Saturday, August 30, 2014


The Regina Pats wrapped up the Extreme Hockey pre-season tournament on Saturday night against the Lethrbidge Hurricanes. The Pats entered the game having won their first two games 9-1 over Moose Jaw Thursday and 6-5 over Calgary on Friday. Maximillian Kammerer entered the game as the WHL's leading scorer in the pre-season with 5 points. Connor Gay and Sam Steel were tied for second with 4 points each. The starting goalie for the Pats against the Hurricanes was Dawson MacAuley who saw his first action. The forwards were Patrick D'Amico, Sam Steel, Jacob Elmer, Austin Wagner, Adam Brooks, Luc Smith, Jared McAmmond, Kyle Westeringh, Earl Webb, Max Kammerer, Rylee Zimmer and Dane Schioler. The defencemen were Ryan Krushen, Sergey Zborovsky, James Hilsendager, Brady Reagan, Brady Pouteau and Chase Harrison.

The first period started inauspiciously with not a lot happening on the ice. Shots were hard to come by and scoring chances were few and fr between. The Pats would get the games first powerplay but were unable to score. The games first goal came at the 9:54 mark as Jaeger White scored on a 2 on 1 with assists to Carter Folk and Pavel Skumatov and it was 1-0 Lethbridge. That's how the period would end with the Pats leading the shots on goal 5-3 . Both teams were oh for 1 on the powerplay in the period.

In the second the period started out with a huge bang as Luc SMith absolutely leveled Reid Duke at his own blue line. Dexter Bricker then dropped the gloves with Austin Wagner who threw three good rights and won the fight. The Pats would get on the board at the 4:56 mark as Sam Steel put home rebound in mid air for his 3rd of the pre-season. Chase Harrison and Partick D'Amico the assists and it was 1-1. Both teams changed goaltenders at 11:54 as Tyler Fuhr replaced Dawson MacAuley who stopped 6 of 7 shots faced. Jonny Hogue replaced Stuart Skinner who stopped 11 of 12.  The Hurricanes would get three powerplays in the period and on the third the Pats whould take the lead 2-1. Adam Brooks led a 2 on 1 with Jared McAmmond and feathered a nice pass cross ice and McAmmond made no mistake for his first of the pre-season shorthanded at 13:14. The Hurricanes would get it back at 17:21 as Riley Sheen skated in all alone on Fuhr and scored his first. Pavel Skumatov and Jaeger White the assists and it was 2-2. That;s how the period would end. The Pats oushot Lethbridge 12-7 in the period and led overall 17-10.

In the third period the Pats would retake the lead at 5:10 as Sam Steel fired home a beauty shot into the top corner for his second of the game and 4th of the pre-season. Patrick D'Amico and Luc Smith the assists. Then at 14:00 the Pats went up 4-2 as Sam Steel fed Adam Brooks who put a nice finish into the top of the net for his first. Sergey Zborovsky with the second assist. The Hurricanes would pull Jonny Hogue int he late stages and that's when Patrick D'Amico put home his first at 17:56 unassisted to make it 5-2. That was the final score. The Pats outshot the Canes 21-13 in the period and 38-23 overall.

Sam Steel with another great game with 2 goals and an assist in the win. He has 7 points in two pre-season games. Patrick D'Amico with a goal and an assist in his first pre-season game. Luc Smith looked really good in his first game with a huge hit, scoring chances and an assist.

The Pats are off until Friday when they head to Brandon to take on the Wheat Kings. Next home game is Saturday against Brandon at 7 o'clock at the Co-Operators Centre.

Cougars Hire Assistant Coach

Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars are very pleased to announce that they have hired former NHL forward Roman Vopat (Litvinov, Czech Republic) as an assistant coach.
The 38-year-old Vopat was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the seventh round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and played133 NHL games with St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. In 1996, he along with two teammates and two draft picks were traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Wayne Gretzky.
 His 16-year professional hockey career also included stops in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. Before turning pro, Vopat spent parts of two seasons in the CHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Prince Albert Raiders.
After he retired from professional hockey, Vopat turned his attention to coaching. Most recently he served as the head coach of the Kimberly Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League for half of the 2012-13 season and the entire 2011-12 season.
“I’m very excited and honored to be a part of the New Ice Age,” said Roman Vopat. “I am looking forward to working with such great people like: Todd Harkins, Mark Holick and Mike Hengen.”
Vopat adds, “This is my second dream come true. I have played in the National Hockey League and this is what I always wanted to do after I finished playing. This is a great opportunity for my family and I appreciate the chance that the new ownership group is giving me.”
“Roman and I go way back to our playing days, and he also played with my brother Brett for many years,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “He was a great teammate, cared about everyone in the room and played the game with passion.”
Harkins adds, “Roman joined us at Training Camp as a guest coach and impressed all of us with his excitement and professionalism and his past experience will be beneficial to all of our players that have a dream to play in the NHL. He’s well connected with teams and scouts in Europe, and that will serve us well down the road with the CHL Import Draft.”
“We’re pleased to add an individual of Roman’s caliber to our coaching staff,” said Prince George Cougars Head Coach Mark Holick. “He’s played at the highest level possible and knows what it takes to get there. His experience is going to be an asset to our organization moving forward.”
Vopat will be joined in Prince George by his wife Natalie and his two sons Brayden (nine) and Nicholas (seven).

