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Thursday, June 30, 2016

DON MOORES NAMED PRESIDENT & COO OF BLAZERS

Kamloops, BC – The Kamloops Blazers ownership group consisting of Shane Doan, Jarome Iginla, Mark Recchi, Darryl Sydor and Tom Gaglardi have announced that Don Moores has been named the hockey club’s President, Chief Operating Officer and Alternate Governor.  

Moores, who was born and raised in Kamloops, will have full autonomy over the business operations of the Kamloops Blazers.

“We are ecstatic to have Don join the Kamloops Blazers,” said Co-Owner / Governor, Tom Gaglardi. “Don is a respected member of the Kamloops community with longstanding roots in the city. He is a welcomed addition to the hockey club.”

Moores has plenty of experience in management roles over the past 35 years in the newspaper business. This includes Publisher of Kamloops This Week, Vice President of the Cariboo Press, President of Black Press Prairie Operations, and President of Black Press Interior Division.

Since 2008, he has been the Co-Owner and General Manager of Maximum Yield Publications. Maximum Yield Publications is a magazine and event management company out of Nanaimo, BC. It publishes in six different countries and produces trade shows throughout Canada and the USA.

“This is truly an honour to have an opportunity to join the Kamloops Blazers,” commented Moores. “Kamloops is home, and my wife and I are thrilled to return to the city that we raised our kids in. I am excited to get started and to continue to help the franchise grow.”  

Moores played junior hockey for the Kamloops Chiefs from 1973-1976. He also was an Assistant Coach with the Blazers from 1985-1990 and a Director for the Kamloops Blazers Sports Society from 2006-2008.

To purchase your 2016-17 season tickets, or for other ticketing information, please contact Ticketing & Promotions Coordinator, Missy Cederholm at 778-471-8068 or by email at mcederholm@blazerhockey.com.


Tim O’Donovan
Director of Hockey / Media Admin.
Kamloops Blazers Hockey Club




GIANTS 6 RED SOX 5

Wednesday was a historic night as the Regina Red Sox and the Fort McMurray Giants played the first WMBL game at Shell Place.  The Giants overcame a late inning deficit to beat the Red Sox 6-5, much to the delight of the Fort McMurray fans.

Red Sox pitcher Allan Sanchez, making his fifth WMBL appearance of the season, threw two innings and gave up four runs in the loss. Ryan Dunn picked up the Giants win.

Designated Hitter Jake Howard had a hit, a run and two RBI for the visiting Red Sox, while Korbin Polston and Ryan Howard each added a pair of hits. The speedy Justin Erlandson also stole his team high ninth base.

The loss drops Regina’s overall record to 12-9 and 1-1 on the six game Alberta road trip.  Regina and Fort McMurray will hit the field again Thursday night for a rematch at Shell Field.

Regina will play Edmonton on Friday, July 1 before rounding out their tour of Alberta with a couple of games in Okotoks.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

The Wednesday Thriller

Keith Hershmiller
Happy Wednesday Everybody! What a great weekend for a couple of Regina Pats, lets start there this week!

Forwards Sam Steel and Adam Brooks both heard their names called in Buffalo, New York at the 2016 NHL Entry Draft. Steel in the 1st round, 30th overall to the Anaheim Ducks and Brooks in the 4th round, 92nd overall to the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Steel says it's hard to describe how awesome Friday night was. 'I don't many words for it right now. Just truly honoured and happy to be a part of such a great organization."

Steel was at the draft with his parents and girlfriend and says they were instrumental in getting him there. "Family for sure, friends, everybody that has supported me along the way. It takes more than just myself to get to this moment so it's Pretty special for sure."

On waiting to the end of the first round to get picked. "I was trying to stay pretty even keeled. At the end of the day it's just a number, first round, second round, it's just the start of the work that needs to be done. But it's definitely a long time sitting there and I'm glad I ended the night this way."

Steel really credits the Pats organization. "I'm definitely extremely lucky to be a part of that organization with the coaching staff and the owners. It's a great place to play and like I said I am very lucky."

Adam Brooks meanwhile had to wait until round 4 to get selected and to say he is over the moon would be an understatement. "Unbelievable. I mean to go to an organization like the Toronto Maple Leafs a team that I grew up when I was younger they were my favorite team. My room was painted Toronto maple Leafs. Just all the history that comes with the organization for me its just a very surreal feeling and I am absolutely honoured to be apart of the team and thankful for the opportunity and thankful for all the people that supported me along the way."

Brooks says the wait was a little tough. "I didn't have too high of expectations so I was just kind of sitting there and taking it all in and seeing names from across the league. It was exciting to see guys go, especially the first night when Brett Howden from Winnipeg and then Sammy obviously went it was very exciting. But waiting there and finally seeing my name called you know two years later I guess than when it was supposed to be but it was super exciting and I'm super thrilled about it."

Brooks, like Steel is very appreciative to Regina. "You obviously just have to look at the organization and the changes that they made that ultimately helped me get to this point. What our coaching staff and owners have done for me has been unbelievable and yeah I think just a lot of hard work. things got a little tough for me there but I was able to fight through it and continued to work hard and found my game. it definitely makes me feel good and it's just kind of a little bit of work that I started doing and now I need to put in a lot more to get where I want to go."

