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Monday, September 1, 2014

Pat Chat September 1st

The Week That Was

Last week the Pats opened the WHL Pre-Season with the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament.  It was the first time the Pats hosted a pre-season tournament with the Moose Jaw Warriors, Prince Albert Raiders, Calgary Hitmen and Lethbridge Hurricanes all attending.  The Blue and White finished the tournament with an undefeated record through three games.  Opening the tournament Thursday against the Warriors, the Pats rolled to a 9-1 victory on the strength of four point efforts from Connor Gay and Sam Steel.  Friday’s contest against Calgary was much tighter.  The Pats jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Hitmen scored five times in the middle frame to take a 5-3 advantage to the third.  A pair of quick goals from the hosts got the teams even before the Pats eventually prevailed 6-5.  The tournament finale had the Pats and Hurricanes trading goals until the Pats finally picked up some insurance late in the third en route to a 5-2 win.  Sam Steel led the tournament in scoring with 7 points (4G, 3A) in his two games of action.
















The Week Ahead
Friday, September 5th – Pats at Brandon (6:30 p.m. CST)
The Blue and White play their fourth game of the pre-season and first on the road Friday nightagainst the Brandon Wheat Kings.  It’s the first game of the exhibition campaign for the Wheat Kings who opened camp this previous week in Brandon. 

Saturday, September 6th – Pats vs. Brandon (Cooperators Centre – 7:00 p.m.)
The Pats and Wheat Kings head to Regina to play the back half of their home and homeSaturday night at the Cooperators Centre.  Tickets for Saturday’s game are included for Season Ticket Holders.  General admission to the game is $10 for adult tickets and $5 for youth tickets at the door.  The game will be broadcast on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.

Roster Moves
Pats reassign goaltender Jordan Hollett (’99)
Pats reassign forward Erik Gardiner (’99)
Pats reassign forward Adam Berg (’97)
Pats reassign defenceman Brady Pouteau (’98)

What’s New?
Season Ticket Pick Up

Season Ticket Booklets will be arriving and available for Season Ticket Holders to pick up later this week.  Keep an eye onReginaPats.com and Pats social media feeds (Facebook, Twitter) for updates on when you can get your booklets.  The packs include tickets to Saturday’s pre-season game against the Brandon Wheat Kings at the Cooperators Centre.  If you haven’t yet purchased Season Tickets and are looking for more information, visit ReginaPats.com.

Pats Players Heading to Pro-Camps
As both the NHL and WHL seasons approach it’s time for players to head to their professional training camps.  Chandler Stephenson, Morgan Klimchuk, Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt will all depart from the Pats to attend prospect tournaments, rookie camps and full training camps.  Stephenson has his eyes set on playing in the NHL or AHL this season while Klimchuk looks to crack the Calgary Flames roster.  Burroughs (New York Islanders) and Hunt (Carolina Hurricanes) are hoping to earn themselves entry level contracts with good showings.

Voucher Packs
Not ready to be a Season Ticket Holder?  Pick up a Regina Pats Voucher Pack at the Pats Office or Neutral Zone Store.  Vouchers start at $140 for 8-game packs and can be redeemed at the Box Office ahead of any Pats game.  For more information on Voucher Packs, visitReginaPats.com.

Home Opener Group Tickets
Want to bring your social club, organization or a large group of friends to the Pats Home Opener September 20th?  Find out more information on discounts for groups of 20 or more by calling 306-337-1535 to organize your event today!

Weekly Schedule

Monday, September 1st – Practice 2:00-4:00(Cooperators Centre) – No Media Availability

Tuesday, September 2nd – Practice 1:45-3:30(Cooperators Centre) – Media Availability12:45-1:00 p.m.

Wednesday, September 3rd – Practice 1:45-3:30(Cooperators Centre) – Media Availability12:45-1:00 p.m.

Thursday, September 4th – Practice 1:45-3:30(Cooperators Centre) – Media Availability12:45-1:00 p.m.

