Saturday, May 31, 2014

Pats Honour Oil Kings in Newspaper Ad

The Regina Pats pulled off a classy move on Saturday. This ad was taken out in the Edmonton Journal this morning. Pretty cool, great gesture. The Oil Kings were the first WHL team to win the Memorial Cup since the 2008 Spokane Chiefs. 

Friday, May 30, 2014

Six Pats Prospects Invited to U16 Development Camps

Six Regina Pats prospects have been invited to their respective provincial summer development camps for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.

Forwards Gary Haden, Zachary Cox and Robert Holmes will all attend camp for Team Alberta.

Goaltender Jordan Hollett has been invited to Team B.C. camp.

As well Forwards Erik Gardiner and Carson Welke are listed among the 42 players for Saskatchewan's Camp.

The 2015 Winter Games will take place in Prince George February 13th to March 1st.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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What a week it has been, in the best way possible.

Got a taste of hockey again as the Pats held their 2014 spring training camp at the Coooperators Centre. The inaugural Christ Getzlaf and Friends Golf Tournament and the Riders and CKRM announcing their broadcast extension.

First of all I will start with the Pats. In talking with head Coach Malcolm Cameron he said this was the most skilled group of guys he's seen in his three years with the organization at Spring Camp. The skill was evident as was the sheer size of the players. None bigger than Luc Smith at 6 foot 4 and a half, weighing in at 202 pounds. He signed a standard WHL Player agreement on Sunday after the camp concluded.  He had a solid spring camp. 2014 1st round pick Jordan Hollett also signed with the team after camp. Hollett is already 6 foot 3 at 15 years old. He is an exciting prospect and also looked good on the weekend.

I was also impressed with Jake Elmer, the Pats 6th round pick in 2013. He grew 4 inches from last years camp and had a great season with the Edge School Elite 15's midget club. He scored 37 goals and added 34 assists for 71 points which was tied for the team lead.

Sam Steel was the best player on the ice on the weekend. He is healthy and was dominant. Steel will be an exciting player to watch this coming season. Steel had some tough luck last year with injuries and spent the end of the season with the Pats, there is no doubt he will make the team as a 16 year old this year in my opinion.

A lot of people have been asking me these days how the Pats will be next season. Here is my assessment.

The Pats roster will go through some pretty serious changeover in 2014/15. The team loses Dyson Stevenson (38 goals), Chandler Stephenson (30 goals), Boston Leier (33 goals) and Jesse Zgraggen (37 points). Chandler is entering his overage year but its almost a guarantee he will be in Hershey of the AHL.

Its not all gloom and doom however for the Blue and White. Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay are coming off breakout seasons as 18 year olds. Hunt after missing all but 2 games the season before, scored 20 goals and 40 points. Gay was a call up in 2012/13 and went from 1 goal to 19 and 43 points last season. They will be key pieces for this year.

Morgan Klimchuk will be back for his 19 year old season, unless of course he makes the Flames. In 57 games last year he scored 30 goals and added 44 assists. He is entering what will likely be his last year of junior hockey, he will have a good year.

Max Kammerer has had a year to get acquainted with the WHL. He is so skilled and could be poised to put up some decent numbers. He led Team Germany in scoring at the U18 World Championships this year. Adam Brooks, Rylee Zimmer and Austin Wagner will also be looking top take a step forward in the coming year. Carter Hansen is back for his 19 year old season, he was a mainstay in the Pats grind line that was so good down the stretch.

On the back end the Pats return everyone except Jesse Zgraggen. Captain Kyle Burroughs, Colby Williams, Dmitry Sinitsyn, Isaac Schacher, Chase Harrison, Griffin Mumby and Brady Reagan. Sinitsyn is coming into his 20 year old season and I would guess he will be on the team. He played a lot of minutes last year, would be tough to replace that.

