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Tuesday, December 31, 2013

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Happy New Year!!!!

The Regina Pats host the Lethbridge Hurricanes to kick off 2014 today at the Brandt Centre. The Pats are coming off a 4-0 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders on Monday and are now 19-16-2-2 on the season. 

It's a big game for the Pats who are in the heat of the race for playoff positioning in the very tight Eastern Conference. The Pats have lost 4 of 5 coming in though did pick up a point in 2 of those losses. 

It's a very intriguing situation for the organization with the trade deadline just over the horizon on January 10th. I know in talking with Senior VP and GM Chad Lang that he would like to tweek the roster for a run to the postseason but he also has stressed for the right deal to come along. He won't be jepordizing the future to make an addition to the club but he would certainly like to add a piece or two to the club. Head Coach Malcolm Cameron said to the media before the Xmas break that he would like to see a puck moving l, reliable dman come over... But who isn't looking to add one of those. 

It's always interesting to see what the market value is for players and how it changes every year. Last season we saw a lot of first round picks changing hands. This year there have been a few moves, 2 of them involving the Raiders who gave up Dylan Busenius and Mike Winther as well as 2nd and 5th round picks but got Collin Valcourt, Calder Brooks and a 2nd round pick in return. Who knows what else will pan out. I imagine the Warriors are looking to move Travis Brown, Lethbridge may try and trade Corbin Bles as well. Saskatoon may not be done yet with still Nathan Burns and Graeme Craig on their roster who could fetch good returns in a trade. Plus there are teams in the West who would likely be willing to part with some top older guys. AKA Kamloops, Prince George and possibly Tri city. I guess we will see once January 10th comes and goes. 

An interesting topic came up with Daniel Fink while hosting the Sportscage last night. Fink proposed that Malcolm Cameron is in the conversation for coach of the year halfway through the season. I totally agree, what do you think. 

The Pats host the Hurricanes today and the first 2500 fans will receive this poster. 


Looks so good. Such a great promotion correlating with the 100 year anniversary of of the Princess Patricia's Light Infantry after whom the Pats are named. Get to the game early! 

I can't say how sorry I am that Tye Hand has had to call it a season after suffering another concussion. He was having a great year and is an even better guy. All the best Tye. Also good luck to Marc McCoy who is pursuing education. 

The Regina Thunder have come out with the design for their championship rings. How nice are they? 


Team Canada came up with a huge victory over the Americans yesterday. Zach Fucale was outstanding in goal and I think Brent Sutter will ride him to the end. Nic Petan has been great for the Canadians. Not surprising from the guy who would likely be leading the WHL in scoring if not for having to leave for the tournament. Does Canada have what it takes to win gold? 

Kinda bummed I can't watch the winter classic today. The 24/7 documentary has been great so far. Can't wait for the next episode. 

That's it for today. Happy New year and here's to a great 2014. 

Talk to you from the rink starting at 1:35. 

Phil
@PhilTheThrill18


Pats Hand done for season, McCoy leaves Team

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced today that the decision has been made to suspend the play of 18-year old defenceman Tye Hand for the remainder of the season due to medical concerns. 

 




The decision was made after discussion between the Regina Pats’ medical staff, hockey operations department and Tye Hand that, due to multiple concussions in consecutive years, it is in the best interest for Tye’s long term health and future that he spend the rest of the year recovering.  Hand’s status will be re-evaluated in the off-season.

 

The Yellowknife, NWT product has played in 52 games since joining the Pats last season, chipping in with two assists and registering 134 penalty minutes.

 

Lang also announced 19-year old forward Marc McCoy has left the Pats to pursue academic interests this semester.  McCoy played in all 36 games in the first half of the season, registering seven points (2G, 5A) over that span.  McCoy has played 158 games in his WHL career, totaling 36 points along with 171 penalty minutes.


The Pats return to action tomorrow afternoonto bring in the New Year against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  Lucky fans in attendance will receive a poster celebrating the beginning of the PPCLI’s 100th year and featuring Kyle Burroughs courtesy of Sherwood Co-op.  There will also be a post-game public skate with the Pats at the Brandt Centre.  For individual tickets, visitTicketmaster.ca.  For group tickets, call the Pats Office at 306-337-1538.


Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Team Canada Advances to Quarter-Finals at World Juniors

MALMÖ, Sweden – Canada’s National Junior Team has advanced to the quarter-finals at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmö after finishing first in Group A with a 3-0-1 (wins-losses-overtime losses) record in the preliminary round.

 

Canada concluded preliminary round play Tuesday with a 3-2 win over the United States to clinch first place in its group. Nic Petan (Delta, B.C./Portland, WHL), Connor McDavid (Newmarket, Ont./Erie, OHL) and Curtis Lazar (Vernon, B.C./Edmonton, WHL) scored the goals for Canada, while goaltender Zach Fucale (Rosemère, Que./Halifax, QMJHL) made 24 saves.

 

The U.S. finished second in Group A, followed by the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Sweden, Finland, Russia and Switzerland were the top four finishers in Group B, all advancing to the quarter-finals.

