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Monday, February 29, 2016

RECAP: REBELS 2 PATS 1


The Regina Pats hosted the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup host Red Deer Rebels on Monday morning at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were looking to put an end to a 2 game losing streak which included a 5-2 defeat in Saskatoon on Saturday. The Rebels were coming off a loss of their own on Saturday, 6-2 at home to the Victoria Royals. The Pats took a 2-1-0-0 record into the fourth and final meeting of the regular season between the two clubs. Adam Brooks was riding a 14 game point streak coming into the game with 7 goals and 32 points over that stretch. Defenceman Connor Hobbs was a late scratch from the contest, Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Wagner-Brooks-Zablocki
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Berg-Leschyshyn-Cole
Macklin-Smith-Woods?

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Hilsendager-Schioler
Freadrich-Pouteau

Brown
Hollett
Rebels
Helewka-Philp-Pawlenchuk
Polei-Musil-Nikolishin
DeBrusk-Spacek-Hagel
Pratt-de Wit-Rattie

Fleury-Doetzel
Bobyk-Nogier
Shmoorkoff-Strand

Martin
Weatherill

Pats scratches - Williams, McAmmond and Hobbs.  
Rebels scratches - Toth, Mahura, Bleackley, Johnson, Purtill and Sakowich. 

In the first period the Rebels had a lot of jump in the early going but the game remained scoreless until the second half of the period. Red Deer took the 1-0 lead at 11:30 when Evan Polei put home a rebound for his 15th from Adam Musil and Ivan Nikolishin. The Rebels kept coming and got it to 2-0 when Michael Spacek fed Jake DeBrusk who slid home his 18th at 16:53. Brandon Hagel the second helper. Michael Spacek thought he had the 3-0 goal but Tyler Brown made an unbelievable stick save coming across his crease. The Pats got their second powerplay of the game late in the period and came close but could not beat Trevor Martin. 21 seconds carried over into the second with the Rebels leading on the shot clock 12-6.

In the second the Pats got off to a good start and had two good scoring chances but Austin Wagner was hooked and couldn't finish and then Cole Sanford missed the net on a breakaway. The Rebels pushed after that and had a number of grade A scoring chances but Tyler Brown again made some massive stops and the period ended with the Pats still trailing 2-0. The Rebels led on the shot clock 13-6 in the period and 25-12 overall.

In the third the Rebels kept the Pats off the board until literally the last second of the game Sam Steel scored his 22nd of the year with 5 tenths of a second left with assists to Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford and it was 2-1 and that was the final score. The Pats outshot Red Deer 16-9 in the period but trailed 34-298 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 4 in the game and the penalty kill was 4 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Rebels Michael Spacek who had an assist in the win. The second star to Red Deers Trevor Martin who stopped 27 of 28 shots and the first star to the Pats Tyler Brown who stopped 32 of 34 shots faced. 

The Pats return to action on Wednesday when they host the Kootenay Ice at the Brandt Centre at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Rebels Goal at 11:30. Evan Polei (15) from Adam Musil and Ivan Nikolishin.

Rebels Goal at 16:53. Jake DeBrusk (18) from Michael Spacek and Brandon Hagel. 

2nd Period

NO SCORE

3rd Period

Pats 6v4 PP Goal at 19:59. Sam Steel (22) from Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford.







Pats - Rebels Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (30-25-3-4) are back on home ice this morning when they host the 2016 Mastercard Memorial Cup hosts, the Red Deer Rebels (37-22-1-2). Tonight is the 4th and final meeting of the season between the two clubs with the Pats holding a 2-1-0-0 record in the first three contests. Puck drop is at 11:30 AM with the pre-game at 11:25 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Regina
Red Deer
Record
30-25-3-4
37-22-1-2
Goals For/Against
209/220 (-11)
220/181 (+39)
Powerplay
17.7% (47/265)
21.8% (50/229)
Penalty Kill
76.5% (202/264)
76.2% (189/248)
Team Save Percentage
0.900
0.908
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (34-69-103)
Ivan Nikolishin (31-44-75)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-19-37)
Colton Bobyk (15-21-36)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
69-57-73-7
70-74-69-5
Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.15 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats gave up four goals in just over four minutes in the first period on Saturday in Saskatoon and ended up dropping a 5-2 decision. Chase Harrison and Adam Brooks provided the offense for the Pats while the Blades Ryan Graham scored a hattrick in the win.  