Dan O'Connor
Manager of Broadcasting, Media and Community Relations
Prince George Cougars Hockey Club

Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament Day 3 Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The final day of the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament at the Cooperators Centre showcases a second double header with the Calgary Hitmen and Prince Albert Raiders going toe-to-toe in the matinee contest and the Regina Pats battling the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Calgary Hitmen (0-1-0) vs. Prince Albert Raiders (0-1-0) – 3:00 p.m.
The Raiders looked to be headed for their first win of the tournament before the Hurricanes found a late tying goal and went on to the 2-1 shootout victory yesterday afternoon.  Now Prince Albert looks to rebound against the Hitmen who saw a lead of their own dissipate in the third period against Regina last night.  Matteo Gennaro scored the only goal for the Raiders and leads the team in tournament scoring.  Calgary is led by Radel Fazleev who had three points (1G, 2A) and Greg Chase who scored twice last night.

Regina Pats (2-0-0) vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-0-0) – 7:00 p.m. 
Tonight’s finale features the two undefeated squads in the tournament. The Pats roll in with the most offence in the tournament after posting 15 goals in their last two games.  Maximilian Kammerer leads the way with five points (2G, 3A) over the last two games.  Sam Steel and Connor Gay are right behind him sitting at four points after their game against Moose Jaw.  The Hurricanes are the most rested team in action today after an early game yesterday and playing in tonight’s late matchup.  Carter Amson scored the ‘Canes lone goal in their comeback win against Prince Albert to lead Lethbridge in scoring.

Tickets for both games are $5.00 and are available at the doors one hour prior to each game at the Cooperators Centre.

Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Friday, August 29, 2014


The Regina Pats hosted the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night at the Cooperators Arena for their second pre-season game of the year. The Pats won on Thursday night 9-1 over Moose Jaw on the backs of four point performances from Sam Steel and Connor Gay. They did not suit up on this night. Daniel Wapple started in goal Friday and his backup was Tyler Fuhr. The forwards were Adam Brooks, Adam Berg, Carter Hansen, Erik Gardiner, Maxamillian Kammerer, Rykr Cole, Rylee Zimmer, Dane Schioler, Dryden Hunt, Darcy DeRoose, Colton Kroeker and Earl Webb. The defenceman Sergey Zborovsky, Kyle Burroughs, Brady Pouteau, Colby Williams, James Hilsendager and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Pats would get the games first powerplay just under 4 minutes in but were unable to score. Shortly after however Carter Hansen would put home his own rebound for his 1st of the preseason at 6:34 and it was 1-0 Regina. Then at 8:21 Dryden Hunt snapped home his first of the pre-season with an assist to Erik Gardiner and it was 2-0. The Pats would take their first penalty of the game off the ensuing faceoff but would kill it off and then get their second man advantage at 11:53. The Hitmen would kill that off. Then Earl Webb would throw a big hit and drop the gloves with Radel Fazleev. Give Webb the decision. Webb got the initial penalty and the Pats went back to the penalty kill. They would get through the minor penalty and then make it 3-0 on a great passing play from Max Kammerer to Rylee Zimmer and then Dryden Hunt who slid home his second of the game at 17:17. The Pats would go right back to the penalty after that but again they would kill it off and the period ended with a 3-0 scoreline. Daniel Wapple was sharp in the period in the Pats goal as the Hitmen outshot Regina 11-6.

In the second the Pats would take their fourth minor penalty 20 seconds in. The Hitmen would break through off the faceoff as Greg Chase slapped one home from the point. Travis Sanheim and Terell Draude credited with the assists at 0:23 and it was 3-1. The Hitmen would take their third minor shortly after and again the Pats were unable to score. The Hitmen would get within 1 at 7:23 as Radel Fazleev scored with assists to Jordy Stallard and Layne Bensmiller. Then 17 seconds later Jake Bean tied it at 3's at the 7:40 mark. Assists to Marshall Donald and Elliott Peterson. Then Carter Hansen would take a penalty and the Pats went down a man for the 5th time, at the whistle Kyle Dumba would replace Mack Shields in goal for Calgary at the 10 minute mark. Shields stopped 9 of 12 shots he faced. The Pats would take another penalty 1:09 into the initial minor and were down 2 men. The Hitmen would take their first lead at 11:59 as Greg Chase scored his second of the game. Elliott Peterson and Radel Fazleev the assists and it was 4-3. The Pats would take yet another penalty and were down two men again for 6 seconds. The Pats would kill that 6 seconds but the Hitmen went up 5-3 on the poweplay as Linden Penner tipped home a point shot from Travis Sanheim at 13:54. Radel Fazleev the second assist. The Pats would get their 4th powerplay with 3:07 left in the period and on it they wouldn't get much in the way of scoring chances and the period ended with Calgary up 5-3. The Hitmen outshot the Pats 17-7 in the period and led overall 28-13.

In the third the Hitmen would go to their 8th powerplay 1:49 in but the Pats would get through it and then go to their 5th man advantage at 5:02. The Pats would score on the man advantage as Sergey Zborovsky put home his second of the pre season, assists to Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs at 5:34 and it was 5-4. Then 10 seconds later Maximillian Kammerer tied the game for the Pats at 5's. Brady Reagan the lone assist at 5:44. The Pats would take the lead at 15:57 as Adam Berg fired, Dumba got a piece of it but the puck trickled past him into the net and it was 6-5. The Hitmen would pull the goalie late but the Pats held on for the 6-5 victory improving to 2 and oh in the pre season. The Hitmen outshot the Pats 15-7 in the third and led overall 43-20.

The Pats went 1 for 5 on the powerplay and 5 of 8 on the penalty kill. Dryden Hunt led the way with 2 goals and an assist while Maximillian Kammerer scored once and had a helper as well. Daniel Wapple stopped 38 of 43 shots faced for the win.

The Pats are back in action on Saturday night against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7 o'clock to wrap up the Extreme Hockey pre-season tournament. We will have the game live on 620 CKRM with the Press Box Sports Bar pre-game show at 6:35.

