Saturday, December 27, 2014








To read the complete article researched and written by Ron C. "Scoreboard" Johnston,  click on the following: 


Friday, December 19, 2014




LENNOX, Robert Taylor 

Passed away at the Northcott Care Centre in Ponoka, AB on November 10, 2014 at the age of 71 years.

Robert was predeceased by his father Van Cleve, mother Hazel, sisters Beverley Seddon and Rita Johnstone. He is survived by his only nephew and niece, Jeff Johnstone and Jocelyn Holt of Calgary.

Robert was born in Regina, Saskatchewan November 10, 1943. Hockey was a passion for Bobby where he played for the Regina Pats hockey team 1960-1961. He attended and graduated from Martin Collegiate High School in 1962. Following his graduation, he enlisted in the Royal Canadian Navy and was stationed in Victoria, B.C from 1963-64.

In 1969, he moved to Calgary where he attended SAIT and earned a degree in steam engineering. He was hired with Suncor and worked in Fort McMurray then resided in Calgary where he worked for many years with the City of Calgary as a steam engineer.

He enjoyed cooking ethnic cuisine, having family BBQ's and going to watch movies at the theatre. He loved watching hockey games and taking trips to the mountains, especially Banff.

At the families request, no services will be held. Memorial tributes can be made directly to the Huntington Society of Canada, 102-5636 Burbank Cres SE, Calgary AB T2H 1Z6 (phone 403-532-0609, A special 'Thank You' to the staff at Northcott Care Centre for their care for Robert and specifically to Margaret Stephanson for her many years of companionship.

Published in The Calgary Herald from Nov. 15 to Nov. 19, 2014

Tuesday, December 16, 2014



John Jack Chandler passed away on Monday, January 25, 2010 at the age of 76 years, after a struggle with COPD and cancer.

He was predeceased by his father John Dave; brother Bill; and brother-in-law Len Moore.

Left to cherish his memory are his wife of 55 years Daryl; children Mark (Bev), Guy (Donna), David and Michael; grandchildren Michelle, Jennifer (Chad), Brett, Denine and Creeson; great grandchild Paytyn; mother Fern; siblings Doreen Moore and Luella (Rich) Milne; as well as many nieces, nephews, extended family and friends.

Jack was well known in the community for his participation in local sporting activities including playing for the Regina Pats as a Right Winger (1951-1954) and Old Timers hockey.

Jack was influential in the Regina mechanical industry, working with Honeywell Controls for 37 years. His passion was his family and their life at the beach, Jake from the Lake.

A CELEBRATION OF JACK'S LIFE will be held at Regina Funeral Home, Hwy #1 East, Regina, SK on Friday, January 29, 2010 at 10:00 a.m. Donations in Jack's memory may be made to Wascana Grace Hospice, 50 Angus Road, Regina, SK S4R 8P6 or to Regina Palliative Care Inc., 4F 4101 Dewdney Avenue, Regina, SK S4T 1A5. Family and friends are invited to sign the online book of condolences at .

Published in The Leader-Post from Jan. 27 to Jan. 28, 2010

Friday, December 12, 2014



Gordon Maurice "Moe":   Moe Young passed into his forever sleep December 8 2014.


He is predeceased by his mother and father, Marie Montgomery and John Fredrick Young, his brother Fredrick Young and his first wife Donna Jean.

Left behind to celebrate his life are his wife of 30 years Sheila Adams and their blended family Debbie (Nigel), Nancy, Shauna (Dale), Sharon (David), John (Linda), 10 Grandchildren and 2 Great Grandchildren as well as his sister Jean Edwards (91 years young) and her family.

Moe started his life in Regina, Saskatchewan March 23, 1928, the youngest in his family. Moe's passion was sports including hockey and golf. Hockey became his primary focus. He first played with the Regina Abbotts as a Junior Hockey player (1942-1945), then the Regina Pats assumed the franchise (1946-1947).

 He turned professional with the Boston Bruins organization and played for the Tulsa Oilers 1948-1951 then the Tacoma Rockets 1951-52. During that time he suffered one of his many major concussions that included a stick hit to his right eye leading to loss of sight.

In the fall of 1952, he went to Trail as playing coach of the Smoke Eaters where he stayed until 1955. In 1956 he moved to Kelowna to join the Packers and stayed with them until 1959. He was one of the major team members during the Packers' eight game tour of Sweden and Russia in November 1958.

In1958 the Kelowna Packers won the Western Canadian Championship and made it to the Allan Cup Finals placing runner up to the Belleville McFarlands. Due to the overall achievement in 1958, the Kelowna Packers were selected to carry Canada's name in the International Hockey Exhibitions in Sweden and Russia in November 1958. They were the first Canadian team to play Canada's national game in Russia. And the Packers won the tournament!

Moe won many awards during his hockey career. He was second in the WHL total points race in his final year with the Packers in 1959. He won the Most Valuable Player award in 1952 and 1953, and was coach of the WHL all-star team while he was in Trail. The Fans of Trail wanted him so badly a public subcription was taken up to buy his contract from Boston while he was still in Tacoma.