The Rebels took a 2-2 tie to the third at home to the Victoria Royals on Saturday but gave up 4 goals in the final frame to lose 6-2. Michael Spacek and Luke Philp scored for Red Deer while Jack Walker of the Royals had a three point night and Joe Hicketts scored twice as well for Victoria. 

The Matchup
The Pats hold a 2-1-0-0 record against the Rebels through the first three meetings of the year. The Pats have outscored Red Deer 12-9 in those games. This will be the first meeting between the clubs since the Rebels acquired forwards Adam Helewka, Luke Philp and Jake DeBrusk ahead of the trade deadline. Adam Brooks and Chase Harrison each have 5 points for the Pats in the season series while Tyler Brown is 1-1-0-0 with a 2.01 GAA and a .946 save percentage. The Rebels Ivan Nikolishin has two goals and two assists against the Pats this year. The Rebels have clinched a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference and sit 7 points back of Lethbridge for 1st in the Central Division with a game in hand. The Pats meanwhile are 7 points back of Moose Jaw for 3rd with a game in hand as well. 

The Magic Number
The Pats are on the brink of clinching a berth in the post season for a 3rd consecutive year. The Pats need three wins, or three Saskatoon losses or a combination of wins and losses that add up to three. The Pats sit 14 points ahead of the Blades in the standings. Should Saskatoon win each of their remaining 10 games they would finish the year with 72 points. The Pats currently sit with 67 so they would need three wins to finish a point ahead. Should the playoffs start today the Pats would head to Brandon for games one and two of the first round. 

Brooks Keeps it Rolling
Pats forward Adam Brooks with a point this morning would tie his own WHL leading point streak of the 2015/16 season. Brooks enters today with a 14 game streak with 7 goals and 25 assists for 32 points in those games. From December 11th to January 13th Brooks had a 15 game streak with 12 goals and 20 assists for 32 points as well. The Hurricane’s Giorgio Estephan and the Hitmen’s Travis Sanheim each had 14 game point streaks earlier this year. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Kootenay – March 2, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Swift Current – March 4, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Brandon – March 6, 4:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)





Saturday, February 27, 2016

RECAP: BLADES 5 PATS 2


The Regina Pats hit the road on Saturday for their seventh meeting of the regular season with the Saskatoon Blades. The Pats were coming off a 3-1 loss to the Prince Albert Raiders on Friday where they thoroughly outplayed their opponent but Rylan Parenteau turned aside 41 shots to give the Raiders the win. The Blades had been off since Monday when they won their fourth straight game, 6-5 in overtime over the Brandon Wheat Kings. The Pats took a 3-2-0-1 record against the Blades into the meeting and sat three points back of Moose Jaw for 3rd in the East Division. The Blades meanwhile were 11 points back of Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but do hold two games in hand. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Wagner-Brooks-Zablocki
Berg-Leschyshyn-Cole
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Macklin-Smith-Woods

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Hilsendager-Hobbs
Schioler-Freadrich

Brown
Hollett
Blades
Graham-Hebig-Gay
Draude-Shmyr-Zajac
Gingras-Christensen-Soshnin
Sloboshan-Paterson-Hausinger

Perillat-Hajek
Waltz-Reid
Bishop-Kustra

Hamm
Smith

Pats scratches - Williams, McAmmond and Pouteau. 
Blades scratches - Sayers, McCarty, MacKenzie and McIsaac. 

