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Saturday, March 31, 2012

The Off-Season Begins


The off season officially started for the Regina Pats today. Players cleaned out their lockers this morning and for some it will be the last time they play wearing the Blue and White. 20 year olds, Brandon Davidson, Art Bidlevskii and Matt Marantz will not return next year and with eight 19 year olds on this years roster the team will be looking different come next season. Jordan Weal and Martin Marincin I think are locks not to be back and that leaves Matt Hewitt, Lane Scheidl, Tanner Oldstad, Andrew Reider, Colton Jobke and Brandon Underwood as possible overagers for the 2012/13 season.

It was a sad day to know that its all over for this club who worked so hard and probably feels they deserved better in their first round series but at the same time they made the playoffs for the first time since 2008 and went from a 23 win season last year to 37 this year. Head Coach Pat Conacher said today that "I guess you got to look big picture. Again we've talked about it all year, how far we've come in a short time. With the players leaving here today we had to have our meetings and we told them that we are proud of the accomplishment or the distance we travelled this year but that we are still a long ways from the end." Conacher also said that he hasn't had a more enjoyable year in his coaching career that this year.
Jordan Weal had an outstanding season and has been nominated for player of the year in the WHL. He put up 116 points in the regular season and led this team to the playoffs. He has most likely played his last game as a Pat and he says "Now that I think about it, its tough to swallow but I have a lot of great memories and a lot of positive memories. That's what I'm going to take out of this. When I was 16 they game me the opportunity to play and have success and that's all you can ask for. This year was a fun year to be winning and its a great way to end it." However he did say that if the Los Angeles Kings decide he would benefit from another year in junior he said he would be excited to return to Regina.

Team captain Brandon Davidson missed game 5 with a shoulder injury after a hit he took in OT in game 4. He said today that "Its been a tremendous 3 years, Regina has been my home and I have everything here. The Pats organization has given me the best opportunity to move forward with my career and I cant thank them enough." Tough luck for the Pats D man who if he had been healthy would have been sent to Oklahoma City, the Oilers farm team for the playoffs.

Overall a very successful year for the Blue and White, they exceeded everyones expectations and battled hard all season long. Credit needs to go to the entire organization from management down. The culture was changed this year and I look forward to even more success in the years to come. With the older guys moving on its now time for the younger guys to step up. The talent of Klimchuk, Burroughs, Stephenson, Rodewald, and Hunt are the future of this club. One thing both Pat Conacher and Chad Lang said is that they need to get bigger as a team and they will look to address that in the off season.

The Pats focus now turns to the Bantam Draft which will take place on May the second.

Friday, March 30, 2012

It Comes to an End

The Regina Pats played their last game of the season losing game 5, 5-2 and losing the series 4 games to 1. The Blue and White were without their Captain Brandon Davidson and their starting goaltender Matt Hewitt. Dyson Stevenson also wasn't in the lineup due to a suspension.

The Warriors jumped out to an early lead 16 seconds into the game as Justin Kirsch put home a rebound in front. The Warriors would get three more goals in the first and take a 4-0 lead to the break. The Pats were outshot 14-0 in the opening frame.

In the second the Pats would find their game and found some offense. Trent Ouellette would get his first of the post season from Tanner Olstad after Jack Rodewald caused a turnover. The pats got on the board and it was 4-1 after 2.

The Pats would get within two in the third as Lane Schiedl picked off a pass and fired one from the top circle past Siemens. But that was as close as they would get. Marincin had a couple of chances that he couldn't finish and the James Henry put the dagger into the Pats season with 2 and a half left in regulation. 5-2 was the final and the Pats lose the series 4 games to 1.

The Blue and White had a great season and battled hard with a very good Warrior team. A couple bounces the other way and this could have been a very different series. Nonetheless what a great bunch of guys and a great team. I was honored to be apart of the run for the last couple months. Hockey is back in Regina.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Pats Look to Game 5.....without Stevenson


The Regina Pats will took a day off today following last nights 5-4 double overtime loss in game 4. The Moose Jaw Warriors scored on the power play with less than 5 minutes left in regulation to send it to the extra frame. The Pats had a couple of chances to end it, Dryden Hunt had a scoring opportunity early and Dominik Volek also put a couple of good shots at the net but couldn't beat Luke Siemens. Then in the second overtime the 15 year old Brayden Point who looked dangerous all game and all series for that matter got the game winner on what is likely the biggest goal of his young career. The Pats felt cheated out of a win in this one and head coach Pat Conacher said in passing to me that "If we win that game we win the series." That's not to say that this team has given up because that couldn't be further form the truth. The fourth win is always the hardest to get and I expect the Pats to bring their A game again tomorrow night at Mosaic Place.
The Pats will be without Dyson Stevenson for game 5 as he has been suspended for one game for clipping Dylan McIlrath in last nights game. Well all I will say is that I didn't see that coming. Brent Parker was also fined 2500 dollars for "inappropriate conduct" after the game was over.

