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Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Edmonton Huskies Sweep PFC Player of the Week Honours

Offensive Player of the Week

Running back - #32 Jimmie Airey – Edmonton Huskies
The Edmonton Huskies got a measure of revenge beating their city rivals and collected 428 yards of total offense.  The run game alone collected 206 yards, led by the Offensive Player of the Week, running back Jimmie Airey.   The second year Ardrossan product accounted for three touchdowns, behind 11 carries for 127 yards on the ground and six catches for 124 yards through the air.  Its Airey’s first Conference award this season.

Defensive Player of the Week

Linebacker - #41 Jassen Brown – Edmonton Huskies
The Huskies defense was solid in their second win of the season.  Linebacker Jassen Brown led the charge with three sacks, a knockdown and a 24 yard fumble recovery for a touchdown, his best game of the year.  It the first time this season Brown as won this award.

Special Teams Player of the Week

Kicker - #26 Jonathan Heiderbrecht – Edmonton Huskies
With the Huskies scoring 50 points on Saturday night, kicker Jonathan Heiderbrecht accounted for 16 of them.  He was a perfect 4-4 in field goals and connected on all four converts.  This is the second time the fourth year veteran has won this weekly award.

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Brandon Wheat Kings, Kelowna Rockets, Everett Silvertips, Edmonton Oil Kings 


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the second 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 2




Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Rimouski Oceanic (5-1-0-0)




Kingston Frontenacs (2-0-0-0)




Brandon Wheat Kings (4-0-0-0)




Kelowna Rockets (3-0-0-0)




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




Sherbrooke Phoenix (5-1-0-0)




Erie Otters (3-0-0-0)




Everett Silvertips (3-0-0-0)




Gatineau Olympiques (4-1-0-2)




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



Honourable Mention:

Belleville Bulls (2-0-0-0)



Vancouver Giants (3-0-0-0)



Shawinigan Cataractes (4-1-1-1)




Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Pats Kyle Burroughs back Skating

Photo credit: Keith Hershmiller Photography

Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach John Paddock says Regina Pats Captain, Kyle Burroughs was back on the ice Wednesday after missing Saturday's game in Prince Albert with an upper body injury. 

Burroughs was the recipient of a hit from the Warriors Linden Penner on Friday night and left the game late in the first period and did not return. 

He had an assist and was a plus 1 before exiting with 30 seconds left in his first period of the season with the Blue and White. 

The 19 year old defenceman is looking to get back into the lineup for this weekends games. The Pats host Prince Albert Saturday night at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock and the Red Deer Rebels Sunday at 6 PM. 

No update on the status of 20 year old forward Logan McVeigh who has missed the last two games with a lower body injury. 

Sillinger Joins Pats Organization

Regina, Saskatchewan – The 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.”
The Pats start out a four game home stand this weekend with games Saturday and Sunday against Prince Albert and Red Deer at the Brandt Centre.  Tickets are available through, the Brandt Centre Box Office and Safeway locations throughout Regina.  For more information on discounts for groups of twenty or more, call 306-337-1538.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Chiefs return Moodie to Saskatoon

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs announced today that they have returned 19-year-old goaltender Alex Moodie to the Saskatoon Blades. Moodie was acquired by the Chiefs in May for a conditional pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. By terms of the trade agreement, the Chiefs have exercised the option to return Moodie to Saskatoon, which returns the draft selection to Spokane.
"Garret Hughson has earned the opportunity to be our starting goaltender and 17-year-old Tyson Verhelst will be our second goaltender," said Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz. "Alex did a great job for us and did everything he was asked, proving himself to be a capable goaltender in the WHL. We would like to thank Alex for his time and wish him the best back in Saskatoon."
With the roster move, the Chiefs are now carrying 26 players, including 16 forwards, 8 defensemen and two goaltenders.
Courtesy Chiefs PR

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Some thought's and musings for you on this Wednesday. 

1.) What a great weekend of hockey for the Regina Pats. The club got all the bounces in Moose Jaw on Friday night and beat the Warriors 7-1. Mark that down as the 9th straight win for the Queen City kids over their biggest rivals going back to last year. Then on Saturday night in Prince Albert we were treated to quite the game as the Pats came back in the third to win 4-3. 

2.) It was a weekend of firsts for the club. A huge congrats to Queen City Sports and Entertainment, John Paddock, Dave Struch and Darrin McKechnie on their first two wins in the league. Now to the players, Connor Gay scored his first ever WHL hattrick and first four point night against Moose Jaw Friday. Brady Reagan and Sam Steel scored their first ever goals and Sergey Zborovskiy and James Hilsendager picked up their first points. Tyler Fuhr also recorded his first ever win in goal as a Pat. The firsts kept coming on Saturday as Colton Kroeker scored his first goal in the first period and then Rylee Zimmer scored on a penalty shot in the third to tie for his first. A lot of pucks have been kept through four games with 5 players scoring their first WHL goals. So good to see. 

3.) The production from the young guys has been quite impressive int he early goings for the Pats. Paddock is playing them all with consistency and its paying off. Just three players on the roster, excluding Klimchuk who has yet to join the team, do not have a point. Sounds like a winning recipe to me. 

4.) One area the Pats will look to improve on as the games go on is the number of times they are shorthanded. The team has been down a man 26 times in four games and given up 7 goals. That's half of their goals against. Their PK is at 73.1 % efficiency. 