In the first period the Pats got the games first powerplay in the early goings and Sam Steel had a great chance in tight on the left side but Brock Hamm stoned him with the pad to keep the game scoreless. After the PK the Blades too the lead at 8:17. Cameron Hausinger put home a rebound off the glove of Tyler Brown for his 6th unassisted to make it 1-0. Then at 9:36 Ryan Graham stole a puck at his own blueline and skate don a partial breakaway and scored on the back hand for his 17th to make it 2-0. The Blades got it to 3-0 on a weak backhand shot from Wyatt Sloboshan at 11:31 into the far side of the net and then Ryan Graham scored the exact same goal at 13:59 for his second of the night and 18th and it was 4-0 Blades. The Pats got one back at 13:59 when Chase Harrison scored his 7th on a rebound with assists to Rykr Cole and Austin Wagner and it was 4-1. That was the score after 1 period with the Pats leading on the shot clock 13-12.

In the second the Pats found their legs and threw 17 shots at Brock Hamm but he stopped every one of them. The Blades had the periods lonne powerplay which the Pats killed off and the game stayed 4-1 heading to the 3rd. The Pats outhsot the Blades 17-8 in the period and led 30-20 overall.

In the third the Pats continued to press but once again Brock Hamm stood tall. With 6 minutes left the Pats got a powerplay and then pulled Tyler Brown for the extra attacker. That's when the Pats got within 2. Adam Brooks scored his 34th from the left circle at 15:43. Connor Hobbs and Sam Steel the assists and it was a 4-2 game. The Blades however added an empty netter at 18:34 when Ryan Graham completed his hattrick with his 19th and it was 5-2 and that was the final score. The Pats outshot the Blades 15-9 in the period and 45-29 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 3 in the loss and the penalty kill was 2 for 2.

The third star of the game went to the Blades Cameron Hausinger who had a goal in the win. The second star to Brock Hamm who made 43 saves on 45 Pats shots and the first star to Ryan Graham who had a hattrick. 

The Pats are back in action Monday morning when they host the Red Deer Rebels at the Brandt Centre with an 11:30 AM puck drop on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Blades Goal @ 8:17. Cameron Hausinger (6) unassisted.

Blades Goal at 9:36. Ryan Graham (17) unassisted.

Blades Goal at 11:31. Wyatt Sloboshan (15) from Josh Paterson and Colton Waltz.

Blades Goal at 12:30. Ryan Graham (18) from Cameron Hebig and Libor Hajek.

Pats 4v4 Goal at 13:59. Chase Harrison (7) from Rykr Cole and Austin Wagner. 

2nd Period

NO SCORE

3rd Period

Pats 6v4 PP Goal at 15:43. Adam Brooks (34) from Connor Hobbs and Sam Steel.

Blades EN Goal at 18:34. Ryan Graham (19) from Cameron Hebig.


Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1UrqVBJ

 Post game interview with Head Coach and GM John Paddock: http://bit.ly/1UrqS8O






Pats - Blades Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (30-24-3-4) look look to get back in the win column tonight when they hit the road to Saskatoon to take on the Blades (23-33-4-0). Tonight is the 7th of 8 meetings on the season between the two clubs, the Pats are 3-2-0-1 in the first six meetings. Puck drop is at 7:05 Regina time with the pre-game at 6:40 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Regina
Saskatoon
Record
30-24-3-4
23-33-4-0
Goals For/Against
207/215 (-8)
188/253 (-65)
Powerplay
17.6% (46/262)
18.9% (46/243)
Penalty Kill
76.3% (200/262)
80.8% (214/266)
Team Save Percentage
0.901
0.880
Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (33-69-102)
Connor Gay (19-42-61)
Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-18-36)
Colton Waltz (5-22-27)
Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
68-57-72-7
53-60-68-6
Average Age
17.82 yrs
17.66 yrs

The Lead Up
The Pats threw 42 shots on goal in a dominant effort against the Prince Albert Raiders at the Brandt Centre on Friday night but lost the game 3-1 and saw their seven game win streak come to an end. Rylan Parenteau was outstanding in the Raider goal making 42 saves. Cole Sanford scored the Pats lone goal on the powerplay in the 3rd period. 

