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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Regina Pats 2016 Training Camp Day 2


The rookies were back on the ice to start day two of 2016 Regina Pats training camp. Team White took on Team Navy for a third time, Navy won the first two matchups on day 1. The club made a couple of changes to their team rosters as shown below.


Rayce Ramsay started in goal for Team White while Dawson Rattai got the nod for Team Navy. Neither allowed a goal in the opening period, White led the shots on goal 15-12.

In the second Team White broke the deadlock on the powerplay when Michael Ladyman fond a loose puck left side and beat a diving Rattai. Blue tied it up later in the period when Riley Krane tipped a puck in front and it fluttered over the shoulder of Ramsay and just inside the far post. White took the lead back when Luc Masse cut to the slot and shot just inside the post to make it 2-1 and that was the score through 40 minutes.

In the third Duncan Pierce tied the game for Team Navy with assists to Mackenzie Belinski and Randon Schmidt. However late in the period Logan Nijhoff redirected a puck from the left side of the net to make it 3-2 White and that was the final score.

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Saturday, August 27, 2016

RECAP: THUNDER 58 RIFLES 6

The Regina Thunder offence exploded for 58 points and the defence held Winnipeg to just two field goals in a 58-7 route of the Rifles on Saturday night at Investors Group Field.

The two clubs traded field goals to start the game and then Winnipeg kicked another and held a 6-3 lead. However late in the quarter Sawyer Buettner threw his first touchdown of the year to Kris Calcutt with 1:43 left and it was 10-6 Regina.

The Rifles conceded a safety in the second to make it 12-6 and then the Thunder made it 19-6 on a touchdown catch from Kristiane Desautels. Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette added to the lead with his 4th touchdown of the season along the ground to make it 28-6. The Rifles were set up at the 1 yard line late in the half but the Thunder defence stuffed them at the goal line and took the 22 point lead into halftime.

In the third quarter Buettner threw a second and third touchdown to Kris Calcutt to extend the lead to 41-6, that was the score after three quarters.

In the final stanza the Thunder offence continued to roll adding 17 more points and took the contest 58-7.

With the win the Thunder will exit week 3 in a tie for 2nd place in the PFC with the loser of the Saskatoon Hilltops and Calgary Colts game on Sunday afternoon.

The Thunder (2-1) return home in week 4 against Winnipeg (1-2) at Leibel Field on September 3rd.



Regina Pats 2016 Training Camp Day 1 Recap

The Regina Pats opened their 2016 training camp on Saturday morning. Things got started with a rookie scrimmage between Team White taking on Team Navy.


In the first period the lone goal came from Team White when Kjell Kjemhus fed Reese Jackson cross ice and he one timed one past goaltender Max Paddock . Rayce Ramsay was solid in goal for Team White and took a 1-0 lead to the break. 

In the second Team Navy got on the board when Spencer Weinkauf picked up a turnover in front and slid one home along the ice. A short time later Riley Krane fed Owen Williams in the slot and he one timed a slap shot into the top of the net to make it 2-1 Navy. Midway through the period Navy changed their goaltender, Dawson Rattai replaced Max Paddock. Navy got it to 3-1 when Jack Lenshyshyn got a shot away that went off the glove of the goaltender and Owen Williams tipped it across the goalline. 

In the third Mackenzie Belinski and Cam Mitchell scored to make it 5-1 Team Navy. Sheydon Woodhouse added another and they won camps opening scrimmage 6-1. 

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Team Light Blue was next to skate, made up of veterans and they took part in a practice. Then Team Red, also made up of vets had their first practice of camp. 

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16-year-old Bryan Lockner, a 3rd round pick of the Pats in 2014 out of Windsor Colorado is back for his second training camp. The American would be among the favourites in the 2000 born age group to make the club if he decides the CHL is the route he wants to take. Lockner says he is looking forward to the rest of the weekend. "Yeah I'm excited, I was a little disappointed I didn't get up here for Spring Camp but I'm excited to get back and meet all the guys and get going."
Lockner was in camp with the Pats last year as a 15-year-old but suffered a shoulder injury early on and missed most of last season. He is back and healthy this time around. "Yeah it was for sure a tough one last year and I was pretty disappointed when I got the injury and heard I couldn't play but that's how hockey goes... It was a long recovery, you can't really do anything for like two months, just sit on the couch and rest it but feel good now."

Lockner says his goal is to make this Pats team for 2016/17. "Well first of all I've got to get to the Blue and White game. But yeah I am going to try and make this team this year and we will see how it goes and I am excited."

Another new face for the Pats is Swedish forward Filip Ahl. The Ottawa Senators prospect skated for the first time as a Pat on Saturday morning and he is excited to be here in North America. Yeah I'm really looking forward to it, it will be really fun. Good to get to know the guys now and yeah I'm really looking forward to it." Ahl says he and the Sens thought it was best for his development to play in the WHL this year. "I've been talking a lot with Ottawa about it now. I think it's a good opportunity for me to take the next step and I think the small rink is going to fit my size pretty good and yeah it's going to be a fun year I think."

Ahl will play on a line with Sam Steel and Nick Henry as camp progresses and he says he's looking forward to playing with the Ducks first rounder. "He's a really good player, really skilled player. Yeah it will be good to start to play with him here and see how it goes, it will be good I think. Sam has a lot of skill and I'm a big forward who likes to be around the net and create offence, create good chances out there and yeah we will see how it goes."

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The afternoon sessions started with Team Navy playing Team White in the second rookie scrimmage of the day. In the first period Colin Cook scored on a breakaway in the late stages and then in the final minute Aaron Yuke got one to go and it was 2-0 Navy after 20 minutes. 

In the second Randen Schmidt scored from the slot with assists to Duncan Pierce and Mackenzie Belinski and it was 3-0 Team Navy. White responded when Dawson Barteaux finished a rebound to make it 3-1. Navy got it to 4-1 and then 5-1 on goals from Cole Muir and Duncan Pierce. Lukas Sillinger got one back for White when he stole a puck in the slot and scored a beauty up high and it was 5-2 Navy after 40 minutes. 