That leaves Logan McVeigh, Braden Christoffer, Patrick D'Amico and Dawson MacAuley as the other potential overagers. Some interesting decisions to make there. Glad I'm not the one making them, all good guys, and good players.

Daniel Wapple is without a doubt the starting goalie this season, he will win this team games.

Then there are the young guys looking to crack the roster. Colton Kroeker is coming off a great season where he led the South Delta Prep club and the prep league in scoring with 58 points in 28 games. 24 of those were goals.

Add Luc Smith, Jake Elmer, Rykr Cole, Dane Schioler, Jared McAmmond, Adam Berg, Brady Third, Sean Richards and Riley Woods to the list of possible rookie forwards.

On the back end there are Liam Schioler, Brady Pouteau, Nathyn Mortlock, William Lovell, Andrew McCann, Ryan Krushen, Nikolas Koberstein, Brendan Kallis, James Hilsendager and Jared Freadrich.

The potential backup goaltenders, Tyler Fuhr, Kurtis Chapman and Tyler Brown.

No question there is depth in this organization, the future looks bright from where I stand.


620 CKRM and the Saskatchewan Roughriders announced a multi-year broadcast extension yesterday morning. The picture above is from the news conference at Pilsner Place in Mosaic Stadium. A great morning, Rider Radio isn't going anywhere.

If you haven't yet, buy and watch the Ride DVD All In. Unbelievable. Goosebumps all over is a guarantee. 

The CFL Labour talks continue to be front and centre here in the province. I was unsure of where I really stood on the whole issue until talking with Rider Radio colour analyst Carm Carteri on Saturday and then again on the Sportscage on Monday.

The thing that stuck out the most to me was the fact that the league has offered bonuses to players who report to camp. Rough math makes the money available at 1.2 or 1.3 million dollars. Why not add that to the salary cap and the players are happy, I'm assuming they would be anyways. But the league only wants to make it a one time thing. Like Carm said on Monday, the money is obviously there. I want to see football start on time but I do think the players deserve more money based on the revenue coming in.

The second thing that really struck me is how liberally teams spend money on their staff. Look at Hamilton, hiring George Cortez, firing him a year into his four year deal, buying him out and then paying Kent Austin. That money doesn't count towards the cap but that's over a million dollars. Teams have money and are willing to spend it on coaches, why not give a little more to the players? I don't blame teams for paying coaches big money or spending dollars for special training camps or whatever, that's their perogative. I do think however everyone deserves a piece of the pie.

I'm no expert but from where I am sitting this just doesn't add up.


It looks to me like the L.A. Kings are going to win their 2nd Stanley Cup in three years. The Kings look almost unbeatable, they might be better than the team that went all the way in 2012. Marion Gaborik has been great, what a pick up he was this year. The Blackhawks might win at home tonight but there is no way they win this series in my opinion.

The challenger for the Cup will be the New York Rangers, they have had an outstanding post season. Yes they lost game 5 last night on the road but they will win at home in game 6. Henrik Lundquist will bounce back, no question about it. 


The Toronto Blue Jays are is first place in the AL East. They lead the majors in home runs and were the fourth team to get to 30 wins. Edwin Encarnacion is a beast, 13 home runs in May, a franchise record. the pitching is better and the defense has been lights out. I know its only May but the excitement is building. Much like the Leafs however, I wont be planning any parades or trips to a post season game. ]

The Regina Red Sox have started training camp ahead of opening weekend. The Sox are on the road Friday to play the Weyburn Beavers in their season opener. The home opener is Sunday at 2 against Swift Current. Scott Douglas is the new manager this year. Looking forward to another good season of baseball in Regina.

I will leave you with this awesomeness.  

That's it for today, have a good week.


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

City of Lethbridge, Hurricanes Lease Agreement Approved

Lethbridge, AB – A long-term lease agreement between the Lethbridge Hurricanes and the City of Lethbridge was approved at City Council on Monday.

