Friday, January 31, 2014


The Regina Pats continued their 7 game home stand on Friday night with the Saskatoon Blades visiting the Brandt Centre. The Pats held a 5-0-0-0 record over Saskatoon through the first 5 meetings but were coming off a tough 4-0 loss to Red Deer on Saturday. The Blades lost in their last context 10-6 on Wednesday to the Prince George Cougars and were 3 and 7 in their last 10 coming in. The Pats saw the return of Captain Kyle Burroughs on Friday after missing two games with a hand injury while the Blades were without top scorer Nikita Scherbak who was injured in that game against Prince George. Daniel Wapple made the start for the Pats in goal while Troy Trembley got the call for Saskatoon. Regina entered Friday 3 points back of the Brandon Wheat Kings for 1st in the East Division and were in desperate need of a win on home ice in this one. The scratches on Friday for the Pats were Tye Hand, Maximillian Kammerer, Rylee Zimmer, Austin Wagner and Chase Harrison.

In the first period the Pats got off to a good start and had the early momentum but were unable to beat Troy Trembley who was on his game for Saskatoon. The Blades would push back and get some chances of their own but Daniel Wapple was there for the Pats as well. The Blue and White would get the games first powerplay but were unable to score. The Blades would get a man advantage of their own with 1:14 left in the period. The best chance on it came shorthanded for the Pats as Chandler Stephenson went in on a breakaway, he had Trembley beat but slid the puck wide and the game remained tied at 0's after the 1st. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 15-7 in the period and the Blades would have 46 seconds of powerplay time to start the 2nd.

In the middle frame the Pats would kill the remaining 46 seconds of the powerplay and went right back to the offensive. A big fight seemed to spark the Pats just before the halfway mark of the period as Dyson Stevenson dropped the gloves with Ayrton Nikkel of the Blades and they went toe to toe, landing some big punches both ways. Troy Trembley looked unbeatable until finally the Pats solved him at the 9:11 mark as Chandler Stephenson potted his own rebound for his 22nd of the year from Dryden Hunt and Jesse Zgraggen and it was 1-0 Regina. Then 52 seconds later Kyle Burroughs scored his 4th on a great snap shot from the right circle to make it 2-0. Morgan Klimchuk and Dryden Hunt the assists at 10:03. Ten Pats kept it coming and at the 13:00 mark Dryden Hunt made it 3-0 with his 15th of the year and 6th against the Blades. Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs the assists. The Pats would make it 4-0 1:03 later as Logan McVeigh put home a rebound for his 9th of the year from Adam Brooks and Jesse Zgraggen at 14:03. The Blades would get a powerplay in the later stages of the frame but the Pats would kill it off and take the 4-0 lead into the 3rd. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 21-5 in the 2nd and led overall 36-12.

In the third the Pats would continue to press but didn't find the back of the net in the early goings. Then on a rush up the ice Logan Harland got in behind coverage and went in on a breakaway. He was hooked and awarded a penalty shot. However he didn't get a shot away as he mishandled the puck skating in and Daniel Wapplwe played it away easily and the game was still 4-0. The Pats would make it 5-0 at the 8:23 mark as Patrick D'Amico made a great feed cross crease to Connor Gay who put home his 11th of the season. Then at the 16:26 mark the Pats would go up 6-0 as Chandler Stephenson showed off his speed outside and slid home his second of the game and 23rd of the year from Dmitry Sinitsyn. 6-0 was the final as Daniel Wapple stopped 16 pucks for his first shutout as a Pat and second of the season. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 11-4 in the third and 47-16 overall. The Pats improved to 6 and oh against the Blades so far this season with two games left to play.

Dryden Hunt with a goal and 2 assists int he game now has 6 goals and 4 assists against the Blades in 6 games this year. Chandler Stephenson is up to 4 goals and 7 assists for 11 points in the games against Saskatoon to leads the Pats.