Leafs Head Coach Mike Babcock chatted with Pats VP of Communications Mark Rathwel after the draft and had this to say about Brooks. "Well I think the big thing obviously is he is a player who when he first arrived in the Western Hockey league things didn't go the way he wanted but he's really taken off. Really an improved player. He plays the game fast, high hockey sense, great drive train, trains hard, competes hard, we think he's a guy going in the right direction. He might need another year of junior I'm not sure of that yet. But we will have an opportunity to see him this summer at development camp and then we will make decisions on that moving ahead. But obviously a guy we were very impressed with his compete level and his hockey IQ and he's going in the right direction."

Babock on whether or not we will see Brooks in Regina for his 20-year-old season. "Only time will tell but the biggest thing I think is there is no sense getting in a hurry. It's not a race to get anywhere, it's maximize and build your foundation so you are confident when you arrive. The National Hockey League is a real hard league, it's hard to play in. The more confidence you have when you arrive the better the player you are when you arrive and the better chance you have to stay."

CHL IMPORT DRAFT - The Regina Pats selected Swedish left winger and Ottawa Senators prospect Filip Ahl in the first round, 31st overall in the CHL Import Draft on Tuesday.

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Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock "I just know about him what you could probably read about him. He's a fourth round pick of Ottawa, he's a big guy. According to people he has the ability to score some goals so that's basically the bottom line." Paddock says he is hopeful Ahl will make Regina his home this season. "I talked with some people fro Ottawa and his representative group and hopefully things will work out."

Ahl was taken 109th overall in the 4th round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Senators. He stands 6'3 and weighs 212 lbs. The import draft can always be a crap shoot but Paddock says they pegged Ahl as a guy they wanted at 31. "Well from the time we heard about him we were going to focus in on him but there are never any guarantees. but he was there and that was good... we wanted to get a forward but we were prepared otherwise too."

In 2015-16 with HV71 of the Swedish SuperElit league he had 18 goals and 31 points in 18 games played. He is entering his 19-year-old season and Paddock says they knew they would look at drafting an older player. If you translate and read this article, it seems Ahl is committed to coming to Canada for the season.

SEASON SCHEDULE - The Regina Pats Hockey Club, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League, announced its 2016-17 Regular Season schedule Monday.  The Pats open the new campaign on home ice Friday, September 23 against the Prince Albert Raiders.  The season wraps up in Brandon against the Wheat Kings Saturday, March 18, 2017.

The Pats’ annual western road swing runs November 16-26 and sees the team stay north of the border in the B.C. Division.  The trip also includes the Blue and White’s first visit to the new Rogers Place in Edmonton.  Regina breaks for Christmas from December 18-26 with their final game before the break coming against the Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday, December 17.  All Sunday home games continue to take place at 4 p.m. including a New Year’s Day matchup with Prince Albert.
A pair of fan-favourites return to Brandt Centre Concessions for the new season.  Taco Tuesday (two taco-in-a-bag for $10) and Wiener Wednesday (two-for-one hot dogs) will be available a combined total of nine times throughout the season.  Further off-ice promotions and special events will be revealed at a later date.
Click the links below for the 2016-17 schedule.
·         Schedule sorted by home team
2016-17 Home Schedule Breakdown
Friday
13 games
September
2 games
Saturday
8 games
October
7 games
Sunday
6 games
November
3 games
Tuesday
5 games
December
5 games
Wednesday
4 games
January
7 games


February
6 games


March
6 games


BLADES SHAKE UP - Bob Woods has left his post as Head Coach and GM of the Saskatoon Blades to join the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff. Woods has been hired to work as an assistant coach alongside Dan Bylsma with the Sabres. The Blades in turn have promoted Dean Brockman from assistant coach to head coach, he is the 21st head coach in Blades history. The General Manager position has been filled by Colin Priestner whose dad owns the team. In a news release the Blades say Priestner is currently enrolled in the Business of Hockey MBA program at Athabasca University. At 32 he is the youngest GM in the WHL.

HURRICANES ADD TO HOCKEY STAFF - The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday the hiring of Darcy Wakaluk as the team’s new Goaltending Coach and Bob Bartlett as the new Director of Player Development and Senior Scout. The team also announced that Assistant Coaches Mike Craig and Josh MacNevin will return for the 2016-2017 season.

TWO THUNDER GET CFL CALL -  The Riders announced Sunday they have added two territorial juniors to the practice roster. Defensive back Menedum Menegbo and wide receiver Kristopher Calcutt of the Regina Thunder began practicing with the team this week.

That's all I have for today, have a great week!

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM


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Tuesday, June 28, 2016

PATS TAKE SENATORS PROSPECT IN CHL IMPORT DRAFT

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The Regina Pats selected Swedish left winger and Ottawa Senators prospect Filip Ahl in the first round, 31st overall in the CHL Import Draft on Tuesday.

Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock "I just know about him what you could probably read about him. He's a fourth round pick of Ottawa, he's a big guy. According to people he has the ability to score some goals so that's basically the bottom line." Paddock says he is hopeful Ahl will make Regina his home this season. "I talked with some people fro Ottawa and his representative group and hopefully things will work out."

Ahl was taken 109th overall in the 4th round of the 2015 NHL Draft by the Senators. He stands 6'3 and weighs 212 lbs. The import draft can always be a crap shoot but Paddock says they pegged Ahl as a guy they wanted at 31. "Well from the time we heard about him we were going to focus in on him but there are never any guarantees. but he was there and that was good... we wanted to get a forward but we were prepared otherwise too."