Friday, September 5th – Pats at Brandon – 6:30 p.m. CST (Westman Place)

Saturday, September 6th – Pats vs. Brandon –7:00 p.m. (Cooperators Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM 

Important Dates
This Week TBD – Season Ticket Pick Up – Pats Office
Saturday, September 6th – Next Home Pre-Season Game – vs. Brandon (7:00 p.m.) – Cooperators Centre
Saturday, September 20th – Pats Home Opener – vs. Brandon (7:00 p.m.) – Brandt Centre


Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Saturday, August 30, 2014

PATS 5 HURRICANES 2


The Regina Pats wrapped up the Extreme Hockey pre-season tournament on Saturday night against the Lethrbidge Hurricanes. The Pats entered the game having won their first two games 9-1 over Moose Jaw Thursday and 6-5 over Calgary on Friday. Maximillian Kammerer entered the game as the WHL's leading scorer in the pre-season with 5 points. Connor Gay and Sam Steel were tied for second with 4 points each. The starting goalie for the Pats against the Hurricanes was Dawson MacAuley who saw his first action. The forwards were Patrick D'Amico, Sam Steel, Jacob Elmer, Austin Wagner, Adam Brooks, Luc Smith, Jared McAmmond, Kyle Westeringh, Earl Webb, Max Kammerer, Rylee Zimmer and Dane Schioler. The defencemen were Ryan Krushen, Sergey Zborovsky, James Hilsendager, Brady Reagan, Brady Pouteau and Chase Harrison.

The first period started inauspiciously with not a lot happening on the ice. Shots were hard to come by and scoring chances were few and fr between. The Pats would get the games first powerplay but were unable to score. The games first goal came at the 9:54 mark as Jaeger White scored on a 2 on 1 with assists to Carter Folk and Pavel Skumatov and it was 1-0 Lethbridge. That's how the period would end with the Pats leading the shots on goal 5-3 . Both teams were oh for 1 on the powerplay in the period.

In the second the period started out with a huge bang as Luc SMith absolutely leveled Reid Duke at his own blue line. Dexter Bricker then dropped the gloves with Austin Wagner who threw three good rights and won the fight. The Pats would get on the board at the 4:56 mark as Sam Steel put home rebound in mid air for his 3rd of the pre-season. Chase Harrison and Partick D'Amico the assists and it was 1-1. Both teams changed goaltenders at 11:54 as Tyler Fuhr replaced Dawson MacAuley who stopped 6 of 7 shots faced. Jonny Hogue replaced Stuart Skinner who stopped 11 of 12.  The Hurricanes would get three powerplays in the period and on the third the Pats whould take the lead 2-1. Adam Brooks led a 2 on 1 with Jared McAmmond and feathered a nice pass cross ice and McAmmond made no mistake for his first of the pre-season shorthanded at 13:14. The Hurricanes would get it back at 17:21 as Riley Sheen skated in all alone on Fuhr and scored his first. Pavel Skumatov and Jaeger White the assists and it was 2-2. That;s how the period would end. The Pats oushot Lethbridge 12-7 in the period and led overall 17-10.

In the third period the Pats would retake the lead at 5:10 as Sam Steel fired home a beauty shot into the top corner for his second of the game and 4th of the pre-season. Patrick D'Amico and Luc Smith the assists. Then at 14:00 the Pats went up 4-2 as Sam Steel fed Adam Brooks who put a nice finish into the top of the net for his first. Sergey Zborovsky with the second assist. The Hurricanes would pull Jonny Hogue int he late stages and that's when Patrick D'Amico put home his first at 17:56 unassisted to make it 5-2. That was the final score. The Pats outshot the Canes 21-13 in the period and 38-23 overall.

Sam Steel with another great game with 2 goals and an assist in the win. He has 7 points in two pre-season games. Patrick D'Amico with a goal and an assist in his first pre-season game. Luc Smith looked really good in his first game with a huge hit, scoring chances and an assist.

The Pats are off until Friday when they head to Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings. Next home game is Saturday against Brandon at 7 o'clock at the Co-Operators Centre.

Cougars Hire Assistant Coach

Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars are very pleased to announce that they have hired former NHL forward Roman Vopat (Litvinov, Czech Republic) as an assistant coach.
 
The 38-year-old Vopat was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the seventh round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and played133 NHL games with St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. In 1996, he along with two teammates and two draft picks were traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Wayne Gretzky.
 
 His 16-year professional hockey career also included stops in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. Before turning pro, Vopat spent parts of two seasons in the CHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Prince Albert Raiders.
 
After he retired from professional hockey, Vopat turned his attention to coaching. Most recently he served as the head coach of the Kimberly Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League for half of the 2012-13 season and the entire 2011-12 season.
 
“I’m very excited and honored to be a part of the New Ice Age,” said Roman Vopat. “I am looking forward to working with such great people like: Todd Harkins, Mark Holick and Mike Hengen.”
 
Vopat adds, “This is my second dream come true. I have played in the National Hockey League and this is what I always wanted to do after I finished playing. This is a great opportunity for my family and I appreciate the chance that the new ownership group is giving me.”
 