When Brian Roche went east to play hockey halfway through the 1960-61 season, Moe took over the Kelowna Junior Buckaroos as coach and lead the league to the final against Kamloops. In November 2008, Moe along with his 1958 Kelowna Packers teammates were the first team to be nominated and selected by the Sports Legacy Committee to the Central Okanagan Sports Hall of Fame Museum in the Team category.

During his off season in 1951, Moe won the position as captain of the Willingdon Cup Golf team for Saskatchewan held at the Royal Ottawa Golf Club. Moe was also the non-playing captain of the BC Willingdon Cup gold team in 1953. Moe always felt one of the highlights of his golfing career was playing with Stan Leonard on his Regina Tour at the Wascana Golf and Country Club.

When Moe arrived in Kelowna in 1955-56 he joined the Kelowna Golf and Country Club with a 2 handicap. He went on to win the Low Interior Amateur in 1958, the Ogopogo Open and then won the Kelowna Golf and Country Club Open Championship in 1963. Moe was president of the Kelowna Golf and Country Club 1963-1964.

Moe had many varied experiences in both work and travel. He sold cars  winning the Master Salesmanship Award in BC in the middle 1950s, and was the Sports Director and Local Sales Manager for CHBC, including the nightly sports report. He also tried his hand at being his own boss. Above all he valued his family.

We will all carry many happy memories of his keen sense of humor and welcoming home, especially in his many happy years with his amazing wife, Sheila. Moe's family thanks Dr. M. Bobyn for amazing support and to all the wonderful caring folks who looked after Moe at the Good Samaritans Mountainview Village Care home in Kelowna. In keeping with Moe's wishes there will not be a funeral. Moe's immediate family will be gathering at a later date to share many happy stories. In lieu of flower please feel free to make donations to Alzheimer's research or charity of your own choice. Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting 250-860-7077.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014




  for the THIRD STRAIGHT YEAR tonight against

 Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 ! 

For the third year in a row, Pavel Padakin scored the “teddy bear goal” for his team as the Regina Pats prevailed 4-2 over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings in WHL action on Wednesday.  He twice accomplished the feat while with the Calgary Hitmen.

  Click below to see video 


Friday, November 28, 2014





Today - Friday, November 28th.

This is Your Day, Phil


Sunday, November 16, 2014


Sunday, October 19, 2014




SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 15, 2014, AT 2:00 P.M.




Sunday, October 12, 2014




Photo: from Regina Pats Web Site

What a night at the Brandt Centre seeing the 74 team out at centre ice and the current Pats swinging by to shake their hands.   

Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston   - took my camera but unfortunately this is the one and only picture before my batteries went dead and, of course it never fails, I had no new batteries with me.

Gary Renner (Scorekeeper - 40 years); Dennis Sobchuk (Red Sweater) 

Friday, October 10, 2014



OCTOBER 10th & 11th.

Photo: from my collection - Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston 

The 1974 Memorial Cup Champion Regina Pats will be in the Queen City this weekend for their 40 year anniversary reunion. The entire team will be here minus Rob Laird and the late Rick Uhrich who passed away at the age of 60 just this past September 4th.

The players will be attending this Friday night's game against the Tri-City American's. They will all be sitting in the west end.  At the start of the game they will be paraded onto the ice for the official face-off. The alumni will be available at a select time during the game for autographs and there will be a silent auction featuring 1974 Championship memorabilia.

There will be a luncheon held at the Press Box Sports Bar on Saturday at noon.  Tickets are available for 50 dollars each, you can get them by contacting Kim "Macker" MacDougall at 306-539-6764 or Drew Callander 306-552-8784 or at the Regina Pats office in the Brandt Centre.  Rod Pedersen will be emceeing the luncheon and hosting a Question and Answer segment with a number of the alumni. Should be fun. Get your tickets now! 





Former Regina Pats defenceman Cole Hamblin was recently diagnosed with a rare form of cancer. We're asking you to please help us in supporting Cole in winning his battle with cancer.

Our Prayers are with you Cole!

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Junior Hockey's Royal Franchise: The Regina Pats

Junior Hockey's Royal Franchise: The Regina Pats


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by Darrell Davis and Ron Johnston

The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the release of the book “Junior Hockey’s Royal Franchise: The Regina Pats”. It’s a book about the rich and lively history of the Regina Pats written by former Pats employee Ron “Scoreboard” Johnston and former Leader-Post writer, Darrell Davis.

The book has been a long labor of love for Ron "Scoreboard" Johnston, who started the research of the book in the mid-nineties because of his keen interest to discover the club's origins. He began a 18 year quest, working 8 hours a day, mostly at Regina Central Library and the Saskatchewan Archives, searching microfilm records of old newspaper articles from across Canada.
The research that Scoreboard compiled allowed Darrell Davis to turn the pages, hopefully finding some stories that were worth telling. Darrel interviewed dozens of people associated with the Pats, reveled in their memories and put them to print.

