Sunday, May 5, 2013

REGINA PATS - BANTAM DRAFT


Regina, Saskatchewan – With their Second Overall pick in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft, the Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to select forward, Sam Steel from the Sherwood Park Flyers of the Alberta Bantam AAA League. 

Steel led the Flyers in scoring this season, totaling 104 points (52G, 52A) in 31 games through the AMBHL season.  The 5’10”, 155 lbs forward took home some hardware as well this year being named the AMBHL North’s Top Forward as well as the North’s Most Sportsmanlike Player.

At the Alberta Cup in Strathmore, Steel suited up for Team Northeast and went on to claim the Cup for wins in back-to-back years.  Steel led the tournament in scoring with 15 points (6G, 9A) in five games, tying him with Devin Setoguchi for third all-time at the event.

A native of Androssan, AB, Steel has some interesting connections to the Regina Pats.  During a visit to Edmonton in the 2010-11 season, the Pats held a practice at a backyard rink his father built.

“We’re extremely excited to bring a player with the caliber of skill that Sam Steel brings with his game,” says Pats GM Chad Lang.  “Our scouting staff identified Sam as a player we needed to focus on in this year’s draft class and we were lucky enough to be able to select him with the second pick.”

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With their second pick of the day, the Pats continued to build on the blue-line by selecting Liam Schioler (6’2”, 170 lbs.) of the Shattuk St. Mary’s Tier-1 Bantam program.  The cousin of fellow Pats prospect, Dane Schioler, tallied 30 points this season in 61 games.

To complete a Draft Day Considerations trade with the Brandon Wheat Kings, the Pats acquired 18-year old forward Geordie Maguire and a third round pick which the Blue and White used to add 6’3”, 185 lbs. forward Luc Smith.  Maguire comes to the Pats after playing his rookie season in Brandon while Smith totaled 43 points in 29 games of AMBHL action this past season.

Entering the fourth round with three picks, the Pats used the 68th overall selection to acquire goaltender Dawson MacAuley from the Calgary Hitmen.  MacAuley was the SJHL co-playoff MVP this year, backstopping the Yorkton Terriers to an SJHL Championship.
With their remaining fourth round picks, the Pats selected defenceman Brady Pouteau 79th and Jared Freadrich 80th

The Pats next selection came in the sixth round (116th overall) where they picked forward Jacob Elmer from the Edge Hockey School Bantam program.

In the seventh round, the Pats went the goaltending route, selecting Airdrie, AB product Kurtis Chapman
 
The netminder featured an 8-5-3 record while recording a 2.58 GAA and a .930 Sv% for the Airdrie Extreme. 


The Pats’ eighth round pick came close to home as the Blue and White selected forward Brady Third from the Notre Dame Bantam Hounds.


Friday, May 3, 2013

EX-REGINA PATS

TODD LUMBARD - ADVERTISEMENT




Todd grew up in his family’s funeral business, Brockie Donovan Funeral Home in Brandon, MB., and learned his work ethic, attention to detail and honesty and integrity in business from his father, Jack.  However, Todd’s passion and talent for hockey led him to a goaltending career with the Notre Dame Hounds, Brandon Wheat Kings and Regina Pats, before being drafted by the New York Islanders. When Todd’s hockey career came to an end, he graduated with honours as a Funeral Service Professional.

In 2004, Todd saw Speers as a perfect fit for his belief in providing high-quality, locally-owned funeral service to a community.  He was able to purchase Speers and Regina became home for he and his young family.




Todd played for the Regina Pats during the 1982-83 season as a goaltender:

Played: 56, games, 7 assists, 31 penalty minutes, 3194 minutes, 194 GA, 2 EN, 2 So
3.64 AVER., 38 Wins, 16 Lost, 0 Ties.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

REGINA PATS ALUMNI

JAMIE HAYDEN (1989-90 - 1991-92)

GETS  MARRIED - FRIDAY, APRIL 26, 2013




I was just talking (Saturday, April 27at 11:15 a.m.) to an old Regina Pats Alumni, Bill LeCain who played with the Regina Pats back in the mid 1950's and he told me that his daugther yesterday married an ex-Pat, Jamie Hayden from Saskatoon, (played with the Regina Pats (1989-90 to 1991-92) here in Michigan.  Bill also mentioned that Jamie's father came from Saskatoon to attend the wedding.


Jamie a Defenceman played 145 games, scored 6 goals, had 43 assisted for 49 points and had 188 penalty minutes.  

Sunday, March 10, 2013

REGINA PATS vs. LES CANADIENS


This was taken from my old side kick - Ken Shaw from his web site: Blue Liner: http://www.theblueliner.com/


By: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston  

Thanks Kevin - for bring back those great memories. 


Oh yes, I can remember that great hockey game.  Nothing like the good old days.  The day was October 4, 1961.  The Regina Pats played an exhibition game against their sponsors the Les Canadiens of the National Hockey League (NHL).  This was four years before I joined the Pats.

They split the two teams:  Regina Pats Coach,  Frank Mario handled the Regina Pats, while 
Hector (Toe) Blake Coached the Canadiens.  Looking at the below lineup and seeing all those famous names and getting to met some of them a few years later, sure brings back those great memories.





