Friday, August 31, 2012

Day 1 Pats Training Camp

Session Summary:
The future of the Regina Pats was on full display early Friday morning as the '96-'97 born prospects took to the ice at the Cooperators Centre.

Team Grey led things off with talented players like recently signed Brady Reagan and Notre Dame Hound, Rylee Zimmer, looking ready for camp.

Team Red followed up after having a chance to see their counter-parts in action.  Top prospect Adam Brooks was giving goalies fits early on, putting the puck in the net at will.

Many of the Pats veterans took to the ice in the eleven o'clock session as members of Team Blue.  Morgan Klimchuk impressed early on looking to be in game shape, showing the benefits of his time with the Canadian U18 Team.

Team White got off to a shaky start with Assistant Coach Malcolm Cameron pressing the pause button twice early in the session.  However, things quickly picked up and Lane Scheidl showed his veteran presence on the ice while newcomer Emil Sylvegard showed surprising speed and quickness for a player his size.

Quotes from the Rink: Brandon Underwood, “It’s good to see the guys, it has been a while since we’ve been together.  It’s exciting, it was a pretty long summer after getting bounced out in the first round.  It gets pretty boring so it’s good to get back here, and see all the coaches and players again.”

Tonight's Schedule:
Teams Grey and Red get things going for the evening schedule with the first scrimmage of camp starting at 5:30.  Teams Blue and White will follow after an ice resurfacing.

I talked with defenseman Brandon Underwood, Forward Morgan Klimchuk and Head Scout Dale McMullin after todays session.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Pats Sign Prospect Brady Reagan

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the signing of defenceman Brady Reagan to a WHL Standard Player Contract. Reagan was the Pats first selection (31st Overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

A product of Blackie, AB, Reagan suited up for the prestigious Okanagan Hockey Academy during the 2011-12 hockey season. The 6’2”, 197 lbs defenceman totaled an impressive 65 points (13 G, 52 A) in 54 games last year.

This summer, Reagan was one of 42 players invited to the Allstate All-Canadian Mentorship Camp hosted by the NHLPA and led by 21-year NHL veteran, Gary Roberts.

In early August, Reagan made the 34-player shortlist for further evaluation to represent Team Alberta at the 2012 Western Canada U16 Challenge Cup in November.

“We are happy to have Brady signed to a WHL Standard Player Agreement,” says Pats GM Chad Lang. “He has already proven he is amongst the top prospects in his age group following his selection to participate in the Allstate All-Canadian Mentorship Camp. Brady also showed us his poise, skill and remarkable leadership qualities at our spring camp in June.”

Pats Head Scout Dale McMullin on what makes Reagan a special player, “We were fortunate to get Brady with our first pick in the second round. His size is very intriguing, the way he moves on the ice for a big kid, he shoots the puck hard and seems to have some offensive upside to his game.”

Reagan on signing with the Pats, “it has always been a goal in my life and hockey career. It’s an exciting experience for me to move to the next level and making a go for myself.”

Fans can see Reagan on the ice this weekend during Pats Training Camp at the Cooperators Centre. The camp schedule is available at

The annual Blue and White Game goes at two o’clock Monday afternoon. Tickets are five dollars and available at the doors which open at one o’clock.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Pats 2012 Training Camp Sched

Regina, Saskatchewan – Preparation for the 2012 WHL Regular Season goes into full gear Friday morning with the first on ice sessions of the 2012 Regina Pats Training Camp at the Cooperators Centre.

Camp begins with four teams skating. Team Grey and Red are made up of ‘96-‘97 born players while Teams Blue and White are comprised of ’92-’95 born players.

The first scrimmages run Friday evening with Team Grey skating against Team Red at 5:30. Teams Blue and White clash at 7:45.

The head to head battles continue Saturday as both sets of teams replace Friday’s morning practice sessions with scrimmages in addition to a repeat of the evening schedule.

Sunday features a pair of morning scrimmages before Team Blue and Team White practice in the evening in preparation for the Blue and White Game.

The Monday afternoon Blue and White Game goes at 2:00 at the Cooperators Centre. Tickets are five dollars and available at the doors which open at 1:00.

Training camp sessions are open to the public and fans are encouraged to attend to show their support for future as well as returning Pats.

The Pats will hold a pre-camp media conference at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday in the media room at the Brandt Centre involving: General Manager Chad Lang, Head Scout Dale McMullin, Scout Russ Kutzak and Head Coach
Pat Conacher.

In addition to speaking about camp and the upcoming season, the Regina Pats will also make a special announcement.

