Sunday, May 5, 2013


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.”


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



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.