Saturday, February 4, 2012

1991-1992 SEASON

Bruce Hamilton, part owner of Tacoma Rockets, became the newest entry in the Western Hockey League. The Rockets play their home games in the 17,700 seat Tacoma Dome.

Saskatoon part-owner Rick Brodsky, along with his brothers Bob and Jack and Father Nathan, purchased the Victoria Cougars from Bob Vrancraert. Brodsky kept the clubs “Cougar” name and play their games in the old 1,800 seat Coliseum.

1991-1992 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Mike Risdale, Berry Becker, Jason Claque Defense: Derek Eberle, Jason Smith, Nathan Dempsey, Heath Weenk, Niko Ovaska, Jason Morris, Vernon Beardy, Hal Christianson, Jamie Hayden, Rob McCaig, Kelly Harris, Brad Bagu, Jason Young Centre: Jeff Shantz, Louis Dumont, Trevor Hanas, A. J. Kelham, Jeff Frieson Right Wing: Frank Kovacs, Chris Constant, Gary Pearce, Karry Biette, Nikas Barklund, Darcy Jerome, Josh Erdman, Craig Kinney, Devin Grimeau, Tony Frenette, Greg Story Left Wing: Lloyd Pelletier, Jason Gibson, Terry Bendera (Captain), Ken Richardson, Russ Gronick, Danny Pilling, Brad Scott N/K: Kelly Harris, Jason Young, Mike Crespeigne, Gib Tucker Coach: Brad Tippett Assistant Coach: Al Dumba General Manager: Bill Hicke Trainer: Mark “Torchy” Simpson

Regina Pats Right Winger Frank Kovacs is selected to the Eastern Second All-Star Team. Regina Pats finished in seventh place in the eight team Eastern Division and out of the play-offs that season.


Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyJason Smith
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyGary Pearce
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyDerek Eberle
Most Valuable PlayerThe Barkers TrophyFrank Kovacs
Top Leading ScorerTorchy Schell Memorial TrophyFrank Kovacs
Most Goals ScoredNo TrophyFrank Kovacs and Lloyd Pelletier (Tied)
Most ImprovedNo trophyJeff Shantz
Most Popular PlayerNo TrophyFrank Kovacs
Player-of-the-YearBooster Club AwardFrank Kovacs
Scholastic PlayerMolson-Cooper TrophyNathan Dempsey
Unsung HeroBooster Club AwardMike Risdale
Heart and Soul AwardNo TrophyKarry Biette
Leading Vote GetterMolson- Three Star AwardFrank Kovacs

That year Seattle Thunderbirds were the Memorial Cup Tournament host. Kamloops Blazers were the League champions taking Seattle in six games. From the east it was Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds from the (OHA) and Verdun College Francais (QMJHL). Kamloops beat Sault Ste. Marie 5-4 in the final, the winning goal scored with only 14 seconds remaining on a Zac Boyer break-a-way.

(Photo: Royal Photo Studio - Regina Pats Collection)

Front Row: Barry Becker, Dale Vossen (Assistant Coach) , Graham Tuer (Head Scout), Al Dumba (Assistant Coach), Ted Knight (Owner), Frank Kovacs, Morley Gusway (Owner), Brad Tippet (Coach), Bill Hicke (Manager-Owner), ___________ Second Row: ________, Nathan Dempsey, Jeff Shantz, ______, Garry Pearce, Heath Weenk, ______, ________, ________, Jamie Hayden, ________, Louis Dumont Third Row: ________, Derek Eberle, Mark “Torchy” Simpson (Trainer)