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Saturday, August 30, 2014

Cougars Hire Assistant Coach

Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars are very pleased to announce that they have hired former NHL forward Roman Vopat (Litvinov, Czech Republic) as an assistant coach.
The 38-year-old Vopat was drafted by the St. Louis Blues in the seventh round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft and played133 NHL games with St. Louis, Los Angeles, Chicago and Philadelphia. In 1996, he along with two teammates and two draft picks were traded to the Los Angeles Kings in exchange for Wayne Gretzky.
 His 16-year professional hockey career also included stops in Germany, Denmark, Sweden, Finland and the Czech Republic. Before turning pro, Vopat spent parts of two seasons in the CHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors and the Prince Albert Raiders.
After he retired from professional hockey, Vopat turned his attention to coaching. Most recently he served as the head coach of the Kimberly Dynamiters of the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League for half of the 2012-13 season and the entire 2011-12 season.
“I’m very excited and honored to be a part of the New Ice Age,” said Roman Vopat. “I am looking forward to working with such great people like: Todd Harkins, Mark Holick and Mike Hengen.”
Vopat adds, “This is my second dream come true. I have played in the National Hockey League and this is what I always wanted to do after I finished playing. This is a great opportunity for my family and I appreciate the chance that the new ownership group is giving me.”
“Roman and I go way back to our playing days, and he also played with my brother Brett for many years,” said Prince George Cougars General Manager, Todd Harkins. “He was a great teammate, cared about everyone in the room and played the game with passion.”
Harkins adds, “Roman joined us at Training Camp as a guest coach and impressed all of us with his excitement and professionalism and his past experience will be beneficial to all of our players that have a dream to play in the NHL. He’s well connected with teams and scouts in Europe, and that will serve us well down the road with the CHL Import Draft.”
“We’re pleased to add an individual of Roman’s caliber to our coaching staff,” said Prince George Cougars Head Coach Mark Holick. “He’s played at the highest level possible and knows what it takes to get there. His experience is going to be an asset to our organization moving forward.”
Vopat will be joined in Prince George by his wife Natalie and his two sons Brayden (nine) and Nicholas (seven).

Dan O'Connor
Manager of Broadcasting, Media and Community Relations
Prince George Cougars Hockey Club

Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament Day 3 Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The final day of the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament at the Cooperators Centre showcases a second double header with the Calgary Hitmen and Prince Albert Raiders going toe-to-toe in the matinee contest and the Regina Pats battling the Lethbridge Hurricanes.

Calgary Hitmen (0-1-0) vs. Prince Albert Raiders (0-1-0) – 3:00 p.m.
The Raiders looked to be headed for their first win of the tournament before the Hurricanes found a late tying goal and went on to the 2-1 shootout victory yesterday afternoon.  Now Prince Albert looks to rebound against the Hitmen who saw a lead of their own dissipate in the third period against Regina last night.  Matteo Gennaro scored the only goal for the Raiders and leads the team in tournament scoring.  Calgary is led by Radel Fazleev who had three points (1G, 2A) and Greg Chase who scored twice last night.

Regina Pats (2-0-0) vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes (1-0-0) – 7:00 p.m. 
Tonight’s finale features the two undefeated squads in the tournament. The Pats roll in with the most offence in the tournament after posting 15 goals in their last two games.  Maximilian Kammerer leads the way with five points (2G, 3A) over the last two games.  Sam Steel and Connor Gay are right behind him sitting at four points after their game against Moose Jaw.  The Hurricanes are the most rested team in action today after an early game yesterday and playing in tonight’s late matchup.  Carter Amson scored the ‘Canes lone goal in their comeback win against Prince Albert to lead Lethbridge in scoring.

Tickets for both games are $5.00 and are available at the doors one hour prior to each game at the Cooperators Centre.

Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Friday, August 29, 2014


The Regina Pats hosted the Calgary Hitmen on Friday night at the Cooperators Arena for their second pre-season game of the year. The Pats won on Thursday night 9-1 over Moose Jaw on the backs of four point performances from Sam Steel and Connor Gay. They did not suit up on this night. Daniel Wapple started in goal Friday and his backup was Tyler Fuhr. The forwards were Adam Brooks, Adam Berg, Carter Hansen, Erik Gardiner, Maxamillian Kammerer, Rykr Cole, Rylee Zimmer, Dane Schioler, Dryden Hunt, Darcy DeRoose, Colton Kroeker and Earl Webb. The defenceman Sergey Zborovsky, Kyle Burroughs, Brady Pouteau, Colby Williams, James Hilsendager and Brady Reagan.

