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Friday, May 31, 2013

Pats Spring Camp Day 1 Recap



19 Regina Pat prospects took to the ice at the Cooperaors Centre for the 2013 Spring Development Camp on Friday. 12, 1997 born players and 7, 1998's. 18 of the players were drafted by GM Chad Lang while one is a list player, Adam Berg out of Okotoks Alberta. Berg led the Calgary Blackhawks in scoring in the AMMHL AAA league with 19 goals and 34 points in 32 games. It was also the first practise for Malcolm Cameron as the new head coach of the Blue and White.

Here are some photos from the evening.



 
 
Here are some post practice thoughts... Like you will hear from Head Coach Malcolm Cameron below there definitely were some nerves out there for some guys but at the same time there was a good show of skill. I thought Jared McAmmond looked really good out there along with Rykr Cole, Brady Reagan Colton Kroeker, Rylee Zimmer Robbie Fulton and Adam Berg. Thats just of the older 97 bord players and overall I didnt think anyone looked out of place whatsoever. From the 98's well I was really looking forward to watching Sam Steel and I can tell you I wasnt disappointed. As well I liked thwe size and skill of Luc Smith. The one thing that jumps out at you immediately when watching these prospects is the size on the ice. There are only a few under 6 feet tall and they arent far off. In my opinion there is some real promise with this group. 
 
Here are the post practice thoughts from Head Coach Malcolm Cameron.
 
 



I talked with defenseman Brady Reagan who has a chance to crack the roster as a 16 year old this season.

 

Lastly I caught up with this years second overall pick Sam Steel.

Summer arrives this weekend as Western Major Baseball League action starts across Alberta and Saskatchewan

LETHBRIDGE, AB Thursday, May 30 at 7:05p.m., the first pitch will be thrown to start the 2013 season for the Western Major Baseball League, Canada’s premier collegiate summer wood bat baseball league when the Regina Red Sox, the reigning two-time WMBL 2012 Champions, will host the Moose Jaw Miller Express. Players and coaches have arrived from colleges and universities across Canada and the United States and are ready to hit the field and play ball. The 11 team, 253 game season schedule gets underway on May 31 across Alberta and Saskatchewan with each team playing a 46 regular season game schedule wrapping up on July 29. Tops teams from each of the three divisions will then start the playoff run towards the 2013 League Championship.

League President Kevin Kvame says, “The WMBL is excited about our 2013 season. Attendance and promotions around the league continue to grow each and every season and the parity in the league is getting more balanced each season as well. We hope that the fans will cheer on their local clubs with a passion that could only happen on the Prairies in Canada's premiere summer collegiate baseball league"

New this season is WMBL player eligibility standards, corporate and community partnerships making the games more exciting than ever. This is the WMBL’s first season as a full collegiate summer league, showcasing top college players meeting eligibility standards of the NCAA, NAIA and CCBC. For 2013, Shaw TV will televise 12 games. Fans, family and friends can also view or listen to all the games online. All links can be found on the new WMBL website www.wmbl.ca launching on opening day. This is the opportunity for baseball fans to watch college players as they take another step closer to reaching the MLB. For full season updates and the season schedule visit www.wmbl.ca.

About the Western Major Baseball League

The WMBL is Canada’s pre-eminent summer collegiate wood bat baseball league showcasing college players from Canada and the United States. With beginnings dating back over 50 years, the League now consists of 11 teams playing in Alberta and Saskatchewan. The 2013 season will mark the first season as a full collegiate league; continuing the tradition of offering fans a consistently high level of competition, coaching and WMBL players being drafted by the MLB. Alumni will tell you that players have not experienced first class summer baseball, hospitality and fan support until they have spent a summer playing for the WMBL. So

For more information go to www.wmbl.ca 

there you have it, the Western Major Baseball League, Canada’s premier summer collegiate league: quality competition, quality coaching and a quality summer experience in Edmonton, Lethbridge, Okotoks, Medicine Hat, Swift Current, Moose Jaw, Regina, Saskatoon, Melville, Yorkton and Weyburn.

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Final Day to Renew Season Tickets



Regina, Saskatchewan – Today marks the deadline for Pats Season Ticket Holders to renew their Season Tickets for the 2013-14 Regular Season before seats are released to the general public.

For Season Ticket Holders wishing to renew their seats, simply visit or call the Pats Office (522-PATS) at the West End of the Brandt Centre before 5:00 p.m. this evening.

