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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Pats Kammerer Makes Germany's World U-18 Squad

Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats forward Maximilian Kammerer is once again on international duty for Team Germany, this time at the IIHF Ice Hockey U-18 World Championship.  Kammerer holds a spot on Germany’s roster for the tournament taking place in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland.  Germany opens the tournament tomorrow against Slovakia in Imatra.
Kammerer suited up for forty games with the Pats in the Regular Season of his rookie campaign and dressed for one of Regina’s games in the playoffs.

The Dusseldorf product has been a consistent contributor for Germany on the international stage.  He was a member of the U-18 team in 2013 where he chipped in with an assist in five games of action and was represented his country at the 2014 World Junior Championships where he again notched one assist in seven games.

Kammerer was the Pats’ second round selection (76th Overall) in the 2013 CHL Import Draft.
Season Tickets are on sale now!  Take advantage of Early Bird pricing before April 30th and receive entries for the Early Bird Draw with some great prizes up for grabs.  For more information or to check out the new Family Pack option, visit or call the Pats Office at 306-522-7287.

Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Hitmen part ways with Head Coach

Calgary, AB - Calgary Hitmen General Manager and Vice President of Business Operations Mike Moore today announced that the team will not be exercising the option year for Head Coach Mike Williamson.  The organization will immediately begin a search to identify a new head coach for the 2014-15 Western Hockey League season.  Williamson spent five seasons as head coach of the Hitmen.

"Under Mike's leadership, the Calgary Hitmen were a team that challenged for the top position in our conference," said Moore. "It was a difficult decision for us today but we believe that a change is necessary in order for our team to reach the next level of success. We would like to thank Mike for his contributions to the Hitmen organization. He is an exceptional person and we wish him the very best as he moves forward in his career."

Associate Coach Brent Kisio, Assistant Coach Joel Otto and Goaltending Coach Darcy Wakaluk will remain with the team.

Joanna French
Assistant Manager, Communications

12 WHL Players named to Team Canada U18's

CALGARY, AB. – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League (CHL), announced Wednesday the 23-player roster for Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team for the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, taking place April 17-27 in Lappeenranta and Imatra, Finland.

The roster includes three goaltenders, sevendefencemen and 13 forwards.


The players, born in 1996 and 1997, were selected by Hockey Canada head scout Ryan Jankowski, in consultation with head coach Kevin Dineen (Toronto, Ont.) and assistant coaches Trevor Letowski (Thunder Bay, Ont./Sarnia, OHL) and Gord Murphy (Willowdale, Ont.). Jankowski evaluated the players during the 2013-14 season, following them along with numerous other candidates during league play, as well as during the 2013 and 2014 World Under-17 Hockey Challenges.

The roster includes 12 players from the Western Hockey League, six from the Ontario Hockey League and five from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. In total, 20 players (two goaltenders, five defencemenand 10 forwards) competed at the World Under-17 Hockey Challenge, one in 2012, 18 in 2013 and two in 2014.

The roster also includes 13 players (DanielAudette, Julio Billia, Clark Bishop, Alexandre Carrier, Haydn Fleury, Jayce Hawryluk, JoeHicketts, Jared McCann, Mason McDonald, Roland McKeown, Ryan Pilon, Brayden Point and Jake Virtanen) who helped Canada’s National Men’s Summer Under-18 Team win the gold medal at the 2013 Memorial of IvanHlinka tournament in the Czech Republic and Slovakia last summer

One player, defenceman Roland McKeown, returns from last year’s National Men’s Under-18 Team that won Canada’s third gold medal at the 2013 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship.

Six under-age players who travelled to Finland to participate in pre-tournament games (Jansen Harkins, Graham Knott, Nathan Noel,Jérémy Roy, Nicolas Roy and ParkerWotherspoon) will return to Canada. The players were added to Canada’s training camp roster to get added experience playing international competition.

Canada played two pre-tournament games ahead of the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, losing 3-2 to the Finland on April 11 before beating Denmark 7-2 on April 14.

Canada is a three-time gold medallist at the IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, winning in 2003, 2008 and 2013.

The 2014 IIHF Hockey U18 World Championship opens for Canada on April 17when it faces Sweden. Canada will also face Germany, Slovakia and Russia in the preliminary round.

TSN/RDS, the official broadcasters of Hockey Canada, will broadcast Canada’s final preliminary round game against Russia on April 22, as well as both semifinals on April 26and both medal games on April 27. Check your local listings for game times in your area.


