Friday, October 31, 2014


The Regina Pats were at home to the Saskatoon Blades at the Brandt Centre on Halloween night. It was the first meeting of the season between the East Division rivals. The Pats were coming off a 8-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes on Sunday where Morgan Klimchuk and Adam Brooks had three point nights while Daniel Wapple stopped 35 of 36 shots. The Blades beat Moose Jaw on Tuesday 5-2 and sat three points back of the Pats in the standings. The Pats were without Sam Steel on this night as he is in Sarnia, Ontario for the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                      Blades
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                             Millette-Forsberg-McKechnie
Christoffer-Kroeker-Klimchuk                               Graham-Hebig-Adamson
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                                       Zajac-Gingras-Stovin
McAmmond-Smith-Cole                                        Soshin-Welykohlowa-Uhrich

Burroughs-Williams                                             Krupic-Nogier
Harrison-Reagan                                                     Henry-Schacher
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                          Higson-Thompson

Brown                                                                     Moodie
Wapple                                                                  Amundrud

Pats scratches - Fuhr, Hansen and Steel.
Blades scratches - Coghlan, Sloboshan and Armour.

In the first period the Pats went to the first powerplay early on but were unable to score but shortly after got another man advantage and this time opened the scoring. Patrick D'Amico banged home a rebound for his team leading 7th goal of the year at 6:09. Connor Gay and Chase Harrison the assists and it was 1-0 Pats. Regina kept coming and the Blades had some good scoring chances of their own. Saskatoon picked up their first poweprlay but the Pats killed it off and then went up 2-0. Luc Smith was absolutely robbed by Nik Amundrud but Jared McAmmond followed up and put home the rebound for his second goal of the year at 16:03. Smith with his first WHL point and Colby Williams with the assists. The Pats kept the pressure up for the rest of the period but Amundrud kept the Blades within 2 heading to the break. The Pats outshot Saskatoon 16-4 in the frame.

In the second the Pats picked up another powerplay goal and went up 3-0. Connor Gay with a beautiful toe drag shot off the post and in for his 5th of the season from Patrick D'Amico and Colby Williams. The Blades went to their second powerplay of the game a short time later but on it the Pats picked up a short handed goal as Morgan Klimchuk stole a puck in the offensive zone and centered for D'Amico who put his 2nd of the night into the net and 8th of the year at 10:18. The Pats got into some more penalty trouble and went down 2 men for 31 seconds. On the 5 on 3 the Blades got on the board at 11:49 as Alex Forsberg scored his 7th from Cory Millette and Sam McKechnie and it was 4-1. That's how the period would end with the Pats outshooting the Blades 14-10 in the period and 30-14 overall.

In the third Braden Christoffer drove the Blades net and lost his footing and collided with goaltender Nik Amundrud. Amundrud was forced to leave the game after making 27 saves on 31 shots. Alex Moodie replaced him. The Blades got within 2 as Nick Zajac fired his 3rd of the year into the top corner at 12:59. Brett Stovin and Nelson Nogier. The Blades had two powerplays in the period to the Pats one but neither team would score. The Blades pulled Alex Moodie late but with 0.9 seconds left Morgan Klimchuk fed Pavel Padakin who was all along and scored his 3rd of the year at 19:59 to make it 5-2. Adam Brooks with the second assist. The Pats were outshot in the 3rd 12-9 but outshot Saskatoon overall 39-26.

The Pats powerplay went 2 for 6 on the night and the penalty kill 5 for 6 with a shorthanded goal.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Colby Williams who had two assists in the win. The second star to Connor Gay who scored a goal and added an assist and the first star to Patrick D'Amico who had a three point night with 2 goals and an assist.

The Pats are back in action Saturday night at 7 o'clock against the Swift Current Broncos at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Pats PP Goal at 6:09. Patrick D'Amico (7) from Connor Gay and Chase Harrison.

Pats Goal at 16:03. Jared McAmmond (2) from Luc Smith and Colby Williams.

2nd Period 

Pats PP Goal at 3:05. Connor Gay (5) from Patrick D'Amico and Colby Williams.

Pats SH Goal at 10:18. Patrick D'Amico (8) from Morgan Klimchuk.

Blades 5v3 PP Goal at 11:49. Alex Forsberg (7) from Cory Millette and Sam McKechnie.

3rd Period 

Blades Goal at 12:59. Nick Zajac (3) from Brett Stovin and Nelson Nogier.