I forgot what that score was, but I knew the Canadiens had won, seeing Billy Hicke playing for the pros. 




Ahhh, Kev even found a picture taken by the Leader Post:



Tuesday, February 12, 2013


Fundraising Efforts for Ex-Regina Pat Kyle Deck a Success

February 11, 2013

                         Fundraising drive collects $24,500 for former Pats captain



 
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Pats and their Alumni came together recently to support former Pats Captain, Kyle Deck.  Through the Knight Archer Bobblehead night and the Prairie Mobile Skills Competition/Alumni Game, the Regina Pats, Shooting Stars Foundation and Pats Alumni raised $24,500 dollars to help Kyle in his battle against kidney disease.

Through donations from the Clark Gillies Bobblehead Night, the Pats and their fans raised $4,500.  Half of those funds went towards supporting Kyle while the other half was donated to the Regina Kidney Foundation.

Pats fans gave generously at the Skills Competition and Alumni Game, making donations at the doors and participating in a silent auction of the Alumni’s game worn jerseys.  Founding members of the Shooting Stars Foundation, Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward and Jordan Eberle, matched the donations from the jersey auction and the night raised $21,000.

“The Alumni game was a great night,” says Sillinger.  “It’s awesome to see the Pats, fans and alumni all stepping up to help a member of the Pats family in need.  The Shooting Stars Foundation is honoured to have been able to contribute to supporting Kyle.”

The Regina Pats would like to thank all of the fans, volunteers, alumni and sponsors who helped make this fundraising initiative a resounding success.

Monday, February 11, 2013

UP-TO-DATE ON DAN MARCE:




Our dearly beloved Daniel died as he lived, privately with strength and dignity in Regina at 12:16 am on Wednesday, February 13, 2013 with his family by his side.

Thanks for your support and prayers during this difficult time and respecting our privacy as we grieve and make final arrangements.

Funeral arrangements to follow in the Leader Post obituary.

The Marce Family 

To see Regina Leader Post - Obituary - click on following:

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/leaderpost/obituary.aspx?pid=163060245 


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PUBLISHING DIRECTOR of
 REGINA PATS BOOK - 
"Junior Hockey's Royal Franchise The Regina Pats" 

  In Critical Injury in Cayman Islands Collision

 

Dan Marce, 66, of Regina was critically injured after being hit by a car while on vacation in the Cayman Islands.

 

Family and friends are praying for the recovery of Dan Marce after he was critically injured while on vacation in the Cayman Islands on Friday night.

According to various reports, the 66-year-old Reginan was struck by a white Toyota car while crossing a street after leaving a local restaurant/ bar. Marce initially received medical care in the Caymans but was later transported via air ambulance to a Miami hospital, where's he's being treated for multiple injuries, including serious head trauma.

"I've got about 100 people I've been emailing," said long-time friend Tom Shepherd, who has been in touch with family members and friends who accompanied Marce and his wife Jan on vacation. "Everybody is praying and hoping. Danny was very involved in the community and has lots of friends. It's so shocking. You go on a holiday and get hit by a car."

Shepherd said "virtually everything" was broken in the accident, including arms, legs, ribs, jaw and skull. In addition, his chest was caved in, causing complications with his heart.

"He's obviously in rough shape; eight doctors were working on him for a while," said Shepherd, a former president of the Saskatchewan Roughriders who has known Marce for over 50 years.

"It's going to be a long recovery period. He had a number of head injuries but the encouraging news is the brain was still functioning. All the bones can heal as long as your head is fine."

According to media reports in the Caymans, a police spokesperson confirmed that officers arrested a female driver on suspicion of driving under the influence. She was released on bail. The report didn't confirm the name of the victim, but did state that he was taken to hospital in critical condition due to head injuries.

Shepherd said Marce and his wife were in the Caymans with three other couples. He had been out on a "guys night" with three friends on Friday before deciding to leave early, at around 10: 30 p.m., and return to his condo. The group, assuming Marce was in bed, wasn't aware of the accident until a police officer came to the door a few hours later.

"The policeman was very concerned that nobody knew about Danny so he went to the immigration office where all the papers are filed and he found out where they were living," said Shepherd. "He told them he couldn't stand it that those people wouldn't have known what happened. He did them a real favour and tracked them down."

Marce worked in marketing for the Roughriders in the 1980s and went on to become a member of the CFL team's management committee (now known as the board of directors). He has also been heavily involved in the Plaza of Honor dinner for many years, at one time serving as chairman.

Marce, who has three sons, retired from PrintWest just over a year ago, but still does work with the company. He has published numerous books on Regina and the local sports community, including the Riders' 100th anniversary publication.

gharder@leaderpost.com




Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The remarkable careers of Regina Pats alumnus Ed Staniowski


 By Rob Vanstone, Leader-Post January 29, 2013 4:41 PM


The remarkable careers of Regina Pats alumnus Ed Staniowski

Former Regina Pats and NHL netminder, Ed Staniowski during a skate before an alumni game at the Brandt Centre on January 28, 2013.

