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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Graham Tuer is back with the Regina Pats

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce Graham Tuer has joined the organization as a Scout and Liaison to Hockey Regina.

Graham Tuer’s name is synonymous with hockey in the Queen City having been involved with the sport for over fifty years.  The Regina native has coached and/or managed hockey teams at every level of minor and junior hockey in Saskatchewan.  Tuer served as the Regina Pats’ Assistant General Manager and Director of Player Personnel in the early ‘90s and was recognized by the club as one of the organization’s ‘builders’ in 2008.  In addition to his work with the Pats, Tuer managed the Regina Pat Canadians, winning an Air Canada Cup national Midget-AAA championship in 1988.  In 2007, Hockey Regina recognized Tuer by naming a tournament, the Graham Tuer Bantam AA Tournament, in his honour.

The Regina Sports Hall of Fame inductee (2012) has been on the board of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey league since 1983 and was an important contributor to creating the Saskatchewan Development Model.  Throughout his career in hockey, Tuer scouted for numerous WHL Teams and NHL Central Scouting.  He was awarded the WHL Distinguished Service Award in 2010.

This spring, Tuer was awarded the Hockey Canada Order of Merit (West), recognized as an individual who has served amateur hockey faithfully.

“I’m happy to be back and pleased with the organization and how it’s taking shape,” commented Graham Tuer.  “In my discussions with the coaching staff, I was very impressed with their vision and the empathy they show toward their players and their development.  It was difficult for me to leave a great organization like Kelowna, but it is wonderful to be a part of the Regina Pats again.  I’m told it looks natural for me to be a Regina Pat.”

Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Western Hockey League’s Regina Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world operating from its original location.  Since their founding in 1917, the Pats have won three Memorial Cup championships and compete in the WHL’s Eastern Division.  To learn more about the Pats, call 306-337-1535 or visit

Daniel Fink

Director Media and Communications

Regina Pats Hockey Club

Pats select Knyzhov in CHL Import Draft

The Regina Pats made one selection in this mornings CHL Import Draft.

The Pats took 17 year old Russian defenceman Nikolay Knyzhov from the Phoenix Jr Coyotes Under 16 with the 41st overall pick.

Knyzhov who stands 6'2 and weights 186 pounds had four points and 16 penalty minutes in 24 games last season.

“This is a rarity for the import draft in that our scouts had an opportunity to see Nikolai multiple times throughout the season,” said Regina Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock.  “We know he wants to come play junior hockey in Canada so it made the pick much easier.  We look forward to seeing him in Regina for training camp in August.”

He is shown scoring a shorthanded goal in this highlights pack at the 55 second mark.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Regina Pats CHL Import Draft Preview

The 2015 CHL Import Draft starts Tuesday morning at 9 AM Regina time.

The Pats hold the 41st overall pick in the first round and will only pick one player in the draft with Sergey Zborovskiy returning for his 18-year-old season.

Pats Senior VP of Hockey Operations, GM and Head Coach John Paddock says he is not sure what will be available at 41. "It's just like pulling a needle out of a hay stack. Where we are picking would be an issue to start with if you knew all the players. When you don't know the players and you are depending on NHL lists and depending on agents it makes you feel inadequate as a group. I really have no idea, hopefully something is there that we have a little bit of information on when it comes to the pick."

Paddock and Assistant GM Dave Struch were at the NHL draft over the weekend but Paddock says they didn't glean anything they didn't already know ahead of the draft. "This has been going on for six weeks where we have talked to some of the people we are closer too at the NHL level and stuff and their lists. But all it is, is their lists, I mean they might have 8 Europeans on their list they would like to draft and maybe no matter who drafted them none of them are ever coming to play. Dave Struch says everybody always feels there's nothing you feel more inadequate at because you are pulling a needle out of a hay stack."

The Pats already have defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy filling one of the two import spots and Paddock says he has no preference on drafting a forward of another defenceman. "I think even more so we will take the best player available that we have information on. I mean we might go past a better player that comes some day or some year or whatever and that's because we just don't know him. I think we have a lot of good young players at both positions and we will just weight that with our information when it comes closer to our pick."

Previous Regina Pats CHL Import Picks:

2014: D Sergey Zborovskiy, 1st Round, 39th overall.

2013; D Dmitry Sinitsy, 1st Round, 16th overall.
          F Maximillian Kammerer, 2nd Round, 76th overall.