Reid Duke reports to Hurricanes

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Reid Duke returned to the hockey club on Thursday.

General Manager, Brad Robson says “the hockey club, Reid Duke, his family and agent came to an agreement beneficial to both sides.”

Duke is expected to play in the second game of the tournament the team is competing at this weekend in Regina.

Esther Madziya

Communications & PR Manager

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament Day Two Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament kicks into full gear today with two games at the Cooperators Centre.  In the matinee, it’s the Prince Albert Raiders up against the Lethbridge Hurricanes while the Regina Pats faceoff with the Calgary Hitmen in the evening affair.
Prince Albert Raiders vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes – 3:00 p.m.
While much of the focus in last night’s Pats/Warriors matchup was on some young forwards, this afternoon’s game could be a showcase of young goaltenders.  Both the Raiders and Hurricanes brought three goaltenders to Regina and none of the six are older than 18.  2013 1st Round pick Stuart Skinner is a part of the Hurricanes goaltending trio along with recently acquired
Zac Robidoux (’96) and Lethbridge product Jonny Hogue (’96).  The Raiders trifecta is made up of 2013-14 rookie standout Nick McBride (’97), 2014 1st Round pick Ian Scott and 2011 3rd Round pick Rylan Parenteau (’96).  Any combination of netminders guarding the pipes this afternoon is sure to give shooters fits.
Regina Pats vs. Calgary Hitmen – 7:00 p.m.
There could be plenty of NHL prospects on the ice this evening when the Pats take on the Hitmen.  Pats Captain Kyle Burroughs will soon be headed for New York Islanders Camp, but has been making his presence felt in Pats Camp mentoring younger defenders.  After a successful development camp with the Carolina Hurricanes, Dryden Hunt will depart from the Pats as well, but not before getting in some pre-season action.  The Calgary Hitmen roll into Regina after five of their number were selected at the 2014 NHL Draft.  Four of those players (Chase Lang, Ben Thomas, Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim) are in the Queen City for the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament. 

Tickets for both games are available at the doors for $5.00.  Doors open one hour before each game at the Cooperators Centre.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, August 28, 2014


The Regina Pats kicked off their 2014 pre-season at the Co-operators Centre on Thursday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Moose Jaw had already played a pre-season game on Tuesday at home to Swift Current which they lost 4-3 in overtime. The Pats would audition some rookies as well as play some veterens on Thursday. Tyler Fuhr got the start in goal for the Pats while Jordan Hollett backed him up. Returning players Braden Christoffer, Sam Steel, Connor Gay, Austin Wagner, Adam Brooks, Maximillian Kammerer, Chase Harrisonm Brady Reagan and Isaac Schacher all played. The rookies were Kyle Westeringh, Rykr Cole, Erik Gardiner, Dane Schioler, Colton Kroeker, Jacob Elmer, Ryan Krushen, Sergey Zborovsky and James Hilsendager. The Warrior lineup included 5th overall pick in 2013 Brett Howden and Josh Brook who was taken 4th overall in 2014.

In the first period both teams had some early chances. It would take until the 8:12 mark to find the games opening goal as Sergey Zborovsky put home his first as a Pat from Dane Schioler and Erik Gardiner and it was 1-0 Pats. The Warriors would get a 4 minute powerplay shortly thereafter but the Pats would kill it off. Regina would get a powerplay of their own late but did not score and the period ended 1-0. Sam Steel came close for the Pats but hit the outside of the post. The shots on goal in the frame were 22-12 for the Pats.

In the second the Pats would go up 2-0 at 6:25 as Erik Gardiner would score with his skate assists from Max Kammerer and Colton Kroeker. Then 56 seconds later Sam Steel fired home his first from Connor Gay and Chase Harrison at 7:21 to make it 3-0. Max Kammerer would make it 4-0 at 10:25 with his first from Colton Kroeker and Chase Harrison. Tyler Fuhr then left the Pats goal in favor of Jordan Hollett. Fuhr stopped at 16 shots he faced. Then at the 17 minute mark Austin Wagner made it 5-0 from Kyle Westeringh and Rykr Cole. That was how the period ended with the Pats outshooting Moose Jaw 25-9 in the period and 47-21 overall.

In the third the Pats would score on he powerplay 39 seconds in as Sam Steel put home his second of the game from Connor Gay and Braden Christoffer and it was 6-0. Then at 2:53 Braden Christoffer made it 7-0 with his first from Sam Steel and Connor Gay. The Warriors would get on the board at 8:58 as Noah Gregor got his first with an assist to Ryan Bowen and it was 7-1. The Pats made it 8-1 at 11:41 as Jacob Elmer got his first. Max Kammerer and Ryan Krushen with the assists. Then with 1:12 left Connor Gay put home his 1st, Sam Steel and Chase Harrison the assists and it was 9-1. That was the final score. Shots in the period were 18-6 Regina and they led overall 65-27.

The Pats were 1 for 3 on the powerplay and 4  for 4 on the penalty kill in the game. Sam Steel and Connor Gay each had four point nights. Tyler Fuhr stopped all 16 shots he faced and Jordan Hollett stopped 10 of 11.

The Pats are back in action Friday night against the Calgary Hitmen at the Cooperators Centre. Next broadcast Saturday against Lethbridge at 7.

Royals name Two Assistant GM's

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Jeff Harris and Grant Armstrong will each assume assistant general manager roles with the club, effective immediately.


Harris will take on the role of Assistant General Manager, Hockey Operations and Communications after spending the past three seasons as the Royals’ Director of Hockey Operations and Communications.