Morgan Klimchuk was named the games third star with a 2 assist performance. The second star to Chandler Stephenson and the first to Dryden Hunt.

The Pats powerplay was oh for 4 while the penalty kill was a perfect 5 for 5.

The Blue and White are right back at it Saturday night at home to the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7 o'clock at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary

1st Period


2nd Period

Pats Goal at 9:11. Chandler Stephenson (22nd) from Dryden Hunt and Jesse Zgraggen.

Pats Goal at 10:03. Kyle Burroughs (4th) from Morgan Klimchuk and Dryden Hunt.

Pats Goal at 13:00. Dryden Hunt (15th) from Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs.

Pats Goal at 14:03. Logan McVeigh (9th) from Adam Brooks and Jesse Zgraggen.

3rd Period

Pats 4v4 Goal at 8:23. Connor Gay (11th) from Patrick D'Amico.

Pats DP Goal at 16:26. Chandler Stephenson (23rd) from Dmitry Sinitsyn.

WHL This Week

Calgary, AB – Calgary, AB – The 2013-14 WHL regular season closes out January and welcomes February with 21 games on the schedule for Friday and Saturday.  No WHL games are scheduled for Super Bowl Sunday. 


In Everett, WA, the Silvertips will honor theirLocal Heroes on Friday night when the Seattle Thunderbirds come to town.  The spotlight will be on first responders and the men & women of local police and fire departments across Snohomish County.

In Moose Jaw, SK, the Warriors welcome members of the Grey Cup Champion Saskatchewan Roughriders to Friday’s meeting with the Prince George Cougars.

In Red Deer, AB, fans taking in Friday’s meeting with the visiting Lethbridge Hurricanes will be treated to a Post-Game Fireworks Show.

In Victoria, B.C., Saturday night is Pink In The Rink night when the Royals host the second of back-to-back meetings versus the Vancouver Giants.  Funds raised at the event will benefit the BC Cancer Foundation.


Calgary, AB -- The Western Hockey League is proud to announce that WHL Member Clubs have collected over 94,000 teddy bears and winter wear items through December and January.  

Each season, WHL Clubs host Teddy Bear or Toque and Mitten Toss Nights where fans are encouraged to bring a new plush toy or winter wear to toss on the ice when the home team scores their first goal of the game.  WHL Players, Club staff and countless volunteers then collect all the teddy bears and winter wear from the ice surface during this League-wide promotion.

For more, CLICK HERE


Calgary, AB - Ron Robison Commissioner of the Western Hockey League announced today that the recipient of the 2013-14 WHL Governors Award is former co-owner and Governor of the Saskatoon Blades Jack Brodsky as this year’s recipient. 

The award was presented to Mr. Brodsky on Saturday, January 25th at the Credit Union Centre in Saskatoon prior to the Blades contest with the Swift Current Broncos.

For more, CLICK HERE


Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League will be hosting the ninth annual WHL U.S. Prospects Camp in Anaheim, California at the Anaheim Ice facility from April 11-13, 2014.

The WHL U.S. Prospects Camp provides a unique opportunity for U.S. born hockey players to participate with other top ranked 1999 born players in the only evaluation camp conducted by the Western Hockey League in the U.S. this season. The WHL is the largest Major Junior Hockey League in North America and is a leading supplier of player talent to the National Hockey League. Virtually all of the WHL’s 22 Member Clubs will have their General Manager or Head Scout in attendance to evaluate player’s ability to play in one of the world’s finest development League for junior aged players.

For more, CLICK HERE


The Kelowna Rockets are the No. 1-ranked team in the Canadian Hockey League for a fifth week in a row in the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings.  The Edmonton Oil Kings and Portland Winterhawks are also among the Top 10, while the Calgary Hitmen and Victoria Royals earn honorable mention.

For more, CLICK HERE


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak of the Red Deer Rebels is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 26 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with two shutout victories along with a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .984.