In the third Team White got within 2 when Logan Nihoff buried from the right side of the crease to make it 5-3. Navy got it back on a point shot from Jack Lenchyshyn and won the scrimmage 6-3. 

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The second scrimmage of the evening was for the veterans, Team Red against Team Light Blue. Tyler Brown started in goal for Team Red, Kurtis Chapman for Team Light Blue. 

Light Blue got two first period goals. The first from Connor Hobbs, assisted by Erik Gardiner and Adam Sandstrom. The second Keigan Callander with assists to Dawson Leedahl and Jake Leschyshyn. Red outshot them 17-9 but trailed 2-0. 

In the middle period Robbie Holmes got Team Red on the board to make it 2-1. However Light Blue scored three straight after that, first Braydon Buziak then Rykr Cole and Dawson Leedahl to lead 5-1. 

In the third Adam Brooks scored and then assisted on a Lane Zablocki marker and Team Red was within 2 at 5-3. Seconds later however Dawson Leedahl scored his second of the game to give Light Blue the 6-3 advantage. Braydon Buziak then scored his second of the night with an assist to Chase Harrison and it was 7-3. On the powerplay Light Blue went up 8-3 when Rykr Cole scored his second of the game on a shot from the left side. Sam Steel potted his second of the period late with assists to Jesse Pomeroy and Filip Ahl and it was 9-3 and that was the final score and put a wrap on day one of camp. 

Head Coach and GM John Paddock says it was a good first day. "I think any first day you see a lot of positives, you believe you see a lot of positives. I think there was a lot of energy in this veterans game and there was some good performances and there was some probably so so ones."

It was the first time Paddock got a chance to see forward Filip Ahl and was impressed by the Senators prospect. "The attributes that you see are very good and then the attributes that we have heard that he needs to improve on that are really the biggest reason he is here are apparent too. He looks like he has lots of tools and all the tools and he also has lots of work to do."

Braydon Buziak scored twice int he evening scrimmage and added two helpers for Team Red. Paddock said he was among the best players on the day. "We were very interested in him last year and wanted to sign him but as you can't guarantee a lot of players something we couldn't guarantee him that he would be here and he was still I think thinking of college a little bit. I'm not sure where his longer term thoughts are for hockey but certainly he was very noticeable today, was as good as any player on the ice or as valuable as any player on the ice so it's certainly something you like to see." 

The Pats are back on the ice Sunday morning at 8:30 AM at the Co-operators Arena. 











Friday, August 26, 2016

REGINA THUNDER @ WINNIPEG RIFLES GAME PREVIEW


The Regina Thunder (1-1) visit the Winnipeg Rifles (1-1) Saturday at Investors Group Field in a battle for sole possession of 3rd place in the PFC. The Thunder are coming off a 36-17 loss in Calgary to the Colts in week 2 while the Rifles got a 42-28 win over the Edmonton Wildcats. The Thunder went two and oh against the Rifles in 2016 with a 49-32 win at Mosaic Stadium and a 51-22 victory in Winnipeg. Kickoff Saturday is at 6 PM Regina time.

THUNDER OFFENSE - The Thunder have scored 32 points through 2 games, 4th best in the PFC. QB Sawyer Buettner has thrown for 396 yards and a 57.1 % completion rate to go along with 4 interceptions. Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette is 2nd in rushing yards with 282 and is tied for the league lead in touchdowns with 3. Kristiane Desautels is 5th in league receiving yards with 101 on 7 catches.

RIFLES OFFENSE - Winnipeg has put up 55 points in their first 2 games, 3rd best in the PFC. QB Jamie Ybarra Jr has thrown for 346 yards, 3 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and holds a 59.6 % completion percentage. PFC offensive player of the week, RB Michael Ritchott is coming off a monster performance in week 2 where he ran for 358 yards and 2 touchdowns, 5th most in CJFL history. He leads the PFC with 462 yards rushing and is tied for the league lead with 3 touchdowns. Brendan Naujoks leads the team with 86 receiving yards and has 1 touchdown.

THUNDER DEFENCE - Regina has given up 42 points so far this season, 3rd best in the league. DB Polis Koko has 2 interceptions to go along with 7 tackles. Marcus Hall has 7 tackles as well and LB Matt Williams has recorded 3.5 sacks and has a fumble recovery. In total the Thunder have forced 4 turnovers, 2 on interceptions, one fumble and on on downs.

RIFLES DEFENCE - Winnipeg has allowed a league high 68 points through 2 games of the season. Garrett Beardy is tied for the PFC lead in tackles with 11 and also has 2 knockdowns. Nathan Dickson has recorded 9 tackles and 4 knockdowns and Stephan Conway has an interception to go along with 2 tackles and a knock down. The Rifles have forced 3 turnovers, 2 on interceptions and on on downs.

THUNDER SPECIAL TEAMS - Kristiane Desautels is 3rd in PFC punt return yards with 76 and a 12.67 yard average. He also has 43 yards on kickoff returns.  Kris Calcutt is 3 of 7 kicking field goals with a long of 42. Calcutt has punted 10 times for a 41.30 yard average and a long of 55. His punting average is second best in the PFC.

RIFLES SPECIAL TEAMS - Brendan Naujoks leads the league in kickoff return yards with 96 on 6 returns. Odun Ogidan has 58 kickoff return yards and 9 on punts. Ian Lee is 2 of 3 kicking field goals with a long of 17. Zach Regert has punted 9 times for a 43.78 yard average which leads the PFC and has a long of 60 which also leads the league.

Kickoff Saturday in Winnipeg is 6 PM Regina time at Investors Group Field.






Thursday, August 25, 2016

ROYALS RESTRUCTURE HOCKEY OPS

Victoria, BC- The Victoria Royals are pleased to announce a restructuring within the Hockey Operations Department following the departure of Grant Armstrong, who served as the Royals’ Assistant GM, Player Personnel, to the Brandon Wheat Kings.

