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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Nejezchleb re-assigned to Brandon

Prince George, B.C. -- The Brandon Wheat Kings have learned that 20-year old right-winger Richard Nejezchleb has been reassigned to the Western Hockey League club.

A fifth round draft choice of the National Hockey League's New York Rangers last June, Nejezchleb had been skating with the American Hockey League's Hartford Wolk Pack on a professional tryout agreement.

The 6'3" 208 lb. Nejezchleb led the Wheat Kings in goals with 32 during the 2013-14 season and finished the year with 57 points in 66 games.

Since joining the Wheat Kings in 2012, the Praha, Czech Republic native has scored 43 goals and 81 points in 101 regular season games.

Brandon's first and only selection in the 2012 Canadian Hockey League Import Draft, Nejezchleb joins a Brandon club that now has three imports on its active roster, joining defenceman Ivan Provorov of Russia and Latvian left-winger Rihards Bukarts.

While Bukharts is currently tied for fourth in league scoring with five goals and 17 points, Provorov has five goals and 12 points in eleven games. Bukharts and Provorov were Brandon's first round CHL Import picks in 2013 and 2014 respectively.

CHL clubs are permitted to have only two imports, which means the Wheat Kings will now have fourteen days on which to make a move to get down to the league limit.

Courtesy Wheat Kings PR

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

 TOP 10 – WEEK 5

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


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the fifth 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 5




Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Kelowna Rockets (10-1-0-0)




Erie Otters (8-0-0-1)




Rimouski Oceanic (11-4-0-1)




Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (8-2-0-0)




Medicine Hat Tigers (9-1-1-0)




Brandon Wheat Kings (8-2-1-0)




Oshawa Generals (9-1-1-0)




Saint John Sea Dogs (8-3-0-2)




Sherbrooke Phoenix (10-4-0-0)




Everett Silvertips (6-0-2-1)



Honourable Mention:

Belleville Bulls (8-2-0-0)



Baie-Comeau Drakkar (9-4-0-1)



Edmonton Oil Kings (7-3-0-1)




Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Regina Pats Season Ticket Holders: You are Invited!

Royals acquire Sittler from Kootenay

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce that the club has acquired goaltender Jayden Sittler (1996) from the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a sixth round draft pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. 

Sittler joins the Royals after starting the 2014-15 season with the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League (AJHL). The 6-0, 184 lb netminder has played in four games for the Oil Barons, posting a 2-2-0 record with a goals against average (GAA) of 3.04 and a 0.903 save percentage (SV%).

The native of Red Deer, AB played in one game for the Ice last season, making 17 saves for the victory.

Sittler spent the past two seasons with Red Deer Optimist Chiefs of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League (AMHL). During the 2013-14 season, Sittler registered a mark of 12-4-2 with a 2.03 GAA and a SV% of 0.913. In 2013 he was part of the Chiefs team that captured the Telus Cup.

Adam McKinnon
Manager of Communications and Hockey Operations Coordinator
Victoria Royals Hockey Club

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Some thoughts on the week that was...

1.) The Regina Pats took on the Portland Winterhawks last night at the Brandt Centre. Doing my game prep it was almost hard to believe the Hawks had just 2 wins on the season coming into the game. The Pats played a solid game and it was nothing short of excitement for 60 minutes. Brenden Burke and then Bolton Pouliot were fantastic in the Winterhawks goal. Tyler Brown was also impressive in just his second start in the league stopping 27 of 30 shots faced. Dryden Hunt scored the lone goal for the Pats and it was a beauty, a spinning back hand shot into the top corner. Yes it's a loss but this team is fun to watch, i'll take it. 

2.) As for the weekend for the Pats, Friday the team played really well but could not beat Wyatt Hoflin and fell 1-0. It was as complete a game as the team had played all year but could not get the bounces. Pavel Padakin was the closest to scoring in the first period when he hit the post. Saturday Regina man handled the Lethbridge Hurricanes in a 6-1 win. Tyler Brown was great in goal making 29 saves while Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay each had three point nights. Morgan Klimchuk made his season debut and scored his first goal of the year. Klimchukw as the lone goal scorer on Sunday in Calgary where the Pats lost 5-1 to the Hitmen. Regina could very well have been up 3 or 4 nothing in the game but missed some wide open nets and then the Hitmen found their game and took over in the second period. Overall it was a 1 and 2 weekend but very well could have gone the other way. 

3.) I don't know whats more impressive, the fact that Sam Steel is a plus 8 or that he has 9 points on the season. 

4.) Daniel Wapples' numbers don't tell the whole story in my opinion, his goals against is over 3 and his save percentage under 900 but he has been good. With the chances teams have had against him, most goalies wouldn't have fared much better. 