 

Quarter-final schedule (Jan. 2)

United States vs. Russia                           6 a.m. ET/3 a.m. PT

Finland vs. Czech Republic                      8:30 a.m. ET/5:30 a.m. PT

Canada vs. Switzerland                           11 a.m. ET/8 a.m. PT

Sweden vs. Slovakia                               1:30 p.m. ET/10:30 a.m. PT

 

Semifinal match-ups will see the winner of Canada-Switzerland face the winner of Finland-Czech Republic, and the winner of United States-Russia meet the winner of Sweden-Slovakia.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2014 IIHF WORLD JUNIOR CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE

 

CLICK HERE FOR CANADA’S NATIONAL JUNIOR TEAM ROSTER

 

All of Canada’s games at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship are broadcast LIVE by TSN/RDS. Check your local listings, www.tsn.ca or www.rds.ca for details in your area.

 
Canada has medalled at 14 of the last 15 IIHF World Junior Championships, including gold medal performances in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009, silver medals in 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010 and 2011, and bronze medals in 2000, 2001 and 2012.

 

For more information on Canada’s National Junior Team and the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, please visit www.hockeycanada.ca, and follow along via social media at www.facebook.com/hockeycanada,www.twitter.com/hockeycanada and www.twitter.com/hc_men.


André Brin                                             Francis Dupont                                        Jason La Rose

Director, Communications                        Manager, Communications                        Coordinator, Content Services

Hockey Canada                                       

 

Keegan Goodrich                                     Kristen Lipscombe

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Ice make trade with Spokane

Cranbrook, BC -- Jeff Chynoweth, General Manager of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club today announced the Club has traded 16-year-old Forward Hudson Elynuik to the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for 18-year-old Defenseman Tyler King.

“Heading into the WHL Trade Deadline (January 10th) we were hoping to add a veteran defenseman and possibly an older forward. This transaction allows us to get a defenseman who regularly plays top four minutes in Spokane and has for the majority of the past two years. Unfortunately to get a player like Tyler we had to give up a young player in Hudson Elynuik who should have lots of potential moving forward in his WHL career. We wish Hudson all the best with the Chiefs,” added Chynoweth.

Tyler King is in his third season in the WHL and was the Chiefs first round selection (17th overall) in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft. He will be in the ICE line- up Thursday when Kootenay travels to Medicine Hat.

As a result of today’s transaction the ICE are now carrying 24 players, including two goaltenders, nine defenseman and 13 forwards.

Courtesy Ice PR 

Monday, December 30, 2013

Winterhawks Petan signs with Jets

Portland Winterhawks center Nic Petan has signed a three-year entry level contract with the Winnipeg Jets. Petan was selected in the second round, 43rd overall, by the Jets in the 2013 NHL Draft.

 

Petan leads the Winterhawks, and ranks second among all WHL players, with 66 points in 32 games this season. Last season Petan and teammate Brendan Leipsic were the top scorers across the Canadian Hockey League, each posting 120 points. He went on to add 28 points in 21 playoff games to help lead the Winterhawks to the WHL championship.

 

“Signing an entry level contract is an exciting time for any player, and we’re incredibly happy for Nic,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Mike Johnston. “He’s become an elite player in our league and I know the Jets have very high hopes for him.”

 

Petan is currently representing Canada at the World Junior Championship. In this morning’s game against Slovakia, he scored two goals, including the game-winner, to help lead Canada to a 5-3 win. Canada finishes round robin play tomorrow against the United States.

 

Premier membership season tickets and 20-game plans for the 2013-14 season are on sale now. They start at only $37 per month and include playoffs. Visit winterhawks.com or call 503-236-HAWK to reserve the best seat locations.


Courtesy Hawks PR

RAIDERS 4 PATS 0


The Regina Pats played host to the Prince Albert Raiders on Monday night looking for their first win of the season against their East Division rivals. The Raiders had won all 4 of the first meetings of the season with the Pats picking up just 1 point in those 4 games. The Pats were coming off an 8-4 win at home over the Brandon Wheat Kings while P.A. beat Saskatoon 4-2 in their last contest. The Raiders were without two key players on Monday as leading scorer Leon Draisiatl is at the World Juniors with Germany and Josh Morrissey with Team Canada. As well there were some new faces in the Raider lineup that were acquired via trade last week. Collin Valcourt was picked up from Saskatoon and Calder Brooks from the Calgary Hitmen. The Pats were 2 points up on the Raiders in the Eastern Conference coming in and were looking to hold off being leafrogged in the standings. Dawson MacAuley got the start in goal and the Pats scratches were Tye Hand, Marc McCoy, Morgan Klimchuk, Maximillian Kammerer, Patrick D'Amico, Austin Wagner and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Pats got off to a good start and came close to getting the games first goal as Chandler Stephenson had a glorious chance in front but could not convert. The Raiders managed just 2 shots in the opening frame and the Pats were very good defensively and had some good offensive zone time. However the Raiders did a good job blocking shots and keeping things to the outside. The Raiders got the games first powerplay with 1:22 left in the period but the Pats killed off the time on the clock and 38 seconds carried over into the second. The Pats outshot P.A. 6-2 in the frame.

