Sunday, November 30, 2014

Giants hire Claude Noel

Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants announced on Sunday that Claude Noel has been named the fifth Head Coach in franchise history.

“We’re excited to have Claude join our organization,” said Giants General Manager Scott Bonner. “He has worked extensively with Ken Hitchcock, who is one of the best coaches in WHL history, and with Claude coming from the NHL, we know he’s one of the top coaches in the world. We’re confident that he can get us back on track.”

Noel steps behind the bench of the Giants after coaching the NHL’s Winnipeg Jets from 2011-2014 where he compiled a record of 80-79-18. He also served as the Head Coach of the Columbus Blue Jackets for part of the 2009-10 season where his club went 10-8-6.

“I’m thrilled to be joining the Giants organization,” said Noel. “I’m familiar with the youth and the young players and the league, and I view it as a really good situation and a good opportunity. I watched the game last night against Calgary. I thought our team played really well, and I was really happy that we won. I’m excited to get to work this week.”

A native of Kirkland Lake, Ontario, Noel has coached professional hockey for over 25 years. Also of note, he was the Head Coach of the Milwaukee Admirals for four seasons where he won the Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the Coach of the Year in the AHL in 2004 after his team won the Calder Cup. He also coached the Vancouver Canucks’ AHL affiliate, the Manitoba Moose, in the 2010-11 season.

Noel had a 12 year professional hockey career as a forward, suiting up for teams in the AHL, NAHL and IHL. He also played seven games in the NHL with the Washington Capitals in the 1979-80 season.

Noel, Bonner and Giants majority owner Ron Toigo will be made available to the media on Monday, December 1st at 11:00am at the team's Ladner practice facility.

The Giants’ next home game is on Friday, December 5th when the Portland Winterhawks visit the Pacific Coliseum. Face-off is set for 7:30pm, and the Giants will pay tribute to Pat Quinn in a special pre-game ceremony. For tickets, call 604-4-GIANTS (604-444-2687) or visit

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

Saturday, November 29, 2014


The Regina Pats (15-10-1-0) wrapped up their B.C. road trip on Saturday in Kelowna against the Rockets (22-2-3-0). The Pats entered the game having gone 3 and 1 so far on the trip and had won 10 of their last 12 games. Most recently they won in Kamloops over the Blazers 7-3 on the back of a 5 assist night from Dryden Hunt and a hattrick from Connor Gay who also had an assist. Regina was without Colby Williams who suffered an injury in Kamloops and Austin Wagner also did not play as a result of a suspension for a hit to the head. The Rockets had been off since Wednesday when they beat the Tri-City Americans 4-1. Kelowna is ranked number 2 in the country and boasts the WHL's top two scorers in Rourke Chartier and Nick Merkley. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                        Rockets
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                               Goulbourne-Chartier-Merkley
Christoffer-Steel-Klimchuk                                      Lees-Baillie-Soustal
Padakin-Brooks-Cole                                             Schmidli-Linaker-Southam
McAmmond-Smith-Kroeker                                   Dube-Heffley-Coughlin

Harrison-Burroughs                                             Stephens-Bowey
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                          Martin-Gatenby
Reagan-Hansen                                                      Stadel-Johansen

Wapple                                                                 Whistle
Brown                                                                    Herringer

Pats scratches - Williams and Wagner.
Rockets scratches - Morrissey, Yorke, Wheaton, Wishnowski, Glover, Lind, Kirkland and Borstmayer.

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start and led the shots on goal 8-1 in the opening minutes. The could not beat Jackson Whistle however and the game remained scoreless. The Rockts had some chances of their own but Wapple made the saves he needed too. The period would end scoreless with the Pats leading the shots on goal 15-11.

In the second the Rockets got the games first powerplay and the first goal. Rourke Chartier put a loose puck home for his 29th from Tyrell Goulbourne and Jesse Lees and it was 1-0. The Pats went down a man again a short time later but on it Pave Padakin finished off a Morgan Klimchuk rebound for his 7th at 9:57 and it was a 1-1 tie. On that same powerplay for the Rockets the Pats took the lead as Sam Steel scored on a wrap around for his 5th from Adam Brooks, 32 seconds later, and it was 2-1 at 10:29. The Pats got their first powerplay late in the period and came close to scoring but time ran out on the 2nd and 31 seconds carried over into the 3rd. The Pats outshot Kelowna 14-10 in the period and 29-21 overall.