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

CJFL Top 10 Rankings

A special congratulations to Vancouver Island Raiders QB Jordan Yantz who became the first CJFL quarterback to go over 100 touchdown passes in a career. He has 6 more regular season games to pad those stats. Not much movement in the top 10 but expect some over the next couple of weeks as some of the top teams face one another.

Junior news section
1 [1] Calgary Colts (3-0) PFC
Defeated Edmonton Wildcats 28 to 16

Colts led 7 to 6 at half but 21 points in the second half was enough to secure their 3rd victory in a row. Bye weekend this week in the PFC. Host Edmonton Huskies the following week.

2 [2] Langley Rams (3-0-1) BCFC
Defeated Okanagan Sun 34 to 3

QB Greg Bowcott was 14 of 21 for 196 yards and two touchdowns. He found Malcolm Williams five times for 82 yards and one touchdown, while Michael Patko caught four balls for 50 yards and a major. Bowcott also rushed five times for 42 yards and a touchdown. Jordan Linnen intercepted a pass for a 62 yard pick six. Rams will host the Kamloops Broncos (1-3) following the Labour Day bye.

3 [3] Vancouver Island Raiders (3-0-1) BCFC
Defeated Kamloops Broncos 59 to 17

QB Jordan Yantz was 20 of 27 for 398 yards and set a new club record, six touchdown passes. He becomes the first CJFL quarterback ever to throw for more than 100 touchdowns, with a total of 104 with six games to go in the season.

4 [4] Edmonton Wildcats (2-1) PFC
Lost to Calgary Colts 28 to 16

Jordan Samoil ran for 218 yards on 22 carries. Ideen Samadi had 3 field goals on the day. Tailback Jon Waters pulled the Cats to within 5 in the fourth but it was not enough. Host the Winnipeg Rifles after the labour day bye weekend.

5 [5] Saskatoon Hilltops (2-1) PFC
Defeated Edmonton Huskies 36 to 10

With the Hilltops leading 13-3, the fourth-year defensive lineman Donovan Dale swooped in to recover a fumble and then ran 44 yards for a touchdown 1:11 into the second half. A safety and a 16-yard touchdown by running back Brendon Gryba put the Hilltops up 22-3 after three quarters, essentially sealing the win. Matt Harder was 19 of 28 pass attempts for 299 yards with one touchdown and one interception in three quarters of work.

6 [6] Regina Thunder (2-1) PFC
Defeated Winnipeg Rifles 39 to 16

Landon Bessel threw for over 300 yards and the Thunder defense limited the Rifles to 33% completeion percentage in the victory. The Thunder head to Saskatoon on September 7th to square off against the Hilltops in the front end of the Shrine Bowl series.

7 [7] Windsor AKO Fratman (3-0) OFC
Defeated Ottawa Sooners 25 to 11

Christian Hackney found Derrick Hurst and Shayne Rice for scoring strikes of 13 and 23 yards in the second quarter. Travel to London this Saturday to take on fellow undefeated team the Beefeaters.

8 [8] London Beefeaters (3-0) OFC
Defeated Burlington Braves 23 to 22

Zack Medeiros kicked a 30-yard field goal with three seconds remaining on the clock. A timely sack by Beefeater lineman Steve Plaine forced the Braves to punt, setting up the winning drive with 2:12 remaining. Kyle Woldenberg-Puyda went over 100 yards rushing for the 3rd straight game. Host the AKO in battle of undefeated OFC teams this weekened. First time Beefs' have started a season 3 and 0 since 1990.

9 [9] Burlington Braves (2-1) OFC
Lost to London Beefeaters 23 to 22

Braves’ new running back Connor Anderson cut the lead in half on a one-yard run and added another TD on a three-yard effort after London fumbled the kickoff. A Dustin De Giorgis convert put the Braves in front for the first time, 13-12. The Braves play the Brampton Bears at Ching Park at 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 31.

10 [NR] Hamilton Hurricanes (2-1) OFC
Defeated Brampton Bears 46 to 18

Quarterback Kyle Johnston tossed three touchdown passes. Ryan Kotar and rookie running back Jurrell Gaddishaw added touchdown runs of 11 and 23 yards, respectively. Jacob Berry (2), Matt Brady and Ryan Dalley had interceptions for the Hurricanes.

CJFL ranking members

CJFL ranking members include 4 CFC reporters and 4 unaffiliated former CJFL coaches. The rankings will continue until the end of the regular season and there is potential for more contributors to be added during this time.