For more, CLICK HERE

Spokane Chiefs @ Portland Winterhawks
Friday, January 31st  

Mitch Holmberg and the Spokane Chiefs visit Brendan Leipsic and the Portland Winterhawks for a meeting between two red-hot U.S. Division Clubs on Friday night.

The Winterhawks stretched their winning streak to eight games with an 8-1 thrashing of the visiting Everett Silvertips on Wednesday night, and remain in first place in the U.S. Division standings.  The Hawks have outscored their opposition 42-13 over their last eight games.  Leipsic has scored 10 goals and 22 points over his last 10 games.

The Chiefs carry a four-game win streak into Friday’s meeting with the Winterhawks, including a 6-5 shootout win in Kelowna over the League-leading Rockets on Wednesday, and currently sit seven points back of Portland.  The Chiefs are 15-8-1-1 on the road this season.  Holmberg leads the WHL scoring race with 46 goals and 90 points in just 50 games.

It’s the seventh meeting of the season between the Winterhawks and Chiefs.  Portland won all six previous meetings versus Spokane this season.


Tristan Jarry and the Edmonton Oil Kings take on Eric Comrie and the Tri-City Americans for a match-up featuring two of the WHL topnetminders on Friday night, live on SHAW(7:00pm MST) and ROOT SPORTS in the Pacific Northwest (6:00pm PST).

The Oil Kings doubled up the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings 4-2 on Tuesday afternoon, pushing their win streak to six games, and currently occupy first place in the Eastern Conference.  The Oil Kings have won their last seven games at home.  Jarry, a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect, owns a 2.35 goals-against average this season. 

The Americans are coming off a 4-1 win in Calgary on Wednesday night for their fifth victory over their last six games, and currently hold down eighth place in the Western Conference.  Comrie, a Winnipeg Jets prospect, made 39 saves in Wednesday’s win in Calgary, and currently owns a stellar .932 save percentage.

It’s the only meeting of the season between the Americans and Oil Kings.  The Americans have won five of six all-time meetings versus the Oil Kings, including the last four.

SHAW will broadcast 32 WHL games during the 2013-14 WHL regular season, while ROOTwill broadcast eight WHL contests through the end of March.  For the entire WHL on SHAWand ROOT SPORTS broadcast schedule, clickHERE

WEEKEND SCHEDULE – Jan. 31 – Feb. 1
All times local 

Friday, Jan. 31
Brandon @ Calgary; 7:00
Tri-City @ Edmonton; 7:00 **Live on SHAW & ROOT**
Seattle @ Everett; 7:35
Kelowna @ Kamloops; 7:00
Prince Albert @ Kootenay; 7:00
Prince George @ Moose Jaw; 7:00
Spokane @ Portland; 7:00
Lethbridge @ Red Deer; 7:00
Saskatoon @ Regina; 7:00
Medicine Hat @ Swift Current; 7:00
Vancouver @ Victoria; 7:05

Saturday, Feb. 1
Spokane @ Everett; 7:05
Kamloops @ Kelowna; 7:05
Calgary @ Kootenay; 7:00
Edmonton @ Medicine Hat: 7:30
Seattle @ Portland; 7:00
Tri-City @ Red Deer; 7:00
Moose Jaw @ Regina; 7:00
Brandon @ Saskatoon; 7:05
Prince George @ Swift Current; 7:00
Vancouver @ Victoria; 7:05

Jeff Hubert

Director, Communications

Western Hockey League

Father David Bauer Arena

Pats - Blades Game Day Preview

Game #52

Friday, January 31st

Puck Drop:7:00 p.m. CST

Game Sponsor: SaskTel

Regina Pats (25-21-3-2)                                                                 Saskatoon Blades (14-34-1-3)