Pats EN Goal at 19:59. Pavel Padakin (3) from Morgan Klimchuk and Adam Brooks.

Here are the radio highlights.

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Raiders fire Cory Clouston

Prince Albert, SK—  The Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League have relieved Head Coach Cory Clouston of his duties effective immediately. Clouston joined the Raiders on June 1, 2013 and was in the second year of a two year contract with the team.

Associate Coach Dave Manson will be the Interim Head Coach tonight when the Raiders play the Warriors in Moose Jaw.  The Raiders will name a permanent Head Coach shortly.

Under Clouston the Raiders had a record of 41-41-3-2 including a mark of 6-9-0-0 this season.  In 2013-14 the Raiders were 35-32-3-2 and won a WHL tie-breaker game over Red Deer under Clouston, before being swept in the first round of the playoffs by eventual Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Raiders return home to host the Saskatoon Blades tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at the Art Hauser Centre.

Courtesy Raiders PR

Pats - Blades Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (6-8-1-0) face the Saskatoon Blades (5-9-0-0) for the first time this season.  2013-14 was the Pats’ year against the Blades as they won all eight matchups.  Morgan Klimchuk leads returning Pats against Saskatoon with 12 points (5G, 7A) in six games against the Blades.  Brett Stovin is the top returning Blade with five points (1G, 4A) in seven games against Regina.  Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats snapped their losing skid with an 8-1 win over Lethbridge. Meanwhile, the Blades are an even 5-5-0-0 in their previous ten games.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m.
Halloween SpooktacularBring the kids down to the Brandt Centre for the Pats Halloween Spooktacular.  Kids under 17 wearing costumes get into the game for FREE.  There will be prizes for the best costumes as well as candy to be handed out to young fans.  Show off costumes at the Box Office to gain entrance to the game.
Lead Up: Floodgates Open in Pats 8-1 Win Over Lethbridge
The Pats got pairs of goals from Braden Christoffer, Patrick D’Amico and Adam Brooks as the Blue and White broke out of their scoring slump in a big way.  Morgan Klimchuk and Austin Wagner added singles in the victory while Lenny Hackman scored the lone Hurricanes goal.  Daniel Wapple turned aside 35 shots for his fourth win of the year.
Career Year… in Fifteen GamesAdam Brooks is already well into a career year for the Pats just fifteen games into the season.  The third year forward has five goals and five assists for ten points.  The five goals is already a career best after scoring four each of the last two seasons in 55 and 60 games of action.  The ten points is just two off Brooks’ career best of twelve points.
Heading East
Rookie forward Sam Steel won’t be with the Pats the next three games as he joins Team Canada Black at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton.  The Sherwood Park, AB native leaves the Pats while on a three game point streak and tied for second in team scoring.
Upcoming Schedule
vs. Swift Current – Saturday, November 1st, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)vs. Calgary – Friday, November 7th, 7:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cougars claim Rathjen off Waivers

Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars have claimed 20-year-old goaltender Jared Rathjen (Prince George, B.C.) off of waivers from the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Rathjen (6’1”, 187 pounds) has played 74 career games in the WHL with the Victoria Royals and Vancouver Giants. His career record is 20-30-7-1 with a 3.81 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .873. Last season with the Giants,Rathjen posted a record of 13-8-4-1 with a 2.98 goals-against-average, an .898 save percentage and one shutout.

Prior to this season, Rathjen (a former Cariboo Cougar and Prince George minor hockey product) was traded by the Vancouver Giants to the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a conditional fifth round selection in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He dressed in two preseason games for the Tigers but has not yet played in the regular season in 2014-15.

Rathen is en route to Prince George from Medicine Hat and will join the team for this weekend’s home double-header with the Kamloops Blazers.

In order to make room for Rathjen on the Prince George Cougars 25-man roster, the Cougars have placed 20-year-old defenceman Wil Tomchuk (Fort McMurray, AB) on waivers. In the meantime, Tomchuk has been reassigned to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Prince George Cougars wish to thank Wil for his dedication and commitment to the Prince George Cougars, and wish him all of the best in his future endeavors both on and off the ice.
Courtesy Dan O'Connor
Cougars PR

Pat Canadians win 9th straight game

The Regina Pat Canadians hosted the Yorkton RawTec Maulers on Wednesday and won their ninth straight game.  Riley Woods scored from Jake Tesarowski and Riley Mohr at 2:27 of the overtime period to lift the Pat C’s to the victory.