NOTE TO MEDIA: Tim O’Donovan is on-site and can assist with media requests. He can be reached at

For more information on Canada’s National Men’s Under-18 Team and the 2014 IIHF Ice Hockey U18 World Championship, please, or follow along through social media,

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The NHL Playoffs start tonight! There aren't many better times for watching sports during the year. There are some incredible matchups, that being said however I'm not a huge fan of the new playoff format. It's not a huge difference in terms of the matchups but there is a difference. For example there are a couple 3-5 matchups and 4-6 matchups instead of the traditional 3-6 and 4-5. Other than that I am quite excited to see things getting underway, especially the Western Conference, wow there are some good teams.
Eastern Conference Matchups
Boston Vs Detroit
Boston won the Presidents trophy with 117 points on the season. Only Los Angeles gave up fewer goals on the season with 174, Boston gave up 177. The Bruins also scored the second most goals with 261. Detroit finished 8th overall in the conference with 93 points. Boston held the third best powerplay in the regular season at 21.7 percent and the 8th best penalty kill at 83.6 percent. Detroit was 18th best on the PP at 17.7 percent and 12th on the PK at 83 percent. Its a matchup of two teams that don't boast big time scorers but are balanced in their attack. Bostons' David Krejci let the club with 69 points, Patrice Bergeron and Jerome Iginla also had 60 point seasons. For the Red Wings Daniel Alfredsson and Niklas Kronwall led the team with just 49 points on the season. Gustaf Nyquist and Henrik Zetterberg were just a point back with 48. Should be a good series but I've got the Bruins in 6. They are also my pick to win the cup.
Pittsburgh Vs Columbus
Biggest question going into this series is how good will Marc-Andre Fleury be in the Penguins goal. if he plays well the penguins will go far but if we see the Fleury from the last few years it might not be Columbus that knocks them out but someone will. AKA a second round series against Philadelphia. The Pens scored the fourth most goals in the regular season with 249 while Columbus wasn't far behind with 231. Pittsburgh tied Washington for the leagues best powerplay at 23.4 percent. Their PK was 5th at 85 percent while Columbus was middle of the pack in both categories. Ryan Johansen led the Blue Jackets in scoring with 33 goals and 63 points. while the Pens boast Sidney Crosby (104 points), Evgeni Malkin (72 points), Chris Kunitz (68 points), I could go on with the likes of James Neal and Kris Letang but you get the point. It looks like Malkin will be back, maybe not for game 1 but in the series. This series will come down to goaltending, can Sergei Bobrovski shut the door and how will Fleury play? Pens in 6 for me.
Tampa Bay Vs Montreal
Ben Bishop is hurt and that really affects the Lightning chances in this series. Anders Lindback just isn't the same. The Canadiens on the other hand are playing some good hockey coming in having won 7 of their last 10. The Habs PK was 4th best at 85.1 percent while the PP was 19th at 17.2 percent. Tampa was 23rd on the PK at 80.7 percent and the PP 13th at 18.5 percent. Steven Stamkos could be a difference maker in the series but I think the goaltending will be Tampa Bays downfall. I've got Montreal in 6.
New York Vs Philadelphia
The Flyers had an amazing turnaround this season, I had them written off but they stormed back to make the playoffs and have the potential to make some noise this year. Steve Mason had a great year in goal getting back to his form from his rookie season. On the other side is Henrik Lundquist, pretty damn good in his own right. Claude Giroux and his season mirrored his teams, such a slow start but went on to score 28 goals and lead the team in points with 86. The Rangers were led by Mats Zuccarello who put up 59 points. Derek Stepan wasn't far behind with 57. This is a series I see going 7 games but I think Philly will pull it out.
Western Conference
Colorado Vs Minnesota
How about the Avalanche? From last in the West in 2012-13 to number 2 in 2013-14. What a turnaround under head coach Patrick Roy. The big question for the Avs is will leading scorer Matt Duchene be healthy enough to play after suffering a knee injury late in the season. That being said the team hasn't slowed a beat since he left the lineup. I'm very excited to see Nathan Mackinnon play in his first NHL playoff. For the Wild, Jason Pominville and Zach Parise will be relied on to provide most of the offense along with veteran Miku Koivu. Their back end is their strength and gave up just 206 goals on the season. Ilya Bryzgalov put up some good numbers since joining the Wild (along with his usual antics) but he has the ability to shut the door. Ill take the Avalanche in 7. hard to go against 52 regular season wins.
Anaheim Vs Dallas
The Ducks enjoyed another great regular season under Bruce Boudreau, but that always seems to be the case with his teams. Washington didn't go anywhere after winning Presidents Trophy's and the Ducks were upset last year by Detroit. Anaheim scored 266 goals on the year which was number one in the league but their PP was just over 16 percent efficiency. The Stars gave up the most goals of any Western Conference playoff team but they have a chance in this series. Tyler Seguin and Jamie Benn are difference makers up front for the Stars and Seguin has won a Stanley Cup. For the Ducks, Corey Perry and Ryan Getzlaf are the cogs up front. The Stars will give the Ducks all they can handle in my opinion but Anaheim will pull it off with a home win in game 6.
St Louis Vs Chicago
St Louis lost 6 in a row going into the playoffs. Not the right time to falter. Chicago is getting Patrick Kane and Jonathan Toews back for game 1. The defending champs lost just 7 games in regulation at home all year and averaged 3.18 goals per game, second best in the NHL only to Anaheim. The Blues who were so good all year long have some issues but I wouldn't count them out. Only Los Angeles and Boston gave up less goals in the regular season and Ryan Miller is capable of winning a game on his own in the net. The high flying offense of the Blackhawks versus the structured defensive game of the Blues. Should be a good matchup. Chicago in 6.
San Jose Vs Los Angeles
Jeeze its too bad these two good teams have to meet in the first round. San Jose, like Chicago lost just 7 times in regulation during the regular season and won 51 games. The Kings, the best defensive team this season gave up just 174 goals which was a league best are always a tough team to play against. The Sharks have 4 dynamic forward in Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau and Logan Couture. They have all been to the dance before and is this the year they finally get over the top and challenge for a cup? I guess we will see. The Kings have been there before as well. A lot of experience on either side. I say this series goes 7 games and I'll take the Sharks at home in that one.
Tonight Montreal is in Tampa Bay for game 1, Pittsburgh is home to Columbus and Anaheim welcomes Dallas.
We will be in Mellville tonight four game four of the SJHL Championship series between the Millionaires and Yorkton Terriers. Yorkton won games one and two in OT by a 2-1 score and then won game 3, 3-1. A chance for the Terriers to make it 2 straight championship seasons with a win on the road. Join Jared Dumba, Trevor Secundiak and I for the Sportscage starting at 4o'clock.
The Riders will be making a special announcement this afternoon at 1 o'clock at the Hotel Saskatchewan. Keep is locked on 620 CKRM for live coverage of the event.
That's it for today, have a good week.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Thunderbirds Troock signs with Dallas