No affiliated CJFL members contribute to these rankings.

Regina Pats Training Camp Preview

The Regina Pats open their 2012 training camp on Friday with the players getting registered the day before on Thursday. A total of 93 players will attend which include rookies and veterans. There some rookies to watch who have a chance at cracking this years roster much like Morgan Klimchuk, Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs did last year. Names like Adam Brooks, Dane Schioler and Bryar Ortynski who were drafted in 2011 will make a push from what I saw in Rookie Camp.

Another big thing to watch is the 3 overage spots. There were a total of 8, 19 year old players on last seasons team, goaltender Matt Hewitt, defensemen Brandon Underwood, Colton Jobke and Martin Marincin, as well as forwards Jordan Weal, Lane Scheidl, Andrew Reider and Tanner Olstad. The team graduated Brandon Davidson, Matt Marantz and Art Bidlevskii. The Pats will also be without forward Dominik Volek so there will be a number of new faces on this years team.

I talked with head Coach Pat Conacher today about the tough decisions when its comes to which overagers make the team and this is what he had to say.

"One thing I liked about our group last year is that they got along so well as a group and not only was our overagers a big part of that but our 19 year old group was a big part of that too so we have a lot of hard decisions in front of us. When we go forward, your overage players have to do a lot of things for you and I'm one guy that, you know what, character for me out weighs everything. You cant overlook the talent but I tell you what if the guys character is there and he comes each and every day and hes adding more to the hockey team than the guy just with talent and hes not giving as much; you know I'm not afraid to keep that character guy because character is what wins at the end of the day."

Players returning from last year that will be in camp this weekend in no particular order, G Matt Hewitt, G Adam Buekeboom, D Brandon Underwood, D Kyle Burroughs, D Colton Jobke F Lyndon Martell, F Tanner Olstad, F Morgan Klimchuk, F Trent Ouellette, F Lane Scheidl, F Chandler Stephenson, F Jack Rodewald, F Dyson Stevenson, F Dryden Hunt, and D Luke Fenske. Forward Andrew Reider is still recovering from a shoulder injury so I think its unlikely he will be participating in camp.

There are some players on the bubble depending on what happens with the NHL lockout and what teams decide to do with their prospects. Jordan Weal headlines the guys that could be back if there isn't room with their pro teams affiliate clubs. Defenseman Colton Jobke as well as Martin Marincin are also possibilities to come back for their overage years if their pro teams decide that's what they want to do.

I talked with General Manager Chad Lang and here's what he had to say about the possible lockout and what it means for the 20 year old spots.

"We've went about it all off season with guys like (Martin) Marincin and (Jordan) Weal with the understanding that they are probably not going to be in our lineup whether there is a lockout or not. (Colton) Jobke is kind of in that same boat as a signed player and yet in the even that there is a lockout he may be the one guy that we have a better percentage of getting back. But yet, that's why you go through training camp we know what these guys were capable of doing last year but they are all going to grow and mature in the off season and if they have done the necessary work in the off season to prepare themselves. Who's to say they all cant take a step and elevate their game and I think that's going to make it real interesting and competitive to see who's going to be there at the end in those three 20 year old spots."

Another big factor in the 20 year old conversation is goaltender Matt Hewitt. Will the Pats keep him for his overage year or will 18 year old Adam Buekeboom get the starting job. There are also a number of goaltending prospects in Teagan Sacher, Tanner Burgardt, Nathan Churchill and Patrick Gora. That's one of many tough decisions for the Blue and White before the season gets underway.

Training camp gets underway Friday morning at the Cooperators Centre with the first practice session and there will be a scrimmage in the evening. I will have the schedule with times a little later on in the week.

Here are the full interviews with Chad Lang and Pat Conacher.

Sunday, August 26, 2012



Brandon, MB. - The Brandon Wheat Kings have completed a Western Hockey League trade with the Lethbridge Hurricanes on the eve of their 2012 Training Camp which is scheduled to start this week at Westman Communications Group Place.

Wheat Kings' general manager Kelly McCrimmon has announced the acquisition of 20-year old center Nick Buonassisi from the Hurricanes in exchange for a fifth round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

A 5'10" 175 lb Coquitlam, B.C. native, Buonassisi will be entering his fifth and final season in the WHL. After scoring eighteen goals and 53 points as an 18 year old member of the Prince George Cougars in 2010-11, he scored sixteen goals and 49 points in 69 games last season.

An eleventh round pick of the Prince George Cougars in the 2007 Bantam Draft, Buonassisi has scored 137 points, including fifty goals, while accumulating 224 minutes in penalties in 270 career WHL Games.