Photograph by: Don Healy , Regina Leader-Post


Ed Staniowski's careers have required him to stand in front of shots or do his utmost to avoid them.
Yet, there are several similarities between his roles as a goalkeeper and a peacekeeper. In many ways, the attributes possessed by a successful hockey player are applicable in an organization such as the Canadian Forces.

"The military is discipline. It's dedication. It's teamwork,'' the former Regina Pats star says.
"It's all the things that we have to have to be successful in hockey, so there is a commonality.''
Staniowski is quick to emphasize that there are limits to the comparison.

"The consequence of service to country in the military can be far greater, of course,'' he says. "The good that comes out of it, the positives, can be very rewarding. It may not be for everybody, but I would certainly encourage a young person to consider it if I'm ever asked my opinion.

"The consequences of service can be very dire, as we all know, and I've tragically lost friends on operations and I've also seen other friends who are seriously hurt. You never want to see that. You never want that to be part of the equation, but regretfully it does happen.

"As a nation, we've certainly experienced it in Afghanistan, and our American brothers and sisters to the south even moreso, in numbers that are too painful. But the friendships that I've got from the military and the friendships that I've got from hockey are the strongest relationships I have outside of my family.''
Staniowski enjoyed the hockey-related friendships Monday when he played in the Regina Pats alumni game at the Brandt Centre.

At 57, he participated in a fundraiser for former Pats captain Kyle Deck, who is battling kidney disease. Staniowski - the victorious goaltender in the 1974 Memorial Cup - seldom straps on the pads, but made an exception to help out a great cause. He travelled to Regina from Belleville, Ont., to lend his good name to the proceedings."I've got some legacy injuries - some of them from hockey, but most of them from the military after,'' he says.

"If I'm playing the game, I'm pretty much just a post. If you thought I was an angle goalie in the '70s, you should see me now.''

Staniowski is now a lieutenant-colonel in the Forces, which he joined in 1985 - the same year in which he concluded a 10-year NHL career - when he became an officer in the Primary Reserves.

Operational tours have taken him to Afghanistan (where he served as recently as 2010), Africa, the Middle East, Bosnia, Egypt, Israel and Cyprus.

In the most dangerous locales, he has been reminded of the occupational hazards on a daily basis.

"You learn to deal with your mortality, certainly, and I'm talking about being on operations now,'' Staniowski says.

"Your training takes over. When you are in contact, when you are being shot at, when you are required to lead men and women who are in harm's way, your focus and your training and your confidence have to take over.

"Things happen very, very fast. Often, you don't have time to think it out. You have to have visualized it before. You have to have trained for it. That's where the similarities to goaltending would kick in. If you've got to think about what Guy Lafleur or Ray Bourque are going to do with that puck, you're probably not going to be very successful.

"I can tell you that when you're on operations and things start happening, if you're forced to stop and think about it, you're probably going to get behind the power curve pretty quickly as a leader.''

Staniowski remains involved in a leadership capacity as the director of the officer training program in Kingston, Ont. He does not expect to return to a combat situation.

"It became very apparent to me in Afghanistan that it's extremely hot and extremely dry,'' he says. "You've got to keep your wits about you. That type of service is a young man's game, and I know the term 'young man' can be relative. But certainly the fittest and the finest in their 20s are the folks that are doing the job in the world of the infantry, anyways.

"For the folks who put on 60, 70 or 80 pounds of equipment and ammunition and then go out in 45-degree Celsius heat and carry it up and down hills and mountains, it's a young man's game. My job more than anything now is to talk about the business. My days of chasing bad men up and down mountains are over.''
Staniowski takes considerable pride in having done that in collaboration with military people for whom he has boundless respect.

"I can tell you this unequivocally: There are some things worth fighting for. There are things worth standing up for,'' he states.

"Sadly, there are some entities and some people who need to be stood up to.


"Thankfully, they're a long way away from most Canadians. For the most part, they're in far-off places, but some of the ideals and some of the principles that are out there, we as Canadians would and should stand up to.
"I do a lot of work with our allies and they know that when it hits the fan, as it did in the '40s and in World War I and in Korea and in other places, Canadians are in the fight and they can count on us.''

Just like people can count on Ed Staniowski.

As a hockey player, he routinely delivered the big save, and he has continued to come through in timely fashion in the military.

In 2007, for example, he received a call from Department of National Defence headquarters. Gen. Rick Hillier was hoping that some former NHL players could visit Afghanistan - with the Stanley Cup.

Staniowski proceeded to contact the NHL's head office in New York and facilitated a fruitful conversation between the league's commissioner, Gary Bettman, and Hillier. The wheels were soon in motion for the Cup to travel to Kandahar with NHL alumni such as Stanio-wski, Dave (Tiger) Williams, Mark Napier, Rick Smith and Rejean Houle.

"Everybody knows Tiger Williams's legacy,'' Staniowski says.

"He's a warrior - a tough guy on the ice. When he gets over there to Afghanistan, he's sitting with groups of soldiers at two or three o'clock in the morning.