The two sides have been in negotiations for the past three years but the agreement now ensures the ENMAX Centre will be the home of the hockey club for the next 15 years which takes them through the 2028-2029 season.

Throughout the negotiations, both the City and the Lethbridge Hurricanes have worked hard to come up with an agreement that shows the commitment of the team as well as come reaching a deal that is neutral to both sides.

Lethbridge Hurricanes Board President, Brian McNaughton is pleased the deal has been approved so everyone can move forward. “I believe this is an outstanding deal for the City of Lethbridge and the Hurricanes as it motivates both sides to work together in the future. This also creates a foundation for the Hurricanes to build a business plan and generate the necessary revenue to function at a high level.”

Esther Madziya, Communications and PR Manager

Pat Chat May 26th

Pats Sign Pair of Prospects

Season Ticket Renewal Deadline
The deadline for Season Ticket Holders to renew their seats for the 2014-15 Regular Season is quickly approaching.  For those wishing to reserve their spots, they must renew by Friday, May 30th.  Shortly after Friday, held seats will be released for  general sale.  Visit or call the Pats Office at 306-522-7287 to renew your Season Tickets today!  Please note the Pats Office hours on Friday are 9 a.m.–4 p.m.

Prospect Signings
The Pats have solidified their future between the pipes by signing 2014 13th Overall pick Jordan Hollett.  The 6’3”, 176 lbs. goaltender was the first to be selected at his position by the Pats in the history of the Bantam Draft.  The Pats also signed prospect forward Luc Smith.  At 6’5”, 202 lbs., Smith is the Pats’ largest prospect and is entering into his first year of Junior eligibility.  He was a 3rd round pick of the Pats in the 2013 Draft.  For more on this weekend’s Spring Prospect Camp, visit the Video Section of

Golf Tournament
The 17th Annual Pats Wickenheiser Classic is just a couple weeks away and you can still be a part of the tournament.  Open to any golfer, the $325 entry fee includes a round of golf, lunch and supper as well as a limited edition Pats golf bag
(retail value $200).  For more information visit or call the Pats Office at 306-522-7287.

Memorial Cup Champions
Congratulations to the Edmonton Oil Kings on winning the Memorial Cup this weekend.  After a triple-overtime thriller to advance to the final, Edmonton defeated Guelph 6-3 to capture Junior Hockey’s biggest prize.  It’s the first time a team from the WHL has won the Memorial Cup since 2008 (Spokane).

Important Dates
Friday, May 30th – Deadline to renew Season Tickets for the 2014-15 Regular Season
Monday, June 16th – 17th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic

Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Monday, May 26, 2014

Regina Red Sox Open Season this Weekend

The Red Sox are preparing for the upcoming season with training camp at Currie Field this week. Coach Scott Douglas and his assistants Mitch MacDonald and Don Anderson are working with the new players to get them ready for Fridays opening game in Weyburn and the Red Sox Home Opener this Sunday June 1st at 2:00 p.m.  

Practice times are Monday to Wednesday 6 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 p.m.

This is the 10th season the Regina Red Sox have been playing in the 11 team Western Major Baseball League

The Red Sox were in the league finals in 2010 and were the league champions in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs

Courtesy Red Sox PR 

Riders add Thunder WR Preston Bews to Training Camp Roster

The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that non-import quarterback Brandon Leyh and non-import receiver Preston Bews have been added to the team’s training camp roster.

Leyh plays at Mount Allison and will join the Riders after being appointed by the CFL as part of the Canadian quarterback internship program.

Bews is a local product that plays for the Regina Thunder of the Prairie Football Conference. He will register as a non-counter based on a territorial exemption.
Courtesy Ryan Pollock, Riders PR

Pats Sign Luc Smith

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced today the team has signed forward Luc Smith to a WHL Standard Player Agreement.
Smith was the Pats’ 3rd round pick (60th Overall) in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.  The pick the Pats used to select Smith was acquired in a trade with Brandon for Draft Day Considerations.