There are stories from every generation of Pats hockey, as well as bios and photos of each Pat to play in the NHL, stats and standings of every Regina Pat team, and stories from each of the retired Pat players.

Proceeds from the book go towards the Leader Post Foundation; Supporting Community and Education

Friday, October 3, 2014




October 01, 2014

The Pats announced the hiring of alumni Mike Sillinger into the role of Scouting and Recruitment

Regina, SaskatchewanThe Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the hiring of alumni Mike Sillinger into the role of Scouting and Recruitment, providing additional resources and experience to the Pats’ Hockey Operations Department.

“I'm thrilled to be a Regina Pat again and part of an organization I've always been passionate about,” commented Mike Sillinger.  “With my hockey knowledge and ability to understand what it takes to get to the next level, I hope I can be a positive influence and bring many tools to the current prospects.  My family and I enjoy being part of the community and know it will be a good fit.”

Sillinger spent the previous four seasons with the Edmonton Oilers as the NHL club’s Director of Player Development where he worked with Oilers prospects in the AHL and ECHL as well as draft picks in the college and junior ranks. 
“Mike’s experience as an NHL player and Director of Player Development with the Oilers adds a valuable resource to our Hockey Operations Department,” said Regina Pats President Todd Lumbard.  “As a former star player in this organization and a resident of Regina, Mike is well positioned to assist the Pats in attracting and retaining top talent for years to come.”

In his playing days, Sillinger spent four seasons with the Pats, wearing the Blue and White from
1987-1991.  Over that time, the Regina native became the Pats’ second all-time leading scorer with 419 points (178G, 241A) in 266 games played.  One of the members of the famed, “Pup Line”, Sillinger was drafted 11th Overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft by the Detroit Red Wings.  After splitting his first professional seasons between the Red Wings and their AHL affiliate, Sillinger went on to an 18 year NHL career with 12 teams. Sillinger played in 1,049 games while tallying 240 goals and 308 assists.  In recognition of his accomplishments in junior and the NHL, the Pats retired Sillinger’s number 16 in 2011.

“Mike is a local guy with lots of experience in hockey and lots of passion for the Pats,” added Regina Pats Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock.  “He’s involved in the community and with players who are coming up for the draft down the road and we feel he can provide us with added insight.”

Thursday, October 2, 2014



Born: Blairmore, May 16, 1984,  Died: Coleman August 15, 2011


By David Carrigg and Jim Jamieson

Winnipeg Jets forward Rick Rypien was found dead in his southwest Alberta home on Monday afternoon. He was 27.

Alberta RCMP spokesman Sgt. Patrick Webb said police were called to a home in Coleman after the hockey player was found deceased. Rypien’s death is not considered suspicious and has been deemed sudden.

Rypien’s agent Allain Roy said Monday evening before his client’s death had been confirmed that he was surprised at the spread of the then-rumoured event on Twitter. Roy said he’d spoken with Rypien on the weekend and that all seemed well.

“He was fine,” said Roy. “He was excited about going to Winnipeg and getting ready for training camp.”

Rypien, who played parts of six seasons with the Vancouver Canucks, signed a one-year deal worth US$700,000 with the Jets as a free agent during the off-season. The cousin of Super Bowl MVP quarterback Mark Rypien had spent much of his pro career bouncing between the Canucks and their American Hockey League affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, which had been located in Winnipeg.
“We are deeply saddened to confirm Rick’s passing,” True North Sports & Entertainment, the company that owns the Jets, said in a news release. “As many people are aware, he had strong ties to True North Sports & Entertainment, the Winnipeg Jets Hockey Club, the former Manitoba Moose Hockey Club and the Vancouver Canucks. We would like to express our sincere sympathies to the Rypien family as well as Rick’s friends.

“We also appreciate all of the support that has come pouring in from Rick’s fans. Rick was a talented player with an extremely bright future. His hunger for the game made him a valued team member both on and off the ice. This loss has impacted us as more than just a hockey team.”

Rypien was a paradox: a fearsome fighter, but someone whose personal demons took him away from the game he loved to play. Twice in his time in Vancouver he took personal leaves from the Canucks, the most recent last season.

Rypien is the second NHL enforcer to pass away at a young age in the last three months. New York Rangers forward Derek Boogaard was found dead in his apartment on May 13, the victim of a deadly cocktail of painkillers and alcohol.

Rypien was remembered fondly by former teammates, including Jordan McGillivray, who played junior hockey with Rypien with the Western HockeyLeague’s Regina Pats.

“We were best friends for the three years that he played with the Pats,” McGillivray said. “He was part of our family for three years. My mom and dad are devastated.

“This has shaken everybody. I feel horrible for his family, and I’m really lost for words right now.”
Bill Sweatt, a former teammate with the Canucks and Moose, used his Twitter account to share his thoughts.

“This is just terrible. RIP rick. You were a great teammate and friend,” Sweatt wrote on his page on the social media website.

Rypien clearly fought some personal issues, but when he returned from his four-month leave of absence and joined the Moose last March, he made it clear to reporters in Winnipeg that substance abuse wasn’t involved. It’s believed he struggled with depression and other emotional issues and at the March news conference an uncharacteristically candid Rypien said he felt like he had finally come to the point in his life where he could reach out for help.

