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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

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Some thought's and musings for you on this Wednesday. 

1.) What a great weekend of hockey for the Regina Pats. The club got all the bounces in Moose Jaw on Friday night and beat the Warriors 7-1. Mark that down as the 9th straight win for the Queen City kids over their biggest rivals going back to last year. Then on Saturday night in Prince Albert we were treated to quite the game as the Pats came back in the third to win 4-3. 

2.) It was a weekend of firsts for the club. A huge congrats to Queen City Sports and Entertainment, John Paddock, Dave Struch and Darrin McKechnie on their first two wins in the league. Now to the players, Connor Gay scored his first ever WHL hattrick and first four point night against Moose Jaw Friday. Brady Reagan and Sam Steel scored their first ever goals and Sergey Zborovskiy and James Hilsendager picked up their first points. Tyler Fuhr also recorded his first ever win in goal as a Pat. The firsts kept coming on Saturday as Colton Kroeker scored his first goal in the first period and then Rylee Zimmer scored on a penalty shot in the third to tie for his first. A lot of pucks have been kept through four games with 5 players scoring their first WHL goals. So good to see. 

3.) The production from the young guys has been quite impressive int he early goings for the Pats. Paddock is playing them all with consistency and its paying off. Just three players on the roster, excluding Klimchuk who has yet to join the team, do not have a point. Sounds like a winning recipe to me. 

4.) One area the Pats will look to improve on as the games go on is the number of times they are shorthanded. The team has been down a man 26 times in four games and given up 7 goals. That's half of their goals against. Their PK is at 73.1 % efficiency. 

5.) The Pats are tied for the second most goals scored in the Eastern Conference however with 14. Only the Brandon Wheat Kings had scored more with 21. Out West, Kelowna (21) and Kamloops (18) are the only teams ahead of Regina in that category. Who would have thought that after the players that are not here from last season?? 

6.) The Brandon Wheat Kings acquired forward Reid Duke, defenceman Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt from the Lethbridge Hurricanes for Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt on Tuesday. On paper its another lopsided trade in favor of Brandon, whats even more incredible is that it's not the first or even the second time that Kelly McCrimmon has come out on top in a trade with the Canes. At the 2013 draft the Wheat Kings acquired the 6th overall pick (Cale Klague) for 20 year old netminder Corbin Boes and the 17th overall pick (Stuart Skinner). Then they traded Taylor Cooper, Nick Walters and the rights to Tanner Brown to Lethbridge for stud defenceman Ryan Pilon. Three trades and the Wheat Kings are the best team on paper in the Eastern Conference and maybe the entire league and Lethbridge doesn't have a whole lot to show for it. I don't think Brandon will lose 10 games this year and good on Kelly McCrimmon, he has built an unbelievable team and hasn't had to sell the farm. It's not only because of the Lethbridge trades but it's a good part of it. 

7.) The Swift Current Broncos don't look to be getting Dallas Stars 14th overall pick Julius Honka back this year. The defenceman is being allowed to play in the AHL or Europe if he doesn't make the NHL even though he was drafted out of the CHL. Usually that's not allowed for a 19 year old but it has been ruled that Honka was loaned to the Broncos and not transferred so the rule does not apply. Its a loss for Swift for sure but if any team has the depth on the back end to deal with it, its them. 

8.) The Regina Thunder dropped to 4 and 2 on the season Sunday with a 20-13 loss at home to the Calgary Colts. Give full credit to Calgary whose defence played really well but the Thunder are probably thinking they let one get away. The offence was set up with great field position time after time int he second half but couldn't put points on the board. A tough one but they are still tied for first in the PFC. Things are sure cluttered though with 2 games left to play. The Thunder play in Edmonton Sunday against the Huskies and then close things out at home against the Winnipeg Rifles. 

9.) Missed the Rider game on Friday due to the Pats playing in Moose Jaw. From the sounds of things I did not miss much. 

10.) I would start Tino Sunseri on Friday against the Calgary Stampeders. Everything aside I think you would agree he gives the team the best chance to win. 

11.) I don't think the Riders will panic and bring in a quarterback if it means giving up a significant asset the other way. Not worth it for the final games of the season.

