Monday, May 30, 2016


Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock announced today the team has signed prospects forward Cole Muir (’01) and goaltender Max Paddock (’00) to Standard Player Agreements.

Cole Muir (6’2”, 195 lbs) was the Pats’ second round selection, 33rd overall, at the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft.  The big centre tallied an impressive 76 points (37G, 39A) in just 35 games with the Yellowhead Chiefs of the Manitoba Bantam AAA league.

“It’s amazing and I’m glad to be signed now,” said Muir. “It’s phenomenal and playing for John Paddock will be amazing.”

“You like to get your highest pick signed as soon as possible,” commented John Paddock.  “He’s somebody we had highly ranked, he’s a big part of the future of the organization and he wants to play in the Western Hockey League.  We have a cornerstone player for down the road.”

Max Paddock (6’1”, 133) was picked by the Pats in the 10th round, 212th overall, at the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft.  The goaltender posted an 8-10-0 record supported by a 2.82 GAA, 0.908 SV% and one shutout over 38 appearances for the Midget AAA Brandon Wheat Kings.

“He’s a tremendous athlete,” said Paddock.  “There isn’t a sport he can’t do so I think that’s what makes him a goaltender.  He’s very smart in the net for a goalie and his movement is great for a goalie.  I think his athletic ability is going to give him the chance to be quite the player.”

The Regina Pats completed their annual spring prospects camp over the weekend.  A group of prospects, mostly from the Pats’ 2015 and 2016 draft classes, were in Regina to learn about the organization and take part in a pair of on-ice sessions.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Ice Hire Goaltending Coach

Cranbrook, BC – Luke PierceHead Coach of the Kootenay ICE Hockey Club, today announced the Club has hired Jamie McCaig as their new Goaltending Coach.

I am excited to welcome Jamie McCaig to our staff and look forward to working with him once again. I have full confidence in his ability to help our goaltenders reach their full potential and believe he is a tremendous asset to our Club,” continued Pierce.

Jamie McCaig played hockey at the University of Brandon (2000-2002) and the University of Lethbridge (2003-2005), also spending two seasons in the professional ranks in the WCHL and ECHLMcCaig was the Goaltending Coach with the Chinese National Women’s Team (2009-2010) and has held a similar role with several Junior “A” teams in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan over the past nine seasons. He was the Goaltending Coach for Team Canada West at the 2015 World Junior “A” Challenge in Ontario. McCaig is the Co-Owner / Operator of ATC Goaltending, a training company based in Edmonton, Alberta.

Jamie McCaig is a 36 year-old native of PentictonBritish Columbia. He replaces Mike Bergren, whose employment agreement with the Club was not renewed.

Chris Wahl
Director of Sales & Public Relations
Kootenay ICE Hockey Club

Sunday, May 29, 2016


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Matthew Tkachuk scored twice including the OT winner as the London Knights won the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup with a 3-2 victory over the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies on Sunday afternoon.

The Knights opened the scoring in the second when Tkachuk tipped a shot past Marchand for his 4th to make it 1-0. However 15 seconds later the Huskies tied it up when Francis Perron tapped one in from the crease and it was 1-1.

In the third Rouyn-Noranda took the 2-1 lead on Julien Nantel's 2nd but the Knights drew even with just over 4 minutes left thanks to Christian Dvorak (7) and it was 2-2 and the championship game needed overtime.

In the extra frame Tkachuk (5) buried his second of the day on a toe drag and then release at 7:49 to clinch the championship and give the Knights their 17th straight victory.

London's Mitch Marner was named the tournament MVP, he had 2 goals and 12 assists in the four games played.


It was opening day at Currie Field on Sunday and the Regina Red Sox did not disappoint the 750 fans in attendance.

Infielder Derek Slate collected three hits, scored two runs and stole a base as he sparked the Red Sox to a 5-3 victory over the Weyburn Beavers.

Regina got a quality eight inning start from Ben Schweinfurth.  The senior from Southwestern Oklahoma picked up the win, while allowing two earned runs, on just seven hits while striking out three. Sam Brunner threw one inning of relief for the save.

Cole Feazell started for the Weyburn Beavers and held the Regina Red Sox scoreless for six innings. Reliever Austin Perez, who was tagged for three runs in a third of an inning, took the loss for the Beavers.

Regina had five runs on nine hits while Weyburn scored three runs on eight hits but was also charged with three errors.

The Red Sox will host Yorkton on Tuesday night at Currie Field.

