Saturday, May 31, 2014
Friday, May 30, 2014
Six Regina Pats prospects have been invited to their respective provincial summer development camps for the 2015 Canada Winter Games.
Forwards Gary Haden, Zachary Cox and Robert Holmes will all attend camp for Team Alberta.
Goaltender Jordan Hollett has been invited to Team B.C. camp.
As well Forwards Erik Gardiner and Carson Welke are listed among the 42 players for Saskatchewan's Camp.
The 2015 Winter Games will take place in Prince George February 13th to March 1st.
Wednesday, May 28, 2014
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Esther Madziya, Communications and PR Manager
The deadline for Season Ticket Holders to renew their seats for the 2014-15 Regular Season is quickly approaching. For those wishing to reserve their spots, they must renew by Friday, May 30th. Shortly after Friday, held seats will be released for general sale. Visit or call the Pats Office at 306-522-7287 to renew your Season Tickets today! Please note the Pats Office hours on Friday are 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
The Pats have solidified their future between the pipes by signing 2014 13th Overall pick Jordan Hollett. The 6’3”, 176 lbs. goaltender was the first to be selected at his position by the Pats in the history of the Bantam Draft. The Pats also signed prospect forward Luc Smith. At 6’5”, 202 lbs., Smith is the Pats’ largest prospect and is entering into his first year of Junior eligibility. He was a 3rd round pick of the Pats in the 2013 Draft. For more on this weekend’s Spring Prospect Camp, visit the Video Section of ReginaPats.com
The 17th Annual Pats Wickenheiser Classic is just a couple weeks away and you can still be a part of the tournament. Open to any golfer, the $325 entry fee includes a round of golf, lunch and supper as well as a limited edition Pats golf bag
(retail value $200). For more information visit ReginaPats.com or call the Pats Office at 306-522-7287.
Congratulations to the Edmonton Oil Kings on winning the Memorial Cup this weekend. After a triple-overtime thriller to advance to the final, Edmonton defeated Guelph 6-3 to capture Junior Hockey’s biggest prize. It’s the first time a team from the WHL has won the Memorial Cup since 2008 (Spokane).
Friday, May 30th – Deadline to renew Season Tickets for the 2014-15 Regular Season
Monday, June 16th – 17th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic
Regina Pats Hockey Club
Monday, May 26, 2014
The Red Sox are preparing for the upcoming season with training camp at Currie Field this week. Coach Scott Douglas and his assistants Mitch MacDonald and Don Anderson are working with the new players to get them ready for Fridays opening game in Weyburn and the Red Sox Home Opener this Sunday June 1st at 2:00 p.m.
Practice times are Monday to Wednesday 6 p.m. and Thursday 2-4 p.m.
This is the 10th season the Regina Red Sox have been playing in the 11 team Western Major Baseball League
The Red Sox were in the league finals in 2010 and were the league champions in 2011 and 2012. In 2013 they were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club
Sunday, May 25, 2014
It was a team that would never give up and would never fold despite having the odds stacked against them time and time again. From an astounding bounce-back win in Game 7 against the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL Final to Friday's inspiring triple-overtime win over Val d'Or, the Oil Kings simply would not be denied in 2014.
"I could cry right now," said Oil Kings head coach Derek Laxdal. "The emotional feelings for our players, to represent the Western Hockey League and bring that trophy back, where all you heard all week was 'you haven't won it for five years and Guelph's this and this.'
"Our kids don't care who we're playing. They're going to play a certain way, they're going to grind out a win and what do you say about some of the efforts tonight? I thought everybody stepped up. They were focused and ready to put a Grade A effort forward."
The win was the first Memorial Cup in modern franchise history and third overall, with the team having won in 1963 and 1966 previously.
"We're coming back to Edmonton as champions. Twice now. As Western Hockey League and (now) Memorial Cup Champions."
It only took Guelph a minute to get the game's first goal. Robby Fabbri intercepted a pass and the Storm came in on a three-on-one. After a nice three-way passing play, Fabbri converted, putting the puck into the open cage.
Jason Dickinson took a penalty for holding the stick near the eight-minute mark, giving Edmonton its first power play of the afternoon and that's where the tide started to turn a bit in the first period.
Less than a minute into the man advantage, Curtis Lazar was hauled down in the neutral zone by Tyler Bertuzzi to put Edmonton on a five-on-three and it was there that they tied the game.