Enio Sacilotto moves from assistant coach to the team’s Director of Prospect Development and WHL Scout. Sacilotto will play a key role in the development of the Royals’ prospects that comprise the team’s 50-man list.

“We have confidence that our staff and structure will allow our hockey operations departments to continue their top-end work of identifying players,” President and General Manager Cameron Hope said. “The crucial area we needed to fill with an experienced and knowledgeable member of our team was in prospect development.

“The strength of our organization lies with the individuals who work for us. Nowhere has this been more evident than within our coaching staff. These attributes have allowed us to move Enio into this important role, while secure in the knowledge that Dave Lowry will continue his exemplary work with our current roster.”

A search is currently underway for a new assistant coach to serve under Head Coach Dave Lowry.

The following ticket packages for the Royals’ 2016-17 Regular Season are on sale now: Season Tickets, Half-Season Tickets and Five-Game Fan Pack. Guarantee yourself the best seats, prices and benefits that includes the most flexible ticket exchange policy in the WHL. Secure your spot for next season by giving the Royals’ ticket office a call at 250-220-7889 or sending an email to tickets@victoriaroyals.com to set up an appointment to view available seating.


Jeff Harris
Assistant GM, Hockey Operations & Communications
Victoria Royals Hockey Club

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

HOCKEY IS BACK! - The Regina Pats and the rest of the WHL are set to start or have started their 2016 training camps. The Pats will open theirs Saturday at the Co-Operators Arena.

Head Coach and GM John Paddock says it should be a good weekend to start the year."I think we are all looking forward to it. The players that have been here for two years, you know they change every year and dwindle a little bit and new players come in but they know the program, they know the gig so to speak. Brooks, Steel, Leschyshyn, Wagner, Zborovskiy, Hobbs, those type of guys. So I think everybody should be feeling comfortable, I think everybody should be feeling confident in themselves and confident in the organization that we are a good place to play and that we are going to be a competitive team."

Paddock on how he feels about the potential for this years team. "You are only as good as your last game or I look at it in another way, you don't win anything on paper. Just because we are a year older with much of the same group, it's what did you do to improve in the summer, what are you going to do during the season. We need the same kind of performance and better from these guys, basically better because they are a year older. We look like we could be all right on paper but paper doesn't win anything."

The Pats will return 17 players from last years club but Paddock says there are still decisions to be made. "Not so much the goaltending but I think there is not a lot of decisions but there is decisions to make on defence and up front. Based on our initial thoughts we've got about 15 or 16 forwards that we think are capable of playing or that we are going to give every opportunity to play in the league and we probably have 9 or 10 defencemen that we think are capable of playing in the league. They all can't play so there is some decisions to make. I hope that they are actually tough enough that I/we have to make them. Usually the players make the decision for themselves, you can't be a blind man and do it but you make the decisions. For us I hope that's the case where we actually have to make a decision."

Paddock says just because a player played last year, it doesn't mean his place is secure this time around. "Spots are open, there are jobs to be won and lost. If there are two centerman who are better than Adam brooks and Sam Steel then they will be the 3rd and 4th centers, that's how you approach it. There isn't but guys being back doesn't have a lot to do with it. we are adding some people that are going to play on the hockey team. We moved some people in the summer but Filip Ahl is going to be on the hockey team, Dawson Leedahl is going to be on the hockey team, Nick henry will be on the hockey team when we come to some agreement. Those people are going to be on the hockey team and they are going to contribute so some people are going to be moved about."

Here is my full Pats camp preview including the team roster. The club will hit the ice for the first time Saturday AM. Here is the full schedule at the Co-Operators Arena.

Saturday August 27, 2016
• 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Rookie – Team White vs Team Navy)*
• 11 – 11:45 a.m. (Main – Team Light Blue Practice)**
• 12:15 – 1 p.m. (Main – Team Red Practice)**
• 4 – 6 p.m. (Rookie – Team White vs Team Navy)*
• 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Main – Team Light Blue vs Team Red)**

Sunday August 28, 2016
• 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Rookie – Team White vs Team Navy)*
• 11a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (Main – Team Red Practice)**
• 12:15 – 1 p.m. (Main – Team Light Blue Practice)**
• 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Rookie – Team White vs Team Navy)*
• 6:30 – 8:30p.m. (Main – Team Light Blue vs Team Red)**
*only rookies
**only veterans

Monday August 29, 2016
• 10 – 10:45 a.m. (Team Blue Pre-Game Skate)
• 11 – 11:45 a.m. (Team White Pre-Game Skate)
• 7 – 9 p.m. (Team Blue vs Team White)***
***$2 or non-perishable food item to watch game

SCHEIDL SIGNS - Former Regina Pats forward and 40 goal scorer Lane Scheidl has signed a contract extension with the ECHL's Kalamazoo Wings. He will skate in his fourth season of professional hockey and his third with the Wings. Scheidl posted career highs last year in games played with 72, goals with 17, assists 25, and points 42.

ANNING TAKES OVER IN BRANDON - The Brandon Wheat Kings have promoted David Anning as their new head coach. Joining Anning on the bench this season will be longtime coach and fellow Winnipegger Don McGillivray and former WHL All Star defenceman Aaron Rome. Former assistant coach Darren Ritchie meanwhile becomes the Wheat Kings’ new Director of Scouting and Tyler Plante rejoins the organization as the club’s Goaltending Coach.

WHEAT KINGS NEW GM - Kelly McCrimmon announced that Grant Armstrong has been named the team’s new General Manager on Tuesday. Armstrong joins the Wheat Kings after spending the past four seasons as an Assistant GM and Director of Player Personnel with the Victoria Royals.
The 54-year old North Delta, B.C. product joined the Royals in 2012 after spending four seasons as Head Scout for the Portland Winterhawks. Joining Armstrong as Assistant General Manager will be Mick McCrimmon. The 30 year old is a recent graduate of law school and has an extensive background in the game.  He will assist on both hockey operations and business operations as he begins his career in management.