Pats wrap up 2016 Spring Camp

The Regina Pats wrapped up 2016 Spring Training Camp with another ice session on Sunday morning. The 19 prospects will now make their way home and prepare for main training camp in the fall.

Head Coach and GM John Paddock says it was a good weekend for everyone involved. "I think it was a really exciting time. Probably equal on non hockey stuff as hockey stuff. Stuff associated with our organization from the school to our dinner last night to just talking with parents and the kids and they were all real happy and that's the most important thing."

Paddock says it's an important couple of days for the players and their families. "Why it's so good for them is they come back in August and it's comfortable for them. The kids know where the dressing room is, they know where the rinks are, they've met us, they've talked to us, they've met the guys they are going on the ice with. So they feel really comfortable and I think that's the first step to success is feeling comfortable where you are at."

Director of Scouting Dale McMullin says he is impressed with the players. "Overall I think the 2001 group that we just drafted I mean the kids carried themselves well all weekend. I think the two practices went very very well and the off ice portion of it they were polite and respectful kids and year I think it went very well."

There was one player in Regina for the weekend who did not take part in the on-ice portion of Spring Camp. Forward Nick Henry who was acquired from the Everett Silvertips at the WHL Bantam Draft in May made his way to the Queen City to get a feel foe the team that traded for his rights. Henry was originally a 3rd round pick of the Silvertips and was named the MJHL rookie of the year as a 16-year-old with the Portage Terriers this season. He says he enjoyed the weekend. "It's been awesome, it's a first class organization and it's been just a great experience overall."

The Pats traded a 6th round pick at the 2016 draft as well as a conditional pick to Everett for Henry's rights and he says the move come as a surprise. "We had just got off the ice at Westerns and my assistant coach came up and told me that my rights had been traded to Regina and I was totally shocked. It came totally by surprised... It gives me another option, somewhere to go with my college and then now I have Regina and it's good to have lots of options."

Henry who is being recruited heavily by the Pats and the NCAA says he has a big decision to make over the next couple of months. "So much stuff to think about and talk through with your parents. It's going to be one tough decision now being traded to Regina because it's just a great organization, they have a lot of great players and they have a heck of a team so it's making my decision pretty tough right now. I have all summer, and I will be coming to camp and stuff so I will think about it all summer and probably make the right decision in the end."

Henry is entering his 17-year-old season. If he were to sign with Regina the Pats would give up that undisclosed conditional draft pick.

Saturday, May 28, 2016


Hart named Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Year; Provorov captures Arctic Spas CHL Defenceman of the Year

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Red Deer, AB - The Canadian Hockey League today announced the winners for the 10 major awards that will be presented at the annual CHL Awards Ceremony Saturday evening as part of the 2016 MasterCard Memorial Cup festivities in Red Deer.

Everett Silvertips goaltender Carter Hart and Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ivan Provorov claimed the 2015-16 Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Year and Arctic Spas CHL Defenceman of the Year honours respectively to represent the WHL.

Hart enjoyed a productive season for the WHL’s second-best defensive club this season, posting a 35-23-1-3 record with six shutouts in 63 appearances. The 17-year-old from Sherwood Park, AB finished second amongst WHL netminders with a 2.14 goals against average, finished with the sixth-best save percentage at .918 and placed first overall with 35 victories while propelling the Silvertips to a second place in the U.S. Division. Hart also posted a pair of victories in the 2016 WHL Playoffs to go along with a 2.39 goals against average and a .929 save percentage with one shutout. Furthermore, Hart was also named the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week in late November and is ranked second amongst North American goaltenders in NHL Central Scouting's Final Rankings leading to the 2016 NHL Draft.

Recent WHL winners: Jordon Cooke (Kelowna Rockets 2014), Patrik Bartosak (Red Deer Rebels 2013), Darcy Kuemper (Red Deer Rebels 2011), Chet Pickard (Tri-City Americans 2008), Carey Price (Tri-City Americans 2007), Justin Pogge (Calgary Hitmen, 2006), Jeff Glass (Kootenay ICE, 2005), Cam Ward (Red Deer Rebels 2004)

Brandon Wheat Kings defenceman Ivan Provorov played a major role on the blue line from an offensive and defensive stand point in his second season in the WHL. The 19-year-old from Yaroslavl, Russia finished first in scoring amongst WHL defencemen with 73 points, including 21 goals, in 62 games while also finishing first in plus-minus with a plust-64 rating. Provorov also notched 13 points (3g-10a) in the 2016 WHL Playoffs to go along with a stellar plus-22 rating en route to helping the Wheat Kings claim the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions. A member of Russia’s National Junior team that won the silver medal at the World Junior Championships, Provorov was the Wheat Kings’ first round pick, 30th overall, in the 2014 CHL Import Draft. Provorov was selected seventh overall by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 2015 NHL Draft.