“Jeff’s front office experience, in both the professional and junior ranks, is extensive,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said. “He has been an extremely important part of the growth of this franchise in Victoria, and with this promotion his role continues to expand.”


Prior to joining the Royals in the club’s inaugural season, the Calgary, AB native worked four seasons with the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL as the team’s Assistant General Manager and Director of Media and Community Relations. Harris also served as the play-by-play voice of the Salmon Kings and represented the club at the 2011 ECHL All Star Game. The ECHL also recognized Harris as the Media Relations Director of the Year for the 2007-08 season. Harris began his career in hockey during the 2006-07 season with the Calgary Hitmen where he served as the team’s Assistant Communications Coordinator.


Harris has considerable experience in professional sports and also spent time with the Calgary 88’s of the World Basketball League and the Pacific Coast League’s Vancouver Canadians. Harris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Communications from Mount Royal College in Calgary.


Armstrong, a native of North Vancouver, B.C., will assume the role of Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel after spending the previous two seasons as the Director of Player Personnel for the Royals. 


"Grant has done a great job with our scouting group, identifying talent and overseeing the development of our young prospects," Hope said. "Our organizational philosophy is to build from within, and Grant’s keen eye for talent is already paying dividends.”


The 52-year-old joined the Royals in 2012 after spending four seasons as Head Scout for the Portland Winterhawks. Working under former Head Coach and General Manager Mike Johnston since 2008, Armstrong played an integral role in each of Portland’s WHL Bantam Drafts, Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Drafts and player signings during his tenure while also coordinating the club’s scouting department. During Armstrong’s time as Head Scout, the Winterhawks captured a U.S. Division title in 2010-11 and reached the WHL Final in back-to-back seasons.


Armstrong has been heavily involved in British Columbia hockey for much of his life. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Armstrong held the Head Coach position with the North Delta Devils Junior B team in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League. At the same time, Armstrong served as North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association’s Director of Hockey Operations. Since 1995, Armstrong has also been involved with the North Delta Minor Hockey Association as both a coach and development coordinator, earning the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association’s Coaching Development Award in 2003 for his accomplishments within the association.


2014-15 season tickets starting from $414 and mini-packs from $49 are on sale now! Call 250-220-7889,, or head down to the Victoria Royals ticketing office at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre to pick up your seats and guarantee your spot at the September 26th home opener


Corey St. Laurent

Manager of Communications and Hockey Operations Coordinator

Victoria Royals Hockey Club

Pats Open Pre-Season Against Warriors

Regina, Saskatchewan – The 2014 WHL Pre-Season is underway and the Pats take to the ice in their first game action tonight against the Moose Jaw Warriors in the opening contest of the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament.  Puck drop is slated for
7:00 p.m. at the Cooperators Centre.  Single Game Tickets are available at the doors (general seating) for $5.00.  Five Game Tournament Passes are available for $20.00 at Extreme Hockey and Sport (1425 McIntyre St) and at the Pats Office.  They will also be available at the doors before tonight’s game.  Tonight’s game will be broadcast on 620 CKRM starting at 6:35 with the Press Box Sports Bar Pre-Game Show.

The Pats carried 37 players out of Training Camp and into the exhibition season including Morgan Klimchuk, Chandler Stephenson, Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt who will be heading to NHL Training Camps next week.  The Blue and White currently feature five over-age players on their roster as well as two underage 1999 born players in goaltender Jordan Hollett and forward Erik Gardiner.

Overall the roster breaks down into 24 forwards, 9 defencemen and 4 goaltenders.  While the Pats are close to reaching the proper number of defencemen and goaltenders for the roster, there is still a large group of forwards battling for a limited number of spots.  After a very strong camp from 1998 and 1997 born players, the young group is putting plenty of pressure on the veterans of the team.  These early pre-season games give both groups the chance to show that either their inexperience isn’t a hindrance or their experience is a valuable commodity the Pats will need going into the regular season.

The Pats and Warriors’ rivalry is one of the best in junior hockey and tonight’s game gives many players involved their first taste of the Trans-Canada Clash.  Moose Jaw looks to turn around from a season series that saw Regina take all eight meetings between the teams in 2013-14.

Through the tournament, eyes will be on four Pats prospects who signed their WHL Standard Player Agreements following Training Camp.  Forward Kyle Westeringh (’96) and defencemen James Hilsendager (’97), Brady Pouteau (’98) and Ryan Krushen (’98) all inked their Agreements and will be challenging for spots on the team.

The Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament continues tomorrow with the Lethbridge Hurricanes and Prince Albert Raiders in action at 3:00 p.m. and the Pats taking on the Calgary Hitmen at 7:00 p.m. all at the Cooperators Centre.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pats Extreme Hockey Pre-Season tournament opens Thursday

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is proud to host the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament openingThursday night and running through Saturday at the Cooperators Centre.

Single game tickets are $5 each and available at the doors starting one hour prior to puck drop.  A tournament package is available for just $20 and includes access to all five games of the tournament.  Tournament Passes are available at the Pats Office, Extreme Hockey and Sport (1425 McIntyre St) or at the doors ahead of the Pats’ first game of the tournament against Moose Jaw.

Teams attending the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament include the Moose Jaw Warriors, Calgary Hitmen, Prince Albert Raiders and Lethbridge Hurricanes.

“We are looking forward to hosting a WHL Pre-Season Tournament,” said Regina Pats Senior VP Chad Lang.  “This will be a great opportunity for our fans and sponsors to take in exciting WHL hockey.  We want to thank the Western Hockey League, our tournament sponsor Extreme Hockey and building partner Evraz Place along with Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Calgary and Lethbridge for their support and cooperation to make this event happen.”