Early last season, before taking his leave, Rypien was involved in an incident with a fan in Minnesota on Oct. 19. Rypien was suspended for six games and the Canucks were fined US$25,000.

“I missed a lot of hockey, but certain things needed to be dealt with,” said Rypien upon his return to hockey in March. “I’ve got a totally different mindset now and I’m very excited. I’m more excited about playing hockey than I’ve ever been in my life.”

In 119 career NHL games, all with the Canucks, he had nine goals and seven assists and racked up 226 penalty minutes.

“Rick has been a beloved member of the Canucks family for the past six years,” the Canucks said in a statement. “Rick was a great teammate and friend to our players, coaches and staff. We send our deepest condolences to the Rypien family at this most difficult time.”

With files from the Regina Leader-Post




Born: July 11, 1927, Regina, Saskatchewan; Died: April 21, 1976

Played with Regina Pats: 1946-47

Obituary: Regina Leader Post, April 22, 1976, plus a Write-up published on April 23, 1976.   Thanks to Kevin Shaw for passing on the following.



Friday, September 12, 2014



Pats mourn passing of Memorial Cup winner Rick Uhrich


Kim MacDougall and Rick Uhrich had been in touch several times over the past year about the
upcoming reunion of the 1974 Memorial Cup-champion Regina Pats.

Little did MacDougall know their most-recent conversation would be the last. Uhrich, a 60-year-old Regina native, passed away suddenly on Thursday morning near his home in Toronto, leaving MacDougall and other former Pats teammates "at a loss."

"I sent an email out today to all the guys (to inform them of Uhrich's passing)," said MacDougall, who's organizing the 40th anniversary celebration.

"The respect that everybody has for him is amazing. He's one of the nicest guys. I don't know if I've ever heard anybody say anything bad about him. The unfortunate part is I'll never have another telephone conversation with him. In today's world they email and stuff. We phone each other. I'm certainly going to miss those calls."   (Photo:  From my file)

Uhrich played four season with the Pats, the final being in 1973-74 when they captured the Memorial Cup. That championship season was the basis for a lasting bond.

"I remember our 25th reunion, our 30th reunion, it's just like you were playing hockey together two weeks ago," noted MacDougall. "You don't miss a beat. It's hard to describe but there is definitely a special bond when you go through and win a championship like that. You look at the Memorial Cup, it has to be pretty special. The Pats haven't won it for 40 years."

It was also special because of the group that won it - Uhrich included.

"You look at our Memorial Cup team, we really only had three guys from outside the province of Saskatchewan," noted MacDougall. "You won't find that very often anymore or at all. The 12 guys from Regina all went to school or played minor hockey with and against each other, knew each other for a long, long time."

Uhrich was the fourthleading scorer on the Pats' star-studded team, recording 35 goals and 87 points in 68 games. He spent the next season with the IHL's Fort Wayne Komets before retiring to get into the computer business.

Uhrich met his wife Jill while playing for the Pats. Uhrich and his wife Jill had two children: Son Jesse, 20, and daughter Clare, 17.

"He's our first player (to pass away)," said MacDougall, noting that head coach Bob Turner died in 2005. "(Uhrich) was a very, very good friend. I talked to him a month ago about the reunion stuff and he was coming back for some business and wondered when we were having it.

"We didn't get it off (in the spring due to some scheduling conflicts). We're doing it on Oct. 10. You always have regrets about everything. Now I regret we didn't do it earlier."

© Copyright (c) The Regina Leader-Post


His obituary can be found here:

Tuesday, August 26, 2014



August 25, 2014 - From the Regina Pats Web Site -
Sam Steel had a three point night in White's 5-4 shootout victory over Blue.

Regina, Sask. - The Regina Pats finished 2014 Training Camp with the annual Blue and White Game as Team White, coached by Kelly Markwart and Garrett Mitchell, took a 5-4 shootout win over Team Blue, coached by Doug Trapp and Dyson Stevenson.
It didn’t take long for Team White to get on the board when Sam Steel got the scoring started just 49 seconds into the first period.  Connor Gay picked up the lone assist.  Team Blue found a response five minutes later when Dane Schioler walked into an Austin Wagner pass with a rocket of a slap shot, blowing it by Daniel Wapple.  The two early markers rounded out the scoring for the squads in the first period.  Shots in the opening frame favoured Blue 15-10 over White.

The first half of the second period went by without another marker, and both Daniel Wapple and Tyler Fuhr would head to the bench in favour of young goaltenders Jordan Hollett and Kurtis Chapman.  Wapple made 19 saves on 20 shots while Fuhr stopped 10 of 11.  Shortly after the switch, Steel found the back of the net again as he finished off a play from Gay and Braden Christoffer. Just when it looked as if White was headed to the third period with a 2-1 lead, Darcy DeRoose busted in off the wing and snapped a wrist shot five-hole on Hollett to tie the game with just 30 seconds left in the period. 