Jake Tesarowski had 1 goal and 1 assist, while Tyler Adams had to the other regulation time goal.  Riley Woods had the O/T winner and 1 assist.

Clarke Flegel stopped 21 of 23 shots directed his way in the victory.

Scoring for the Yorkton Maulers were McKenzie Welke and Brennan Watson.

Carter Phair stopped 38 of 41 shots directed his way

The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is Sunday, November 2, when the Notre Dame Hounds are in town – puck drop is 7:30 PM.

Courtesy John Smith, Pat Canadians PR.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pats Re-assign Krushen to the AMHL

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the team has reassigned defenceman Ryan Krushen (’98) to the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL.
Krushen was recalled last weekend due to injury concerns in the Pats defence and made his WHL debut October 25th in Swift Current.  The prospect defender played his second game the following night, also against the Broncos. 

The Pats are in action this weekend as they face off with the Saskatoon Blades on Friday for the Pats Spooktacular Halloween where kids under 17 wearing costumes get in free.  The following night, the Blue and White go green for their second Saskatchewan Roughriders Night.  Tickets are available at, the Brandt Centre Box Office or Safeway locations throughout Regina.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Statement from the Howe Family

Vancouver, B.C. - The Howe family released the following statement regarding Vancouver Giants Co-Owner Gordie Howe's condition after he suffered a stroke on Sunday morning:

"The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie. He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morningwhile at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.

Anyone wanting to send cards or letters of support to Gordie, please send to:

Gordie Howe
c/o Texas Trailer Corral
12207 HWY 87
Lubbock, TX 79423"

Brendan Batchelor
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings, Everett Silvertips; Edmonton Oil Kings honourable mention.


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the sixth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2014-15 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 6




Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Kelowna Rockets (12-1-0-0)




Erie Otters (11-0-0-1)




Rimouski Oceanic (13-4-0-1)




Medicine Hat Tigers (11-2-1-0)




Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (10-3-0-0)




Brandon Wheat Kings (11-3-1-0)




Saint John Sea Dogs (9-3-0-3)




Oshawa Generals (11-2-1-0)




Sherbrooke Phoenix (12-5-0-0)




Everett Silvertips (8-1-2-1)



Honourable Mention:

Belleville Bulls (9-3-0-0)



Baie-Comeau Drakkar (11-5-0-1)



Edmonton Oil Kings (9-3-0-1)




Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

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Happy Wednesday! Let's get right to it.

Regina Pats star rookie forward Sam Steel is off to Sarnia Ontario today ahead of the 2014 World Under 17 Hockey Challenge which gets underway this coming weekend. Steel will represent Team Canada Black for the tournament, they open on Sunday against Team Russia at 2 o'clock. The Sherwood Park native has 3 goals and 9 assists in 15 games this season with the Pats and is tied for 2nd in team scoring with 12 points. Add to that the fact that he leads the team at plus 10, he has been even or on the plus side of the ledger in every game besides one where he went -1. 

Steel says he can't wait for the opportunity. "I've been looking forward to it ever since I was named to the team. It just started to set in after that last game (on Sunday). That's my main focus for the next 10 days or so and then once I get back then it's all business again here (in Regina)."

Sam is not the only standout rookie from the WHL that will be playing with Team Black. Tyler Benson of the Vancouver Giants and Cale Klague of the Brandon Wheat Kings are on his team, all three of them top 5 picks in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft. Add to that list Calgary Hitmen defenceman Jake Bean, Vancouver d-man Ryely McKinstry and Seattle forward Nolan Volcan as the other WHLer's. Won't be the last time we see the likes of Steel dawn the Canadian colors

Steel will miss three games for the Pats for the tournament, this weekend against Saskatoon and Swift Current and then next weekend versus the Calgary Hitmen. 

- Fans of the WHL are being treated to quite the crop of rookies breaking into the league this year. The 16 year old class is better than I have ever seen. I'm sure there are people who have been around a lot longer than I have but we will be seeing these 1998 born kids light up the league for the next 3-4 years. Sam Steel and Nolan Patrick of the Brandon Wheat Kings each have 12 points, Kamloops Jake Kryski has 11 along with Vancouver's Tyler Benson. Star players with bright futures. 