“Roman and I go way back to our playing days, and he also played with my brother Brett for many years,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “He was a great teammate, cared about everyone in the room and played the game with passion.”
 
Harkins adds, “Roman joined us at Training Camp as a guest coach and impressed all of us with his excitement and professionalism and his past experience will be beneficial to all of our players that have a dream to play in the NHL. He’s well connected with teams and scouts in Europe, and that will serve us well down the road with the CHL Import Draft.”
 
“We’re pleased to add an individual of Roman’s caliber to our coaching staff,” said Prince George Cougars Head Coach Mark Holick. “He’s played at the highest level possible and knows what it takes to get there. His experience is going to be an asset to our organization moving forward.”
 
Vopat will be joined in Prince George by his wife Natalie and his two sons Brayden (nine) and Nicholas (seven).
                                      

Dan O'Connor
Manager of Broadcasting, Media and Community Relations
Prince George Cougars Hockey Club

Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament Day 3 Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The final day of the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament at the Cooperators Centre showcases a second double header with the Calgary Hitmen and Prince Albert Raiders going toe-to-toe in the matinee contest and the Regina Pats battling the Lethbridge Hurricanes.





Calgary Hitmen (0-1-0) vs. Prince Albert Raiders (0-1-0) – 3:00 p.m.
The Raiders looked to be headed for their first win of the tournament before the Hurricanes found a late tying goal and went on to the 2-1 shootout victory yesterday afternoon.  Now Prince Albert looks to rebound against the Hitmen who saw a lead of their own dissipate in the third period against Regina last night.  Matteo Gennaro scored the only goal for the Raiders and leads the team in tournament scoring.  Calgary is led by Radel Fazleev who had three points (1G, 2A) and Greg Chase who scored twice last night.

Regina Pats (2-0-0) vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-0-0) – 7:00 p.m. 
Tonight’s finale features the two undefeated squads in the tournament. The Pats roll in with the most offence in the tournament after posting 15 goals in their last two games.  Maximilian Kammerer leads the way with five points (2G, 3A) over the last two games.  Sam Steel and Connor Gay are right behind him sitting at four points after their game against Moose Jaw.  The Hurricanes are the most rested team in action today after an early game yesterday and playing in tonight’s late matchup.  Carter Amson scored the ‘Canes lone goal in their comeback win against Prince Albert to lead Lethbridge in scoring.

Tickets for both games are $5.00 and are available at the doors one hour prior to each game at the Cooperators Centre.

Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Friday, August 29, 2014

PATS 6 HITMEN 5


The Regina Pats hosted the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night at the Cooperators Arena for their second pre-season game of the year. The Pats won on Thursday night 9-1 over Moose Jaw on the backs of four point performances from Sam Steel and Connor Gay. They did not suit up on this night. Daniel Wapple started in goal Friday and his backup was Tyler Fuhr. The forwards were Adam Brooks, Adam Berg, Carter Hansen, Erik Gardiner, Maxamillian Kammerer, Rykr Cole, Rylee Zimmer, Dane Schioler, Dryden Hunt, Darcy DeRoose, Colton Kroeker and Earl Webb. The defenceman Sergey Zborovsky, Kyle Burroughs, Brady Pouteau, Colby Williams, James Hilsendager and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Pats would get the games first powerplay just under 4 minutes in but were unable to score. Shortly after however Carter Hansen would put home his own rebound for his 1st of the preseason at 6:34 and it was 1-0 Regina. Then at 8:21 Dryden Hunt snapped home his first of the pre-season with an assist to Erik Gardiner and it was 2-0. The Pats would take their first penalty of the game off the ensuing faceoff but would kill it off and then get their second man advantage at 11:53. The Hitmen would kill that off. Then Earl Webb would throw a big hit and drop the gloves with Radel Fazleev. Give Webb the decision. Webb got the initial penalty and the Pats went back to the penalty kill. They would get through the minor penalty and then make it 3-0 on a great passing play from Max Kammerer to Rylee Zimmer and then Dryden Hunt who slid home his second of the game at 17:17. The Pats would go right back to the penalty after that but again they would kill it off and the period ended with a 3-0 scoreline. Daniel Wapple was sharp in the period in the Pats goal as the Hitmen outshot Regina 11-6.