In 2015-16 with HV71 of the Swedish SuperElit league he had 18 goals and 31 points in 18 games played. He is entering his 19-year-old season and Paddock says they knew they would look at drafting an older player.






CHL Import Draft takes place Tuesday


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced details for the 25th annual CHL Import Draft which takes place on Tuesday June 28, 2016, beginning at 11:00 am Eastern. The Regina Pats will pick 31st overall.

The two-round draft will take place online with the order of selection rotating through each of the CHL’s three leagues using an inverse order of final regular season standings within each league from the 2015-16 season.  The WHL’s Kootenay Ice hold the number one pick, followed by the OHL’s Guelph Storm at number two, and the QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar who will select third overall.  Each team in the CHL is permitted to dress and play a maximum of two import players each season who are selected annually through the CHL Import Draft.

CLICK HERE TO FOLLOW THE 2016 CHL IMPORT DRAFT ORDER AND RESULTS

A total of 14 players acquired through the CHL Import Draft were recently selected in the 2016 NHL Draft including three first round picks.  Olli Juolevi of the London Knights, a Finnish born defenceman, was chosen fifth overall by the Vancouver Canucks, followed by Swedish forward Alexander Nylander of the Mississauga Steelheads chosen eighth overall by the Buffalo Sabres, and Russian defenceman Mikhail Sergachev of the Windsor Spitfires chosen ninth overall by the Montreal Canadiens.

Last season a total of 78 players were selected from 14 different countries led by 21 players from Russia and consisting of 50 forwards and 28 defencemen.

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Paul Krotz
Director, Communications
Canadian / Ontario Hockey League

Monday, June 27, 2016

Regina Pats 2016-17 Season Schedule

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League, announced its 2016-17 Regular Season schedule today.  The Pats open the new campaign on home ice Friday, September 23 against the Prince Albert Raiders.  The season wraps up in Brandon against the Wheat Kings Saturday, March 18, 2017.
The Pats’ annual western road swing runs November 16-26 and sees the team stay north of the border in the B.C. Division.  The trip also includes the Blue and White’s first visit to the new Rogers Place in Edmonton.  Regina breaks for Christmas from December 18-26 with their final game before the break coming against the Moose Jaw Warriors Saturday, December 17.  All Sunday home games continue to take place at 4 p.m. including a New Year’s Day matchup with Prince Albert.
A pair of fan-favourites return to Brandt Centre Concessions for the new season.  Taco Tuesday (two taco-in-a-bag for $10) and Wiener Wednesday (two-for-one hot dogs) will be available a combined total of nine times throughout the season.  Further off-ice promotions and special events will be revealed at a later date.
Click the links below for the 2016-17 schedule.
·         Full 2016-17 WHL schedule
·         Schedule sorted by home team
2016-17 Home Schedule Breakdown
Friday
13 games
September
2 games
Saturday
8 games
October
7 games
Sunday
6 games
November
3 games
Tuesday
5 games
December
5 games
Wednesday
4 games
January
7 games


February
6 games


March
6 games
Don’t miss a moment of the action this season.  ‘Join the Regiment’ and guarantee your seat to all 36 home games with Season Tickets starting at just $400 (GST included).  For more information on becoming a Season Ticket Holder, visit reginapats.com, stop by the Pats Office or call 306-522-7287.

About the Regina Pats
Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world.  Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division.  To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit
www.reginapats.com.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

ADAM BROOKS GOES TO TORONTO IN ROUND 4

Keith Hershmiller

The Toronto Maple Leafs used the first pick of the 4th round, 92nd overall to select Regina Pats forward Adam Brooks.

Brooks was the 6th player selected by Toronto in the 2016 Entry Draft. He was ranked 72nd in North America.

Brooks had a career year in 2015/16 leading the WHL in scoring with 120 points including 82 assists.


Friday, June 24, 2016

DUCKS TAKE STEEL 30TH OVERALL

Courtesy @AnaheimDucks 
With the final pick of the first round of the 2016 NHL Entry Draft the Anaheim Ducks selected Regina Pats forward Sam Steel, 30th overall.

The pick originally belonged to Pittsburgh but was traded to Toronto in the Phil Kessel deal. The Leafs then flipped it to Anaheim for goaltender Frederik Anderson.

Steel becomes the first player in Pats history to be drafted to the Ducks. He had 70 points in 72 regular season games this year and added 16 more points in 12 playoff games.

Rounds 2 through 7 of the draft will take place Saturday starting at 8 AM.




TWO PATS READY FOR NHL DRAFT WEEKEND

Keith Hershmiller
The wait is over for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York. It is safe to assume two Regina Pats will have their names called over the next two days of selection, Sam Steel and Adam Brooks. Two very different journeys led up to this week but it is an exciting time for both of these players and their families.
Steel has been synonymous with the NHL since we first heard about him in Regina three years ago. He is ranked 30th in North America in the final list from the NHL's Central Scouting Service and Steel says he got better as his draft year went on. "I thought overall it was not bad. I had a slower start, didn't play the way I wanted to off the start of the year but I thought as the year went on I started playing better and better hockey. In the last few months of the year, especially playoffs, it's my favorite time of year and I played my best hockey at that point."