The Blades have been off since Monday when they beat the Brandon Wheat Kings in overtime 6-5. Nick Zajac scored the winner, he was one of four Blades who had two point nights. The win was the Blades fourth in a row.  

The Matchup
The Pats hold a 3-2-0-1 record against the Blades through the first 6 meetings of the year. The Pats have outscored the Blades 20-16 in those games. Both teams have two wins at home and one on the road in the series. Adam Brooks has put up 5 goals and 6 assists against Saskatoon while the Blades are led by Connor Gay who has 2 goals and 5 assists. The Pats enter the night 3 points back of Moose Jaw for 3rd in the East Division while the Blades are 11 points back of Edmonton for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference but they do have two games in hand on the Oil Kings. 

Brooks and Sanford Streaking
Pats forwards Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford continue to provide offense every night they step on to the ice. Brooks is riding a 13 game point streak heading into tonight with 6 goals and 31 points over that stretch. He leads the WHL with 102 points on the season. Sanford meanwhile has a 10 game streak going with 9 goals and 9 assists in that span. Sanford scored his 13th powerplay goal last night to extend the streak, Brooks had the initial helper. Both Brooks and Sanford are tied for the team lead in goals scored with 33. 

Brown Suffers First Loss of February
Pats goaltender Tyler Brown saw his 9 game winning streak in goal come to an end last night against the Raiders. The 18-year-old made 22 saves on 24 shots in the defeat, his first loss in the month of February. Brown holds a 9-1-0-0 record in the month with a 2.87 GAA and a .920 save percentage. He has started the last 8 games for the Pats and appeared in every one of the teams last 17 games. 

Upcoming Schedule
Pats Vs Red Deer – February 29, 11:30 AM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Kootenay – March 2, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Swift Current – March 4, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)






Friday, February 26, 2016

RECAP: RAIDERS 3 PATS 1


The Regina Pats were looking for their first 8 game winning streak since 2001 on Friday night when they hosted the Prince Albert Raiders at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were coming off a 9-8 shootout win in Lethbrigde on Wednesday and were playing their 7th game in 12 days. Adam Brooks recorded 3 assists on Wednesday and he became the first player this season to hit 100 points and sat at 101 heading into Friday. Brooks became the 51st player in Pats history to have a 100 point season. The Raiders were coming off a 3-2 overtime victory over Swift Current on Wednesday and had won two in a row. The Pats held a 2-2-2-1 record against P.A. heading into Friday's final meeting of the regular season. The Raiders were 7 points ahead for 2nd in the East Division but the Pats do hold one game in hand. Here are the lineups for the contest with the starters highlighted.

Pats
Wagner-Brooks-Zablocki
Richards-Steel-Sanford
Berg-Leschyshyn-Cole
Macklin-Smith-Woods

Harrison-Zborovskiy
Hilsendager-Hobbs
Schioler-Freadrich

Brown
Hollett
Raiders
Stransky-Tkatch-Gardiner
Kelly-Olynek-Bensmiller
Coleman-Montgomery-Vanstone
Riddle-Babych-Williamson

Budik-Lees
Guhle-Warner
Yorke-Morrison

Parenteau
Scott

Pats scratches - Williams, McAmmond and Pouteau. 
Raiders scratches - Paivarinta, Warkentine and Glover. 

In the first period the Pats took an early penalty and the Raiders made them pay. Vojtech Budik finished a pass in front for his 3rd of the year from Sean Montgomery and Brendan Guhle at 1:55 and it was 1-0. The Pats responded after that and threw shot after shot at Rylan Parenteau but the Raider netminder stopped every one of them. The Pats had two powerplays in the frame but could not score and trailed 1-0 after 20 minutes. The Pats outshot P.A. 15-7 in the period.