In the second the Raiders got on the board on that powerplay that carried over. Dmitry Sinitsyn failed to clear a puck and then Collin Valcourt finished a rebound for his 15th from Reid Gardiner and Sawyer Lange at the 0:17 mark and it was 1-0 P.A. The Raiders kept it coming but MacAuley made some good saves. The Pats would then get two powerplays of their own and while they did hit one post on a shot from Chandler Stephenson, the Raiders penalty kill did a good job killing them off and the period ended with Prince Albert leading 1-0. The Pats outshot the Raiders 11-9 in the frame and led overall 17-11.

In the third the Pats went to their third powerplay in the opening minutes but on it Reid Gardiner stole a puck and skated away shorthanded. He unloaded a slap shot from the right corner and beat MacAuley top corner for his 17th unassisted at 5:11 and it was 2-0 Prince Albert. Then at the 16:07 mark P.A. made it 3-0 as Carson Perreaux put home his 10th on the backhand. The lone assist to Chance Braid. The Raiders would get a late powerplay and with 56 seconds left Reid Gardiner put home his second of the game and 18th of the season and it was 4-0 at the 19:04 mark. That was the final score as the Raiders tie the Pats with 42 points in the standings but hold the season series with a 5 and oh record against the Pats. The Raiders outshot the Pats 12-10 in the frame but trailed overall 27-23.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Braden Christoffer. The second star to the Raiders Reid Gardiner who had two goals and an assist n the win. Cole Cheveldave was named the games 1st star who made 27 saves for his 2nd shutout of the year.

The Pats are back in action on Wednesday at home to Lethbridge on New Years Day with a 2 o'clock puck drop from the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

NO SCORE

2nd Period

Raider PP Goal at 0:17. Collin Valcourt (15th) from Reid Gardiner and Sawyer Lange.

3rd Period

Raider SH Goal at 5:11. Reid Gardiner (17th) unassisted.

Raider Goal at 16:07. Carson Perreaux (10th) from Chance Braid.

Raider PP Goal at 19:04. Reid Gardiner (18th) from Mackenzie Johnston and Craig Leverton.

Pat Chat December 30th



Pats Enter the New Year

The Week That Was
The Pats returned from the Christmas break with a contest in Brandon they’d rather forget.  The Wheat Kings scored four times in the first period and three in the second en route to an 8-0 victory.  Jordan Papirny’s 30 save shutout was the first surrendered by the Blue and White this season.  The next night, the Pats earned a measure of revenge as they put eight on the board with Boston Leier notching a four point night in an 8-4 win over the Wheat Kings.  The win jumped the Pats back into 2nd in the Eastern Division.

The Week Ahead
Monday, December 30thPats vs. Prince Albert

It’s a rare Monday game tonight when the Pats face off with the Raiders in a key matchup.  The Blue and White sit just two points ahead of the Raiders in the Eastern Conference Standings.  The contest is also a chance for the Pats to win their 20th game of the season.

Wednesday, January 1stPats vs. Lethbridge
The Blue and White bring in the New Year with a 2:00 p.m. matinee game against the Hurricanes.  Lucky fans in attendance will receive a limited edition poster celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry.  Bring your skates as after the game, the Brandt Centre ice will be opened up for a public skate with the Pats.

Friday, January 3rdPats vs. Saskatoon
The Queen City Bunch bring their four game home stand to a close when they host the Saskatoon Blades on a Red Friday.  The Pats will be in their red third jerseys so be sure to wear your own red to the game.

Saturday, January 4th – Pats at Brandon
The Pats look to turn their fortunes in Brandon when they face the Wheat Kings for their fourth game of the week.  The Blue and White have lost in both visits to Westman Place this season.  Listen in on 620 CKRM starting at 7:05 p.m.

What’s New?
All the Best in the New Year
The Regina Pats Hockey Club wishes you and yours a safe and happy New Year.  2014 is shaping up to be a year of excitement for our team and we invite you to join the Pats in celebrating the new calendar at our game on January 1st against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  Puck drop is 2 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.

 

Pats Baby Race
There are still spots available for the January 1st Baby Race presented by Old Fashion Foods, Oxford Learning, OneStopKidShop.com and The Stripe Shop.  Call the Pats Office at 306-522-7287 or email dfink@reginapats.com for information on how you and your child can be a part of the third Baby Race of the season.

 

Sherwood Co-op Pats Hockey Cards
Stop by Sherwood Co-Op Gas Bars in Regina and get your Pats Hockey Cards!  Ever week a new player will be available for free at the checkout counter.

“Seats for Kids” Program
The Regina Pats Hockey Club and Access Communications announced today the inception of their new “Seats for Kids” program in support of the Big Brothers of Regina.  Through the “Seats for Kids” program, Regina Pats Season Ticket Holders are encouraged to donate tickets for upcoming games they won’t be able to attend to the Big Brothers of Regina.  Season Ticket Holders can begin donating their tickets immediately at drop-boxes located at the Access Communications Studios/Offices located at 2250 Park St. or in the Pats Office at the West End of the Brandt Centre.
 