2012: F Emyl Sylvegard, 1st Round, 32nd overall.

2011: F Dominik Volek, 1st Round, 9th overall.

2010: D Ricard Blidstrand. 1st Round, 46th overall.

2009: F Michal Poletin, 1st Round, 59th overall.

2008: F Tomas Hricina, 1st Round, 27th overall.

2007: F Rudolf Cerveny, 1st Round, 37th overall.
          F Marco Insam, 2nd Round, 71st overall.

2006: F Niko Snellman, 1st Round, 41st overall.

2005: F Petr Kalus, 1st Round 3rd overall.
          F Anze Kopitar, 2nd Round, 59th overall.

Tuesday's draft starts at 9 AM Regina time.

Lorne Molleken is the new Head Coach in Vancouver

The Vancouver Giants will officially introduce Lorne Molleken as their new head coach at a news conference on Tuesday morning.

Molleken last coached in the WHL in 2012/13 with the Saskatoon Blades. He has spent 17 seasons as a coach in the league along with 3 seasons in the AHL and 5 in the NHL.

Molleken is a Regina product and will become the 6th head coach in the history of the Giants.

Chiefs trade Laday to Medicine Hat

SPOKANE, Wash. - The Spokane Chiefs announced today they have traded Hungarian defenseman Tamas Laday to the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for an 8th Round pick in the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. 

"This trade was initiated on a couple of fronts," said Chiefs General Manager Tim Speltz. "First, we have an abundance of good, young defensemen that we feel are ready to play. Second, with the 26th pick in the upcoming import draft, we are only allowed to draft an import player if we have an available import spot."

Spokane now has one European import roster position to fill heading into Tuesday's CHL Import Draft; Austrian forward Dominic Zwerger occupies the second. The 26th overall pick marks the highest import draft position the Chiefs have held since 2005. Laday was originally acquired by the Chiefs as the 42nd overall pick in the 2014 CHL Import Draft.

"Tamas improved greatly last year after adjusting to the North American game," Speltz continued. "We appreciate his contribution and wish him the best with his opportunity in Medicine Hat."

Laday played 60 games for the Chiefs last season, recording six assists while piling up 104 penalty minutes (second-highest on the team). He added an assist and 12 penalty minutes in six playoff games.

Courtesy Chiefs PR

Sunday, June 28, 2015

Red Sox Walk Off the Indians Sunday

On a near perfect day for baseball, the Regina Red Sox defeated the visiting Swift Current Indians 6-5 at Currie Field.  The Red Sox took an early lead only to have the Indians score runs in five consecutive innings to tie the contest in the top of the 9th.

Local product, Jordan Schulz came through in the clutch with a 2-out walk off single to score Geoff Seto in the bottom of the 9th inning for the Regina win.

Close to 500 fans enjoyed the warm weather and Tyler Shumpert’s pitching performance. Shumpert, pitched 6.2 innings with 5 strikeouts before head coach Scott Douglas summoned Kendal Daniels and Jeremy Sylvester from the bullpen. Louis Cohen came on in the 9th and got credit for the win.

Gabriel Montero continued to be red hot for the Red Sox as he contributed 2 hits, a walk, a run, a stolen base and two RBIs in the victory. Montero now has a team high 7 stolen bases.

Centre Fielder Zach Weatherfield had a pair of singles, a run and RBI.  

The Red Sox take to the road for a 2 game series against Medicine Hat and a visit to Swift Current before coming home for 5 straight games Currie Field.

With the win the Red Sox are now 12-10 on the season.

Tony Playter, ABC
Outlaw Communications

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Five Regina Pats Drafted, Five Interviews

For the first time since 1989 the Regina Pats had five players elected in the NHL Entry Draft.

I caught up with all five on Saturday afternoon after the draft concluded.

Up first the New York Rangers 3rd round pick, 79th overall, defenceman Sergey Zborovskiy.

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Forward Austin Wagner, 4th round, 99th overall to the Los Angeles Kings.

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4th round, 105th overall to the Boston Bruins, forward Jesse Gabrielle.

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In the 5th round to the Washington Capitals at 143, defenceman Connor Hobbs.

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Defenceman Colby Williams, 6th round, 173rd overall to the Washington Capitals.

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A great day and a huge congrats to all five guys!