In the second frame the Raiders picked up their second powerplay and seconds after it expired they extended their lead to 2-0. Jesse Lees buried his 19th from the slot at 6:44 with assists to Jordan Tkatch and Simon Stransky. The Pats had two powerplays after that but did not score but carried all the momentum in the final 10 minutes. Rylan Parenteau was fantastic in the frame to keep the Pats off the board. Regina got a third powerplay with 1:21 left in the period and came oh so close but the Raiders survived to the break with the 2-0 lead. The Pats outshot Prince Albert 15-10 in the period and led 30-17 overall.

The Pats began the third with 39 seconds of powerplay time but did not score. On their 5th powerplay of the night they did finally break through. Cole Sanford snapped home his 33rd from the right circle at 6:58. Adam Brooks and Chase Harrison the assists and it was a 2-1 game. Adam Brooks extended his point streak to 13 games and Cole Sanford to 10 games on the goal. The Pats kept pushing but Rylan Parenteau made save after save and then with 13 seconds left Reid Gardiner sealed it with an empty net goal for his 37th to make it 3-1 and that was the final score. The Pats win streak stops at 7 games. The Pats outshot the Raiders 12-8 in the period and 42-25 overall.

The Pats powerplay was 1 for 6 in the loss and the penalty kill was 3 for 4.

The third star of the game went to the Pats Cole Sanford who scored the lone goal. The second star to Adam Brooks who had an assist and the first star to the Raiders Rylan Parenteau who topped 41 of 42 shots faced. 

The Pats are back in action on Saturday in Saskatoon with a 7:05 puck drop against the Blades on 620 CKRM. 

Scoring Summary

1st Period

Raiders PP Goal 1;55. Vojtech Budik (3) from Sean Montgomery and Brendan Guhle. 

2nd Period

Raiders Goal at 6:44. Jesse Lees (19) from Jordan Tkatch and Simon Stransky. 

3rd Period

Pats PP Goal at 6:58. Cole Sanford (33) from Adam Brooks and Chase Harrison.

Raiders EN Goal at 19:47. Reid Gardiner (37) from Simon Stransky.


Here are the radio highlights: http://bit.ly/1QMj9CR

Post game interview with Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch: http://bit.ly/210WKBa

Post game interview with forward Cole Sanford: http://bit.ly/210WNNe





Pats - Raiders Game Day Preview


The Regina Pats (30-23-3-4) return to the Brandt Centre tonight looking to make it eight straight victories when they host the Prince Albert Raiders (33-20-7-1). Tonight is the eighth and final meeting of the season between the two clubs. The Pats hold a 2-2-2-1 record so far against the Raiders and sit 7 points back in the East Division standings with a game in hand.  Puck drop is at 7:00 with the pre-game at 6:35 on 620 CKRM. 

Team Comparison
Regina
Prince Albert

Record
30-23-3-4
33-20-7-1

Goals For/Against
206/212 (-6)
189/188 (+1)
Powerplay
17.6% (45/256)
16.9% (38/225)

Penalty Kill
76.4% (197/258)
80.0% (192/248)

Team Save Percentage
0.901
0.906

Leading Scorer
Adam Brooks (33-68-101)
Reid Gardiner (36-44-80)

Leading Scorer (Defence)
Connor Hobbs (18-18-36)
Jesse Lees (18-29-47)

Scoring by Period (1st-2nd-3rd-OT)
68-57-71-7
47-61-73-5

Average Age
17.82 yrs
18.08 yrs


The Lead Up
The Pats won a crazy back and forth contest in Lethbridge on Wednesday, 9-8 over the Hurricanes for their seventh straight victory. Lane Zablocki scored his first career hattrick, Adam Brooks had 3 assists and Cole Sanford had two goals and a helper in the victory. The Pats finished the season with a 3-1-0-0 record against the Hurricanes and their seven game winning streak is the longest since the 2007-08 season. 

The Raiders came back from down 2-1 in the 3rd to beat the Swift Current Broncos 3-2 in overtime on Wednesday. Hunter Warner scored to tie the game with under 7 minutes remaining and then Reid Gardiner won it with his 36th of the season in the extra frame. 