Assistant coach Josh Dixon said after the game yesterday that the whole coaching staff was happy with the teams performance. "That's a heart breaker but I cant say enough how proud we are as a coaching staff of our guys. How many guys stepped up, gave absolutely everything that they had you know despite numerous obstacles both opponent and otherwise. We continued to find a way to battle back and battle back and its not easy when you give up the first goal and like I said we cant say enough about how proud we are of our guys."

About the penalty kill Josh had this to say. "The penalty kill was fantastic, they were bang on in terms of the details, guys were sacrificing blocking shots, taking hits to make plays and making sure pucks got out. Just an absolutely phenomenal job by those guys and they were called upon in big situations and they were what gave us a chance to take it to overtime."

On Hewitt. "Hes been our best player this series, stepped up time and time again with some incredible saves. His consistency and his focus as well, you think about the chances with guys going to the net, guys making contact and bumping with him and hes able to stay focused and make saves, his rebound control his angles and everything. in the second overtime as mentally fatigued as he was he was still just as sharp as he was at the start of the game. Hes been our best player all series and was the best player last night."

On game 5 tomorrow night. "We haven't given up all year long and that's the best game we've played of the series and that's how we have to look at it going forward here. We played out absolute best game, we played our hearts out and unfortunately it ended the way it did but the series isn't over. Its a long way from over and we have to build on the fact that we just played our best game and took these guys top the brink."

Pats Fall in Double OT

The Regina Pats and Warriors tangled in an epic battle at the Brandt Centre. Moose Jaw got Cody Beach back into the lineup while the Pats sat Luke Fenske and got Lyndon Martell and Dryden Hunt into the game.

In the first the Pats gave up the first goal from Justin Kirsch on the power play but the Pats would get a push back couldn't put the puck in the net. 7 penalties called in the first period, 4 on the Pats and 3 on the Warriors. 1-0 after 1.

In the second the Warriors would get the second goal from Henry but again the pats would push back and get a goal from Jordan Weal and it was 2-1. Moose Jaw would restore the two goal lead with just over a minute left in the frame but with 30 seconds remaining Kyle Burroughs got his first of the post season on a shot from the point. 3-2 Warriors after 2. 3 more penalties against the Pats in the second.

In the third the Pats took over early getting the tieing goal from Martin Marincin on a 2 on 1 rush and then Marincin would hammer one from the point and just like that the Pats led 4-3. With 7 minutes left the refs called Dyson Stevenson for clipping and gave him a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. The Warriors would tie the game and send it to OT. 19 minutes in penalties against the Pats through 60 minutes.

The first OT would solve nothing but both goaltenders were very good making some key saves for their teams.

In the second overtime the Warriors would get the winner from Brayden Point just over 6 minutes in and the Warriors take a 3-1 series lead.

Worst reffed game I've ever seen.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Game 4 Tonight



THE MATCH_UP – Regina (37-27-6-2 / 7th in Eastern Conference) / Moose Jaw (45-19-6-2 / 2nd  in East Conference) – The two teams split the season series going 4-2-2. The Warriors have outscored the Pats by a 37-33 margin over the year and 15-7 over the first three games. Game #5 of the series goes Friday March 30 in Moose Jaw, if Game #6 is necessary it will be played at the Brandt Centre on Saturday March 31 at 7:00pm.

TICKETS ANYONE– Game #3 was a complete sell out (6378) but some tickets still remain for Game #4.  As was the case for Game #3 there will likely be some pairs of tickets released back for sale out of the WHL and Visiting team holds later this afternoon. Tickets can be purchased at the Brandt Centre Box Office or at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/ The Pats have a fan Bus going to Moose Jaw for Game #5. Call the Pats office at 522-5604 to reserve your seat.