Weekly Schedule

Monday, December 30thPats vs. Prince Albert – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*

Tuesday, December 31st – Practice TBD (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability TBD

Wednesday, January 1stPats vs. Lethbridge – 2:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*

Thursday, January 2nd – Practice TBD (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability TBD

Friday, January 3rdPats vs. Saskatoon – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*

Saturday, January 4th – Pats at Brandon – 7:30 p.m. (Westman Place)*
*Broadcast on CKRM

Important Dates
Wednesday, January 1st – Matinee and Post Game Skate vs. Lethbridge
Friday, January 10th – WHL Trade Deadline


Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview

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Game #39

Monday, December 30th

Puck Drop: 7:00 p.m. CST

Game Sponsor: Remax
Regina Pats (19-15-2-2)                                                          Prince Albert Raiders (19-16-2-0)


Head-to-Head

The Regina Pats (19-15-2-2) play the back half of their home and home against the Brandon Wheat Kings (19-16-2-0) tonight.  It’s the fifth meeting of the season between the divisional rivals.  The Pats have yet to pick up a win against the Raiders this season with a record of 0-3-1-0.  The last time the teams squared off, Prince Albert pulled out a miraculous comeback to win 7-6 in overtime at the Brandt Centre.  Boston Leier and Chandler Stephenson lead the Pats with four points each against Prince Albert.  Josh Morrissey leads the Raiders against Regina with ten points, but will not be in the lineup along with Leon Draisaitl due to the World Junior Championships.  Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats broke out of a four game slide with a win over Brandon Saturday while the Raiders picked up a pair of wins over Saskatoon on the weekend.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.

 

Lead Up: Pats Rebound Against Wheat Kings with 8-4 Win
Leading 1-0 after the first period, the Pats pumped five goals in during the second period en route to an 8-4 victory over Brandon.  Boston Leier registered a four point (1G, 3A) night and Chandler Stephenson scored twice to lead the charge for the Pats.  The win bounced the Pats back in front of the Wheat Kings to take over second place in the East Division.

 

Career Numbers
Chandler Stephenson put up a four point night Saturday against Brandon.  In the process, he surpassed the 150 point plateau for his WHL career.  He also reached a total of 45 points (15G, 30A) in 2013-14 which matches his previous career high of 45 points in 46 games last season.

 

Adding Depth
Forward Connor Gay continues to put forward impressive numbers this season as one of the Pats’ secondary scorers.  After tallying 12 points in November, Gay has 9 this month after last night’s three point night and second star selection.  The Saskatoon, SK product has six multi-point games this season, with three of those being three point nights.  Gay has six points (2G, 4A) in seven career games against Prince Albert.

 

Supporting Cast 
The Pats continue to gain contributions from their depth players.  In addition to Connor Gay’s three point night Saturday, the Blue and White got goals from Adam Brooks (4th), Carter Hansen (2nd) and Geordie Maguire (7th).  Two games ago in Calgary, it was a similar situation when the Pats got markers from Gay, Brooks and defenceman Colby Williams.

 

Who to Watch on Prince Albert
The Raiders opened the wheeling and dealing leading into the trade deadline when they acquired forwards Collin Valcourt (14G, 24A) from Saskatoon and Calder Brooks (8G, 18A) from Calgary.  Brooks had one assist in his Raiders debut.

 

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Lethbridge – Wednesday, January 1st, 2:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Saskatoon – Friday, January 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Brandon – Saturday, January 4th, 7:30 p.m. – Westman Place (CKRM)

 

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Pats Reagan and Team Pacific start U-17's with Loss



Regina Pat defenseman Brady Reagan and Team Pacific opened their World Under-17 Hockey Challenge tournament with a loss to Team Quebec 4-3. Here is the details from that game.

http://stats.hockeycanada.ca/game/show/6529665?subseason=140901&referrer=1049688&referrer=1049688

Pats assistant coach Josh Dixon will be behind the bench tomorrow with Team West when they take on Reagan and Team Pacific at 5 o'clock Regina time.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

PATS 8 WHEAT KINGS 4


The Regina Pats returned home Saturday for the back half of a home and home with the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Pats fell 8-0 the night before in Brandon and the Wheat Kings as a result leap frogged the Pats into 5th in the Eastern Conference. Wheat King leading scorer Jayce Hawryluk was not in the lineup on Saturday as he was suspended for his hit on Jesse Zgraggen the night before. The length of the suspension is to be determined. However Zgraggen did suit up for the Pats on Saturday in the rematch. Dawson MacAuley got the start in goal for the Pats who were looking to even the season series with Brandon at 2 games a piece and snap a 4 game losing streak. The Pats scratches on Saturday were Tye Hand, Marc McCoy, Morgan Klimchuk, Maximllian Kammerer, Austin Wagner and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Pats looked a much better team from the night before. The Wheat Kings did have some early pressure but Dawson MacAuley made some good saves to keep the game tied. The Pats would open the scoring at the 5:06 mark as Boston Leier forced a turnover and fed Connor Gay at the left circle and he made no mistake putting home his 8th of the season and it was 1-0 Regina. Brandon would get the games first powerplay but the Pats PK did a great job killing it off. Brandon would get another man advantage late in the frame but the Pats killed it off again and took the 1-0 lead to the intermission. Brandon led the shots on goal 13-11 in the opening frame.