"This trade adds an experienced offensive forward to our team, which we felt we needed," says McCrimmon. "Nick has been a consistent performer posting back to back 50 point seasons, and while scouting Lethbridge last year, we were impressed with his play."

Sunday's deal marks the second time in two weeks that the Wheat Kings have added an overage veteran to their lineup. Earlier this month, Brandon obtained veteran defenceman Tyler Yaworski from the Prince Albert Raiders.

The Wheat Kings will open camp this week with four 20-year olds on their active roster. In addition to Yaworski and Buonassisi, Brandon has blueliner Ryley Miller and forward Dominick Favreau.

Training Camp begins this week with Rookie Registration on Tuesday night and on ice sessions Wednesday morning. The Wheat Kings' annual Intrasquad game will be played Sunday afternoon at Westman Place, beginning at 2pm.


The Regina Thunder came into this one at 1 and 1 coming off their first loss of the season. The team felt they let one get away in Calgary and were looking to get things back on track against a struggling Winnipeg team who had yet to win a game this season.

The Thunder came out firing on offense, driving to the one yard line on their first possession but after a penalty and a couple stops the ball was turned over of downs. The Rifles would take over but on second down QB John Kiesman fumbled the ball and it set the Thunder up with great field position. The short drive would be capped off by a 1 yard TD pass from Landon Bessel to running back Mitch Handzuik and the Thunder were up 7-0.

After a Rifle drive stalled they were forced to punt it away and rookie receiver/returner for the Thunder Mitch Thompson returned it 70 yards for a touchdown. A combination of great blocking and some serious speed from Thompson made that happen and it was 14-0 Thunder still in the first quarter. On the Thunders next possession Ben Koot punted for the first time and it went into the end zone for a single and it was 15-0 at that point.

The Rifles would start to get things going after that, led by running back Martin Hovi who capped off a long drive aided by a pass interference call with an 18 yard TD run and the Rifles were within 8. The Thunder would be forced to give up a safety on their next possession and it was 15 -9 at that point.

Then with just over a minute left in the half the Rifles would get a big play from receiver Julian Banares who caught a nice pass on the sidelines and set up a first and goal. With 22 seconds left Hovi would run in his second TD of the game and the Rifles took a 16-15 lead into the half.

The third quarter started much like the first. The Thunder moved the ball well and got touchdowns from Clay Cooke, his fourth of the year, and Mitch Handzuik, as well as a 12 yard field goal from Ben Koot. The defense really stepped up in the second half with Tanner Hope getting an interception and the secondary probably could have had three more picks that just went through their hands. Taylor Engele and Boyd Richardson were beasts on the line causing all sorts of problems for the Rifles offense who didn't get any points in the third.

Much of the same in the fourth. The defense did its job and the Thunder would put the icing on the win with a 50 yard TD pass from Bessell to Will Heward who caught a ball in the flat and took it the rest of the way for the TD. The defense held on for the rest of the game holding Winnipeg off the board for the entire half. A big win and a great one to watch from the booth.

I talked with quarterback Landon Bessel and Head Coach Erwin Klempner after the game and here's what they had to say.

Friday, August 24, 2012

Pats Training Camp One Week Away

Head Coach Conacher Wants Players to Be Their Best

Regina, Saskatchewan – On Friday, August 31st the road to the 2012-13 WHL Regular Season truly begins for players hoping to crack a spot on the Regina Pats’ opening night roster.

The Pats scouting and coaching staff will spend the Labour Day weekend with the task of distilling the large number of prospects and returning players into a competitive roster.

“It’s very exciting to get back and see the people we’re bringing to camp. The new guys and the guys who are returning, to see what they’re going to be like,” says Pats Head Coach Pat Conacher. “Every year brings new excitement for us as a coaching staff. What we started here last year we want to take another step forward again this year and with this group, we’re very excited about it.”

On-ice practice sessions get going Friday morning with teams going head to head in evening scrimmages.

Returning players shouldn’t relax thinking their place on the team is safe. “Every spot is up for grabs,” comments Conacher, “Nothing is free, you earn everything you get. Just because you were here last year doesn’t mean you’re automatically on the team. You have to earn your way back on and go from there. It’s just like all the new guys coming in. If you want to come in and earn a spot, there’s one here for you, but again, you have to earn it.” {Audio Attached}

All training camp sessions are open to the public so fans can get acquainted with new faces and see returning players like Chandler Stephenson after his third round selection at the NHL Draft and Morgan Klimchuk after a Gold Medal performance with Team Canada’s U18 squad at the Memorial of Ivan Hlinka Tournament in Europe.