- The Pats finally got the puck to go in on Sunday against the Lethbridge Hurriances. I have never seen a team so snake bitten as the Pats were int he previous four games where they scored just once in each contest, all of them losses. From posts to bad bounces to missing wide open nets the team just could not score a second goal in their games but it all came together against the Canes on Sunday. Yes people will argue that it was just the Hurricanes but Lethbridge had won three in a row coming in, including against the defending memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings. 

- Seems like Morgan Klimchuk has come into full form 6 games in. The 19 year old Flames 1st rounder had his first multi-point night on Sunday with a goal and two assists. That's a welcome sight for the Blue and White. 

- The Leafs aren't getting my hopes up this year, a 4-4-1-0 start is mediocre. No parades are being planned and I'm not going to get duped into thinking they are contenders this year. At least not at the moment. The Blue Jays did it to me this summer, quite possibly the most hope I've had for the team only to have those dashed. Don't get me wrong I want them to win and do well however I'm not sure I can take another year of ups and downs. 

- Talking with Luc Mullinder on the Sportscage on Monday we came to the conclusion that while the Riders may have up and down years, they always get it together at the end of the year it seems and validate the early season hopes of Rider Nation. Everyone seems pretty optimistic over the first three quarters of Friday's game in Calgary. Kerry Joseph looked pretty darn good, yes the fourth quarter was one to forget but I for one feel a lot better about their chances with KJ at the helm. 

- It's almost a guarantee the Riders will head East for the playoffs. Yes I know it always seems tough to win out there but at the end of the day it won't be as bad going to Hamilton, Toronto or Montreal as opposed to Edmonton and Calgary on the road to the Grey Cup game. I'm not sitting here thinking the Riders will be there at the end but they have a chance and in the playoffs that's all that matters. 

- Interesting comments from General Manager Brendan Taman on Mondays Sportscage on the decision he and the coaching staff face when it comes to who should play in the final game of the regular season against the Eskimos. It's a fine line between getting guys healthy for the playoffs and wanting to get a win and some momentum before the elimination games start, One thing for sure is that the Eskimos likely will rest some guys as they will be locked into second place in the West Division. Taman said it will likely be a lot like an exhibition game. Tough to say whether guys should sit or if they should play to get some good mojo going. 

- Congrats to the Saskatoon Hilltops on yet another PFC Championship over the weekend in their win over the Calgary Colts. 

- The Kansas City Royals didn't look nervous in the least last night in game 6 of the world series hammering the San Francisco Giants 10-0. Rookie pitcher Yordano Ventura was unfazed on the big stage in an elimination game going 7 scoreless innings. Giants veteran arm Jake Peavy on the other hand struggled and didn't get out of the 2nd inning. The home team has won 9 straight game sevens in the world series and I for one hope the Royals make that streak 10 games. They are the feel good story in baseball and I am on board. 

- Pats in the pro's update: Dyson Stevenson has played three games in the ECHL with the Gwinnett Gladiators and has 11 penalty minutes. Lane Scheidl has his East Coast season off to a good start in Kalamazoo with 2 goals and 2 assists in 5 games. Colton Jobke has 2 assists in 6 ECHL games with the Alaska Aces. Chandler Stephenson with the Hershey Bears of he AHL has a goal in 6 games played.

- Lots of rumours floating around yesterday on Twitter that Jordan Weal might get a call up to play with the Los Angeles Kings. Anze Kopitar did not play last night because of an injury and people were speculating that Weal would get the call to play against the Philadelphia Flyers. That didn't happen, some quoted cap issues as the reason why but he would make just 610 K in the NHL under his entry level deal so that doesn't make a whole lot of sense. At any rate it won't be long before we see the Pats fourth all-time leading scorer on the big stage. He has a goal and 5 assists in 5 games so far with the Manchester Monarchs of the AHL. 

- Pats TV this week on Access 7 on Wednesday at 7 o'clock features defencemen Colby Williams and Carter Hansen as well as Athletic Therapist/Trainer Greg Mayer.

That's it from me today, have a good week!


Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Steven Alldridge calls it a career

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Tuesday Forward Steven Alldridge has decided to retire from the Western Hockey League.

The 18-year old from Inuvik, NWT came to the Hurricanes in the Corbin Boes trade to the Portland Winterhawks prior to last year’s trade deadline. At the time of the trade, the 6’3, 200lb left winger had played 24 games with the Winterhawks where he was a minus-4 plus/minus rating to go along with his 54 penalty minutes.

