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Friday, August 22, 2014

Regina Pats 2014 Training Camp Day 2 Recap

Day 2 of the Regina Pats 2014 Training Camp got underway on Friday morning with another rookie scrimmage between Team Red and Team Grey. Jordan Hollett started in goal for Team Red and Kurtis Chapman for Team Grey. Grey had won both scrimmages on day 1 of camp.

In the first period neither team would score. Jacob Elmer came the closest ringing a puck of the post. Jordan Hollett and Kurtis Chapman were sharp in the frame. It was a good physical period.

In the second Matt Lenz took over the net for Team Red and Brandon Kruger for Team Grey.

The goals started coming as Team Red got one from Brady Third and Chase Brakel to make it 2-0. Team Grey would then get a beautiful goal from Erik Gardiner and it was 2-1. Then Sam Steel fed Jacob Elmer for a back door goal and it was 2-2. Gary Haden then made a beautiful pass o spring Zachary Cox to make it 3-2 Grey. Sam Steel would clean up a rebound in front to make it 4-2. Dylan McCabe with the assist and Grey won their third scrimmage.

I talked with Erik Gardiner and Kurtis Chapman after the scrimmage.

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The rookies scrimmaged again in the afternoon. Matt Lenz was in goal for Team Red in the first and Brandon Kruger for Grey.

Trystyn DeRoose got Team Red on the board first with the assist going to Chase Brakel. Grey would tie it up on a goal from Gary Haden on a feed from Chase Goods. Haden would score again in the period to make it 2-1 Grey but before the horn Merritt Oszytko made a nice pass cross crease for Eamon Milligan who put it home and it was 2-2 at the break.

In the second frame Jordan Hollett took over the goal for Team Red and Kurtis Chapman for Team Grey.

The lone goal of the period came late as Quinton Ong scored to give Team Red the 3-2 lead. Chase Brakel the assist and Red picked up their first victory of rookie camp.

I chatted with Gary Haden and Sam Steel afterwards.

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The veterens hit the ice for the first time after with two practice sessions. First it was Team White on the ice. The forwards were Patrick D'Amico, Morgan Klimchuk (Did not Skate), Maximillian Kammerer, Adam Berg, Logan McVeigh, Adam Brooks, Kyle Westeringh, Rykr Cole, Connor Gay, Darcy DeRoose, Tyler Pickett, Scott Gall, Chase McKersie and Arthur Miller. The defencemen: Chase Harrison, Colby Williams, Brady Reagan, Sergey Zborovsky and Joshua Bishop. The goalies for Team White are Dawson MacAuley and Tyler Fuhr.

I talked with Logan McVeigh and Brady Reagan after the practice. 

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Then it was Team Blue who took to the ice for their first practice of the weekend. Comprised of forwards Braden Christoffer, Dryden Hunt, Austin Wagner, Jared McAmmond, Chandler Stephenson (Not Here), Carter Hansen, Bryar Ortynski, Rylee Zimmer, Colton Kroeker, Dane Schioler, Earl Webb, Owen Sillinger and Jimmy Lambert. On defence, James Hilsendager, Kyle Burroughs, Isaac Schacher, Brendan Kallis, Quinn Sobus, Tyler Anderson and Nathan Mortlock. The goalies Daniel Wapple and Tyler Brown. 

I talked with Kyle Burroughs, Dryden Hunt and Daniel Wapple. 

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Day 2 wrapped up with one last scrimmage for the rookies. Sam Steel, Jacob Elmer Luc Smith, Erik Gardiner and Riley Woods did not take part in the final game. Nor did goaltenders Jordan Hollett or Kurtis Chapman.

Matt Lenz got the start in goal for Team Red and Brandon Kruger for Team Grey.

In the first period Hunter McDonald got Team Grey on the board first. Assist to Chase Goods. Red would respond with a goal from Ryan Moon, assist to Matthew Quigley. Then Red would take the lead as Carson Welke scored with an assist going to Chase Brakel.

