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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Blazers send forward to Kootenay

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers have traded 18-year-old forward Jesse Zaharichuk to the Kootenay Ice in exchange for a fifth round draft pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft. 

Zaharichuk, who stands at 5’8” and 155lbs, played 65 games with the Blazers over two seasons and collected seven goals and 28 points. 

“We’d like to thank Jesse for his time with the Blazers and wish him the best with the Kootenay Ice,” commented General Manager, Stu MacGregor. 

With the move, the Blazers roster now sits at 23 players including two goaltenders, eight defenseman and 13 forwards.  

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Tim O’Donovan

Director of Hockey / Media Administration

Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club

Ice acquire two from Portland

The Portland Winterhawks have acquired a seventh round pick in the 2016 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft in exchange for Austin Gray and the rights to Reed Morison.


Gray appeared in two games for the Hawks this season, and had one assist in five games with Portland in 2014-15. Morison played in a total of seven games with the Winterhawks in the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons. He currently plays for the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.


“We’d like to thank Austin and Reed, and we wish them well as they continue their careers with the Kootenay Ice’s organization,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon.


Premier membership season tickets for the 2015-16 season are on sale now and start at only $42 per month and include playoffs. Visit or call 503-236-HAWK to reserve the best seat locations.

Courtesy Winterhawks PR

Saturday, November 28, 2015


The Regina Pats were in Red Deer on Saturday night for the third meeting in 15 days with the Rebels. The Pats had won the first two meetings of the season by 8-5 and 3-2 scores. Regina was coming off a 4-3 overtime win in Calgary on Friday night where Jake Leschyshyn scored his first career hattrick and the Pats snapped a 7 game losing streak at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Rebels meanwhile brought a 2 game winning streak into Friday including a 6-4 win in Medicine Hat on Friday night. It was the 4th game in 5 days for both the Pats and the Rebels on Saturday. The Pats were without forward Austin Wagner in this one as he was dealing with an undisclosed injury. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.



Pawlenchuk-W. Johnson-Nikolishin
R. Johnson-de Wit-Pratt



Pats scratches - Williams, Smith, Wagner and Freadrich. 
Rebels scratches - Mahura, Doetzel, Polei and Purtill. 

In the first period the Rebels had all the early pressure and picked up three straight powerplays. The Pats penalty kill came up big however and killed them all off. Thanks in big part to the play of Tyler Brown who was fantastic in the opening frame. After the Pats got back to full strength they started to find their feet and picked up their first man advantage. Set up in the zone a pass intended for Connor Hobbs was poked away by Jef de Wit and he skated on a shorthanded breakaway. He fanned on his initial shot, got the puck back and then buried into the top of the net for his 4th of the year at 16:09 and it was 1-0 Rebels. That's how the period ended with the Rebels leading on the shot clock 17-4.

In the second the Pats penalty troubles continued and at 5:42 the Rebels made it 2-0. Connor Bleackey fired from the slot which was stopped by the right pad of Tyler Brown but the rebound was put into his own net by Sergey Zborovskiy. Ivan Nikolishin and Michael Spacek the assists. The Pats took 4 total penalties in the period and 1:35 of the 4th carried over into the 3rd. The penalty kill looked really sharp but they spent almost the entire period in their own zone. The Rebels outshot Regina 9-6 in the period and led 26-9 overall.

In the third the Pats killed off that remaining powerplay time and then took their 8th and 9th minors of the game but again escaped unscathed. Regina then got a 4 minute powerplay and at 13:56 Lane Zablocki scored on a rebound for his 6th from Connor Hobbs and Chase Harrison to make it a 2-1 game. That's as close as they came and the Rebles took the two points. Red Deer outshot Regina 13-10 in the period and 39-19 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 3 and the penalty kill was 8 for 9.

The games third star went to the Rebels Rylan Toth who made 18 saves. The second star to Red Deers Jeff de Wit who scored shorthanded and the first star to the Pats Tyler Brown who stopped 37 of 39 shots faced. 

The Pats are back in action on Wednesday in Saskatoon against the Blades at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Rebels SH Goal at 16:09. Jeff de Wit (4) unassisted. 

2nd Period 

Rebels PP Goal at 5:42. Connor Bleackley (5) from Ivan Nikolishin and Michael Spacek. 

3rd Period

Pats PP Goal at 13:56. Lane Zablocki (6) from Connor Hobbs and Chase Harrison.

