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Saturday, July 30, 2016

INDIANS 6 RED SOX 2


In the final regular season game of the year the Regina Red Sox dropped a 6-2 decision to the visiting Swift Current Indians. 810 Red Sox fans spent a warm and enjoyable evening at Currie Field. 

With the loss, Regina finished the 2016 season in third place in the Eastern Division with a 26-21 record. 

Kyle MacDonald led the Swift Current charge with two extra-base hits. He homered in the fourth inning and doubled in the eighth inning.

Indian relief pitcher Aidan Goodall improved his record to 4-1 with the win.

Caleb Dunn pitched very well for the Sox but was on the unfortunate end of a Gabriel Montero error that kept the Swift Current half of the seventh inning alive. The Indians went on to score three unearned runs and create a 6-2 lead.

Local Saskatchewan product Geordie McDougall went two for three with a walk for the Red Sox.

The playoffs begin on Sunday night as the Red Sox travel to Yorkton for game 1.

 

2016 Regina Red Sox Playoff Schedule

Round 1 - Best of Five 


Game 1 - Sunday, July 31

at Yorkton - Jubilee Park

7:05 pm

 

Game 2 - Monday, August 1

at Yorkton - Jubilee Park

7:05 pm

 

Game 3 - Tuesday, August 2

at Regina - Currie Field 

7:05 pm

 

Game 4 - Wednesday, August 3 (if necessary)

at Regina - Currie Field 

7:05 pm

 

Game 5 - Thursday, August 4 (if necessary)

at Yorkton - Jubilee Park

7:05 pm

Friday, July 29, 2016

Regina Red Sox Playoff Schedule

Round 1 - Best of Five

Game 1 - Sunday, July 31
at Yorkton - Jubilee Park
7:05 pm

Game 2 - Monday, August 1
at Yorkton - Jubilee Park
7:05 pm

Game 3 - Tuesday, August 2
at Regina - Currie Field
7:05 pm

Game 4 - Wednesday, August 3 (if necessary)
at Regina - Currie Field
7:05 pm

Game 5 - Thursday, August 4 (if necessary)
at Yorkton - Jubilee Park
7:05 pm





Thursday, July 28, 2016

CARDINALS 8 RED SOX 3

The Yorkton Cardinals clinched second place in the Eastern Division with an 8-3 victory over the Regina Red Sox on Thursday night

375 fans were on hand at Jubilee Park in Yorkton as Cardinal third baseman Luke Wilkinson drove in four runs with his eighth home run of the year.

 Yorkton starter Max Biedrzycki picked up the win. He recorded six strikeouts while giving up two runs on just three hits and two walks over seven innings.

 Regina outfielder Brian Celsi, a product of Mountain View, California had two extra-base hits and an RBI in the contest.

 Landon Russo started the game for the Red Sox. He was tagged with the loss after surrendering three runs on six hits.

 With the win the Cardinals improved their season to 28-18. The Regina Red Sox record dropped to 26-20.

 The Red Sox finish the regular season at home on Friday when Swift Current visits Currie Field. Game time is 8 pm.

 The Cardinals and Red Sox will meet in the first round of the playoffs. Game 1 and 2 will be Sunday and Monday in Yorkton. Game 3 and 4 (if needed) will be played at Currie Field. Game 5 (if necessary) will be back in Yorkton.

BRONCOS TRADE GORDON TO CALGARY

SWIFT CURRENT, SK – The Swift Current Broncos announced today that they have traded defenceman Jaydan Gordon to the Calgary Hitmen in exchange for a sixth round selection in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We would like to thank Jaydan for his time in the Bronco organization and wish him luck in Calgary,” said Director of Hockey Operations Jamie Porter.  “With our d-corp returning and younger d-men ready to come in, we needed to make a move.”

Gordon, a 6’3, 169-pound product of Cochrane, Alberta, joined the Broncos organization as a rookie for the 2014-15 campaign and tallied two assists in 35 games. The 19-year-old appeared in 67 regular season games during the 2015-16 season, notching six points (1g-5a) and eight penalty minutes.

To purchase your 2016-17 Bronco season tickets, or for other ticketing information, please visit the Stable or call 306-773-1509.

Brad Trojan
Communications and Game Day Manager
Swift Current Broncos






RED SOX SPLIT DOUBLE HEADER WITH MELVILLE


GAME 1

 Melville 4 Regina 3

Melville outfielder Jacob Chiaravalle hit his fifth home run the season, which proved to be the winning run for the Millionaires.  The 4-3 victory was just the 10th of the season for the Millionaires. The loss dropped the third place Red Sox to 25-19.

Regina scored three runs on just four hits. Infielder Derek Slate had a patient night at the plate collecting three walks.

Millionaire reliever Shane Fodness improved his record to 1-1, allowing one run over two innings.
Starter Ben Schweinfurth went the distance for the Red Sox giving up four runs on nine hits. He also walked two, struck out four in his third loss of the season.

GAME 2

Regina 9 Melville 0

The Regina Red Sox scored five runs in the first inning on the way to a 9-0 win over Melville in the second game of the double header.

Jake Howard led the Regina offence with his eighth homer of the season. Howard finished the night with two RBIs on three hits.