Extreme Hockey Regina Pats Pre-Season Tournament Schedule

Thursday, August 28th - Pats vs Moose Jaw - 7:00pm
Friday, August 29th - Lethbridge vs Prince Albert - 3:00pm 
Friday, August 29th - Pats vs Calgary -7:00pm
Saturday, August 30th - Prince Albert vs Calgary - 3:00pm
Saturday, August 30th - Pats vs Lethbridge -7:00pm

Programs including rosters for each game are available at the doors free of charge (while supplies last).

Tickets for the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament are not included with the Season Ticket Holder booklet.  The Pats exhibition games scheduled for September 6th against Brandon and September 10th against Prince Albert at the Cooperators Centre are included with the booklets which will be available for pickup next week at a date to be announced.

Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Pats sign Four

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the signing of four prospects.  The Pats inked forward Kyle Westeringh and defencemen James Hilsendager, Brady Pouteau and Ryan Krushen to Standard WHL Player Agreements.

Kyle Westeringh (6’0”, 188 lbs, ’96) played with the Chilliwack Chiefs of the BCHL last season.  He played in 55 games as a rookie and picked up 19 points (10G, 9A) and 66 penalty minutes.  In his final season of midget hockey in 2012-13, Westeringh totaled 20 points (11G, 9A) in 25 games.  Westeringh was listed by the Blue and White in 2012.

James Hilsendager (6’1”, 196 lbs, ’97) suited up for the Lloydminster Bobcats in the AMHL last season where he tallied 14 points (3G, 11A) in 33 games to go with 76 penalty minutes.  Over the past two seasons, Hilsendager has also earned call-ups to the AJHL’s Lloydminster Bobcats having played five games in Junior-A, four last season.  The Lloydminster native was the Pats 9th Round pick (187th Overall) in the 2012 WHL Bantam Draft.

Brady Pouteau (6’2”, 186 lbs, ’98) skated with the MMHL’s Pembina Valley Hawks last season.  In his rookie year, Pouteau put up 14 points (4G, 10A) and 16 penalty minutes in 40 games.  Pouteau was a 4th Round pick (79th Overall) of the Pats in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft after he had 16 points and 36 penalty minutes over 30 games in Bantam AAA in 2012-13.

Ryan Krushen (6’2”, 168 lbs, ’98) was a member of the Sherwood Spark Squires of the AMMHL last season.  In Krushen’s first season of midget hockey, he notched 16 points (4G, 12A).  A teammate of Sam Steel in Bantam AAA, Krushen was listed by the Pats following a 21 point season in the AMBHL and a strong showing at 2013 Regina Pats Training Camp.

The Blue and White carry forward 37 players onto their roster for the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament.

The Regina Pats open the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament Thursday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Cooperators Centre.  Puck drop is scheduled for 7 p.m.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications 
Regina Pats Hockey Club

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The Regina Pats wrapped up the training camp portion of their pre-season and now turn their focus to the pre-season games starting tomorrow night at the Co-Operators Center.

I spent the weekend covering the camp but didn't offer much in way of opinion but now I will.

First off, in my 3 previous training camps I have not seen this many good players in attendance. The 1997 age group especially is a good one for this team. When you look at the 2012 draft, three players made the team last year in defenceman Brady Reagan along with forwards Austin Wagner and Rylee Zimmer. After watching camp this year, 3rd round pick Rykr Cole and 9th round pick James Hilsendager both have played really well and will make the team in my opinion. Colton Kroeker is also in the mix, the 7th round pick from that draft, as is 10th rounder Jared McAmmond. That's 7 of the 11 players picked. Doesn't get much better than that. Add in listed player Adam Berg and first round import selection Sergey Zborovsky... you get the picture. The future looks bright. Wagner looks like one of the most improved players from last year.

As for 16 year olds, Sam Steel will obviously play this year. I am a fan of Jacob Elmer, he's got a lot of skill and had a great rookie camp but will need to have a good pre-season. Luc Smith missed most of camp with an illness and will hopefully be able to get into action in the pre season. Riley Woods had a great camp, he's a little undersized but the kid has skill and smarts. He will be a Regina Pat one day, if not this year then in the next two. Brady Pouteau looks to have the makings of a good defenseman as well.

The 96 age group has a number of returnees. Adam Brooks, Chase Harrison and Maximillian Kammerer. Brooks has definitely taken a step. He is stronger and had a really good second half of camp. He will have a good year. Harrison looks really good as well and Kammerer will be much more impactful with a year under his belt. Kyle Westeringh is a guy who was listed and had a great camp. He certainly has a chance to make this team. Dane Schioler is in the conversation as well, one of those guys you cheer for.

As for the 95's. Connor Gay and Dryden Hunt look really good up front. Kyle Burroughs and Colby Williams also look primed for a good year on the back end. Morgan Klimchuk will lead this team in points once he gets back from NHL Camp, if he does. Isaac Schacher brings a lot of size to the back end and Carter Hansen while he hasn't scored a lot of points was among the best penalty killers last year.

There are 4, 1994 born players looking to fill 3, 20 year old spots on the roster. Forwards Braden Christoffer, Logan McVeigh and Patrick D'Amico along with goaltender Dawson MacAuley. All four have looked good in camp and I'm guess they will all be here until the 20 year old deadline after which a trade or decision ill be made.

MacAuley is one of four goalies looking for a spot on this team. Daniel Wapple, Tyler Fuhr and Kurtis Chapman are the others. Jordan Hollett has been great in camp but as a 15 year old cannot play in the league this year. Should be an interesting battle throughout the pre-season.

