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: http://blogs.leaderpost.com/category/sports/#sthash.RB3oxvHW.dpuf

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: http://blogs.leaderpost.com/category/sports/#sthash.RB3oxvHW.dpuf