Red Sox starter Seth Sorensen held the Melville Millionaires at bay for four plus innings giving up only two hits while fanning four Moneymen batters. Sorensen shared the shutout with relievers Chase Nistor and Caleb Dunn.

Tyce O’Neill took the loss for the Millionaires.

Next action for the 26-19 Regina Red Sox is Thursday night when they travel to Yorkton to battle the Cardinals. This key game could ultimately determine second place in the Eastern Division and home field advantage in the first round of the WMBL Playoffs.

The Red Sox end the season at home on Friday night against the first place Swift Current Indians. Game time at Currie Field is 8:00 pm.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

Hope summer is treating you well! After not much in the way of Pats news last week we've got some big ones to get to today.

PATS ADD LEEDAHL - The Regina Pats completed their compliment of overage players last week acquiring forward Dawson Leedahl from the Everett Silvertips. Leedahl served as captain in Everett last year and says he is looking forward to his 20-year-old season. "I'm pretty excited for the new opportunity to play with a new team and a little nervous too. Just going into a new environment and trying to succeed."

Leedahl was drafted in the 2nd round of the 2011 Bantam Draft by the Silvertips and played the last four seasons in Everett. However he says he knew a change was coming. "Me and Garry (Davidson, Silvertips GM) talked this summer about maybe making a change so I wasn't too surprised when I found out."

Last season in 48 games, Leedahl had 12 goals and 15 assists and is looking forward to playingi n a more offence centered system. "Yeah for sure, any time you can score goals obviously it's a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to playing more offensive, getting more chances and hopefully that leads to more goals and more success. I've heard tons of people around the league talk about how good Regina is going to be this year so it's pretty cool if I could be a part of that team and do something with it."

TYSON JOST - The other part of the trade saw the Pats get the playing rights to forward Tyson Jost. He was selected 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the NHL draft this summer. In total the Pats sent forward Sean Richards, a 4th round pick in 2017 and conditional draft picks to Everett in the trade. Jost likely will not be in Regina this year. he is committed to UND this fall. In my estimation, the only way we see him in the Queen City is if next year he is signed and doesn't make the Av's for his 19-year-old season. A lot can happen in a year but it certainly is a long shot and it is a low risk move for Regina. They give up a 4th round pick for his rights, if he comes then you pay and if he doesn't you don't lose much.

Initially the conditional picks were not released by the Pats but Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Harold reported there are two different ways the conditional draft picks in the trade would role out: 'They are based on if and when Jost reports to Regina. If he plays this season as 18-year-old the Tips would receive Regina’s first-round pick in the 2017 bantam draft. Everett would then receive Regina’s 2019 first-round pick if Jost returned as a 19-year-old, and the Pats’ second-round pick in 2020 if Jost plays as a 20-year-old. The second scenario varies somewhat. If Jost plays at the University of North Dakota this season and reports to Regina as a 19-year-old, the Tips would receive Regina’s first-round and fourth-round picks in 2019. Everett would also get the Pats’ second-round pick in 2020 if Jost played as a 20-year-old.'

Not surprising the price tag if he should come.

ZBOROVSKIY SIGNS! - Pats defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy has reportedly signed an entry level contract with the New York Rangers. The signing was reported by  TVA’s Renaud Lavoie on Monday. The reportedly two-way contract has a $633,000 AAV with a $278,000 signing bonus. According to generalfanager.com, the two-way contract calls for NHL salaries of US$667,500, $742,500 and $792,500, with a $70,000 AHL salary. There are performance bonuses of $257,500, $182,500 and $132,500. He also has an annual signing bonus of $92,500. The blue shirts took Sergey in the 3rd round of the 2015 NHL Entry Draft. The Moscow, Russia product had 8 goals and 25 points last season.

THREE PATS ON CSS FUTURES LIST - The NHL's Central Scouting Service releases their 2016-17 futures list on Saturday morning. Three Regina Pats made the list, goaltender Jordan Hollett and forwards Jake Leschyshyn and Lane Zablocki. Hollett as a 16-year-old last season went 10-6-1 with a 3.67 GAA and a .887 save percentage in 23 games. Leschyshyn had 16 points in his 16-year-old season and added 4 more in the playoffs. Zablocki, who is a late birthday, put up 18 goals and 19 assists in 72 regular season games and then scored 7 goals and had 9 points in 12 playoff games.
The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will be held at United Center in Chicago.

COCHRAN WITH TEAM CANADA - Regina Pats Equipment Manager Gord Cochran will join Assistant Coach Dave Struch in representing the Pats at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, ON. Cochran will serve as an equipment manager for Team Canada Red throughout the tournament.  The U17 Hockey Challenge is the first international tournament for the Williams Lake, BC product.  For the second year in a row, he will work the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase which started on Tuesday in Calgary.

VIVEIROS HIRED IN SWIFT - The Broncos have their new head coach. Emmanuel Viveiros. He won a WHL championship and a Memorial Cup with the Prince Albert Raiders as a player in 1985. Amongst Viveiros’ coaching experience, he recently served as Head Coach of Ingolstadt, DEL in Germany during the 2015-16 season  and was also the Head Coach of the Austrian Men’s National Team from 2011-14, guiding the team to qualify for the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Furthermore, Viveiros served as Head Coach and General Manager of EC Klagenfurt in Austria and won two championships with the Club in 2009 and 2013.