“It’s a good experience,” said Smith.  “I know the hard work starts now, this is a big step in my career and I’m enjoying this day for sure.”
Smith suited up in 35 games for the St. Albert Sports Raiders of the AMHL in 2012-13.  The 6’5”, 202 lbs forward totaled 11 points (8G, 3A) and 48 penalty minutes in the regular season to go with 5 points (2G, 3A) and 26 penalty minutes in ten playoff games.

“I think it’s an exciting day,” commented Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin.  “Luc’s a big bodied player which is the type of lineup we’re trying to build here.  He’s a great kid with good family so it’s a good day.”
The signing comes after Smith participated in the Pats Spring Prospects Camp this weekend in Regina.

Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Edmonton Oil Kings, Memorial Cup Champions

Aaron Bell/CHL Images

LONDON, ONT. - The Edmonton Oil Kings capped off an unbelievable and memorable season with a dramatic 6-3 win over the Guelph Storm in the Memorial Cup Final.

It was a team that would never give up and would never fold despite having the odds stacked against them time and time again. From an astounding bounce-back win in Game 7 against the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL Final to Friday's inspiring triple-overtime win over Val d'Or, the Oil Kings simply would not be denied in 2014.

"I could cry right now," said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal. "The emotional feelings for our players, to represent the Western Hockey League and bring that trophy back, where all you heard all week was 'you haven't won it for five years and Guelph's this and this.'

"Our kids don't care who we're playing. They're going to play a certain way, they're going to grind out a win and what do you say about some of the efforts tonight? I thought everybody stepped up. They were focused and ready to put a Grade A effort forward."

The win was the first Memorial Cup in modern franchise history and third overall, with the team having won in 1963 and 1966 previously.

"We're coming back to Edmonton as champions. Twice now. As Western Hockey League and (now) Memorial Cup Champions."

It only took Guelph a minute to get the game's first goal. Robby Fabbri intercepted a pass and the Storm came in on a three-on-one. After a nice three-way passing play, Fabbri converted, putting the puck into the open cage.

Jason Dickinson took a penalty for holding the stick near the eight-minute mark, giving Edmonton its first power play of the afternoon and that's where the tide started to turn a bit in the first period.

Less than a minute into the man advantage, Curtis Lazar was hauled down in the neutral zone by Tyler Bertuzzi to put Edmonton on a five-on-three and it was there that they tied the game.

"I thought we did a better job of reading their rims off the walls and not activating our defence," said Laxdal. "I thought we did a great job on special teams, with two power play goals. And the belief that we could beat them. You know, they're a very good hockey club. Great transition. But we knew we had to grind out their defencemen and hunt them."

The Oil Kings moved the puck around well with the extra two men on the ice, eventually setting up a Cody Corbett blast from the top of the left circle on a nice back-and-forth passing play with Henrik Samulesson. Corbett wired the puck past Guelph goaltender Justin Nichols.

At one point in the first period, shots on goal were 6-1 for Guelph but the Oil Kings rattled off 14 of the next 15 shots -- including nine in a row -- to take a 15-7 shot lead.

Guelph started to take the game back late in the first. Jarry had to make an outstanding glove save off a wrist shot from the left circle by Zack Mitchell and then 30 seconds later, Stephen Pierog pounced on a rebound to put the puck into the open net past an outstretched Jarry to put the Storm back in the lead.

Shots on goal after one period ended up at 20-14 for Edmonton.

Oil Kings got back on even terms 1:58 into the second period. Tyler Robertson's shot beat Nichols as the fourth line came through with a big goal.

Four minutes later, the Oil Kings nearly took the lead as Kieser and Lazar both had great looks at the net. Moments later, Scott Kosmachuk took an interference penalty to put Edmonton back on the power play.

Only 16 seconds into the PP, Edmonton scored to take their first lead of the game. Edgars Kulda's shot went off the shoulder of Nichols and into the top of the net.