In the first period the Pats would get the games first powerplay just under 4 minutes in but were unable to score. Shortly after however Carter Hansen would put home his own rebound for his 1st of the preseason at 6:34 and it was 1-0 Regina. Then at 8:21 Dryden Hunt snapped home his first of the pre-season with an assist to Erik Gardiner and it was 2-0. The Pats would take their first penalty of the game off the ensuing faceoff but would kill it off and then get their second man advantage at 11:53. The Hitmen would kill that off. Then Earl Webb would throw a big hit and drop the gloves with Radel Fazleev. Give Webb the decision. Webb got the initial penalty and the Pats went back to the penalty kill. They would get through the minor penalty and then make it 3-0 on a great passing play from Max Kammerer to Rylee Zimmer and then Dryden Hunt who slid home his second of the game at 17:17. The Pats would go right back to the penalty after that but again they would kill it off and the period ended with a 3-0 scoreline. Daniel Wapple was sharp in the period in the Pats goal as the Hitmen outshot Regina 11-6.

In the second the Pats would take their fourth minor penalty 20 seconds in. The Hitmen would break through off the faceoff as Greg Chase slapped one home from the point. Travis Sanheim and Terell Draude credited with the assists at 0:23 and it was 3-1. The Hitmen would take their third minor shortly after and again the Pats were unable to score. The Hitmen would get within 1 at 7:23 as Radel Fazleev scored with assists to Jordy Stallard and Layne Bensmiller. Then 17 seconds later Jake Bean tied it at 3's at the 7:40 mark. Assists to Marshall Donald and Elliott Peterson. Then Carter Hansen would take a penalty and the Pats went down a man for the 5th time, at the whistle Kyle Dumba would replace Mack Shields in goal for Calgary at the 10 minute mark. Shields stopped 9 of 12 shots he faced. The Pats would take another penalty 1:09 into the initial minor and were down 2 men. The Hitmen would take their first lead at 11:59 as Greg Chase scored his second of the game. Elliott Peterson and Radel Fazleev the assists and it was 4-3. The Pats would take yet another penalty and were down two men again for 6 seconds. The Pats would kill that 6 seconds but the Hitmen went up 5-3 on the poweplay as Linden Penner tipped home a point shot from Travis Sanheim at 13:54. Radel Fazleev the second assist. The Pats would get their 4th powerplay with 3:07 left in the period and on it they wouldn't get much in the way of scoring chances and the period ended with Calgary up 5-3. The Hitmen outshot the Pats 17-7 in the period and led overall 28-13.

In the third the Hitmen would go to their 8th powerplay 1:49 in but the Pats would get through it and then go to their 5th man advantage at 5:02. The Pats would score on the man advantage as Sergey Zborovsky put home his second of the pre season, assists to Dryden Hunt and Kyle Burroughs at 5:34 and it was 5-4. Then 10 seconds later Maximillian Kammerer tied the game for the Pats at 5's. Brady Reagan the lone assist at 5:44. The Pats would take the lead at 15:57 as Adam Berg fired, Dumba got a piece of it but the puck trickled past him into the net and it was 6-5. The Hitmen would pull the goalie late but the Pats held on for the 6-5 victory improving to 2 and oh in the pre season. The Hitmen outshot the Pats 15-7 in the third and led overall 43-20.

The Pats went 1 for 5 on the powerplay and 5 of 8 on the penalty kill. Dryden Hunt led the way with 2 goals and an assist while Maximillian Kammerer scored once and had a helper as well. Daniel Wapple stopped 38 of 43 shots faced for the win.

The Pats are back in action on Saturday night against the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7 o'clock to wrap up the Extreme Hockey pre-season tournament. We will have the game live on 620 CKRM with the Press Box Sports Bar pre-game show at 6:35.

Reid Duke reports to Hurricanes

Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes announced Reid Duke returned to the hockey club on Thursday.