In the final stanza it was Team Blue’s turn to get an early marker as Rykr Cole jammed the puck to the back of the net, giving the dark side its first lead of the evening.  The advantage was short-lived, though, as after Kurtis Chapman stopped a breakaway opportunity from Logan McVeigh, a pass heading back up ice hit the skate of Maximilian Kammerer and bounced back in behind the Blue goaltender to even the scoreboard 3-3.  With time dwindling, Team White regained the lead with a powerplay marker when Steel found Christoffer to the far side of the net and the over-age forward buried the go ahead strike.  Team Blue found a last burst, desperate to tie the contest and Jared McAmmond got some space before snapping a shot to the back of the net to tie the contest 4-4 and force the shootout.  Shots through sixty minutes were 37-26 in favour of Team Blue.

The shootout saw Jordan Hollett and Kurtis Chapman both turn away their first shooters before Connor Gay solved Chapman with a nice backhand over the goaltender’s pad.  Hollett then stoned Sergey Zborovsky, giving Sam Steel the chance to end the game and the rookie slid puck behind Chapman to seal the evening in favour of Team White.

Steel finished the night with three points (2G, 1A) while his linemates Connor Gay (2A) and Braden Christoffer (1G, 1A) each ended up with two points.  Team Blue spread around the scoring, featuring four goal scorers and no player with more than one point.

The Pats get a couple of days to recuperate and practice before they open the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament August 28th against the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7:00 p.m.

Pats Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock talks about the Blue and White game and gives his thoughts on 2014 Training Camp  -   Play Video

Tuesday, August 19, 2014


August 19, 2014

Taken From the Regina Pats Web Site:

Regina, Saskatchewan The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the hiring of Darrin Mckechnie as Assistant Coach.  The Pats alum joins Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock and fellow assistant coach Dave Struch behind the bench for the upcoming season.

“I’m honoured to be brought on board by the organization I played for,” said Darrin McKechnie.  “It’s like a dream come true.  I never really thought this could happen this fast.  For any coach in the Regina area, the Pats are looked at so highly and to be a part of it I’m very excited, especially being an alumni.”

McKechnie was the head coach of the Regina Capitals of the SSMHL last season, leading the team to the Saskatchewan Midget-AA Championship after a 24-6-6 Regular Season.  For the 2012-13 campaign, Darrin coached the Regina Pat Blues of the SBAAHL to the best record in the South Division at 22-4-1.  Prior to coaching in minor hockey, McKechnie was an assistant coach for the University of Regina Cougars from 1996-2000.

The Regina resident played with the Pats from 1986-1988, amassing 164 points (82G, 82A) over a 144 game WHL career.  Following his junior days, McKechnie went on to play for the University of Regina where he is third all-time in scoring with 169 points (76G, 93A) in 132 games.  McKechnie’s 76 goals and 93 assists are both second in school history.  During his time with the Cougars (1988-1993), Darrin was named the Canada West and CIS Most Sportsmanlike Player (1992) and a Canada West Second Team All-Star (1993).

"We are extremely excited to have Darrin McKechnie join our coaching staff,” commented Regina Pats President Todd Lumbard.  “As a former player Darrin has first-hand knowledge of what it means to be a Pat.  His tireless work ethic combined with the ability to teach and connect with players will be great assets to our team.  We had Darrin in our sights for several weeks and are thankful the pieces fell into place allowing him to join our staff!" 

Following his time at the University of Regina, McKechnie joined the Regina Police Service where he is currently a Staff Sergeant and has been serving for 21 years.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Regina Pats New New Coach



Photo: from the Internet

From the Regina Pats Web Site:

Regina Pats Announce Structure for the Future!

August 06, 2014
Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is proud to announce the hiring of John Paddock as Head Coach and Senior Vice-President of Hockey Operations. The Pats are also happy to confirm Chad Lang continues in his role as Senior Vice-President involved in the hockey and business sides of the organization.

Paddock comes to the Queen City after five seasons with the Philadelphia Flyers as Assistant General Manager.  Last season, he served as one of the Flyers’ assistant coaches as the team compiled a 42-30-10 record en route to a berth in the playoffs.

“I am very happy to be joining the Regina Pats,” commented John Paddock.  “It’s an exciting time for the ownership group and myself as we join forces to build a model WHL franchise the people of Regina can get behind.  It will be great to get started!”

Before his time with the Flyers, Paddock spent 21 seasons building extensive coaching experience with both NHL and AHL teams.  The Oak River, MB native is a member of the AHL Hall of Fame (2010) and the third winningest coach in league history with a record of 589-438-98.  He was named the AHL Coach of the Year for the 1987-88 season and is the only coach to lead three different franchises to Calder Cup Championships (Maine–1984, Hershey–1988, Hartford–2000).  Paddock’s tenure includes head coaching in the NHL with the Winnipeg Jets (1991-94) and Ottawa Senators (2007-08). 

“We are very excited to welcome John to the Pats family!” said Regina Pats Governor Anthony Marquart.  “His extensive hockey experience in coaching and management is an asset as we work to build a solid foundation and develop our hockey club for future success.  We went through an exhaustive search to find the right fit for our hockey club and in John we found exactly what we need.”