"I thought we did a better job of reading their rims off the walls and not activating our defence," said Laxdal. "I thought we did a great job on special teams, with two power play goals. And the belief that we could beat them. You know, they're a very good hockey club. Great transition. But we knew we had to grind out their defencemen and hunt them."
The Oil Kings moved the puck around well with the extra two men on the ice, eventually setting up a Cody Corbett blast from the top of the left circle on a nice back-and-forth passing play with Henrik Samulesson. Corbett wired the puck past Guelph goaltender Justin Nichols.
At one point in the first period, shots on goal were 6-1 for Guelph but the Oil Kings rattled off 14 of the next 15 shots -- including nine in a row -- to take a 15-7 shot lead.
Guelph started to take the game back late in the first. Jarry had to make an outstanding glove save off a wrist shot from the left circle by Zack Mitchell and then 30 seconds later, Stephen Pierog pounced on a rebound to put the puck into the open net past an outstretched Jarry to put the Storm back in the lead.
Shots on goal after one period ended up at 20-14 for Edmonton.
Oil Kings got back on even terms 1:58 into the second period. Tyler Robertson's shot beat Nichols as the fourth line came through with a big goal.
Four minutes later, the Oil Kings nearly took the lead as Kieser and Lazar both had great looks at the net. Moments later, Scott Kosmachuk took an interference penalty to put Edmonton back on the power play.
Only 16 seconds into the PP, Edmonton scored to take their first lead of the game. Edgars Kulda's shot went off the shoulder of Nichols and into the top of the net.
Kulda was named tournament MVP, with four goals and three assists with a plus-three rating.
"It's playoff hockey. It's one game. There's no such thing as being tired. We need to go and play no matter what," Kulda remarked on the ice during the celebration. "It's a real dream right now. Fantasies come true, hey?"
The Oil Kings then extended their lead to two goals at 4-2 with 5:41 to play in the middle frame. Mitch Moroz wired a shot high glove side from the left circle for his second goal of the tournament.
An emotional Moroz summarized the moment after the game.
"I don't have a lot of words right now. I'm trying to soak it up as best I can but these moments are so surreal. It's hard to find the words sometimes. I'm just really proud of these guys," said Moroz, who was then asked to describe that goal. "We had an odd-man rush. Eddie hit me and I don't think the goalie was set. It felt like I was due for a two so it was lucky that it went in at the right time."
Moroz also talked about the emotion he felt with the team having so much success in a season that they dedicated to former teammate Kristians Pelss, who passed away last summer.
"It's fitting. It's an unbelievable blessing. We had that guardian angel looking down on us the whole year. We knew we couldn't lose with him up there. I wish he was here."
Shots in the second period were 15-8 for the Oil Kings and 35-22 overall in the game in favour of Edmonton.
Guelph came out flying to start the third period and it paid off with a goal early in the final frame. Mitchell quickly tapped in a pass from behind the net by Kerby Rychel to make it 4-3.
But Edmonton responded well after the goal. Less than two minutes later, Henrik Samuelsson ripped a shot glove side past Nichols after a nice centring pass by Kulda to put Edmonton back in front by two. Moroz got the other assist on the play to extend the lead to 5-3.
Samuelsson added an empty-netter with 1:26 to play to clinch the victory.
The Pats wrapped up Spring Training Camp with their final practice session on Sunday morning. It was probably the best practice for the 20 kids on the weekend. Sam Steel really showed on the weekend why he is the clubs top prospect coming in, Luc Smith and Jake Elmer also impressed in the three days. I thought Erik Gardiner, Jordan Hollett, Gary Haden and most of the other 99's showed some good stuff. One thing is for sure, there is size and skill in these two age groups for the Pats.
Saturday, May 24, 2014
WHL Players Take Home Four Awards
London, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the 10 national award winners for the 2013-14 season including Anthony Mantha of the Val-d’Or Foreurs who earned Sportsnet Player of the Year honours. The awards were presented as part of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup festivities at The Grand Theatre in London, presented by The London Free Press.
2013-14 CHL Award Winners:
Jack Link’s Top Prospect of the Year: Sam Bennett (Kingston Frontenacs):
Sam Bennett is listed first overall by NHL Central Scouting among North American skaters in their Final Rankings for the 2014 NHL Draft which takes place June 27-28 in Philadelphia. The 17-year-old forward from Holland Landing, ON, tied for ninth in OHL scoring with 91 points including 36 goals and 55 assists in 57 games for the Kingston Frontenacs recording a plus-minus rating of plus-34. Finalists for the award were top WHL prospect Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice ranked third by NHL Central Scouting, and top QMJHL prospect Nikolaj Ehlers of the Halifax Mooseheads ranked at number 13.