In the third the Rockets had two powerplays to the Pats one but neither team would score. The Rockets thought they had the tieing goal from Tyson Baillie but it was waived off and the game remained 2-1. Tyson Baillie also hit the post in the later stages but the Pats held on to the lead. Then with the net empty the Pats went ahead 3-1 as Braden Christoffer slid home his 8th from Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs at 18:32. That was the final score, the shots on goal were 7's a piece in the period and the Pats outshot them 36-28 overall. The Pats finish the road trip at 4 and 1 and have won 11 of their last 13 improving to 16-10-1-0 on the year.

The Pats powerplay went oh for 2 and the penalty kill was 3 for 4 with two short handed goals.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Kyle Burroughs who had an assist in the game. The second star to the Rockets Rourke Chartier who scored his 29th of the year and the first star to Morgan Klimchuk who had two assists in the win.

The Pats return to action on Wednesday at home to the Brandon Wheat Kings at 7 o'clock at the Brandt Centre on Teddy Bear Toss Night.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 


2nd Period 

Rockets PP Goal at 6:54. Rourke Chartier (29) from Tyrell Goulbourne and Jesse Lees.

Pats SH Goal at 9:57. Pavel Padakin (7) from Morgan Klimchuk.

Pats SH Goal at 10:29. Sam Steel (5) from Adam Brooks.

3rd Period 

Pats EN Goal at 18:32. Braden Christoffer (8) from Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs.

Pats - Rockets Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (15-10-1-0) round out their 2014 B.C. road trip with their toughest test of the season so far, the CHL’s 2nd ranked club, the Kelowna Rockets (22-2-3-0).  Last season’s meetings saw the Pats jump to an early lead before the Rockets came back and eventually won 5-4 in overtime.  Colby Williams led the Pats by scoring twice.  On the other side, Tyson Baille had a goal and three assists to be the top Rocket in the contest.  The Pats come in with a 3-1-0-0 record on their road swing while the Rockets got back in the win column on Wednesday with a 4-1 win over Tri-City.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 8:40 p.m. CST.

Lead Up: Hunt Assists Pats in 7-3 Win in Kamloops
It was a career night for Dryden Hunt as he tallied five assists, helping Connor Gay to his second hat-trick of the season and a 7-3 Pats win.  Jared McAmmond, Kyle Burroughs, Morgan Klimchuk and Pavel Padakin added single markers in the victory.  The Pats opened up a 6-0 lead before Kamloops got goals from Luke Harrison and Logan McVeigh.  Gay scored the Pats’ seventh goal and Patrik Maier rounded out the tallies.  Tyler Brown made 34 stops for his second career win.

Bucking the Trend
The Pats will attempt to do something tonightthey haven’t since the 2007-08 season, beat the Kelowna Rockets.  The Blue and White’s last win against Kelowna came December 9th, 2007 in a 4-3 victory.  The Pats’ last win in Kelowna came the season before with a 3-1 win on November 24th, 2006.

Tough Road to 150
Having played as a 16 year old in the WHL, reaching the 150 games played mark took a longer for Dryden Hunt than it would for most.  For a time, it was wondered if the Nelson, B.C. product would play past his 64th game after his second concussion of the 2012-13 season.  Since returning in 2013-14, Hunt has 71 points (33G, 38A) in 86 games.  With his career high five assist night in Kamloops, Hunt sits tied with teammate Connor Gay for 15th in WHL scoring.

Waiting for News
Morgan Klimchuk will find out Monday if he has earned an invite to Hockey Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp.  Since returning from injury, Klimchuk has 18 points (9G, 9A) in 17 games.  

Upcoming Schedule
vs. Brandon – Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Brandon – Friday, December 5th, 7:30 p.m. – Westman Place (CKRM)
at Swift Current – Wednesday, December 10th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications 
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Friday, November 28, 2014


The Regina Pats (14-10-1-0) continued their B.C. Division road trip on Friday in Kamloops against the Blazers (11-11-3-2). The Pats were coming off a 5-2 win in Prince George on Wednesday where Morgan Klimchuk scored twice and Sam Steel, Connor Gay and Dryden Hunt each had two point nights. The Blazers were coming off a 2-1 loss in Everett on Wednesday and had lost two in a row, the Pats had won 9 of 11 coming in. Tyler Brown got his 3rd WHL start on Friday for the Pats. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                    Blazers
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                           Shirley-McVeigh-Harrison
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                                     Winther-Revel-Kryski
Christoffer-Steel-Klimchuk                                  Ully-Needham-Sideroff
McAmmond-Smith-Cole                                     Campese-Chyzowski

Burroughs-Williams                                          Maier-Rehill
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                                       Verveda-Fora
Hansen-Harrison                                                  Clouston-Connolly

Brown                                                                Ingram
Wapple                                                               Kehler

Pats scratches - Kroeker and Reagan.
Blazers scratches - Reagan, Zaharichuk, Gaudet and Loewen.