Prior to stepping behind the bench, Paddock played  nine seasons of professional hockey in the AHL and NHL, winning two Calder Cups (Maine–1978, 1979).  John played his junior hockey with the Brandon Wheat Kings from 1972-1974.
Paddock will be introduced at a media conference prior to the Pats’ 2014 Training Camp opening August 21st at the Cooperators Centre.  The Blue and White play their first pre-season game August 28th at home to the Moose Jaw Warriors.

“Overall, this revised structure ensures a focus on sustained hockey development and commitment to winning while having in place a business operating model focused on an enhanced fan experience,” continued Marquart.  “We are committed to bringing a Memorial Cup to Regina and the proper structure is the first step.”

“Under the ownership group we had the opportunity to discuss our organization's structure,” explained Chad Lang.  “Recommendations were brought forward on both sides of the operation that will aid in the organization's short and long term goals.  The organizational restructure allows me to focus my efforts to work alongside Todd Lumbard and the ownership group while remaining committed to assisting all staff on both sides of the organization.”

“Chad has been instrumental during this entire process.  His knowledge of our league, recommendations and tireless efforts allowed us to bring on John Paddock and positioned our organization for future success.  We are very pleased Chad continues in his role of Senior Vice-President as we move forward,” Marquart concluded.

he race to become the next head coach of the Regina Pats has reached the finish line. The Leader-Post has learned that the WHL club has agreed to terms with John Paddock – a long-time AHL and NHL bench boss. … Continue reading - See more at:

he race to become the next head coach of the Regina Pats has reached the finish line. The Leader-Post has learned that the WHL club has agreed to terms with John Paddock – a long-time AHL and NHL bench boss. … Continue reading - See more at:

Friday, June 27, 2014

Regina Pats Announce Changes to Coaching Staff

June 24, 2014 - Taken from the Regina Pats Web Site:

The Pats announced today that Head Coach Malcolm Cameron, Assistant Coaches Bill McGuigan and Josh Dixon will not be returning for the upcoming season.

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today that Head Coach Malcolm Cameron, Assistant Coaches Bill McGuigan and Josh Dixon will not be returning for the upcoming season. The search for a new coaching staff will begin immediately.


Malcolm Cameron has been relieved of his duties effective immediately. Cameron joined the Pats in 2011 as an assistant coach and spent last season as head coach. Prior to joining the Pats he spent the previous seven seasons in the ECHL coaching in, Long Beach, Texas, Florida and Elmira.


Josh Dixon informed the team of his resignation June 17th, 2014. Dixon joined the Pats in 2011 and has been an assistant coach with the hockey club for the past three seasons.  Prior to joining the Blue and White, Dixon was the Head Coach for the Okanagan Hockey Academy varsity team.  He also spent time as an assistant coach in the ACAC. 


Bill McGuigan informed the team of his resignation June 5th, 2014. McGuigan joined the Pats last season as an assistant coach.  Prior to his time in Regina, McGuigan spent time as head coach of the Summerside Western Capitals, Miramichi Timberwolves and Charlottetown Abbies.


The organization would like to sincerely thank all three coaches, Malcolm, Bill and Josh for their service to the hockey club and wish them the very best as they move forward in their careers.


Monday, June 16, 2014




** Photo's from the Face Book Site **

This Years Champions: 

Boston Leier, Dyson Stevenson, Chandler Stephenson, Lane Scheidl


  This year's tournament was the most successful ever, 

raising $12,000 and counting!



Friday, June 6, 2014




FRIDAY, JUNE 6, 2014

Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward & Jordan Eberle


Taken from Regina Face Book Site 

Here are some shots from the opening ceremonies of Sticks on Rose. The event has raised over 100 thousand dollars for charity in the last two days!

Todd Lumbard and Anthony Marquart were out for the ceremonial face off with Pats Alumni and Shooting Stars founding members Jamie Heward, Mike Sillinger and Jordan Eberle.





Click on pictures to enlarge:



Thursday, May 29, 2014




From: Regina Pats Web Site:

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced today the team has signed forward Luc Smith to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.

Smith was the Pats’ 3rd round pick (60th Overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  The pick the Pats used to select Smith was acquired in a trade with Brandon for Draft Day Considerations.

“It’s a good experience,” said Smith.  “I know the hard work starts now, this is a big step in my career and I’m enjoying this day for sure.”

Smith suited up in 35 games for the St. Albert Sports Raiders of the AMHL in 2012-13.  The 6’5”, 202 lbs forward totaled 11 points (8G, 3A) and 48 penalty minutes in the regular season to go with 5 points (2G, 3A) and 26 penalty minutes in ten playoff games.

“I think it’s an exciting day,” commented Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.  “Luc’s a big bodied player which is the type of lineup we’re trying to build here.  He’s a great kid with good family so it’s a good day.”

The signing comes after Smith participated in the Pats Spring Prospects Camp this weekend in Regina.