Here are the radio highlights and post game interview with Assistant Coach Brad Herauf:

Pats - Rebels Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (12-10-2-0) are in Red Deer tonight for their 3rd meeting in 15 days with the Rebels (18-8-0-0). It’s the third meeting of the season between the two clubs, the Pats have won their first two by 8-5 and 3-2 scores. Puck drop is at 8 o’clock with the pre-game at 7:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison
Red Deer
Goals For/Against
73/85 (-12)
104/73 (+31)
13.5% (15/111)
24.8 % (27/109)
Penalty Kill
73.6% (81/110)
79.0% (83/105)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (12-19-31)
Ivan Nikolishin (17-22-39)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Chase Harrison (3-10-13)
Haydn Fleury (7-11-18)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.79 yrs
18.29 yrs

The Lead Up
The Regina Pats snapped a 7 game losing streak in Calgary on Friday night with a 4-3 overtime win over the Hitmen. Jake Leschshyn scored three times including the game winner. Jordan Hollett made 29 saves for the victory as the Pats picked up their 12th win of the season.

The Red Deer Rebels won their second straight game on Friday night with a 6-5 decision in Medicine Hat over the Tigers. Brandon Hagel led the way with a goal and two assists while Ivan Nikolishin added a couple of helpers. The Rebel powerplay was 2 for 6 in the game.

Leschyshyn with a Career Night
16-year-old rookie Jake Leschyshyn had a night to remember in Calgary on Friday. Jake scored in the 1st and in the 3rd periods plus added the overtime winner at the 3:01 mark. Leschyshyn had 2 goals going into the game and is now up to 5 on the year. It was his first career WHL hattrick. 

Hollett Solid
Pats rookie goaltender Jordan Hollett made 29 saves for his second victory in 3 starts since joining the club. Hollett has yet to lose in regulation, his only loss coming in OT in Prince Albert. Jordan has also made two relief appearances so far this season.

Pats lead Season Series
The Pats have had the Rebels number so far this season in the teams first two matchups. First Regina won on home ice 8-5 and then won in Red Deer on Tuesday 3-2. Adam Brooks leads the way with a goal and 4 assists in the two games. Chase Harrison and Sam Steel each have four points in those wins. Tyler Brown was the difference in the Pats second win over the Rebels making 33 saves for a .943 save percentage.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Saskatoon – December 2, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Place (CKRM)
Pats @ Brandon – December 4, 7:30 PM – Westman Place (CKRM)

Pats @ Moose Jaw – December 5, 7:00 PM – Mosaic Place (CKRM)

Friday, November 27, 2015


The Regina Pats were in Calgary on Friday night looking to snap a 7 game losing streak at the Scotiabank Saddledome. The Pats were coming off a 6-4 loss in Edmonton on Wednesday where Adam Brooks had a four point nigh but it wasn't enough. The Hitmen meanwhile beat the Saskatoon Blades 4-2 on Wednesday for their 7th consecutive victory. They held a 2-0-0-0 record against the Pats going into Friday night. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.




Zipp-Tr. Sanheim


Pats scratches - Williams, Richards, Smith and Pouteau. 
Hitmen scratches - Dumba, LaPointe, Dorsey, Platt, Houck and Hyman. 

In the first period it was a tight checking game to start. The Pats got the games first powerplay but did not score but did get the opening marker at 16:30. Jake Leschsyhsyn took a loose puck in the left circle and buried his 3rd from Connor Hobbs and Taylor Cooper and it was 1-0. The Hitmen tied it up 11 seconds later when Jakub Stukel split the defence, made a nice move and finished on the back hand for his 12th from Loch Morrison and Radel Fazleev at 16:41 and it was 1-1. The Hitmen got their first powerplay with 1:25 left but the Pats killed that time and it was 1-1 after 1. The Pats led on the shot clock 8-7.

In the second the Pats killed off the remaining powerplay time and the game went back and forth with zone time and chances. The Pats got their second powerplay of the game just over halfway through the frame and at 13:11 took the lead. Colton Kroeker tipped in his 4th of the season with assists to Sergey Zborovskiy and Taylor Cooper and it was 2-1. The Pats got another powerplay after that but 1:12 into it took a minor of their own. 4 on 4 the Pats almost made it 3-1 on a great move and shot by Jake Leschyshyn but it was stopped and then Sergey Zbrovoskiy followed on the rebound but was stopped as well. 2 seconds later the Hitmen went to their abbreviated powerplay and tied the game. Jakub Stukel potted his second of the night and it was 2-2. Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim the assists at 17:35. The period ended at 2-2 with the Pats outshooting Calgary 11-9 in the period and 19-16 overall.

In the third the Pats got the go ahead goal at 15:05 thanks to Jake Leschyshyn from Adam Berg and Austin Wagner and it was 3-2. The Hitmen pulled Porter for the extra attacker and with 14.2 seconds left tied the game. Travis Sanheim with his 7th from Layne Bensmiller at 19:46 and it was 3-3 forcing overtime. The Hitmen outshot the Pats 16-14 in the period but the Pats led overall 33-32.

In OT the Pats got a poweprlay but did not score but moments after Jake Leschyshyn copmpleted his hattrick for the game winner at 3:01. Sergey Zborovskiy the lone assist and the Pats snapped a 7 game losing streak in Calgary, 4-3 the final.