In the second the Pats would take their fourth minor penalty 20 seconds in. The Hitmen would break through off the faceoff as Greg Chase slapped one home from the point. Travis Sanheim and Terell Draude credited with the assists at 0:23 and it was 3-1. The Hitmen would take their third minor shortly after and again the Pats were unable to score. The Hitmen would get within 1 at 7:23 as Radel Fazleev scored with assists to Jordy Stallard and Layne Bensmiller. Then 17 seconds later Jake Bean tied it at 3's at the 7:40 mark. Assists to Marshall Donald and Elliott Peterson. Then Carter Hansen would take a penalty and the Pats went down a man for the 5th time, at the whistle Kyle Dumba would replace Mack Shields in goal for Calgary at the 10 minute mark. Shields stopped 9 of 12 shots he faced. The Pats would take another penalty 1:09 into the initial minor and were down 2 men. The Hitmen would take their first lead at 11:59 as Greg Chase scored his second of the game. Elliott Peterson and Radel Fazleev the assists and it was 4-3. The Pats would take yet another penalty and were down two men again for 6 seconds. The Pats would kill that 6 seconds but the Hitmen went up 5-3 on the poweplay as Linden Penner tipped home a point shot from Travis Sanheim at 13:54. Radel Fazleev the second assist. The Pats would get their 4th powerplay with 3:07 left in the period and on it they wouldn't get much in the way of scoring chances and the period ended with Calgary up 5-3. The Hitmen outshot the Pats 17-7 in the period and led overall 28-13.

In the third the Hitmen would go to their 8th powerplay 1:49 in but the Pats would get through it and then go to their 5th man advantage at 5:02. The Pats would score on the man advantage as Sergey Zborovsky put home his second of the pre season, assists to Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs at 5:34 and it was 5-4. Then 10 seconds later Maximillian Kammerer tied the game for the Pats at 5's. Brady Reagan the lone assist at 5:44. The Pats would take the lead at 15:57 as Adam Berg fired, Dumba got a piece of it but the puck trickled past him into the net and it was 6-5. The Hitmen would pull the goalie late but the Pats held on for the 6-5 victory improving to 2 and oh in the pre season. The Hitmen outshot the Pats 15-7 in the third and led overall 43-20.

The Pats went 1 for 5 on the powerplay and 5 of 8 on the penalty kill. Dryden Hunt led the way with 2 goals and an assist while Maximillian Kammerer scored once and had a helper as well. Daniel Wapple stopped 38 of 43 shots faced for the win.

The Pats are back in action on Saturday night against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7 o'clock to wrap up the Extreme Hockey pre-season tournament. We will have the game live on 620 CKRM with the Press Box Sports Bar pre-game show at 6:35.

Reid Duke reports to Hurricanes

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Reid Duke returned to the hockey club on Thursday.

General Manager, Brad Robson says “the hockey club, Reid Duke, his family and agent came to an agreement beneficial to both sides.”

Duke is expected to play in the second game of the tournament the team is competing at this weekend in Regina.

Esther Madziya

Communications & PR Manager

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament Day Two Preview


Regina, Saskatchewan – The Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament kicks into full gear today with two games at the Cooperators Centre.  In the matinee, it’s the Prince Albert Raiders up against the Lethbridge Hurricanes while the Regina Pats faceoff with the Calgary Hitmen in the evening affair.
Prince Albert Raiders vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes – 3:00 p.m.
While much of the focus in last night’s Pats/Warriors matchup was on some young forwards, this afternoon’s game could be a showcase of young goaltenders.  Both the Raiders and Hurricanes brought three goaltenders to Regina and none of the six are older than 18.  2013 1st Round pick Stuart Skinner is a part of the Hurricanes goaltending trio along with recently acquired
Zac Robidoux (’96) and Lethbridge product Jonny Hogue (’96).  The Raiders trifecta is made up of 2013-14 rookie standout Nick McBride (’97), 2014 1st Round pick Ian Scott and 2011 3rd Round pick Rylan Parenteau (’96).  Any combination of netminders guarding the pipes this afternoon is sure to give shooters fits.
Regina Pats vs. Calgary Hitmen – 7:00 p.m.
There could be plenty of NHL prospects on the ice this evening when the Pats take on the Hitmen.  Pats Captain Kyle Burroughs will soon be headed for New York Islanders Camp, but has been making his presence felt in Pats Camp mentoring younger defenders.  After a successful development camp with the Carolina Hurricanes, Dryden Hunt will depart from the Pats as well, but not before getting in some pre-season action.  The Calgary Hitmen roll into Regina after five of their number were selected at the 2014 NHL Draft.  Four of those players (Chase Lang, Ben Thomas, Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim) are in the Queen City for the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament. 

Tickets for both games are available at the doors for $5.00.  Doors open one hour before each game at the Cooperators Centre.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club