mike Dyck, Milan Dragicevic, Jim Mathieson, Trent Kachur, Jeff Sebastain, Craig Kalassky, Cary Kit, Terry Hollinger, Kevin Haller, Jame Heward, Bart Cote Centre: Mark Jassens (Captain), Mike Van Slooten, Mike Sillinger, Scott Melnyk, Scott Daniels, Dan Sexton, Corey Paterson Right Wing: Craig Endean, Kevin Clemens, Jamie Howard, Frank Kovacs, Darren Kwiatkowski Left Wing: Darren McKechnie, Gary Dickie, Greg Nicol, Trevor Ellerman N/K: Wayne Resch, Scott Kennedy Coach-General Manager: Doug Sauter Assistant Coach: Dennis Sobchuk Athletic Trainer: Stan Szumlak

On Sunday, September 13th. Regina Pats came through for a big special friend and former team mate Brad Horning in winning the championship game 7-5 over Brandon Wheat Kings in the Brad Hornung four team Invitational Tournament. The four day tournament was named in honour of Brad Hornung, a quadriplegic, when Brad was checked into the boards in a game against Moose Jaw Warriors last March. Hornung made his first public appearance Saturday, as he watched Pats and the Prince Albert game from the lower level of the Agridome. Brad's sister Leanne was on hand to present the Cup to the Tournament winner. (Photo: Brad Hornung - Regina Leader Post - file)


Sept.10ThursdaySaskatoon Bladesvs.Regina Pats2-4
Sept.11Friday Brandon Wheat Kings vs.Regina Pats9-3
Sept.12SaturdayRegina Patsvs.Prince Albert Raiders8-2
Sept.12 Saturday
Moose Jaw Warriorvs.Regina Pats2-4

Brad Hornung Tournament - Final

September13SundayRegina Patsvs.Brandon Wheat Kings7-5

One year without a WHL team, a group of Lethbridge community people purchased the Calgary Wranglers franchise, moved the club south, and renamed it the Hurricanes.

On Friday, October 9, it was the return of Craig Endean from the Winnipeg Jets training camp. He scored four goals, two on break-a-ways as he helped Rob McKinley record his first shutout of the season.

Sunday, November 1, at Regina, the Pats' Darren Kwiatkowski, scored just six seconds into the game on a break-a-way, tying a WHL record. Pats went on to defeat Victoria Cougars 9-2.

On Sunday, February 28, at the Agridome, Regina Pats scored on six consecutive shots as in the second period as they downed Portland Winter Hawks 12- 1.

On Friday, March 11th., it was a great moment when Regina Pats' right winger Craig Endean became the new WHL all-time point leader.

Craig Endean scored two goals and assisted on four others for six points. It was the last assist on a power play goal at the 19:29 mark when Greg Nicol scored. Craig had just gotten his 523 point passing Bob Brown by one point. Endean finished the season with 529 points. Craig was also the first player to win the Brad Horning Trophy award for the Most Sportsmanlike Player of the WHL for that season. Craig finishes 6th in the League Scoring with 50 goals, 86 assists and 136 points. He was also selected to the WHL Eastern Division First All-Star. (Photo: Craig Endean - Kevin Shaw - Collection)

That season the League changed the awards format for the entire League: The Four Broncos Memorial Trophy - In memory of the four Swift Current Broncos: Trent Kresse, Scott Kruger, Chris Mantyka, and Brent Ruff who were killed in a December 30, 1986, bus accident. This award goes to the most valuable player. Brad Hornung Trophy - Brad was a centre with the Regina Pats who left as a quadriplegic after being injured March 1, 1987. The trophy goes to the most sportsmanlike player. Other awards are Bob Clarke Trophy scoring. Bill “Red”Hunter Trophy - defenseman. Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy - rookie. Del Wilson Trophy - goalie. Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy – coach of the year. The Lloyd Saunders Trophy - executive of the year. Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy - Team with most points. Msgr. Athol Murray Memorial Trophy - WHL's playoff champion.

PATS - THE PUP LINE: Jame Heward (LW, Mike Sillinger (C), Frank Kovacs (RW) - They were all 16 year olds

"I think the Pup Line was my idead," said Regina Pats, Kevin Gallant, Radio Play-by-play Broadcaster. "I remember going to the Humaine Society and getting puppies for the photo shot.

The first winner to get the Brad Hornung Trophy was his team mate Craig Endean. Regina Pats finished fifth in the Eastern Division with 82 points. (Photo: Kevin Gallant - Kevin Shaw Collection)


Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyRod Houk
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyCraig Endean
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyBrad Millar
Most Valuable PlayerThe Barkers TrophyCraig Endean
Top Leading ScorerTorchy Schell Memorial TrophyCraig Endean
Unsung HeroBooster Club AwardJim Mathieson

EASTERN QUARTER PLAY-OFFS - Tuesday, March 22, Swift Current Broncos struck for two goals 12 seconds apart early in the third period enroute to a 8-4 victory at the Centennial Civic Arena. With the score 4-4 early in the third period, Broncos scored two goals on long shots that got by goalie Rod Houk. Peter Kasowski completed a hat trick scoring two late goals for the Broncos. (Photo: Pats 1987-88 Program Cover - Kevin Shaw Collection)

Wednesday, March 23, Pats gave Swift Current Broncos a 3-0 first period lead. Regina had to fight back, only to lose 5-4 at the Exhibition Stadium. The game had to be moved to the Pasqua Street rink due to the Regina Horse Show taking over the Agridome.

Friday, March 25, WHL leading career scoring Craig Endean came to life as he scored four goals and added two assists. Regina went on to down Broncos 9-7 at Swift Current. It was Endean's first play-off win in his five year WHL career.

Sunday, March 27, Kennedy's goal in overtime lifted Swift Current to a 4-3 victory over the Pats before 4,302 fans at the Agridome. Regina's coach Doug Sauter summed it up. "We out worked them, outplayed them, but we didn't out-score them." Regina outshot the Broncos 45-25. They outshot Swift Current 21-7 in the third but it was Kennedy's goal at 9:16 of the first overtime period that hurt the Regina club.

Medicine Hat once again represented the west, defeating Kamkoops Blazers in the League Final. Chicoutimi were the Memorial Cup host located in the Quebec's Laurentian Mountains. Chicoutimi Sagueneens lost out in the play-offs. Drummondville Voltigeurs and Hull Olmpiques were the teams from (QMJHL). The other club was Windsor Spitfires of the (OHA).

The final had the Medicine Hat Tiger against a powerful Windsor Spitfires coming into the Tournament with an unbelieveable 54-0 record going into the third period. Tigers led 5-4 after the second to hold on for a 7-6 victory and the Memorial Cup for the second consecutive year.

Front Row: Rob McKinley, Morley Gusway (Owner), Dennis Sobchuk (Assistant Coach), Ted Knight, (Owner), Rod Houk, Jack Nicholl (Owner), Doug Sauter (Head Coach), Bill Hicke (Owner), Brian Leibel Second Row: Jamie Heward, Frank Kovacs, Greg Nicol, Craig Kalawsky, Mike Dyck, Mark Janssens, Brad Miller, Scott Daniels, Darren Kwiatkowski, Mike Van Slooten, Kevin Clemens Back Row: Kevin Gallant (CKRM-Regina Pats Broadcaster), Darrin McKechnie, Mike Sillinger, Trent Kachur, Craig Endean, Jim Mathieson, Tim Logan, Gary Dickie, Greg Lajoie, Stan Szumlak (Athletic Trainer)