CONFERENCE ROUND-UP –   Six out of eight playoff series return to the ice tonight with Medicine Hat, Kamloops and Tri-City all having opportunities to close out their first round series in 4 games. Only the Portland / Kelowna series and the Calgary/Brandon series have the night off, both will resume tomorrow night.GET YOUR BLUE ON

Schedule

Wednesday March 28th     

Game #4 - Warriors @ Pats – 7:00pm – Brandt Centre

Thursday March 29th  

Practice 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Brandt Centre) Media Availability 12:45pm to 1:00pm

Friday March 30th Game # 5 - Pats @ Warriors – 7:00pm - Mosaic Place

Saturday March 31st

*Game #6 - Warriors @ Pats – 7:00pm – Brandt Centre

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Pats Drop Game 3



The Regina Pats hosted the Moose Jaw Warriors in game three of their best of seven Eastern Conference quarterfinals. The Warriors were without Cody Beach who was suspended for a single game for a derogatory comment he made to the Pats bench in game 2.

It was a rocky start for the Pats at the Brandt Centre. The Warriors scored twice in the first 50 seconds on their first two shots of the game. Not the start the Pats were looking for after an 8-1 loss on Saturday in game 2. The Pats however would get a push back after giving up those early goals but a goaltender interference call on Tanner Olstad ended up in the back of the net and the Pats were down 3-0. The Pats would give up two more goals in the next four minutes and at the 17:24 mark of the first they were down 5-0. They would get one back before the period was out as Chandler Stephenson scored on a nice shot pass of the back boards from Kyle Burroughs and it was 5-1 after 1.

In the second the Pats really started to play their game. Yes the Warriors probably weren't playing their hardest hockey up by four but the Pats showed some real grit and managed a number of good scoring chances. Warrior netminder Luke Siemens had a couple shots go off the knob of his stick and the Pats hit the post twice in the frame but couldn't get a second goal. The Pats would outshoot and outchance the Warriors but no one scored in the second, still 5-1 after 2. In the third the Pats would continue to generate chances and the Warriors had theirs as well but it wasn't until after the halfway point that Lane Scheidl would bring the Pats within 3. Then Luke Siemens made some timely stops late in the game.The Pats pulled Mat Hewitt with 3 and a half minutes left and had a number of good chances but Siemens shut thew door. Scheidl would get his second of the night with 40 seconds left to make it 5-3 but that was as close as the Pats would get. Final score 5-3. The Pats would outshoot the Warriors for the first time in the series 36-30. Offensively they did some good things in this one.

40 minutes of good hockey doesn't win hockey games is what both Chandler Stephenson and Rob Muntain said in the post game show. Muntain, the goaltending coach for the Pats said that he was happy with Hewitt's game other than one of the 5 goals that went in. Hewitt's numbers will look bad but hes been much better than Siemens in this series so far. The big thing for the Pats is that they have some real positive things to build on after a good 40 minutes of hockey. The series is just 2-1 and far from over. The Warriors have retaken home ice advantage but the Pats have shown that they can play and win at Mosaic Place. Game four is a must win for the Pats in my opinion. 7oclock on 620 CKRM.

More Game Three Tickets



Regina, Saskatchewan – A limited number of tickets (pairs) have been released to the Brandt Centre Box Office for sale as of 1:30 today. The allotment of tickets held for the WHL and Moose Jaw Warriors has not been used up and this is where the small group of tickets has come from. These are good seats and are in pairs not singles

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Brandt Centre Box Office or by calling - 543-7800 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca


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Tues March 27th

Wed March 28th

The Regina Pats are excited to welcome Mosaic, as the game sponsor for all Pats Home games and want to remind our fans attending the games to…..GET YOUR BLUE ON!  Wear blue to all Pats Playoff games to support your home team!

Pats Warriors Preview

THE MATCH_UP – Regina (37-27-6-2 / 7th  in Eastern Conference) / Moose Jaw (45-19-6-2 / 2nd  in East Division) – The two teams have split the ten (10) meetings this year with  the season series going 4-2-2 and the series being tied at one win apiece. The Warriors have outscored the Pats by a 32-30 margin over the year and 10-4 over the first two games. Game #4 of the series goes Wednesday March 28th before returning to Moose Jaw for Game #5 on Friday.