In the second things exploded offensively. It started at the 3:38 mark as Brandon tied it at 1's as Tim McGauley put home his 9th of the year from Peter Quenneville. The Pate retook the lead at the 5:00 mark as Chandler Stephenson scored his 14th from Braden Christoffer and Connor Gay and it was 2-1. Brandon tied it again at 10:15 as McGauley put home his 2nd of the game and 10th of the season from Tyler Coulter and Peter Quenneville and it was 2-2. 31 seconds later the Pats took the lead again as Geordie Maguire put home a rebound for his 7th from Dyson Stevenson and Boston Leier at 10:46 and it was 3-2. The Pats continued to push and at 13:37 Adam Brooks finished off a beautiful passing play for his 4th from Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay and it was 4-2 Pats. Then at the 16:50 mark Carter Hansen made it 5-2 with his 2nd of the season on a rebound from Jesse Zgraggen and Patrick D'Amico. The Pats weren't done there as they made it 6-2 on the powerplay as Dmitry Sinitsyn fired from the right point and scored his 4th of the season from Chandler Stephenson and Dyson Stevenson. That's how the period would end with the Pats outhooting the Wheat Kings 25-6 in the frame and led overall 36-19.

In the third the Wheat Kings got within 3 with a powerplay goal at the 1:32 mark as John Quenneville put home his 16th from Richard Nejezchleb and Rihards Bukarts and it was 7-4. Then halfway through the period the Wheat Kings Richard Nejezchleb threw a high hit on Kyle Burroughs and was given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. On the powerplay the Pats made it 8-3 as Boston Leier scored a beautiful goal for his 25th of the season from goaltender Dawson MacAuley at 10:10. The Wheat Kings would get a shorthanded marker on the major as Ryley Lingren scored his 7th from Ryan Pulock at 12:04 and it was 7-4. The Pats got that goal back on that same powerplay as Chandler Stephenson scored his second of the game and 15th of the season from Geordie Maguire and Boston Leier at 12:34 and it was 8-4. That would be the final score with the Pats outshooting Brandon 15-7 in the third and 51-26 overall.

Boston Leier and Chandler Stephenson led the Pats with 4 point nights while Connor Gay added 3 points in the win.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Carter Hansen who had a goal in the game. The second star to Connor Gay and the first star to Boston Leier.

The Pats return to action on Monday night at home to the Prince Albert Raiders with a 7 o'clock puck drop on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats Goal at 5:06. Connor Gay (8th) from Boston Leier.

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 3:38. Tim McGauley (9th) from Peter Quenneville.

Pats Goal at 5:00. Chandler Stephenson (14th) from Braden Christoffer and Connor Gay.

Wheat Kings Goal at 10:15. Tim McGauley (10th) from Tyler Coulter and Peter Quenneville.

Pats Goal at 10:46. Geordie Maguire (7th) from Dyson Stevenson and Boston Leier.

Pats Goal at 13:37. Adam Brooks (4th) from Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay.

Pats Goal at 16:50. Carter Hansen (2nd) from Jesse Zgraggen and Patrick D'Amico.

Pats PP Goal at 18:27. Dmitry Sinitsyn (4th) from Chandler Stephenson and Dyson Stevenson.

3rd Period

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 1:32. John Quenneville (16th) from Richard Nejezchleb and Rihards Bukarts.

Pats PP Goal at 10:10. Boston Leier (25th) from Dawson MacAuley.

Wheat Kings SH Goal at 12:04. Ryley Lindgren (7th) from Ryan Pulock.

Pats PP Goal at 12:34. Chandler Stephenson (15th) from Geordie Maguire and Boston Leier.

World Under-17 Hockey Challenge Starts Sunday

SYDNEY, N.S. – The first puck is ready to drop at the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. All 10 teams take to the ice for pre-tournament action Saturday night before the tournament begins Sunday.

 

The 27-game tournament will be centred out of the Centre 200 in Sydney, N.S., and Emera Centre Northside in North Sydney, N.S., with the Civic Centre in Port Hawkesbury, N.S., hosting two preliminary round games and two placement games. Those three communities, along with Eskasoni, N.S., and Louisdale, N.S., will host pre-tournament games on Saturday.

 

The 10 teams are divided into two groups. Group A will feature the Czech Republic, Pacific (Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Yukon), Quebec, Sweden and West (Manitoba, Nunavut, Saskatchewan), while Atlantic (New Brunswick, Newfoundland & Labrador, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island), Germany, Ontario, Russia and the United States will comprise Group B.

 

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2014 WORLD UNDER-17 HOCKEY CHALLENGE SCHEDULE

 

The gold medal game will be held Jan. 4 at 5 p.m. AT/1 p.m. PT and will be shown on TSN/RDS, Hockey Canada’s official broadcasters. All other games at the tournament, including 20 preliminary round games, three placement games, both semifinals and the bronze medal game, will be available live through FASTHockey webcasts at www.hockeycanada.ca/wu17.  