In the second period Zachary Cox put home a loose puck at the side of the goal to tie the game at 2's. Gary Haden with the assist. Hunter McDonald would score his second of the game for Grey who took the lead 3-2. Red would empty the net late and Chase Goods would make it 4-2 Grey and that was the final. Grey won 4 of the 5 scrimmages in Rookie Camp.

Some of the rookies will be carried over into main camp where there will be three teams. The first scrimmage is Saturday morning at 10 AM.


The 1 and oh Regina Thunder host the 1 and oh Edmonton Wildcats on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium. The Thunder won in week one 19-16 in overtime against the Saskatoon Hilltops while the Wildcats were winners on the road 36-16 over the Calgary Colts. Thunder quarterback Jaeden Marwick tossed for 363 yards and two touchdowns in the win and was named the PFC offensive player of the week. The Thunder, Wildcats and Edmonton Huskies sit tied with a win apiece heading into week 2 of the season.


The Thunder scored 19 points in week one. Tallied 25 first downs, 44 rushing yards and 363 passing yards. They turned the ball over once. The offense gave up 5 sacks in week 1.

Jeaden Marwick threw for 363, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 7 yards on 2 carries.

The leading Thunder receiver through the first week is Preston Bews who went for 84 yards on 6 catches and a touchdown. Kasim Ocaya caught 7 balls for 80 yards. Ruben Viveros 5 for 57, Brady Keller 4 for 56, Matt Frass 4 for 45 and a touchdown and Kristiane Desautels 41 yards on 3 catches.

The running game struggled in week 1. Justn Bannin had the most success with 23 yards on 8 carries. Matt Frass amassed just 11 yards on 7 carries.


The Wildcats scored 36 points in week one. Tallied 22 first downs, 101 rushing yards and 214 passing yards. They turned the ball over once on an interception but did not give up a sack.

Quarterback Jordan Olson threw for 214 yards, 2 touchdowns and an interception. He also carried the ball 3 times for 7 yards.

The leading Wildcat receiver through week 1 is Brad Quartel with 118 yards on 8 catches. Rocky Borrelli 3 for 40 and a touchdown. Ryan Smith 2 for 35, Landyn Vick 1 for 12 and Chase Nahrebeski 1 for 9 and a touchdown.

Rushing Jordan Samoil had 48 yards on 8 carries. Anthony Myroon 7 for 28 and Bray Josue 6 for 15. Chase Nahrebeski had 2 carries for 3 yards and a touchdown.


The Thunder defense gave up just 13 points in week 1. Allowed 19 first downs, 254 rushing yards and 115 through the air. They did not have a takeaway or a sack.

DB Mason Dick and LB Brett Selinger led the team in defensive tackles with 4 each. 4 other players had 2 defensive tackles in the game. Safety Chris Tunnicliffe had 2 knockdowns while DB Dustin Erbach had 1.


The Wildcats gave up 16 points in week 1. Allowed 15 first downs, 46 yards rushing and 228 yards through the air. They forced three turnovers but did not record a sack.

DB Luc Catellier led the team in tackles with 5 and picked up an interception. DB Ryan Doram and LB Kieran Thomas were next in tackles with 3. Jahlani Knorren tallied the other inteception.


Thunder kicker William McGee went 2 for 2 in field goal attempts. He punted 9 times for a total of 286 yards with a long of 49.

Dustin Erbach returned 3 punts for 29 yards. Marcus Hall 2 for 12 and Brandon Whitehouse 1 for 13 yards. Erbach returned 2 kickoffs for 38 yards and Menedum Menegbo 1 for 19. Erbach put up another 28 yards on two missed field goal returns.


Wildcat kicker Ideen Samadi was 2 of 3 in field goal attempts. He punted 9 times for a total of 331 yards and a long of 48.