Saturday, May 24, 2014




REGINA LEADER POST:  Photo: Glen Resch - from Web Site

ELLA RESCH  - Published: 2014-05-24 
With sadness in our hearts, our family would like to announce the passing of our beloved Wife, Mother, Grandmother and Friend. Mrs. Ella Resch was born Ella Bertine Nesvold on May 12, 1922 in Crane Valley, Saskatchewan. Ella passed on May 18, 2014 at the age of 92. Joe and Ella were married April 20, 1945. For the past two years, Ella had been a resident of the Lutheran Home. Joe was a devoted caregiver to Ella for many years in their home and then by her side, each day in Regina. Most afternoons, you would find the two of them lying side by side on the bed in her room, holding each other. Joe and the family would like to thank the staff at the Lutheran Home for the excellent care and dignity they provided Ella. Joe and Ella began their married life in Moose Jaw, where both worked and fell in love at Swifts Meats. They moved to Regina in 1949. Ella had many interests with her knitting, sewing, baking, and quilting. Ella was a devoted mother and always said, "her greatest love and accomplishment, was having 6 wonderful loving children". Her hobbies and interests in her later life, turned to donating and committing her crafts to the Outreach Program, which she did for many years. Ella was always a giving and generous person to those who were less fortunate. Joe and Ella's other passion throughout their life was country music, dancing and the many Polka Festivals that they attended. She is survived by the 'love of her life' Joe, children Gloria (Gerry), Sandra (Lew), Glenn (Diane), Diana (Jim), Candas and Penny (Ron), 13 grandchildren, 20 great-grandchildren, 1 great-great-grandchild and numerous other relatives and friends. Ella's legacy shall remain her devotion to Joe and her family. In former years, many will remember Ella at a ballpark or hockey arena supporting her family. Ella displayed relentless determination to help create Regina's first dedicated softball fields for girls. Today, we all know it as the Northside Minor Girls Softball Fields. The Girls Softball League as well as these fields, have been home to many young girls over the years. Ella will be dearly missed by all that knew and loved her. It was Ella's wish to have no formal memorial. We will honour her with all our cherished memories and the love we shared.

By: Ron C. Johnston - I can still remember at the Northside for three years Ella's Bantam girls always finished in first place.  Ella and Joe's daughter was their number one pitcher. I was a Coach at the time and my team always finished second, right behind them. Then I became a Canadian Professional Umpire and did some of their games, as the team went up through out the Divisions. 




New owner proud of being a Pats goaltender

Thursday, May 15, 2014






Wayne Zurowski

Published: 2014-05-14-Regina, SK
Wayne Zurowski ("Deacon") passed away in Regina on May 10, 2014. Born in Earl Grey, Sask., on December 3, 1938, Wayne was predeceased by his parents Jake and Ella (nee Vollhoffer.) He is survived by his brother Ted, Ted's wife Eileen, their children Monica (Terrence Spath) and Maureen, her children Mackenzie and Mason DePatie (all of Calgary) and numerous relatives and friends. Wayne's family expresses deep appreciation and thanks to dear friends Joe and Florence Manz, Bill Beckett, along with cousins Loreen Coghill and Howard and Monica Vollhoffer. They all provided love and support to Wayne during his recent illness. Prior to retirement, Wayne was a long-time City of Regina Parks Department employee. He was a generous brother and uncle, a loyal friend, and an avid sports fan. His favourite teams were the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Toronto Blue Jays, Chicago Blackhawks and Regina Pats. In the 1970s, Wayne was an assistant trainer with the Regina Caps, Regina Pats and Roughriders. A highlight of this time for Wayne was when the Pats won the Memorial Cup in 1974. Loved always, Wayne is already missed. A Celebration of Wayne's Life will be held at Lee Funeral Home, 3101 Dewdney Ave., on Sat., May 17, 2014 at 11 a.m., followed by Interment at Memorial Gardens. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Regina Humane Society in Wayne's name.







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Monday, May 12, 2014



MAY 05, 2014

Thursday, May 1, 2014




AS  HE  IS  NOW - 2014





VIDEO:  Regina Pats Chad Lang talking about the first two draft picks interviewed by:  PHIL "THE THRILL" ANDERSON, Radio CKRM


REGINA PATS  -  ROUND 1 - # 13 - PICK: Jordan HOLLETT, Goaltender, Langley, B.C., Height: 6:02, Weight: 175, Previous Team: Okanagan, Date of Birth: March 1, 1999 



“We are proud to select Jordan Hollett,” said Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  “He’s a big, athletic goaltender who we feel can be an important part of the Regina Pats moving forward.”

99 Born Goaltender Jordan Hollett, OHA Bantam AAA Team is one of the Top Ranked 99 Born Goalies going into this years WHL Bantam Draft being held  May 2014.  Jordan has been a client with MGD Goaltending since his family moved to the Province in the Summer of 2007  from Eastern Canada.  Jordan developed a strong bond with Goalie Coach Angelo Maggio and has been a fixture around their training facility in Langley, BC, for the past 7 years,   not only working with his Goalie Coach and Mentor but volunteering his time to assist with MGD’s Goaltending Camps and Programs thru the Spring/Christmas and Summer, where he is passing on his passion of the game to the future goalies coming thru their programs.