KENT, April 15, 2014 - Seattle Thunderbirds general manager Russ Farwell today announced right wing Branden Troock has signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Dallas Stars.


This past season Troock had 58 points on 24 goals and 34 assists. In nine playoff games he had seven points on four goals and three assists. In four seasons with the T-Birds Troock has appeared in 144 games and has 45 goals and 56 assists for 101 points.


"Early in his career Branden had to overcome a number of injuries. But this year fans got to see his skill and potential for a full season," said Farwell. "Dallas obviously saw the huge potential he has and the big upside he has to reach his full potential. It is always great to see our players get a chance to move on and play at the next level and we wish him luck as he starts his career as a pro player."


Troock was originally selected by the Stars in the fifth round, 134th overall, in the 2012 NHL Draft. Troock was the T-Birds first round selection, 12th overall, in the 2009 Bantam Draft.


T-Birds 2014-15 season tickets are currently on sale. Season tickets can be purchased by calling the T-Birds office at 253-239-7825.

Courtesy Ian Henry, T-Birds PR

Monday, April 14, 2014

Tigers' Sanford WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Medicine Hat Tigers’forward Cole Sanford is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending April 13, 2014.  

Sanford recorded four goals and seven points over three games in the past week as the Tigers continued their WHL Eastern Conference second-round series versus the Kootenay Ice.

On Thursday, April 10, Sanford recorded an assist in a 7-4 loss to the Ice in Game 4 of the best-of-seven series in Cranbrook, B.C.  On Saturday, April 12, with the Tigers facing elimination, Sanford stepped up to score four goals and two assists for six points while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 9-2 win over the visiting Ice in Game 5 of the series. Sanford was held without a point in a 4-1 road loss to the Ice in Game 3 on Wednesday, April 9.