"It's definitely an exciting time. I hope to hear my name, called and wherever I go it's a whole new journey after that. I'm excited to get tings going I guess and we will see what the future holds." Steel said. "Being from just outside Edmonton I have always gone to those games and cheered for them so I would say they are my favorite team but when it comes to the draft I'm definitely not picky and would be honoured to go anywhere."

While Steel has always been a lock to hear his name called this weekend, the same is not true for Adam Brooks who just completed his 19-year-old season and is headed into his final eligibility for the NHL Draft. Brooks was not on the radar of the NHL in his draft year two years ago but it seems the third time will be the charm for the Winnipeg product. It's been well documented his season, leading the WHL in scoring with 120 points.

Keith Hershmiller
Despite his dominance in the WHL this year, Brooks remains even keeled looking at what might come. "Excited, I mean obviously I'm not getting to far ahead of myself because I know what it's like to be passed over but just excited for the opportunity. I have one last crack at potentially being drafted and thought I had a year to put me in a position to maybe be selected."

Brooks is ranked 72nd by CSS and has visited with the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres in person and has had numerous online talks with other NHL teams in the weeks and months leading up to the draft. "Yeah I guess there is some talk. Everyone heading into the drat has probably talked to a few teams and that is a part of the process. For me the whole ride of this and getting to experience this which I wasn't able to experience in the last two years and talking to teams and getting to go down to some pre-draft camps and stuff like that it's just been enjoyable for me. I'm just having some fun with it and hopefully everything works out."

"The last four years have been just a roller coaster." Brooks added. "I think it will mean a lot not only to me to a lot of people who have stuck by me, especially through the times that things were going pretty bad. There were a lot of people that stood by my side throughout that and were there to pick me up when things weren't going so well. For me it's an exciting time and I think for some other people it's an exciting time as well and whatever happens happens. It's all positive, this whole season and this whole off-season have been a positive for me and whether I am drafted on Saturday or whether I am not I will continue to work hard and hopefully continue to have some positives come my way."

There are few better stories than Adam Brooks and how far he has come in his WHL career. For him, his family and the people who know him, what a weekend this will be.






Thursday, June 23, 2016

RED SOX 8 MILLIONAIRES 3


Regina starter Allan Sanchez collected his first win of the season as the Red Sox defeated Melville 8-3.

Sanchez was dominating in his eight innings of work, allowing just three runs on eight hits. He also struck out four of the 34 Millionaire batters he faced.

The Moneymen countered with starter Michael Harrison, who had a rough outing. Harrison gave up six runs and 11 hits over six innings.

A great crowd of 725, enjoyed the impressive offensive output by the Red Sox. Regina hitters banged out 13 hits and added six walks in the victory. For Regina, the MR Mikes Player of the Game, Korbin Polston, went three for five with two runs while second baseman Gabriel Montero contributed three RBI on two hits.
Ethan Mohn was the lone offensive bright spot for Melville as he went two for four at the plate. He also scored two runs.

The Red Sox, now 10-5, will be back on the field Friday in Yorkton and then host Swift Current on Saturday at Currie Field.

BIG SHAKE-UP IN SASKATOON


Bob Woods has left his post as Head Coach and GM of the Saskatoon Blades to join the Buffalo Sabres coaching staff.

Woods has been hired to work as an assistant coach alongside Dan Bylsma with the Sabres.

The Blades in turn have promoted Dean Brockman from assistant coach to head coach, he is the 21st head coach in Blades history.

The General Manager position has been filled by Colin Priestner whose dad owns the team. In a news release the Blades say Priestner is currently enrolled in the Business of Hockey MBA program at Athabasca University. At 32 he is the youngest GM in the WHL.




Wednesday, June 22, 2016

RED SOX 9 MILLER EXPRESS 2

The Regina Red Sox scored three runs in the first inning on their way to a 9-2 victory over the Moose Jaw Miller Express.

Adam Prashad pitched eight stellar innings in the Red Sox victory. Prashad, a senior at Madonna College, limited Moose Jaw to only two runs on six hits while fanning five. Seth Sorenson came on in the ninth to close out the game.

Jake Howard, Derek Slate and Justin Erlandson each had three hits and scored two runs to lead the Regina attack.  Korbin Polston and Howard also provided some highlight reel home runs for the 635 Red Sox fans in attendance. It was the first multi-homer game for Regina this season.

Regina hitters hammered Miller Express starter Jesse Marks for 11 hits and seven runs in just four innings.

With the win Regina improved their overall 2016 record to 9-5.

The Red Sox round out a short home stand Thursday night when they host the Melville Millionaires. Game time 7:05 pm.

Courtesy Tony Playter




Hurricanes add to Hockey Staff

LETHBRIDGE, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club announced Wednesday the hiring of Darcy Wakaluk as the team’s new Goaltending Coach and Bob Bartlett as the new Director of Player Development and Senior Scout. The team also announced that Assistant Coaches Mike Craig and Josh MacNevin will return for the 2016-2017 season.

Wakaluk joins the Hurricanes after spending the past 12 seasons as the Goaltending Coach of the Calgary Hitmen. Before his time with the Hitmen, Wakaluk also spent three seasons as the Goaltending Coach of the Kamloops Blazers and one season as an Assistant Coach with the Vancouver Giants.

