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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pats Re-assign Krushen to the AMHL


Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the team has reassigned defenceman Ryan Krushen (’98) to the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL.
Krushen was recalled last weekend due to injury concerns in the Pats defence and made his WHL debut October 25th in Swift Current.  The prospect defender played his second game the following night, also against the Broncos. 

The Pats are in action this weekend as they face off with the Saskatoon Blades on Friday for the Pats Spooktacular Halloween where kids under 17 wearing costumes get in free.  The following night, the Blue and White go green for their second Saskatchewan Roughriders Night.  Tickets are available at Ticketmast.ca, the Brandt Centre Box Office or Safeway locations throughout Regina.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Statement from the Howe Family

Vancouver, B.C. - The Howe family released the following statement regarding Vancouver Giants Co-Owner Gordie Howe's condition after he suffered a stroke on Sunday morning:

"The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie. He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morningwhile at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.

Anyone wanting to send cards or letters of support to Gordie, please send to:

Gordie Howe
c/o Texas Trailer Corral
12207 HWY 87
Lubbock, TX 79423"

Brendan Batchelor
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings, Everett Silvertips; Edmonton Oil Kings honourable mention.

 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the sixth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2014-15 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts

 

BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 6

 

Rank:

Team:

Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:

1

Kelowna Rockets (12-1-0-0)

1

6

2

Erie Otters (11-0-0-1)

2

5

3

Rimouski Oceanic (13-4-0-1)

3

6

4

Medicine Hat Tigers (11-2-1-0)

5

4

5

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (10-3-0-0)

4

6

6

Brandon Wheat Kings (11-3-1-0)

6

6

7

Saint John Sea Dogs (9-3-0-3)

8

3

8

Oshawa Generals (11-2-1-0)

7

3

9

Sherbrooke Phoenix (12-5-0-0)

9

3

10

Everett Silvertips (8-1-2-1)

10

5

Honourable Mention:

Belleville Bulls (9-3-0-0)

-

1

Baie-Comeau Drakkar (11-5-0-1)

-

0

Edmonton Oil Kings (9-3-0-1)

-

1

 

Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

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Happy Wednesday! Let's get right to it.

Regina Pats star rookie forward Sam Steel is off to Sarnia Ontario today ahead of the 2014 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge which gets underway this coming weekend. Steel will represent Team Canada Black for the tournament, they open on Sunday against Team Russia at 2 o'clock. The Sherwood Park native has 3 goals and 9 assists in 15 games this season with the Pats and is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 12 points. Add to that the fact that he leads the team at plus 10, he has been even or on the plus side of the ledger in every game besides one where he went -1. 

Steel says he can't wait for the opportunity. "I've been looking forward to it ever since I was named to the team. It just started to set in after that last game (on Sunday). That's my main focus for the next 10 days or so and then once I get back then it's all business again here (in Regina)."

Sam is not the only standout rookie from the WHL that will be playing with Team Black. Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants and Cale Klague of the Brandon Wheat Kings are on his team, all three of them top 5 picks in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Add to that list Calgary Hitmen defenceman Jake Bean, Vancouver d-man Ryely McKinstry and Seattle forward Nolan Volcan as the other WHLer's. Won't be the last time we see the likes of Steel dawn the Canadian colors

Steel will miss three games for the Pats for the tournament, this weekend against Saskatoon and Swift Current and then next weekend versus the Calgary Hitmen. 

- Fans of the WHL are being treated to quite the crop of rookies breaking into the league this year. The 16 year old class is better than I have ever seen. I'm sure there are people who have been around a lot longer than I have but we will be seeing these 1998 born kids light up the league for the next 3-4 years. Sam Steel and Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings each have 12 points, Kamloops Jake Kryski has 11 along with Vancouver's Tyler Benson. Star players with bright futures. 

- The Pats finally got the puck to go in on Sunday against the Lethbridge Hurriances. I have never seen a team so snake bitten as the Pats were int he previous four games where they scored just once in each contest, all of them losses. From posts to bad bounces to missing wide open nets the team just could not score a second goal in their games but it all came together against the Canes on Sunday. Yes people will argue that it was just the Hurricanes but Lethbridge had won three in a row coming in, including against the defending memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings. 