Jahlini Knorren returned 8 punts for 116 yards and a long of 80 including a touchdown. Rocky Borelli returned 2 kickoffs for 77 yards.

Kickoff on Sunday is at 1PM from Mosaic Stadium. The game will be broadcast live on Access 7.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Regina Pats Rookie Camp Day 1 Recap

Day 1 of Regina Pats training camp got underway Thursday morning at 9AM at the Cooperators Centre. Half the rookies were on the in the first session as Team Grey. They included goaltenders Brandon Kruger and Kurtis Chapmen. Defensemen Ryan Krushen, Jared Freadrich, Dylan McCabe, Matthew Quigley, Daniel Wasylyshyn and William Lovell. Forwards Erik Gardiner, Sam Steel, Jacob Elmer, Eli Carels, Garrett Szeremley, Damien Bentz, Jackson Gibson, Riley Romashenko, Chase Goods, Braeden Stradeski, Gary Haden, Zachary Cox and Hunter McDonald. 

After the session I caught up with defenceman Jared Freadrich and Forward Jacob Elmer. Here are those interviews.

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Up next Team Red took to the ice, also made up of rookies. Goaltenders Matt Lenz and Jordan Hollett. Defencemen Brady Pouteau, Garrett Ewert, Riley Bruce, Branden Storey, Austin Johnson and Adam Sandstrom. Forwards Carson Welke, Luc Smith, Chase Brakel, Jayden Davis, Quinton Ong, Eamon Milligan, Trystyn DeRoose, Ryan Moon, Riley Woods, Merritt Oszytko, Brady Third and Christian Chorney.

Got a chance to chat with Garrett Ewert and Jordan Hollett after the session.

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The rookies played their first scrimmage of Camp at 1 on Thursday afternoon.

Jordan Hollett started in goal for Team Read and Kurtis Chapman for Team Grey.

In the opening period both teams had some good chances. The lone goal came for Team Red from Riley Woods and they led into the break. Sam Steel centered the line of Jacob Elmer and Erik Gardiner for Team Grey. They had scoring chances every shift but Hollett made some good saves. Chapman was good at the other end as well. The period had some big hits and physical play. A good start o the weekend of scrimmages.

In the second Matt Lenz went into the net for Red and Brandon Kruger for Grey.

Sam Steel got Grey on the board in the first shift of the second and it was 1-1. Red would re-take the lead as Brady Thurd finished off a nice pass from Merritt Oszytko and it was 2-1. Then the top line for Grey of Gardiner, Steel and Elmer went to work. Elmer would take a stretch pass from Steel and scored on the back hand. Then Elmer fed Steel who knocked the puck out of mid air to give Grey the 3-2 lead. That's how the scrimmage ended.

Riley Woods and Luc Smith played well for Team Red while Steel, Gardiner and Elmer were the standouts for Grey.

I talked with Woods and Smith after the scrimmage.

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 Day 1 wrapped up with anther rookie scrimmage between Team Red and Team Grey. Matt Lenz started in goal for Red and Brandon Kruger for Grey.

In the first period Eamon Milligan put Team Red on the board first. Then Sam Steel fed Jacob Elmer who scored up high off the post to tie it at 1's. Damien Bentz would then give Team Grey the lead 2-1 however Eamon Milligan would pot his second of the period for Team Red and it was 2-2 at the break.

In the second Jordan Hollett came into the goal for Red and Kurtis Chapman for Team Grey.

Damien Bentz would give Grey the lead with his second of the game to make it 3-2. Chase Goods then made it 4-2 Grey and Gary Haden would score his first to make it 5-2. That was the final score, Grey finishing 2 and oh on the day.

I talked with Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach John Paddock after the session.