"They're coming out of the field and he's sitting there talking to them and listening to what their experiences are.
"He's sharing a little bit of hockey when they want to hear it, but more importantly he's there for them and he's hearing what they've got to share.

"What a connection. It was just brilliant to be a part of that. That was our national game going over for our national presence in Afghanistan.''

And to think that, once upon a time, Staniowski and Williams were on opposite sides in what was then known as the Western Canada Hockey League. The Pats' heated rivalry with the Swift Current Broncos boiled over one memorable night when Williams, a member of the visiting team, ended up in the stands at Regina's Exhibition Stadium.

"There was a time when he would have went over me, through me or around me to defeat me,'' Staniowski says, "but I couldn't think of a better man to have in battle with me.''

Nor could he think of a better reason to return to Regina.

Monday's game raised money for the Kyle Deck Foundation and the Regina Chapter of the Kidney Foundation of Canada.

As a bonus, the Moose Jaw-born Staniowski was able to don the sweater of the team for which he played from 1971 to 1975. Those were, according to Staniowski, four of the best years of his life.

"The Pat organization and the current owners, the Parker family, are great people in my mind and great for hockey and great for the Pat organization here in the city,'' Staniowski says.

"When (Pats executives) Brent Parker and Cliff Mapes chatted with me about coming back, the moment I saw that it was possible on my calendar, it was, 'Absolutely.'

"I owe a lot to the Pats. When I say the Pats, I'm talking about the management and the fans at that time, but the legacy goes right through to today. Those who have taken it forward - the current owners and the current fans - you owe them a lot, in my opinion.

"It is about giving something back. I'm in my 50s now, so it's a little harder to give back, but it's still about giving back. For me to come back to Regina, it's just too easy. It's just too right.''

rvanstone@leaderpost.com

Monday, January 28, 2013

REGINA PATS ALUMNI BLUE WON

 IN A SHOOTOUT 10-9 


Veteran Goaltender, Eddie Staniowski (57 years old) (1971-75), (to the left) at times appeared to be struggling, but he had good reason.  (the following is taken from the Regina Leader Post - Rob Vanstone: At 57, he participated in a fundraiser for former Pats captain Kyle Deck, who is battling kidney disease. Staniowski - the victorious goaltender in the 1974 Memorial Cup - seldom straps on the pads, but made an exception to help out a great cause. He travelled to Regina from Belleville, Ont., to lend his good name to the proceedings."I've got some legacy injuries - some of them from hockey, but most of them from the military after,'' he says.

"If I'm playing the game, I'm pretty much just a post. If you thought I was an angle goalie in the '70s, you should see me now.'')


He let in 8 goals on 23 shots. With only 27 seconds remaining in the first half, Staniowski made his best save as he stopped the  Pats all time scorer, Dale Derkatch (1981-85).  The White Team were caught with too many men. The Blue Team was allowed a penalty shot in place of the 2 minute penalty.  Derk went right down the middle of the ice and Eddie stopped the shot with his pad, right in front of the net. At the end of the first half, it was Team Blue 8 - Team White 2.

In the second half, it was all the White Team as they scored 7 goals. The goal scoring started with Justin Bernhardt passing to Martin Smith Parked in front of the net and scored at the 2:16 mark.  (Jared Jagow scored 5 goals in the second half and 1 in the first half, plus a goal post).

Down 9-7 in the dying minutes the White Team's, Kelly Markwart (a turn over at the left side of the net at 22:26) and Jagow scored (on a rebound at the front of the net at 23:19) - 1:03 apart to tie the game 9-9 and send the game to a shootout.


In the shootout, the star was Mike Kirby (1988-91) as he was the only one to score.  Then Shaun Fleming (1989-90) replaced Staniowsk while Rod Houk (1987-89) played in goal for the Blue and played the whole game.

The alumni played two twenty-five minute periods.  It was Jared Jagow (Photo to the right) putting on quite the show in the second half as he moved the puck around, dipping in around the Blue Team.


Play Video   Daniel Fink speaks with former Pats Captain Kyle Deck after the completion of the Prairie Mobile Skills Competition and Kyle's surprise appearance as the final shooter in the breakaway challenge. 



I wonder how many of the Alumni remember another Alumni game that ended 10-9.  The first of three against Moose Jaw Warriors.  A late goal by Wickenheiser gave the Pats the win at Moose Jaw's old crush can.
 

Mike and Kara Sillinger have been everywhere

But Regina is home

Edward Willett - with permission: 



The Spring 2010 issue of Fine Lifestyles Regina, for which I’m the editor, is just around the corner. In honour of that, here’s my cover story from the Winter issue, which featured former NHL player Mike Sillinger.

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Mike Sillinger holds the NHL record for playing with the most teams—12 in all. He was traded nine times, another record.

All of which means that in 17 years as a pro hockey player, he moved around—a lot.
In fact, the list of teams he played for after being drafted from the Regina Pats by the Detroit Red Wings  back in 1990 sounds like that old Geoff Mack song, “I’ve Been Everywhere.”

