Wednesday, October 8, 2014

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The Regina Pats are home to the Kootenay Ice tonight at the Brandt Centre. The Pats enter the game with a 3-2-1-0 record while the Ice are 2-3-0-0. In terms of the match-up: The Pats have scored 22 goals to Kootenay's 14 while Regina has given up 20 goals to the Ice's 21. It will interesting to see Kootenay without star forward Sam Reinhart who has taken 2nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2014 NHL Entry Draft. As well Kootenay is without goaltender Mackenzie Skapski who is a New York Rangers prospect. He is entering his 20 yard old season and most likely won't be back with the club. But you never know. The Ice still do have Jaedon Descheneau and Luke Philp so it's not like the scoring isn't there and Wyatt Hoflin is a heck of a goaltender. They will be tough as always.

Morgan Klimchuk is looking at next week for his season debut with the Pats. The Calgary Flames first round pick is dealing with a wrist injury and is hoping to play next Friday in Cranbrook against the Kootenay Ice to kick off a three game Alberta road trip. Tough luck for the 19 year old the last two seasons when it comes to participating in the Flames training camp. A lot of people have asked me lately if he is a band-aid but that's certainly not the case. Played 67 games as a rookie, all 72 in his 17 year old year and 57 last year. Just has had some bad luck in training camps.

Sam Steel will play for Team Canada, Black at the World Under 17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia Ontario in November. Steel was the lone Regina Pat selected to the tournament. Was surprised 16 year old prospect defenseman Liam Schioler was not named to the team.

As you can see in the pictures below, the Brandt Centre will have a new TEMPORARY addition to the rink starting tonight. Take a look, pretty exciting stuff.

Two very large LED screens will be in place until a more permanent structure is installed. Replays will be looking fantastic.

Former Regina Pat Jordan Weal is still with the Los Angeles Kings as far as I can see. Would be great to see him make the big club this season after a breakout year in the AHL with the Manchester Monarchs in 2013/14.

Interesting situation with Chandler Stephenson and the Washington Capitals. The 20 year old former Pat was assigned to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. However yesterday the Capitals recalled him and sent down Liam O'Brien. According to the Washington Post the flip flop will happen again before the Capitals open the regular season on Thursday. It's a salary cap move and a weird one. At the end of it all it looks like Stephenson will begin the season with the Hershey Bears.

Colton Jobke was also assigned to the AHL by the Minnesota Wild to the Iowa Wild.

On to the Riders, is a little magic from 2007 left in Kerry Joseph? The veteran QB is headed back to Saskatchewan but likely won't start on Monday against the Alouettes. Will be interesting to see how this all works out. But like I said last week, if the Riders can bring in a veteran guy who doesn't cost them much, then why not. It's another option and a guy who has been there and done it. Wouldn't that be something if he led this team to another Grey Cup... 7 years later.

Optimism seems to be the word in Rider nation when it comes to the Green and White. Yes they lost to Calgary on the weekend but the defense looked great and the offense found a groove in the second half under Tino Sunseri. Tino had a great half and if he can continue that, Joseph will never see the field.

The Riders are still in second place, the same spot they were in when Durant went down 5 games ago. Yes it's been up and down but this team is battling through and the Eskimos aren't running away with things either. The games against the Eskimos here at Mosaic will decide if the Riders host a playoff game or not. Makes for an exciting final 5 weeks of the year.

The Regina Thunder tied their game in Edmonton against the Huskies on the weekend. Their record now stands at 4-2-1, a point back of Saskatoon for 1st in the PFC with one game left to play. This team has beaten Saskatoon twice but have let three points get away against the Calgary Colts and then the tie on Sunday. They need to beat Winnipeg on Sunday at Mosaic and the Hilltops would need to lose to the Edmonton Wildcats for the Thunder to finish first. Regardless they will host a home playoff game in the semi-final.

How good have the baseball playoffs been this year? I can't get away from my TV these days. Can you believe it will either be the Baltimore Orioles or the Kansas City Royals representing the American League in the World Series? So good to see new teams making a mark. Now I just hope the Cardinals and Giants don't win it all. Sick of the same old teams winning all the time.

The 1974 Memorial Cup Champion Regina Pats will be in the Queen City this weekend for their 40 year anniversary reunion. The entire team will be here minus Rob Laird who is tied up with his job with the Los Angeles Kings and the late Rick Uhrich who passed away at the age of 60 on September 4th.

There will be a luncheon held at the Press Box Sports Bar on Saturday at noon. tickets are available for 50 dollars each, you can get them by contacting Kim MacDougall at 306-539-6764 or Drew Callander 306-552-8784 or at the Regina Pats office in the Brandt Centre. I am very much looking forward to emceeing the luncheon and hosting a Q and A segment with a number of the alumni. Should be fun. get your tickets!

Be sure to tune in to Pats TV, Thursday at 7 on Access 7. My guests this week are Alumni Kim MacDougall, goaltender Daniel Wapple and Goaltending Coach Rob Muntain.

That's it from me today, talk to you from the rink tonight.


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