Saturday, February 4, 2012

1992-1993 - SEASON


Regina Pats were celebrating their 75th Anniversary since the club was organized back in 1917.

Red Deer Rebels, operated by the Simpson brothers (Terry as owner and Wayne as the general manager), became the newest franchise in the League. The Rebels played in the Western Division.

Regina Pats' Louis Dumont finished third in the WHL scoring race. He played in 72 games, scored 62 goals, had 59 assists for 147 points. Louis was also selected to the second League all-star team. Jeff Shantz tied with Jason Krywulck for the first all-star team as a forward. Regina Pats finished in fourth place with 71 points. (Photo: Regina Pats Program Cover - Kevin Shaw Collection)

1992-1993 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Mike Risdale, Chad Mercier, Barry Becker Defense: Jason Smith (Captain), Derek Eberle, Nathan Dempsey, Dion Zukiwsky, Vernon Beardy, Jeff Helperl, Heath Weenk, Niklas Barklund, Rob Herring, Bob Graham Centre: Louis Dumont, Jeff Shantz, Jeff Friesen, Grayden Reid, Russ West, Randy Toye, Karry Biette Right Wing: Trevor Hanas, Karry Biette, Steve Downy, Niklas Barklund, Chris Zulyniak, Chris Constant, Gary Pearce, Louis Dumont, Rhett Gordon, Russ Gronick, Jodi Murphy, Mirsdad Musjcin, Ryan Buttazzoni Left Wing: Brandon Coates, Russ Gronick, Jason Gibson, Jeff Friesen, Russ West, Randy Toye, Don Dunningan, Jason Day N/K: Greg Story, Frank Vogel, Ryan Buttazzoni Coach: Brad Tippett Assistant Coach: Al Dumba Interm Coach and Manager: Billy Hicke Trainer: Mark “Torchy”Simpson

WHL AWARD WINNERS – REGINA PATS

Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Rookie of the YearJim Paggott Memorial Trophy Jeff Friesen
Top DefensemanBill Hunter TrophyJason Smith

CANADIAN HOCKEY LEAGUE (CHL) AWARD

Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Rookie of the YearJim Paggott Memorial Trophy Jeff Friesen

REGINA PATS AWARDS

Type of AwardThe Trophy NamePlayers Name
Top Rookie AwardNick Pappas Memorial TrophyJeff Friesen
Most SportsmanlikeHub Bishop Memorial TrophyNathan Dempsey
Top DefencemanCharles Johnston Memorial TrophyJason Smith
Most Valuable PlayerThe Barkers TrophyJason Smith
Top Leading ScorerTorchy Schell Memorial TrophyLouis Dumont
Most Goals ScoredNo TrophyLouis Dumont
Most ImprovedNo trophyKarry Biette
Most Popular PlayerNo TrophyKarry Biette
Unsung HeroBooster Club AwardMike Risdale
Leading Vote GetterMolson-Three Star AwardLouis Dumont

EASTERN QUARTER PLAY-OFFS - Friday, March 26, Ivan Vologjaninov's overtime goal at 2:08 gave Lethbridge Hurricanes a 4-3 victory over the Pats at the Agridome before a crowd of 2,704 fans. Regina were ahead 3-1 in the middle frame, Hurricanes responded with three unanswered goals.

Saturday, March 27, Pats edged Lethbridge 5-4 at Regina in front of only 2,545 spectators. Once again Pats had a 4-1 lead only to allow the Hurricanes to score three straight second period goals. Grayden Reid's goal at 0:56 of the third, assisted by Karry Biette, became the winning goal for Regina Pats.

Monday, March 29, Pats were down 6-4 in the third period and rallied to a 7-6 victory over a hometown (2,534) at Lethbridge. Pats scored two goals in the span of 24 seconds. Pats' rookie Jeff Friesen received a pass from Trevor Hanas with 59 seconds remaining in regulation time. Friesen had a strong productive evening with two goals and four assists.

Tuesday, March 30, Regina's Trevor Hanas' winning goal at 3:33 of the second overtime sudden death period gave Pats a 2-1 win over Lethbridge, before 2,312 onlookers at the Sportsplex. For the second night, Trevor Hanas and Friesen figured in the winning goal. Friesen created a three-on-one break and saw Hanas in the slot. It was Karry Biette, with only six seconds left in regulation, who flipped a rebound into the net to send the contest into overtime.

EASTERN SEMI-FINAL - Pats were forced to play their first two games away from Regina, due to an Amway convention over the weekend.

