1996-1997 - SEASON
1996-1997 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Chad Mercier, Arron Mori, Andy Adams, Cavan Hoffman, Blair Faulkner Defense: Gerad Adams (Captain January 3), Derek Morris, Perry Johnson, Dean Arsene, Brad Stuart, Clint Orr, Chris Kwas, Dan Focht, Mark Thompson, Robert Marshall, Chad Wilchynski, Ross Parsons Centre: Lars Pettersen, Josh Holden (Captain), Brett Lysak, Joey "Smokey Joe" Bouvier, Ryan Thomas, Dimitri Nabokov, Kyle Calder Right Wing: Dimitri Nabokov, Boyd Kane, Bouvier, David Maruca, Cody Jensen, Curtis Tipler, Lars Pettersen Left Wing: Klyle Calder, Shane Lanigan, Curtis Tipler, Bryan Randall, Dimitri Nabokov, Josh Dobbyn, David Maruca, Kyle Freadrich, Jeff Schabb, Tony Vlastelic Coach: Rich Preston Assistant Coach: Leo MacDonald Manager: Brent Parker Assistant Manager: Graham Tuer Assistant Manager: Perry Andrusiak (December 19) Trainer: Mark "Torchy" Simpson Assistant Trainer: Landry Jacobson Director of Marketing: Scott Clark
On Sunday, September 22, Regina Pats had 6,148 fans turned out for the home opener, a new franchise record for a league opening game.
With goalie, Chad Mercier, still nursing his injured hip, Pats brought in overaged Brad Adams from the Ontario Hockey League. Adams played his first game Tuesday, November 5, in Saskatoon and witnessed rookie Dimitri Nabokov make a Regina Pat milestone. The fourth goal in the third period at 7:41, scored by Nabokov, assisted by Boyd Kane and Brad Stuart, was Pats 19,000 goal, this includes league and play-off games going back to 1917-18 season. ........... (Photo: Dimitri Nabokov - Kevin Shaw Collection)
Wednesday, December 11th, Kyle Calder scored two open net goals, as Regina downed Moose Jaw 4-2. Pats were leading 2-1 with just over one minute to play in regulation. Warriors coach Al Tuer pulled his goalie. Calder scored into the open net. A couple seconds later Moose Jaw scored to make it 3-2. The a few seconds later Calder scored his second goal into the open net.
After being out for most of the season Pats netminder, Chad Mercier, was to play his first game Saturday, February 8. Mercier Had played in nine games and was sidelined November 1. Struggling to hold back his tears and control his emotions, net minder, Chad Mercier, announced on Monday, February 18, that his junior hockey career had come to an end. It was his back that brought his WHL career to a close.
Regina Pats saw their 27 game home unbeaten streak (24-0-3) come to an end on Friday, February 28, against Prince Albert. The Pats franchise's longest regular home unbeaten streak goes back to 1950. It lasted 32 games and covered parts of a two Western Junior Hockey League season. Started Monday, November 20 and it ended Thursday, February 7, 1952.
Sunday, February 16, Pats established a new all-time attendance record, pushing the season attendance mark to 118,875. The previous mark was set in 1980-81 with 117,514 spectators. Seasons final total attendance 150,678 (Average 4,188).
Play-off position for first place in the Eastern and Central Division was not decided until the last few games of the schedule, when Lethbridge finished in first place in the Central with 97 points. In the Eastern Division , Regina Pats finished in third place with 76 points. Regina Pats Defenseman was selected to the First Eastern All-Star Team and forward Dmitri Nabokov to the Second Team.