BLADES ADD TWO ASSISTANTS - The Blades officially named Bryce Thoma and Ryan Keller as their two new assistant coaches last Wednesday. Thoma, who was born in Saskatoon, spent the last three seasons as the general manager and head coach of the Weyburn Red Wings in the SJHL.  Keller, who played for the Blades from 2001 to 2005, went on to eleven seasons in the pros, wrapping up his playing career in Switzerland last season alongside NHL number one draft choice Auston Mathews. Keller, highlighted his pro career with a Swiss championship with Zurich and a Calder Cup with Binghamton.

STANLEY CUP VISITS REGINA - Chris Kunitz of the Pittsburgh Penguins and Regina product spent his day with the Stanley Cup in the Queen City yesterday. I was honoured with hosting the event in the City Square Plaza. Chris was great and the fans in attendance had a great time. Pretty incredible he has won 3 cups and Olympic Gold!



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

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM






Tuesday, July 26, 2016

RED SOX 7 CARDINALS 3

 

A record crowd of 1,688 were on hand Tuesday night at Currie Field as the Red Sox defeated the Yorkton Cardinals 7-3.

 The Red Sox cashed in three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to grab the lead on the way to their 25th win of the season.

 Michael Garcia started for the Red Sox and provided the club with six solid innings. Garcia gave up three runs on nine hits while striking out four Yorkton batters.

 Middle inning pitching specialist Skyler Henson followed Garicia and threw a scoreless seventh inning for the win.  Sam Brunner came on for the final six outs and earned his league record 14thsave.

 Korbin Polston contributed two hits and two RBI on the night. Gabriel Montero, Aden Campbell and Derek Slate also added a pair of hits each in the Red Sox victory.

 The Red Sox win leaves them just one game behind the second place Yorkton Cardinals in the battle for second place in the Eastern Division.

 Regina now hits the road for games in Melville on Wednesday and Yorkton on Thursday. They will end the regular season at home Friday nightat Currie Field against Swift Current.  The season finale will begin at 8 pm to accommodate the Saskatchewan Roughrider game in Montreal.

 As an added bonus, home plate umpire, Bob Sonder pulled Bill Betker’s winning ticket for the annual Big Apple Draw.  


PATS ZBOROVSKIY SIGNS WITH NEW YORK

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Regina, Saskatchewan – The New York Rangers announced today the team signed Regina Pats defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy to an entry-level contract.

Zborovskiy was the Pats’ first round pick, 39th overall, in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.  After his rookie season with the Pats, the Moscow, RUS native was selected by the Rangers in the third round, 79th overall, in the 2015 NHL Entry Draft.

Since joining the Pats, Zborovskiy has played 135 of a possible 144 regular season games.  Over that time, the 6’4”, 195 lbs. defender posted 44 points (11G, 33A) to go with 131 penalty minutes and a +30 plus/minus rating.  He has 18 games of playoff experience under his belt, registering six assists and a +11 plus/minus rating.

Internationally, Zborovskiy played for Team Russia against Team WHL in the CHL Canada-Russia Series, scoring a goal in two games of action.  He was also invited to try-out for Russia’s World Junior club.

Sergey Zborovskiy is the third Pats player to sign a professional contract this month.  Connor Hobbs (entry-level, Washington) and Colby Williams (one-year, Hershey) both had their signings announced at the beginning of July.

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.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club






BEAVERS 3 RED SOX 2

The Weyburn Beavers got an extra inning walk-off sacrifice fly from Jordan Anderson to defeat the Regina Red Sox 3-2.

Close to 300 fans at Tom Laing Park watched the Beavers pick up their 22nd win of the season. With Monday night’s loss the Red Sox dropped to 24-18.

Scott Beever started for Weyburn and earned a no decision. In six inning of work he fanned seven Red Sox batters while allowing one earned run on five hits. Eric Evans came on in relief and picked up his second win of the season for the Beavers.

Red Sox catcher Will Frei went two for four at the dish with a home run. His two RBIs raised his season total to 24.

Andrew Mirasty made his six start going seven innings before turning the ball over to the Red Sox bullpen.  Reliver Skyler Henson was tagged with the Red Sox loss.  Henson walked two, struck out one and allowed the game winning run.

Next action for the Red Sox is Tuesday, July 26 when the Yorkton Cardinals visit Currie Field. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05 pm.

Just a Reminder: The Toronto Blue Jays travelling community tour will be at Currie Field on Tuesday at 6 pm.   This unforgettable free experience showcases the Toronto Blue Jays and innovative technology from Samsung and Rogers.  It is a must see for baseball fans of all ages.




Sunday, July 24, 2016

RED SOX 10 BEAVERS 1


The Regina Red Sox continued their winning ways on Sunday afternoon as they handed Weyburn a 10-1 defeat at Currie Field.

Regina starter Allan Sanchez pitched eight brilliant innings allowing just one run  while scattering seven hits.  The win was the second of the year for Sanchez.

Jake Howard slammed his seventh home run to put the Red Sox ahead 2-1 in the bottom of the first. The team did not look back as the offensive lit up Weyburn pitching.  Aden Campbell continued to swing a hot bat for the Red Sox as he finished the day with three hits while raising his season batting average to .378

Ryan Johnson took the loss for the Weyburn Beavers. He allowed six runs in five innings, walked two and struck out five.