Mike could sing, “I’ve been to Detroit, Anaheim, Vancouver, Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, Florida, Ottawa, Columbus, Phoenix, St. Louis, Nashville, New York…I’ve been everywhere, man!”
When he retired in August, Mike could easily have moved back to any of those places—or, indeed, anywhere at all. It says something about both him and Regina that he and his family chose instead to come back here.

“We had a taste of living on the Atlantic Ocean, the Pacific Ocean, in the desert, the Midwest, but we never got a chance to dig our heels really good into any of those places,” says Mike’s wife, Karla, who, like Mike, was born and raised here.

“The last five years we were tossing the idea back and forth, ‘Where were we going to end up?’” But, she says, “We’d come home in the summertime and it seemed we were happiest here.

“A great place to raise a family”

“It’s a great place to grow up and a great place to raise a family,” she adds, and that’s an important consideration, since the Sillingers have three boys, Owen, 12, Lukas, nine, and Cole, six.

The boys have wanted to come back to Regina in the winter ever since the family spent Christmas here in 2004—made possible because of the NHL lockout that year. “The kids loved it,” Mike says. “They’d never seen Regina with snow. This is what they’ve asked for every year, and they have it now!”

All three boys are now enjoying their first full year at Jack MacKenzie School, and (of course) playing hockey.  “Owen plays Tier 1 Pee Wee, Lukas plays Tier 1 Atom, and Cole thinks he should play both,” Mike says with a laugh.

Mike and Karla, of course, have seen plenty of snow in Regina, having both grown up in the city’s north end.

They met while Mike was playing for the Regina Pats, recording three consecutive seasons as the Pats’ top scorer. “I was thumbing through the newspaper, and was intrigued by this hockey player,” Karla says. “We met through a mutual friend, and I said, ‘This is the guy I’m going to marry.’ That’s how it happened.”

But although she might have been thinking marriage right from the beginning, Mike wasn’t. “I thought she was a beautiful girl and we got along, but that’s not what was on my mind at age 17 or 18 years old, while I was playing with the Pats,” he says. “It wasn’t until a couple of years later, when I went and played in the Detroit organization, and we had a long-distance relationship, that I think I realized I had a good girl back in Regina. The following year we got engaged.”

They were married in 1994, and even though they only made it back to Regina during the summers for the next few years, they bought their first home in the city in 1997. They’ve had one ever since.

“We lived in a home in the summer time for 10 years in Westhill, then we bought a home in Lakeridge and owned it for two years,” Mike says. Now they’re in Windsor Park. “We thought we’d try the East End. This end of town I really enjoy.”

Injuries end career

Still, it wasn’t a foregone conclusion that they’d return to Regina at the end of Mike’s career. The way his career ended influenced things.

Mike’s final team was the New York Islanders; he played the 1,000th game of his NHL Career with the Islanders against the Tampa Bay Lighting on November 1, 2007, his family joining him on the ice for a special pregamer ceremony. But that season was cut short by a hip injury that required surgery in February, 2008. The following season, he had further hip problems, undergoing surgery again last February and missing the rest of the season. On August 26, he announced his retirement.

It was a “difficult way” to end his career, Mike says, and helped him make up his mind to get out of New York. “While I was having my last surgery, Karla and I decided, ‘Let’s put the house up for sale’—in the worst possible market ever.” Despite the poor market, the house sold by June, and Mike and Karla headed for Regina.


Not only would Mike have felt awkward remaining in  New York after the way his career ended, they’d never felt comfortable there. “New York was a big change,” he remembers. “We’ve always enjoyed living in the Midwest. Easy going, easy living, no rush, no hustle. We always envisioned ourselves living in a Columbus or Saint Louis. It reminded us of back home.”

But instead of just moving someplace that reminded them of “back home,” they actually moved back home were crazy,” Mike admits. “But when I have buddies come to town and take them up to my place at Pasqua Lake, they’re in awe. They never envisioned a place like that so close to Regina. They just think it is beautiful.”

“It may seem glamorous to have lived in all of those places, but we can never call any of those places home,” is how Karla puts it. “It’s a comfortable feeling when you can go to the grocery store and wave at people…You take for granted the friendliness that you’re accustomed to when you come back to small city like this.

“We’ve been in some cutthroat places, where you don’t get the please and thank you…some really stressful places,” she continues. “They’re great to be in for a bit, but we have three kids involved in hockey, we’ll be involved in minor hockey for a lot of years. You take for granted here that you don’t have to travel for half an hour or an hour and take a flight to a hockey tournament.”

Mike’s new job

That’s not to say that all the travel has ended for Mike—far from it. Almost immediately upon his retirement, he took on a new job as director of player development for the Edmonton Oilers.

“I probably travel the same amount as if I were playing the game,” he says, noting he’d just come back from Sweden. “It takes up a lot of my weekends. My job is, I’m in charge of the drafted players in the organization. They range anywhere from 18 to 22, 23 years old. A lot of college kids. I have good reads on these players, and I have to mentor them, teach them how to be an ultimate pro. I’m a player who’s been there, done that, been in all different situations.

“There’s such a variety of them,” he goes on. “My main focus is the 22 or 25 players who are going to be top prospects. There’s such a small window of opportunity for these players to make it. After I was drafted I didn’t know what I was doing, good or bad. Fortunately I had lots of great teammates.