In the first period the Pats got off to a great start as Connor Gay opened the scoring at 3:40 with his 11th with assists to Sam Steel and Dryden Hunt and it was 1-0. Then Morgan Klimchuk buried his 9th from Braden Christoffer at 4:46 and it was 2-0. At 5:50 the Pats made it 3-0 as Jared McAmmond polished off a fantastic feed from Luc Smith, Rykr Cole the second assist on McAmmonds 3rd of the year. Connor Ingram was then replaced in the Blazers goal after allowing 3 goals on 5 shots, Cole Kehler replaced him. The rough stuff started after that and twice we saw 4 on 4 for two minutes but neither team would score. The Blazers picked up the games first powerplay but the Pats would kill it off and then in the final seconds made it 4-0. Kyle Burroughs with a rocket of a one-timer from the point for his 4th of the year at 19:47. Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay the assists. Kamloops almost got a buzzer beater but Tyler Brown made his 15th save of the period and the Pats took the 4-0 lead into the break. The Blazers led the shots on goal 15-14 in the frame.

In the second the Pats kept the offense coming and 43 seconds in Connor Gay scored his second of the game and 12th of the year with assists to Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico and it was 5-0. Austin Wagner was then ejected from the game shortly after for a check to the head major on Cole Ully. However Ryan Rehill jumped in a tried to fight Wagner and took a double minor for roughing and we played 4 on 4 for 4 minutes. The Blazers took a penalty after that and the Pats went up 4 on 3. With the man advantage Kyle Burroughs dove to keep a puck a live at the side of the goal and found Pavel Padakin in front who put home his 6th of the year at 6:18. Dryden Hunt with the second assist, his 4th point of the night and it was 6-0. Luke Harrison got the Blazers on the board at 12:54 with his 5th, assists to Mike Winther and Collin Shirley and it was 6-1. Regina picked up a second powerplay in the frame but did not score and took the 5 goal lead into the intermission. The Pats outshot the Blazers 12-11 in the period and it was tied overall at 26.

In the third the Blazers got within 4 again as Logan McVeigh banged home a rebound for his 4th of the year at 2:46. Matt Revel the lone assist and it was 6-2. The Pats made it 7-2 as Connor Gay completed the hattrick on a great pass from Dryden Hunt at 7:01. Patrick D'Amico the second assist. Hunt with his 5th assist of the night. The Blazers would get a third goal at 15:19 as Patrik Maier hammered a slap shot from the point past Tyler Brown for his 3rd. Jake Kryski and Cole Ully and it was 7-3. That was the final score as the Pats improved to 15-10-1-0. They outshot the Blazers 18-11 in the period and 44-37 overall. Tyler Brown made 34 saves for his 2nd WHL victory.

The Pats powerplay went 1 for 6 in the game and the penalty kill was 2 for 2.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Kyle Burroughs who had a goal and an assist. The second star to the Pats Connor Gay with the hattrick and the first star to Dryden Hunt who finished with 5 assists.

The Pats are back at it Saturday in Kelowna against the WHL's best team in the Rockets at 9 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

NOTE: Colby Williams left the game in the 1st period.

Follow along as the game continues...

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats Goal at 3:40. Connor Gay (11) from Sam Steel and Dryden Hunt.

Pats Goal at 4:46. Morgan Klimchuk (9) from Braden Christoffer.

Pats Goal at 5:50. Jared McAmmond (3) from Luc Smith and Rykr Cole.

Pats Goal at 19:47 Kyle Burroughs (4) from Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay.

2nd Period

Pats Goal at 0:43. Connor Gay (12) from Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico.

Pats 4v3 PP Goal at 6:18. Pavel Padakin (6) from Kyle Burroughs and Dryden Hunt.

Blazers Goal at 12:54. Luke Harrison (5) from Mike Winther and Collin Shirley.

3rd Period

Blazers Goal at 2:46. Logan McVeigh (4) from Matt Revel.

Pats Goal at 7:01. Connor Gay (13) from Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico.

Blazers Goal at 15:19. Patrik Maier (3) from Jake Kryski and Cole Ully.