 

Ticket packages are now available in all three host communities – Sydney (12 games, $99), North Sydney (15 games, $99) and Port Hawkesbury (five games, $50). For more information on tickets, including how to purchase, CLICK HERE.

 

The event brings together the top players in the world born in 1997 or later. The under-17 program is the first step in Hockey Canada’s Program of Excellence. Many players who compete at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge go on to represent Canada with the National Men’s Under-18 Team, National Junior Team and National Men’s Team.

 

Nineteen of the 21 players who were selected for Canada’s National Junior Team and are currently playing in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmö, Sweden, played at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge. Since the first under-17 tournament (then known as the Quebec Esso Cup) in 1986, more than 1,200 NHL draft picks have played in the tournament, including 10 of the last 13 first-overall selections (Ilya Kovalchuk, 2001; Rick Nash, 2002; Marc-André Fleury, 2003; Alexander Ovechkin, 2004; Erik Johnson, 2006; Patrick Kane, 2007; John Tavares, 2009; Taylor Hall, 2010; Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, 2011; Nathan MacKinnon, 2013).

 

For more information on the 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, please visitwww.hockeycanada.ca/wu17, or follow along via social media atwww.facebook.com/worldu17 orwww.twitter.com/hc_wu17.


André Brin                                             Francis Dupont                                        Jason La Rose

Director, Communications                        Manager, Communications                        Coordinator, Content Services

Hockey Canada

 

Keegan Goodrich                                     Kristen Lipscombe

Coordinator, Media Relations                     Coordinator, Communications

Hockey Canada                                       

Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview

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Game #38

Saturday, December 28th

Puck Drop:7:00 p.m. CST

Game Sponsor: SaskMilk
Regina Pats (18-15-2-2)                                                           Brandon Wheat Kings (19-14-3-0)

 

Head-to-Head
The Regina Pats (18-15-2-2) play the back half of their home and home against the Brandon Wheat Kings (19-14-3-0) tonight.  It’s the teams’ fourth meeting of the season with the Pats holding a 1-2-0-0 record against the Wheat Kings after an 8-0 loss Brandon last night.  Chandler Stephenson leads the Pats with five points (2G, 3A) in three games against Brandon.  On the other side, import forward Richard Nejezchleb is the top Wheat King with five points (2G, 3A)  in the season series.  Coming into tonight’s contest, the Pats have dropped four straight games while the Wheat Kings have points in five straight.  The two squads are battling for control of second in the division with a win in regulation giving either team the outright lead.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m.

 

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SaskMilk Chandler Stephenson Collector Cup Giveaway
The first 2,500 fans through the doors at the Brandt Centre will receive a Chandler Stephenson Collector Cup courtesy of SaskMilk.  The cup is the second in a series of four that will be given away at Pats games this season.

 

Lead Up: Wheat Kings Shred Pats 8-0
The Pats quickly found themselves on the wrong side of a 4-0 score in the first period of last night’s contest.  Rihards Bukarts scored on two breakaway chances to book-end goals from Peter Quenneville and Richard Nejezchleb.  The Blue and White held the Kings to one (Lindgren) in the second..  In the third period, the attack resumed as Brandon added three more goals (Pulock, J. Quenneville, McGauley).  Wheat Kings goaltender Jordan Papirny made 30 saves for the shutout.

 

Back in Action
Multiple Pats returned to the lineup last night in Brandon.  Captain Kyle Burroughs returned to the blue-line after missing seven games.  Dyson Stevenson got back in after missing a pair of games and Geordie Maguire was back on the ice after five games out of the lineup.  Patrick D’Amico also played his first game since Nov. 3rd after being recalled by the Pats.

 

Molson Cup Standings
The final numbers are in for the first half of the Molson Cup race.  The second quarter was split between Chandler Stephenson and Boston Leier who both earned ten standings points in the quarter.  It’s the second straight quarter Boston Leier has owned/shared the top spot and he leads the overall standings with 23 points through the first half.  Chandler Stephenson follows with 17 points while Dawson MacAuley sits third with 13 on the year.

 

Prospects Participating in Midget Tournaments
The Pats have six prospects competing at the Mac’s Midget AAA Tournament in Calgary.  Sam Steel, Jared Freadrich, James Hilsendager, Rykr Cole, Adam Berg and Liam Finlay are all in action this weekend.  The Blue and White also have three prospects suiting up for teams at the World Sport School Challenge with Colton Kroeker competing in the Prep division while Liam Schioler and Jake Elmer take part in the Elite 15s division.

 

Who to Watch on Brandon
Rihards Bukarts put on a show in the first period of last night’s game with two highlight reel goals.  The Latvian rookie has 27 points (13G, 14A) in 36 games this season.