BLAZERS/ROCKETS TRADE - The Kamloops Blazers have acquired 19-year-old defenseman Joe Gatenby, 18-year-old defenseman Daniel Gatenby and a conditional fifth round pick in 2019 from the Kelowna Rockets in exchange for 18-year-old forward Jake Kryski. Joe Gatenby  has played 174 regular season games with the Rockets over the past three seasons and has 44 points and is a +64 over his career. He has also suited up in 52 career playoff games, and five Memorial Cup games.
Daniel Gatenby is Joe’s younger brother. The defender played in 22 games with the Rockets in 2015-16 and 15 games for the Okanagan Rockets of the B.C. Major Midget Hockey League. Kryski played the last two seasons with the Blazers compiling 65 points in 136 career games.  

ZAITSEV COMMITS TO MOOSE JAW - 18-year-old import defenseman Dmitri Zaitsev has committed to the Warriors. Zaitsev, 6’1”/185lbs, is from Togliatti, Russia and was selected 33rd overall by the Warriors during the 2016 CHL Import Draft.  He played last season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in the North American Hockey League (NAHL), in 53 games he had seven goals, 15 assists, 22 points, and 74 penalty minutes, and was named to the All-East Division Rookie Team.

WARRIORS ADD COACH - Scott King has been named the new Assistant Coach/Coordinator, Player Development in Moose Jaw. Originally from Saskatoon, King played one season with Boston University (NCAA) in 1995-1996, and then went on to join the Kelowna Rockets in 1996-1997. In 1997 King signed as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens and went on to play four years in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League from 1997 to 2001.  During this time he would be named an AHL All-Star, was voted an ECHL MVP, and was an ECHL scoring champion.
Last season King served as the Warriors Skills Coach, he also was Hockey Canada’s Head Skills Development Coach in 2015-2016.

KOOTENAY HIRES NEW ASSISTANT - Tuesday the Ice announced the Club has hired Roman Vopat as an Assistant Coach. Roman Vopat played 16 seasons of professional hockey including 133 NHL games with the St. Louis Blues, Los Angeles Kings, Chicago Blackhawks and Philadelphia Flyers. In addition to time spent in the American Hockey League and International Hockey League, Vopat also played overseas in Germany, Finland, Sweden, Denmark and his native Czech Republic. Prior to his professional career he played two seasons in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors and Prince Albert Raiders. He spent the past two campaigns as an Assistant Coach with the Prince George Cougars.

RAIDERS POST PROFIT - the Prince Albert Raiders hosted their Annual General Meeting on Monday night. The club reported an operating surplus of $3,892 from the 2015-16 season. The membership also re-elected Dawn Kilmer and Brent MacDonald to the Board of Directors. Team president Dale McFee said it was a good year for the team, especially seeing the team “back in the black.” He also noted the importance of continuity with structural aspects of the organization, such as the coaching staff.

THUNDER FALL IN CALGARY - The Regina Thunder fell to 1-1 with a 36-17 loss in Calgary to the now 2-0 Colts on Sunday afternoon.

Xavier Ramsay led the Colts with 152 yards rushing and two touchdowns. Richard Sindani put up 124 yards receiving on 4 catches and scored a major. Defensively Colton Burr had two interceptions for Calgary.

The Colts led 16-0 early before a Kris Calcutt field goal got the Thunder on the board. Calgary scored again to make it 23-3 but Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette cut the lead to 10 with a touchdown of his own for Regina.

Two late field goals in the 2nd quarter from Kris Calcutt cut the Calgary lead to 23-16 at the half.

In the third quarter the Thunder thought they had the game tieing touchdown on a beautiful catch by Levi Paul in the endzone but it was called back on a pass interference flag. In the end just one point was scored in the quarter on a missed Regina field goal

In the 4th the Colts sealed the win, outscoring Regina 13-0 to take the game 36-17. The Thunder turned the ball over 4 times in the contest.

Regina quarterback Sawyer Buettner was 20 of 32 passing for 226 yards and 3 interceptions. Running back Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette ran for 188 yards on 26 carries and scored ther teams lone touchdown, he also caught 3 balls for 39 yards. Nathin Fortin led the club with 41 receiving yards.

The Thunder are on the road again in week 3 when they visit the Winnipeg Rifles (1-1) on Saturday.

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That's all I have for today, have a great week!

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM

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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

REGINA PATS 2016 TRAINING CAMP PREVIEW

The Regina Pats will kick off their 2016 training camp Saturday at the Co-operators Arena. A total of 74 players will be in attendance.

Sessions will run as follows:

Saturday August 27, 2016
• 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Rookie – Team White vs Team Navy)*
• 11 – 11:45 a.m. (Main – Team Light Blue Practice)**
• 12:15 – 1 p.m. (Main – Team Red Practice)**
• 4 – 6 p.m. (Rookie – Team White vs Team Navy)*
• 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. (Main – Team Light Blue vs Team Red)**

Sunday August 28, 2016
• 8:30 – 10:30 a.m. (Rookie – Team White vs Team Navy)*
• 11a.m. – 11:45 a.m. (Main – Team Red Practice)**
• 12:15 – 1 p.m. (Main – Team Light Blue Practice)**
• 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. (Rookie – Team White vs Team Navy)*
• 6:30 – 8:30p.m. (Main – Team Light Blue vs Team Red)**
*only rookies
**only veterans

Monday August 29, 2016
• 10 – 10:45 a.m. (Team Blue Pre-Game Skate)
• 11 – 11:45 a.m. (Team White Pre-Game Skate)
• 7 – 9 p.m. (Team Blue vs Team White)***
***$2 or non-perishable food item to watch game

The Pats graduated forwards Cole Sanford and Aaron Macklin as well as defenceman Colby Williams after last year. In the off-season the club traded away forwards Adam Berg (97) and Sean Richards (98). Forward Jared McAmmond has elected top play Junior A this season and will not be back in Regina. Here is the full camp roster:

# Forwards (45) POS SH HT WT HOMETOWN D.O.B 15-16 SEASON LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM DRAFT
18 Ahl, Filip LW L 6'4" 211 Jonkoping, Sweden June 12/97 HV71 Jonkoping SweHL 36 5 2 7 8 OTT 4th Rd
22 Anderson, Logan* C L 6'0" 155 Duluth, MN Dec 30/01 Duluth Lakers-Bantam AA MNHS  70 39 50 89 20 Eligible 2020
19 Belinski, Mackenzie* LW L 5'8" 158 Vista, MB Mar 31/00 Yellowhead Chiefs MBMAAA 39 10 26 36 24 Eligible 2018
22 Bierd, Nate* C L 5'4" 120 Calgary, AB Jun 9/01 Calgary Royals ABAAA 34 7 22 29 20 Eligible 2019
77 Brooks, Adam C L 5'10" 175 Winnipeg, MB May 6/96 Regina Pats WHL 72 38 82 120 30 TOR 4th Rd
25 Budz, Derrick* LW L 5'5" 126 Yorkton, SK Apr 2/99 Yorkton Rawtec Maulers SMAAAHL 44 16 31 47 48 Eligible 2017
21 Buziak, Braydon* C L 6"0" 205 Battleford, SK Jan 24/98 Battlefords North Stars SJHL 55 6 13 19 62 Eligible 2017
28 Callander, Keigan* C L 6'1" 155 Regina, SK Oct 8/99 Regina Capitals SSMHL 36 11 4 15 60 Eligible 2018
22 Cole, Rykr C R 5'10" 180 Moosomin, SK Apr 29/97 Regina Pats WHL 63 12 11 23 30 Eligible 2017
23 Cook, Colin* RW R 6'0" 156 Brandon, MB Jan 14/01 Brandon Wheat Kings MBMAAA 36 16 16 32 72 Eligible 2019
25 Cox, Zachary* C R 6'5" 185 Rocky View County, AB Feb 19/99 CFR Bisons AMHL 33 5 5 10 24 Eligible 2017
37 Elmer, Jake RW R 6'1" 173 Calgary, AB Dec 31/98 Grande Prairie Storm AJHL 20 1 3 4 28 Eligible 2017
29 Gardiner, Erik*  C L 6'1" 182 Humboldt, SK Mar 21/99 Prince Albert Mintos SMAAAHL 43 20 25 45 24 Eligible 2017
24 Henry, Nick* RW R 5'11" 181 Portage La Prairie, MB July 4/99 Portage Terriers MJHL 50 26 35 61 38 Eligible 2017
25 Hiemstra, Jacob* C R 5'9" 160 Stony Plain, AB Jan 31/00 Bantam AAA Pac Saints AMBHL 37 19 15 34 16 Eligible 2018
32 Holmes, Robbie*  LW L 6'2" 173 Sherwood Park, AB Jul 22/99 Sherwood Park Kings AMHL 31 16 16 32 49 Eligible 2017
15 Huglen, Aaron* C R 5'7" 130 Roseau, MN Mar 6/01 Roseau Bantam AA MNHS  50 51 38 89 Eligible 2019
20 Jackson, Reece* LW L 5'10" 160 Sherwood Park, AB Jan 31/00 Sherwood Park Flyers AMMHL 34 13 17 30 16 Eligible 2018
18 Kjemhus, Kjell* LW L 5'9" 172 Kelowna, BC Apr. 3/01 POE Bantam Prep CSSHL 25 15 23 38 54 Eligible 2019
10 Krane, Riley* C L 5'11" 185 Dawson Creek, BC Jan 24/00 OHA Midget Prep CSSHL 38 7 16 23 56 Eligible 2018
15 Leedahl, Dawson  LW L 6'1" 200 Saskatoon, SK Mar 19/96 Everett Silvertips WHL 48 12 15 27 88 Free Agent
19 Leschyshyn, Jake C L 5'11" 176 Grasswood, SK Mar 10/99 Regina Pats WHL 66 7 9 16 38 Eligible 2017
15 Lockner, Bryan* RW R 5'11" 203 Windsor, CO Apr 4/00 Colorado Thunderbirds T1EH16 4 0 0 0 0 Eligible 2018
21 Masse, Luc* LW L 5'7" 140 Winnipeg, MB June 23/01 Winnipeg Warriors MBMAAA 34 30 25 55 30 Eligible 2019
25 Mitchell, Cameron* C L 5'7" 139 Stony Plain, AB May 9/01 Bantam AAA Pac Saints AMBHL 21 2 11 13 16 Eligible 2019
11 Muir, Cole* C L 6'2" 190 Vista, MB Feb 14/01 Yellowhead Chiefs MBMAAA 35 37 39 76 20 Eligible 2019
10 Nijhoff, Logan* LW L 5'11" 170 Comox, BC Jun 23/01 OHA Bantam Prep CSSHL 53 11 16 27 36 Eligible 2019
24 Ossman, Dalton* RW R 5'9" 172 Calgary, AB Nov 24/99 Calgary Canucks AJHL 56 6 7 13 77 Eligible 2017
20 Pierce, Duncan* RW L 6'1" 186 Winnipeg, MB Apr 20/00 Winnipeg Thrashers MBMAAA 39 7 6 13 60 Eligible 2018
19 Robins, Tristen* C L 5'6" 128 Brandon, MB Nov 15/01 Brandon Wheat Kings MBMAAA 35 51 40 91 33 Eligible 2020
18 Schmidt, Randen* RW L 5'11" 150 Regina, SK Jan 18/00 Regina Pat Canadians SMAAAHL 23 5 2 7 16 Eligible 2018
11 Sillinger, Lukas* LW L 5'7" 145 Regina, SK Sep 14/00 Regina Pat Canadians SMAAAHL 44 12 22 34 10 Eligible 2018
20 Smith, Luc C R 6'4" 205 Onoway, AB Jan 20/98 Regina Pats WHL 57 4 4 8 95 Eligible 2017
23 Steel, Sam C L 5'11" 175 Sherwood Park, AB Feb 3/98 Regina Pats WHL 72 23 47 70 24 ANA 1st Rd
23 Tetreault, Miguel* RW R 5'7" 135 Winnipeg, MB Aug 20/01 Winnipeg Warriors WBD1 34 19 27 46 26 Eligible 2019
26 Tuer-Treble, Cale* RW R 5'11" 170 Regina, SK July 15/01 Regina Aces SBAAHL 30 3 7 10 40 Eligible 2019