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The rookies return to the ice on Friday morning at 10 AM for another scrimmage.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Thunder QB Jaeden Marwick PFC Offensive Player of the Week

Quarterback - #13 Jaeden Marwick – Regina Thunder
In his first PFC game since coming the BCFC, quarterback Jaeden Marwick of the Regina Thunder looked like he fit right in.  Against a very talent Hilltops defense, Marwick completed 29 of 42 passes for 363 yards and two touchdowns.  He also ran twice for seven yards.
Linebacker - #45 Justin Filteau –Saskatoon Hilltops
Picking up where he left off in 2013, Hilltops linebacker Justin Filteau had a solid game against the defending champs.  He gathered four tackles, assisted on four other stops and collected the lone turnover in the game, an interception which he returned four yards.
Kicker - #26 Jonathan Heidebrecht – Edmonton Huskies
In Week 1, the Edmonton Huskies scored 25 points and beat the Winnipeg Rifles.  19 of those 25 points came from the foot of Huskies kicker Jonathan Heidebrecht.  The veteran was a perfect 6-6 in field goal attempts and he hit his only convert attempt.  After a Huskies major in the first quarter, Heidebrecht scored the next 19 consecutive points on route to the victory.

Regina Pats 2014 Training Camp Preview

The Regina Pats open their 2014 Training Camp on Thursday morning at the Cooperators Centre. The rookies will hit the ice for two morning practices before their first scrimmage at 1. They will scrimmage throughout the day on Friday. The vets will play for the first time on Friday night.

The Pats lose a total of 5 players from last years East Division pennant winning club.

F Chandler Stephenson: Leading scorer with 30 goals and 89 points. Set a Regina Pats record with 8 short handed goals. Will play with the Hershey Bears of the AHL or the Washington Capitals next season.

F Dyson Stevenson: Leading goal scorer with 38. Second leading scorer overall with 76 points. Will play with the Portland Pirates of the AHL this season.

F Boston Leier: 4th leading scorer with 33 goals and 39 assists for 72 points. Will play CIS in 2014/15.

D Dmitry Sinitsyn: Leading scorer on D with 10 goals and 44 points. Will play in the KHL this year.

D Jesse Zgraggen: 5 goals and 32 assists. Was a plus 26. Will play in Suisse Elite League this year.


Now the guys returning from last year


LW Morgan Klimchuk, born 1995. Calgary native, 1st Round Draft pick of the Flames in 2013.
  • Scored 30 goals and 44 assists in 54 games. Was a plus 26 and had 27 PIM's in 2013/14.
  • Will miss the start of the season because of the Flames training camp and pre-season.
  • Possibility he sticks with the NHL Club.
RW Connor Gay, born 1995. Saskatoon native.
  • Career high 19 goals and 43 points last season.
  • Defensive game improved with a plus 13 rating and had 25 PIM's.
RW/LW/C Dryden Hunt, born 1995 in Nelson B.C. NHL Camp invite with Carolina Hurricanes.
  • Career High 21 goals and 40 points last year.
  • Had a massive second half to the year after recording just 1 goal before Christmas.
LW Braden Christoffer, born 1994 in Sherwood Park AB.
  • 13 goals, 22 assists and 130 PIM's last year.
  • Tough player to play against.
C Logan McVeigh, born 1994 in Kenaston SK.
  • 4 goals, 5 assists with the Pats after being acquired at the trade deadline from Medicine Hat.
  • Finished the year with 11 goals and 15 assist total. Has had better season points wise and will look to get back to that this year.
  • 1 of 4 returning 20 year olds.
C Patrick D'Amico, born 1994 in Winnipeg.
  • 6 goals 18 assists last year. Career highs.
  • Hard working smart player.
  • Another of the 20's.
RW Carter Hansen, born 1995, from Craven SK.
  • 8 goals, 3 assists last year.
  • Great penalty killer.
C Adam Brooks, born 1996 in Winnipeg.
  • 4 goals, 7 assist last year.
LW Maximillian Kammerer, born 1996, Dusseldorf Germany.
  • Showed glimpses of high end skill last year.
  • 1 goal and 2 assists in 40 games.
LW Austin Wagner, born 1997, Calgary.
  • Has all the tools, size, speed and shot.
  • 1 goal, 1 assist in 42 games.
C Rylee Zimmer, born 1997, Russell MB.
  • 44 games played as a rookie
C Sam Steel, born 1998, Edmonton.
  • Technically a rookie but spent the end of the year with the Pats.
  • Second overall pick in 2013.