Jordan and the OHA Team recently competed and won Gold  in the 36th John Reid Memorial Bantam AAA Tournament, January 16-19, 2014 in St. Albert, AB – The tournament is held annually and is one of the Prestigious  Tournaments in Canada.  The tournament selects and  invite some of the Top Teams from Western Canada representing (BC,AB,SASK,MAN) along with teams from the US, this year even had representation from Europe HC Kometa,Czech Rep.
Jordan was also named Top Goaltender of the Tournament and selected to the Tournament All Star Team:

Tournament Stats    GP 7   Wins 4    Loss 0    Ties 0     s/o 0   GAA1.75     Saves 87  SV% 0.926
OHA Team Stats       GP 25 Wins 20 Loss 5    Ties 0     s/0 6   GAA 1.57

Some Quotes:

  • His technically proficiency is above and beyond expectations!
  • His work ethic (and a major growth spurt) are the two main factors to consider in being one of the top 99 Goaltenders.

Recent Articles:

2014 JRMT Tournament All Star teams
2014 JRMT Tournament Tournament MVP Awards
2014 JRMT Champions


REGINA PATS  -  ROUND 2 - # 35 - PICK: Erick GARDINER, Centre, Humboldt, Saskatchewan, Height: 5:11, Weight: 160, Previous Team: Humboldt Broncos, Date of Birth: March 21, 1999 



Gardiner is from Humboldt and was captain of the team last season. He is the younger brother to Prince Albert Raiders forward Reid Gardiner.


"Erik is an intelligent play maker who see ice well," commented Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  "He provides the opportunity to make players around him better, has scoring ability and strong character."

2013-4 - SEASON: Bantam AA - GP: 31, G: 24, A: 37, PTS: 61 





NEXT REGINA PATS PICK:   ROUND 5 - #101 - PICKED: Riley BRUCE, Left Defence, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Height: 5'10" Weight: 152, Previous Team: Winnipeg Hawks, Date of Birth: 5 April 1999, Shots: Left, Plays in the Winnipeg AAA Bantam League.



2013-4 - SEASON: Bantam AAA - GP: 28, G: 6, A: 17, PTS: 23, PPG: 3, PIM: 165  -  Play-Off Games, G: 3, A:5, PTS: 8, PIM: 62.  Chad Lang says, "Bruce plays hard, skates well and is hard to play against.  




The Pats traded their 6th round pick in 2015 for the Lethbridge Hurricanes 6th round pick in this draft. 123rd overall.

Round 123rd pick:   Pats selected: defenseman Garrett Ewert from Kamloops, Chad Lang says, "He is a big mobile defenseman who moves the puck well and is very strong defensively." 

Plays Defence, Height: 6"1, Weight: 168, Shots: Right.


Round 145 pick:   Pats selected: Left Wing Carson Welke, Yorkton UCT Terriers Bantam AA, Height: 5' 9", Weight: 160


1913-14 Season: GP: 30, G: 27, A: 37, PTS: 64, PPG: 4, PIM: 109 - Play-Off: G: 14, A: 19, PTS: 23  - No Photo available


Chad Lang says,  "He is a character player who can bring his skills in every type of game. He has a balanced blend of scoring ability and play making skills. His strong work ethic and gritty play allows him to be a strong playoff performer."




ROUND 8 - #167 th - PICK: Zachary Cox, Right Winger, from Rocky View, Alberta, Date of Birth: 19 February 1999, Height: 6'0", Weight: 150, Last Played for Airdrie Xtreme Bantam AAA, 1913-14 Season: GP 32, G: 17, A: 13, PTS: 30, PIM: 22 - No Photo Available




ROUND 9 - # 189 th -  PICK: Gary Haden, Center, also from Airdie Xtrem Bantam AAA, Height: 5"8, Weight: 140, Played: GP: 33, G: 39, A: 31, PTS: 70, PIM: 42



Gary Haden, playing against Lethbridge Golden Hawks.  Photo: Rocky View Publishing


Lang says, "Haden is a smooth, quick centerman with soft hands and a finishing touch around the net. Equal parts goal scorer and playmaker, he can make any linemate look good. Clever operator with great vision and anticipation." 




 ROUND 10 th. - # 211 -  PICK: Adam Sandstrom, Defence, Height: 6'1, Weight: 160, plays for Red Deer Rebels White Bantam AAA.  Played in 33 games, G: 4, A: 14, PTS: 18, PIM: 50, Shots: Left  -  No Photo Available


Chad Lang says he is a big mobile defenseman. A good puck mover and plays a good positional game. Also has a good hockey sense. 




 ROUND 11 th. - # 232  -  PICK: Robert  Holmes, Date of Birth: 22 July 1999, Left Wing, playes for Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA.  1913-14 Season: Played in 26 games, G: 2, A: 7, PTS: 7, PIM: 18  -  No Photo Available