26 Tuffs, Connor* RW R 5'11' 170 Nipawin, Sk May 17/99 North East Wolf Pack CFHL 15 16 14 30 23 Eligible 2017
27 Wagner, Austin LW L 6'2" 185 Calgary, AB Jun 23/97 Regina Pats WHL 70 28 34 62 84 LA 4th Rd
26 Weinkauf, Spencer* C R 5'9" 140 Calgary, AB June 17/01 CNHA Kings AMBHL 30 20 15 35 54 Eligible 2019
21 Welke, Carson* LW L 5'11" 180 Yorkton, SK Jan 2/99 Yorkton Terriers SJHL 47 12 25 37 70 Eligible 2017
21 Woodhouse, Sheydon* LW L 5'7 150 Melville, SK Aug 30/01 Melville Millionaires SBAAHL 30 14 23 37 44 Eligible 2019
13 Woods, Riley LW L 5'10" 157 Regina, SK Jun 25/98 Regina Pats WHL 31 9 5 14 4 Eligible 2017
24 Yuke, Aaron* C L 5'11" 150 Calgary, AB Mar 29/01 Calgary Bisons AMBHL 56 17 11 28 5 Eligible 2019
39 Zablocki, Lane F R 6'0" 184 Wetaskiwin, AB Dec 27/98 Regina Pats WHL 72 18 19 37 95 Eligible 2017
# Defence (23) POS SH HT WT HOMETOWN D.O.B 15-16 SEASON LEAGUE GP G A PTS PIM DRAFT
36 Barteaux, Dawson*  D R 6'0" 153 Foxwarren, MB Jan 12/00 Yellowhead Chiefs MBMAAA 37 7 19 26 6 Eligible 2018
40 Bruce, Riley* D L 6'2" 190 Winnipeg, MB Apr 5/99 Winnipeg Thrashers MBMAAA 28 9 16 25 140 Eligible 2017
3 Evans, Ryker* D L 5'5" 117 Calgary, AB Dec 13/01 Calgary Royals AMBHL 36 3 16 19 30 Eligible 2020
34 Freadrich, Jared D R 5'11" 183 Camrose, AB Mar 4/98 Regina Pats WHL 58 5 15 20 21 Eligible 2017
6 Harrison, Chase D L 6'1" 190 Winnipeg, MB Oct 11/96 Regina Pats WHL 72 8 30 38 12 Free Agent
3 Hilsendager, James D L 6'1" 195 Lloydminster, SK Mar 20/97 Regina Pats WHL 64 0 9 9 56 Eligible 2017
44 Hobbs, Connor D R 6'1" 196 Saskatoon, SK Jan 4/97 Regina Pats WHL 58 19 22 41 106 WAS 5th Rd
4 Hopko, Andrew* D R 6'1" 205 Lockport, MB Jan. 19/01 Winnpeg Hawks WBD1 34 8 11 19 20 Eligible 2019
5 Johnston, Austin* D L 6.1" 190 Moosomin, SK Apr 6/99 Moose Jaw Generals SMAAAHL 50 6 26 32 63 Eligible 2017
4 Ladyman, Michael* D L 5'10" 155 Winnpeg, MB Mar 30/01 Winnpeg Monarchs WBD1 34 5 39 44 24 Eligible 2019
3 Lenchyshyn, Jack* D L 6'0" 180 Steinbach, MB Mar 29/00 Eastman Selects MBMAAA 36 5 22 27 62 Eligible 2018
5 Little, Riley* D R 6'0" 160 Saskatoon, SK Mar 22/01 Saskatoon Generals SBAAHL 30 4 5 9 37 Eligible 2019
28 McGowan, Blair* D L 6'1" 216 Ste. Anne, MB Jan 24/01 Eastman Selects MMHL 31 2 9 11 64 Eligible 2019
26 Pomeroy, Jesse* D R 6'0" 175 Prince George, BC May 25/99 Cariboo Cougars BCMML 40 5 17 22 74 Eligible 2017
4 Pouteau, Brady D L 6'3" 198 Oak Bluff, MB Jan 9/98 Regina Pats WHL 43 2 5 7 16 Eligible 2017
2 Pryhitka, Tyler* D L 5'00" 175 Melville, SK Jan 11/00 Swift Current Legionaires SMAAAHL 32 2 4 6 53 Eligible 2018
5 Robinson, Kiano* D L 5'10" 155 Calgary, AB Mar 30/00 Calgary Northstars AMBHL 34 1 16 17 16 Eligible 2018
5 Sandstrom, Adam* D L 6'3" 206 Red Deer, AB Feb 4/99 Red Deer Optimist Chiefs AMHL 31 2 12 14 20 Eligible 2017
55 Schioler, Liam D L 6'3" 200 West St. Paul, MB Jan 24/98 Regina Pats WHL 35 0 6 6 28 Eligible 2017
6 Shearer, Cody* D L 6'0" 160 Wawanesa, AB May 19/01 Southwest Cougars MBAAA 54 6 16 22 52 Eligible 2019
28 Simpson, Trevor* D L 6'3" 171 Sundre, AB Mar 26/01 Olds Grizzlys AMBHL 39 11 17 28 36 Eligible 2019
2 Williams, Owen* D L 6'1" 180 Delta, BC Sep 26/00 Notre Dame Hounds SMAAHL 42 2 15 17 104 Eligible 201
2 Zborovskiy, Sergey D R 6'4" 195 Moscow, RUS Feb 21/97 Regina Pats WHL 64 8 17 25 61 NYR 3rd Rd
# Goaltenders (5) POS C HT WT HOMETOWN D.O.B 15-16 SEASON LEAGUE GP MIN GA SO GAA DRAFT
31 Brown, Tyler G L 6'1" 169 Winnipeg, MB Mar 29/97 Regina Pats WHL 50 2728 143 2 3.15 Eligible 2017
35 Kurtis Chapman* G L 6'1" 171 Airdrie, AB Feb 9/98 Olds Grizzlies AJHL 35 1767 132 1 4.48 Eligible 2017
30 Hollett, Jordan G L 6'4" 193 Langley, BC Mar 31/99 Regina Pats WHL 23 1144 70 0 3.67 Eligible 2017
33 Paddock, Max* G L 6'1" 140 Brandon, MB Jun 15/00 Brandon Wheat Kings  MBMAAA 38 1044 49 1 2.82 Eligible 2018
40 Ramsay, Rayce* G L 5'11" 160 Saskatoon, SK Jan 3/01 Saskatoon Stallions SBAAHL 16 949 47 1 2.97 Eligible 2019
41 Rattai, Dawson* G L 6'0" 175 East St. Paul, MB Aug 6/01 Winnipeg  Sharks WBD1 17 862 152 0 4.94 Eligible 2019

