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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Pat Canadians 6 Stars 5

The Regina Pat Canadians hosted the Battleford Stars in Midget AAA game action on Saturday, December 202014. They came away with a 6 – 5 victory. Owen Sillinger led the way with 2 goals and 3 assists, 


The goals scorers for the Pat Canadians were Owen Sillinger with two goals and 3 assists, Arthur Miller had two goals and one assist, with single goals from Tyran Brown and Mark Edmands


Curtis Meger stopped all 20 of the 25 shot directed his way for the victory.  


Brett Poncracz stopped 30 of 36 shots in the loss.  


The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is Sunday, December 212014 at 3:00 PM vs the Battleford Stars.   Then in the New Year they play the Notre Dame Hounds on Wednesday, January 7, 2015. 


The Pat Canadians will be travelling to Calgary on the evening of December 25th to play in the 37th MAC’s Midget AAA tournament. They play the Ontario Avalanche, Grand Prairie Extreme Sports, Okanogan Rockets and Calgary Buffaloes, in the round robin.

Courtesy John Smith. Pat Canadians PR 

10 WHL Players named to Canada's World Junior Team

Toronto, ON – Hockey Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Hockey League, announced Saturday the 22 players who will be a part of Canada’s National Junior Team at the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, 10 of which play in the Western Hockey League.


Canada roster includes two goaltenders, seven defencemen and 13 forwards. The final roster for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship must be officially submitted to the IIHF by Dec. 25. 


This year, the Western Hockey League will provide 10 players to the National Junior Team. Josh Morrissey (Calgary, AB / Prince Albert Raiders), Nic Petan (Delta, BC / Portland Winterhawks) and Sam Reinhart (West Vancouver, BC / Kootenay ICE) will each return to Team Canada after representing Canada at the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship in Malmo, Sweden.


Eric Comrie (Edmonton, AB / Tri-City Americans) will be one of two goaltenders on Team Canada while Brayden Point (Calgary, AB / Moose Jaw Warriors) and Jake Virtanen (Abbotsford, BC / Calgary Hitmen) will be part of the forward group along with Petan and Reinhart.


Five of the seven defencemen named to Canada’s National Junior Team hail from the WHL. In addition to Morrissey, Madison Bowey (Winnipeg, MB / Kelowna Rockets), Dillon Heatherington (Calgary, AB / Swift Current Broncos), Joe Hicketts (Kamloops, BC / Victoria Royals) and Shea Theodore (Aldergrove, BC / Seattle Thunderbirds) will all play Team Canada. WHL graduate Curtis Lazar (Vernon, BC / Ottawa, NHL) has also been named to the team.




The roster was finalized at the conclusion of both the Sport Chek selection camp (Dec. 11-14 in Toronto) and pre-competition camp (Dec. 15-19 in Toronto and St. Catharines, Ont.). The 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship takes place Dec. 26, 2014 to Jan. 5, 2015 in Toronto and Montreal, Que.


Prior to the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, Canada will play two more pre-tournament games as part of the RBC Road to the World Juniors, on Dec. 21 vs. Sweden in Ottawa, Ont., and Dec. 23 vs. Switzerland in Montreal. Canada was defeated 2-1 in overtime by Russia on Dec. 19 in Toronto. Ticket information for both games is available at




Complete ticket information for the 2015 IIHF World Junior Championship, and all 10 RBC Road to the World Juniors pre-tournament games, can be found at

Francis Dupont                                     Andr√© Brin                                            Paul Krotz

Manager, Communications                    Media Relations                                   Media Relations

Hockey Canada                                    Canada’s National Junior Team             Canada’s National Junior Team

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Pat Canadians 2 Blazers 0

The Regina Pat Canadians hosted the Saskatoon Blazers in Midget AAA game action on Wednesday, December 17, 2014. They came away with a 2 – 0 victory.


The goals scorers for the Pat Canadians were Riley Woods and Owen Sillinger.  .


Clarke Flegel stopped all 17 shots directed his way for the victory.  


Joel Grzybowski stopped 55 of 57 shots in the loss.  