The Matchup
The Pats and Raiders have met seven previous times this season. The Pats hold a 2-2-2-1 record in those games with one of their wins coming at the Brandt Centre and the other on the road. The Raiders have outscored the Pats 26-22 in the first seven games and have five wins. Adam Brooks leads the Pats with 4 goals and 12 points against the Raiders while Reid Gardiner has 4 goals and 13 points for Prince Albert. The Raiders sit in the 2nd spot in the East Division, 7 points back of Brandon for 1st and four points ahead of Moose Jaw who sit in 3rd. The Pats are three points back of the Warriors with a game in hand which they will play tonight. The Pats magic number to clinch a playoff spot is 4 wins, 4 Saskatoon losses or any combination of Pats wins and Blades losses that adds up to 4. The Raiders can clinch a playoff spot with a point tonight. 

Brooks Hits 100
Adam Brooks finished with 3 assists on Wednesday night in Lethbridge which made him the first player in the WHL to crack the century mark with 101 points in his first 60 games. Brooks is riding a 12 game point streak with 6 goals and 24 assists in that stretch. He is the 51st player in Regina Pats history to put up 100 points in a season, the first player to do it was Bill Hicke in the 1956-57 season. Brooks is tied for 79th  in franchise history with 71 goals, tied 63rd with 114 assists and tied 65th with 185 career points. He is also 27th in games played with 239.

Shootout Success
The Regina Pats have turned around their fortunes in the shootout over the last couple of weeks. Prior to last week Monday the club had lost 7 straight shootouts going back to last year. However they have now won three in a row when a game goes to the penalty shots. It started in Swift Current last Monday in a 4-3 win and then Tuesday they beat medicine Hat 5-4 and then Lethbridge Wednesday 9-8.

Home Ice Advantage
The Regina Pats carry a seven game winning streak at the Brandt Centre into tonight’s contest. The Pats have outscored their opponents 33-14 in those games and now sit six games over 500 at home with a 16-10-2-0 record. Including tonight, the Pats will play 8 of their last 12 games in the regular season on home ice.

Upcoming Schedule
Pats @ Saskatoon – February 27, 7:05 PM – Sasktel Center (CKRM)
Pats Vs Red Deer – February 29, 11:30 AM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
Pats Vs Kootenay – March 2, 7:00 PM – Brandt Centre (CKRM)





Thursday, February 25, 2016

Tyler Benson's season is over

Vancouver, B.C. - The Vancouver Giants Hockey Club announced on Thursday that captain Tyler Benson has been shut down for the remainder of the 2015/16 season.

“It’s very disappointing for all of us that Tyler has had to miss so much time this year,” said Giants majority owner Ron Toigo. “At the same time, we need to do what’s best for his long term health, and we know that he’s going to be an important player for our team going forward as well as a great addition to an NHL organization.”

Benson, an Edmonton native, is eligible to be taken in the NHL Draft this coming summer and has been projected by many to be a first round pick. The 17-year-old scored nine goals and 19 assists in 30 games with the Giants this season after dealing with injuries throughout the campaign.

The Giants return to action on Friday night when they host the Kelowna Rockets. Puck drop is at 7:30pm. For tickets, go to TicketLeader.ca or call 604.4.GIANTS (604.444.2687).



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

Regina Pats Hold Organization's First 'Hockey Day' Game

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats and Prairie Valley School Division have joined forces to combine education and sport in a day students will not forget. On February 29 the first ever Hockey Day Game in Regina will be held.

The event takes place when the Regina Pats host the Red Deer Rebels on Monday, February 29, in an 11:30 a.m. match-up at the Brandt Centre.  Over 4300 students will be taking part.  The majority are attending from the Prairie Valley including every grade four to eight student.  The rest come from schools within Regina’s Public and Catholic School Divisions along with the Prairie South Division.

“We are an organization committed to the community and doing what we can help youth prosper,” said Pats President Todd Lumbard. “The Hockey Day game is our chance to give back in a way that we hope leaves a lasting impression with the kids about the value of education and sport.”