The Red Sox and Beavers will do it again tomorrow night in Weyburn at Tom Laing Park. On Tuesday, Regina is home to the Yorkton Cardinals. Game time is set for 7:05 pm.

As well, the Toronto Blue Jays travelling community tour will be at Currie Field on Tuesday.   This unforgettable free experience showcases the Toronto Blue Jays and innovative technology from Samsung and Rogers.  It is a must see for baseball fans of all ages.


Saturday, July 23, 2016

THREE PATS MAKE NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING 2017 FUTURES LIST

Keith Hershmiller
Keith Hershmiller
The NHL's Central Scouting Service releases their 2016-17 futures list on Saturday morning.

Three Regina Pats made the list, goaltender Jordan Hollett and forwards Jake Leschyshyn and Lane Zablocki.

Hollett as a 16-year-old last season went 10-6-1 with a 3.67 GAA and a .887 save percentage in 23 games.

Keith Hershmiller
Leschyshyn had 16 points in his 16-year-old season and added 4 more in the playoffs.

Zablocki, who is a late birthday, put up 18 goals and 19 assists in 72 regular season games and then scored 7 goals and had 9 points in 12 playoff games.

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will be held at United Center in Chicago.





Friday, July 22, 2016

RED SOX 3 MILLERS 1


The Regina Red Sox got a masterful pitching performance from starter Ben Schweinfurth in their 3-1 win over Moose Jaw Friday night at Ross Wells Park.

Schweinfurth pitched 8 plus innings and allowed just one run on four hits and a walk. He also struck out four Miller Express hitters. Sam Brunner came on to pitch the final out and record his league record 13th save.

 Offensively Red Sox first baseman Aden Campbell provided a spark with a pair of singles and a walk. He also scored a run. Gabriel Montero added two hits and a stolen base, his 11th of the year.

Tanner Spencer took the loss for Moose Jaw.

The win ended Regina’s three game losing streak and improved their overall record to 23-17. 

Regina returns to Currie Field on Sunday afternoon to battle the Weyburn Beavers. Game time is set for 2:05 pm

PATS ACQUIRE LEEDAHL AND JOST FROM EVERETT



Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats General Manager and Head Coach John Paddock announced today the team acquired over-age forward Dawson Leedahl (’96) and the WHL playing rights to forward Tyson Jost (’98) from the Everett Silvertips. The Pats traded forward Sean Richards (’98), Red Deer’s fourth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft as well as conditional draft picks to Everett.

Dawson Leedahl (6’1”, 200 lbs) is a veteran of 226 WHL games over four seasons with the Silvertips.  In that time, Leedahl posted 101 points (37G, 64A) to go with 266 penalty minutes.  In 2015-16, the Saskatoon, SK product tallied 27 points (12G, 15A) in 48 games to go with a career high 88 penalty minutes.  In eight playoff games, Leedahl registered five points (3G, 2A) and 37 penalty minutes.  He also served as the Silvertips captain, earning the team’s ‘Unsung Hero’ award the past two seasons.  The former second round bantam pick of the Silvertips was a member of the 2012 SMAAAHL Champion Saskatoon Contacts and captured a bronze medal at the Telus Cup.

“Any time you can acquire a player that has been a captain of a team, you are eager to do it,” commented John Paddock.  “In Dawson, we are really excited about adding an experienced, big forward to our group who has been playing in a winning program.”

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Tyson Jost (5’11”, 191 lbs) was selected 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  The St. Albert, AB native played 94 games for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL the past two seasons while totaling 149 points (65G, 84A).  Last season, Jost posted 104 points (42G, 62A) in 48 games and was named the BCHL and CJHL Most Valuable Player.  Jost captained Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U-18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he led the tournament with 15 points (6G, 9A) in seven games.  Jost has committed to the University of North Dakota (NCHC) for this upcoming fall.  He was the Silvertips’ seventh overall selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We fully know what Tyson’s desires are and we respect that immensely,” continued Paddock.  “At some point we will have a conversation with his representatives and him about what we think of him as a player.”

Sean Richards (5’11”, 180 lbs) joined the Pats last October when he was called up from the Olds Grizzlys.  The St. Albert, AB native played in 54 games for the Blue and White, totaling 18 points (3G, 15A) and 58 penalty minutes.  In the 2016 WHL Playoffs, Richards posted three points (1G, 2A) and was a +3 plus/minus rating in twelve games.  The Regina Pats thank Sean for his contributions to the hockey club and community of Regina during his time with the team.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club




Thursday, July 21, 2016

PATS COCHRAN JOINS HOCKEY CANADA U17 STAFF

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Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Equipment Manager Gord Cochran will join Assistant Coach Dave Struch in representing the Pats at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Cochran will serve as an equipment manager for Team Canada Red throughout the tournament.  The U17 Hockey Challenge is the first international tournament for the Williams Lake, BC product.  For the second year in a row, he will work the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26 to August 6 in Calgary.

Cochran joined the Pats ahead of the 2014-15 season from the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL where the team reached the RBC Cup National Junior-A Championship three times, winning in 2010.
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.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club



BRONCOS NAME NEW HEAD COACH


SWIFT CURRENT, SK – The Swift Current Broncos hockey club are proud to name Emanuel Viveiros as the Club’s new Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel. The news was announced by Broncos Board Chairman Liam Choo-Foo in a press conference on Thursday morning from the Chinook School Division Office.