The pre-season schedule starts on Thursday night as the Pats host the Moose Jaw Warriors at 7 PM on 620 CKRM. The game is at the Co-Operators Center. Some tough decisions ahead to be sure for the brain trust.


Best of luck to Pats assistant coach Darrin McKechnie's son Tanner as he takes part in training camp with the Kootenay Ice this week.


What tough conditions on Sunday for the Regina Thunder and Edmonton Wildcats at Mosaic Stadium. The Wildcats came away with the 19-14 victory and improved to 2 and oh while the Thunder sit 1 and 1 heading into the bye week.

Quarterback Jaeden Marwick had a day to forget throwing 5 interceptions and completing 4 passes. He was also injured on the final drive of the game.

The defence was good again in Week 2 and forced a bunch of turnovers but the rain and wind caused a lot of problems for the offense.

The Thunder are off until September 6th when they play in Saskatoon against the Hilltops.


What a win for the Riders on the weekend. This team continues to grind out victories. The whole guaranteed win night thing makes it that much better. I should pick against the Riders every week because whenever I do they win.


How about Catherine Bellis at the US Open. The 15 year old from the USA became the youngest player to win a match at the Open since 1996. That's impressive enough but she did it against the tournaments 12th seed. Canada's Eugenie Bouchard looked great in her first match as well. Hopefully she can make it far again in another grand slam tournament.


I can't watch the Blue Jays anymore, its too painful.

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


Monday, August 25, 2014

Team White 5 Team Blue 4 SO

The Regina Pats played in their annual Blue and White game at the Co-operators Center on Monday night. 46 players were carried over from training camp for the game. Morgan Klimchuk, Chandler Stephenson, Patrick D'Amico and Dawson MacAuley did not dress for the game. Team Blue was coached by Pats alumni Doug Trapp and and Dyson Stevenson. Team White Kelly Markwart and Garrett Mitchell. Daniel Wapple started in goal for Team White and Tyler Fuhr for Team Blue.

In the first period Team White would score 49 seconds in as Connor Gay fed Sam Steel who beat Fuhr up high to make it 1-0. Dryden Hunt came oh so close to tying the game for Team Blue 5 minutes in but rang it off the post. Blue would find the tying goal at 5:43 as Austin Wagner fed Dane Schioler in the slot who slapped one off the post and in and it was 1-1.  Team Blue would get the games first powerplay on a holding call but White would kill it off and the period ended tied at 1's. Shots on goal were 15-10 Blue in the period.

In the second period Team White would get their first powerplay just over 7 minutes in but they were unable to score. At the 11 minute mark the teams switched goaltenders. Wapple who stopped 19 of 20 shots faced was replaced by Jordan Hollett for Team White. Tyler Fuhr made 10 saves on 11 shots and was lifted in favor of Kurtis Chapman. Team White would take the lead at 12:43 as Sam Steel scored his second of the game. Assists from Braden Christoffer and Connor Gay and it was 2-1. Team White would get a late powerplay in the period but again it was killed off and then Blue tied it up as Darcy DeRoose scored at 19:30 unassisted and it was 2-2. Shots were 11-8 Blue in the period and they led overall 26-18.

In the third Team Blue would take the lead 40 seconds in as Rykr Cole scored to make it 3-2. Then 31 seconds later Logan McVeigh was stopped on a breakaway but the rebound was cleared by William Lovell off the skate of Max Kammerer and in at 1:11 and it was 3-3. The first fight of training camp took place in the 3rd as Brady Reagan dropped the gloves with Darcy DeRoose. Then on the powerplay Team White retook the lead as Braden Christoffer put home a pass from Sam Steel and it was 4-3. Colby Williams got the second assist. Blue would tie the game at 17:25 as Jared McAmmond put one past Hollett and it was 4-4. Jacob Elmer and Kyle Westeringh the assists. That's how regulation would end and we went to a shootout. Shots on goal in the 3rd were 11 Blue and 8 for White. Blue led overall 37 to 26.

The first shooter for White was Logan McVeigh stopped by Kurtis Chapman. Hunt for Blue stopped by Hollett. Connor Gay scored for White to make it 1-0. Sergey Zborovsky went next for Blue and he was stopped by Hollett. Sam Steel sealed the victory for Team White beating Chapman 5 hole. Final score White 5 Blue 4.

Senior VP of Hockey Operations and Head Coach John Paddock addressed the media afterwards as did forwards Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer.

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 The Pats host Moose Jaw on Thursday at 7 o'clock to kick off the pre-season.

Regina Pats Blue and White Game Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats’ 2014 Training Camp comes to a close this evening with the annual Blue and White Game at the Cooperators Centre at 7:00 p.m.  Tickets for tonight’s game are available at the doors at $2 for general admission.  Doors open at 6:00 p.m. this evening.

A pair of Regina Pats alumni will be on each bench for the Blue and White Game.  Coaching Team Blue are Doug Trapp and Dyson Stevenson.  Trapp played in 202 games for the Pats amassing 252 points while Stevenson was the team’s MVP for the 2013-14 Season and totaled 168 points in 252 games played.  The guest coaches for Team White are Kelly Markwart and Garrett Mitchell.  Markwart suited up for 121 games with the Pats and picked up 47 points in his WHL career while Mitchell currently plays for the Hershey Bears in the AHL after notching 112 points in 264 games in Regina.