Pats fans who want to buy Season Tickets at the special ‘Economy Price’ level will also have to purchase their tickets by the end of the day to take advantage of the lower price.

For more information on Pats Season Tickets, visit ReginaPats.com.

Economy Price Level
Adult - $460.00
Senior - $350.00
Youth/Special Needs - $200.00
East Balcony - $275.00 (less than $8 per game)
*Tax included in all prices

Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Spring Development Camp Gets Underway


 
Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats prospects from the ’97 and ’98 born classes are in the Queen City this weekend for the Pats annual Spring Development Camp.

For the Pats Hockey Operations Department, it’s a chance to take stock of where the prospects are in their development and see the strides the second year prospects made over the last season.  It’s also an opportunity for the organization to showcase what it has to offer the young players should they take the next step to the WHL.

“We want to show (the prospects) we’re all about,” says Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  “It’s an opportunity for them to see our facility, not only the Brandt Centre, but our practice facility over at the Cooperators.  We’ll do a tour of the high school our players attend as well as the area the majority of our billets live in.” {Audio Attached}

In addition to the three on-ice sessions this weekend at the Cooperators Centre, the Pats prospects will go through some off-ice fitness testing and orientation sessions for the players and their families. 

“I think it’s a great informational weekend for these guys so when they leave they have an understanding of what the Regina Pats are all about and the expectations when they return for Fall Camp of where they need to be from a competitive level and where the expectations are going to be from the organization,” continued Lang.

All three on-ice sessions are open to the public for fans to get their own look at the next generation of Regina Pats.

Friday, May 31st    –   6:00 p.m.     –   8:00 p.m.      @ Cooperators Centre
Saturday, June 1st –   10:00 a.m.   –   12:00 p.m.    @ Cooperators Centre
Sunday, June 2nd   –   10:00 a.m.   –   12:00 p.m.    @ Cooperators Centre

Players and Pats personnel will be available to speak with the media following each of the on-ice sessions.

Regina Pats Spring Development Camp Roster on following page.


 

PLAYER
POSITION
BIRTH YEAR
Berg, Adam
C
‘97
Chapman, Kurtis
G
‘98
Cole, Rykr
C/RW
‘97
Elmer, Jacob
RW
‘98
Freadrich, Jared
RD
‘98
Fulton, Robbie
RD
‘97
Hilsendager, James
LD
‘97
Kallis, Brendan
RD
‘97
Kroeker, Colton
C
‘97
Litwin, Drew
C/RW
‘97
McAmmond, Jared
C
‘97
Pouteau, Brady
LD
‘98
Reagan, Brady
RD
‘97
Schneider, Nick
G
‘97
Smith, Luc
C/RW
‘98
Steel, Sam
C
‘98
Third, Brady
RW
‘98
Wagner, Austin
C
‘97
Zimmer, Rylee
C
‘97

 
Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Pats Lang on Spring Development Camp



The Regina Pats Spring Development Camp gets underway Friday night at the Cooperators Centre. A good number of the Pats prospects in the 1997 and 98 age group will be in attendance including this years second overall pick Sam Steel. Unfortunately this yeas second round pick Liam Schioler will not be in attendance because of a prior commitment. Defenseman Brady Reagan will be at camp looking to prove he deserves a spot on this years roster. The 16 year old is a big body and has had success at the Bantam level. Reagan played two games with the Pats this last season getting called up because of injuries. Another interesting player to watch is the teams 3rd round pick from two years ago Rykr Cole who brings some skill to the table. The only question I would have is about his size and we will see this weekend if hes made some progress.

I talked with General Manager Chad Lang today and I asked him what he was looking forward to this weekend. "Spring Camp is a really exciting opportunity for our organization. Gives us the chance to spend a little more time with these guys in a smaller setting and at the same time it allows them to see what our organization is willing to offer them, more so than just the hockey...."

Here is the remainder of that interview.



Canadiens sign Blazers Bozon

Canadiens sign forward Tim Bozon to a three-year contract

MONTREAL – Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin announced Thursday the signing of forward Tim Bozon to a three-year contract (2013-14 to 2015-16). As per club policy, financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

In 69 games with the WHL’s Kamloops Blazers in 2012-13, Bozon collected 91 points (36 goals, 55 assists). He scored 14 of his goals on the powerplay and added two shorthanded tallies. He ranked second on his team in goals (tied with J.C. Lipon) and points, while finishing third in assists. Bozon served 58 penalty minutes and led his team with a +37 plus/minus differential. He added six points (4 goals, 2 assists) in eight playoff contests. He completed his season by suiting up for Team France at the IIHF World Championship presented simultaneously in Stockholm and Helsinki, notching one helper in five games.