"We have been through a very thorough and meticulous process to make our selection,” said Broncos Board Chairman Liam Choo-Foo.  “The more we progressed, the more we were certain that Manny was our guy. Reference after reference consistently spoke to his character, work ethic, coaching ability, and great personality.  We look forward to the upcoming season with Manny at the helm."

Viveiros joins the Broncos organization with significant experience in hockey both as a player and a coach. The native of St. Albert, AB played four seasons in the WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders, claiming a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship with the Raiders in 1985. He also was named the WHL Player of the Year in the 1985-86 campaign with the Raiders after recording 92 points (22g-70a) to go along with 28 points (4g-24a) in 20 playoff contests. Viveiros also skated for the American Hockey League’s Springfield Indians in the 1990-91 season and won a Calder Cup.

“On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to thank the Swift Current Broncos organization for this opportunity to become part of the Broncos family,” said Viveiros during the press conference Thursday.  “I am certainly aware of the great history of this storied franchise and I consider it an honor to be able to become a member of the Broncos family.”

Amongst Viveiros’ coaching experience, he recently served as Head Coach of Ingolstadt, DEL in Germany during the 2015-16 season  and was also the Head Coach of the Austrian Men’s National Team from 2011-14, guiding the team to qualify for the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Furthermore, Viveiros served as Head Coach and General Manager of EC Klagenfurt in Austria and won two championships with the Club in 2009 and 2013.

“Having played in Prince Albert, where my wife is from and where we spent many years living in Saskatchewan, we are so excited about returning to Saskatchewan where I started my hockey career,” Viveiros commented.  “I certainly understand how difficult it is to win in the Western Hockey League, however I am very impressed by the professional way this organization operates and it certainly enables the Broncos to continue to develop good young hockey players and most important, good young men. I would like to thank Mark Lamb for leaving this organization in a very healthy state.  You can definitely see all the hard work and dedication he and his staff has done. I look forward to working closely with my new staff that all bring a distinct talent and passion to the organization. My wife and I look forward to be actively involved in the community and also look forward to getting settled in our new home as soon as possible. Thank you once again.”

Broncos Board Chairman Liam Choo-Foo went on to mention his gratitude to former Bronco Head Coach & General Manager Mark Lamb for his efforts with the team over the last seven seasons.

"I would also like to take this time to again thank Mark Lamb for all his work here with the Broncos. He has displayed his ongoing commitment to the organization by supporting us through this process making countless calls to various people within the hockey world."

The Broncos also announced organizational changes amongst management as well on Thursday morning.  Jamie Porter will now serve as the Club’s Director of Hockey Operations while Dianne Sletten was named Director of Business Operations. 

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Broncos training camp is set to begin at the end of August with the season opener set for September 23rd at the Credit Union I-plex against the Saskatoon Blades. To purchase your 2016-17 Bronco season tickets, or for other ticketing information, please visit the Stable or call 306-773-1509.

Brad Trojan
Communications and Game Day Manager
Swift Current Broncos




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BLADES ADD TWO ASSISTANT COACHES

The Saskatoon Blades reached into their own backyard for two new assistant coaches, signing a pair of outstanding home grown men with great hockey pedigrees.

Bryce Thoma, who was born in Saskatoon, signed on to become an assistant to head coach Dean Brockman after spending the last three seasons as the general manager and head coach of the Weyburn Red Wings in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Thoma moved to Weyburn after being an assistant coach with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League for the previous five seasons.

The Rebels were very familiar with Thoma, who played for the Rebels for four years, including its Memorial Cup winning season in 2001. He was captain of the team in his last year of junior. Afterwards, Thoma went on to play at the University of Saskatchewan, where he also obtained a Commerce Degree. After the U of S, Thoma went on to play pro in the East Coast League and the British Elite League before turning his attention to coaching. Thoma is a proud graduate of the Midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts of the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association.

‎"I'm excited for this opportunity to help coach the team I grew up watching as a kid,” says Thoma. “Being from Saskatoon and having the chance to be involved with the Blades makes it feel surreal. I feel very fortunate. The opportunity to go to the rink every day and work with Dean and the rest of the coaches and players is going to be awesome.”

The Blades are also proud to announce the signing of former Blades captain Ryan Keller, who will also join the club as an assistant coach with additional duties in alumni relations. Keller, who played for the Blades from 2001 to 2005, went on to eleven seasons in the pros, wrapping up his playing career in Switzerland last season alongside NHL number one draft choice Auston Mathews. Keller, who is also a graduate of the Saskatoon Contacts, highlighted his pro career with a Swiss championship with Zurich and a Calder Cup with Binghamton.

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be back in the Blades organization," says Keller. "I'm really looking forward to working alongside the rest of the staff to try and bring a championship to the city."

Head coach Dean Brockman is understandably proud of his two new hires. "When seeking out an assistant coach, we felt someone with experience would be beneficial to us moving forward," says Brockman. "Bryce has shown as a player and as a coach that he has a tremendous amount of passion for the game. His experience as a defenceman in the league will benefit our young guys in their development.”