Prior to his coaching career, the Pincher Creek, Alberta product played three season in the Western Hockey League from 1983 to 1986 with the Kelowna Wings/Spokane Chiefs franchise. A Buffalo Sabres seventh round draft pick in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft, Wakaluk went on to play 181 games in the American Hockey League and 191 games in the National Hockey League with the Minnesota North Stars/Dallas Stars and Phoenix Coyotes. He was a member of the 1987 Calder Cup Champion Rochester Americans and was the first goaltender in AHL history to score a goal in 1987. He was also a teammate of Hurricanes assistant coach Mike Craig for three seasons with the Minnesota/Dallas franchise.

“We’re adding a real good person, any time you can add good people to your staff that’s first and foremost, along with that Darcy’s experience speaks for itself. Playing in our league, being an NHL player and he’s coached in that league for a number of years, it really, really fits for us,” said Hurricanes General Manager Peter Anholt.

Bartlett joins the Hurricanes after spending the past five seasons with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Bartlett in no stranger to Lethbridge or the Hurricanes as he was an instrumental person in bringing the Hurricanes to Lethbridge after the Broncos were relocated to Swift Current in 1986. He spent 11 years (1974 to 1985) as a scout for the Broncos. After acting as an Advisor to the Hurricanes, he served as the team’s General Manager from 1990 to 1995 leading the team to the 1991 WHL Final and Division Title.

“Bob being the person that he is makes it such a great add for us. His history here in Lethbridge speaks for itself and his hockey history speaks for itself, it’s just a really good fit for us to add Bob to our staff, but also for [Bob] to be able to finish his hockey career with our organization is important too,” said Anholt.

After playing minor hockey in the Crowsnest Pass, Bartlett went on to play in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League before earning a scholarship with the University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux in the NCAA. His many honours include being inducted in the Lethbridge Sports Hall of Fame in 1998, the 2007 Hockey Alberta

Centennial Award, the 2009 Hockey Alberta Hockey Development Award, being inducted into the
Hurricanes/Broncos Hall of Fame in 2012 and being inducted into the Alberta Hockey Hall of Fame in 2010.

“It’s always exciting to join a hockey club and looking at what’s happening with the Hurricanes currently, the direction the club is going and the success it’s had, it was a really good time for me to have this opportunity,” said Bartlett. “I can’t say enough about how excited I am. I get excited about hockey, about good teams and good organizations and it’s great to be back with the Hurricanes. It’s certainly a return home.”

Meanwhile, Craig will enter his fourth season as the Hurricanes Assistant Coach after being hired prior to the 2013-2014 campaign while MacNevin will enter his second with the hockey club.

“I really like the continuity and I like the fact that they’re coming back. We’ve got a young staff, but now we’re adding some experience to that young staff,” said Anholt. “It’s great for Mike whos roll continues to grow with our organization and for Josh who’s a local product and having him involved with our club and what he brings is important.”

Season Tickets for the 2016-2017 season are now available by calling 403-329-SEAT (7328). Catch up on all the latest on the Lethbridge Hurricanes by visiting the team’s website at www.lethbridgehurricanes.com, and/or follow on Twitter @WHLHurricanes.


Dustin Forbes | Broadcast & Communications Manager

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

The Wednesday Thriller

Keith Hershmiller
Happy Wednesday Everybody!

My apologies for the week hiatus, I was up north on the annual Andrews fishing trip with my Dad and Brother but I'm back in full force this week and there is a lot to get to!

HOCKEY CANADA CALLS - Three Regina Pats got some good news on Monday. Defenceman Connor Hobbs is among 41 players who will attend development camp for Canada's National Junior Team for the 20176-17 World Junior Championships. Forward Jake Leschyshyn has been invited to selection camp for the Under-18 squad, he is among 44 invitees. Finally defenceman Dawson Barteaux is one of 111 players that will attend selection camp for the under-17 team.

Hobbs, a 5th round pick of the Washington Capitals is the first Pat invited to development camp since Morgan Klimchuk ahead of his 19-year-old season in 2014. "Well it's pretty amazing, I've gotten the chance to wear the maple leaf a few times and it's just a great opportunity for me and I am really excited." Hobbs said.

Hobbs was a member of the gold medal winning Under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament in 2014 and also played for Canada White at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge in 2013. He says this invite feels a little bigger than the previous two calls he got. "It's a little bit different in the respect that it's older guys and it's different competition and it's pretty cool. I am just really excited to get out there and show em what I can do."

Hobbs, originally a draft pick of the Prince Albert Raiders in 2012, was traded to Medicine Hat in 2013. Things didn't work out there for the Saskatoon product and he spent parts of the 2014-15 season in the SJHL with the Nipawin Hawks. The Pats then acquired him in January of 2015 and his career has taken off from there. "It's been a bit of a rocky road but I've had lots of people in my corner helping me out. Just to name drop a few, I mean John (Paddock) obviously and Dave (Struch) here in Regina and my family and stuff. It's just really exciting to get the opportunity that I have here this summer."

"No" Hobbs chuckled when asked if he expected the invite. "I wasn't shocked but I was very surprised and pleasantly surprised. I am really excited and will just have to take my summer to a new level and work really hard to be where I want to be and I'm beyond excited right now."

Hobbs says it would be incredible to make the team for this years tournament. "Since I was a little kid out at the farm watching out at the farm on a little screen. It's just a bit of a family tradition that way and it would be amazing to get to represent the country and be in the position those guys were in I was watching as a kid."