 

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Prince Albert – Monday, December 30th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Lethbridge – Wednesday, January 1st, 2:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Saskatoon – Friday, January 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

 

 

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Hitmen Acquire Winther from Raiders

Calgary, AB - Upon the conclusion of the WHL trade moratorium, the Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club announced that they have acquired 19-year-old forward Mike Winther from the Prince Albert Raiders in exchange for 19-year-old forward Calder Brooks and a second round pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

Winther, a native of Trochu, Alberta, was drafted by Prince Albert in the first round, sixth overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft.  Over four seasons (2010-13) with the Raiders, he has recorded 66 goals and 64 assists for 130 points over 218 career games played.  In 2012, the Dallas Stars selected the 6-0, 191-pound forward in second round, 54th overall, in the NHL Entry Draft.

"As difficult as it is to move a character player like Calder, we are very excited to acquire the goal-scoring and offensive attributes Mike (Winther) will bring to our lineup," said Hitmen General Manager and Vice President, Business Operations Mike Moore.  "Mike possesses terrific speed and will be a nice addition to our team."

Winther is expected to play in early January following his recovery from an upper body injury.

For information contact:
Joanna French
Assistant Manager, Communications

Raiders and Blades Swing Trade

SASKATOON, SK - The Saskatoon Blades and General Manager Lorne Molleken are pleased to announce that they have acquired 1993-born defenceman Dylan Busenius and a pair of draft picks from the Prince Albert Raiders.

In exchange for Busenius and the draft picks, the Blades have traded 1993-born left-winger Collin Valcourt and 1995-born defenceman Ryan Coghlan to the Raiders. The picks incoming to Saskatoon are 2nd and 5th round selections, both in the upcoming 2014 WHL Bantam Draft.

"Dylan is a veteran in this league and someone that we've seen grow and mature as a player over the last number of years," said Blades general manager Lorne Molleken. "We feel that his experience and leadership abilities will be a great fit for our young hockey club and we look forward to having him join us in Saskatoon."

Busenius is currently in his 5th WHL season after being the 16th overall selection in the 2008 WHL Bantam Draft by the Medicine Hat Tigers.

The Sherwood Park, Alberta product currently has 6 goals and 13 points to go along with 34 PIMs in 35 games. The 6'0, 204 pound left-hand shot is coming off a career-year in the WHL after he put up 8 goals and 42 points in 71 games between the Raiders and Tigers in 2012-13.

"Collin Valcourt is a player that we brought in to be a leader both on and off the ice for our hockey club and that's exactly what he did with us," said Molleken. "He's been nothing but a class act and we know he'll do good things in Prince Albert."

"We also have to recognize the work of Ryan Coghlan," added Molleken. "He worked his way onto our list last year and eventually cracked our roster after a good training camp this season. He's a hard worker and we wish him the best."

Dylan Busenius is expected to be in the lineup on Saturday night, wearing number 23, as the Blades finish off their home and home with the Raiders.

Courtesy Blades PR 

Friday, December 27, 2013

WHEAT KINGS 8 PATS 0


The Regina Pats (18-14-2-2) kicked off their second half of the season on Friday night in Brandon against the Wheat Kings (18-14-3-0). The Pats had been off since December 17th when they lost 6-3 in Calgary to the Hitmen. The Pats did however get healthier over the break as Kyle Burroughs, Dyson Stevenson and Geordie Maguire all returned to the lineup. However Morgan Klimchuk was still sidelined with his hip flexor injury. Patrick D'Amico was recalled by the Pats for Fridays game as Max Kammerer is away at World Juniors with Germany and Brady Reagan is playing with Team Pacific at the World U17's. The Wheat Kings had been off since December 14th when they beat the Moose Jaw Warriors 4-1 and were just a point back of the Pats in the standings coming into the contest. The Pats were 1 and 1 coming in against Brandon with both teams winning at home. Regina's scratches on Friday were Tye Hand, Marc McCoy, Morgan Klimchuk, Maximillian Kammerer and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Pats looked good early and got the games first powerplay just 36 seconds in but did not find the back of the goal. The Pats continued to press but Brandon started to turn the momentum. The Wheat Kings would open the scoring as Jesse Zgraggen blew a tire in his own zone and Rihards Bukarts skated in all alone and scored his 12th of the season unassisted at the 9:53 mark. Then the Wheat Kings got their first powerplay of the game and on it Peter Quenneville slapped home his 9th at the 12:54 mark from Eric Roy and Rene Hunter and it was 2-0. Then at the 14:31 mark Brandon went up 3-0 on a beautiful pass in front from Jayce Hawryluk and it was tipped home by Richard Nejezchleb who picked up his 20th of the season. Brandon wasn't done there as Rihards Bukarts got his second of the game on a beautiful stretch pass from Eric Roy and he scored on another breakaway for his 13th at 15:54. That was it for Dawson MacAuleys night who let in 4 goals on 15 shots and he was replaced by Nick Schneider. 4-0 Brandon led after the first period and led shots on goal 15-8.