Conacher’s expectations for players don’t go beyond wanting to see their best. “Right now I don’t think it’s fair to tag anybody with any type of expectations. You come in, you’re a hockey player, be who you are and be the best you can be each and every day and we’ll take that.”

The annual Blue and White game goes on the afternoon of Monday, September 3rd at the Cooperators Centre. Puck drop is two o’clock with the doors opening at one.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pats Solidify Coaching Staff Through 2014

Assistants Cameron and Dixon Both Agree to Extensions

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce Assistant Coaches Malcolm Cameron and Josh Dixon have both agreed to one year contract extensions which will carry them through the 2013-14 season.

“The coaching staff played a significant role in our success last season. I strongly believe we have a coaching staff that is committed to build a program we all will be proud of,” says Pats General Manager, Chad Lang. “The three of them work extremely hard and complement each other very well. It was only right to have their contracts structured to the same length so as a collective group we can continue to focus on building our hockey club and striving for the team success we are all seeking.”

Cameron and Dixon both joined the Pats ahead of the 2011-12 campaign along with Head Coach Pat Conacher. The Pats went on to post their best record in three seasons.

Cameron came to the Pats after nine seasons coaching in the ECHL, missing the playoffs just twice in that period of time.

Cameron on remaining with Regina an extra year, “I am extremely excited and honored to be given this extension, and would like to thank both Brent Parker and general manager Chad Lang for the opportunity to continue on with the organization through 2014. I thoroughly enjoyed my first year in junior hockey, and the great staff I have the chance to work with every day. I look forward to another fun and exciting season.”

Dixon brought a wealth of collegiate experience to the Pats bench, having been an assistant coach in both the CIS and ACAC. The year prior to joining the Pats, Dixon was the Head Coach of the varsity team at the Okanagan Hockey Academy.

Dixon on his extension with the Pats, "I am extremely grateful for the opportunity to remain with this great organization for an additional year. I want to thank the Parker family, Russ, Diane and Brent along with Chad Lang and Pat Conacher for their support and confidence in me. I am passionately proud about being a member of the Regina Pats and look forward to playing a role in building off of last year’s success moving forward into this season and beyond."

Pats Training Camp is nearly here; registration goes August 30th with on ice sessions beginning the next morning.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


Toronto – There has been much media speculation in the previous two days surrounding the attempted organization of our 1,300 players by an organization called the Canadian Hockey League Players’ Association.

To date, the league has not received any formal notification on the formation of this association or any intent to organize our players.

The CHL is comprised of the Western Hockey League, the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, and the Ontario Hockey League. The league is recognized as the number one player development league in the world for the NHL, Canada’s national teams and Canadian Interuniversity Sport hockey.

We are of the opinion that no junior hockey league in the world has made more changes to support the best interest of its players both on and off the ice as the CHL. This is evidenced by our drug education and anti-doping program, our concussion management program, numerous charitable programs and our Respect in Sport program as developed by Sheldon Kennedy in the area of player abuse.

In addition, the CHL provides North America’s best player scholarship program, funded through the league’s ownership.

Our league is comprised of 60 teams, all of which operate as individual corporate entities. Given this structure, any organization drive would be required to be at an individual team level.

About the Canadian Hockey League:
The Canadian Hockey League is the world’s largest development hockey league with 52 Canadian and eight American teams participating in the Ontario Hockey League, Quebec Major Junior Hockey League and Western Hockey League. CHL players graduate from high school at a rate higher than the Canadian national average. Last season, more than nine million fans attended CHL games in the regular season, playoffs and at the MasterCard Memorial Cup. The CHL supplies more players to the National Hockey League than any other league. Last season 722 graduates attended North American post-secondary institution on scholarships from CHL teams.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Pats’ Wickenheiser Golf Classic Tees Off Monday

Only Ten Spaces Remain in Tournament

Regina, Saskatchewan – With less than a week before golfers take to the tee boxes at the Wascana Golf and Country Club, spaces are filling up for the 15th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic.

Monday, August 27th, join current Regina Pats players, personnel and alumni on the course for a day of contests and on-course activities all in support of the Palliative Care Services Caring Hearts Camp.

As one of Regina’s high profile annual fundraisers, the Wickenheiser Golf Classic is a chance to create new connections within the business community of the Queen City.