The Regina Pats (25-21-3-2) take on the Saskatoon Blades (14-34-1-3) in their sixth meeting of the season.  The Pats hold a perfect 5-0-0-0 record against the Blades though both Pat wins in Regina have come in the shootout.  Chandler Stephenson leads the Pats against his hometown team with nine points (2G, 7A) in five games versus Saskatoon.  Dryden Hunt is Regina’s leading goal-getter with five against the Blades.  Nikita Scherbak continues to set the pace for the Blades in their matchups against the Pats eight points (2G, 6A) in five games.  Coming into tonight’s contest, the Pats find themselves alternating wins and losses after last weekend saw the Blue and White dominate Prince George 8-0 and fall to Red Deer 4-0.  The Blades come in 3-7-0-0 in their last ten games including a high-scoring 10-6 loss to the Cougars on Wednesday.  This evening’s game is broadcast on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 p.m. CST and Access7 startingat 7:00 p.m.


SaskTel Blanket Night
With a minimum donation of five dollars toward SaskTel's TelCare employee fund, fans in attendance will receive a Little Red Blanket courtesy of game sponsor SaskTel.  Limited quantities while supplies last.


Lead Up: Bartosak Closes Door in 4-0 Loss to Rebels
The Pats sent 41 shots at Rebels goaltender Patrik Bartosak, but the reigning CHL Goalie of the Year turned them all away to set his team up for the win.  Scott Feser scored the only goal Bartosak needed on a misplay in front of the Pats net in the First Period.  The insurance came in a brief span late in the second period when the Pats lost control of the game and allowed three quick goals (Feser, Aspen Sterzer and Presten Kopeck) to cut down any comeback hopes.


Getting Some Time at Home
The Pats have played less home games (and by association more road games) than any team in the WHL.  With 22 games played at home and29 on the road, the gap is closing after playing 23 of 36 on the road in the first half.  Two games into their seven game home-stand which will see the Pats nearly balance out, the Blue and White are 1-1-0-0.


Keep it Close
The Pats have excelled this season in tight games.  When the score has remained within one goal, the Pats are an impressive 11-2-3-2.  Much of that stems from their 9-3-2 record when games go past regulation.  When the score pushes to a two goal difference, the Pats are 5-4-0-0.  Once it moves to three, 2-5-0-0 and four goals or more, 9-15-0-0.


Checking the Leaderboard 
Chandler Stephenson continues to hold sway over the Pats’ scoring race.  The Saskatoon native has 60 points (21G, 39A) on the season and sits tied for 12th in league scoring.  Boston Leier is right on his heels with 59 points (29G, 30A).  Leier’s 29 goals has him tied for 11th in the WHL.


Who to Watch on Saskatoon
Nikita Scherbak is the gear that turns the Blades’ offence.  The skilled Russian forward is on a five game point streak to bring his total to an extremely impressive 64 points (25G, 39A).  Those numbers have Scherbak up to 21stOverall on TSN’s 2014 Draft Rankings and 24th among North American skaters in the CSS rankings.


Upcoming Schedule
vs. Moose Jaw – Saturday, February 1st, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Medicine Hat – Tuesday, February 4th, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
vs. Saskatoon – Saturday, February 8th, 7:00 p.m. – PPCLI 100th Anniversary Celebration – Brandt Centre (CKRM)


Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Anthony Calvillo Special Guest at Regina Thunder Sportsman Dinner

The Regina Thunder announced on Wednesday on 620 CKRM's Sportscage that Former Montreal Allouette Quarterback Anthony Calvillo will be their guest speaker at their Annual Sportsman Dinner on March 22nd at the Turvey Centre.

Tickets are available here at

Should be a great night as the team will be getting their championship rings.

The Thunder were named the Saskatchewan Sports Team of the year for 2013 earlier this week.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Pat Canadians 1 Harvest 0 OT

The Regina Pat Canadians travelled to Yorkton to play the Yorkton Harvest on Wednesday, January   29th and came away victorious with a 1 – 0 victory in overtime.      