“It’s my job to be these guys’ mentor and follow them along. Our scouting staff still watches these guys, but I want to make sure they have the opportunity to make it to the National Hockey League. If you’re drafted into the organization, you’re drafted for a reason.”

Mike didn’t expect to go straight to work after retiring. “I never planned to do anything,” he says. “I was just going to kick back. When the Oilers approached me—and I retired and I had this job all within a week—I had  people call me from the media, saying, ‘I thought you weren’t going to do anything!’

“And I wasn’t! I was going to hang out in Regina and coach my kids’ hockey and watch them grow. But when this opportunity presented itself, Karla and I both thought that if I was to pass it up and it was November and December, we’d be wondering what the Oilers wanted me to do.

“It almost seemed too good to be true. I wasn’t expecting to be hired that quick. But pretty much my interview the end of August was, ‘Now that you’re retired, I’m going to offer you a deal, and I need you in Edmonton next week!’”

“That’s what you wanted,” puts in Karla. “You didn’t want to find something, you wanted something to find you.”

Mike agrees.

“I was flattered to be contacted by the Oilers,” he says.” It’s a team I never played on, but here I am working for the Oilers, seven or eight hours down the road. It’s almost like it was meant to be.

“I figured I won’t know if I’m going to like it unless I try it,” he continues, and so far, “the Oilers have been nothing but first-class. I can work out of Regina, and still stay connected to the NHL. They’re very understanding that I have a family. They want me to do my job and do it correctly, but if my son has a tournament, they’ll say, ‘Go ahead, go with your boy to his tournament.’”

Family comes first
It’s important to Mike to be able to spend time with his boys, even if he isn’t coaching them as he thought he might be this winter. “It’s not about coaching minor hockey, it’s their lives I don’t want to miss!”

With three boys playing hockey, the family spends a lot of time at rinks. The boys are very “sports-oriented,” Mike says, not only playing hockey and lacrosse but enjoying watching Roughrider games and Regina Pats games. “Every time I have to go to a Pats game, they always says, ‘Can I come? Can I come?”

Mike and Carla both work out at Level 10 Fitness. They like to dine out at places like Crave, Rock Creek and the Roof Top. Mike mentions The Tap and the Press Box as two pubs he favours if he’s going off to watch football or hockey. The Keg and Earl’s rate a mention, too. But, says Mike, “We’re mostly home bodies.”

And that, ultimately, is why Mike and Karla Sillinger have chosen Regina over all the other places they could be living.

“We’re back here,” says Mike, “because home is home!”

Friday, January 25, 2013

REGINA PATS BLUE & WHITE ALUMNI GAME

in support of former Pats Captain Kyle Deck and the Kidney Foundation.


This coming Monday, January 28, 2013

New for this year, the Skills Competition will be preceded by a Pats Alumni Game.  Fans get a chance to see former Pats return to the ice featuring  Ed Staniowski,  Mike Sillinger, Dale Derkatch, Jamie Heward and many more.  Fans have the opportunity to take a piece of the game home with them as the Pats Alumni jerseys will be auctioned off in support of former Pats Captain Kyle Deck and the Kidney Foundation.  To build on the money raised, the Shooting Stars Foundation and its founders Jordan Eberle, Jamie Heward and Mike Sillinger are pledging to match the funds earned through the Alumni Jersey Auction.

 
Eddie Staniowski (Goaltender 1971-1974)  - Can not see him as playing goal in this game, but one never knows.








Mike Sillinger (Center - 1987-88 - 1990-91) - played in all three alumni games against Moose Jaw.





Dale Derkatch - (Center - 1981-82 - 1984-85) and Coach (2008-09)

Record with the Regina Pats:  Most goals 222, assists 269, points 491; Consecutive points scoring streak 47 - 1981; Consecutive goal scoring streak 15 - 1982-83; Most points by a rookie 142 (62 goals, 80 assists)
















Kyle Ross













Martin Smith - Played for 5 teams in just 2 years in the WHL: Seattle Thunderbird, Saskatoon Blades, Brandon Wheat King,  Victoria Cougars before joining the Regina Pats in 1989-90 season. 



Jamie Heward:  to the left (Right Wing - Defence)



Brad Anderson  (Center 1970-71 - 1972-3)  Another oldie went on and played with Victoria Cougars

Jordan McGillivray (Left Wing 2001-02 - 2005-06) One of the youngest players. 



“Hockey is a small world and Kyle is a dear friend,” says Heward.  “As Regina Pats Alumni, Jordan, Mike and I are extremely proud to help out in any way we can.”

Sillinger adds, “What better way to help out?  Let’s play some hockey with friends in front of great fans and at the same time support a fellow alumnus in need with a jersey auction.  Come out and bid!”

After competing in the Alumni Game, former Pats join current members of the Blue and White along with a select group of local media to go head to head in the four challenges with each player’s points affecting the team total.


