Sunday, October 19, 2014


MONTREAL CANADIENS ALUMNI

 

LINEUP: STEVE SHUTT, GILBERT DELORME, JOCELYN LEMIEUX, RICHARD SEVIGNY,PIERRE DAGENSIS, MORMAND DUPONT, STEPHANE RICHARD, MATHIEU DANDENAULT, RICK GREEN, GASTON GINGRAS  HEAD COACH: GUY LAFLEUR

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


THE COOPERATORS CENTRE (1700 ELPHINSTONE STREET)

GENERAL TICKETS $40      VIP TICKETS $100.

TICKETS AVAILABLE: JUST GIFTS (VICTORIA SQUARE MALL)
SPORTSWORLD COLLECTIBLES (1235 ALBERT STREET)
URBAN SUN STUDIO (6863 ROCHDALE BLVD.)






Sunday, October 12, 2014

REGINA  PATS 1974 MEMORIAL CUP

RE-UNION NIGHT

 

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

REGINA PATS 1974 MEMORIAL CUP CHAMPION TEAM

40th ANNIVERSARY REUNION

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! 



EX-REGINA PATS

COLE HAMBLIN DIAGNOSED

WITH RARE CANCER



PLAYED 8 GAMES WITH THE PATS IN THE 2012-13 SEASON

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

STILL AVAILABLE AT REGINA PATS STORE:  $20.00 -

To make an order just click below to get to the site.


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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


EX-REGINA  PATS  ALUMNI

MIKE SILLINGER JOINS PATS ORGANIZATION

 

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

AN  OLD  OBITUARY

EX-REGINA  PATS  RICK  RYPIEN 

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

AN  OLD  OBITUARY

REGINA PAT ALUMNI - 

WILLIAM "BILL" JOSEPH FOLK

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.