Kulda was named tournament MVP, with four goals and three assists with a plus-three rating.

"It's playoff hockey. It's one game. There's no such thing as being tired. We need to go and play no matter what," Kulda remarked on the ice during the celebration. "It's a real dream right now. Fantasies come true, hey?"

The Oil Kings then extended their lead to two goals at 4-2 with 5:41 to play in the middle frame. Mitch Moroz wired a shot high glove side from the left circle for his second goal of the tournament.

An emotional Moroz summarized the moment after the game.

"I don't have a lot of words right now. I'm trying to soak it up as best I can but these moments are so surreal. It's hard to find the words sometimes. I'm just really proud of these guys," said Moroz, who was then asked to describe that goal. "We had an odd-man rush. Eddie hit me and I don't think the goalie was set. It felt like I was due for a two so it was lucky that it went in at the right time."

Moroz also talked about the emotion he felt with the team having so much success in a season that they dedicated to former teammate Kristians Pelss, who passed away last summer.

"It's fitting. It's an unbelievable blessing. We had that guardian angel looking down on us the whole year. We knew we couldn't lose with him up there. I wish he was here."

Shots in the second period were 15-8 for the Oil Kings and 35-22 overall in the game in favour of Edmonton.

Guelph came out flying to start the third period and it paid off with a goal early in the final frame. Mitchell quickly tapped in a pass from behind the net by Kerby Rychel to make it 4-3.

But Edmonton responded well after the goal. Less than two minutes later, Henrik Samuelsson ripped a shot glove side past Nichols after a nice centring pass by Kulda to put Edmonton back in front by two. Moroz got the other assist on the play to extend the lead to 5-3.

Samuelsson added an empty-netter with 1:26 to play to clinch the victory.

Written By: Ciampa, Marc,

Pats Sign 2014 1st Round Pick

Regina, Saskatchewan - Regina Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang announced today the team has signed goaltender Jordan Hollett to a Standard WHL Player Agreement.

Hollett was the Pats first selection (13th Overall) in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft back on May 1st.  The 6'3", 176 lbs goaltender played with the Okanagan Hockey Academy in 2012-13, posting a record of 23-4-0 with a 1.75 GAA and six shutouts.  Hollett is the first goaltender to be selected by the Pats in the first round since the Bantam Draft's inception in 1990.

"I'm so, so excited," commented Hollett.  "It's a big accomplishment, the work only starts now.  I'm so excited for today, and tomorrow it's back to work."

The Langley, B.C. native has been invited to B.C. Hockey's U16 Camp as the first step towards being selected to play for Team British Columbia at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George.

"We're extremely proud that (Jordan) is excited to be a member of this hockey club, today's a great day for our organization," said Chad Lang.  "As good as he is on the ice, he's a tremendous young man off the ice. He carries himself like a pro; he's very committed to becoming a Regina Pat and putting in the effort to ensure that he gives himself every opportunity as a 16-year old to crack this lineup."

The signing comes after Hollett participated in the Pats Spring Prospects Camp this weekend in Regina.

Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Daniel caught up with Hollett after his signing. 

2014 Regina Pats Spring Camp Wrap Up

The Pats wrapped up Spring Training Camp with their final practice session on Sunday morning. It was probably the best practice for the 20 kids on the weekend. Sam Steel really showed on the weekend why he is the clubs top prospect coming in, Luc Smith and Jake Elmer also impressed in the three days. I thought Erik Gardiner, Jordan Hollett, Gary Haden and most of the other 99's showed some good stuff. One thing is for sure, there is size and skill in these two age groups for the Pats.

Battle drills

3 on 2's

Malcolm Cameron addressing the guys as the third and final session wrapped up. 

I talked with Malcolm Cameron, Forward Gary Haden and Defenceman Brady Pouteau after the practice. 