TICKETS ANYONE– Tickets still remain for both Game #3 and Game #4.  Tickets can be purchased at the Brandt Centre Box Office or at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/ The Pats have fan Busses going to Moose Jaw for Game #5. Call the Pats office at 522-5604 to reserve your seat.

CONFERENCE ROUND-UP –   Seven out of eight playoff series return to the ice tonight. Only the Kootenay / Edmonton Series is not in Play. Of the eight playoff series Six of them are at 2-0, one series is 2-1 (Bran/Cal) , the only series tied is Regina / Moose Jaw.Schedule

Monday, March 26th Practice 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Brandt Centre) Media Availability 12:45pm to 1:00pm

Tuesday March 27th Game #3 - Warriors @ Pats – 7:00pm – Brandt Centre

Wednesday March 28th Game #4 - Warriors @ Pats – 7:00pm – Brandt Centre

Thursday March 29th Practice 2:00pm – 3:00pm (Brandt Centre) Media Availability 12:45pm to 1:00pm

Friday March 30th Game # 5 - Pats @ Warriors – 7:00pm - Mosaic Place

Saturday March 31st*Game #6 - Warriors @ Pats – 7:00pm – Brandt Centre

* If necessary

Monday, March 26, 2012

Pats Ready for Game 3


The Regina Pats were back at practice today and have seemed to be unfazed by their 8-1 trouncing Saturday night in Moose Jaw in game 2. Yes the team is aware that they have to be better and they will make sure that they are but I think that they aren't letting that loss drag them down. In the end the series is tied at 1's and that's huge for the Pats coming home with home ice advantage in the series.

Head Coach Pat Conacher had this to say at practice today. With a smile he said "I forgot all about that one already, you have to go on, we came and like I said its how you get up when you get knocked down and that's how I explained it to the guys yesterday. Everyone takes a liking once in a while and its about how you get up and respond to that liking and that's what we have to do......its about going back out, believing in yourself as a person and in your teammate and in the structure and systems that we have in place. Coming back yesterday we didn't practice we had a little meeting with the guys, took a look at our tech packages as far as our systems and structure and had the guys look at each other and trusting the guy sitting beside them."

Conacher went on to talk about how the best players have to be there best going forward. He even went as far as to say Jordan Weal was not the best player in games 1 and 2. Maybe looking to light a bit of a fire under him.

The Pats struggled on the defensive side of the ice and defenseman Brandon Underwood talked about the need for more compete in game three. "We definitely didn't come out with the effort we wanted, they came out hard and we obviously didn't match the intensity. The only thing we can do is we cant worry about that game now, its done and over with and we have home ice now for the next two games and the only thing we can do is push back even harder starting tomorrow night.....Its a tough thing, their barn is pretty loud and they are a pretty physical team. We knew they were going to come out like that but the mental preparation on our part wasn't there. I think after we won 3-2 being out shot 33-15 we thought it was going to be just as easy in the second game. Obviously every game it gets more intense, we need to bring in game 3 and were learning as we go along. We don't have the most playoff experience. I think game 3 all we can do is come out with a new mindset. Every game is new you cant dwell on the last loss and all we gotta do is learn from it and take it over for the next two game here.'

Underwood also talked about helping Matt Hewitt. "Definitely we hung him out to dry last game and that's something we don't want to do to him and it hurts our team. I definitely think we need to sustain more pressure in the offensive zone. We let them come out of their zone way to easily, we never really got them tired and the D were just moving pucks right up and coming right back at us. I think if we can sustain a little bit more offensive pressure it will lead to less time in the defensive zone."

Make sure to get your blue on tomorrow night at the Brandt Centre for game 3. Puck drops at 7 o'clock. 620 CKRM for all the action with the pregame getting underway at 635.

Get Your Blue On


Series Shifts to the Brandt Centre for games #3 and #4

Regina, Saskatchewan –Less than 48hrs until puck drops on Game #3 of the 2012 Trans Canada Clash between the Regina Pats and the Moose Jaw Warriors. Regina won the series opener on Friday but the Warriors evened the series at one win apiece with a win on Saturday night in Moose Jaw, now the scene shifts to the Brandt Centre for the next two games. Game # 3 goes Tuesday night at 7:00pm at the Brandt Centre with Game #4 on Wednesday March 28th also at 7:00pm. Tickets are going fast but good seats still remain for both games. The ticket graph attached is tickets sold as of this morning (March 26th)

Tickets may be purchased in person at the Brandt Centre Box Office or by calling - 543-7800 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca

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Tues March 27th

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The Regina Pats are excited to welcome Mosaic, as the game sponsor for all Pats Home games and want to remind our fans attending the games to…..GET YOUR BLUE ON!  Wear blue to all Pats Playoff games to support your home team!