"In regards to Ryan, I was very fortunate to have coached him when he was younger," Brockman adds. "Ryan always had that look in his eyes that he will not be denied. It's also great to bring an alumni into the fold. Ryan is a first class person."

The new hires round out a coaching staff that includes, in addition to Brockman, assistant coach Jerome Engele and goaltending coach Tim Cheveldae.

The 2016-17 season is about two months away but Brockman is already excited.
"We were really looking forward to working together. We feel we’re going to take a big step forward this season."‎

Steve Hogle
President
Saskatoon Blades


THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

I don't have any Regina Pats news for you this week but there is plenty of other stuff to get to in the WHL this week.

PATRICK SURGERY - The Brandon Wheat Kings Nolan Patrick has undergone successful sports hernia surgery. Patrick, who was the 2016 WHL Playoff Most Valuable Player, will attend but will be unable to participate at this summer’s National Junior Development Camp, later this month. However, he is expected to be ready for the start of Wheat Kings’ Training Camp at the end of August. Patrick became the first 17-year old Wheat King in close to forty years to collect 100 points in a single season when he scored 41 goals and 102 points during the 2015-16 campaign. He is a favorite to go first overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

WHEAT KINGS ACQUIRE D-MAN - Brandon acquired the rights to 17-year old Winnipeg defenceman Conor Timlick from the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday last week. In exchange for Timlick, who was the Americans fourth round draft choice in 2014, the Wheat Kings gave up a conditional sixth round pick. A member of the Winnipeg AAA Midget Wild for the past two seasons, the 6’2” 180 lb Timlick scored five goals and 21 points in 36 regular season games.

WHL TO LLOYDMINSTER? - An interesting news release came out last week that caught the attention of the WHL world. The Frog Lake First Nation is building a 7,500 seat arena as a part of a $100 million dollar project just West of Lloyd on highway 16. They are calling the rink the future home of a WHL franchise. Now to my knowledge the league does not have plans to expand but of course things can change. It's also no secret the Kootenay Ice are for sale so maybe that could be a landing spot? We will see...

BLADES TO INTRODUCE NEW ASSISTANTS - The Saskatoon Blades will officially unveil two new members to their coaching staff this morning. The Blades are reportedly adding Bryce Thoma and Ryan Keller. Thoma recently resigned as GM and head coach of the Weyburn Red Wings and Keller is a former Blade who had been playing in the Swiss-A league until last year. The news conference is scheduled for 10 AM.

HITMEN ADD GOALIE COACH - Jason LaBarbera has been named the new goaltending coach of the Calgary Hitmen. LaBarbera played 16 seasons as a professional goalie including parts of 12 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix, Edmonton and Anaheim.  During his NHL career he won 62 games, posting a 2.85 gGAA  and a .907 save %. LaBarbera played parts of four seasons in the WHL with Tri-City, Portland and Spokane where he was named to the WHL All-Star team in 2000.  In addition, he left his mark on the American Hockey League, honoured with the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as Top Goaltender and named an AHL First Team All-Star in both 2004 and 2007.  During the 2003-04 season, as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, he also took home the Les Cunningham Award given to the AHL MVP after setting the league record for most shutouts in a single season with 13.  It’s a record that still stands to this day. Last season he played with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

KOMPON LANDS IN NHL - The Winnipeg Jets announced on Saturday they have hired former Portland Winterhawks Head Coach Jamie Kompon as their new assistant coach. Kompon was fired after two years with the Hawks. He was previously an assistant with the L.A. Kings and Chicagoe Blackhawks where he won a Stanley Cup with both teams.

SCHACHER COMMITS TO COUGARS - Former Regina Pats, Victoria Royals and Saskatoon Blades defenceman Isaac Schacher is coming back to Regina to play CIS with the Cougars. The Kimberly B.C. product played half a season in Regina with the Pats in 2013/14. he was traded to Saskatoon for 2014/15 before playing his overage season with the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL. In 139 WHL games he scored 2 goals, had 16 assists and had 101 PIM's.

SILVERTIPS NAME COO - The Everett Silvertips announced that Zoran Rajcic has been named Chief Operating Officer of Consolidated Sports Holdings (CSH) International, Inc. Rajcic will continue to oversee the Silvertips, serving as alternate governor, and has been appointed president and governor of all additional CSH franchise properties. He will oversee operations of all CSH franchise properties. CSH International, Inc., owns and operates four junior hockey clubs: Everett Silvertips (WHL), Bloomington Thunder (USHL), Amarillo Bulls (NAHL), North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL), and Peoria Pines Golf Course (Phoenix, Ariz.), and is in partnership with three summer collegiate baseball franchises in the Great West League in Medford, Ore., Marysville, Calif. and Chico, Calif.

THE OPEN - The 2016 Open Championship final round may be the best final round in major history. Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson put on an absolute show, shot for shot, it was incredible. And it wasn't the young guys that made it exciting. The two are 40 plus. If only every tournament had what we saw this weekend. Also it's too bad Tiger isn't playing at the PGA Championship next weekend.

BLUE JAYS - I really don't understand why all the trade rumors surrounding the Blue Jays are for another bat in the lineup and not a pitcher. Toronto does not need Carlos Beltran or Jay Bruce or any other position player. The team needs a reliever, namely Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees or whoever. A starter too would be nice. Jose Bautista coming back into the lineup will be just like acquiring another batter. The offense doesn't need help, the pitching does.