The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is Saturday, December 20, 2014 at 4:30 PM vs the Battleford Stars.   Then on Sunday, December 21, they play at 3:00 PM vs the Battleford Stars and that is the last game before the Xmas break.


The Pat Canadians will be travelling to Calgary on the evening of December 25th to play in the 37th MAC’s Midget AAA tournament. 


Wednesday, December 17, 2014


The Regina Pats played their final game before the Christmas break on Wednesday against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at the Brandt Centre. The Pats were winners the night before in overtime in Brandon against the Wheat Kings 6-5, pushing their record to 20-11-1-0 on the year. The Hurricanes got their first win under new head coach Peter Anholt on Tuesday in Moose Jaw 6-4. The Canes entered the game with a record of 7-20-3-2 on the season. The Pats held a 2-0 season series advantage going into the game having outscored Lethbridge 14-2 in those two games. Dryden Hunt led the way offensively in those ones with a goal and 4 assists. Braden Christoffer and Sam Steel were both riding 8 game point streaks going in, Steel had 5 gals and 7 assists in that stretch, Christoffer with 5 goals and 6 assists. The Pats were given an honourable mention for the second straight week in the CHL Top 10 rankings for week 13. Here are the lineups for the game with the starters highlighted.

Pats                                                                 Hurricanes
Hunt-D'Amico-Gay                                        Cooper-Wong-Watson
Christoffer-Steel-Klimchuk                               Jones-Estephan-White
Padakin-Brooks-Wagner                                  Folk-Bricker-Warkentine
Cole-Smith-Kroeker                                        Fafard-Amson-Skumatov

Burroughs-Harrison                                       Walters-Nielson
Hansen-Zborovskiy                                          Jensen-Pankewicz
Mortlock-Reagan                                             Kennedy-Sayers

Wapple                                                           Skinner
Fuhr                                                                 Robidoux

Pats scratches - Brown, Hilsendager, Williams and McAmmond.
Huricanes scatches - Kitt, Hackman and Cooper.

In the first period the Pats went to the powerplay 31 seconds in and on the man advantage found the games first goal Sam Steel fired his 10th past Stuart Skinner from the slot at 1:30. Pavel Padakin the line assist and it was 1-0. The Hurricanes got their first powerplay a little later on but on it the Pats ended up with a 2 on oh. Adam Brooks and Austin Wagner played catch back and forth before Wagner scored his 8th at 6:22 and it was 2-0. Wagners 2nd shorthanded goal in as many games. The Hurricanes started to find their game after that and got within 1 at 12:31 as Jamal Watson outwaited Daniel Wapple and scored his 13th of the year from Taylor Cooper and Brandon Kennedy and it was 2-1. Then at 18:26 Tyler Wong tied the game for the Canes with his 12th unassisted and it was 2-2. That was the score after 1 with Lethbridge leading the shots on goal 10-9.

In the second the Pats re-took the lead at 6:36 as Branden Christoffer extended his goal streak to 5 games with his 13th to make it 3-2. Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel with the assists and Christoffer and Steel get their point streaks to 9 games. The Pats powerplay struggled in the period going oh for 3. The teams played 4 on 4 for 2 minutes midway through the frame and that's when the Hurricanes tied it up. Giorgio Estephan was sprung on a breakaway and snapped a 23 game goalless drought with his 2nd and it was 3-3. Andrew Nielson and Zane Jones with the assists. That's how the period would end with the shots on goal tied at 10 in the frame, Lethbridge led overall 20-19.

In the third the two clubs couldn't get much going offensively. The Pats thought they had the game winner with 2:28 left as Carter Hansen fired from the right point and scored his first of the year to make it 4-3. Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay got the assists. Lethbridge would tie it up however 58 seconds later as Jaeger White shot from the slot and beat Daniel Wapple 5 hole for his 2nd at 18:30. Zane Jones the lone assist and it was 4-4. We went to overtime with the Canes outshooting the Pats 9-7 in the third and 30-26 overall.

In the extra frame Lethbridge got a game winner from Nick Walters who beat Wapple with a point shot, 1:46 in, his second of the year with assists to Jaeger White and Andrew Neilson. The Canes win 5-4 and outshot the Pats 30-26.