In the second frame the Wheat Kings kept coming offensively and made it 5-0 at the 4:13 mark as Ryley Lindgren scored his 6th of the season from Taylor Green and Quinton Lisoway. The Pats would get a powerplay in the frame and came close but could not bet Joran Papirny in the Wheat King goal. The Pats switched goaltenders again in the period, Dawson MacAuley returned to the net after Schneider made 4 saves on 5 shots. MacAuley stopped all 7 shots he faced after that and the Pats trailed 5-0 headed to the third. Regina outshot the Wheat Kings 13-12 in the period but trailed overall 27-21.

In the third the Wheat Kings Jayce Hawryluk threw a dirty hit on Jesse Zgraggen who went face first into the boards. He was given a 5 minute major and a game misconduct. However they were already on the powerplay and he Pats took an extra roughing minor in the scrum that ensued and on the man advantage the Wheat Kinsg made it 6-0. John Quenneville put home his 15th from Rihard Bukarts and Richard Nejezchleb. The Wheat Kings would kill off the 5 minute major and then make it 7-0 as John Quenneville put home his 15th from Rihards Bukarts and Richard Nejezchleb. Then at 17:15 they made it 8-0 as Tim McGauley got his 8th from Tyler Coulter and Peter Quenneville. That would be the final score with the Wheat Kings outshooting the Pats 12-9 in the 3rd and 39-30 overall. It was the first time the Pats had been shutout this season.

The third star of the game went to the Wheat Kings goaltender Jordan Papirny who made 30 saves for the shutout. The second star to Brandons Richard Nejezchleb who had a goal and 2 assists in the win and the first star to Rihards Bukarts who had 2 goals and an assist.

The Pats are back in action Saturday at home to the Wheat Kings at 7 o'clock.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Wheat King Goal at 9:53. Rihards Bukarts (12th) unassisted.

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 12:54. Peter Quenneville (9th) from Eric Roy and Rene Hunter.

Wheat Kings Goal at 14:31. Richard Nejezchleb (20th) from Jayce Hawryluk.

Wheat Kings Goal at 15:54. Rihards Bukarts (13th) from Eric Roy.

2nd Period

Wheat Kings Goal at 4:13. Ryley Lindgren (6th) from Taylor Green and Quinton Lisoway.

3rd Period

Wheat Kings PP Goal at 3:51. Ryan Pulock (11th) from Richard Nejezchleb and Eric Roy.

Wheat Kings Goal at 9:04. John Quenneville (15th) from Rihards Bukarts and Richard Nejezchleb.

Wheat Kings Goal at 17:15. Tim McGauley (8th) from Tyler Coulter and Peter Quenneville.


Pats - Wheat Kings Game Day Preview



Game #37
Friday, December 27th
Puck Drop: 7:30 p.m. CST

Regina Pats (18-14-2-2)        Brandon Wheat Kings (18-14-3-0)

Head-to-Head

The Regina Pats (18-14-2-2) start the second half of their season against the Brandon Wheat Kings (18-14-3-0).  This is the third meeting of the season between the two teams and second in Brandon.  So far, the Pats and Wheat Kings each own a win on home ice to split the season series to this point.  Chandler Stephenson leads the Pats with five points (2G, 3A) in two games against Brandon.  John Quenneville is the top Wheat King with three points, all assists, against Regina in 2012-13.  Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats find themselves on a three game losing streak after battling through multiple key injuries to get to the break.  Meanwhile, the Wheat Kings have points in four straight games with three wins over that stretch.  This evening’s game can be heard on 620 CKRM starting at 7:05 p.m.

Lead Up: Hitmen Roll by Pats in 6-3 Regina Loss
The Hitmen jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first period and added three more to their total by the early stages of the third period.  The Pats got goals from Connor Gay, Colby Williams and Adam Brooks to make the score more respectable in the final frame, but couldn’t keep the comeback going.  Dawson MacAuley and Nick Schneider split duties in the contest.

Halfway Recap
With their loss in Calgary, the Pats reached the halfway point of the 2013-14 WHL season.  The team has improved on last season’s road totals, already winning 11 games away from Regina, eclipsing last year’s mark of 10 wins.  Chandler Stephenson and Boston Leier both lead the Pats with 42 points each on the season.  The Blue and White’s record of 18-14-2-2 has them 12 points ahead of last year’s pace and second in the Eastern Division, just five points back of the Swift Current Broncos with two games in hand.

Kammerer to World Juniors
Forward Maximilian Kammerer is a member of Team Germany at the World Junior Championships in Malmo, Sweden.  The Dusseldorf product has one goal and two assists so far in his rookie WHL season.  Germany opened the tournament Boxing Day with a 7-2 loss to Team Canada.  Kammerer had one shot on goal in the contest.

World U-17 Hockey Challenge
The Pats will be represented at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Cape Breton by a player and a coach.  Rookie defenceman Brady Reagan suits up for Team Pacific while Assistant Coach Josh Dixon will be behind the bench for Team West.  The tournament runs from December 28th – January 4th.

Who to Watch on Brandon
Forward John Quenneville had an explosive start to his second WHL season.  The 17-year old Edmonton native has as many assists as he totaled points last year (19) and features 14 goals through 35 games.

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Brandon – Saturday, December 28th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Prince Albert – Monday, December 30th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Lethbridge – Wednesday, January 1st, 2:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club