Pats - Blazers Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (14-10-1-0) enter the final weekend of their B.C. Division road trip starting with a matchup against the Kamloops Blazers (11-11-3-2).  Last season’s lone meeting saw a wild contest end as a 4-3 shootout win for the Blazers at the Brandt Centre.  Dryden Hunt led returning Pats in that game with a goal and an assist.  On the other side, Cole Ully had a goal and two assists in the win.  Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats got back in the win column with a  5-2 victory over the Cougars on Wednesday while the Blazers have lost two in a row.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 8:35 p.m. CST.
Lead Up: Pats Back on Their Game with 5-2 Win Over CougarsThe Blue and White looked more like the Pats team fans have become accustomed to Wednesday night.  They got on the attack early with Adam Brooks scoring the opening marker on a 3-on-2 didn’t look back from there.  Morgan Klimchuk scored twice with Sam Steel assisting on both.  Connor Gay and Sergey Zborovskiy also added singles in the 5-2 win.
Racking Up the Kilometres
The Pats enter the homestretch of the B.C. road trip tonight with a 2-1-0-0 record through the first three games.  They’ve also put plenty of kilometres on the odometer.  At this point of the trip, the Blue and White have traveled roughly 3,360 km starting from Regina. 
Familiar FaceThe Pats take on a known quantity tonight in Logan McVeigh.  The overage forward was acquired by the Blazers after the Blue and White released McVeigh at the Overage Deadline.  Since joining Kamloops, McVeigh has nine points (3G, 6A) in fifteen games in Kamloops.  McVeigh had nine points (4G, 5A) in 26 games for the Pats last season.
Setting the PaceWith another two points Wednesday night, Connor Gay continues to set the pace for the Pats when it comes to tallying points.  The Saskatoon product now has 27 points (10G, 17A) in 25 games.  That 1.08 points per game pace has Gay trending toward a 77 point season (over 72 games) which would be nearly double his 43 points in 61 games total from the 2013-14 season. 
Upcoming Schedule
at Kelowna – Saturday, November 29th, 9:05 p.m. CST – Prospera Place (CKRM)
vs. Brandon – Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Brandon – Friday, December 5th, 7:30 p.m. – Westman Place (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


The Regina Pats were in Prince George on Wednesday taking on the Cougars in the third game of their B.C. road trip. The Pats (13-10-1-0) were coming off a 5-0 loss to the Victoria Royals after beating the Vancouver Giants on Friday 6-2. The Cougars were coming off a 4-3 win against Vancouver on Saturday improving their record to 13-13-0-0. The Cougars got Zach Pochiro back from the St. Louis Blues organization and played in his 4th game of the year Wednesday. Daniel Wapple got the start in goal for the Pats against Tavin Grant of Prince George. Here are the lineups with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                            Cougars
Hunt D'Amico-Gay                                     Erricson-Harkins-Pochiro
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                         Bethune-Morrison-Soltes
Christoffer-Steel-Klimchuk                         Braid-Hopkins-Mrkonjic
McAmmond-Smith-Cole                            Ross-McDonald-Babych

Burroughs-Williams                                 Ruopp-Bear
Hilsendager-Zborovskiy                             Carvahlo-Bobos
Harrison-Hansen                                        Olson-Anderson

Wapple                                                     Grant
Brown                                                       Edmonds

Pats scratches - Kroeker and Reagan.
Cougars scratches - Rathjen, McNulty, Witala, McAuley, Macklin, Collins and Boyd.

In the first period the Pats had the early edge using their speed and Braden Christoffer drew the first penalty of the game in the opening 5 minutes. The Pats would not score on the powerplay but shortly after it expired Adam Brooks scored on a 3 on 1 rush at 9:59 to give the Pats the 1-0 lead. The lone assist to Pavel Padakin. The Pats went up 2-0 at 15:37 as Sam Steel made a great pass to set up Morgan Klimchuk for his 7th, second assist to Braden Christoffer. The Cougars got their first powerplay in the late part of the period but the Pats killed it off and took the 2-0 lead to the break. The Pats outshot the Cougars 10-7 in the period.

In the second the Pats went up 3-0 at 7:01 as Connor Gay put home his own rebound for his 10th of the year with assists to Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico. The Cougars had some better jump in the frame and got on the board on a fast break as Jari Erricson finished on the backhand for his 14th at 9:14 with assists to Zach Pochiro and Martin Bobos and it was 3-1. The Pats got that goal back on another beautiful passing play capped off by Morgan Klimchuks second of the game and 8th of the year at 16:24. Sam Steel again a great feed and a second assist to Colby Williams and it was 4-1. That was it for Tavin Grant in goal allowing 3 goals on 13 shots, Ty Edmonds replaced him. The Pats got a late powerplay and did everything but score, Tyler Mrkonjic blocked 4 shots for the Cougars on the kill and kept the game 4-1. 7 seconds of powerplay time carried over into the 3rd for the Pats who outshot the Cougars 13-9 in the period and led overall 23-16.