                                                                              Kyle Deck

“Every year we strive to put together new and exciting events for our fans to enjoy and this season’s Prairie Mobile Skills Competition being held in the Brandt Centre will be like no other,” says Pats V.P. of Business Operations, Cliff Mapes. “These events don’t take place without our important corporate partners and once again I would like to thank Shea Paisley of Prairie Mobile Communications for taking a lead role in this event for the third time along with Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward and Jordan Eberle of the Shooting Stars Foundation for supporting the Alumni Game fundraiser for Kyle Deck.”

The Brandt Centre doors open at 6 p.m. on Monday and admission is by minimum donation to the Kyle Deck Foundation/ Regina Kidney Foundation.  The event will be hosted by the Wolf Morning Show with Chad and Ballsy from 104.9 The Wolf as well as Ryan Schultz from 620 CKRM.

For more information on the Prairie Mobile Pats Skills Competition and Alumni Game, visit ReginaPats.com or call the Pats Office at 522-PATS.


Alumni Game Rosters


Team Blue
Team White
Kyle Ross (Center)
Jordan McGillivray (LW)
Brad Anderson (Center)
Mike Sillinger (Center)
Nevin Markwart (LW)
Martin Smith (C) (LW)
Dale Derkatch (Centre)
Jamie Heward (Defence)
Doug Trapp (LW)
Kurt Wickenheiser (Center)
Mike Kirby (RW)
Jarrett Jagow (Center)
Ryan Bender (Defence)
Justin Bernhardt (Center)
Rod Houk (Goaltender)
Frank Kovacs (LW)
Selmar Odelein (Defence)
Ed Staniowski (Goaltender)
Troy Vollhoffer (LW)
Tony Vogel (Center)
Chad Wilchynski (Defence)
Darrin McKechnie (LW)
Al Dumba  (RW)(LW)
Gord Wappel (Defence)
Jon Hammond (LW)
Kelly Markwart (LW)
Ron Babchuk (Center)
Brett Leffler (RW)
Coach: Ballsy
Coaches: Chad and Schultzie



Blue Team: 

Kyle Ross (2003-07); Brad Anderson (1970-73); Nevin Markwart (1981-83); Dale Derkatch (1981-84); Doug Trapp (1982-85); Mike Kirby ( 1988-91); Ryan Bender (2007-08); Rod Houk (1987-89); Selmar Odelein (1982-86); Troy Vollhoffer (1982-83); Chad Wilchynski (1993-97); Al Dumba (1973-76); Jon Hammond (1973-76); Ron Babchuk (1979-81)  

White Team: 

Jordan McGillivray (2001-06); Mike Sillinger (1987-91); Martin Smith (1989-90); Jamie Heward (1987-91); Kurt Wickenheiser (1981-85); Jarrett Jagow (2006-08); Justin Bernhardt (2003-07); Frank Kovacs(1887-92); Ed Staniowski (1971-75); Tony Vogel (1981-83); Darrin McKechnie (1986-88); Gord Wappel (1974-78); Kelly Markwart (1987-91); Brett Leffler (2004-09)


I choose the White Team to win by three goals.


Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Prince Albert Scored Four Goals in the Third Period to win 9-4


Pats visit Prince Albert at the Art Hauser Centre for the second time in five nights

January 09, 2013         

Parts taken from the Regina Pats Web Site:  The eve of the WHL Trade Deadline marks the sixth time these teams square off.  The Pats hold the better of the season series with three wins in the five games including two straight and a 5-2 win on the weekend.  Morgan Klimchuk is the top Pat in the series with six points (1G, 5A) in the five games.  Three Raiders have five points against Regina to lead the way offensively for the opposition (Josh Morrissey, Anthony Bardaro and Mike Winther).  The Pats are on a roll as they come towards the trade deadline having won five straight including their sweep of a three-in-three weekend.  The Raiders look to snap a three game slide as the deadline approaches.  Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 6:35 p.m.

by: Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston

Regina Pats got into penalty trouble in the first period, as Prince Albert scored twice on four chances.  Regina Pats fell apart in the third period as Prince Albert scored 4 goals.

First Period:  Regina Pats went up 2-0 by the four - thirty mark.  The first was on a short handed goal.  Prince Albert Defenceman Dylan Busenius fell allowing Dyson Stevenson getting a break-a-way from the Pats Blue Line at 2:57.  The Raiders made it 2-1 as Davis Vandane took a long shot just inside of the blue line, getting pass Pats goaltender Matt Hewitt's glove off the post at 7:55, assisted by Chance Braid.  Regina Pats scored on a 2 on 1 rush as Chandler Stephenson scored at 9:05, assisted by Morgan Klimchuk. Prince Albert's netminder Luke Siemens allowed 3 goals on 7 shots and Andy Desautels took over. Prince Albert came right back with two power play goals and tied a wide open period.  Dakota Conroy was left ope and aloud to skate right in and score at 17:32, assisted by Anthony Bardaro and Dylan Busenius. Near the end of the period, Mike Winther scored just 6 seconds into the power play at 19:22, assisted by Josh Morrissey and Busenius.

