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