Chrysler Dodge Top Scorer: Connor Brown (Erie Otters):
Connor Brown led all CHL players in scoring with 128 points including 45 goals and 83 assists in 68 games establishing a new team record the Erie Otters who had their best season in franchise history with 52 wins and 106 points. The 20-year-old Toronto native is a Maple Leafs prospect selected in the sixth round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Finalists for the award were top QMJHL scorer Anthony Mantha of the Val-d’Or Foreurs with 120 points in 57 games, and top WHL scorer Mitch Holmberg of the Spokane Chiefs who recorded 118 points in 72 games.
SUBWAY Scholastic Player of the Year: Connor McDavid (Erie Otters):
Connor McDavid achieved a 92% average during his first semester attending McDowell High School in Erie and currently carries an 87% average in his final semester of Grade 11. On the ice, the 17-year-old from Newmarket, ON, and Canadian National Junior Team member scored 99 points in 56 games for the Otters. He becomes the second member of the Otters to win the award following Brad Boyes in the 1999-2000 season. Finalists for the award were Jeremy Gregoire of the Baie-Comeau Drakkar, and Nelson Nogier of the Saskatoon Blades.
Cooper Tires Humanitarian of the Year: Sam Fioretti (Moose Jaw Warriors):
Sam Fioretti made a big impact both on the ice and in the Moose Jaw community in his fourth and final WHL season. The 20-year-old captain from Calgary, AB, was the driving force behind the Warriors’ partnership with the Moose Jaw Police Service to visit local schools to speak out against bullying. He also made it a goal to help educate area students about the importance of physical activity and was a key participant in the club’s Read to Succeed Program. He is the second member of the Warriors to win the national award in four years following Spencer Edwards in 2010-11. Finalists for the award include Charles-David Beaudoin of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Scott Simmonds of the Belleville Bulls.
autoTRADER.ca Most Sportsmanlike Player of the Year: Sam Reinhart (Kootenay Ice):
Sam Reinhart finished tied for fourth in WHL scoring with 105 points including 36 goals and a team record of 69 assists in 60 games recording just 11 minutes in penalties for the Kootenay Ice. The 18-year-old captain from Vancouver, BC, also represented Canada at the World Junior Championship and is a top prospect for the 2014 NHL Draft helping the Ice to a WHL-record 15thconsecutive season with a record of .500 or better. Finalists for the award include Frederik Gaudreau of the Drummondville Voltigeurs, and Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters.
Old Dutch Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year: Eric Veilleux (Baie-Comeau Drakkar):
Eric Veilleux led the Baie-Comeau Drakkar to first place in the QMJHL standings in just his second season behind the team’s bench finishing 2013-14 with 99 points including an overall record of 47-16-2-3. Finalists for the award were D.J Smith of the Oshawa Generals, and Dave Lowry of the Victoria Royals.
BMO Rookie of the Year: Nikolaj Ehlers (Halifax Mooseheads):
Nikolaj Ehlers finished fourth in QMJHL scoring with 104 points including 49 goals and 55 assists with an incredible plus-minus rating of plus-65 in only 63 games for the Halifax Mooseheads. The 18-year-old native of Denmark is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft and is the top rated QMJHL prospect listed at 13 by NHL Central Scouting. Finalists for the award include Travis Konecny of the Ottawa 67’s, and Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets.
Vaughn Goaltender of the Year: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets):
Jordon Cooke posted a 39-7-0-4 record including four shutout victories in 51 appearances for the WHL’s first place Kelowna Rockets. The 20-year-old from Leduc, AB, finished second among WHL netminders with a 2.28 goals-against-average and fourth with a save percentage of .922. Finalists for the award include Zachary Fucale of the Halifax Mooseheads, and Alex Nedeljkovic of the Plymouth Whalers.
Arctic Spas Defenceman of the Year: Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks):
Derrick Pouliot scored 17 goals and added 53 assists for 70 points in 58 games with a plus-minus rating of plus-40 for the Portland Winterhawks who captured their second straight U.S Division title during the 2013-14 regular season campaign. The 20-year-old from Weyburn, SK, represented Canada at the World Junior Championship and is a Pittsburgh Penguins prospect selected in the first round of the 2012 NHL Draft. Finalists for the award include Guillaume Gelinas of the Val-d’Or Foreurs, and Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts.