Hobbs will take part in Canada’s National Junior Team Sport Chek Summer Development Camp in Toronto July 30th to August 2nd. It  will feature a four-game series against the Finland, Sweden and the United States from Aug. 3rd to 6th in Plymouth, Mich.

Meanwhile Jake Leschyshyn will head to Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team selection camp and Dawson Barteaux to the National Under-17 Development Camp both in Calgary, at the Markin MacPhail Centre from July 26th to August 2nd.

NHL DRAFT - Just two days wait for the 2016 NHL Entry Draft in Buffalo, New York. It is safe to assume two Regina Pats will have their names called over the two days of selection, Sam Steel and Adam Brooks. Two very different journeys led up to this week but it is an exciting time for both of these players and their families.

Steel has been synonymous with the NHL since we first heard about him in Regina three years ago. He is ranked 30th in North America in the final list from the NHL's Central Scouting Service and Steel says he got better as his draft year went on. "I thought overall it was not bad. I had a slower start, didn't play the way I wanted to off the start of the year but I thought as the year went on I started playing better and better hockey. In the last few months of the year, especially playoffs, it's my favorite time of year and I played my best hockey at that point."

"It's definitely an exciting time. I hope to hear my name, called and wherever I go it's a whole new journey after that. I'm excited to get tings going I guess and we will see what the future holds." Steel said. "Being from just outside Edmonton I have always gone to those games and cheered for them so I would say they are my favorite team but when it comes to the draft I'm definitely not picky and would be honoured to go anywhere."

While Steel has always been a lock to hear his name called this weekend, the same is not true for Adam Brooks who just completed his 19-year-old season and is headed into his final eligibility for the NHL Draft. Brooks was not on the radar of the NHL in his draft year two years ago but it seems the third time will be the charm for the Winnipeg product. It's been well documented his season, leading the WHL in scoring with 120 points.

Despite his dominance in the WHL this year, Brooks remains even keeled looking at what might come. "Excited, I mean obviously I'm not getting to far ahead of myself because I know what it's like to be passed over but just excited for the opportunity. I have one last crack at potentially being drafted and thought I had a year to put me in a position to maybe be selected."

Brooks is ranked 72nd by CSS and has visited with the Chicago Blackhawks, Toronto Maple Leafs and Buffalo Sabres in person and has had numerous online talks with other NHL teams in the weeks and months leading up to the draft. "Yeah I guess there is some talk. Everyone heading into the drat has probably talked to a few teams and that is a part of the process. For me the whole ride of this and getting to experience this which I wasn't able to experience in the last two years and talking to teams and getting to go down to some pre-draft camps and stuff like that it's just been enjoyable for me. I'm just having some fun with it and hopefully everything works out."

"The last four years have been just a roller coaster." Brooks added. "I think it will mean a lot not only to me to a lot of people who have stuck by me, especially through the times that things were going pretty bad. There were a lot of people that stood by my side throughout that and were there to pick me up when things weren't going so well. For me it's an exciting time and I think for some other people it's an exciting time as well and whatever happens happens. It's all positive, this whole season and this whole off-season have been a positive for me and whether I am drafted on Saturday or whether I am not I will continue to work hard and hopefully continue to have some positives come my way."

There are few better stories than Adam Brooks and how far he has come in his WHL career. For him, his family and the people who know him, what a weekend this will be.

PATS PRE-SEASON SCHED - 71 days, that's all between now and the Pats first pre-season game, September 1st at the Co-Operators Centre. The Pats will be hosting a pre-season tournament again this year with Swift Current, Prince Albert and Saskatoon in attendance. The full schedule can be found here. The Pats home and season opener is set for September 23rd against the Prince Albert Raiders.

CONGRATS MARK LAMB - The Swift Current Broncos are searching for a new Head Coach and GM. Mark Lamb who filled that role for the last 7 seasons is headed to the American Hockey League and the Tucson Roadrunners as their first head coach. Lamb was great to work with over the last five years and I wish him all the best. Good people deserve these opportunities.

WHL RULE CHANGES - The Western Hockey League concluded its Annual General Meeting on Wednesday in Vancouver, and a number of changes are coming in 2016-17. The biggest of which is the adoption of hybrid icing just like the NHL uses. GREAT NEWS! I love this change and Daniel Fink and I have lobbied for it on the air numerous times. Also new video replay systems will be provided by Hawk-Eye Innovations and will be installed in all WHL facilities in time for the start of the season. Hawk-Eye, also the supplier of video replay technology to the NHL and Major League Baseball, will provide WHL Video Goal Judges with improved capabilities for all video review situations. This is also AWESOME. Finally the WHL is setting a trend when it comes to when a goal counts or does not count after it is redirected off a skate. The new rule states that unless the puck is in the goal crease, a puck that enters the net off of a player’s skate shall be ruled a goal. This will eliminate the need for a decision by the referee and/or video goal judge as to whether it was a distinct kicking motion or not. So as I understand it, a player can blatantly kick the puck into the goal as long as he is not in the crease. Quite an interesting rule change and we will see how it shapes out this season.

WARRIORS ADD 2 OVERAGERS - The Moose Jaw Warriors have added two 20-year-olds to their roster via trade. 20-year-old forward Dakota Odgers was acquired from the Vancouver Giants for a conditional 8th round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. As well 20-year-old defenseman Matt Sozanski comes over from the Spokane Chiefs in exchange for a conditional 6th round pick in 2017. The Warriors have defenceman Josh Thrower and forward Jesse Shynkaruk on their roster entering their overage years.