In the third the Pats got into some early penalty trouble with two straight short handed situations but were able to kill them off. The Cougars got within 2 at 6:40 as Jared Bethune took a slap shot from the point that handcuffed Wapple and went in off his glove for Bethines 4th of the year. Sam Ruopp the lone assists. The Pats got the three goal lead back on the powerplay as Sergey Zborovskiy put home his second career goal from Connor Gay and Dryden Hunt at 9:07 and it was 5-2. Things got pretty chippy at the end of the game and a line brawl almost broke out but the referees intervened. Jari Erricson of the Cougars came away with a 5 minute major for cross checking and a game misconduct. The Pats came away with the 5-2 win. Prince George outshot the Pats 16-8 in the third at 32-31 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 4 on the night and the penalty kill went 4 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Kyle Burroughs who was a plus 2 on the night. The second star to the Cougars Josh Anderson and the first star to the Pats Morgan Klimchuk who scored twice in the win.

The Pats are back at it Friday night in Kamloops against the Blazers at 9 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary

1st Period 

Pats Goal at 9:59. Adam Brooks (10) from Pavel Padakin.

Pats Goal at 15:37. Morgan Klimchuk (7) from Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 7:01. Connor Gay (10) from Dryden Hunt and Patrick D'Amico.

Cougars Goal at 9:14. Jari Erricson (14) from Zach Pochiro and Martin Bobos.

Pats Goal at 16:24. Morgan Klimchuk (8) from Sam Steel and Colby Williams.

3rd Period

Cougars Goal at 6:40. Jared Bethune (4) from Sam Ruopp.

Pats PP Goal at 9:07. Sergey Zborovskiy (2) from Connor Gay and Dryden Hunt.

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Giants fire Troy Ward

Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants announced on Wednesday that Troy G. Ward has been relieved of his duties as Head Coach, effective immediately.

“Obviously with where we are in the standings, it just wasn’t working with Troy,” said Giants General Manager Scott Bonner. “This is the unfortunate part of sports, but we thought change was needed. We wish Troy all the best in the future.”

Assistant Coach Matt Erhart has been named the club’s Interim Head Coach while Strength and Conditioning Coach Ian Gallagher and Skills Coach Yogi Svejkovsky will serve as assistants.

The Giants are in action this evening, visiting the Lethbridge Hurricanes. Face-off is set for 6:00pm.

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

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the tenth 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 10



Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Oshawa Generals (19-2-1-0)




Kelowna Rockets (21-2-3-0)




Erie Otters (19-3-0-1)




Brandon Wheat Kings (19-5-2-0)




Rimouski Oceanic (18-7-1-1)




Saint John Sea Dogs (15-5-1-3)




Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (18-5-0-0)




Everett Silvertips (15-4-2-1)




Baie-Comeau Drakkar (17-7-2-1)




Medicine Hat Tigers (17-6-1-1)



Honourable Mention:

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (14-7-1-2)



London Knights (15-8-0-0)



Quebec Remparts (17-9-0-0)




Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Blades send Moodie to Brandon

The Saskatoon Blades have traded goaltender Alex Moodie to the Brandon Wheat Kings for a conditional 2015 8th round draft pick.  

The 19 year old from Winnipeg began his WHL career with the Blades during the 2011-2012 season. He was dealt to Spokane earlier this year, before being returned to Saskatoon.  

Moodie has played in 11 games for the Blades this season, posting a record of 3-7 with a 0.864 save percentage and a 4.86 goals against average.  

The draft pick is conditional on Moodie being on the Wheat Kings roster on January 10th, 2015

Blair Farthing
Manager, Communications and Community Relations
Saskatoon Blades

Pats - Cougars Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (13-10-1-0) make the trek north to face the Prince George Cougars (13-13-0-0) for their only meeting of the year.  Last season saw the Pats run away with an 8-0 win against the Cougars in Regina.  Morgan Klimchuk led returning Pats with a four point (1G, 3A) night.  Jansen Harkins leads Prince George into tonight’s game with 29 points (7G, 22A) on the year.  Heading into this game, the Pats look to return to their winning ways after a 5-0 loss to Victoria while the Cougars have a 5-5-0-0 split in their last ten contests.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 8:35 p.m. CST.

Lead Up: Pats Stumble in 5-0 Loss to Victoria
Jordan Hollett’s WHL debut didn’t go the way the 15 year old prospect would have liked.  After stopping the first nine shots he faced, Hollett faced a number of odd man rushes and the Royals took advantage of their chances.  Travis Brown scored twice while Austin Carroll, Taylor Crunk and Jared Dmytriw added singles.  At the other end, AJHL call-up Jayden Sittler stopped 33 shots for his first WHL shutout.

Facing the North
The Pats have had mixed results taking on Prince George in the teams previous five meetings.  The Blue and White hold a 2-2-0-1 record against the Cougars over the last few years.  Both of Regina’s wins came at the Brandt Centre with the Pats falling in regulation and the shootout in Prince George.  