REGINA PATS AWARDS
|Type of Award||The Trophy Name||Players Name|
|Top Rookie Award||Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy||Brad Stuart|
|Most Sportsmanlike||Hub Bishop Memorial Trophy||Perry Johnson|
|Top Defenceman||Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy||Derek Morris|
|Most Valuable Player||The Barkers Trophy||Perry Johnson|
|Most Goals - League||Landmark Inn Torchy Schell Memorial Trophy||Josh Holden|
|Leading Scorer - League||Billy Hicke-Dennis Sobchuk Trophy||Josh Holden|
|Player of the Year||Booster Club Award||Perry Johnson|
|Most Improved Player||CKRM Trophy||Lyle Calder|
|Unsung Hero||Minute Muffler Award||Perry Johnson|
|Most Popular Player||Mutt and Jeff's Award||Dimitri Nabokov|
|Most Community Minded||Mike Kartusch Memorial Award||Chad Mercier and Joe Bouvier (Tied)|
|Humanitarian Award||Karcher CHL Award||Chad Mercier|
|Scholastic Player||CHL Canadian Airlines Medal||Perry Johnson|
EASTERN - QUARTER FINAL - Thursday, March 20, two give-a-ways by Pats defenseman in the first period resalted in Red Deer Rebels taking a 2-0 lead. Rebels went on to defeat the visiting Pats 6-4 at the Centrium. In the second period Red Deer outshot Regina 14-3 and led 4-2 at the end of forty-minutes. Pats first-two shots in the second period resulted in goals. Greg Schmidt score early in the third period for Red Deer. Regina were down 5-2 and scored two unanswered goals, Curtis Tipler scored at 11:21 and Josh Holden at 15:03 to make it close only to have Rebels score into an empty net with twenty-one seconds left.
Friday, March 21, Red Deer's Greg Schmidt scored just 1:06 into overtime to give the hometown Rebels a 5-4 victory. Pats' Lars Petteersen tied the game on his second goal at 12:00 in the third period to force the overtime. Pats led 3-1 after the opening period. Josh Hodlen and Pettersen both scored on power-play goals while Kyle Calder scored the third goal. Regina let a 3-1 first period slip by as Red Deer scored three unanswered goals in the middle frame, two in the first minute of play. Red Deer led 4-3 after the second period.
Sunday, March 23, Red Deer downed the Pats 6-2 at the Regina Agridome, before 5,311 fans and took a 3-0 lead in the series. Pats' Dimitri Nabokov opened the scoring on a power-play goal, the only goal in the first period. Red Deer led 3-1 after the second period on Brad Leeb's two goals and Terry Tryan the other. Regina's Joe Bouvier scored two minutes into the third period. The it was all Rebels, scoring three unanswered goals. Leeb was Rebels top scoring, get three goals.
Monday, March 24, Pats avoided elimination with a 5-1 victory over Red Deer. It was a reverse of the Sunday game where the Pats were taking mindless penalties. This time it was the Rebels. Regina scored three first period power-play goals to lead 3-1. Pats had four of their six goals scored on the man advantage. Joe Bouvier and Josh Holden both scored a goal and had one assist for Regina while defenceman, Brad Stuart, had three assists. By the end of the fame referee, Meier, had handed out 149 minutes in penalities; 83 to Red Deer.
Wednesday, March 26, Red Deer coasted to a 5-1 victory at the Centrium, infront of 5,241 spectatores and took the series 4-1. The Rebels led 1-0 after the first period on B.J. Young's power play goal. Pat's goalie Andy Adams, kept his club in the game when he stopped B.J. late in the first period and Greg Schmidt in the second period on break-a-ways. The Pats outshot the Rebels early in the first period 9-4, only to faulter at the end of the period. The Rebels had outshot the Pats 17-10 and Regina could not score. Red Deer's Arron finished the game with two goals and two assists. It was their 1,500 lost (including league schedule and play-off games going back to 1917-18 season).
Lethbridge sidelined Red Deer in the eastern final and won the league final by tacking out the Seattle Thunderbirds. Guelph Storm (QMJHL) were the 1997 Memorial Cup hosts and Chicoutimi Sagueneens the other Quebec team. Oshawa Generals (OHA) was the other team in the tournament. In the final Hull won 8-5 over Chicoutimi.