Sunday, March 25, 2012

Pats fall in Game 2

It wasn't a pretty sight at Mosaic Place in Moose Jaw last night. Right from the drop of the puck the Warriors took the play right at the Pats.

It did however take 16 minutes until Moose Jaw scored the first goal on a nice pass from Tanner Eberle to Cody Beach. It was 1-0 after the first period, the Warriors outshot the Pats 12-4 in the opening frame.

In the second the Warriors would make it 2-0 2 minutes in on Kenton Millers 1st of the post season on the powerplay. 4 minutes later beach would get his second of the game and then 2 minutes later he would assist on Eric arnold first and it was 4-0 Warriors after 2 periods of play. The Pats didn't register a shot until the 12 minute mark of the second when they got a powerplay. The Blue and White managed just three shots on goal in the second period.

In the third Moose Jaw would get another early goal this time from Andrew Johnson 1:39 in and it was 5-0 and that was the end of the night for Matt Hewitt. The Pat goaltender was not the problem but he didn't need to go through the rest of the period. Adam Buekeboom came in and things didn't go much better after that. The Pats would get one back off the stick of Dyson Stevenson, his third goal of the playoffs but halfway through the third the Warriors scored three times in 41 seconds to make it 8-1 and that was the final score. Braes, Fioretti and Arnold scored those goals and the Warriors tied this series at 1's. The shots on goal through 60 minutes 39-13 for Moose Jaw. The Pats went 0 for 5 on the PP while the Warriors went 2 for 6.
The positive thing however over the weekend is that the Pats have taken home ice advantage with their win in game 1. I think looking back, winning one of the first two is a huge accomplishment for this team and now they have to take care of business at home. The Warriors have struggled on the road all year. The pats have beaten the Warriors 3 of 4 times at the Brandt Centre. Game 3 tuesday night at 7 o'clock. Limited tickets still available.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Pats win game 1

As every other game in the regular season between the Pats and Warriors in Moose Jaw tonight ended with a final score of 3-2.

The Pats came into the game slight underdogs but showed they can skate with any team in this league. The blue and white were questioned coming in if their lack of experience would hurt them but right from the start they were the more disciplined team. The Pats would get the first goal on the power play in the first from Dyson Stevenson who tipped a pass from Jordan Weal past Luke Siemens. The Warriors would get that goal back with a powerplay goal of their own with 25 seconds left in the first from Quinton Howden. The teams were tied at 1's headed to the break.

In the second the Pats got into some penalty trouble but the penalty kill really stepped up. In four short handed situations including a short 5 on 3 for the Warriors the Pats scored the only goal. Trent Ouellette picked up the puck in his own zone and sent a beautiful pass through the air to a streaking Tanner Olstad who scored on the breakaway past the poke check of Siemens, 2-1 Pats. The Warriors would get that goal back as well as Sam Fioretti took a pass from james Henry in the slot and finished over the shoulder of Matt Hewitt. 2-2 after 40 minutes.

In the third the Pats would take a penalty 12 seconds in but would kill it off. The Warriors had a number of good chances afterwards including a wrap around attempt from Brayden Point that was saved on the goal line by Hewitt. Then about 6 minutes in the Warriors sent a puck on net which was saved and held by Hewitt and Art Bidlevskii used his body to shield his goaltender from tanner Eberle who was going to the net hard. Eberle would then cross check Bidlevskii in the head after the whistle and take a bad penalty. The Pats would go to the powerplay and get the go ahead marker. Dyson Stevenson with his second of the night banged in a rebound on the side of the net and the Pats were ahead 3-2.

Regina is so hard to play against with the lead and tonight was no different. The Pats closed the final 13 minutes giving up little quality chances to Moose Jaw and held on for the 3-2 win and a 1-0 series lead.

The two teams will go right back at it tomorrow night in Mose Jaw again. 620 CKRM for the call with puck drop at 7 o'clock.

Thursday, March 22, 2012

RIDERS ACQUIRE ALL-STAR ODELL WILLIS FROM WINNIPEG



Saskatchewan Roughrider General Manager Brendan Taman announced that the team has made a trade with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.