Stripes Could be Busy
Tonight’s combatants are the most penalized teams in their respective conferences.  Prince George enters tonight’s game with a combined 526 penalty minutes in 26 games for an average of 20.2 minutes per game.  That mark leads the WHL.  Meanwhile the Pats lead the Eastern Conference with 397 penalty minutes in 24 games for an average of 16.5 minutes per game, that number is third in the league.

Tough to Keep off the Sheet
Since returning to the Pats lineup, Morgan Klimchuk has been a consistent presence on the score sheet.  The Calgary Flames prospect has points in all but three games this season, and just came off a nine game point streak over which he amassed 12 points (4G, 8A). In three career games against Prince George, Klimchuk has seven points (2G, 5A).

Upcoming Schedule
at Kamloops – Friday, November 28th, 9:00 p.m. CST – Interior Savings Centre (CKRM)
at Kelowna – Saturday, November 29th, 9:05 p.m. CST – Prospera Place (CKRM)
vs. Brandon – Wednesday, December 3rd, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

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The Regina Pats continue their West Coast road trip tonight in Prince George against the Cougars. The Pats are 1 and 1 so far on the trip having won in Vancouver and lost in Victoria. Was pretty cool to see Jordan Hollett, the teams 13th overall pick in the 2014 draft, make his first WHL start. (picture below). He might like to have one goal back but overall he battled hard and looked pretty darn good for a 15 year old. He is back with his midget club now at the OHA. 

Sam Steel taking a shot on Hollett in the pre-game in Victoria.

Here's a look from the broadcast booth at the Pacific Colleseum in Vancouver, the Pats won 6-2 that night. 

And from the Save On Foods Memorial Centre in Victoria, a 5-0 loss. 

On Thursday in Vancouver, some of the staff took in the Canucks and Ducks at the Rogers arena. A good game to go to, the return of Ryan Kesler who got booed pretty bad by the Canucks fans and got to see Bo Horvat's first ever NHL goal. I came away thinking the Canucks are a pretty darn good team, better than the last two years no doubt. Radim Vrbata looks good playing with the Sedins. 

Now on the the Cougars tonight. Prince George leads the WHL in penalty minutes, while the Pats lead the Eastern Conference. Should be a tough, physical affair tonight. The Cougars are 13-13-0-0 on the year, the only team yet to go past regulation this season. They have some top end talent in Jensen Harkins who sits tied for 14th in league scoring and are a dangerous team. The Pats will be tested tonight and you have to think it's a must win game before closing out the trip against Kamloops and Kelowna. The team will play against their former teammate Logan McVeigh in Kamloops Friday, he has 3 goals and 6 assists in 15 games with the Blazers and in talking with him on Tuesday, he is enjoying playing for Don Hay in his final year in the WHL. The Blazers head to Everett today for a day trip against the Silvertips, a 7 hour drive. One thing is for sure, the travel in the East Division is a heck of a lot easier than here out West. 

The Prince Albert Raiders new mascot is no more. The team unveiled the mascot and immediately were met with criticism for resembling a Middle Eastern caricature. It was a throwback to on old Raiders logo. The team did not mean any offense by it and I totally believe that. But in todays day and age you just can't get away with anything like that. 

I know everyone says this but how bad are the Edmonton Oilers... They have lost 7 in a row and are losing in convincing fashion. We were on the air in Victoria Saturday and I glanced up at the TV to see the Blackhawks were up 6-0 late in the 2nd. I don't know what or how but something has to give. The organization needs to make some kind of major change. 

Rest in peace Pat Quinn, as a Leaf fan he is one of my all time favorites as coach and GM from when I was a younger man. He was one of the best. Thought's and prayers with his family and friends. The hockey world lost a good one. 

On to the CFL playoffs, is it just me or has the post season just epitomized the entire year? Sat down and watched the West and East Finals on the weekend and while the Alouettes were in it for a while in Hamilton they got blown out and then Calgary absolutely dominated Edmonton in the West. Where has the exciting, down to the wire games gone? I thought the Eskimo defense was going to put up another great showing and book a ticket into the Grey Cup but they played the opposite of the West Semi-Final game against the Riders. Or maybe was the Rider offense just that bad? I don't know. Here's hoping the Grey Cup offers some type of entertaining football. 

In the NFL, Robert Griffin's comeback has been less than pleasurable for Washington Redskins fans. The skins are reportedly starting Colt McCoy at QB come Sunday. My how Griffin has fallen from his all-star rookie season. 

So I'm growing a mustache for Movember as a part of the Regina Pats Movember team. Have a look at our page!