The Pats carried 46 players from the scrimmage portion of Training Camp and 44 of those are in the lineup for the intrasquad game including prospects 2014 13th Overall pick Jordan Hollett, 2014 35th Overall pick Erik Gardiner and 2013 2nd Overall pick Sam Steel.  The contest also offers an opportunity to see some of the strides made by returning players like Dryden Hunt, Kyle Burroughs and Connor Gay.  The Pats’ 39th Overall selection in the 2014 CHL Import Draft, defenceman Sergey Zborovsky will also be in action.  The Blue and White Game showcases a pair of forwards, Darcy DeRoose and Earl Webb, who came to Training Camp as invitees and impressed their way to the intrasquad game.

Coming out of the scrimmage portion of Training Camp, the Pats feature four 1994 born players, ten 1995 born players, seven 1996 born players, ten 1997 born players, nine 1998 born players and six 1999 born players still with the team.

The battle for roster spots is wide open coming out of the scrimmage portion of camp with prospects pushing returning veterans for slots on the exhibition roster.  With an all-new coaching staff this season, returning players are feeling the pressure to put their best foot forward as Training Camp comes to a close.

The Pats first pre-season game comes at the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament August 28th (7:00 p.m.) against the Moose Jaw Warriors at the Cooperators Centre.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Regina Pats 2014 Training Camp Day 4 Recap

Day four of training camp kicked off with a scrimmage between Team Red and Team White at the Co-operators Centre.

Daniel Wapple started in goal for Team White and Tyler Fuhr for Team Red.

The lone goal of the period came from Sam Steel on a great passing play with Connor Gay and Braden Christoffer to make it 1-0 White.

In the second period Kurtis Chapman replaced Wapple in goal for Team Red and Tyler Brown in for Team White.

Jimmy Lambert would score to make it 2-0 White. Then Lambert would take a point shot and Adam Berg would put home the rebound and it was 3-0. Rykr Cole ten forced a turnover and fired short side to beat Chapman and it 4-0. That was the final score.

I talked with Kyle Westeringh and Owen Sillinger post scrimmage.

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 Team Red and Team Blue scrimmaged in the afternoon session.

Kurtis Champman started in goal for Team White and Dawson MacAuley for Team Blue.

Team Red would open the scoring as Logan McVeigh scored his 3rd of camp from Riley Woods and Auston Wagner. Adam Brooks would tie it for Blue with his first. Dryden Hunt and Austin Johnson the assists. Red retook the lead as Logan McVeigh scored his second from Dane Schioler. Then Austin Wagner made it 3-1 for Red with his second of camp. Riley Woods and Logan McVeigh the assists. Blue would get it even with goals from Dryden Hunt, his first and second to make it 3-3 heading to the break.

In the second Daniel Wapple was in net for Red and Jordan Hollett for Blue.

Adam Brooks would get the first goal of the period and his second of the game to make it 4-3 Blue. Then Rylee Zimmer made it 5-3 Blue with his first with assists to Max Kammerer and Earl Webb. It was then 6-3 Blue as Adam Brooks put home his third of the game from Jacob Elmer and Dryden Hunt. That was the final score.

I talked with Dawson MacAuley and Adam Brooks after the game.

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 The final scrimmage of main camp saw Team White take on Team Blue.

Tyler Brown started in goal for Team White and Jordan Hollett for Team Blue.

Team White scored the games opening goal as Rykr Cole put home his 2nd of camp. He would score again in the period with assists to Tyler Pickett and Jared McAmmond and it was 2-0 White after the opening period.

In the second Tyler Fuhr took over the net for Team White and Dawson MacAuley for Team Blue.

Braden Christoffer would make it 3-0 White with his 3rd from Connor Gay. Blue would get on the board as Adam Brooks put home his 4th of the day. Then Carter Hansen made it 4-1 White with his 1st. Earl Webb would then tip home a pass from Max Kammerer to make it 4-2. Tyler Pickett restored the three goal lead for Team White with his 2nd of camp, assist to Rykr Cole and it was 5-2.  Braden Christoffer would round out the scoring for the game for Team White to make it 6-2, Connor Gay the assist again and that was the final score.

Logan McVeigh, Adam Brooks, Rykr Cole and Braden Christoffer finished main camp with 4 goals each. Connor Gay and Owen Sillinger both had 3.

One personal observation from me: The 97 age group is quite strong with this team. The future looks good.

I talked with Assistant Coach Dave Struch.

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The team will trim down to make two teams ahead of tomorrow nights annual Blue and White game at the Co-Operators Centre at 7PM.


The 1 and oh Regina Thunder hosted the 1 and oh Edmonton Wildcats on Sunday at a rainy and windy Mosaic Stadium. The Thunder won over Saskatoon in Week 1 and the Wildcats beat Calgary. Jaeden Marwick started his second game at QB for the Thunder after being named the offensive player of the week.

In the first quarter the lone points came on a 46 yard touchdown pass from Jordan Olson to Brad Quartel at 3:57 and it was 7-0 Wildcats. Both defenses were able to force turnovers almost at will. Punts were blocked but neither team did much on offense.

In the second quarter the Thunder would give up a 2 point safety at 9:22 to give the Wildcats the 9-0 lead but that was all the scoring for the first half. The Thunder offense had chances deep in Wildcat territory but interceptions negated any points and it was 9-0 at the half. Royce Hanna did pick up hist first PFC interception in the quarter for the Thunder. Both teams had 4 turnovers in the half.

In the third quarter the Thunder would get on the board as Colton Klassen scored his first ever PFC touchdown at 5:56 and it was 9-7. Then Brandon Whitehouse would intercept Jordan Olson and the Thunder would take the lead on that next dive. Jaeden Marwick scored a 1 yard TD to make it 14-9 Thunder However the Wildcats would respond with a touchdown of their own as Anthony Myroon ran one in from 17 yards out to make it 16-14 Wildcats at the break.