Bozon, 19, has recorded 162 points (72 goals, 90 assists) in 140 games in two seasons with Kamloops. The 6’01’’ and 185 lbs forward has served 98 penalty minutes and displays a +64 plus/minus differential.

A native of St. Louis, Missouri, Bozon was selected in the third round, 64th overall by the Canadiens at the 2012 NHL Entry Draft. He took part in the second part of the Canadiens’ development camp in June 2012.


Tim O'Donovan, Communications & Media Co-ordinator
Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club

Pats Steel to take part in All-Canadian Mentorship Camp

NHLPA Announces Players to Attend Third Annual Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp 

NHL Players and top 42 Bantam-aged players from across Canada to train side-by-side from August 6-10, 2013 at Hershey Centre in Mississauga, ON 

TORONTO, May 30, 2013 /CNW/ - The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA) announced today the names of 42 selected bantam-aged players who will participate in the third annual Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp. Hosted by NHL players under the leadership of 21-year NHL veteran Gary Roberts, the invitation-only camp will be held at the Hershey Centre in Mississauga, Ontario from August 6th to 10th, 2013. The intensive five-day camp will conclude with the Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Cup - an inter-squad exhibition game - on Saturday, August 10th at 1:00 p.m. ET, broadcast on TSN. Tickets to the exhibition game are available through the program's website www.allcanadians.com

"The NHLPA has made a strong commitment to sharing the Players' knowledge and experience with Canada's youth through the Allstate All-Canadians program. This is our third year in working to develop a program that will help educate not only the 42 bantam-aged players that are directly involved, but also parents and young hockey players across the country," said Mathieu Schneider, NHLPA Special Assistant to the Executive Director. "The NHL Players and the ambassadors involved are true professionals and have an enormous amount of experience to share through this program." 

Players attending the five-day Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp will learn the necessary steps to support budding hockey skills through fundamental factors including appropriate nutrition, fitness, on-ice training and mental skills - the four pillars of hockey development identified by the NHLPA's Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Program. Throughout the camp, the participants and their families will have the opportunity to learn from some of the NHL's brightest stars, as well as camp ambassadors such as Dr. Paul Dennis (Sport Psychologist), Dave Lewis (NHL Assistant Coach), and renowned off-ice training expert, Gary Roberts. 

"Each year I look forward to sharing my story and experiences throughout my 21-year NHL career and the role that fitness and nutrition played in my success," said Gary Roberts. "I feel strongly about the importance of educating young players and their families about developing skill sets that will improve performance both on and off the ice and advance them to the next level in their careers and I look forward to continuing this tradition." 

"We're proud to support the Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship program along with the NHLPA, giving young players the opportunity to work alongside NHL pros and industry experts to learn valuable on-ice hockey skills in addition to off-ice life lessons - including leadership, teamwork and perseverance," said John O'Donnell, President and CEO of Allstate Insurance Company of Canada. "Learning from professionals early in their careers will better position these young players to be successful and achieve their goals." 

Last year's camp featured 22 first-round draft picks from the OHL and WHL, including first overall picks Connor McDavid (OHL - 2012), Travis Konecny (OHL - 2013), and Mathew Barzal (WHL - 2012). The QMJHL draft is set to take place on June 8th, 2013, and will feature 8 eligible All-Canadians players from 2012, including, Nicolas Roy, the number one rated prospect by QMJHL Central Scouting. 

The following players have been selected for this year's Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp: 

Allstate All-Canadians Mentorship Camp Player Selections by Region 

British Columbia    
Position    Name    Hometown    Current Team    
D    ANDERSON, Josh    Duncan, BC    Cowichan Valley Capitals Bantam Tier 1    
D    FABBRO, Dante    Coquitlam, BC    Burnaby Winter Club Bruins Bantam Tier 1    
F    KOCH, Davis    Penticton, BC    Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam    
F    MALENSTYN, Beck    Delta, BC    Okanagan Hockey Academy Bantam    
                 
