2008-2009 - THE "RAT" COMES HOME
Regarded by many as the greatest Pats player of all time Dale had his number 15 retired on March 13, 1999. Dale is the Pats career leader in numerous categories: Goals (222), Assists (269) and Points (491). Dale also holds Western Hockey League records for career play-off points (103), career play-off assists (73), most points in one play-off game (7) as well as the most points in one play-off year when he had a remark- able fifty three (53) points in the 1984 play-offs.
Derkatch was named the WHL Rookie of the year in 1982 and captured the WHL Scoring crown a year later during the 1983 season. A 7 th round selection of the Edmonton Oilers, Dale went on to play professionally in Europe for fourteen (14) season making stops in Finland, Germany, Italy and Switzerland. After finishing his playing career Dale returned to Regina and joined the Washington Capitals where he worked as an amateur scout for six (6) years.
On Friday, September 5, 2008 - In the 91 year history of the Regina Pats, they have never seen the 3200 mark in season ticket sales, today they surpassed it. It beats the season ticket sales record set last season with 3126. This is just indicative of the support Pats fans have given the club over the pats 2 seasons, with and almost 20 per cent increase in attendance since the 2006-2007 season.
2008-2009 REGINA PATS ROSTER - Goalies: Lindon Rowat, Jeff Bosch Defence: Matt Delahey, Colten Teubert, Dallas Jackson, Victor Bartley, Alex Pym, Justin Slobozian, Koltyn Miller, Jeff Dort Centre: Jordan Eberle, Cody Gross, Kirt Hill, Jared Jagow, Levi Lind, Troy Ofukany, Mike Reich, Justin Scott, Tim Kraus, Matt Scrueby, Jordan Weal Right Wing: Brett Leffler, Kasper Saulietis, Niko Sellman, Garrett Mitchell, J.D. Watt, Scott Doucett, Brett Miller, Dominick Favreau Left Wing: Michael MacAngus, Myles Stoesz, Rudolph Cerveny, Tomar Hricina, Mitch Czibere Coach: Dale Derkatch Assistant Coaches: Terry Perkins, Todd Strueby Goalie Coach: Cyr General Manager: Brent Parker Athletic Therapist/Trainer: Greg Mayer Assistant Trainer: Leigh Fitzpatrick Director of Scouting: Todd Ripplinger
The Regina Pats got of to a great start, after the first month. They were fighting for first place only to see the club slip badly. It started when five of their top players had to leave the club for International play. Forward, Jordan Eberle, Defenceman, Colten Teubert, with the Canadian IIHF under 20 World Tournament, along with Forward Rudolf Cerveny of the Czech Republic at Ottawa. The other two were Forwards: Jorden Weal (Pacific) and Dominick Favreau (West) in the under 17 World Junior Tournament.
(Photo: Canada celebrating their Gold Medal - Andre Ringuette - IIHF)
It was a great moment for Regina Pat's Jordan Eberle, as he became a star overnight when he scored the tying goal with only 5.4 seconds remaining in the semi-final game against Russia, then scoring the winner in the shoot out. In the Gold Medal game against Sweden (5-1) Eberle scored a goal and had two assists. At the end of the season, Jordan Eberle had taken seven of the Regina Pats Awards. (Photo: Jordan Eberle - Regina Pats - file)
By Christmas break the Regina Pats were in 3rd place in the Eastern Division and 4th in the Eastern Conference. With the return of the five, Pats had slipped to 7th in the Eastern Conference. At the end of the League Schedule they were in 10th place with 60 points and out of the play-offs.
REGINA PATS AWARDS:
|Type of Award||The Trophy Name||Players Name|
|Top Rookie Award||Nick Pappas Memorial Trophy||Jordan Weal|
|Most Sportsmanlike||Hub Bishop Memorial Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Top Defenceman||Charles Johnston Memorial Trophy||Matt Delahey|
|Most Goals - League||Torchy Schell Memorial Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Top Scorer - League||Billy Hicke-Dennis Sobchuk Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Unsung Hero||No Trophy||Garrett Mitchell|
|Most Popular Player||Billy Hicke Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Most Community Minded||Mike Kartusch Memorial Award||Victor Bartley|
|Player of the Year||Regina Pats Trophy||Jordan Eberle|
|Leading Vote-Getter||Molson Three Star Award||Jordan Eberle|