Jayden Halbgewachs scored the overtime game winner with assists going to Tyler Adams and Josh Rieger.


Logan Flodell made 21 saves to earn the shut out victory.


Carson Bogdan made 31 of 32 saves for Yorkton.  


The next  home game for the Pat Canadians is at the Co-operators Center Sunday, February 2, 2014 vs the Beardy’s Blackhawks with puck drop at 4:00 PM.    


Courtesy Pat C's PR

Kelowna Rockets #1 in CHL Rankings

Three WHL Clubs In Top 10: Kelowna Rockets, Portland Winterhawks, Edmonton Oil Kings. 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the nineteenth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2013-14 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.


BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 19




Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Kelowna Rockets (40-7-0-2)




Guelph Storm (37-8-2-1)




Erie Otters (37-9-2-0)




Baie-Comeau Drakkar (33-12-1-3)




Portland Winterhawks (33-12-2-3)




Edmonton Oil Kings (35-13-0-1)




Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (29-10-4-5)




Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (33-11-1-4)




Halifax Mooseheads (33-16-0-1)




London Knights (31-11-1-4)



Honourable Mention:

Calgary Hitmen (31-12-3-3)



Quebec Remparts (29-12-3-5)



Victoria Royals (33-16-0-2)




Jeff Hubert, Director, Communications                           
Western Hockey League                                               


Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

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The Pats hosted Ed Staniowski for the annual Night Archer Insurance Bobblehead night on Friday at the Brandt Centre. The Pats won 8-0 in the game over the Prince George Cougars. Steady Eddie was nice enough to join me in the broadcast booth during the second intermission and reminisced about his Memorial Cup Victory 40 years earlier with the Pats.
"We had a pretty mature team of course, the nucleus of it had been together for the better part of three years. And we had some great talent, Clark Gillies went on to win four Stanley Cups in the NHL, the Burdon brothers, Dennis Sobchuk of course had a good career, Greg Joly number one pick overall the defenseman, so a lot of talent on that team. I was fortunate enough to be the starting goalie in 74 and ride that waive. The great thing about playing goal behind a team that was that good was, if you let in a bad goal they would go get it back for you. If you were struggling they were there for you and the defenseman could move the puck out... From Christmas on Del Wilson and Bob turner took us over to Sweden for the Hearn Cup Tournament and we didn't win many hockey games over there. We got our eyes opened to that big ice surface and the waive of European players that were coming, we saw it right there in '74. We came together as a team and when we came back in January, from January through to May when we won the Memorial Cup we were a steam roller. A lot of teams took us for granted. The Calgary Centenials who had a great hockey club and everyone thought they would win it all in the west, we were able to take them in four straight. That was after taking out Swift Current and Saskatoon so it was a tough year. And then of course the Ramparts in the Memorial Cup and Saint Catherines."
That in a snap shot the last time the Pats were Memorial Cup Champions. What a great guy Ed Staniowski is and I look forward to seeing him again.
Here is the sharp looking bobblehead courtesy
A big weekend coming up for the Pats with home games against the Saskatoon Blades Friday and the Moose Jaw Warriors on Saturday. The Pats are a combined 11 and oh against the clubs so far this year.
Talking with assistant coach Bill McGuigan this wee he said anythings short of four points this weekend is unacceptable. Though he recognizes the Warriors and Blades are still good teams and can beat anybody on any night. That's the beautiful thing about hockey, you never know... The Pats will have to be at their best and find some more consistency in their game to come away with two victory's.
The Match ups:
Vs Saskatoon the Pats are 5-0-0-0, though two of those games have gone to a shootout and another was just a one goal game. The Pats have scored 21 goals in the 5 games so far while the Blades have scored 14. Daniel Wapple and Dawson MacAuley are 4 and oh against the Blades. Chandler Stephenson leads the Pats with 2 goals and 7 assists against Saskatoon, Dyson Stevenson and Boston Leier have 8 points. Nikita Scherbak leads all Blades with 2 goals and 6 assists against Regina. Troy Trembley has a .916 save percentage against the Pats.
Vs Moose Jaw the Pats are 6-0-0-0, again two of those games went to a shootout. The Pats have outscored the Warriors 22-10 in the 6 games so far. Boston Leier has 7 goals and 7 assists against Moose Jaw, Chandler Stephenson has 9 points while Kyle Burroughs has 6. Brayden Point has scored 3 times against Regina and has an assist as well to lead the Warriors. Dawson MacAuley has a 1.22 GAA against Moose Jaw and a .962 save percentage. Justin Paulic has been good for the Warriors though having lost 5 times, he has a 2.48 GAA and a .925 save percentage.
The fact that these are two rivalry games means the outcomes are far from certain. Should be a good weekend of hockey at the Brandt Centre.
Be sure to tune into Access 7 at 7PM on Thursday for pats TV. This weeks guests are Bill McGuigan, Chandler Stephenson and Patrick D'Amico.
That's it for today, talk to you from the rink Friday.