5.) Many of you have seen the story on the 180 million dollar lawsuit against the CHL for violating minimum wage laws. This really grinds my gears. Yes the players don't make minimum wage, no one disputes that, HOWEVER: Take into account housing, food, travel, equipment and education. What is the dollar value of all of that? If a judge rules the CHL needs to pay minimum wage, then teams would automatically fold. Yes there are clubs like the London Knights in the OHL that are making money but think of Swift Current, Prince Albert and Lethbridge... Throw any team that isn't in a major market on that list, they would be done. Maybe it could work if they make players pay to travel, eat and for their equipment and accommodations in terms of the teams bottom line but minimum wage wouldn't allow the players to afford it. This has the potential to kill junior hockey and frankly it's maddening. All this lawyer sees is dollar signs and the player he is using as the name behind the lawsuit is Sam Berg. The kid played 8 games in the OHL, yes 8 games. Absolute stupidity. Let's take it one step further, if the CHL is required to pay minimum wage, then shouldn't Junior A? the SJHL can BARELY stay afloat as it is. Again, if by some unbelievable sequence of events this goes through and teams are forced to pay, say good bye to junior hockey as we know it. 

6.) Tough to see the Regina Thunder season come to an end on Saturday in a 20-17 loss to the Calgary Colts. I was unable to attend the game but from the sounds of things when running back Nick Brown went down, the offense struggled. The Colts are riding high and are in Saskatoon for the PFC final against the Hilltops on Sunday. 

7.) Didn't see the Rider game on Sunday as we were on the air in Calgary with the Pats. Four straight losses is tough but not that surprising. Unless Darian Durant does come back I don't think the team will win against Calgary or Edmonton to finish the year. Fingers crossed he comes back. 

8.) The Riders released Will Ford, Eron Riley and DeNarius McGhee on Tuesday. The moves don't make me scratch my head. Anthony Allen and Jerome Messam are more than capable of handling the running back duties. 

9.) The World Series has started, two words: GO ROYALS. Yes the took one on the chin last night, 7-1 to San Francisco but I hope they bounce back. I also hope the time off after the ALCS didn't hurt them. 

10.) Back to the Pats road trip, On Sunday in Calgary I got on the elevator to head down for breakfast. The elevator stopped and this guy who looked really familiar jumped on. A random girl who was riding with me immediately went crazy and got a picture with him. I stood there like an idiot trying to figure out where this guy was from. It bothered me all day. Then We get on the bus to leave for the rink in the afternoon and Pavel Padakin is showing off this picture he just got taken with Thoe Rossi (Juice Ortiz), who was in the elevator with me and Kim Coates (Tig Trager) from the show Sons of Anarchy. Just happens to be my favorite show... Can't believe I couldn't figure out who the guy was. Here is that picture, Rossi is on the left, the girl I don't know, Padakin is the third from the left followed by Kim Coates. Coates was born in Saskatoon. Pretty cool!

Pats TV has been moved to Wednesdays at 7 o'clock on Access 7. Tonight my guests are Sam Steel, Jared McAmmond, Luc Smith, Colton Kroeker and Dave Struch. 

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


Tuesday, October 21, 2014


The Regina Pats returned home and played their 4th game in 5 nights on Tuesday at the Brandt Centre against the Portland Winterhawks. The Pats were coming off a three game road trip where they went 1 and 2 and sat 5-5-1-0 on the season. Morgan Klimchuk made his home debut on Tuesday and Tyler Brown got his second WHL start in goal and first at the Brandt Centre. The Winterhawks entered the game coming off a 10-3 drubbing at the hands of the Brandon Wheat Kings on Saturday. The Hawks were just 2-8-0-2 on the year coming in. It was the first and only meeting of the season between the two clubs. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                             Winterhawks
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                                       De Leo-Petan-Bjorkstrand
Christoffer-Brooks-Wagner                                           Koules-Turgeon-Bittner
Klimchuk-Steel-Padakin                                             Iverson-McKenzie-Schoenborn
McAmmond-Smith-Cole                                               Veloso-Overhardt-Weinger

Burroughs-Williams                                                    Cederholm- Viveiros
Harrison-Zborovskiy                                                     Texeira-Heinrich
Hilsendager-Hansen                                                      De Jong-Czaikowski?/Hanson?

Brown                                                                         Burke
Wapple                                                                        Pouliot

Pats scratches - Fuhr, Zimmer, Kroeker and Reagan.
Winterhawks scratches - Hill, Price, Heid, Predinchuk and Flaman.