COUGARS ADD TO COACHING STAFF - Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins announced last Wednesday that the team has hired Steve O’Rourke as an Associate Coach. O’Rourke has spent the past three seasons serving as an Assistant Coach with the Red Deer Rebels.

FOOTBALL CANADA ANNOUNCES JUNIOR NATIONAL TEAM -  10 Players from Saskatchewan and 3 from the Regina Thunder have been named to Team Canada for the  2016 International Federation of American Football (IFAF) U19 World Championship, June 28 – July 10, in Harbin, China. Here is a look at the full roster: http://bit.ly/28JI9Im

NBA FINALS - What a performance by LeBron James in the last three games of the NBA Championship series. The Cavaliers became the first team in history to come back from down 3-1 in the Finals and win. James put Cleveland on his shoulders and it was the best performance I have ever seen. Those are the moments we as sports fans strive to see. James is a once in a generation player and one of the best of all time and he gave us everything and more in this series. I'm not a huge Cavaliers fan but I am happy for Cleveland, 1964 is a long time ago since their last major sports title.

US OPEN - Was so glad on Sunday to see Dustin Johnson get the monkey off his back and finally win a major championship at Oakmont. It wasn't without controversy, it always seems to follow Johnson in the major tournaments. He was told by the USGA on the 12th hole that he may be assessed a penalty stroke from back on the 5th when his ball moved on the green. First off, in my opinion, he didn't make the ball move so there should be no question about a penalty stroke. But even if it was his fault, why would the USGA not just make a decision and tell Johnson and everyone else instead of waiting until the end of the round? It was a terrible way to handle the situation but in the end it didn't matter. Johnson was up by 4 and then it ended up being a 3 stroke win after the penalty. So good to see him win, he deserved it.

That's all I have for today, have a great week!

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM


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Mark Lamb leaves Swift Current for the AHL

The American Hockey League's Tucson Roadrunners have announced Mark Lamb will be their head coach for their inaugural season in the desert.

Lamb spent the last seven seasons with the Swift Current Broncos as head coach and general manager. 

Lamb led the Broncos to the playoffs in 4 of those 7 years and compiled a regular season record of 222-236-46.

Broncos Board Chair Liam Choo Foo & Mark Lamb will meet with the media on Wednesday morning. 





Monday, June 20, 2016

Pats Hobbs, Leschyshyn and Barteaux get Hockey Canada Invites

Keith Hershmiller
Three Regina Pats have received invites from Hockey Canada on Monday.

Defenceman Connor Hobbs is among the 41 players invited to the Hockey Canada Development Camp for the 2016-17 World Juniors.

Forward Jake Leschyshyn is one of 44 players who will attend selection Camp for the Under-18 team.

Finally prospect defenceman Dawson Barteaux will attend the national under-17 selection camp. A total of 111 players have been invited.

The camps will take place in late July and early August.




Saturday, June 18, 2016

RED SOX 6 INDIANS 5

The Regina Red Sox got back on the winning track with a 6-5 victory over Swift Current in a rain shortened game Saturday night at Currie Field.

Aden Campbell, the sophomore from Western Illinois, made his presence felt at the plate. His three hits and two RBI led the Red Sox offensive charge. Leadoff hitter Justin Erlandson and Derek Slade also chipped in two hits a piece.

Red Sox starter Ben Schweinfurth picked up the victory after throwing 5.2 innings.  Andrew Mirasty came on in relief to get the final out of the 6th inning and end the Swift Current threat. Skyler Henson pitched a perfect 7th inning for the save.

Nelson Quark got the start and the loss for the Indians. Quark lasted just 3.1 innings giving up all six Red Sox runs on six hits.    

573 fans were on hand to watch the Red Sox win their eighth win of the season.

Next action for the Red Sox is Father’s Day when Mitch MacDonald takes his troops on the road to Yorkton for a Sunday afternoon matinee.

The Sox return home to Currie Field for a pair of games, Wednesday, June 22 against Moose Jaw and Thursday June 23 against Melville.


BEAVERS 5 RED SOX 4

The Weyburn Beavers used the big bat of outfielder Ulysses Fluellen to get by the Regina Red Sox 5-4 Friday night.  Fluellen went two for four with a home run blast for the Beavers, who improved their 2016 record to 8-6.  The loss drops the Regina Red Sox record to 7-4. 

Scott Beever got the win for Weyburn, pitching seven complete innings giving up three runs on three hits while striking out eight Red Sox hitters. 

Regina starter Allan Sanchez, making his third start of the season, struggled early as he lasted just 4.1 innings and was tagged for all five Beaver runs. The Red Sox bullpen kept the game close and gave the team a chance as Landon Russo and Seth Sorenson blanked the Beavers the rest of the way.

The Red Sox had a golden opportunity in the top of the 9th inning to make some noise and extend the game, but with two runners on and two out, Weyburn closer Eric Evans got Derek Slade to strike out to end the contest.

Regina will be back on the diamond Saturday night as they host the Swift Current Indians at Currie Field.  Game time is set for 7:05 pm.

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

WHL ADOPTS NEW RULE CHANGES

Vancouver, BC – The Western Hockey League concluded its Annual General Meeting today in Vancouver, highlighted by a decision to move to hybrid icing in time for the 2016-17 WHL season and the installation of new video replay systems in all WHL facilities.
 