Saturday, May 24, 2014

CHL Announces 2013/14 Award Winners

WHL Players Take Home Four Awards


London, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 10 national award winners for the 2013-14 season including Anthony Mantha of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who earned Sportsnet Player of the Year honours.  The awards were presented as part of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup festivities at The Grand Theatre in London, presented by The London Free Press.


2013-14 CHL Award Winners:


Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year: Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs):

Sam Bennett is listed first overall by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters in their Final Rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft which takes place June 27-28 in Philadelphia.  The 17-year-old forward from Holland Landing, ON, tied for ninth in OHL scoring with 91 points including 36 goals and 55 assists in 57 games for the Kingston Frontenacs recording a plus-minus rating of plus-34.  Finalists for the award were top WHL prospect Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice ranked third by NHL Central Scouting, and top QMJHL prospect Nikolaj Ehlers of the Halifax Mooseheads ranked at number 13.


Chrysler Dodge Top Scorer: Connor Brown (Erie Otters):

Connor Brown led all CHL players in scoring with 128 points including 45 goals and 83 assists in 68 games establishing a new team record the Erie Otters who had their best season in franchise history with 52 wins and 106 points.  The 20-year-old Toronto native is a Maple Leafs prospect selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft.  Finalists for the award were top QMJHL scorer Anthony Mantha of the Val-d’Or Foreurs with 120 points in 57 games, and top WHL scorer Mitch Holmberg of the Spokane Chiefs who recorded 118 points in 72 games. 


SUBWAY Scholastic Player of the Year: Connor McDavid (Erie Otters):

Connor McDavid achieved a 92% average during his first semester attending McDowell High School in Erie and currently carries an 87% average in his final semester of Grade 11.  On the ice, the 17-year-old from Newmarket, ON, and Canadian National Junior Team member scored 99 points in 56 games for the Otters.  He becomes the second member of the Otters to win the award following Brad Boyes in the 1999-2000 season.  Finalists for the award were Jeremy Gregoire of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, and Nelson Nogier of the Saskatoon Blades.


Cooper Tires Humanitarian of the Year: Sam Fioretti (Moose Jaw Warriors):

Sam Fioretti made a big impact both on the ice and in the Moose Jaw community in his fourth and final WHL season.  The 20-year-old captain from Calgary, AB, was the driving force behind the Warriors’ partnership with the Moose Jaw Police Service to visit local schools to speak out against bullying.  He also made it a goal to help educate area students about the importance of physical activity and was a key participant in the club’s Read to Succeed Program.  He is the second member of the Warriors to win the national award in four years following Spencer Edwards in 2010-11.  Finalists for the award include Charles-David Beaudoin of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Scott Simmonds of the Belleville Bulls. Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year: Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice):

Sam Reinhart finished tied for fourth in WHL scoring with 105 points including 36 goals and a team record of 69 assists in 60 games recording just 11 minutes in penalties for the Kootenay Ice.  The 18-year-old captain from Vancouver, BC, also represented Canada at the World Junior Championship and is a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft helping the Ice to a WHL-record 15thconsecutive season with a record of .500 or better.  Finalists for the award include Frederik Gaudreau of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters. 


Old Dutch Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year: Eric Veilleux (Baie-Comeau Drakkar):

Eric Veilleux led the Baie-Comeau Drakkar to first place in the QMJHL standings in just his second season behind the team’s bench finishing 2013-14 with 99 points including an overall record of 47-16-2-3.  Finalists for the award were D.J Smith of the Oshawa Generals, and Dave Lowry of the Victoria Royals. 


BMO Rookie of the Year: Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads):

Nikolaj Ehlers finished fourth in QMJHL scoring with 104 points including 49 goals and 55 assists with an incredible plus-minus rating of plus-65 in only 63 games for the Halifax Mooseheads.  The 18-year-old native of Denmark is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft and is the top rated QMJHL prospect listed at 13 by NHL Central Scouting.  Finalists for the award include Travis Konecny of the Ottawa 67’s, and Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets. 