Alldridge played 15 games with the Hurricanes, before a shoulder injury cut short the 2013-2014 season and he had yet to return to the lineup this season.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes thank Steven for all his contributions to the hockey team both on the ice and in the community. The hockey club wishes Steven all the best in his future endeavors.

Esther Madziya
Communications & PR Manager
Lethbridge Hurricanes

Rockets Whistle CHL Goalie of the Week

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced that Jackson Whistle of the Kelowna Rockets is the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week for the week ending October 26 after posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout victory for a goals-against-average of 0.50 and save percentage of .981.


Whistle made 53 saves in two games for the WHL’s top ranked Rockets who improved their record to 12-1-0-0.  Whistle earned his second shutout of the season last Wednesday night stopping all 22 shots he faced as third star of a 4-0 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans.  He then earned first star honours on Saturday with 31 saves as part of a 6-1 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings.


Whistle, a 19-year-old from West Kelowna, BC, is playing in his fourth WHL season and third with the Rockets.  So far this season he carries an 11-1-0-0 record with a goals-against-average of 2.26 and save percentage of .916 with two shutouts.  


Also considered for the award this week was Carolina Hurricanes prospect Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers with a 2-1-0-0 record and a pair of shutout victories posting a goals-against-average of 1.34 and save percentage of .948.  In the QMJHL, Marvin Cupper of the Shawinigan Cataractes won both of his starts with a goals-against-average of 1.92 and save percentage of .926.


2014-15 Vaughn CHL Goaltenders of the Week:

Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Jackson Whistle (Kelowna Rockets)

Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Philippe Cadorette (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)

Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Landon Bow (Swift Current Broncos)

Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Zach Sawchenko (Moose Jaw Warriors)

Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Charlie Graham (Belleville Bulls)


Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Canadian / Ontario Hockey League

Monday, October 27, 2014

Pat Chat October 27th

The Week That Was
Four games this week had the Pats busy as they played their second three-in-three weekend in a row.  The Blue and White opened the week against the Portland Winterhawks and ran into some hot goaltenders in a
3-1 loss to the defending Western Conference champs.  A trip to Swift Current saw a similar result for the Pats as the Broncos scored a pair of powerplay goals in the second period in a 3-1 win over Regina.  The back-half of the home and home saw the teams battle to a draw after forty minutes, but Brett Lernout scored in the third to down the Pats 2-1 at the Brandt Centre.  The Queen City Kids wrapped up the weekend with an offensive storm in an 8-1 win over the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  Braden Christoffer, Adam Brooks and Patrick D’Amico each scored twice in the win.
The Week Ahead
Friday, October 31st – Pats vs. Saskatoon (7:00 p.m.)
Calling all ghosts and ghouls for the Pats Halloween matchup with the Saskatoon Blades.  Kids under 17 get into the game FREE if they’re wearing a costume with prizes for the best costumes on the night.  Get more information on the Pats Spooktacular Halloween below.  On the ice, it’s the first meeting of the season between the Pats and Blades after Regina won all eight contests last year.
Saturday, November 1st – Pats vs. Swift Current (7:00 p.m.)
The Pats host their second Saskatchewan Roughriders night at the Brandt Centre to kick off the month of November.  The Blue and White go green with special edition jerseys that will be up for silent auction throughout the evening.  Get the full details below.  It’s the third matchup of the season between the Pats and Broncos with Swift Current taking both tightly contested games.
To the International Stage
Pats rookie Sam Steel departs Wednesday to join Team Canada Black at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton.  Steel is tied for 3rd in WHL rookie scoring with 12 points (3G, 9A) in 15 games played and is an impressive +10 in the plus/minus category.
Career High
Adam Brooks’ two goals against Lethbridge pushed the third year forward to a new career high in goals with five on the season in just 15 games.  The Winnipeg product has ten points (5G, 5A) which is just two away from his career high of 12 points in 2012-13.
Pats Spooktacular Halloween
After some trick-or-treating, don’t take off your costume!  Come down to the Brandt Centre and celebrate Halloween with the Pats.  Kids under 17 get into the game FREE if they’re wearing a costume.  Add to your candy stash with giveaways at the game and there will be prizes for the best costumes in the rink.  To get your free ticket to the game, show off your costume at the Brandt Centre Box Office.
Roughriders Night Presented by Mosaic
For the second year in a row, green is the colour as the Pats take on the Swift Current Broncos.  The Queen City kids don newly designed special edition Riders themed jerseys.  The Rider Drum Line will be at the game to get everyone pumped up before puck drop and select Roughriders players will be on hand for an autograph session during one of the intermissions.  Lucky fans in attendance will receive green Pats/Riders glow sticks at the doors and game sponsor Mosaic will have a green screen set up to make your very own hockey card!
Weekly Schedule
Monday, October 27th
– Day Off – No Media Availability
Tuesday, October 28th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 29th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Thursday, October 30th – Practice 2:00-3:30 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Friday, October 31st – Pats vs. Saskatoon – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
Saturday, November 1st – Pats vs. Swift Current – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM                         