Alberta    
Position    Name    Hometown    Current Team    
F    BENSON, Tyler    Edmonton, AB    Edmonton SSAC Lions Bantam AAA    
D    CLAGUE, Kale    Lloydminster, AB    Lloydminster Heat Bantam AAA    
F    DUBE, Dillon    Cochrane, AB    Notre Dame Hounds Midget AA    
F    JOST, Tyson    Leduc, AB    Kelowna Pursuit of Excellence Bantam Tier 1    
D    MAHURA, Josh    St. Albert, AB    St. Albert Sabres Bantam AAA    
D    McKINSTRY, Ryely    Calgary, AB    Calgary Bisons Bantam AAA    
D    QUENNEVILLE, David    Edmonton, AB    Edmonton SSAC Lions Bantam AAA    
G    SKINNER, Stuart    Edmonton, AB    Edmonton SSAC Lions Bantam AAA    
F    STEEL, Sam    Sherwood Park, AB    Sherwood Park Flyers Bantam AAA    
F    STEENBERGEN, Tyler    Sylvan Lake, AB    Red Deer Rebels Bantam AAA    
                 
Saskatchewan    
Position    Name    Hometown    Current Team    
F    ELDER, Kaden    Saskatoon, SK    Notre Dame Hounds Midget AA    
                 
Manitoba    
Position    Name    Hometown    Current Team    
F    HOWDEN, Brett    Oakbank, MB    Eastman Selects Midget AAA    
F    KASPICK, Tanner    Brandon, MB    Brandon Wheat Kings Midget AAA    
G    KUBIC, Ryan    St. Andrews, MB    Winnipeg Hawks Bantam AAA    
F    PATRICK, Nolan    Winnipeg, MB    Winnipeg Hawks Bantam AAA    
                 
Ontario                      
Position    Name    Hometown    Current Team    
F    ANG, Jonathan    Markham, ON    Markham Waxers Minor Midget AAA    
F    BITTEN, William    Ottawa, ON    Ottawa Jr. 67s Bantam AAA    
F    FELHABER, Tye    Pembroke, ON    Ottawa Valley Titans Bantam AAA    
G    LaFONTAINE, Jack    Mississauga, ON    Don Mills Flyers Minor Midget AAA    
D    LUCE, Griffin    St. Thomas, ON    Elgin-Middlesex Chiefs Bantam AAA    
F    MASCHERIN, Adam    Maple, ON    Toronto Jr. Canadiens Bantam AAA    
F    McLEOD, Michael    Mississauga, ON    Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAA    
D    METE, Victor    Woodbridge, ON    Toronto Jr. Canadiens Bantam AAA    
F    MIZZI, Joseph    Unionville, ON    Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAA    
G    RAAYMAKERS, Joseph    Chatham, ON    Chatham-Kent Cyclones Bantam AAA    
F    SAIGEON, Brandon    Grimsby, ON    Hamilton Jr. Bulldogs Minor Midget AAA    
F    SICOLY, Nicholas    Sault Ste. Marie, ON    Soo Thunder Minor Midget AAA    
D    SMITH, Jeremy    Toronto, ON    Toronto Marlboros Bantam AAA    
                 
Quebec                      
Position    Name    Hometown    Current Team    
F    BRUSHETT, Ryan    Verdun, PQ    Verdun/Lasalle Cobras Bantam AA    
D    CAMPOLI, Michael    Pointe Claire, PQ    West Island Royals Bantam AA    
D    GIRARD, Samuel    Roberval, PQ    Espoirs Lac St-Jean Bantam AA    
G    HARVEY, Sam    Alma, PQ    Espoirs Lac St-Jean Bantam AA    
F    LAUZON, Felix    Roxton Pond, PQ    Cantonniers de Magog Midget AAA    
F    MOREAU, Hunter    Dollard des Ormeaux, PQ    West Island Royals Bantam AA    
                 
Nova Scotia    
Position    Name    Hometown    Current Team    
F    BALMAS, Mitchell    Sydney, NS    Breton Sport Cougars Bantam AAA    
G    FITZPATRICK, Evan    Lower Sackville, NS    Newbridge Senators Bantam AAA    
D    GREEN, Luke    Hammonds Plains, NS    Bedford Barons Bantam AAA    
F    O'LEARY, Michael    Halifax, NS    Halifax Hawks Bantam AAA    


About the National Hockey League Players' Association The National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), established in 1967, is a labour organization whose members are the players in the National Hockey League (NHL). The NHLPA works on behalf of the players in varied disciplines such as labour relations, product licensing, marketing, international hockey and community relations, all in furtherance of its efforts to promote its members and the game of hockey. In 1999, the NHLPA launched the Goals & Dreams fund as a way for the players to give something back to the game they love. Over the past 13 years, more than 60,000 deserving children in 30 countries have benefited from the players' donations of hockey equipment. NHLPA Goals & Dreams has donated more than $21-million to grassroots hockey programs, making it the largest program of its kind. For more information on the NHLPA, please visitwww.nhlpa.com <http://www.nhlpa.com/> .  