Vaughn Goaltender of the Year: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets):

Jordon Cooke posted a 39-7-0-4 record including four shutout victories in 51 appearances for the WHL’s first place Kelowna Rockets.  The 20-year-old from Leduc, AB, finished second among WHL netminders with a 2.28 goals-against-average and fourth with a save percentage of .922.  Finalists for the award include Zachary Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads, and Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers. 


Arctic Spas Defenceman of the Year: Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks):

Derrick Pouliot scored 17 goals and added 53 assists for 70 points in 58 games with a plus-minus rating of plus-40 for the Portland Winterhawks who captured their second straight U.S Division title during the 2013-14 regular season campaign.  The 20-year-old from Weyburn, SK, represented Canada at the World Junior Championship and is a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft.  Finalists for the award include Guillaume Gelinas of the Val-d’Or Foreurs, and Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts.


Sportsnet Player of the Year: Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs):

Anthony Mantha led the QMJHL in scoring with 120 points in 57 games played averaging an impressive one goal per game along with 63 assists during the 2013-14 season for the Val-d’Or Foreurs.  The 19-year-old from Longueuil, Quebec, is a Detroit Red Wings prospect selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft and played for Canada at the World Junior Championship.  He becomes the second member of the Foreurs to earn Player of the Year honours following Simon Gamache during the 2000-01 season.  Finalists for the award were Connor Brown of the Erie Otters, and Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice.


The 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup is proudly supported by MasterCard, title sponsor of this event for 16 straight years.  Associate sponsors include Bank of Montreal, SUBWAY, Old Dutch,, and broadcast partners Sportsnet and TVA Sports.   


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CHL Awards Images Available Online:

The CHL has announced that high resolution game images from the CHL Awards as well as all 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup games are available for free editorial use at  To access the high resolution non-watermarked version of the images, click the Client Area tab and register for an account entering a username and password.  Images are available for editorial use only and must be credited to Aaron Bell/CHL Images.  Please note that if you are already registered for the OHL Images program, you will be able to access all of the MasterCard Memorial Cup images with the same log-in credentials.  Please contact Aaron Bell to confirm any new accounts, or if you have any questions regarding the program or event photography.


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Manager, Media and Information Services

Canadian / Ontario Hockey League


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Director, Communications

Western Hockey League

Friday, May 23, 2014

Regina Pats 2014 Spring Camp Underway

20 Regina Pats prospects hit the ice for the first of three sessions on Friday night. One thing that is really evident is the size of these kids. A lot of them have made huge strides in terms of height and weight and looked pretty good in their first session. We got a first look at the 2014 Bantam Draft Class as well as 11 other players from the 1998 age group. The lone player not in attendance from the 2013 draft is defenceman Liam Schioler. There are 11 forwards, 7 defencemen and 2 goalies in camp.

Goaltending coach Rob Muntain working with 2013 7th round pick Kurtis Chapman and 2014 1st rounder Jordan Hollett. 

Head Coach Malcolm Cameron addressing the group. 

I had a chance to catch up with Sam Steel, Jake Elmer, Erik Gardiner, Jordan Hollett and Luc Smith today.

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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Pats Open Spring Camp Friday

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats host their annual Spring Prospects Camp this weekend (Friday, May 23rd – Sunday, May 25th) at the Cooperators Centre.  The weekend features prospects from the 1998 and 1999 born age groups and acts as an orientation for prospects new to the organization.
“From a hockey staff perspective it’s a real good opportunity for us to interact, not only with the players, but with the parents and the families,” said Pats Senior VP and General Manager Chad Lang.  “We’re dealing with a smaller group, 20 players will be here, so it does allow us to spend more time one-on-one with these kids and show them what our program is all about.”