General Manager, Brad Robson says “the hockey club, Reid Duke, his family and agent came to an agreement beneficial to both sides.”

Duke is expected to play in the second game of the tournament the team is competing at this weekend in Regina.

Esther Madziya

Communications & PR Manager

Lethbridge Hurricanes

Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament Day Two Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament kicks into full gear today with two games at the Cooperators Centre.  In the matinee, it’s the Prince Albert Raiders up against the Lethbridge Hurricanes while the Regina Pats faceoff with the Calgary Hitmen in the evening affair.
Prince Albert Raiders vs. Lethbridge Hurricanes – 3:00 p.m.
While much of the focus in last night’s Pats/Warriors matchup was on some young forwards, this afternoon’s game could be a showcase of young goaltenders.  Both the Raiders and Hurricanes brought three goaltenders to Regina and none of the six are older than 18.  2013 1st Round pick Stuart Skinner is a part of the Hurricanes goaltending trio along with recently acquired
Zac Robidoux (’96) and Lethbridge product Jonny Hogue (’96).  The Raiders trifecta is made up of 2013-14 rookie standout Nick McBride (’97), 2014 1st Round pick Ian Scott and 2011 3rd Round pick Rylan Parenteau (’96).  Any combination of netminders guarding the pipes this afternoon is sure to give shooters fits.
Regina Pats vs. Calgary Hitmen – 7:00 p.m.
There could be plenty of NHL prospects on the ice this evening when the Pats take on the Hitmen.  Pats Captain Kyle Burroughs will soon be headed for New York Islanders Camp, but has been making his presence felt in Pats Camp mentoring younger defenders.  After a successful development camp with the Carolina Hurricanes, Dryden Hunt will depart from the Pats as well, but not before getting in some pre-season action.  The Calgary Hitmen roll into Regina after five of their number were selected at the 2014 NHL Draft.  Four of those players (Chase Lang, Ben Thomas, Radel Fazleev and Travis Sanheim) are in the Queen City for the Extreme Hockey Pre-Season Tournament. 

Tickets for both games are available at the doors for $5.00.  Doors open one hour before each game at the Cooperators Centre.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Thursday, August 28, 2014


The Regina Pats kicked off their 2014 pre-season at the Co-operators Centre on Thursday night against the Moose Jaw Warriors. Moose Jaw had already played a pre-season game on Tuesday at home to Swift Current which they lost 4-3 in overtime. The Pats would audition some rookies as well as play some veterens on Thursday. Tyler Fuhr got the start in goal for the Pats while Jordan Hollett backed him up. Returning players Braden Christoffer, Sam Steel, Connor Gay, Austin Wagner, Adam Brooks, Maximillian Kammerer, Chase Harrisonm Brady Reagan and Isaac Schacher all played. The rookies were Kyle Westeringh, Rykr Cole, Erik Gardiner, Dane Schioler, Colton Kroeker, Jacob Elmer, Ryan Krushen, Sergey Zborovsky and James Hilsendager. The Warrior lineup included 5th overall pick in 2013 Brett Howden and Josh Brook who was taken 4th overall in 2014.

In the first period both teams had some early chances. It would take until the 8:12 mark to find the games opening goal as Sergey Zborovsky put home his first as a Pat from Dane Schioler and Erik Gardiner and it was 1-0 Pats. The Warriors would get a 4 minute powerplay shortly thereafter but the Pats would kill it off. Regina would get a powerplay of their own late but did not score and the period ended 1-0. Sam Steel came close for the Pats but hit the outside of the post. The shots on goal in the frame were 22-12 for the Pats.

In the second the Pats would go up 2-0 at 6:25 as Erik Gardiner would score with his skate assists from Max Kammerer and Colton Kroeker. Then 56 seconds later Sam Steel fired home his first from Connor Gay and Chase Harrison at 7:21 to make it 3-0. Max Kammerer would make it 4-0 at 10:25 with his first from Colton Kroeker and Chase Harrison. Tyler Fuhr then left the Pats goal in favor of Jordan Hollett. Fuhr stopped at 16 shots he faced. Then at the 17 minute mark Austin Wagner made it 5-0 from Kyle Westeringh and Rykr Cole. That was how the period ended with the Pats outshooting Moose Jaw 25-9 in the period and 47-21 overall.