About Allstate Insurance Company of Canada Allstate Insurance Company of Canada is one of Canada's leading producers and distributors of home and auto insurance products, and also recently named to Aon Hewitt's Best Employers in Canada list. "The Good Hands Network®" enables consumers to contact Allstate Canada through one of 82 community-based Agencies, directly online atwww.allstate.ca and through the Customer Contact Centre at 1-800-Allstate. Allstate Canada is committed to making a positive difference in the communities in which it operates and has partnered with organizations such as Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD Canada), Crime Stoppers, United Way and Junior Achievement. In 2010, Allstate Canada, in partnership with the National Hockey League Players' Association (NHLPA), created the Allstate All-Canadians program, a mentorship program designed to guide the next generation of Canada's hockey youth. To learn more about Allstate Canada, visit www.goodhandsadvice.ca orwww.allstate.ca

SOURCE: National Hockey League Players' Association 

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Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Spring Camp Offers First Look at New Prospects

Sam Steel Headlines 2013 Pats’ Draft Class

Regina, Saskatchewan – On March 20th, the Regina Pats were granted a great opportunity when the Blue and White won the WHL Bantam Draft Lottery allowing the team to select second overall at the Draft on May 2nd.  There was plenty of speculation as to who the Pats would select on Draft Day, and when it was all said and done, the Pats came away with who was widely regarded as the most offensively dynamic player available, Sherwood Park Flyers Captain Sam Steel.

 

According to Pats Head Scout Dale McMullin, it’s that top end skill that prompted the Pats to take the AMBHL’s Top Forward from 2012-13 season.  “I think Sam Steel is just one of those types of players who’s fun to watch,” said McMullin.  “He’s a great skater with a high skill level, really sees the ice very, very well and seems to make everybody around him that much better.  He’s just fun to watch and a great kid as well.”

 

This weekend’s Spring Development Camp at the Cooperators Centre offers Pats fans their first chance to see the organization’s new top prospect in action.  For Steel, it’s a chance to become familiar with the organization who selected him in the draft.  “It’s exciting to finally be a part of the Regina Pats for the first time,” commented the young centre.  “For the past week I’ve been extremely excited going into camp and I’m hoping I can do everything I can there.”

 

For his first experience in a WHL setting, the Sherwood Park product is focused on keeping things simple.  “I’m just going to go (to Regina) and play my game and not try to be anything I’m not.  I guess (the Pats) picked me for a reason so I’m just going to play my game and fit in as much as I can.”

 

After taking some time to become familiarized with the Pats, the prospects hit the ice Friday evening at 6 p.m. followed by 10 a.m. on ice sessions Saturday and Sunday morning.  Practices at the Cooperators Centre are open to the public so fans can get a look at the fresh crop of Pats prospects.

 

Steel knows that as the second overall pick, expectations are high in Regina, but feels all he can do is stick to his style of play.  “I guess it’s there, you hear about it and you want to live up to those expectations which can be tough at times, but I’ll just try and do my best.” 

 

Daniel Fink

Media and Communications Manager

Regina Pats Hockey Club

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Is it Wednesday again already? Time flies when you are having fun that's for sure. Spent 10 days in Saskatoon for the Memorial Cup and wow did I have a blast. From the hockey to the great people I had the pleasure of meeting I'm not sure things could have gone better. The Cup was the 4th best attended all time, so much for the people ripping Saskatoon. Yes it didn't look full but the people came and the atmosphere was great, at the Blades games anyways. One of the highlights of the week in Saskatoon was meeting Blades and Leafs Great Wendel Clark! Shown below.

 
A big congrats to the Halifax Mooseheads who won their first Memorial Cup in their history and it was well deserved. Nathan MacKinnon certainly made a case to the Colorado Avalanche that he should be picked first overall instead of the Winterhawks Seth Jones. I guess it depends what the Avs want but if it was me I would pick MacKinnon. Also anyone who says Jonathan Drouin should go first overall is crazy in my opinion. The kid is good but not physically developed like the other two. he is the third best player in my opinion.
 
The Saskatoon Blades waited one day after the Mem Cup completed to trade away 19 year old defenseman Dalton Thrower. The Vancouver Giants sent a conditional 2nd round pick the Blades way, the condition being that the Montreal Canadien prospect comes back for his overage year in the WHL. Thrower was a second round NHL draft pick and its not very often those higher picks come back but who knows.
 