In the 4th the Wildcats would get a 30 yard field goal from Ideen Samadi at the 32 second mark and it was 19-14. The Thunder would not be able to score again in the game. They were set up deep in Wildcat territory late and Jaeden Marwick got hurt running for a first down. Spencer Mack came in and took a sack and then had a pass batted away on 3rd down and the Wildcats took the victory.

The Thunder will enjoy a bye week before playing their next game in Saskatoon.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Regina Pats 2014 Training Camp Day 3 Recap

Main Camp got underway on Day 3 at the Cooperators Centre. 21 players from the rookie tournament made the weekend. Team White and Team Blue were the first to hit the ice. 

Team White is made up of forwards Braden Christoffer, Sam Steel, Connor Gay, Jared McAmmond, Carter Hansen, Tyler Pickett, Adam Berg, Rykr Cole, Jimmy Lambert, Carson Welke, Garrett Szeremley and Myles Bennett. Defencemen Chase Harrison, Garrett Ewert, Ryan Krushen, Isaac Schacher, Tyler Anderson, Jared Freadrich and Brady Reagan. Team WHite's goalies are Tyler Fuhr and Tyler Brown. 

Team Blue is made up of forwards Dryden Hunt, Adam Brooks, Jacob Elmer, Maximillian Kammerer, Rylee Zimmer, Earl Webb, Erik Gardiner, Gary Haden, Brady Third, Scott Gall, Case McKersie and Zachary Cox. Defencemen Brady Pouteau, Colby Williams, Adam Sandstrom, Sergey Zborovsky, Braden Groot, Brendan Kallis and Austin Johnson. The goalies Dawson MacAuley and Jordan Hollett. 

In the first period Tyler Fuhr started in goal for Team White and Dawson MacAuley for Team Blue. 

Neither team would score in the opening frame.

In the second Tyler Brown took over the net for Team White and Dawson MacAuley stayed for Team Blue.

Chase Harrison would get Team White on the board in the early going. Scott Gall would then put home a rebound off the post for Team Blue and it was 1-1. Connor Gay gave Team Whit the lead back shortly after and it was 2-1. That would be the final score.

I talked with Braden Christoffer and Rykr Cole.

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Team Red will hit the ice for the first time at 3:30 taking on Team Blue.

The Red is comprised of forwards Patrick D'Amico, Kyle Westeringh, Dane Schioler, Darcy DeRoose, Colton Kroeker, Riley Woods, Logan McVeigh, Bryar Ortynski, Arthur Miller, Merritt Oszytko, Owen Sillinger, Austin Wagner and Luc Smith. Defencemen James Hilsendager, Riley Bruce, Kyle Burroughs, William Lovell, Quinn Sobus and Joshua Bishop. The goalies are Daniel Wapple and Kurtis Chapman.

Jordan Hollett started in goal for Team Blue and Daniel Wapple for Team Red.

In the first period Team Blue scored first as Gary Haden scored on the backhand to make it 1-0. It stayed that way for a while before Austin Wagner scored a beautiful goal on the rush. He skated up the right wing, cut in front and finished pas Hollett to make it 1-1. Then just before the period ended Red would take the lead on a very nice passing play. Kyle Westeringh fed Dane Schioler who then fed Patrick D'Amico who scored to make it 2-1. That was the score at the break.

In the second Daniel Wapple was replaced in goal by Kurtis Chapman for Team Red, Hollett remained in goal for Team Blue.

Team Red would go ahead 3-1 as Owen Sillinger scored on a pass from his teammate with the Pat Canadians Arthur Millar. Maximillian Kammerer got Team Blue back within 1 on a beautiful move and an even better finish. Rylee Zimmer the assist and it was 3-2. Then Red would explode for 4 straight goals. First it was Arthur Millar from Owen Sillinger, then Logan McVeigh scored on a feed from Rylee Woods and it was 5-2. Owen Sillinger would then score his second of the game, assists to Merritt Oszytko and Kyle Burroughs. Logan McVeigh capped off the scoring with his second from Bryar Ortynski and it was 7-2. That was the final score.

I talked with Colby Williams and Maximillian Kammerer post scrimmage.

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 Team Red took on Team White in the final session of Day 3.

Tyler Brown started in goal for Team White and Kurtis Chapman for Team Red.

In the early goings Connor Gay would score his second of the day to make it 1-0 White. Then Owen Sillinger took a pass from Arthur Millar and scored to tie it 1-1. James Hilsendager would then get a point shot through and give Team Red the lead 2-1. Darcy DeRoose made it 3-1 Red shortly later. Assists to James Hilsendager and Colton Kroeker. White got it to within 1 with a powerplay goal from Rykr Cole and then tied the game as Braden Christoffer scored on a nice move to the back hand and it was 3-3. White would take the lead late in the period and Sam Steel cut around the net, came out front and fired a back hand into the top of the net. 4-3 White led at the break.

In the second, Daniel Wapple took over the goal for Team Red and Tyler Fuhr for Team White.

Tyler Pickett would give White the 5-3 lead with his first of camp. Red would respond on the powerplay with a goal from Kyle Westeringh to make it 5-4. Connor Gay would make it 6-4 White capping off a beautiful passing play with Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer. Then Jimmy Lambert made it 7-4 White as he finished off a pass from Adam Berg. White would get another as Braden Christoffer put home his second of the day and it was 8-4. Dane Schioler would score the last goal of the scrimmage for Team Red to make it 8-5. That was the final score. White finished the day 2 and oh, Red was 1 and 1, Blue oh and 2.

I talked with Colton Kroeker and Head Scout Dale McMullin afterwards.

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Team Red will take on Team White again on Sunday morning at 10 AM.