Sportsnet Player of the Year: Anthony Mantha (Val-d’Or Foreurs):
Anthony Mantha led the QMJHL in scoring with 120 points in 57 games played averaging an impressive one goal per game along with 63 assists during the 2013-14 season for the Val-d’Or Foreurs. The 19-year-old from Longueuil, Quebec, is a Detroit Red Wings prospect selected in the first round of the 2013 NHL Draft and played for Canada at the World Junior Championship. He becomes the second member of the Foreurs to earn Player of the Year honours following Simon Gamache during the 2000-01 season. Finalists for the award were Connor Brown of the Erie Otters, and Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice.
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Manager, Media and Information Services
Canadian / Ontario Hockey League
Friday, May 23, 2014
20 Regina Pats prospects hit the ice for the first of three sessions on Friday night. One thing that is really evident is the size of these kids. A lot of them have made huge strides in terms of height and weight and looked pretty good in their first session. We got a first look at the 2014 Bantam Draft Class as well as 11 other players from the 1998 age group. The lone player not in attendance from the 2013 draft is defenceman Liam Schioler. There are 11 forwards, 7 defencemen and 2 goalies in camp.
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The 1998 age group includes 2013 2nd Overall pick Sam Steel who played 7 games (Regular Season/Playoffs) with the Pats in 2013-14 as well as forwards Luc Smith (2013 – 3rd Round) and Jake Elmer (2013 – 6th Round) and defencemen Brady Pouteau and Jared Freadrich (both 2013 – 4th Round). List players Sean Richards, Riley Woods, William Lovell and Ryan Krushen will also be in attendance.
Saturday, May 24th – 10:00 a.m. @ Cooperators Centre
Sunday, May 25th – 10:00 a.m. @ Cooperators Centre
|2014 Regina Pats|
|Spring Camp Roster|
|Cox, Zachary||RW||R||6'2"||162||Balzac, AB||Feb 19/99||Airdrie Xtreme||AMBHL|
|Elmer, Jake||RW||R||6'1"||160||Calgary, AB||Dec 31/98||Edge Hockey School||CSSHL|
|Gardiner, Erik||C||L||6'0"||165||Humboldt, SK||Mar 21/99||Humboldt Broncos||SBAAHL|
|Haden, Gary||C||L||5'8"||155||Airdrie, AB||Jan1/99||Airdrie Xtreme||AMBHL|
|Holmes, Robert||LW||L||5'10"||153||Sherwood Park, AB||Jul 22/99||Sherwood Park Flyers||AMBHL|
|Richards, Sean||LW||L||5'11"||177||St. Albert, AB||Dec 15/98||St. Albert Flyers||AMMHL|
|Smith, Luc||C||R||6'4"||205||Onoway, AB||Jan 20/98||St. Albert Raiders||AMHL|
|Steel, Sam||C||L||5'11"||168||Sherwood Park, AB||Feb 3/98||Sherwood Park Kings||AMHL|
|Third, Brady||RW||R||6'0"||170||Carlyle, SK||Jul 18/98||Notre Dame Hounds||SMAAAHL|
|Welke, Carson||LW||L||5'10"||158||Yorkton, SK||Jan 2/99||Yorkton Terriers||SBAAHL|
|Woods, Riley||LW||L||5'8"||146||Regina, SK||Jan 25/98||Regina Capitals||SSMAA|
|Bruce, Riley||D||L||5'11"||154||Winnipeg, MB||Apr 5/99||Winnipeg Hawks||MBAAA|
|Ewert, Garrett||D||R||6'1"||168||Kamloops, BC||Jul 14/99||Kamloops Blazers||BCBAA|
|Freadrich, Jared||D||R||5'10"||165||Camrose, AB||Mar 4/98||Sherwood Park Kings||AMHL|
|Krushen, Ryan||D||L||6'2"||173||Sherwood Park, AB||Jan 1/98||Sherwood Park Squires||AMMHL|
|Lovell, William||D||R||6'3"||195||Manitou, MB||May 4/98||Pembina Valley Hawks||MMHL|
|Pouteau, Brady||D||L||6'2"||187||Oak Bluff, MB||Jan 9/98||Pembina Valley Hawks||MMHL|
|Sandstrom, Adam||D||L||6'1"||160||Red Deer, AB||Feb 4/99||Red Deer Rebels White||AMBHL|
|Chapman, Kurtis||G||L||6'1"||170||Airdrie, AB||Feb 9/98||AC Avalanche||AMMHL|
|Hollett, Jordan||G||L||6'3"||180||Langley, BC||Mar 31/99||Okanagan Hockey Academy||PREP|