Head Coach and GM John Paddock says it should be a good weekend to start the year."I think we are all looking forward to it. The players that have been here for two years, you know they change every year and dwindle a little bit and new players come in but they know the program, they know the gig so to speak. Brooks, Steel, Leschyshyn, Wagner, Zborovskiy, Hobbs, those type of guys. So I think everybody should be feeling comfortable, I think everybody should be feeling confident in themselves and confident in the organization that we are a good place to play and that we are going to be a competitive team."

Paddock on how he feels about the potential for this years team. "You are only as good as your last game or I look at it in another way, you don't win anything on paper. Just because we are a year older with much of the same group, it's what did you do to improve in the summer, what are you going to do during the season. We need the same kind of performance and better from these guys, basically better because they are a year older. We look like we could be all right on paper but paper doesn't win anything."

The Pats will return 17 players from last years club but Paddock says there are still decisions to be made. "Not so much the goaltending but I think there is not a lot of decisions but there is decisions to make on defence and up front. Based on our initial thoughts we've got about 15 or 16 forwards that we think are capable of playing or that we are going to give every opportunity to play in the league and we probably have 9 or 10 defencemen that we think are capable of playing in the league. They all can't play so there is some decisions to make. I hope that they are actually tough enough that I/we have to make them. Usually the players make the decision for themselves, you can't be a blind man and do it but you make the decisions. For us I hope that's the case where we actually have to make a decision."

Paddock says just because a player played last year, it doesn't mean his place is secure this time around. "Spots are open, there are jobs to be won and lost. If there are two centerman who are better than Adam brooks and Sam Steel then they will be the 3rd and 4th centers, that's how you approach it. There isn't but guys being back doesn't have a lot to do with it. we are adding some people that are going to play on the hockey team. We moved some people in the summer but Filip Ahl is going to be on the hockey team, Dawson Leedahl is going to be on the hockey team, Nick henry will be on the hockey team when we come to some agreement. Those people are going to be on the hockey team and they are going to contribute so some people are going to be moved about."

Here is a look at the team heading into camp.

RETURNEES

Goaltenders 
#30 - Jordan Hollett (99) - 2015/16 - 23 GP, 10-6-1-0, 3.67 GAA and 887 save percentage.

#31 - Tyler Brown (97) - 2015/16 - 50 GP,  21-19-1-5, 3.15 GAA, .909 save percentage and 2 shutouts.

Defencemen 
#2 - Sergey Zborovskiy (97) - 2015/16 - 64 GP, 8 goals, 17 assists, 61 PIM's and +15.

#3 - James Hilsendager (97) - 2015/16 - 64 GP , 0 goals 9 assists, 56 PIM's and -20.

#6 - Chase Harrison (96) - 2015/16 - 72 GP, 8 goals, 30 assists, 12 PIM's and +17.

#34 - Jared Freadrich (98) - 2015/16 - 58 GP, 5 goals, 15 assists, 21 PIM's and -3.

#38 - Brady Pouteau (98) - 2015/16 - 43 GP, 2 goals, 5 assists, 6 PIM's and +2.

#44 - Connor Hobbs (97) - 2015/16 - 58 GP, 19 goals, 22 assists, 106 PIM's and -1.

#55 - Liam Schioler (98) - 2015/16 - 35 GP, 0 goals, 6 assists, 28 PIM's and -4.

Forwards
#13 - Riley Woods (98) - 2015/16 - 31 GP, 9 goals, 5 assists, 4 PIM's and -1.

#19 - Jake Leschyshyn (99) - 2015/16 - 66 GP, 7 goals, 9 assists, 38 PIM's and -18.

#20 - Luc Smith (98) - 2015/16 - 57 GP, 4 goals, 4 assists, 95 PIM's and -3.

#22 - Rykr Cole (97) - 2015/16 - 63 GP, 12 goals, 11 assists, 30 PIM's and -11.

#23 - Sam Steel (98) - 2015/16 - 72 GP, 23 goals, 47 assists, 24 PIM's and -8.

#27 - Austin Wagner (97) - 2015/16 - 70 GP, 28 goals, 34 assists, 84 PIM's and +31.

#39 - Lane Zablocki (98) - 2015/16 - 72 GP, 18 goals, 19 assists, 95 PIM's and -5.

#77 - Adam Brooks (96) - 2015/16 - 72 GP, 38 goals, 72 assists, 30 PIM's and +41.

NEW FACES 

F Dawson Leedahl (96) - 2015/16 with Everett - 48 GP, 12 goals, 17 assists, 78 PIM's and +16.

F Filip Ahl (97) - 2015/16 with HV71 J20 SuperElit - 18 GP, 18 goals, 13 assists 14 PIM's and +8.

PROSPECTS 

18-year-olds, born 1998:

*G - Kurtis Chapman - Hometown – Airdrie, AB. 15-16 Team:  Olds Grizzlys (AJHL). How acquired: 7th round – 138th Overall (2013)

LD – Cory Babichuk - 15-16 Team: CAC Greg Distributors (AMHL). How acquired: List.