Important Dates
Friday, October 31st – Pats Spooktacular Halloween vs. Saskatoon – 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 1st – Saskatchewan Roughriders Night vs. Swift Current – 7:00 p.m.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Rebels' Bleackley WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Red Deer Rebels’captain Conner Bleackley is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending October 26, 2014. 

Bleackley recorded six points on one goal and five assists, along with a +4 rating in two games over the past week, leading the Rebels to a pair of victories in that span.

On Friday, October 24th, Bleackley notched three assists, including drawing an assist on the game-winning goal, while also earning 3rd Star honors in a 6-3 triumph over the visiting Prince George Cougars. On Saturday, October 25th, Bleackley scored the game-winning goal and chipped in two assists for his second straight three-point outing, and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 5-1 win over the visiting Moose Jaw Warriors.

Bleackley, an 18-year-old from High River, AB, is in his third season in the WHL with the Red Deer Rebels, and currently sits tied for second on the team in scoring with 12 points in 11 games. The Rebels’ first-round pick, 21stoverall, in the 2011 WHL Bantam Draft, Bleackley has amassed 43 goals and 100 points in 164 career regular season games.Bleackley was selected by the Colorado Avalanche in the first round, 23rd overall, in the 2014 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Jackson Whistle of the Kelowna Rockets for theVaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. A 19-year-old from Kelowna, B.C., Whistleappeared in two games over the past week, posting a 2-0-0-0 record with a shutout, allowing just one goal on 54 shots for a 0.50 goals-against average and a .981 save percentage in that span. On Wednesday, October 22nd, Whistle stopped all 22 shots he faced for his second shutout of the season, and was named the game’s 3rd Star in a 4-0 win over the visiting Tri-City Americans. On Saturday, October 25th, he made 31 saves on 32 shots while claiming 1st Star honors in a 6-1 win over the visiting Brandon Wheat Kings. Whistle is in his fourth season in the WHL, and third campaign with the Kelowna Rockets. He has posted a 45-14-1-3 record with five shutouts in 76 career regular season games.  A fourth-round pick, 79th overall, by the Vancouver Giants in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Whistle is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Oct. 20 – Oct. 26: Conner Bleackley, Red Deer Rebels
Oct. 13 – Oct. 19: Joe Hicketts, Victoria Royals
Oct. 6 – Oct. 12: Ivan Nikolishin, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 29 – Oct. 5: Madison Bowey, Kelowna Rockets
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos

Corey St. Laurent
Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League
Father David Bauer Arena

Pat Canadians 7 Trojans 3

The Regina Pat Canadians hosted the Tisdale Trojans on Saturday,and won their 8th straight game.

Mathew Smishek led the way for the Pat C’s with 2 goals and 1 assist, single goal scorers were Arthur Miller, Landon Walters, Mark Edmands, Connor Chaulk and Riley Woods.  Jake Tesarowski and Tyler Adams had two assists each. 

Curtis Meger stopped 32 or 35 shots directed his way in the victory.

Scoring for Tisdale were Kristopher Bzdel, Connor Tuffs and Tanner Nagel.

Kye Steinke stopped 24 of 31 shots in the loss. 

The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is Wednesday, October 29, when the Yorkton RawTec Maulers are in town – puck drop is 7:45 PM.  

Courtesy John Smith, Pat Canadians PR. 