- Seems like Morgan Klimchuk has come into full form 6 games in. The 19 year old Flames 1st rounder had his first multi-point night on Sunday with a goal and two assists. That's a welcome sight for the Blue and White. 

- The Leafs aren't getting my hopes up this year, a 4-4-1-0 start is mediocre. No parades are being planned and I'm not going to get duped into thinking they are contenders this year. At least not at the moment. The Blue Jays did it to me this summer, quite possibly the most hope I've had for the team only to have those dashed. Don't get me wrong I want them to win and do well however I'm not sure I can take another year of ups and downs. 

- Talking with Luc Mullinder on the Sportscage on Monday we came to the conclusion that while the Riders may have up and down years, they always get it together at the end of the year it seems and validate the early season hopes of Rider Nation. Everyone seems pretty optimistic over the first three quarters of Friday's game in Calgary. Kerry Joseph looked pretty darn good, yes the fourth quarter was one to forget but I for one feel a lot better about their chances with KJ at the helm. 

- It's almost a guarantee the Riders will head East for the playoffs. Yes I know it always seems tough to win out there but at the end of the day it won't be as bad going to Hamilton, Toronto or Montreal as opposed to Edmonton and Calgary on the road to the Grey Cup game. I'm not sitting here thinking the Riders will be there at the end but they have a chance and in the playoffs that's all that matters. 

- Interesting comments from General Manager Brendan Taman on Mondays Sportscage on the decision he and the coaching staff face when it comes to who should play in the final game of the regular season against the Eskimos. It's a fine line between getting guys healthy for the playoffs and wanting to get a win and some momentum before the elimination games start, One thing for sure is that the Eskimos likely will rest some guys as they will be locked into second place in the West Division. Taman said it will likely be a lot like an exhibition game. Tough to say whether guys should sit or if they should play to get some good mojo going. 

- Congrats to the Saskatoon Hilltops on yet another PFC Championship over the weekend in their win over the Calgary Colts. 

- The Kansas City Royals didn't look nervous in the least last night in game 6 of the world series hammering the San Francisco Giants 10-0. Rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura was unfazed on the big stage in an elimination game going 7 scoreless innings. Giants veteran arm Jake Peavy on the other hand struggled and didn't get out of the 2nd inning. The home team has won 9 straight game sevens in the world series and I for one hope the Royals make that streak 10 games. They are the feel good story in baseball and I am on board. 

- Pats in the pro's update: Dyson Stevenson has played three games in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators and has 11 penalty minutes. Lane Scheidl has his East Coast season off to a good start in Kalamazoo with 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. Colton Jobke has 2 assists in 6 ECHL games with the Alaska Aces. Chandler Stephenson with the Hershey Bears of he AHL has a goal in 6 games played.

- Lots of rumours floating around yesterday on Twitter that Jordan Weal might get a call up to play with the Los Angeles Kings. Anze Kopitar did not play last night because of an injury and people were speculating that Weal would get the call to play against the Philadelphia Flyers. That didn't happen, some quoted cap issues as the reason why but he would make just 610 K in the NHL under his entry level deal so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. At any rate it won't be long before we see the Pats fourth all-time leading scorer on the big stage. He has a goal and 5 assists in 5 games so far with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. 

- Pats TV this week on Access 7 on Wednesday at 7 o'clock features defencemen Colby Williams and Carter Hansen as well as Athletic Therapist/Trainer Greg Mayer.

That's it from me today, have a good week!

Phil
@PhilTheThrill18









Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Steven Alldridge calls it a career

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Tuesday Forward Steven Alldridge has decided to retire from the Western Hockey League.

The 18-year old from Inuvik, NWT came to the Hurricanes in the Corbin Boes trade to the Portland Winterhawks prior to last year’s trade deadline. At the time of the trade, the 6’3, 200lb left winger had played 24 games with the Winterhawks where he was a minus-4 plus/minus rating to go along with his 54 penalty minutes.

Alldridge played 15 games with the Hurricanes, before a shoulder injury cut short the 2013-2014 season and he had yet to return to the lineup this season.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes thank Steven for all his contributions to the hockey team both on the ice and in the community. The hockey club wishes Steven all the best in his future endeavors.

Esther Madziya
Communications & PR Manager
Lethbridge Hurricanes

Rockets Whistle CHL Goalie of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jackson Whistle of the Kelowna Rockets is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 26 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .981.