Hybrid Icing
Successfully proven in the National Hockey League, the WHL will introduce hybrid icing next season. With hybrid icing, should a player of a team equal or superior in numerical strength propel the puck in any manner (stick, glove, skate, body) from his own half of the ice to beyond the icing line of the opposing team – including off the boards or the protective glass – without the puck being touched by any player from either team in the offensive half of the ice before the puck crosses the icing line, an icing will be in effect.
 
There are two decisions a linesman must make under hybrid icing rules. First, he must determine that the shot from a player’s own side of center ice will cross the icing line in the attacking zone. Second, he must determine whether a defending skater or attacking skater would be the first to touch the puck.
 
This second decision must be made no later than the instant the first of the players reaches the end zone faceoff spots, although the decision can be made earlier. The skates of the skaters are the determining factor.
 
Video Replay Systems
The WHL also announced on Tuesday that new video replay systems provided by Hawk-Eye Innovations will be installed in all WHL facilities in time for the start of the 2016-17 season. Hawk-Eye, also the supplier of video replay technology to the NHL and Major League Baseball, will provide WHL Video Goal Judges with improved capabilities for all video review situations.
 
Puck Off Skates Rule Clarification
The WHL also clarified the rule regarding pucks off players’ skates which enter the net. The clarification states that, unless the puck is in the goal crease, a puck that enters the net off of a player’s skate shall be ruled a goal. This will eliminate the need for a decision by the referee and/or video goal judge as to whether it was a distinct kicking motion or not.
 
Bruce Hamilton Re-elected
WHL Chairman of the Board Bruce Hamilton was re-elected by the to a new two-year term on Tuesday by the WHL Board of Governors. Hamilton (Kelowna Rockets) is the longest serving Chairman in WHL history, having held the position since 2008 as well as from 1998 to 2004.
 
Sutter, Farwell Re-elected
Brent Sutter (Red Deer Rebels) and Russ Farwell (Seattle Thunderbirds) were re-elected to represent the WHL’s Central and U.S. Division, respectively, on the WHL Executive Committee on Tuesday. Sutter and Farwell rejoin Ron Toigo (Vancouver - B.C. Division) and Gord Broda (Prince Albert - East Division) on the WHL Executive Committee.
 
Review of WHL’s 50th Season
Additionally, the WHL Annual General Meeting included an in depth review of this past season as a whole. Topics included a review and highlights of the WHL’s historic 50th Season, initiatives such as the Top 50 WHL Players of All-Time and the successful hosting of the 98th MasterCard Memorial Cup in Red Deer as well as every major CHL event.
 
WHL Players First Support Services and WHL/CMHA Talk Today Implementation
The WHL Annual General Meeting also included a review of the WHL’s Players First support services program. The WHL’s Players First support services program includes a number of programs for WHL players including Red Cross RespectEd Seminars, Respect in Sport certification, Police/Player Impact Program, CHL Concussion Management Program as well as the recently-implemented WHL Security Network and WHL Club Liaison Officers.
 
The WHL recently announced its partnership with the Canadian Mental Health Association alongside the CHL for the Talk Todayprogram. Also discussed at the WHL Annual General Meeting was the implementation strategy for the Talk Today program across the WHL this fall. Talk Today is a proven mental health education program that will help players and team staff identify and deal with mental health issues. It will be implemented by all 60 CHL teams for the 2016-17 season. 
 

PATS PRE-SEASON SCHEDULE

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats, in conjunction with the Western Hockey League, announced today the team’s schedule for the 2016 WHL Pre-Season.  The Pats play eight exhibition games beginning Thursday, September 1when the Pats host the Swift Current Broncos at the Co-operators Centre in Regina.

For the third year in a row, the Pats host a pre-season tournament at the Co-operators Centre to begin the pre-season.  This year’s all-Saskatchewan lineup features the Moose Jaw Warriors, Saskatoon Blades, Swift Current Broncos and Prince Albert Raiders.  The tournament runs Thursday, September 1 until Saturday, September 3 with two games taking place each day.  Further details on this year’s pre-season tournament will be announced at a later date.

See the full Regina Pats 2016 Pre-Season schedule below:

Date

Away

Home

Location

Time (Regina)

September 1

Swift Current

Regina

Regina (Co-operators Centre)

7:00 p.m.

September 2

Prince Albert

Regina

Regina (Co-operators Centre)

7:00 p.m.

September 3

Saskatoon

Regina

Regina (Co-operators Centre)

7:00 p.m.

September 9

Regina

Medicine Hat

Wainwright

7:00 p.m.

September 10

Medicine Hat

Regina

Regina (Brandt Centre)

7:00 p.m.

September 14

Regina

Brandon

Ochapowace

1:00 p.m.

September 16

Regina

Brandon

Brandon

6:30 p.m.

September 17

Brandon

Regina

Regina (Co-operators Centre)

7:00 p.m.


The Regina Pats open the 2016-17 Regular Season on Friday, September 23 when they host the Prince Albert Raiders.  Guarantee your seat for the home opener and every other Pats home game by purchasing 2016-17 Season Tickets.  For more details visit reginapats.com/ticketing-information or call 306-522-7287.

About the Regina Pats
Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world.  Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division.  To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit 
www.reginapats.com.