The Pats poweprlay was 1 for 5 in the game and the penalty kill was 1 for 2. 

The Pats play their 4th game in 5 days on Saturday in Red Deer against the Rebels at 8 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats Goal at 16:30. Jake Leschyshyn (3) from Connor Hobbs and Taylor Cooper.

Hitmen Goal at 16:41. Jakub Stukel (12) from Loch Morrison and Radel Fazleev. 

2nd Period 

Pats PP Goal at 13:11. Colton Kroeker (4) from Sergey Zborovskiy and Taylor Cooper.

Hitmen PP Goal at 17:35. Jakub Stukel (13) from Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim. 

3rd Period

Pats Goal at 15:05. Jake Leschyshyn (4) from Adam Berg and Austin Wagner.

Hitmen 6v5 Goal at 19:46. Travis Sanheim (7) from Layne Bensmiller and Pavel Karnaukhov.


Pats Goal at 3:01. Jake Leschyshyn (5) from Sergey Zborovskiy. 

For the radio highlights and post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock clock here:

Pats - Hitmen Game Day Preview

The Regina Pats (11-10-2-0) are in Calgary tonight looking for a bounce back effort against the Hitmen (16-10-0-1). It’s the third meeting of the season between the two clubs, the Hitmen are two and oh against Regina this season with wins in Regina and Calgary. Puck drop is at 8 o’clock with the pre-game at 7:35 on 620 CKRM.

Team Comparison
Goals For/Against
69/82 (-13)
83/83 (0)
13.2% (14/106)
20.2 % (26/129)
Penalty Kill
74.1% (80/108)
83.9% (104/124)
Team Save Percentage
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (12-19-31)
Radel Fazleev (13-20-33)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Chase Harrison (3-10-13)
Jake Bean (11-12-23)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
Average Age
17.79 yrs
17.84 yrs

The Lead Up
The Regina Pats dropped a 6-4 decision in Edmonton on Wednesday to the Oil Kings. Adam Brooks scored a goal and added 3 assists in the loss. Connor Hobbs had two goals as well.

The Calgary Hitmen won their 7th straight game on Wednesday in Saskatoon, 4-2 over the Blades. Radel Fazleev and Tyler Mrkonjic each scored and had an assist in the victory.

Brooks on Fire
Adam Brooks continues his torrid pace in his 19-year-old season. The Winnipeg product had another 4 point night in Edmonton on Wednesday, his 3rd game this season with 4 points. Brooks is up to 31 on the year which is tied for 9th in the league.

Steel Streaking

Pats forward Sam Steel is on a season high 5 game point streak heading into Friday night. Steel has recorded a goal and 5 assists over that stretch. He is ranked an A skater by Central Scouting as a projected 1st round NHL draft pick for 2016. 

Hitmen Dominant at Home
The Scotiabank Saddledome has been a tough building for Regina over the last four years. The Pats have dropped 7 in a row in Calgary, their last win came December 16th 2011. Matt Hewitt stopped 32 pucks and Matt Marantz scored the game winner in a 3-2 victory. In the 2011-12 season the Pats won both times in Calgary.

QCSE to Select Team Sask
Queen City Sports & Entertainment Group (QCSEG) through the Regina Pats have acquired the rights to select Team Saskatchewan for the annual Brick Invitational Hockey Tournament (BIHT).  The BIHT is a unique international tournament geared to players in the super novice category; nine and ten years old.  It features teams from across North America and is played at the West Edmonton Mall’s hockey rink in Edmonton, Alberta.  Junior Pats Manager Chad Lang will oversee the Team Saskatchewan BITH program on behalf of the Regina Pats. In addition, Todd Ripplinger remains with the program as a Director and tournament liaison.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Red Deer – November 28, 8:00 PM – Enmax Centrium (CKRM)
Pats @ Saskatoon – December 2, 7:00 PM – Credit Union Place (CKRM)
Pats @ Brandon – December 4, 7:30 PM – Westman Place (CKRM)

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Hurricanes trade forward to Kootenay

Cranbrook, BC --  Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club today announced the Club has acquired 18-year-old Forward Johnny Wesley from the Lethbridge Hurricanes in exchange for a 7th round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.


"With the number of players currently sidelined with injuries, it was crucial that we add some healthy bodies to our lineup. Johnny adds WHL experience and potential to our lineup and will get an opportunity to make an impact right away," added Chynoweth.


Johnny Wesley has spent the 2015-16 season as captain of the Surrey Eagles of the BCHL, where he recorded a team-leading 20 points (11-9-20) in 18 games played.


Including long-term injuries, the ICE are now carrying 25players (two Goaltenders, nine Defensemen and 1Forwards).

Courtesy Chris Wahl

Kootenay Ice PR