12.) Roddy wrote in the Monday Morning Goalie that the hype around Pats forward Sam Steel has people saying maybe he should start at quarterback for the Riders. Well I asked Sam if he could throw a football and he said no haha. 

13.) Darian Durant will begin throwing in a couple weeks the team has said. Maybe that's true maybe it isn't. If its not true or if he does throw but has no chance of playing then good on the Riders for making the other teams think. If he is progressing nicely and could play then all the more reason to battle through these last games until he gets back with the guys that are here. 

14.) Baseball playoffs!!! What a game last night in Kansas City in the American League Wild Card. The Royals looked dead in the water with 2 innings to play but the scratched and clawed and forced extras. 7 stolen bases is unreal. The Royals just didn't give in and move on. That is why playoff baseball is among the best spectacles in sport. Can't wait for the Pirates and Giants tonight. 

15.) Be sure to check out Pats TV tomorrow night on Access 7 and 7 PM. My guests this week are forwards Connor Gay and Pavel Padakin as well as assistant coach Darrin McKechnie. 

That's it from me today. Have a great week, talk to you from the rink on Saturday when the Raiders visit the Brandt Centre at 7 PM. 

Phil 
@PhilTheThrill18

Wheat Kings and Hurricanes make blockbuster trade


Lethbridge, AB – The Lethbridge Hurricanes swung a multi-player deal Tuesday sending Reid Duke, Macoy Erkamps and prospect Tak Anholt to Brandon for 18 year old’s Ryley Lindgren, Kord Pankewicz and Brett Kitt. 

5’11, 194 pound Centre Ryley Lindgren, the Wheat Kings 5th round Bantam pick in 2011, has played 75 games for Brandon with 19 points (9G, 10A).  Lethbridge Hurricanes General Manager, Brad Robson likes Lindgren and what he can bring to the hockey club. “He’s a good, hard-working and gritty two-way centre. He’ll help us both in the offensive and defensive zone and he’ll continue to get better with time. We expect him to be a 30 to 40 point guy on the team.”

Left winger, Brett Kitt, at 6’1 and 201 pounds put up over a point a game in Manitoba’s Midget Triple A hockey league. In 37 games with the Wheat Kings last season he registered 10 points. Kord Pankewicz, a 5’11, 205 pound defenceman, has 15 points in 88 games with the Wheat Kings. In 4 games this season he is a +2 plus/minus rating with a goal. “Kitt is a big, strong physical player who wins battles, he’s strong on the forecheck and hard to play against. Pankewicz is a former first round pick of the Wheat Kings. He’s a big, strong kid with offensive upside, he plays both end of the rink and his experience in the league is a valuable addition to the team” commented Robson.

Duke, a 2014 6th round NHL draft pick of the Minnesota Wild was the Hurricanes 5thoverall selection in the 2011 Bantam Draft. The native of Calgary had career highs in goals, assists and points last season with 40 points (15G, 25A) in 62 games. Erkamps was drafted by the Hurricanes in 2010 and played 66 games where he led all defensemen in scoring with 31 points, including 26 assists. Last season, Tak Anholt, the Hurricanes 2nd round pick in 2013 played with the Vancouver NW Giants of the BCMML. In 33 games he tallied 21 points including 12 goals.

The Hurricanes wish the best to all players as they continue their hockey careers with Brandon.

Esther Madziya
Communications & PR Manager
Lethbridge Hurricanes Hockey Club

Monday, September 29, 2014

Winterhawks acquire Koules from Tigers

The Portland Winterhawks have acquired forward Miles Koules from the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a fourth round draft pick in the 2017 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.

 

Koules, 20, is in his third WHL season. He had career-highs across the board last season with 25 goals and 26 assists for 51 points. In 141 career games, Koules has totaled 45 goals and 47 assists for 92 points, including one goal in two games thus far in 2014-15. 

 

“Miles is a player whose experience will add to our group,” said Portland Winterhawks General Manager & Head Coach Jamie Kompon. “He excels at puck possession and his offensive instincts make him a player who will add to our attack this season.”

 

The acquisition of Koules gives the Winterhawks four 20-year-old overage players, along with Josh Hanson, Travis McEvoy and Joshua Smith. The team has until October 15 to get down to three overage players.

 

Premier Membership season tickets and 20, 12 and 6-game plans for 2014-15 are on sale now. Contact the Winterhawks today at 503-236-HAWK orseats@winterhawks.com to guarantee the best seat locations. 