The Pats powerplay went 1 for 7 on the powerplay and the penalty kill went 2 for 2.

The third star of the game went to the Hurricanes Jamal Watson who scored a goal in the game. The second star to the Pats Morgan Klimchuk who had an assist and the first star to the Canes Nick Walters who scored the game winner.

The Pats are off for the Christmas break until December 27th when they head into Swift Current to take on the Broncos at 7 o'clock on 620 CKRM.

Scoring Summary 

1st Period

Pats PP Goal at 1:30. Sam Steel (10) from Pavel Padakin.

Pats SH Goal at 6:22. Austin Wagner (8) from Adam Brooks.

Hurricanes Goal at 12:31. Jamal Watson (13) from Taylor Cooper and Brandon Kennedy.

Hurricanes Goal at 18:26. Tyler Wong (12) unassisted.

2nd Period 

Pats Goal at 6:36. Braden Christoffer (13) from Morgan Klimchuk and Sam Steel.

Hurricanes 4v4 Goal at 11:47. Giorgio Estephan (2) from Andrew Neilson and Zane Jones.

3rd Period 

Pats Goal at 17:32. Carter Hansen (1) from Dryden Hunt and Connor Gay.

Hurricanes Goal at 18:30. Jaeger White (2) from Zane Jones.


Hurricanes Goal at 1:46. Nick Walters (2) from Jaeger White and Andrew Nielson.

Here are the radio highlights, plus post game interviews with assistant coach Darrin McKachnie and defenceman Carter Hansen:

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Pats get Honourable mention in CHL Top 10, again

Kelowna Rockets, Brandon Wheat Kings, Medicine Hat Tigers, Everett Silvertips; Regina Pats an Honourable Mention.


Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the thirteenth edition of the BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings for the 2014-15 regular season.  The weekly rankings of the Canadian Hockey League’s Top 10 teams are selected by a panel of National Hockey League scouts.


BMO CHL Top 10 Rankings – Week 13




Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:


Oshawa Generals (25-4-1-0)




Kelowna Rockets (27-5-3-0)




Rimouski Oceanic (23-9-1-1)




Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (24-6-0-2)




Brandon Wheat Kings (24-7-3-1)




Erie Otters (23-7-0-2)




Medicine Hat Tigers (23-8-1-1)




Saint John Sea Dogs (20-8-1-4)




Moncton Wildcats (21-10-0-2)




Everett Silvertips (19-9-3-1)



Honourable Mention:

Blainville-Boisbriand Armada (18-10-1-4)



London Knights (21-10-0-2)



Regina Pats (20-11-1-0)




Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

CHL Top Prospects Game Roster Announced

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League in association with the host Niagara IceDogs, and BMO Financial Group, today announced the 40 CHL players that will compete in the 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in St. Catharines, ON, on Thursday January 22, 2015.

The 40 CHL players competing in the game were chosen by the 30 NHL clubs and divided into teams by NHL Central Scouting.  This season’s event marks the 20th annual showcase of the CHL’s top-40 NHL Draft eligible players featuring talent from the Ontario Hockey League, Western Hockey League, and Quebec Major Junior Hockey League competing before hundreds of NHL scouts in attendance.

The BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is one of the highlights of the hockey season and truly features the next wave of talent to the NHL,” said CHL President David Branch.  “Since 1996 the CHL’s top prospects have had the opportunity to showcase their skills in this event before hundreds of NHL scouts and General Managers.  We look forward to the game on January 22 in a brand new world-class facility home to the OHL’s Niagara IceDogs with 40 of the top players eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft competing before the passionate hockey fans in St. Catharines and to CHL fans across Canada watching live on Sportsnet and TVA Sports.”

Canadian National Junior Team Selection Camp members Connor McDavid of the Erie Otters and Lawson Crouse of the Kingston Frontenacs are among a group of 22 players on the roster recently given ‘A’ level ratings as first round NHL Daft prospects by NHL Central Scouting in their November ‘Players to Watch’ list.  McDavid and Crouse are two of the nine ‘A’ rated prospects who will compete for Team Orr alongside Mathew Barzal of the Seattle Thunderbirds and WHL top scorer Nick Merkley of the Kelowna Rockets.  13 ‘A’ rated prospects will compete for Team Cherry including OHL top scorers Mitchell Marner of the London Knights and the Otters’ Dylan Strome, along with Daniel Sprong of the Charlottetown Islanders and defenceman Jakub Zboril of the Saint John Sea Dogs.