In the third the Pats would score on he powerplay 39 seconds in as Sam Steel put home his second of the game from Connor Gay and Braden Christoffer and it was 6-0. Then at 2:53 Braden Christoffer made it 7-0 with his first from Sam Steel and Connor Gay. The Warriors would get on the board at 8:58 as Noah Gregor got his first with an assist to Ryan Bowen and it was 7-1. The Pats made it 8-1 at 11:41 as Jacob Elmer got his first. Max Kammerer and Ryan Krushen with the assists. Then with 1:12 left Connor Gay put home his 1st, Sam Steel and Chase Harrison the assists and it was 9-1. That was the final score. Shots in the period were 18-6 Regina and they led overall 65-27.

The Pats were 1 for 3 on the powerplay and 4  for 4 on the penalty kill in the game. Sam Steel and Connor Gay each had four point nights. Tyler Fuhr stopped all 16 shots he faced and Jordan Hollett stopped 10 of 11.

The Pats are back in action Friday night against the Calgary Hitmen at the Cooperators Centre. Next broadcast Saturday against Lethbridge at 7.

Royals name Two Assistant GM's

Victoria, BC – The Victoria Royals are proud to announce that Jeff Harris and Grant Armstrong will each assume assistant general manager roles with the club, effective immediately.


Harris will take on the role of Assistant General Manager, Hockey Operations and Communications after spending the past three seasons as the Royals’ Director of Hockey Operations and Communications.


“Jeff’s front office experience, in both the professional and junior ranks, is extensive,” Royals’ General Manager Cameron Hope said. “He has been an extremely important part of the growth of this franchise in Victoria, and with this promotion his role continues to expand.”


Prior to joining the Royals in the club’s inaugural season, the Calgary, AB native worked four seasons with the Victoria Salmon Kings of the ECHL as the team’s Assistant General Manager and Director of Media and Community Relations. Harris also served as the play-by-play voice of the Salmon Kings and represented the club at the 2011 ECHL All Star Game. The ECHL also recognized Harris as the Media Relations Director of the Year for the 2007-08 season. Harris began his career in hockey during the 2006-07 season with the Calgary Hitmen where he served as the team’s Assistant Communications Coordinator.


Harris has considerable experience in professional sports and also spent time with the Calgary 88’s of the World Basketball League and the Pacific Coast League’s Vancouver Canadians. Harris earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Communications from Mount Royal College in Calgary.


Armstrong, a native of North Vancouver, B.C., will assume the role of Assistant General Manager, Player Personnel after spending the previous two seasons as the Director of Player Personnel for the Royals. 


"Grant has done a great job with our scouting group, identifying talent and overseeing the development of our young prospects," Hope said. "Our organizational philosophy is to build from within, and Grant’s keen eye for talent is already paying dividends.”


The 52-year-old joined the Royals in 2012 after spending four seasons as Head Scout for the Portland Winterhawks. Working under former Head Coach and General Manager Mike Johnston since 2008, Armstrong played an integral role in each of Portland’s WHL Bantam Drafts, Canadian Hockey League (CHL) Import Drafts and player signings during his tenure while also coordinating the club’s scouting department. During Armstrong’s time as Head Scout, the Winterhawks captured a U.S. Division title in 2010-11 and reached the WHL Final in back-to-back seasons.


Armstrong has been heavily involved in British Columbia hockey for much of his life. During the 2010-11 and 2011-12 seasons, Armstrong held the Head Coach position with the North Delta Devils Junior B team in the Pacific International Junior Hockey League. At the same time, Armstrong served as North Vancouver Minor Hockey Association’s Director of Hockey Operations. Since 1995, Armstrong has also been involved with the North Delta Minor Hockey Association as both a coach and development coordinator, earning the Pacific Coast Amateur Hockey Association’s Coaching Development Award in 2003 for his accomplishments within the association.


2014-15 season tickets starting from $414 and mini-packs from $49 are on sale now! Call 250-220-7889,, or head down to the Victoria Royals ticketing office at Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre to pick up your seats and guarantee your spot at the September 26th home opener


Corey St. Laurent

Manager of Communications and Hockey Operations Coordinator

Victoria Royals Hockey Club