Be sure to check out tonight's episode of Pats TV on Access 7. We have a special feature done by Daniel Fink recapping the players who took part in the Project First Goal in East Hastings Vancouver. I also caught up with Austin Wagner and James Hilsendager. 6:30 it starts. 

That's it for me today, talk to you from the rink tonight with our pre-game at 8:35 from Prince George. 


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Warriors to Retire Ryan Smyth's #28

The Moose Jaw Warriors are excited to announce that on Friday, February 6th they will retire Ryan Smyth’s number 28, making his the fourth jersey retired in franchise history.

“On behalf of the Moose Jaw Warriors Board of Directors, Management, Coaches, Players, Staff, and our fans, we would like to congratulate Ryan Smyth on the retiring of his Warriors number,” comments Moose Jaw Warriors Governor and President Chad Taylor.  “Ryan played the game with heart, determination, and character, all of which are what we feel best describes what it takes to be a Moose Jaw Warrior.  February 6th will be a memorable and special night Ryan Smyth and his family, the Moose Jaw Warriors, and the fans.” 
“I’m extremely honoured and ecstatic about this, it’s where my roots started,” said Ryan Smyth.  “Junior hockey is a huge stepping stone to the pros and Moose Jaw was a huge part for me.  Thank you.”

Smyth was drafted by the Warriors in the 2nd round, 21stoverall, in the 1991 WHL Bantam Draft.  He went on to play for Moose Jaw from 1992 to 1995, in 188 regular season games he had 110 goals, 114 assists, finishing with 224 points, and sits 12th on the Warriors All-Time scoring list.  His best season was 1993-1994, in 72 games he had 50 goals and 105 points.  He is one of ten players in Warriors history to score 50 goals in a season, and one of 13 players to record 100 or more points in a season.  In 1994 he was drafted 6th overall by the Edmonton Oilers, he is the second highest Warrior drafted to the NHL.
After leaving Moose Jaw, Smyth went on to play 1270 games in the NHL with Edmonton, the New York Islanders, Colorado, and Los Angeles.  He retired from professional hockey after the 2013-2014 season, he finished with 386 goals, 456 assists, and 842 points.  

Smyth earned the nickname “Captain Canada” for the many times that he represented our country in international competitions.  He won gold medals at the 1995 World Junior Championships, the 2002 Winter Olympics, the 2003 and 2004 World Championship, and the 2004 World Cup.  He served as captain of Canada’s World Championship team for a record six years (2001-05 and 2010), he is Canada’s all-time leader in games played at the tournament.  He played 90 games for Hockey Canada and is the only player in hockey history to win gold at the Olympics, World Cup, World Championships, World Juniors, and Spengler Cup.

Smyth joins Kelly Buchberger, Mike Keane, and Theoren Fleury as the only Warriors to have their numbers retired.