The Pats will be holding their spring rookie camp this weekend in the Queen City. The 97 and 98 born players will be in town to showcase their game to the coaching and scouting staff. It will be interesting to see the likes of Brady Reagan who has a chance to crack this years roster as a 16 year old as well as some of the just drafted players headlined by Sam Steel. It will be the first official hockey event for now head coach Malcolm Cameron and Ive heard that some of the veteran players will be in town for the weekend. practices run Friday night and then Saturday and Sunday at 10 AM at the Cooperators.
 
The NHL conference finals are all but set, the L.A. Kings and San Jose Sharks battled last night in a game 7. The Kings picked up a 2-0 lead in the second period thanks to Justin Williams but the Sharks got one back in the third and had plenty of chances to tie it but Jonathan Quick was just too good. I bet Sharks fans are sick and tired of getting to this point and not making it all the way.
 
 The other series in the west is also headed to game 7 tonight with Chicago home to the Detroit. The Red Wings did have a 3-1 series lead but the Hawks have won 2 straight and I think they will make it 3 tonight. When they went down in the series I had an incling they would come back. They better win tonight or the Pats Joel Pickering will likely strangle me because I told him to stay away from Wings in his playoff draft... and he listened. On a related note I'm sitting in second to last place in my playoff draft. I should stick to fantasy football!
 
99 days to the start of the NFL season, and much less for the CFL season. The Riders are holding camp in Saskatoon this year which I think is great for the bridge City but I will miss being able to head down and take it all in like I did the last two years. But alas life will go on and I will get all that I need listening to the Cage for the next couple of weeks. The excitement is starting to build in the city and the province that football is almost back. I for one am looking forward to a great year at Mosaic Stadium.
 
Thats it for to today, have a great week!
 
 
 
 



Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Second Year Pats Prospects Ready for Camp


 
Regina, Saskatchewan – This weekend’s Regina Pats Spring Development camp is an early opportunity for 1997-born players in the organizational pipeline to make their case for a place on the Pats roster come the fall.  With a year of midget hockey under their belts, these prospects hope to display the improvements in their game to the Pats’ coaching staff who will work closely with the young players over the three day camp.

Drafted 31st overall by the Pats in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft, defenceman Brady Reagan comes into his second Spring Camp with the Blue and White with eyes on playing the WHL in 2013-14.  Reagan sees the camp as an opportunity to begin proving himself on and off the ice. “Just letting the coaching staff, and everybody, know that I’m ready for (main) camp at the end of August through my play at this camp,” said the 15 year old defenceman.  “Even helping out the new prospect players because (the 97’s) will be the oldest guys there so it will be good for us to show them the ways now.”

The Okanagan Falls, B.C. product feels his first camp last season was an opportunity to become comfortable with the WHL organization, “getting to know the city, getting to know the people in the organization and the players they want to go through that organization… it just all helped and connected really well.”

This weekend will be Malcolm Cameron’s first camp as Head Coach of the Pats, but he says the goals for the weekend remain the same.  “We want to take a good look at these young fellas here and see the guys who are coming back for the second year,” commented the Pats’ new bench boss.  “We want to see how much they’ve improved, how much bigger they’ve gotten, how much stronger they’ve gotten and how the training’s coming along.”

“You’re always looking for compete level, that’s the biggest thing,” continued Cameron.  “We’re not going to judge perfection this weekend… that’s what Training Camp is for.  We always like to see what their hockey I.Q. is, what their skating is like and what their compete level is.

The Pats take to the ice Friday evening at 6 p.m. followed by 10 a.m. on ice sessions Saturday and Sunday morning.  Practices at the Cooperators Centre are open to the public so fans can take a look at the next generation of Pats who, much like Reagan, are excited to come back to Regina.

“I’m really looking forward to seeing the organization again, seeing the new prospects they picked at the draft and showing the Pats I’m ready for a spot next year.”
 
Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Monday, May 27, 2013

Pats Spring Development Camp Begins Friday



Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club will hold its annual Spring Development Camp this weekend (Friday May 31st – Sunday, June 2nd) at the Cooperators Centre.

The 2013 Pats Spring Camp offers players from the Pats’ 2012 WHL Bantam Draft Class to show their progress after a season of playing midget hockey and start making their case for a spot on the 2013-14 Regina Pats roster.  The 1997-born class includes prospects defenceman Brady Reagan along with forwards Austin Wagner and Rykr Cole.