“As the Official Bank of the CHL, BMO congratulates the up-and-coming talent chosen for this year’s roster,” said Shawn Namvar, Regional Vice President of Niagara Region, BMO. “The BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game gives hockey fans and our customers a chance to see the very best young athletes from across the country display their skills, we look forward to seeing them on the ice in St. Catharines this January.”

32 of the CHL’s 60 member clubs will be represented in this game featuring two players on the host Niagara IceDogs including forward Graham Knott and defenceman Vince Dunn both on Team Cherry.  The 40 CHL players include 15 from the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League, 13 from the Ontario Hockey League, and 12 from the Western Hockey League.

“The BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game is an event that all NHL scouts and General Managers circle on their calendars,” said NHL Central Scouting Director Dan Marr.  “The 40 players competing in this game were chosen by our 30 NHL clubs and provides a unique opportunity for them to evaluate top CHL talent for the 2015 NHL Draft.  This is also a unique opportunity for the players who can take advantage of the spotlight to promote their play in this exciting and highly competitive single-game best-on-best contest.”

In the past 19 years a total of 265 players from this event have been selected in the first round of the NHL Draft representing 47% of all players selected by NHL clubs in the first round.

2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game Rosters:

Team Cherry:

Callum Booth (Quebec Remparts)
Samuel Montembeault (Blainville-Boisbriand Armada)

Brandon Carlo (Tri-City Americans)
Vince Dunn (Niagara IceDogs)
Noah Juulsen (Everett Silvertips)
Matt Spencer (Peterborough Petes)
Mitchell Vande Sompel (Oshawa Generals)
Jakub Zboril (Saint John Sea Dogs)

Anthony Beauvillier (Shawinigan Cataractes)
Filip Chlapik (Charlottetown Islanders)
Jake DeBrusk (Swift Current Broncos)
Graham Knott (Niagara IceDogs)
Mitchell Marner (London Knights)
Adam Musil (Red Deer Rebels)
Daniel Sprong (Charlottetown Islanders)
Mitchell Stephens (Saginaw Spirit)
Dylan Strome (Erie Otters)
Evgeny Svechnikov (Cape Breton Screaming Eagles)
Yakov Trenin (Gatineau Olympiques)
Dennis Yan (Shawinigan Cataractes)

Don Cherry – Head Coach
Brian Kilrea – Assistant Coach
Bert O’Brien – Assistant Coach
Nick Kypreos – Assistant Coach
Dennis MacDonald – Athletic Trainer 
Russ Hammond – Equipment Manager

Team Orr:

Mackenzie Blackwood (Barrie Colts)
Nick McBride (Prince Albert Raiders)

Guillaume Brisebois (Acadie-Bathurst Titan)
Thomas Chabot (Saint John Sea Dogs)
Nicolas Meloche (Baie-Comeau Drakkar)
Ryan Pilon (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Ivan Provorov (Brandon Wheat Kings)
Jeremy Roy (Sherbrooke Phoenix)

Mathew Barzal (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Paul Bittner (Portland Winterhawks)
Lawson Crouse (Kingston Frontenacs)
Ryan Gropp (Seattle Thunderbirds)
Jansen Harkins (Prince George Cougars)
Travis Konecny (Ottawa 67’s)
Nikita Korostelev (Sarnia Sting)
Connor McDavid (Erie Otters)
Timo Meier (Halifax Mooseheads)
Nick Merkley (Kelowna Rockets)
Nicolas Roy (Chicoutimi Sagueneens)
Pavel Zacha (Sarnia Sting)

Bobby Orr – Head Coach
Marty Williamson – Assistant Coach
Dave Bell – Assistant Coach
Billy Burke – Assistant Coach 
Doug MacLean – Assistant Coach
Pete Dobbin – Athletic Therapist
Kevin Emo – Equipment Manager