The Riders will receive import Defensive End Odell Willis and a conditional fifth round draft pick in 2013, in exchange for second (8th overall) and fourth (23rd overall) round selections in the upcoming 2012 CFL Draft, as well as a conditional draft pick in 2013.

Willis (6’2 – 255 lbs) began his CFL career with the Calgary Stampeders in 2009, where he signed as a Free Agent prior to the season. The 27-year-old Mississippi native was acquired by the Blue Bombers via trade midway through the ’09 season.

The former University of West Georgia star enjoyed a career season in 2011, piling up 27 tackles and 13 quarterback sacks (both career highs) and was named an East-Divison and CFL All-Star.

“Odell is arguably the best pass-rusher in the CFL,” noted Taman. “I’m very confident he significantly upgrades our club on the defensive side of the football.”

Since entering the league in 2009, Willis has been a pass-rushing force from his defensive end spot, his 13 sacks in 2011 tied him for the league lead with Justin Hickman, while his totals in 2010 (11) and 2009 (10) placed him third each season.

During his three seasons in the CFL, Willis has tallied 78 tackles, 34 quarterback sacks and three fumble recoveries.

Pats Honored

The WHL announced its Eastern Conference all stars and nominees yesterday. Among them were head coach Pat Conacher who is the Eastern Conference candidate for coach of the year. Jordan Weal was named a first team all star while Brandon Davidson was named a second team all star for the Eastern Conference.

I had a chance to talk with Pat Conacher today at practice and here's what he had to say. "Of course I'm honored because all of the coaches in the WHL are tremendous coaches and do a great jobs. Every coach in this league should get the award because of all the work they do and everything else. I think its great, to me again it proves team success creates individual success because people look inside to see why. That's why I'm so happy Jordan (Weal) and Brandon (Davidson) were recognized for what they've done for our hockey team. But like I said it all comes down to team and good players make good coaches so that's kind of where I stand on that. Its a real credit to the guys and you cant forget about Josh Dixon and Malcolm Cameron. You know were a unit down here, its all of us together. There not my assistant coaches they are my colleagues and head coaches in their own right so its all of us each and every day trying to get the best of the players and try and make them the best they can be and make the organization the best it can be."

Jordan Weal had this to say about being named a first team all star. "Its a real honor, there is a lot of great players in our conference and to be up there with them is a real privilege but a lot of credit has to go to the guys on my team. "I've had some really great line mates this year guys like Lane Scheidl, Chandler (Stephenson) and Andrew Reider, they've been real work horses and that's all you can ask from guys like that and they've buried the chances they needed to."

The Captain Brandon Davidson was named to the second team in the Eastern Conference. "Its a great honor, its unbelievable, I didn't expect it but I'm fairly happy to be able to get on there and you know I wouldn't have been on there without my teammates so a lot goes out to them as well."

The team mentality really showed through today as the guys who were recognized took nothing for themselves but gave credit to the entire team. Coach Conacher, Dixon and Cameron have done a great job instilling that this season.

The team seems ready to go for tomorrow night in Moose Jaw. While early in the week everyone was giddy it seems that the team is down to business and ready to go out and perform in this series. I for one cannot wait.

RIDERS ADD BING AND ELLIS TO DEFENCE


Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that they have signed import linebacker Darnell Bing and import defensive end Chris Ellis to contracts. Financial details of the signings were not released.

Ellis (6’5 – 260 lbs) was a third round pick (72nd overall) by the Buffalo Bills in the 2008 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old Virginia native spent three seasons in Buffalo, seeing action in 15 games during his time with the Bills. Ellis spent a portion of the 2010 season with the Pittsburgh Steelers.

The former Virginia Tech defensive end had an outstanding collegiate career, compiling 165 tackles, 22 sacks, five forced fumbles, two interceptions and two touchdowns during his time with the Hokies. Ellis was named to the First-team All-ACC team following the 2008 season.

Bing (6’2 – 232 lbs) was a fourth round pick (101st overall) by the Oakland Raiders in the 2006 NFL Draft. The 27-year-old California native spent time with Oakland, San Francisco, New York (Jets), Detroit and Houston during his five season in the NFL.