The 1998 age group includes 2013 2nd Overall pick Sam Steel who played 7 games (Regular Season/Playoffs) with the Pats in 2013-14 as well as forwards Luc Smith (2013 – 3rd Round) and Jake Elmer (2013 – 6th Round) and defencemen Brady Pouteau and Jared Freadrich (both 2013 – 4th Round).  List players Sean Richards, Riley Woods, William Lovell and Ryan Krushen will also be in attendance.

The 1999 age group makes its debut in Regina this weekend featuring 2014 13th Overall selection Jordan Hollett, the first goaltender to be taken by the Pats in the opening round of aWHL Bantam Draft.  Hollett is joined by nine new Pats including forward Erik Gardiner (2014 – 2nd Round) and defenceman Riley Bruce (2014 – 5th Round).

“From the players side, it’s a relaxing atmosphere,” Lang continued.  “We just encourage them to have fun, enjoy it.  There’s no pressure, it’s about building relationships with those that are in their peer group that are Pats prospects and getting an understanding of what it takes to have success at the Western Hockey League level.”

All on-ice sessions are open to the public

Friday, May 23rd           –         6:00 p.m.         @ Cooperators Centre
Saturday, May 24th –   10:00 a.m.      @ Cooperators Centre
Sunday, May 25th     –   10:00 a.m.      @ Cooperators Centre

Media are invited to attend Registration at 2:00 p.m. on Friday for availability with players as they check in.  Players and personnel will also be available following on-ice sessions.

Spring Camp Roster

2014 Regina Pats
Spring Camp Roster
Cox, Zachary RW R 6'2" 162 Balzac, AB Feb 19/99 Airdrie Xtreme AMBHL
Elmer, Jake RW R 6'1" 160 Calgary, AB Dec 31/98 Edge Hockey School CSSHL
Gardiner, Erik C L 6'0" 165 Humboldt, SK Mar 21/99 Humboldt Broncos SBAAHL
Haden, Gary C L 5'8" 155 Airdrie, AB Jan1/99 Airdrie Xtreme AMBHL
Holmes, Robert LW L 5'10" 153 Sherwood Park, AB Jul 22/99 Sherwood Park Flyers AMBHL
Richards, Sean LW L 5'11" 177 St. Albert, AB Dec 15/98 St. Albert Flyers AMMHL
Smith, Luc C R 6'4" 205 Onoway, AB Jan 20/98 St. Albert Raiders AMHL
Steel, Sam C L 5'11" 168 Sherwood Park, AB Feb 3/98 Sherwood Park Kings AMHL
Third, Brady RW R 6'0" 170 Carlyle, SK Jul 18/98 Notre Dame Hounds SMAAAHL
Welke, Carson LW L 5'10" 158 Yorkton, SK Jan 2/99 Yorkton Terriers SBAAHL
Woods, Riley LW L 5'8" 146 Regina, SK Jan 25/98 Regina Capitals SSMAA
Bruce, Riley D L 5'11" 154 Winnipeg, MB Apr 5/99 Winnipeg Hawks MBAAA
Ewert, Garrett D R 6'1" 168 Kamloops, BC Jul 14/99 Kamloops Blazers BCBAA
Freadrich, Jared D R 5'10" 165 Camrose, AB Mar 4/98 Sherwood Park Kings AMHL
Krushen, Ryan D L 6'2" 173 Sherwood Park, AB Jan 1/98 Sherwood Park Squires AMMHL
Lovell, William D R 6'3" 195 Manitou, MB May 4/98 Pembina Valley Hawks MMHL
Pouteau, Brady D L 6'2" 187 Oak Bluff, MB Jan 9/98 Pembina Valley Hawks MMHL
Sandstrom, Adam D L 6'1" 160 Red Deer, AB Feb 4/99 Red Deer Rebels White AMBHL
Chapman, Kurtis G L 6'1" 170 Airdrie, AB Feb 9/98 AC Avalanche AMMHL
Hollett, Jordan G L 6'3" 180 Langley, BC Mar 31/99 Okanagan Hockey Academy PREP

Daniel Fink

Director of Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club