5.) The Pats are tied for the second most goals scored in the Eastern Conference however with 14. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings had scored more with 21. Out West, Kelowna (21) and Kamloops (18) are the only teams ahead of Regina in that category. Who would have thought that after the players that are not here from last season?? 

6.) The Brandon Wheat Kings acquired forward Reid Duke, defenceman Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt on Tuesday. On paper its another lopsided trade in favor of Brandon, whats even more incredible is that it's not the first or even the second time that Kelly McCrimmon has come out on top in a trade with the Canes. At the 2013 draft the Wheat Kings acquired the 6th overall pick (Cale Klague) for 20 year old netminder Corbin Boes and the 17th overall pick (Stuart Skinner). Then they traded Taylor Cooper, Nick Walters and the rights to Tanner Brown to Lethbridge for stud defenceman Ryan Pilon. Three trades and the Wheat Kings are the best team on paper in the Eastern Conference and maybe the entire league and Lethbridge doesn't have a whole lot to show for it. I don't think Brandon will lose 10 games this year and good on Kelly McCrimmon, he has built an unbelievable team and hasn't had to sell the farm. It's not only because of the Lethbridge trades but it's a good part of it. 

7.) The Swift Current Broncos don't look to be getting Dallas Stars 14th overall pick Julius Honka back this year. The defenceman is being allowed to play in the AHL or Europe if he doesn't make the NHL even though he was drafted out of the CHL. Usually that's not allowed for a 19 year old but it has been ruled that Honka was loaned to the Broncos and not transferred so the rule does not apply. Its a loss for Swift for sure but if any team has the depth on the back end to deal with it, its them. 

8.) The Regina Thunder dropped to 4 and 2 on the season Sunday with a 20-13 loss at home to the Calgary Colts. Give full credit to Calgary whose defence played really well but the Thunder are probably thinking they let one get away. The offence was set up with great field position time after time int he second half but couldn't put points on the board. A tough one but they are still tied for first in the PFC. Things are sure cluttered though with 2 games left to play. The Thunder play in Edmonton Sunday against the Huskies and then close things out at home against the Winnipeg Rifles. 

9.) Missed the Rider game on Friday due to the Pats playing in Moose Jaw. From the sounds of things I did not miss much. 

10.) I would start Tino Sunseri on Friday against the Calgary Stampeders. Everything aside I think you would agree he gives the team the best chance to win. 

11.) I don't think the Riders will panic and bring in a quarterback if it means giving up a significant asset the other way. Not worth it for the final games of the season.

12.) Roddy wrote in the Monday Morning Goalie that the hype around Pats forward Sam Steel has people saying maybe he should start at quarterback for the Riders. Well I asked Sam if he could throw a football and he said no haha. 

13.) Darian Durant will begin throwing in a couple weeks the team has said. Maybe that's true maybe it isn't. If its not true or if he does throw but has no chance of playing then good on the Riders for making the other teams think. If he is progressing nicely and could play then all the more reason to battle through these last games until he gets back with the guys that are here. 

14.) Baseball playoffs!!! What a game last night in Kansas City in the American League Wild Card. The Royals looked dead in the water with 2 innings to play but the scratched and clawed and forced extras. 7 stolen bases is unreal. The Royals just didn't give in and move on. That is why playoff baseball is among the best spectacles in sport. Can't wait for the Pirates and Giants tonight. 

15.) Be sure to check out Pats TV tomorrow night on Access 7 and 7 PM. My guests this week are forwards Connor Gay and Pavel Padakin as well as assistant coach Darrin McKechnie. 

That's it from me today. Have a great week, talk to you from the rink on Saturday when the Raiders visit the Brandt Centre at 7 PM. 


Wheat Kings and Hurricanes make blockbuster trade

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes swung a multi-player deal Tuesday sending Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt to Brandon for 18 year old’s Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt. 

5’11, 194 pound Centre Ryley Lindgren, the Wheat Kings 5th round Bantam pick in 2011, has played 75 games for Brandon with 19 points (9G, 10A).  Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson likes Lindgren and what he can bring to the hockey club. “He’s a good, hard-working and gritty two-way centre. He’ll help us both in the offensive and defensive zone and he’ll continue to get better with time. We expect him to be a 30 to 40 point guy on the team.”

Left winger, Brett Kitt, at 6’1 and 201 pounds put up over a point a game in Manitoba’s Midget Triple A hockey league. In 37 games with the Wheat Kings last season he registered 10 points. Kord Pankewicz, a 5’11, 205 pound defenceman, has 15 points in 88 games with the Wheat Kings. In 4 games this season he is a +2 plus/minus rating with a goal. “Kitt is a big, strong physical player who wins battles, he’s strong on the forecheck and hard to play against. Pankewicz is a former first round pick of the Wheat Kings. He’s a big, strong kid with offensive upside, he plays both end of the rink and his experience in the league is a valuable addition to the team” commented Robson.

Duke, a 2014 6th round NHL draft pick of the Minnesota Wild was the Hurricanes 5thoverall selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft. The native of Calgary had career highs in goals, assists and points last season with 40 points (15G, 25A) in 62 games. Erkamps was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2010 and played 66 games where he led all defensemen in scoring with 31 points, including 26 assists. Last season, Tak Anholt, the Hurricanes 2nd round pick in 2013 played with the Vancouver NW Giants of the BCMML. In 33 games he tallied 21 points including 12 goals.

The Hurricanes wish the best to all players as they continue their hockey careers with Brandon.

Esther Madziya
Communications & PR Manager
Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club