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Rebels Bartosak CHL Goalie of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Los Angeles Kings prospect Patrik Bartosak of the Red Deer Rebels is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending January 26 after posting a 3-0-0-0 record with two shutout victories along with a goals-against-average of 0.67 and save percentage of .984.


Bartosak backstopped the Rebels to three straight road victories allowing just two goals on 123 shots claiming first star honours in all three contests.  Last Wednesday night he stopped all 38 shots he faced in a 5-0 shutout win over the Prince Albert Raiders, then made 42 saves in a 3-2 win over the Saskatoon Blades on Friday night.  His finished the week with a 41-save performance on Saturday to earn his fifth shutout of the season and 11th of his WHL career blanking the Regina Pats 4-0.


Bartosak, a 20-year-old from Koprivnice, Czech Republic, is playing in his third WHL season.  Selected by the Kings in the fifth round of the 2013 NHL Draft, Bartosak was the 2012-13 CHL Goaltender of the Year and currently holds a 24-17-0-2 record with a goals-against-average of 2.75 and save percentage of .925 but leads the WHL with 1409 saves this season.


Also considered for the award this week was Philippe Cadorette of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar who picked up three wins including a shutout victory posting a goals-against-average of 0.98 and save percentage of .951, while London Knights’ netminder Jake Patterson earned two wins in two starts posting a goals-against-average of 1.00 with a save percentage of .968.


2013-14 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels)

Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Taran Kozun (Seattle Thunderbirds)

Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)

Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Franky Palazzese (Sudbury Wolves)

Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Matthew Mancina (Guelph Storm)

Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Oscar Dansk (Erie Otters)

Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Matt Mahalak (Kingston Frontenacs)

Nov. 18 – Nov. 24Patrik Polivka (Victoria Royals)

Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Francois Brassard (Quebec Remparts)

Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Tristan Jarry (Edmonton Oil Kings)

Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Spencer Martin (Mississauga Steelheads)

Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets)

Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Brandon Whitney (Victoriaville Tigres)

Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Ty Edmonds (Prince George Cougars)

Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Alex Nedeljkovic (Plymouth Whalers)

Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Sebastien Auger (Saint John Sea Dogs)


Jeff Hubert, Director, Communications                           
Western Hockey League                                               


Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Monday, January 27, 2014

Winterhawk's Leipsic WHL Player of the Week

The Western Hockey League announced today that Portland Winterhawks’ forward Brendan Leipsic is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending January 26, 2014. 

Leipsic scored three goals and six assists for nine points along with a +9 rating in three games over the past week, helping the Winterhawks post a perfect 3-0-0-0 record in that span.

On Monday, January 20th, Leipsic tallied a goal and three assists while posting a +4 rating and earning 1st Star honors in a 5-2 victory over the visiting Vancouver Giants.  On Friday, January 24th, he also notched a goal and three assists and a +4 rating while being named the game’s 3rd Star in a 5-1 win over the visiting Everett Silvertips.  On Sunday, January 26th, Leipsic scored for a fifth straight game as the Winterhawks managed a 6-2 win in Everett.