Saturday, April 3, Pats were down 4-3 in the third period, scored twice in a 33 second span late in the period and went on to a 6-4 upset before shocked SaskPlace 6,516 onlookers. Louis Dumont tied the game with his second goal of the night at 17:26 of the third. Russ Gronick scored the winner at 17:59. Karry Biette had two, including an empty net goal.

Sunday, April 4, Regina lost to Saskatoon Blades 3-2 at Saskatoon, before 5,212 fans at SaskPlace. Pats rallied three of four playoff victories and almost made it four for four. Biette scored at 15:04 of the third. There were only a few seconds remaining in regulation time. Jeff Friesen saw defenseman Jason Smith in the slot to the left of the Blades goal. Smith wound up for a slapshot only to have it blocked by a diving Mark Wotton.

Wednesday, April 7, had a noisy bunch of fans see the Pats down Saskatoon 4-1 at the Agridome, before 5,313 watchers. Grayden Reid's second period goal tied the game at 1-1. Brandon's Coates scored twice in the third period, his second had him at the right side of the goals crease and he tapped in a pass. Louis Dumont scored an empty netter when he received a pass at centre ice and went in alone. He tapped the puck into the net at the 19:08 mark.

Friday afternoon, April 9, Regina Pats, down 5-4 at the end of the second period, scored four unanswered third period goals at the Regina Agridome in front of 6,084. 16 year old Rookie Jeff Friesen scored two third period goals. His first at 9:14 tied the game on a screen shot from the left side and his second was the last goal when Pats were on a 2 on 1 break. Friesen received a pass from Jeff Shantz, then pulled goalie Marcial out of position and scored into an empty net. Saskatoon had taken a 3-2 lead going into the second period.

Sunday, April 11, Saskatoon Blades' season came to an end right in their own back yard as Pats edged coach Lorne Molleken's Saskatoon Blades 4-3 before a surprised crowd of 6,442 fans at SaskPlace. Russ Gronick scored the winner at 14:18 of the middle stanza for Regina.

EASTERN DIVISION FINAL - Friday, April 16, Swift Current's two shorthanded goals turned the game around as Broncos downed Regina 7-2, witnessed by a sell out crowd at Centennial Civic Centre. The shorthanded goals occurred with Tyler Wright taking a penalty at 18:14 of the second. Andy Schneider scored at 18:47 and Rick Girard at 19:10 to put the Broncos up 4-0.

Sunday, April 18, Broncos down 2-0, errupted for five unanswered goals to take a 5-2 victory over Regina. It was witnessed by the largest Pat crowd ever (6,717) at the Agridome. Tuesday, April 20, with the score tied 2-2 in the second period, Swift Current responded for four goals within five minutes. Broncos then went on to pelt Pats 8-3 at Speedie Creek. Jason Krywulak scored three of those four unanswered goals.

Wednesday, April 21, Trent McCleary's overtime goal gave the Swift Current Broncos a 7-6 victory and took the series four games straight. Agridome fans (4,934) saw McCleary score at 18:25 of overtime as Broncos won the East Division Championship. With netminder Mike Risdale pulled for an extra attacker, Jeff Friesen scored the equalizer at 19:48 mark with a two man advantage.

Swift Current Broncos went on to beat Portland Winter Hawks in the League final. Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds were the Memorial Cup host while the other teams were Peterborough Petes (OHA) and Llaval Titan (QMJHL). In the final it was an all Ontario game, with the Greyhounds edging Peterborough 4-2.



(Photo: Royal Photo Studio - Regina Pats Collection)

Front Row: Barry Becker, Jeff Shantz, Louis Dumont, Al Dumba (Assistant Coach), Jason Smith, Brad Tippett (Coach), Karry Biette, Derek Eberle, Mike Risdale Second Row: Jeff Helperl, Randy Toye, Heath Weenk, Garry Pearce, Vernon Beardy, Niklas Barklund, Greg Story Third Row: Graham Tuer (Director of Scouting), Wes Phillips (Director of Marketing), Morley Gusway (Owner), Ted Knight (Owner-Governer), Bill Hicke (Manager-Owner), Peter Loubardias (Director of Media and Public Relations) Fourth Row: Mark “Torchy” Simpson (Trainer), Russell Gronick, Chris Zulyniak, Dion Zukiwsky, Jeff Friesen, Trevor Hanas, Nathan Dempsey, Frank Vogel