Penalties: Regina - Chandler Stephenson (Unsportsmanlike) 2:13; Regina - Patrick D'Amico (Interference) 5:34; Regina - Emil Sylvegard (Interference on Goaltender) 16:16; Regina - Lane Scheidl (Charging) 19:16; Prince Albert - Mark McNeill (Roughing) 19:57

Score: Regina 3 - Prince Albert 3; Shots: Prince Albert 17 - Regina 10

Second Period:  Third unanswered goal by Prince Albert gave them a 4-3 lead as Mark McNeill on a break-a-way scored on his rebound at 9:16, assisted by Mike Winther. Two minutes later Prince Albert went up 5-3 on a give way as Josh Morrissey scored at 11:11, assisted by Dakota Conroy and Tim Vanstone.  Morgan Klimchuk scored on a high shot to the top corner of the net at 16:04, assisted by Lane Scheidl and Chandler Stephenson.

Penalties: Prince Albert - Josh Morrissey (Holding) 4:03; Regina - Colby Williams (Holding) 11:33; Prince Albert -Harrison Ruopp (Slashing) 14:00; Prince Albert -Chance Braid (High Sticking) 18:48

Score: Prince Albert  5 - Regina 4; Shots: Prince Albert 13 - Regina 8

Third Period: Prince Albert scored two more goal to take at 7-4.  It was Anthony Bardaro scoring as the Pats just sat around, scoring on his own rebound at 3:33, assisted by Leon Draisaitl and Mark McNeill.  Just over three minutes late Carson Perreaux on a short hand break-a-away.   Regina Pats netminder came out, but Perreaux poked the puck pass him and scored at 6:55, assisted by Harrison Ruopp.The Radiers went up 8-4 as Shane Danyluk was left wide open at the side of the net, scoring at 10:46, assisted by Davis Vandane and Chance Braid . Prince Albert Draisaitl scored off the post at 15:30, assisted by Busenius and Ruopp.

Penalties: Prince Albert - T. Vanstone (Interference) 6:26; Regina - Chritoffer (Boarding), Prince Albert - Ruopp (Boarding) 8:22; Regina - Trent Ouellette (Interference) 11:23; Prince Albert - Chance Brad (Holding) 13:16

Score: Prince Albert 9 - Regina 5; Shots: Prince Albert 16 - Regina 9 
 

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Regina Pats Take Weekend Sweep
 Winning 3-1 Over Brandon

Pats & Wheat Kings clash for first time since the first weekend of the season 

January 06, 2013 

Parts taken from the Regina Pats Web SiteThe last time the Pats and Wheat Kings faced off was the Pats’ Home Opener back on the first weekend of the WHL Season.  Now halfway through the season and in a new year, the Pats and Wheat Kings finally go head to head for the third time.  Brandon took the first two meetings with Regina to open the season.  Alessio Bertaggia and Ryan Pulock each had four points in the 3-2 and 7-4 Wheat Kings victories.  Six Pats had two points in the first two games with Dyson Stevenson scoring twice. 

The Pats play their third game in as many nights tonight after wins against Medicine Hat and Prince Albert to open the weekend.  The Pats have wins in their last four games.  The Wheat Kings come to Regina after dropping a 4-2 decision to Medicine Hat.  Tonight’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show at 5:35 p.m.

HIGHLIGHTS - LAST 4 GAMES - Click on Date

Jan. 5 Pats 5 - PA 2;  Jan. 4 MH 2 - Pats 3 SO;  Dec. 30 Sask 2 - Pats 6; Dec. 29 Pats 5 - MJ 1


by: Ron "Scoreboard" - Game Summary

Before an attendance of 3,756, the fans saw Pats win their 5th straight win,

First Period:  No Scoring

Penalties:  Brandon - Ryan Pulock (Kneeing) 14:47; Regina - Dyson Stevenson (HookIng) 18:49

Score: Brandon 0 - Regina 0; Shots: Regina 9 - Brandon 5

Second Period:  Just 45 seconds into the period, Brandon Wheat Kings scored on a power play goal.  It was Tim McGauley parked in front of net, receiving the puck and scoring, assisted by Eric Roy and Richard Nejezchleb. Near the end of the period Regina Pats tied the score at 1-1 on a power play goal.  Pats top scorer Lane Schedl scored on a hard shot that went off the goal post at 17:41, assisted by Morgan Klimchuk and Colby Williams.

Penalties: Brandon - Ayrton Nikkel (High Sticking) 3:33; Regina - Luke Fenske (Interference) 11:01; Brandon - Rene Hunter (Hooking) 15:25; Brandon - Tyler Yaworski (Cross Checking) 16:58); Brandon - Richard Nejezchleb (Slashing) 19:34

Score: Brandon 1 - Regina 1; Shots: Brandon 13 - Regina 10

Third Period:  Regina Pats Captain Colton Jobke made it 2-1 for the Pats, scoring on a screen shot at 3:47, assisted by Braden Christoffer.  Pats made it 3-1 on a empty net goal as Lane Scheidl waited and passed to the front of the net and Morgan Klimchuk scored at 19:08, also assisted by Chandler Stephenson.

Penalties:  Regina - Griffin Mumby (Interference) 9:05

Score: Regina 3 - Brandon 1; Shots: Regina 15 - Brandon 8