Last season, 17 CHL players who competed in the 2014 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game in Calgary, AB, were selected in the first round of the 2014 NHL Draft.  Florida Panthers first overall pick Aaron Ekblad of the Barrie Colts captained Team Orr to a 4-3 victory over Team Cherry who was led by captain Sam Reinhart of the Kootenay Ice chosen second overall by the Buffalo Sabres.  Since the event was first introduced in 1996 the game has featured 12 players selected with the first overall pick in the NHL Draft including Ekblad, Nathan MacKinnon, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, Taylor Hall, John Tavares, Steven Stamkos, Patrick Kane, Marc-Andre Fleury, Rick Nash, Vincent Lecavalier, Joe Thornton, and Chris Phillips. 

The 2015 BMO CHL/NHL Top Prospects Game will be broadcast nationally by Sportsnet and TVA Sports and available on Sportsnet Radio.  Associate partners for the event include SUBWAY, Cooper Tires, and


For more information about the event please visit


BMO and the Canadian Hockey League

BMO Financial Group was named the Official Bank of the Canadian Hockey League in 2011. The four-year agreement also designates BMO as the Official Bank of each of the CHL's member hockey leagues: the Ontario Hockey League, the Western Hockey League, and the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The sponsorship builds on BMO's partnership with the CHL of more than 10 years and affirms BMO's exclusivity as a financial services sponsor of the league in the retail banking category. It also engrains a presence with the 48 teams who currently participate in the BMO CHL Affinity MasterCard program, which enables CHL fans to support their favourite teams through a co-branded BMO/CHL credit card. 


Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services

Canadian / Ontario Hockey League

Pats - Hurricanes Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (20-11-1-0) close out their pre-Christmas schedule against the Lethbridge Hurricanes (7-20-3-2) tonight at the Brandt Centre.  It’s the third time the teams have come together this season.  The Pats hold a 2-0-0-0 record against Lethbridge while outscoring the ‘Canes 14-2.  Dryden Hunt leads the Pats with five points (1G, 4A) against Lethbridge while Tyler Wong heads up the Hurricanes with a pair of assists against Regina.  Coming into tonight’s contest, the Pats have won two straight including last night’s 6-5 victory in Brandon while the ‘Canes picked up a 6-4 win against Moose Jaw last night.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey at 6:35 p.m.
Lead Up: Pats Pull Off 6-5 OT Comeback in BrandonIt didn’t look good for the Pats when they trailed 2-0 just 1:09 in and then faced 3-1, 4-2 and 5-3 deficits.  Austin Wagner scored shorthanded in the third to get the Blue and White back within one and Chase Harrison’s shot deflected in off Patrick D’Amico’s skate late in the third to tie the game.  Midway through the overtime period, Connor Gay fired from the slot and the puck squeaked through Jordan Papirny and trickled over the line to end the games.
First ‘Half’ in the Books
While they haven’t reached the 36 game mark, the Pats close out the unofficial first half of the season tonight.  Through their first 32 games, the Pats hold a 20-11-1-0 overall record, good for 2nd in the East Division and 3rd in the Eastern Conference.  The Pats are 10-5-1-0 on home ice and 10-6-0-0 on the road. 
Hitting TwentyThe Pats became the fourth team in the WHL to hit the 20 win mark last night. The Blue and White haven’t won 20 games before the Christmas break since the 2007-08 season when they won their 20th game in a similar 32 contests.  That edition of the Pats finished with 44 wins on the year.
MotivationMorgan Klimchuk made his presence felt back in the Pats lineup after returning from Team Canada Selection Camp.  Klimchuk had a goal and two assists in the Pats win over Brandon last night and has four points (2G, 2A) in two games against Lethbridge this season.
Upcoming Schedule
at Swift Current – Saturday, December 27th, 7:00 p.m. – Credit Union Iplex (CKRM)
vs. Swift Current – Sunday, December 28th, 6:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Saskatoon – Tuesday, December 30th, 7:05 p.m. – SaskTel Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications 
Regina Pats Hockey Club