Leipsic, a 19-year-old from Winnipeg, MB, is in his fourth season in the WHL with the Winterhawks.  The 2012-13 WHL scoring co-champion has amassed 29 goals and 63 points in just 38 games this season for the U.S. Division-leading Winterhawks.  A sixth-round pick, 112th overall, in the 2009 WHL Bantam Draft, Leipsic has scored 122 goals and 274 points in 239 career WHL regular-season games.  Leipsic was chosen in the third round, 89th overall, by the Nashville Predators in the 2012 NHL Draft.

Courtesy Winterhawks PR 

Pat Chat January 27th

Pats Home-Stand Continues

The Week That Was
It was a wild week for the Pats that saw them head out to Alberta for a quick swing, followed by a pair of home games at the Brandt Centre.  The week started in Calgary where an explosive second from the Hitmen did in the Blue and White in a 5-1 loss at the Saddledome.  The following night saw the Pats jump out to a 2-0 lead against Edmonton before Curtis Lazar took over and drove the Oil Kings to a 5-2 victory.  On Ed Staniowski Bobblehead Night, the Pats did their best to honour the legendary netminder by shutting out the Prince George Cougars as a part of an 8-0 win.  Boston Leier had a hat-trick in the victory.  The week finished with the Pats sending 41 shots towards Patrik Bartosak in the Red Deer Rebel net, but the reigning CHL Goaltender of the Year stopped them all in a 4-0 Red Deer win.

The Week Ahead
Friday, January 31stPats vs. Saskatoon
The Pats welcome the Saskatoon Blades to the Brandt Centre for their sixth meeting on the season.  It’s Sasktel Blanket Night so or a minimum donation of five dollars toward SaskTel's TelCare employee fund, fans in attendance will receive a Little Red Blanket courtesy of game sponsor SaskTel. Limited quantities while supplies last.

Saturday, February 1stPats vs. Moose Jaw
It has been a while since the last installment of the Trans-Canada Clash, but the best rivalry in junior hockey will get back to its usual intensity when the Pats host the Warriors Saturday.  The Pats have won all six meetings between the teams this season.

What’s New?
Bobblehead Donations
Thank you to those who donated to the Soldier On fund on Knight Archer Ed Staniowski Bobblehead Night.  With your support, over $3,000 was raised to help empower retired and serving members of the Canadian Forces with an illness or injury to accept their new normal by adopting an active lifestyle through participation in physical, recreational or sporting activities.

Voucher Pack Deadline February 1st
Pats Voucher Packs are a great way to get out and see the games you don’t want to miss.  Eight Game Flex Packs start at just 140 dollars for adult tickets.  Visit the Pats Office or the Neutral Zone Store to get your Voucher Packs.  The deadline to purchase Flex Packs is February 1st.

West End Stage
New this season, the Pats added a special club style seating area behind the West end net.  $500 includes 25 tickets to the game and a unique way for your group to watch the Pats in action. Call 306-337-1535 for more information.

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.  This week’s featured player is Dryden Hunt.

“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, January 27th – Practice 2:00-4:00 (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Tuesday, January 28th – Practice 2:00-4:00 (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Wednesday, January 29th – Practice 2:00-4:00 (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Thursday, January 30th – Practice 2:00-4:00 (Brandt Centre) – Media Availability 1:00-1:15 p.m.

Friday, January 31st – Pats vs. Saskatoon – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)**

Saturday, February 1st – Pats vs. Moose Jaw – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM         **Broadcast on CKRM/Access7

Important Dates
Friday, January 31st – Next Home Game vs. Prince George – Sasktel Blanket Night – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 1st – Deadline to purchase Pats Voucher Packs

Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club