Pat Chat September 29th

The Week That Was
After a tough start to the season on Opening Weekend, the Regina Pats rebounded in a big way against a pair of divisional rivals.  The Trans-Canada Clash began its 2014-15 edition Friday night with the Blue and White hammering their arch-nemesis in Moose Jaw.  Connor Gay tallied a hat-trick as part of a four point night as the Pats went on to a 7-1 win over the Warriors.  Sam Steel and Brady Reagan scored the first goals of their WHL careers in the win.  The following evening saw the Queen City Kids in Prince Albert to take on the Raiders.  Down 3-2 late in the third, Rylee Zimmer was awarded a penalty shot and made good on the attempt for his first WHL goal.  Just minutes later, Adam Brooks finished off a 3-on-1 opportunity to give Regina the 4-3 lead and the win, moving the team to 2-2-0-0 on the season.
The Week Ahead
Saturday, October 4th – Pats vs. Prince Albert (7:00 p.m.)
It’s a divisional rematch when the Prince Albert Raiders visit the Pats at the Brandt Centre.  After the Blue and White got out of the Art Hauser Centre with a win on the weekend, their northern rivals will be hungry to return the favour.  It’s also Pats fans first chance to see newly acquired forward Pavel Padakin in action after Padakin played his first two games on the road over the weekend.
Sunday, October 5th – Pats vs. Red Deer (6:00 p.m.)
The Pats play their first non-divisional game when they host the Conner Bleackley, Adam Musil and the Red Deer Rebels.  Bleackley was selected in the 1st Round of the NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche while Musil was ranked as ‘B’ player on CSS’ “Ones to Watch” list for the 2015 Draft.
Roster Moves
Kyle Burroughs returns from New York Islanders Training Camp
Pats acquire Pavel Padakin (’94) from Calgary in exchange for 2015 3rd Round Bantam pick
Pats release import forward Maximilian Kammerer (’96)
Pats reassign defenceman Ryan Krushen (’98) to Sherwood Park Midget AAA
Keep the Puck
The ‘firsts’ kept on coming for the Pats on the weekend with John Paddock, Dave Struch and Darrin McKechnie earning their first win behind the bench.  Sam Steel, Brady Reagan, Rylee Zimmer and Colton Kroeker each scored the first goals of their WHL careers.
New Face
The Pats added to their scoring depth during the week, bringing in overage import forward Pavel Padakin from the Calgary Hitmen.  Padakin has a proven scoring touch, potting 27 goals last season.  The Ukrainian forward picked up an assist against Prince Albert on Saturday for his first point with the Pats.
Home Games
After playing their previous two away from the Brandt Centre, the Pats enter into a four game home stand this weekend.  Tickets are available through Ticketmaster, the Brandt Centre Box Office or Safeway locations around Regina.  For information on discounts for groups of twenty or more, call 306-337-1538.
Join Our Team!
The Regina Pats are seeking a dynamic, highly motivated and professional individual to join our staff as the Director of Merchandise.  This person will be responsible for the operation of the Neutral Zone Store and expanding the Pats’ retail reach.  For more information and directions on where to apply, visit ReginaPats.com/jobopportunities.
Season Tickets Still Available
There’s still time to become a Pats Season Ticket Holder for the 2014-15 Regular Season!  Don’t miss out on any of the action as the Pats take on the best the WHL has to offer.  For more information on becoming a Season Ticket Holder visit ReginaPats.com/seasontickets or call 306-337-1538.
Weekly Schedule
Monday, September 29th – Practice 1:45-3:45 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:30-12:50 p.m.
Tuesday, September 30th – Practice 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Cooperators Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Wednesday, October 1st – Practice 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Thursday, October 2nd – Practice 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Friday, October 3rd – Practice 2:00-4:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre) – Media 12:50-1:10 p.m.
Saturday, October 4thRegina Pats vs. Prince Albert Raiders – 7:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
Sunday, October 5thRegina Pats vs. Red Deer Rebels – 6:00 p.m. (Brandt Centre)*
*Broadcast on CKRM 

Important Dates
Saturday, October 4th – Next Pats Home Game vs. Prince Albert (7:00 p.m.)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Blades - Thunderbirds Trade

Saskatoon Saskatchewan - General Manager and Head Coach Bob Woods announced today that the Saskatoon Blades have acquired ’94-born defenceman Adam Henry from the Seattle Thunderbirds in exchange for defenceman Turner Ottenbreit.