In addition to exciting hockey, students will be engaged in learning opportunities thanks to a specially designed curriculum by the Prairie Valley.  A 30-page teacher handbook has been put together that relates classroom subjects to hockey.  It provides specific curriculum items for grades 4 to 8 across all subject areas, including arts, careers, English language arts, health, math, physical education, science and social studies.

The students have an activity book to complete including geography and anatomy lessons, player name word search and bullying awareness quiz.  In addition, schools attending had students submit questions for Pats players. The answers will show on the score clock and appear in print materials at the game.  Students from a Prairie Valley school will conduct ice temperature measurements at different points of the game.  The measurements will study the effects a hockey game and the lighting of the facility have on ice quality and building temperature.

“We thank the Regina Pats and are pleased to be working with them to provide students the opportunity to explore curriculum through sights and sounds of a hockey game,” said Ben Grebinski, Director of Education and CEO for Prairie Valley School Division.  “We are proud of the work of our teachers and educational consultants and excited to introduce this tool to ensure that game day is a social and cultural experience and also a unique learning experience.”

The Hockey Day Game tickets and transportation is free of charge to the schools in attendance thanks to the generous support of corporate sponsors.  

“I wish I would have videoed the reaction of the class when I told them that we were invited and would be going.  You would have thought they each won a new Xbox,” said Rhonda Meena, a grade 4 and 5 teacher from Ecole White City School.  

The Western Hockey League recognizes education is paramount in the development as a hockey player, but also as an individual.  Over 400 scholarships are awarded by the WHL each year to current and graduated players pursuing a post-secondary career.  Players are also offered a year’s tuition for every year they play in the WHL to any post-secondary school within North America.

“Our season ticket holders deserve a ton of thanks for their support of this game,” adds Lumbard. “This was a true team effort for everyone involved to make sure as many kids as possible could take part.”

Mark Rathwell
VP Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

WHL releases 3 new names in Top 50 Players of All-Time

Calgary, AB - As part of the Western Hockey League’s 50th Season celebrations, a panel of historians selected the top 125 players in WHL history this past September. From this list, WHL fans voted at Top50.whl.ca to select the Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time. This week, the fan and panel voting results revealed the following placements:

#35 – Ron Chipperfield (Brandon Wheat Kings)
#34 – Patrick Marleau (Seattle Thunderbirds)
#33 – Jamie Benn (Kelowna Rockets)


#35 Ron Chipperfield (Brandon Wheat Kings, 1970-74)

Chipperfield played four seasons for his hometown Brandon Wheat Kings from 1970-74. As a 16-year-old rookie, Chipperfield buried 40 markers and was a point-per-game player. In 1971-72, he placed ninth in league scoring with 112 points (59g-53a) while his 113 points, including 72 goals, were ranked seventh in the 1972-73 scoring race. In each of those two seasons Chipperfield was named the WCHL Most Sportsmanlike Player. Chipperfield had a sensational final season in junior as he earned both the WCHL Most Valuable Player and WCHL Top Scorer Award. The WCHL First Team All-Star tallied 162 points in 66 regular season games and his 90-goal campaign sits fifth all-time for most goals in a season.

Over his WCHL career, Chipperfield ranks second all-time with 261 goals and 11th all-time with 470 points in 252 regular season games. In addition, he notched 17 points (9g-8a) in 17 postseason appearances. Although Chipperfield was selected in the first round, 17th overall, of the 1974 National Hockey League Draft by the California Golden Seals, he started his pro career with the World Hockey Association.

Chipperfield spent five seasons in the WHA with the Vancouver Blazers, Calgary Cowboys and Edmonton Oilers. At the conclusion of his WHA career, Chipperfield had accumulated 330 points (153-177a) in 369 regular season games and he also was a point-per-game player in the playoffs with 30 points in 28 games. Chipperfield made his NHL debut when the Oilers joined the NHL as part of the WHA-NHL merger in 1979. He also played for the Quebec Nordiques before ending his career in Italy.