To secure your space in the tournament, contact the Regina Pats office by phone at 306-522-5604 or email,

Hole sponsorships are also available. It’s an excellent opportunity to showcase your business and show your support of this great fundraising event.

WHL Clubs Open Training Camp this Week

Calgary, AB -- The 2012-13 Western Hockey League season is approaching as many WHL Clubs officially open training camps this week.

Beginning Wednesday, August 22nd, many Clubs welcome players for registration, while on-ice sessions for 10 Clubs begin on Thursday, August 23rd.  By the weekend, almost all WHL Clubs will be putting players through paces on the ice in preparation for the 2012-13 WHL Regular Season, which begins on Thursday, September 20th, with the 2012 WHL Champion Edmonton Oil Kings playing host to the 2011 WHL Champion Kootenay Ice in the stand-alone WHL season opening game, LIVE on Shaw at 7pm.

The 2012 WHL Pre-Season begins on Tuesday, August 28th, with the Moose Jaw Warriors hosting the Swift Current Broncos in an All-Rookie game, and continues through Sunday, September 16th

The 2011 WHL pre-season schedule again features four pre-season tournaments.  The Everett Silvertips Pre-season Classic runs August 31 – September 2 and will feature all five U.S. Division Clubs, the host Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds, Spokane Chiefs and Tri-City Americans.  The Edmonton Oil Kings 6th Annual Pre-Season tournament begins Saturday, September 1 and features six WHL Clubs including the host Oil Kings, Calgary Hitmen, Medicine Hat Tigers, Prince George Cougars, Red Deer Rebels and Swift Current Broncos.  The games will be played out of the Servus Credit Union Place in St. Albert, AB.  The Tri-City Americans Pre-Season Tournament will again feature all five U.S. Division Clubs; the host Americans, Everett Silvertips, Portland Winterhawks, Seattle Thunderbirds and the Spokane Chiefs.  The tournament will also include the Kootenay Ice with games starting on September 6.  The Thunder Challenge Tournament hosted by the community of Crowsnest, Alberta, runs September 14 - 16 and features the Lethbridge Hurricanes, Kootenay Ice and Calgary Hitmen.

CLICK HERE for the 2012 WHL Pre-Season schedule.

Here’s a list of WHL Club training camp schedules:

WHL Clubs
Rookie Camp
Main Camp
Westman Place
Don Hartman Sportsplex
Jubilee Rec Centre (Ft. Sask., AB)
Comcast Arena
Mac Park / Interior Savings Centre
Prospera Place
Western Financial Place
Enmax Centre
Medicine Hat   
Medicine Hat Arena
Moose Jaw      
Mosaic Place
Winterhawks Skating Centre
Prince Albert  
Art Hauser Centre
Prince George  
CN Centre
Red Deer       
ENMAX Centrium
Cooperators-Evraz Place
Martensville, SK
ShoWare Centre
Spokane Arena
Swift Current  
Credit Union i-Plex
Toyota Centre
Ladner Leisure Centre
Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre

Golf Saskatchewan Weekly Report

Saskatoon, SK – This is the Golf Saskatchewan weekly report for the week of Monday, August 20th to Sunday, August 26th.
Rule of the Week
Rule 25-1: Explanation of Determining Nearest Point of Relief
Q: How does a player determine the nearest point of relief?
A: In most cases, there is only one place on the course that is the nearest point to the ball, which is not closer to the hole, and provides relief from interference of the lie, stance and area of intended swing.  It is the point where the ball would be positioned in a simulated stance of how the player would have played his next stroke had the obstruction or condition not been there.  In some cases the nearest point of relief may be in a bush, tree, etc.
Tip of the Week
Dean Brown – PGA of Saskatchewan Professional – Royal Regina Golf Club, Regina, SK
When playing in the wind, which is very common in Saskatchewan, there is a misconception that you need to swing harder.  When you do this, you probably notice that the ball actually goes higher and shorter than you intended.  Try this, take more club and swing easier.  You will hit the ball lower and it will have less spin.  It will be easier to control and will not be affected by the wind.  As the old saying goes: "Into the breeze, swing with eaze".
Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Tour Events This Week
SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Order of Merit Tour
Wednesday, August 22nd – Thursday, August 23rd – SGI CANADA Saskatchewan Junior Order of Merit Tour Championship, The Willows G&CC, Saskatoon, SK
Saskatchewan Women’s Order of Merit Tour
Monday, August 20th - Friday, August 24th – Conexus Ladies Lobstick, Waskesiu GC, Waskesiu Lake, SK
Upcoming Golf Saskatchewan Events
Saturday, August 25th – Sunday, August 26th – Saskatchewan Mixed Team Championship, Elmwood Golf & Country Club, Swift Current, SK
Saturday, September 15th - Saskatchewan Golf Hall of Fame Induction Dinner, Riverside Country Club, Saskatoon, SK