Sanford, an 18-year-old from Vernon, B.C., is in his second season in the Western Hockey League with the Tigers, and finished third on the team in scoring with 33 goals and 73 points along with a +43 rating during the 2013-14 regular season.  A sixth-round pick, 117th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft,Sanford has amassed 35 goals and 84 points in 125 career regular-season contests.  He is eligible for the 2014 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Brendan Burkeof the Portland Winterhawks for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.  A native of Scottsdale, AZ, Burke posted a 2-1 record over three games in the past week, allowing six goals on 89 shots for a 2.02 goals-against average and a .933 save percentage while helping the Winterhawks eliminate the Victoria Royals in the second round of the WHL playoffs.  On Monday, April 7, Burke stopped 25 of 27 shots he faced in a 2-1 loss to the Royals in Game 3 of the best-of-seven series in Victoria, B.C.  On Tuesday, April 8, Burke made 27 saves on 30 shots as the visiting Winterhawks edged the Royals 4-3 in Game 4 of the series.  On Thursday, April 10, Burke turned in a 31-save effort while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 5-1 win over the Royals in Portland, clinching the Winterhawks a 4-1 best-of-seven series victory.  Burke, who turned 19 in March, is in his third season in the WHL with the Winterhawks.  Selected by Portland in the 3rd round, 49th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Burke has appeared in 99 career regular-season games, posting a 65-17-4-3 record with eight shutouts.  He was chosen by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 6th round, 163rd overall, in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Apr. 7 – Apr. 13: Cole Sanford, Medicine Hat Tigers
Mar. 31 – Apr. 6: Damon Severson, Kelowna Rockets
Mar. 24 – Mar. 30: Jaedon Descheneau, Kootenay Ice
Mar. 17 – Mar. 23: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Mar. 10 – Mar. 16: Collin Valcourt, Prince Albert Raiders
Mar. 3 – Mar. 9: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Feb. 24 – Mar. 2: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Feb. 17 – Feb. 23: Morgan Klimchuk, Regina Pats
Feb. 10 – Feb. 16: Taylor Leier, Portland Winterhawks
Feb. 3 – Feb. 9: Sam Reinhart, Kootenay Ice
Jan. 27 – Feb. 2: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets
Jan. 20 – Jan. 26: Brendan Leipsic, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 13 – Jan. 19: Derrick Pouliot, Portland Winterhawks
Jan. 6 – Jan. 12: Todd Fiddler, Prince George Cougars
Dec. 30 – Jan. 5: Myles Bell, Kelowna Rockets
Dec. 9 – Dec. 15: Mike Aviani, Spokane Chiefs
Dec. 2 – Dec. 8: Chandler Stephenson, Regina Pats
Nov. 25 – Dec. 1: Leon Draisaitl, Prince Albert Raiders
Nov. 18 – Nov. 24: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Nov. 11 – Nov. 17: Ryan Pulock, Brandon Wheat Kings
Nov. 4 – Nov. 10: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Oct. 28 – Nov. 3: Jayce Hawryluk, Brandon Wheat Kings
Oct. 21 – Oct. 27: Josh Winquist, Everett Silvertips
Oct. 14 – Oct. 20: Nicolas Petan, Portland Winterhawks
Oct. 7 – Oct. 13: Matt Pufahl, Everett Silvertips
Sept. 30 – Oct. 6: Nick Merkley, Kelowna Rockets 
Sept. 23 – Sept. 29: Mitch Holmberg, Spokane Chiefs
Sept. 19 – Sept. 22: Julius Honka, Swift Current Broncos

Jeff Hubert

Director, Communications

Western Hockey League

Pat Chat April 14th

Stephenson Signs while Klimchuk Debuts

Pats in the Pros
Morgan Klimchuk made his professional debut with the Abbotsford Heat this past weekend.  Klimchuk didn’t register any points over two games.  He was called upon in the shootout on Sunday, but didn’t score on the attempt.  Pats Captain Kyle Burroughs played a pair of games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this weekend, putting five shots on goal over the two contests.

Stephenson Signs
Chandler Stephenson took another step toward playing in the professional ranks next season.  The Saskatoon, SK product signed an NHL Entry Level Contract with the Washington Capitals over the weekend.  Stephenson was drafted in the 3rd Round (77th Overall) by Washington in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.  He led the Pats with 89 points (30G, 59A) in 69 games this season and led the WHL with eight shorthanded goals.

17th Annual Pats Wickenheiser Golf Classic
Last week the Pats announced the 17th Annual Pats Wickenheiser Golf Classic coming up Monday, June 16th at the Deer Valley Golf Course.  Entry into the tournament is $325 which includes a catered lunch and supper, all on course activities and a limited edition Pats golf bag (retail value $200).  To register, fill out the attached registration form and email it to, drop it off at the Pats Office or call 306-522-7287 before May 30th.

Dodge Family All-Stars
Congratulations to Griffin Mumby’s billets, the Kosior Family, who were named the WHL Finalists for the CHL and Dodge Canada’s Dodge Family All-Stars Contest.  Wayne, Joanne and Landon Kosior won a trip to the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup in London, ON as WHL Finalists and could come home with a 2014 Dodge Caravan.
Important Dates
Wednesday, April 30th – Season Ticket Early Bird Deadline/WHL Awards Luncheon
Thursday, May 1st – WHL Draft
Friday, May 30th – 17th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic Registration Deadline
Monday, June 16th – 17th Annual Wickenheiser Golf Classic

Daniel Fink
Director of Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club