Starting the season with the Lethbridge Hurricanes – with whom he’d spent the previous three years – Henry appeared in 64 games last season with the T-Birds, recording seven goals, 38 points and 38 penalty minutes. In three games so far this season, the soon-to-be 20-year-old product of Winnipeg, MB, has one assist.

In 176 career WHL games, Henry has 16 goals, 76 points and 131 penalty minutes. He was originally drafted by the Hurricanes in the third round – 55th overall – in 2009.

Ottenbreit, a former 12th round pick (261st overall in 2012), has one goal in 12 career games.

"It's always difficult to move a player like Turner. He's a one-of-a-kind person and will be a great defenceman in the WHL," Woods said.


"We felt the need to acquire an offensively-minded veteran who's proven himself as a top defenceman in this league. We expect Adam to play in all situations on our blue line, and we believe he's a player with exceptional leadership qualities to help our young D core."

Ryan Dittrick 
Manager Media and Communications
Saskatoon Blades Hockey Club

Raiders trade Brooks to Spokane

Prince Albert, SK— The Raiders have traded 20-year-old Calder Brooks to the Spokane Chiefs for a 5th round pick in 2015. This brings the Raiders down to the maximum of three over-age players.

Brooks was acquired from the Calgary Hitmen last December; he played in 35 regular season games with the green and gold scoring 14 points (7G, 7A). “We would like to thank Calder for his contribution to the Raiders. He is an exceptional individual and brings a lot of leadership. We wish him all the best in Spokane,” Bruno Campese, Raiders General Manager.



Amber Pratt
Marketing, Sales and Media Relations
Prince Albert Raiders Hockey Club

Silvertips' Stadnyk WHL Player of the Week

Calgary, AB - The Western Hockey League announced today that Everett Silvertips’forward Carson Stadnyk is the Denny’s WHL Player of the Week for the week ending September 28, 2014.  

Stadnyk recorded three goals and four assists for seven points along with a +4 rating in two games during the past week, leading the Silvertips to a pair of road victories over the Portland Winterhawks.

On Saturday, September 27th, Stadnykscored two goals and added an assist while being named the game’s 1st Star in a 5-1 victory over the Winterhawks. On Sunday, September 28th, he notched a goal and three assists while earning 2nd Star honours in a 6-4 victory in Portland as the Silvertips improved to 3-0-0-0 to begin the 2014-15 WHL Regular Season.

Stadnyk, an 18-year-old from Saskatoon, SK, is in his third season in the WHL with the Silvertips.  He currently leads the ‘Tips and sits tied for fourth in WHL scoring with seven points through three games. The Silvertips’ eighth-round pick, 169th overall, in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft, Stadnyk has appeared in 147 career regular season contests, amassing 34 goals and 58 points. Stadnyk is eligible for the 2015 NHL Draft.

The WHL has also nominated Tristan Jarry of the Edmonton Oil Kings for the Vaughn CHL Goaltender of the Week award.  A 19-year-old from Delta, B.C., Jarry posted a 2-0-0-0 record in two starts over the past week, allowing just two goals on 63 shots for a 1.00 goals against average and a .968 save percentage in that span. On Friday, September 26th, Jarry stopped 25 of 26 shots to post his first win of the season as the Oil Kings skated to a 5-1 road victory over the Swift Current Broncos. On Saturday, September 27th, Jarry turned aside 36 of 37 shots and was named the game’s 1st Star in a 2-1 win over the Tigers in Medicine Hat.  Now in his fourth season in the WHL with the Oil Kings, Jarry has amassed a 72-23-3-1 record with 14 shutouts in 106 career regular season games. Jarry was selected in the second round, 44th overall, by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 2013 NHL Draft.

Denny’s WHL Player of the Week
Sept. 19 – Sept. 21: Jay Merkley, Swift Current Broncos
Sept. 22 – Sept. 28: Carson Stadnyk, Everett Silvertips




Corey St. Laurent
Senior Manager, Communications
Western Hockey League
Father David Bauer Arena