Saturday, August 18, 2012

All- Rite Plumbing and Heating, Thunder - Colts Preview

Week 2 of the Regina Thunder season is tomorrow in Calgary against the Colts. Both teams are 1 and oh coming off wins versus the Huskies and Hilltops respectively. It is a rematch of last seasons semi final game where the Colts were winners on home turf and went on to lose to the Saskatoon Hilltops in the PFC final.

The Thunder come in without there starting quarterback Asher Hastings who broke his collar bone in the win over Edmonton last Sunday. I seen the x-ray and his bone looks like a tent, it hurt to look at and I cant imagine how much pain Asher was in. I hope he has a speedy recovery. Kyle Siemens who played the fourth quarter in Sundays win also looked quite capable of running the offense. However we might see a name we didnt expect running the offense tomorrow. Stay tuned for that.

The Colts stunned the Hilltops 32-30 in Saskatoon on the weekend and are ranked number one in the power rankings in the CJFL. Even with the loss Saskatoon is ranked in the top 5.

The Thunder defense was the difference last week and in my opinion is going to have to be all season long for this club. If Hastings misses the whole season the defense is going to have to pick up the slack and they certainly did last weekend. With two interceptions and good pressure up front they were all over that Edmonton offense.

Thunder Head Coach Erwin Klempner was on the Sportscage for his weekly Wednesday appearance and here's what he had to say.

Does losing Asher compare to the Rams losing Mueller last season, or do the backups have what it takes?

"I really do believe that (the backups are capable). There not going to be able to run it to the same capability of Asher who's had two seasons at it. These young guys are literally fresh into it just three weeks into it. Kyle (Siemens) has really demonstrated a real coolness about him. He stepped in last week and didn't look to run away with a pretty good rush that the Edmonton Huskies put on him. He stood in there and made some really good throws but obviously its really similar but we are confident in these two young guys who are very good quarterbacks."

On the Calgary Colts

"They are a very good team. In my opinion before they beat the Hilltops I thought they might be the class of the week and last weekend proved that. We've got a big contest, we only play them once and this game will help position ourselves for a first place finish or a hom playoff game."

Kickoff from McMahon Stadium in Calgary is 1 o'clock, follow @ReginaThunder on twitter for in
game updates. I wont be travelling with the team to call the game this time around.

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Regina Red Sox Repeat

Red Sox Manager Justin Eiswirth and the WMBL Trophy

The Regina Red Sox were welcomed home as Champions for the second straight year. They beat the Medicine Hat Mavericks 3 games to 1 in the Championship series.

Another unbelievable season in the books and a big congrats to the entire organization.

Here is some audio from this afternoon.

Regina Pats Training Camp Two Weeks Away

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Training Camp opens Thursday August 30th with registration.  On-ice sessions begin the next morning as returning Pats and roster hopefuls all take to the ice at the Cooperators Centre.

Three Pats prospects got a head start last weekend taking part in the 2012 Team West U17 Regional Summer Camp.  Dane Schioler, Adam Brooks and Chase Harrison all participated in the camp.

“It’s pretty good timing, a couple weeks before we go to Regina,” says Schioler, “work hard here and hopefully be tuned up for camp.”

Schioler, a second round pick of the Pats in 2011, had 31 goals and 38 assists in 35 games with the Winnipeg Hawks of the WMHA’s Midget Program last season.

Brooks, also a 2nd round pick in 2011, has been impressive since joining the Pats organization totaling 41 points in the Manitoba Midget AAA league in 2011-12.  Brooks hopes to bring his experiences from Pats Spring Camp into Training Camp at the end of the month.  “I think at Spring Camp you get to look at the drills that they do and what the coaches want out of the players.  Hopefully I can transfer that into the camp and make the team.”

Chase Harrison had a solid season on the back-end for the Winnipeg Thrashers in the Manitoba Midget AAA league last year.  A strong summer could translate into big things for Harrison.  “After Spring Camp I was pretty excited because it was my first time out there.  After the summer I feel I can compete for a spot and try to get as close as I can to making the roster.”

Training Camp closes with the annual Blue and White Game, September 3rd at the Cooperators Centre.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Klimchuk Interview from Europe

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Team Canada and Morgan Klimchuk are off to a good start at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament having won their first two games. Klimchuk scored his first goal yesterday against Sweden and Canada went on to win 7-5. The Canadians have won gold the last four years.