The camp is also the first time players from the 2013 Draft (1998-born players) will take to the ice in a WHL setting after being selected by the Pats on May 2nd.  Fans have their first opportunity to see second overall pick Sam Steel on the ice along with forward Luc Smith and goaltender Kurtis Chapman.

The Pats prospects will be on the ice at the Cooperators Centre three times this weekend, and all practices are open to the public.

Friday, May 31st    –   6:00 p.m.   @ Cooperators Centre
Saturday, June 1st –   10:00 a.m. @ Cooperators Centre
Sunday, June 2nd   –   10:00 a.m. @ Cooperators Centre

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Daniel Fink
Media and Communications Manager
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Sunday, May 26, 2013

Mooseheads win Memorial Cup

A historic season came to an end Sunday as the Portland Winterhawks fell 6-4 to the Halifax Mooseheads in the final of the MasterCard Memorial Cup at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon.

 

Despite the loss, it was an unforgettable season for the Winterhawks, who won the WHL Championship two weeks ago and set team records in the regular season in points (117) and wins (57), along with a litany of individual records and milestones.

 

Halifax opened the scoring 6:31 into the game on a power play goal from Konrad Abeltshauser, then took a 2-0 lead at the 8:00mark on a goal by Nathan MacKinnon. The Mooseheads’ Martin Frk added a goal at the15:59 mark to make it a 3-0 lead going into the second period.

 

Portland then came out flying in the second period, outshooting the Mooseheads 18-6. They were rewarded 10:36 into the frame when Ty Rattie fed Nic Petan in front of the Halifax net, who deked around Mooseheads netminder Zachary Fucale to cut it to 3-1 with a shorthanded goal.

 

Portland kept applying pressure and endured some bad luck when Oliver Bjorkstrand rang one off the crossbar and Rattie had a goal disallowed. But they struck again at the 18:41mark when Rattie held the puck behind the Halifax net and fed Seth Jones on the doorstep, who went high over Fucale to cut it to 3-2 to make it a one-goal game going into the third.

 

Halifax regained a two-goal lead when MacKinnon scored his second of the game at the 7:36 mark of the third to make it 4-2, then went ahead 5-2 at the 11:11 mark on Abeltshauser’s second.

 

The Hawks kept pressing, and made it 5-3 when Brendan Leipsic scored at the 14:42mark. Late in the period with Mac Carruth on the bench for an extra attacker, Rattie notched his second of the game to bring the Hawks within one at 5-4. But MacKinnon scored into the empty net to give Halifax the 6-4 win and the Memorial Cup.


Courtesy Graham Kendrick

 

Saturday, May 25, 2013

2013 CHL Award Winners

WHL Players Take Home Four Awards

 

Saskatoon, SK – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the ten national award winners for the 2012-13 season including Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads who earned CCM Player of the Year honours.  The awards were presented as part of 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup festivities at the Remai Arts Centre in Saskatoon.

 

2012-13 CHL Award Winners:

 

Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year: Seth Jones (Portland Winterhawks)

Seth Jones is listed first overall by NHL Central Scouting in their Final Rankings for the 2013 NHL Draft which takes place June 30 in New Jersey.  The 18-year-old defenceman from Plano, Texas, also claimed WHL Rookie of the Year honours posting 14 goals and 42 assists for 56 points in 61 games for the Portland Winterhawks along with an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-46.  Finalists for the award were Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads, and Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds. 

 

FRAM Sportsman of the Year: Tyler Graovac (Belleville Bulls)

Tyler Graovac led the Belleville Bulls in scoring with 38 goals and 35 assists for 73 points in 60 games while recording just 18 penalty minutes which was the lowest amount for any player listed among the OHL’s top-20 scorers.  The 19-year-old Brampton, ON, native recently signed with the Minnesota Wild who selected him in the seventh round of the 2011 NHL Draft.  Finalists for the award were Zach O’Brien of the Acadie-Bathurst Titan and Dylan Wruck of the Edmonton Oil Kings.

 

Chrysler Dodge Top Scorer of the Year:Brendan Leipsic and Nicolas Petan (Portland Winterhawks)

Linemates Brendan Leipsic and Nicolas Petan of the Portland Winterhawks become the first pair to receive the Top Scorer Award recording 120 points each.  Leipsic, a 19-year-old Nashville Predators prospect from Winnipeg, MB, scored 49 goals and 71 assists for 120 points in 68 games, while 2013 NHL Draft prospect Petan, an 18-year-old from Delta, BC, scored 46 goals and 74 assists.  Finalists for the award include Ben Duffy of the PEI Rocket, and Vince Trocheck of the Plymouth Whalers.