#34 Patrick Marleau (Seattle Thunderbirds, 1995-97)

After the Seattle Thunderbirds selected Marleau sixth overall in the 1994 Bantam Draft, he played two seasons for the Thunderbirds from 1995-97. As a 16-year old rookie, Marleau was already a difference maker as he found the back of the net 32 times. He placed fifth among freshman skaters with 74 points in 72 games that season. In his sophomore campaign, Marleau sat third in league scoring with 125 points (51g-74a) in 71 regular season games. The CHL Second Team All-Star and WHL Western Conference First Team All-Star also tallied 23 postseason points to lead the Thunderbirds to the WHL Final.

In his WHL career, Marleau collected 199 points (83g-116a) in 143 regular season games and 30 points (10g-20a) in 20 playoff contests. San Jose selected Marleau second overall in the 1997 National Hockey League Draft and he immediately joined the Sharks as an 18-year-old. Since then, Marleau has played his entire 18-year NHL career with San Jose.

The 36-year-old has accumulated over 1000 points in more than 1300 regular season games so far in his NHL career. The product of Swift Current, SK is a two-time Olympic gold medalist for Team Canada in 2010 and 2014. In addition, Marleau captured gold medals at the 2003 IIHF World Championship and the 2004 World Cup of Hockey as well as a silver medal at the 2005 IIHF World Championship.

#33 Jamie Benn (Kelowna Rockets, 2007-09)

Benn spent two seasons from 2007-09 as a member of the Kelowna Rockets. As an 18-year-old rookie, Benn notched 33 goals and 65 points in 51 games. In 2008-09, Benn finished among the top 15 in WHL scoring with 46 markers and 82 points in 56 regular season games. The WHL Western Conference First Team All-Star tallied a league-best 33 points (13g-20a) in the 2009 WHL Playoffs to lead the Rockets to their third WHL Championship in franchise history. After a nine-point (5g-4a) performance at the MasterCard Memorial Cup, Benn received the Ed Chynoweth Trophy for leading the tournament in scoring as well as a spot on the tournament all-star team. Benn was also a member of Team Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2009 IIHF World Junior Championship.

Throughout his WHL career, Benn registered 147 points (79g-68a) in 107 regular season games and 44 points (16g-28a) in 26 playoff outings. The 6-2, 210 lb forward was chosen by the Dallas Stars in the fifth round of the 2007 NHL Draft.

The 26-year-old captain of the Stars is in his seventh season in the NHL. During his first season in the pros, Benn joined the Texas Stars in the American Hockey League after the Dallas Stars failed to qualify for the NHL playoffs. Benn guided the Texas Stars all the way to the Calder Cup Final as he led the Club in postseason scoring. In 2014-15, Benn earned the Art Ross Trophy for the most points in an NHL season. He won the scoring race in dramatic fashion after a four-point night in the final game of the regular season. The Victoria, BC native also captured a gold medal for Team Canada at the 2014 Olympics.

TOP 50 WHL PLAYERS OF ALL-TIME

#33 – Jamie Benn (Kelowna Rockets)
#34 – Patrick Marleau (Seattle Thunderbirds)
#35 – Ron Chipperfield (Brandon Wheat Kings)
#36 – Brendan Gallagher (Vancouver Giants)
#37 – Shane Doan (Kamloops Blazers)
#38 – Brad Moran (Calgary Hitmen)
#39 – Tom Lysiak (Medicine Hat Tigers)
#40 – Ryan Nugent-Hopkins (Red Deer Rebels)
#41 – Marian Hossa (Portland Winter Hawks)
#42 – John Davidson (Calgary Centennials)
#43 – Sam Reinhart (Kootenay ICE)
#44 – Brent Sutter (Lethbridge Broncos)
#45 – Pavel Brendl (Calgary Hitmen)
#46 – Cliff Ronning (New Westminster Bruins)
#47 – Duncan Keith (Kelowna Rockets)
#48 – Darcy Tucker (Kamloops Blazers)
#49 – Ray Whitney (Spokane Chiefs)
#50 – Stu Barnes (New Westminster Bruins and Tri-City Americans)