James Gallo

Manager, Communications/Hockey Administration 
Moose Jaw Warriors 

Monday, November 24, 2014

Pat Chat November 24th

The Week That Was
It was a transition week for the Pats that saw the team close out a stretch of home games and head out on the road to face western competition.  Tuesday night had the Pats up against the defending Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings.  Edmonton built up three one goal leads, but the Blue and White had an answer each time as they battled to a 5-4 overtime win.  After the contest, they jumped on the bus to roll west to British Columbia.  The road trip started in Vancouver where after falling behind 2-0, the Pats rolled back with six unanswered goals in a 6-2 win.  The following day, the Queen City Kids hopped on the ferry to take on another ‘royal’ franchise in Victoria.  15-year old goaltending prospect Jordan Hollett made his WHL debut, but the Pats couldn’t find the back of the net as they dropped a 5-0 decision.
The Week Ahead
Wednesday, November 26th – Pats at Prince George (9:00 p.m. CST)It’s a meeting between the two teams featuring new ownership groups as the Blue and White head North to take on the Prince George Cougars.  Last time the two teams met, the Pats put together a dominating performance with an 8-0 win.  Tune in to this week’s games on 620 CKRM or WHL Live Web TV.
Friday, November 28th – Pats at Kamloops (9:00 p.m. CST)After a day off, the Pats start the home stretch of their five game road trip.  First up, Regina heads to Kamloops to face former Pats forward Logan McVeigh and the Blazers.  In their lone meeting of the season last year, the Blazers took a 4-3 shootout victory at the Brandt Centre.
Saturday, November 29th – Pats at Kelowna (9:05 p.m. CST)A long trip comes to a close as the Pats take on the top team in the nation in the Kelowna Rockets.  The Rockets start the week with a 22-2-3-0 record, tops in the WHL.  Last year, the Pats took Kelowna all the way to overtime before giving way to the eventual regular season champs, 5-4 in overtime.
First Game in the Books
The Pats’ 13th Overall pick in the 2014 WHL Bantam Draft, Jordan Hollett, made his WHL debut Saturday night between the pipes for Regina.  The 15 year old stopped the first nine shots he faced before allowing Travis Brown’s powerplay marker.  Hollett turned aside 21 shots in the 5-0 loss.
Project First Goal
While the Pats had a day off in Victoria, four players headed back to Vancouver to take part in Project First Goal.  The players spent time with RCMP and Vancouver Police Officers before heading to East Hastings to speak with residents and addicts who live there.  The players will bring the messages of the people they met back to Regina area schools to speak with students about drugs and addiction.
Teddy Bear Toss presented by Southland Mall
The Pats next home game is just over a week away as the Blue and White take on the Brandon Wheat Kings for the first time since opening weekend.  Fans are encouraged to bring new stuffed toys to the game to throw on the ice when the Pats score their first goal of the game.  Overage forward Pavel Padakin comes into the game having scored the “Teddy Bear Goal” the last two years for the Calgary Hitmen.
Black Friday Special
The Regina Pats are pleased to offer a 24-hour sale on Individual Tickets, this Friday (November 28) in celebration of Black Friday.  Stay tuned for more information later this week via Social Media.
Give the Gift of Hockey
The Pats are pleased to present a Voucher Pack Bonus Offer for all purchases now until December 31st.  When you purchase any 8-Ticket Voucher Pack (Adult, Senior or Youth/Special Needs apply), receive two (2) bonus vouchers to make it a TEN PACK!  To purchase, visit the Regina Pats Office in the West End of the Brandt Centre, or call the office at 306-522-PATS (7287).
Weekly Schedule
Monday, November 24th 
– Travel Day 
Tuesday, November 25th – Travel Day
Wednesday, November 26th – Pats at Prince George – 9:00 p.m. CST (CN Centre)*
Thursday, November 27th – Travel Day
Friday, November 28th – Pats at Kamloops – 9:00 p.m. CST (Interior Savings Centre)*
Saturday, November 29th – Pats at Kelowna – 9:05 p.m. CST (Prospera Place)*
*Broadcast on CKRM
 Important Dates
Wednesday, December 3rd  – Next Home Game - Teddy Bear Toss vs. Brandon – 7 p.m.

Oil Kings Bauer WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Edmonton Oil Kings’forward Lane Bauer is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending November 24, 2014.  

Bauer tallied four goals and eight points along with a +7 rating in four road games over the past week as the Oil Kings posted a 1-1-2-0 record in that span.

On Tuesday, November 18th, Bauer scored twice while claiming 2nd Star honors in a 5-4 overtime loss to the Regina Pats.  On Wednesday, November 19th, he recorded an assist in a 3-2 overtime victory in Moose Jaw over the Warriors.  On Friday, November 21st, Bauer picked up two assists in a 7-4 setback to the Brandon Wheat Kings.  Bauer finished the week by scoring two goals and an assist while earning 2nd Star honors in a 5-4 overtime defeat to the Wheat Kings in Brandon.

Bauer, an 18-year-old from Anchorage, AK, is in his second season in the WHL with the Oil Kings.  The 5’11”, 186-lb forward has tallied eight goals and 18 points along with a +19 rating in 25 games this season.  A MasterCard Memorial Cup champion with the Oil Kings in 2013-14, Bauer has amassed 15 goals and 34 points in 72 career regular season contests.  Bauer is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Jayden Sittlerof the Victoria Royals for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award. An 18-year-old from Red Deer, AB, Sittler posted a 0.71 goals-against average and a .974 save percentage with a shutout in three starts over the past week.  On Wednesday, November 19th, Sittler turned aside 17 of 18 shots he faced over 48 minutes of action after replacing starter Coleman Vollrath in a 5-3 loss to the visiting Kelowna Rockets.  On Friday, November 21st, Sittler stopped 24 of 25 shots while earning 2nd Star honors in a 3-1 triumph over the U.S. Division leading Everett Silvertips.  On Saturday, November 22nd, he made 33 saves to post his first career WHL shutout while also being named the game’s 1st Star in a 5-0 victory over the visiting Regina Pats.  Sittler is in his first full season in the WHL.  Listed by the Kootenay Ice, Sittler was acquired by the Royals in October 2014.  He is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Nov. 17 – Nov. 23: Lane Bauer, Edmonton Oil Kings
Nov. 10 – Nov. 16: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Nov. 3 – Nov. 9: Rourke Chartier, Kelowna Rockets
Oct. 27 – Nov. 2: Josh Morrissey, Prince Albert Raiders
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