 

Whistle made 53 saves in two games for the WHL’s top ranked Rockets who improved their record to 12-1-0-0.  Whistle earned his second shutout of the season last Wednesday night stopping all 22 shots he faced as third star of a 4-0 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans.  He then earned first star honours on Saturday with 31 saves as part of a 6-1 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.

 

Whistle, a 19-year-old from West Kelowna, BC, is playing in his fourth WHL season and third with the Rockets.  So far this season he carries an 11-1-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.26 and save percentage of .916 with two shutouts.  

 

Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers with a 2-1-0-0 record and a pair of shutout victories posting a goals-against-average of 1.34 and save percentage of .948.  In the QMJHL, Marvin Cupper of the Shawinigan Cataractes won both of his starts with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .926.

 

2014-15 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Jackson Whistle (Kelowna Rockets)

Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Landon Bow (Swift Current Broncos)

Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Charlie Graham (Belleville Bulls)

 

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Canadian / Ontario Hockey League

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pat Chat October 27th

The Week That Was
Four games this week had the Pats busy as they played their second three-in-three weekend in a row.  The Blue and White opened the week against the Portland Winterhawks and ran into some hot goaltenders in a
3-1 loss to the defending Western Conference champs.  A trip to Swift Current saw a similar result for the Pats as the Broncos scored a pair of powerplay goals in the second period in a 3-1 win over Regina.  The back-half of the home and home saw the teams battle to a draw after forty minutes, but Brett Lernout scored in the third to down the Pats 2-1 at the Brandt Centre.  The Queen City Kids wrapped up the weekend with an offensive storm in an 8-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  Braden Christoffer, Adam Brooks and Patrick D’Amico each scored twice in the win.
The Week Ahead
Friday, October 31st – Pats vs. Saskatoon (7:00 p.m.)
Calling all ghosts and ghouls for the Pats Halloween matchup with the Saskatoon Blades.  Kids under 17 get into the game FREE if they’re wearing a costume with prizes for the best costumes on the night.  Get more information on the Pats Spooktacular Halloween below.  On the ice, it’s the first meeting of the season between the Pats and Blades after Regina won all eight contests last year.
Saturday, November 1st – Pats vs. Swift Current (7:00 p.m.)
The Pats host their second Saskatchewan Roughriders night at the Brandt Centre to kick off the month of November.  The Blue and White go green with special edition jerseys that will be up for silent auction throughout the evening.  Get the full details below.  It’s the third matchup of the season between the Pats and Broncos with Swift Current taking both tightly contested games.
To the International Stage
Pats rookie Sam Steel departs Wednesday to join Team Canada Black at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton.  Steel is tied for 3rd in WHL rookie scoring with 12 points (3G, 9A) in 15 games played and is an impressive +10 in the plus/minus category.
Career High
Adam Brooks’ two goals against Lethbridge pushed the third year forward to a new career high in goals with five on the season in just 15 games.  The Winnipeg product has ten points (5G, 5A) which is just two away from his career high of 12 points in 2012-13.
Pats Spooktacular Halloween
After some trick-or-treating, don’t take off your costume!  Come down to the Brandt Centre and celebrate Halloween with the Pats.  Kids under 17 get into the game FREE if they’re wearing a costume.  Add to your candy stash with giveaways at the game and there will be prizes for the best costumes in the rink.  To get your free ticket to the game, show off your costume at the Brandt Centre Box Office.
Roughriders Night Presented by Mosaic
For the second year in a row, green is the colour as the Pats take on the Swift Current Broncos.  The Queen City kids don newly designed special edition Riders themed jerseys.  The Rider Drum Line will be at the game to get everyone pumped up before puck drop and select Roughriders players will be on hand for an autograph session during one of the intermissions.  Lucky fans in attendance will receive green Pats/Riders glow sticks at the doors and game sponsor Mosaic will have a green screen set up to make your very own hockey card!
Weekly Schedule
Monday, October 27th
– Day Off – No Media Availability
Tuesday, October 28th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Thursday, October 30th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Friday, October 31st – Pats vs. Saskatoon – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
Saturday, November 1st – Pats vs. Swift Current – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM                         

Important Dates
Friday, October 31st – Pats Spooktacular Halloween vs. Saskatoon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1st – Saskatchewan Roughriders Night vs. Swift Current – 7:00 p.m.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club