My color man for the upcomming season Daniel Fink did an interview with Klimchuk and heres what he had to say.

On playing overseas

"Its been really good. The team is playing well, the boys are coming together. I get to see some new places, see some nice scenery and play against different teams that you dont often play against so theres no complaints here."

On getting that first goal

"Started off really big, got the goal on my first shift. Hard work just payed off for me I was going to the net and was able to put one home. Im just trying to do whatever I can to contribute and today that was by scoring a goal so im just doing what I can for the team and yeah it was a really good game and I was happy to score that one."

On making the adjustment in timezones.

"Hockey Canada does a really good job of organizing that for us. They tell us exactly when to sleep and when to get up. Id say it took about a day after we got here to get into the swing of things but they did a really good job of making sure we ate properly and rested when we needed to."

Was is hard to get up for that first practice?

"You get here and your not alowed to sleep for the whole day and then you practice at night so your like oh my God, I've been up for like 30 hours here. I dont know if I can skate out there and make the right plays but when you get out there everyones whatching, the different teams are watching and you want to perform your best and eventually excitement and adrenaline takes over and you do what you do."

On wearing the Maple Leaf.

"Its huge, its a huge honor. Something you always dream of as a kid and its something you always want to take part in and now that its here its like wow ok thats an honor in itself and to be able to perform with the maple leaf on your chest is a whole nother deal so its pretty excuiting for me."

Whats it like playing with the best players in the country in your age group?

"Its really motivating. you see how good everyone is here and not only that but also how hard they work. Its really cool to see how hard they push each other and how hard they work on and off the ice. Its really an eye opening experience to realize that hey they are not siting back and saying we are the best players in the country they are working that much harder to make sure they remain that."

A good way to build momentum heading into the regular season?

"Its a confidence booster forsure, you are playing with really good players and you get to do some things that you sometimes wouldnt get to do with your club team so that really important and its really fun. Its a good boost going into the season and your in game shape going into camp so thats a big advantage."

Do you look at camp differently the second time around?

"You know what to expect a little bit. When your going to camp you dont have as much nerves you just go to get ready to play not so much to make the team. Obviuously you have to go to camp and play as if your trying out for a spot beacause you are but its not so much, am I going to be sticking here this year. Ive just got to start performing and find my roles in the team."

A big thanks to Mr. Fink in allowing me to use his interview. Training camp gets underway the last weekend in August.

15th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic Approaching

Limited Space Still Available

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats 15th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic tees off Monday, August 27th at the Wascana Golf and Country Club.

In honour of the late Pats great, Doug Wickenheiser, proceeds from the event are donated to the Palliative Care Services Caring Hearts Camp.

Entry in the eighteen hole, shotgun start tournament includes a Regina Pats golf gift, on-course activities and contests and the chance to golf and mingle with Pats players and personnel.
After a round on one of Regina’s most beautiful golf courses, a catered supper is provided to finish the day.

Space is limited and filling up so be sure to contact the Regina Pats office by phone at 306-522-5604 or email to guarantee your place in the tournament.

Hole sponsorships are also available.  It’s a great opportunity to showcase your business and show your support of this great fundraising event.

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pats Lang Extended Through 2014

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce the signing of General Manager Chad Lang to a one-year contract extension through the 2013-14 Western Hockey League season.

“We feel that under Chad’s direction we have made strong strides in all aspects of our hockey department and the extension speaks volumes about the work he has done,” comments Pats President Brent Parker.

In his second year with the Pats, Lang restructured the team’s coaching staff by hiring Head Coach Pat Conacher along with assistants Malcolm Cameron, Josh Dixon and goaltending coach Rob Muntain ahead of the 2011-12 season.  The scouting department has also seen change with the hiring of Dale McMullin as Head Scout in the same off-season.

The Pats roster went through a major evolution in the past two seasons with Lang acquiring players such as Colton Jobke, Lane Scheidl and Martin Marincin.

The 2011-12 squad went on to post a 37-27-6-2 record and gained a berth in the playoffs.

“I would like to thank Russ and Diane Parker, and especially Brent for all his support and the confidence he has shown in me over the past two years,” says Lang, "it has been a privilege to have the opportunity to lead this organization and would like to thank all the staff I have worked with these past two years.  I am excited and look forward to having the opportunity to continue to build a program we all can be proud of."

Here is an interview I did with Chad this morning.