The former USC Safety was a standout with the Trojans during his time in the Pac-10 being named the Sporting News Freshman of the Year in 2003, Sporting News Freshman All-American (’03) and Second Team All-Pac-10 (’04) .

Bing entered the NFL Draft following his Junior season at USC in 2005 after being named First-Team AP All-American and was a Jim Thorpe award finalist as the nation’s best collegiate defensive back.


GET YOUR BLUE ON!


Regina, SaskatchewanThe Regina Pats are returning to the WHL Playoffs and we want our fans to…. GET YOUR BLUE ON!

Get into the spirit of the WHL Playoffs and dress in Blue to support your Regina Pats as they play host to their Hwy #1 Rival the Moose Jaw Warriors for Game #3 March 27th (7:00pm) and Game #4 March 28th(7:00pm). Tickets are still available for both games in Regina and can be purchased in advance by calling the Brandt Centre Box Office 543-7800 or at http://www.ticketmaster.ca/ .

It’s time for PATS and WARRIORS and it’s time for you to…GET YOUR BLUE ON!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Weal, Davidson and Conacher Honored



Pats forward Jordan Weal was named a first team all star and Brandon Davidson second team all star for the Eastern Conference while Pat Conacher was named a finalist for WHL Coach of the Year, the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today the 2011-12 WHL Eastern Conference First and Second All-Star Teams and the Eastern Conference Finalists for the 2012 WHL Awards. The WHL Player of the Year finalists will be announced on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012. The winners of these awards along with the WHL Player of the Year will be announced at the 2012 WHL Awards Luncheon in Calgary, Alberta on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012.

**The WHL will announce the Western Conference All-Stars and Awards Finalists tomorrow Thursday, March 22nd at a press conference in Kamloops launching the 2012 WHL Playoffs.

Watch tomorrow's press conference LIVE on www.WHL.ca

The WHL Eastern Conference All-Star Teams are as follows:

WHL EASTERN CONFERENCE ALL-STAR TEAMS

FIRST ALL-STAR TEAM
Goaltender – Tyler Bunz (St. Albert, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers
Defenceman – Alex Petrovic (Edmonton, AB), Red Deer Rebels
Defenceman – Ryan Pulock (Dauphin, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
Forward – Emerson Etem (Long Beach, CA), Medicine Hat Tigers*
Forward – Mark Stone (Winnipeg, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings*
Forward – Jordan Weal (North Vancouver, BC), Regina Pats

SECOND ALL-STAR TEAM

Goaltender – Nathan Lieuwen (Abottsford, BC), Kootenay Ice
Defenceman – Mark Pysyk (Sherwood Park, AB), Edmonton Oil Kings
Defenceman – Brandon Davidson (Taber, AB), Regina Pats
Forward – Michael St. Croix (Winnipeg, MB), Edmonton Oil Kings
Forward – Max Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice
Forward – Michael Ferland (Brandon, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings
*-Indicates unanimous selection
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The WHL announced the Eastern Conference Finalists in the following categories.

WHL Rookie of the Year, Jim Piggott Memorial Trophy

Eastern Conference – Sam Reinhart (Vancouver, BC), Kootenay Ice

WHL Goaltender of the Year, Del Wilson Trophy
Eastern Conference – Tyler Bunz (St. Albert, AB), Medicine Hat Tigers

WHL Defenceman of the Year, Bill Hunter Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Alex Petrovic (Edmonton, AB), Red Deer Rebels

WHL Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year, Brad Hornung Trophy
Eastern Conference – Mark Stone (Winnipeg, MB), Brandon Wheat Kings

WHL Scholastic Player of the Year, Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Jimmy Bubnick (Saskatoon, SK), Calgary Hitmen

WHL Coach of the Year, Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Pat Conacher, Regina Pats


WHL Executive of the Year, Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Bob Green, Edmonton Oil Kings

WHL Humanitarian of the Year, Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy
Eastern Conference – Taylor Vause (Calgary, AB), Swift Current Broncos

WHL Marketing / Business Award
Eastern Conference – Moose Jaw Warriors

WHL Regular Season Champions, Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy
Edmonton Oil Kings: GP – 72 W – 50 L – 15 OTL – 3 SL – 4 Pts – 107

WHL Top Scorer – Bob Clarke Trophy

Brendan Shinnimin – (Winnipeg, MB) Tri-City Americans
GP – 69 G – 58 A – 76 Pts – 134 PIM - 82

Courtesy WHL.ca