LD – Scott Perunovich - Hometown – Hibbing, MN. 15-16 Team: Hibbing/Chisholm HS Bluejackets (MNHS). How acquired: List.

*RW – Jake Elmer - Hometown – Calgary, AB. 15-16 Team: Grande Prairie Storm (AJHL). How acquired: 6th round pick, 116th overall (2013).

C/LW - Tyson Jost - Hometown - St. Albert AB. 15-16 Team: Penticton Vees (BCHL). How acquired: Trade w/ Everett.

17-year-olds, born 1999:

*LD – Riley Bruce. Hometown – Winnipeg, MB. 15-16 Team: Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL). How acquired: 5th round pick, 101st overall (2014)

LD – Austin Johnston. Hometown – Moosomin, SK. 15-16 Team: Moose Jaw Generals (SMAAAHL). How acquired: List.

RD – Jesse Pomeroy. Hometown – Prince George, BC. 15-16 Team: Cariboo Cougars (BCMML). How acquired: List.

LD – Adam Sandstrom. Hometown – Red Deer, AB. 15-16 Team: Red Deer Chiefs (AMHL). How acquired: 10th round pick, 211th overall (2014).

RW – Zachary Cox. Hometown – Rockeyview Country, AB. 15-16 Team: CFR Chemicals Bisons (AMHL). How acquired: 8th round pick, 167th overall (2014).

*C – Erik Gardiner. Hometown – Humboldt, SK. 15-16 Team: Prince Albert Mintos (SMAAAHL). How acquired: 2nd round pick, 35th overall (2014).

RW – Nick Henry. Hometown – Portage la Prairie, MB. 15-16 Team: Portage Terriers (MJHL). How acquired: Trade w/ Everett.

*LW – Robert Holmes. Hometown – Sherwood Park, AB. 15-16 Team: Sherwood Park Kings (AMHL). How acquired: 11th round pick, 232nd overall (2014).

RW – Dalton Ossman. Hometown – Calgary, AB. 15-16 Team: Calgary Canucks (AJHL). How acquired: List.

C – Carson Welke. Hometown – Yorkton, SK. 15-16 Team – Yorkton Terriers (SJHL). How acquired: 7th round pick, 145th overall (2014).

16-year-olds, born 2000. 

G – Max Paddock. Hometown – Brandon, MB. 15-16 Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (MMHL). How acquired: 10th round pick, 212th overall (2015).

*RD – Dawson Barteaux. Hometown – Foxwarren, MB. 15-16 Team: Yellowhead Chiefs (MMHL). How acquired: 1st round pick, 14th overall (2015).

LD – Jack Lenchyshyn. Hometown – Steinbach, MB. 15-16 Team: Eastman Selects (MMHL). How acquired: 7th round pick, 146th overall (2015).

LD – Tyler Pryhitka. Hometown – Melville, SK. 15-16 Team: Swift Current Legionnaires (SMAAAHL). How acquired: 3rd round pick, 62nd overall (2015).

LD – Owen Williams. Hometown – Delta, B.C. 15-16 Team: Notre Dame Hounds (SMAAAHL). How acquired: 9th round pick, 190th overall (2015).

LW – Mackenzie Belinski. Hometown – Vista, MB. 15-16 Team: Yellowhead Chiefs (MMHL). How acquired: 8th round pick, 155th overall (2015).

C – Trevor Janicke. Hometown – Maple Grove, MN. 15-16 Team: Maple Grove High School (MNHS). How acquired: List.

C – Riley Krane. Hometown – Dawson Creek, B.C. 15-16 Team: OHA Midget Prep White (CSSHL). How acquired: 8th round pick, 168th overall (2015).

C – Landon Langenbrunner. Hometown – Cloquet, MN. 15-16 Team: Minnesota High School. How acquired: List.

RW – Bryan Lockner. Hometown – Windsor, CO. 15-16 Team: Colorado Thunderbirds U16. How acquired: 3rd round pick, 58th overall (2015).

C – Duncan Pierce, Hometown – Winnipeg, MB, 15-16 Team: Winnipeg Thrashers (MMHL), How acquired: List.

F – Lukas Sillinger. Hometown – Regina, SK. 15-16 Team: Regina Pat Canadians (SMAAAHL). How acquired: 6th round pick, 126th overall (2015).

(* - spent time with the Regina Pats last season). 

The 2016 WHL Bantam Draft class, born in 2001. 

LD – Ryker Evans. Hometown – Calgary, AB. 15-16 Team: Calgary Royals (AMBHL). How acquired: 10th round pick, 209th overall (2016).

LD – Michael Ladyman. Hometown – Winnipeg, MB. 15-16 Team: Winnipeg Monarchs (MBAAAHL). How acquired: 5th round pick, 108th overall (2016).

RD – Riley Little. Hometown – Saskatoon, SK. 15-16 Team: Saskatoon Generals (SBAAHL). How acquired: 11th round pick, 231st overall (2016).

F – Kaden Bohlsen. Hometown – Willmar, MN. 15-16 Team: Shattuck St. Mary’s Tier 1 (Bantam). How acquired: 9th round pick, 187th overall (2016).

LW – Kjell Kjemhus. Hometown – Kelowna, B.C. 15-16 Team: POE Bantam Prep (CSSHL). How acquired: 4th round pick, 77th overall (2016).

C – Cole Muir. Hometown – Vista, MB. 15-16 Team: Yellowhead Chiefs (MBAAAHL). How acquired: 2nd round pick, 33rd overall (2016).

LW – Logan Nijhoff. Hometown – Comox, B.C. 15-16 Team: OHA Bantam Prep (CSSHL). How acquired: 8th round pick, 165th overall (2016).

C – Tristen Robins. Hometown – Brandon, MB. 15-16 Team: Brandon Wheat Kings (MBAAAHL). How acquired: 4th round pick, 76th overall (2016).

Not all the players listed will be in attendance as shown in the roster above.

The Pats hit the ice Saturday morning for the first time at 8:30 AM. Keep it here for full coverage from the weekend!