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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

www.hockeybuzz.com
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.