Recent WHL winners: Derrick Pouliot (Portland Winterhawks 2014), Jonathan Blum (Vancouver Giants 2009), Karl Alzner (Calgary Hitmen 2008), Kris Russell (Medicine Hat Tigers, 2007), Dan Hamhuis (Prince George Cougars 2002).

Other 2015-16 CHL Award Winners:

-BRP Top Prospect Award: Pierre-Luc Dubois (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles, QMJHL)
  • WHL Nominee, Jake Bean (Calgary)
-Cavendish Top Scorer Award: Conor Garland (Moncton Wildcats)
  • WHL Nominee, Adam Brooks (Regina)
-Janes Sportsman of the Year Award: Samuel Girard (Shawinigan Cataractes, QMJHL)
  • WHL Nominee, Tyler Soy (Victoria)
-All Weather Windows Humanitarian of the Year Award: Will Petschenig (Saginaw Spirit, OHL)
  • WHL Nominee, Tyler Wong (Lethbridge)
-TVA Sports Scholastic Player of the Year Award: Alexis D’Aoust (Shawinigan Cataractes, QMJHL)
  • WHL Nominee, Tanner Kaspick (Brandon)
-Bumper to Bumper Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award: Gilles Bouchard (Rouyn-Noranda Huskies, QMJHL)
  • WHL Nominee, Dave Lowry (Victoria)
-CCM Rookie of the Year Award: Alexander Nylander (Mississauga Steelheads, OHL)
  • WHL Nominee, Matthew Phillips (Victoria)
-Sportsnet Player of the Year Award: Mitch Marner (London Knights, OHL)
  • WHL Nominee, Dryden Hunt (Moose Jaw)

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Pats complete first ice session of 2016 Spring Camp

The first on ice session at 2016 Regina Pats Spring Camp took place on Saturday morning at the Cooperators Centre. Friday night consisted of an orientation for parents and players and then fitness testing. At 10:30 Saturday the 19 players hit the ice along with current Pats players Adam Brooks, Jake Leschyshyn, Riley Woods and Rykr Cole. 

Tristen Robins 
It was a faced paced skate and 2016, 4th round pick Tristen Robins says he has enjoyed his time here so far. "Pretty great experience, you know it's always great to see the draft picks and everything. It's even better that I've got some guys I know so it's easy to gel, easy to come in here, it's lots of fun." 

The Robins family has a connection to Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch. Tristen's dad Trevor played with Struch with the Saskatoon Blades from 1989 to 1992 and then again in Europe with the London Knights of the BISL in 2001-02. Robins says that makes being drafted to Regina that much better. "I think it's easier if it's that way then if you are just coming in not knowing anyone."

Dawson Barteaux
Of the 19 players in attendance, 10 have a chance to make the roster in 2016/17. The guy at the top of that list is 1st round pick in 2015, defenceman Dawson Barteaux. The Foxwarren MB product got into one game as a 15-year-old last season and joined the team for the playoffs. He says this being his second spring camp, it has a different feel. "It's more competitive for me, I'm going 100 per cent all the time and I want to prove I can crack the squad this year."

Size is what Barteaux wants to put on ahead of main camp this fall "Just put on more weight so I can play with these 20-year-olds and handle my own."

Assistant Coach and Assistant GM Dave Struch says it has been nice to put faces to names so far this weekend. "It's exciting especially for John and I and the coaching staff because we haven't had a chance to see them. When you come into something like this, with the trust we have in our scouting staff, getting an opportunity to see them in this setting starting last night with some fitness testing, it's not really an evaluation weekend. It's an opportunity for us to get to know the players, the draft picks from last year, getting to know the draft picks from this year. So far so good, a great group of kids. Obviously when you look at the draft list that we had this year, a lot of them were leaders on their teams and that's a start. We are talking about building something really special here in Regina and these kids are the future and so far it's been pretty good."

The players and parents get a tour of Riffel High School Saturday afternoon and will take part in a team meal. The next on ice session is Sunday morning at 10:30 at the Co-Operators Centre.