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

Phil
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Tuesday, July 19, 2016

MILLER EXPRESS 11 RED SOX 8

The Moose Jaw Miller Express won Tuesday night’s battle of the bats 11-8 over the Regina Red Sox. The two teams combined for 19 runs and 25 hits in the friendly confines of Ross Wells Park in Moose Jaw.  Regina left 10 men on base while Moose Jaw stranded seven base runners.

Moose Jaw’s Jeremy Stidham entertained the 410 fans in attendance by hammering three home runs. Stidham finished the night 3 for 3 with four RBIs.

Derek Slate continued to produce at the plate for the Red Sox as he was credited with two RBIs on three hits.  Slate went yard in the third inning and singled in both the sixth and seventh innings.

Miller Express reliever Ragan Cole recorded his first win of the year. He allowed two runs over two innings while surrendering four Regina hits.

Skyler Henson, making his 17th appearance for the Red Sox, took the loss.

The 22-15 Red Sox return to Currie Field Wednesday night to play the Division leading Swift Current Indians. Game time is set for 7:05 pm.

Fans are encouraged to wear green and show their Rider Pride Wednesday night. Members of the Saskatchewan Roughrider team will signing autographs at Currie Field from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm.


HITMEN ADD LaBARBERA TO COACHING STAFF

Calgary, AB – The Calgary Hitmen Hockey Club today announced the hiring of Jason LaBarbera as goaltending coach. 

                                                                                 

The 36-year-old LaBarbera joins the Hitmen after spending 16 seasons as a professional goalie including parts of 12 seasons in the National Hockey League with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix, Edmonton and Anaheim.  During his NHL career he won 62 games, posting a 2.85 goals against average and a .907 save percentage while making 4,476 saves.

 

“We are excited to add Jason to our coaching staff,” said head coach Mark French.  “His considerable playing experience as well as his passion and knowledge of the goaltending position will benefit our goalies and our team.”

 

LaBarbera played parts of four seasons in the Western Hockey League with Tri-City, Portland and Spokane where he was named to the WHL All-Star team in 2000.  In addition, he left his mark on the American Hockey League, honoured with the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as Top Goaltender and named an AHL First Team All-Star in both 2004 and 2007.  During the 2003-04 season, as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, he also took home the Les Cunningham Award given to the AHL MVP after setting the league record for most shutouts in a single season with 13.  It’s a record that still stands to this day.

 

“I am really excited about this opportunity and moving onto the next chapter of my life,” said LaBarbera.  “I’m also looking forward to the challenges of coaching and being able to pass along some of my experiences to the guys on the team.”

 

The Hitmen would like to welcome Jason, his wife Kodette and their children Ryder and Easton to the organization.

 

Calgary Hitmen season tickets for the 2016-17 campaign are now available.  For more information on ticket packages and the exclusive privileges offered to Hitmen season seat members, visit HitmenHockey.com or contact customer service at 403-777-4646.

 

Joanna French                                                  Brad Curle                    

Assistant Manager, Communications                  Coordinator, Broadcast & Communications       

Monday, July 18, 2016

RED SOX 4 MILLIONAIRES 2 (10)


Aden Campbell was the hero Monday night as his two run walk-off-homer in the bottom of the 10th inning gave Regina a 4-2 victory over Melville.

 Campbell, who raised his batting average to .379, finished the night with three hits, two RBI and a walk. Infielder Derek Slate, a junior from Point Loma, was also two for four with a run.

 Sam Brunner picked up the win for the Red Sox. He struck out one, walked none and surrendered one hit.

 Over 700 fans were on hand at Currie Field to watch Campbell go deep and secure the Regina victory.

 The Regina Red Sox now 22-14 visit Ross Wells Park in Moose Jaw tomorrow night against the Millers.

 



Red Sox play Triple Header

The Regina Red Sox and Swift Current Indians played portions of three games at Mitchell Field on Sunday. 

Suspended Game
The Red Sox began the day completing the June 8 contest with Swift Current. The game was originally suspended when one of the umpires took ill. The Red Sox went on to win the first contest of the day 3-2. 

Game 1 – 7 innings
Swift Current 9 - Regina 3
In the next game the Swift Current Indians cruised past the Regina Red Sox 9-3.

Swift Current jumped out to an early lead as they scored four runs in the fourth inning. Indian starter Juan Pizarro picked up the win registering six strikeouts.  Pizarro ended the day giving up three earned runs on six hits over his seven innings of work.

Once again Aden Campbell was solid at the plate for the Red Sox. The Western Illinois freshman went 2-2, drove in one run and scored two. Campbell also recorded his second home run of the year while Jake Howard hammered his sixth dinger of the season. 

Red Sox Starter Allan Sanchez took the loss and dropped his season record to 1-6. Sanchez, who continues to struggle, pitched six innings and was tagged for all nine Swift Current runs. 

Game 2 – 7 innings
Swift Current 14 - Regina 2

The Eastern Division leading Swift Current Indians swept the Regina Red Sox winning the back end of the double header 14-2. 

Swift Current produced nine runs in the first three innings and never looked back. Alex Schultz had an amazing day for the Indians picking up seven RBI on three hits including a home run. 