Kyle Burroughs, born 1995, Langley B.C. 7th round pick of the New York Islanders in 2013.
  • The captain.
  • 8 goals and 32 assists last year. 2nd on the team behind Dmitry Sinitsyn.
  • Will also miss some of training camp and preseason because of NHL camp.
Colby Williams, born 1995, Regina SK.
  • Career year offensively with 9 goals and 23 assists.
  • 82 PIM's and was even in the plus/minus.
Isaac Schacher, born 1995, Kimberley B.C.
  • Acquired from the Victoria Royals last season.
  • Bog body defenseman.
  • 9 points and was a plus 22.
Chase Harrison, born 1996, Winnipeg.
  • Good rookie season with 8 assists and a plus 11 in 42 games.
Griffin Mumby, born 1996, Calgary.
  • 1 goal 3 assist, an even plus/minus and 31 PIM's.
Brady Reagan, born 1997, Calgary.
  • Top pick in 2012 bantam draft.

Daniel Wapple, born 1995, Saskatoon.
  • Acquired from Medicine Hat at trade deadline.
  • 12-5-0-1 with the Pats. 2.83 GAA and a .910 SV%.
  • 25-14-1-1 overall with a 2.90 GAA and a .908 SV%.
  • Posted 3 shutouts.
Dawson MacAuley born 1994, Prince Albert.
  • Great first half of the year.
  • Finished 25-16-4-0 with a 3.24 GAA and a .899 SV%
  • Another of the 20 year olds.
Tyler Fuhr, born 1995, Sherwood Park.
  • Played in just one game in the regular season and 1 in the playoffs.
  • Joined the team after Wapples' injury.
Now for the players coming in looking to crack the roster.


LW - Adam Berg    
6'0" 170lbs  
Born - Feb 4/97  
Hometown - Okotoks, AB  
13-14 Team: Calgary Buffaloes (AMHL)  
How acquired: List
5 goals, 6 assists in 30 games.

C - Rykr Cole   
5’10” 160lbs     
Born – April 29/97   
Hometown – Moosomin, SK      
13-14 Team: Moose Jaw Generals (SMAAHL)   How acquired: 3rd round pick, 63rd overall (2012)23 goals, 22 assists last season.
RW - Jacob Elmer
6'1" 152lbs
Born - Dec 31/98   
Hometown - Calgary, AB  
13-14 Team: Edge Hockey School  
How acquired: 6th round pick, 116th overall (2013)
37 goals and 34 assists in 52 games.

C – Colton Kroeker    
6’2” 175lbs   
Born – Jan 21/97    
Hometown – Surrey, BC
13-14 Team:  South Delta Prep     

How acquired: 7th round pick, 134th overall (2012)
24 goals, 34 assists in 28 games.

C – Jared McAmmond    
5’11” 175lbs    
Born – Feb 6/97    
Hometown – Grande Prairie, AB      
13-14 Team: Grande Prairie Storm (AMHL)
How acquired: 10th round pick, 206th overall (2012)
12 goals 5 assists.

F - Sean Richards       
5'11" 175lbs       
Born - Dec 15/98      
Hometown - St. Albert, AB      
13-14 Team - St. Albert Flyers (AMMHL)   

How acquired: List  

RW – Dane Schioler      
6’0” 160lbs  
Born – Apr 12/96           
Hometown – Winnipeg, MB      
13-14 Team: Portage Terriers (MJHL)       How acquired: 2nd round pick, 36th overall (2011)
12 goals 13 assists.