Sunday, October 26, 2014


The Regina Pats played their 3rd game in as many nights on Sunday with the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were looking to snap a 4 game losing streak. The most recent loss came at home to Swift Current on Saturday night 2-1 where the Pats outshot the Broncos 40-27 but could not find more than one goal. In their four game losing streak the Pats have scored just once in each game. The Hurricanes on the other hand were riding a 3 game winning streak going into the game coming off a win in Prince Albert over the Raiders on Saturday 3-1. Their last loss came against the Pats 6-1 in Lethbridge last weekend. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                       Hurricanes
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                               Jones-Sheen-Watson
Christoffer-Steel-Klimchuk                                Cooper-Estephan-Bricker
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                                       Folk-Wong-Lindgren
McAmmond-Smith-Cole                                       Kennedy-White

Burroughs-Williams                                               Walters-Nielsen
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                     Foulk-Hackman
Harrison-Hansen                                                    Jensen-Pankewicz

Brown                                                                   Robidoux
Wapple                                                                Skinner 

Pats scratches -
Hurricanes scratches -

In the first period the Pats had the early jump and led the shots on goal 4-1 but did not score. The Hurricanes got the games first powerplay but the Pats killed it off. Luc Smith dropped the gloves in the opening frame with the Hurricanes Carter Folk and they both sat for 5. The Pats foudn the opening goal at the 12:36 mark as Morgan Klimchuk gloved a bouncing puck past the Canes D and skated in on a breakaway, he finished 5 hole for his 3rd of the year, unassisted and it was 1-0. Lethbridge went to the man advantage for the second time with 1:24 left in the period but the Pats killed the time on the clock and took the 1-0 lead into the break with 36 seconds of shorthanded time carrying over in the 2nd. The Hurricanes outshot the Pats 16-13 in the period.

In the second the Pats got their first powerplay of the game and with 11 seconds left in it went up 5 on 3. They wouldn't score with the two man advantage but on the 5 on 4 powerplay Braden Christoffer would make a nice move in front to the back hand and finished his 5th of the year at 10:44 and it was 2-0. Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel the assists. 17 seconds later Adam Brooks was gifted a pass in front from the Hurricanes Kord Pankewicz and Brooks would finish on the forehand for his 4th of the year to make it 3-0 Regina at 11:01. An unassisted marker that ties Brooks career high in goals. The Pats kept coming and at 15:44 Austin Wagner fired home his 3rd of the year with assists to Pavel Padakin and Adam Brooks to make it 4-0. The assist for Padakin was his 100th point in the WHL. That was it for Stuart Skinner in the Hurricnaes goal as Zac Robidoux replaced him. Skinner made 26 saves on 30 shots. The Pats would add another goal at 18:32 as Patrick D'Amico put a loose puck into the open cage for his 5th with assists to Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs and it was 5-0. The Pats got a late powerplay but 1:10 would carry over into the 3rd. The Pats outshot the Canes 20-12 in the period and led overall 33-28.

In the third the Pats went up 6-0 at 1:41 as Braden Christoffer put home his second of the night and 6th of the year from Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs. Then at 3:57 Patrick D'Amico scored his second of the night and 6th of the year to make it 7-0. The lone assist to Dryden Hunt. The Canes would break up the shutout bid at 9:36 as Lenny Hackman scored his 1st of the year from Tyler Wong and it 7-1. The Pats made it 8-1 with a powerplay goal at 12:55. Adam Brooks with his second of the night and set a new career high in goals with his 5th with assists to Chase Harrison and Austin Wagner. That was the final score, the Pats outshot the Canes 13-8 in the final frame and 46-36 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 2 for 4 on the night and the penalty kill was 2 for 2.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Adam Brooks who scored twice and had an assist. The second assist to the Pats Daniel Wapple who stopped 35 of 36 shots faced and the first star to the Pats Morgan Klimchuk who scored once and added two helpers.

The Pats are off until Halloween Friday when they host the Saskatoon Blades at 7 o'clock at the Brandt Centre.

Scoring Summary 

1st Period

Pats Goal at 12:36. Morgan Klimchuk (3) unassisted.

2nd Period 

Pats PP Goal at 10:44. Braden Christoffer (5) from Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel.

Pats Goal at 11:01. Adam Brooks (4) unassisted.

Pats Goal at 15:44. Austin Wagner (3) from Pavel Padakin and Adam Brooks.

Pats Goal at 18:32. Patrick D'Amico (5) from Dyden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs.

3rd Period 

Pats Goal at 1:41. Braden Christoffer (6) from Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs.

Pats Goal at 3:57. Patrick D'Amico (6) from Dryden Hunt.

Hurricanes Goal at 9:36. Lenny Hackman (1) from Tyler Wong.

Pats PP Goal at 12:55. Adam Brooks (6) from Chase Harrison and Austin Wagner.

Here are the radio highlights from the game.

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