In the first period the Pats got off to a good start and got the games first powerplay. They had some good pressure but were unable to score. The Winterhawks got the games second man advantage and the Pats almost scored short handed but on the ensuing rush Keegan Iverson took a pass in the slot and fired his 2nd of the yea 5 hole to make it 1-0 Portland. Evan Weinger and Nicolas Petan the assists at 6:33. The Pats went to their second powerplay in the middle part of the period but on it gave up a shorthanded goal to Skyler McKenzie at 12:30, his first in the WHL. Chase De Leo the lone assist and it was 2-0. The Pats had some chances after that but Brenden Burke made the saves he needed to and the period ended with a 2-0 scoreline. The Pats outshot the Hawks 13-11 in the period.

In the second period the Pats found their first goal 36 seconds in as Dryden Hunt spun and fired a backhand into the top corner past Brenden Burke for an unbelievable goal, his team leading 6th of the season. Connor Gay the lone assist and it was 2-1. The Pats got their third poweprlay shortly after and came oh so close to tieing the game as Colby Williams hit the post but it stayed out. Both teams had good chances as they went back and forth in the period but both goaltenders held and made some big stops. The Hawks hit a couple of cross bars but could not restore the 2 goal lead. The Pats got another powerplay late in the frame but Portland killed the time left in the period and 18 seconds carried over into the 3rd for the man advantage. Regina led the shots in the frame 10-8 and 23-19 overall.

In the third the Pats kept coming, they had two powerplays to find a tieing goal but could not out one into the back of the net. Brenden Burke hurt himself making a pad save in the third and was forced to leave after stopping 24 of 25 shots faced. Bolton Pouliot repaced him and shut the door. The Winterhawks got a late 5 on 3 powerplay and on it Chase De Leo banged home his 7th of the year at 18:17 to make it 3-1. Assists to Miles Koules and Nicolas Petan. That was the final score, the Pats outshot the Hawks 12-11 in the period and 35-30 overall. Tyler Brown played well in goal stopping 27 of 30 shots faced.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 7 and gave up a shorty while the penalty kill went 2 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Morgan Klimchuk. The second star to the Winterhawks Brendan Burke who stopped 24 of 25 shots faced and the first star to Keegan Iverson who scored the games first goal.

The Pats are back in action on Friday in Swift Current against the Winterhawks at 7 o'clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Winterhawks PP Goal at 6:33. Keegan Iverson (2) from Evan Weinger and Nicolas Petan.

Winterhawks SH Goal at 12:30. Skyler McKenzie (1) from Chase De Leo.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 0:36. Dryden Hunt (6) from Connor Gay.

3rd Period 

Winterhawks 5v3 PP Goal at 18:17. Chase De Leo (7) from Miles Koules and Nicolas Petan.

Here are the radio highlights.

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Pats - Winterhawks Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (5-5-1-0) welcome the Portland Winterhawks (2-8-0-2) to the Brandt Centre for their lone meeting of the season.  In last year’s game, the Winterhawks took a 5-2 win over the Pats in Portland while the Blue and White grabbed a 3-2 overtime win against the Hawks in Regina in 2012-13.  In last season’s matchup Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt each had goals against the Hawks while Winnipeg Jets prospect Nic Petan led Portland against the Pats with three points (1G, 2A).  The Pats head into tonight’s game after a 5-1 loss to Calgary to round out their road trip.  The Hawks roll into Regina after a 10-3 loss to the Brandon Wheat Kings on the weekend. You can listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Pats End Road Trip with 5-1 Loss to Hitmen
On the final game of their road trip, the Pats didn’t have any trouble earning scoring chances, but struggled to find the back of the net.  That lack of finish caught up to them as the Hitmen started to bury their chances in the middle period with Travis Sanheim scoring twice and Pavel Karnaukhov burying to send Calgary to a 3-0 lead after forty.  Morgan Klimchuk scored in the third, but Radel Fazleev and Carsen Twarynski scored to run the score up for Calgary.
Road TripThe Pats play their first game at the Brandt Centre since October 10th tonight.  They return home after going 1-2-0-0 on a Central Division road swing, playing three games in three nights.  Overall the Blue and White are 3-3-0-0 away from the Brandt Centre.  The Pats have scored 20 of 35 goals on the road.
Klimchuk Back at the BrandtMorgan Klimchuk returned to action on the weekend after missing the first nine games of the season due to injury.  The Calgary, AB has goals in his first two games, scoring against Lethbridge and Calgary.  
Busy ScheduleIt’s one of the busiest times of the year for the Pats as they’re in the midst of playing seven games in eleven nights.  The stretch started with the Pats’ three-in-three the previous weekend and culminates in a second three game set this weekend in which Regina faces Swift Current twice and Lethbridge.
Upcoming Schedule
at Swift Current – Friday, October 24th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
vs. Swift Current – Saturday, October 25th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)vs. Lethbridge – Sunday, October 26th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Manager Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club