C - Luc Smith       
6'5" 202lbs
Born - Jan 20/98
Hometown - Onoway, AB
13-14 Team - St. Albert Raiders (AMHL)

How acquired: 3rd round pick, 60th overall (2013)
7 goals 3 assists

RW - Brady Third
6'2" 163lbs
Born - Jul 18/98
Hometown - Carlyle, SK
13-14 Team - Notre Dame Hounds (SMAAAHL)

How acquired: 8th round pick, 160th overall (2013)
4 goals 7 assists.

LW - Riley Woods
5'8" 143lbs
Born - June 25/98
Hometown - Regina, SK
13-14 Team - Regina Capitals (SSMAA)
How acquired: List


RD - Jared Freadrich    
5'11" 166lbs    
Born - Mar 4/98    
Hometown - Camrose, AB    
13-14 Team: Sherwood Park J. Ennis Kings (AMHL)   
How acquired: 4th round pick, 80th overall (2013)

LD – James Hilsendager
6'0” 170lbs 
Born – Mar 20/97
Hometown – Lloydminster, SK
13-14 Team: Lloydminster Bobcats (AMHL)
How acquired: 9th round pick, 187th overall (2012)

RD – Brendan Kallis
6’0” 155lbs 
Born – May 18 /97
Hometown – St. Albert, AB 
13-14 Team: St. Albert Raiders (AMHL)
How acquired: 4th round pick, 68th overall (2012)

RD – Nikolas Koberstein
6’2” 200lbs
Born – Jan 19/96
Hometown – Barrhead, AB
13-14 Team: Olds Grizzlys (AJHL)
How acquired: 7th round pick, 135th overall (2011)

LD - Ryan Krushen
6’2" 168lbs
Born - Jan. 1/98
Hometown - Sherwood Park, AB
13-14 Team: Sherwood Park NIC Squires (AMMHL)
How acquired: List

RD - William Lovell   
6’2" 188lbs    
May 4/98   
Hometown - Manitou, MB   
13-14 Team: Pembina Valley Hawks (MMHL)   
How acquired: List

LD - Andrew McCann
6'0" 163lbs
Jan 15/97
Hometown - Calgary, AB
13-14 Team: Calgary Canucks (AJHL)
How acquired: List

RD - Nathyn Mortlock
6'0" 181lbs
Born - Jun 19/96
Hometown - Medicine Hat, AB
13-14 Team: Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL)
How acquired: List

LD - Brady Pouteau
6'2" 186lbs
Born - Jan 9/98
Hometown - Oak Bluff, MB
13-14 Team: Pembina Valley Hawks (MMHL)
How acquired: 4th round pick, 79th overall (2013)

Add to this list, 1st round Import draft pick Sergey Zborovsky.
Hailing from Moscow, Russia, Zborovsky played the 2013-14 season with the Dynamo Moskva U18.  The 6’4.5”, 194 lbs defender played 27 games while scoring six goals and adding ten assists.


G - Kurtis Chapman   
6'1" 166lbs       
Born - Feb 9/98       
Hometown - Airdrie, AB    
13-14 Team:  AC Avalanche (AMMHL)       
How acquired: 7th round - 138th Overall (2013)
15-2-1, 2.30 GAA, .931 SV%, 2 SO 
 Much more to come as the weekend progresses.



Regina Pats 2014 Training Camp Schedule

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the schedule for the 2014 edition of Training Camp at the Cooperators Centre with on ice sessions opening Thursday, August 21st.
After 1998 and 1999 born players register this evening, they will be split into two teams for Rookie Camp starting with practices running from 9:00 a.m. until 11:15 a.m. on Thursday.  The players return to the ice in the afternoon and evening for scrimmages giving rookies an opportunity to impress new Pats Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock and the rest of the Pats’ Hockey Operations department.