Starter Christian Marquez got the win, improving his record to 3-0. Marquez allowed just two Red Sox runs and six hits over six innings. 

Red Sox pitcher Ben Schweinfurth was charged with his second loss of the season. The Mustang Oklahoma native had a rough outing as he allowed 11 runs in four innings. 
After Sunday’s three games Swift Current now sports a 28-9 record while the Queen City kids are 20-14. 

The Red Sox are back on the diamond on Monday night as the Melville Millionaires  travel to Currie Field. The first pitch is set to be tossed out at 7:05 pm. Tuesday  Regina hits the highway for a game in Moose Jaw.





Saturday, July 16, 2016

RED SOX 2 BEAVERS 1

The Regina Red Sox rode the brilliant pitching performance of Michael Garcia in their 2-1 victory over Weyburn. Garcia earned the win with seven strong seven innings in which he allowed just one run on four hits and two walks. He also struck out four Beaver batters.

Regina closer Sam Brunner added his 11th save of the season throwing 1.1 scoreless innings.

Weyburn’s Logan Lund, who started the game but lasted just 3.2 innings, was charged with his third loss of the season.
Red Sox shortstop Ryan Lambrecht powered the Regina offence with two hits and an RBI.  The Madonna University Junior doubled in the third inning and added a single in the fifth inning.

With Friday’s win Regina improved to 20-12 while Weyburn dropped to 17-21.
575 fans turned out to watch this southern Saskatchewan baseball battle at Tom Laing Park.

The Regina Red Sox now travel to Swift Current for a weekend series with the Eastern Division leading Indians.




Friday, July 15, 2016

SILVERTIPS NAME NEW COO

EVERETT, Wash. – The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) announced today that Zoran Rajcic has been named Chief Operating Officer of Consolidated Sports Holdings (CSH) International, Inc. Rajcic will continue to oversee the Silvertips, serving as alternate governor, and has been appointed president and governor of all additional CSH franchise properties. He will oversee operations of all CSH franchise properties.

CSH International, Inc., owns and operates four junior hockey clubs: Everett Silvertips (WHL), Bloomington Thunder (USHL), Amarillo Bulls (NAHL), North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL), and Peoria Pines Golf Course (Phoenix, Ariz.), and is in partnership with three summer collegiate baseball franchises in the Great West League in Medford, Ore., Marysville, Calif. and Chico, Calif.

“It’s a privilege to work with Bill Yuill, the Monarch Corporation, and all associated properties,” said Rajcic. “The calling of working in sports dictates providing enjoyment for the fan and consumer, and it’s a tremendous honor to oversee all franchises for Mr. Yuill and CSH. I’m looking forward to embracing the new challenge and it’s a chapter that provides boundless opportunities to make more realities out of our vision.”

Rajcic served as executive vice president and assistant general manger of the Silvertips and has worked as an employee of the franchise since its inception in 2002.

The recipient of the WHL Marketing/Business Award in 2010, he continues to serve the Silvertips by supervising all business and marketing affairs with the club and contributing in key hockey operations duties. Under his guidance, the Silvertips surpassed a milestone of two million fans visiting XFINITY Arena for Silvertips hockey in 2011-12, in only its ninth season of WHL play.

The native of Lethbridge, Alberta, is a graduate of the University of Lethbridge with a Bachelor’s degree in Management with a major in Marketing. Upon graduation, Rajcic was named the school’s Director of Athletic Marketing and was recognized by the National Association of Collegiate Marketing Administrators as the Marketer of the Year in 2000. Prior to his work in Everett, Rajcic spent three years with the Baton Rouge Kingfish of the ECHL, serving as the Director of Corporate Sales for one season before being promoted to Vice President/General Manager during his second season.

Rajcic will continue work in Everett, Wash., as his flagship business location and report to Bill Yuill, President of CSH International, Inc.



Courtesy Silvertips PR.

Thursday, July 14, 2016

MAVERICKS 7 RED SOX 6

The Regina Red Sox dropped a 7-6 extra inning decision to the Medicine Hat Mavericks on Wednesday night.

Medicine Hat battled back from a 6-0 deficit to tie the game in the seventh inning before winning it in the 10th inning.  The winning run came into score on a throwing error by Regina catcher Will Frei.
Jonathon Nunnally, the sophomore outfielder from Scottsdale Community College, hit a massive three run homer in the bottom of the third inning to give Regina an early lead.

Regina also got incredible defence from centre fielder Jordan Schulz, who made a highlight reel diving catch to end a Medicine Hat offensive threat early in the game. Schulz also went three for five at the plate.

Red Sox starter Andrew Mirasty threw six complete innings before giving way to Skyler Henson. Mirasty faced 28 Maverick hitters surrendering five runs on just four hits. He also walked four and hit four batters.  Henson threw two innings before handing the ball to Sam Brunner, who was tagged with the extra inning loss.  

Nolan Rattai was solid at the plate for the Mavericks. Rattai went 3-4 and drove in one run. Reliver Kal Kilgo was credited with the Maverick win. Kilgo struck out two and gave up one hit.

With the loss, Regina droppThe Red Sox will hit the road for their next three games, a contest in Weyburn and a pair of weekend dates in Swift Current. Regina returns to Currie Field on Monday, July 18 to host Melville. Game time is scheduled for 7:05 pm.