 

Home Hardware Humanitarian of the Year: Ben Fanelli (Kitchener Rangers)

Ben Fanelli of the Kitchener Rangers, a 20-year-old from Oakville, ON, earns Humanitarian of the Year honours for his tireless efforts in raising funds and awareness for head injuries.  In March, 2011, the defenceman began an initiative called Head Strong: Fanelli 4 Brain Injury Awareness, which has contributed over $18,000 to the Brain Injury Association of Canada and other beneficiaries.  Finalists for the award include Konrad Abeltshauser of the Halifax Mooseheads, and Cody Sylvester of the Calgary Hitmen.    

 

Subway Scholastic Player of the Year:Josh Morrissey (Prince Albert Raiders)

Josh Morrissey of the Prince Albert Raiders maintained a 92.4% average in his Grade 12 year at Carlton Comprehensive High School.  The 18-year-old from Calgary, AB, is also a top rated defensive prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft ranked 27 by NHL Central Scouting after producing 47 points in 70 games this season.  He follows Jeff Nelson (1989 and 1990) as the last Raider to win the award.  Finalists for the award include Charles-David Beaudoin of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Darnell Nurse of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.    

 

Old Dutch Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year:Dominique Ducharme (Halifax Mooseheads)

Dominique Ducharme led the QMJHL Champion Halifax Mooseheads to a CHL-best 58-win season finishing 2012-13 with 120 points.  The 40-year-old from Joliette, QC, is in just his second season behind the bench for the Mooseheads.  Finalists for the award include Mike Vellucci of the Plymouth Whalers, and Ryan McGill of the Kootenay Ice. 

 

BMO Rookie of the Year: Valentin Zykov (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Valentin Zykov of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar led all first year CHL players in scoring with 40 goals and 35 assists for 75 points in 67 games.  The 18-year-old from St. Petersburg, Russia, is also a top rated NHL Draft prospect ranked seventh by NHL Central Scouting.  Finalists for the award include Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters, and Seth Jones of the Portland Winterhawks.   

 

Vaughn Goaltender of the Year: Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels)

Patrik Bartosak of the Red Deer Rebels posted a 33-14-5 record with five shutouts along with a goals-against-average of 2.26 and a CHL-best save percentage of .935.  The 20-year-old from Koprivnice, Czech Republic, is eligible for the 2013 NHL Draft and is ranked eighth among North American goaltenders by NHL Central Scouting.  He is the third Rebel to win the award following Darcy Kuemper (2011) and Cam Ward (2004).  Finalists for the award include Etienne Marcoux of the Blainville-Boisbriand Armada, and Jordan Binnington of the Owen Sound Attack.

 

Post Defenceman of the Year: Ryan Sproul (Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)

Ryan Sproul recorded 66 points in just 50 games for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds this season scoring 20 goals while adding 46 assists.  The 20-year-old from Mississauga, ON, is a Detroit Red Wings prospect selected in the second round of the 2011 NHL Draft and just completed his third season with the Greyhounds.  Finalists for the award include Kevin Gagné of the Rimouskic Oceanic, and Brenden Kichton of the Spokane Chiefs.

 

CCM Player of the Year: Jonathan Drouin (Halifax Mooseheads)

Jonathan Drouin of the Halifax Mooseheads scored 41 goals and 64 assists for 105 points in only 49 games this season with an impressive plus-minus rating of plus-49.  The 18-year-old from Ste-Agathe, QC, is playing in just his second QMJHL season and is a top rated prospect for the 2013 NHL Draft ranked third overall by NHL Central Scouting.  He is the first player to claim the award in their first NHL draft-eligible year since Sidney Crosby won the award with the Rimouski Oceanic in 2005.  Finalists for the award include Vince Trocheck of the Plymouth Whalers, and Adam Lowry of the Swift Current Broncos. 

 

The 2013 MasterCard Memorial Cup is proudly supported by MasterCard, title sponsor of this event for 15 straight years.  Associate sponsors include Bank of Montreal, Subway, Old Dutch, Post, and broadcast partners Sportsnet and TVA Sports.   

 

For more information about the event please visit www.mastercardmemorialcup.ca.

 

Jeff Hubert, Director, Communications                           
Western Hockey League                                               


Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services