Friday sees the rookies continue to scrimmage throughout the day as well as the 1997-1994 born players registering in the afternoon.  The Main Camp teams hit the ice for their first practices starting at 5:00 p.m.  Rookie Camp wraps up with a final scrimmage following the Main Camp sessions, starting at 7:30 p.m.

Main Camp begins in earnest Saturday as the top rookies join the 1997-1994 born players and full scrimmages begin at 10:00 a.m. followed by scrimmages at 3:30 p.m. and 8:00 p.m.

Scrimmages continue through Sunday with the first game beginning at 10:00 a.m.  The Main Camp goalies get some time to themselves with a goalie session beginning at 11:45 a.m. before scrimmages resume at 3:00 p.m. with the final contest at 8:00 p.m.

The Blue and White Game takes place Monday, August 25 at the Cooperators Centre with the top players from 2014 Training Camp facing off in the annual camp finale.  Tickets for the Blue and White game can be purchased at the door for $2.

Please find a full 2014 Regina Pats Training Camp Schedule attached to this release.

For fans hoping to gear up for the 2014-15 campaign, the Neutral Zone Store will be at the Cooperators Centre the following hours:

Thursday: 1 – 6 p.m.
Friday: 2 – 5 p.m.
Saturday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Sunday: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Monday: 6 – 9 p.m.

Daniel Fink,
Director of Media and Communications.
Regina Pats Hockey Club

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A great day for the Regina Pats on Tuesday as the team unveiled their coaching staff. From left to right below: Assistant Coach Darrin McKechnie, Head Coach and Senior VP of Hockey Operations John Paddock, Assistant Coach Dave Struch. From my perspective it already seems like a good dynamic betyween the three, I think the players will enjoy playing for these guys and learn a lot.
McKechnie was the latest hire and he is beyond excited to be coaching the team he player for back in the late 1980's. He had a 53 goal and 102 point season in 87-88. He will be working on a part time basis for lack of a better term. He is a full time police officer in Regina but he said he will be at the rink coaching as much as possible and will be on the road with the team whenever he can be. Good to see a Pats alumni come into the fold!
It was said in the news conference that the coaches have signed 4 year deals, good for continuity going forward.
Training camp starts on Thursday and already some players have made their way into the Queen City. I will have a full training camp preview a little later today at

What a great football game on Sunday at Mosaic Stadium where the Regina Thunder came back to beat the Saskatoon Hilltops in overtime 16-13. Quarterback Jaeden Marwick led the game tieing drive with less than 3 minutes left in regulation capped off by a 35 yard William Mcgee Field Goal. Then in OT Marwick threw a 15 yard touchdown to running back Matt Frass for the victory. The Thunder have now beat Saskatoon in three straight contests, I wonder if that's ever happened in the history of the Thunder organization. I'm guessing it hasn't.
The Hilltops defense looked good and the running game was solid but they are certainly lacking at quarterback. It will be a tight race in the PFC this season and I am looking forward to seeing it unfold. The Thunder are in action Sunday home to the Edmonton Wildcats at 1PM. Drew Barss and I will have the call live on Access 7.
The Rider game on Saturday had its moments as well. Yes the first half was a little dry with a lot of punts but the excitement picked up in the second half. The defense was once again outstanding but the offense was not the best its ever been. That being said they won and so its tough to criticize. Yes there needs to be improvement there and I am sure they will get it figured out. Getting Weston Dressler back in a few weeks would certainly help that. Again though, tough to see him not getting much of an opportunity.
Next weeks game is a tough one to pick. The Riders looking to make it 5 in a row on Sunday in B.C. Should be a good football game and again two good defenses going at it. Could be another low scoring affair in my estimation.
My job allows for some pretty cool encounters and yesterday was definitely an example of that. Roberto Alomar was in Regina for two days as apart of the Jays Honda Super Camp. As most of you know he won two World Series with the Blue Jays in 92 and 93. A good bucketlist interview. Thanks to CTV's Darrell Romuld for the picture.

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