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Friday, October 31, 2014

Raiders fire Cory Clouston

Prince Albert, SK—  The Prince Albert Raiders of the Western Hockey League have relieved Head Coach Cory Clouston of his duties effective immediately. Clouston joined the Raiders on June 1, 2013 and was in the second year of a two year contract with the team.

Associate Coach Dave Manson will be the Interim Head Coach tonight when the Raiders play the Warriors in Moose Jaw.  The Raiders will name a permanent Head Coach shortly.

Under Clouston the Raiders had a record of 41-41-3-2 including a mark of 6-9-0-0 this season.  In 2013-14 the Raiders were 35-32-3-2 and won a WHL tie-breaker game over Red Deer under Clouston, before being swept in the first round of the playoffs by eventual Memorial Cup Champion Edmonton Oil Kings.

The Raiders return home to host the Saskatoon Blades tomorrow night at 7:00 PM at the Art Hauser Centre.

Courtesy Raiders PR

Pats - Blades Game Day Preview

Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats (6-8-1-0) face the Saskatoon Blades (5-9-0-0) for the first time this season.  2013-14 was the Pats’ year against the Blades as they won all eight matchups.  Morgan Klimchuk leads returning Pats against Saskatoon with 12 points (5G, 7A) in six games against the Blades.  Brett Stovin is the top returning Blade with five points (1G, 4A) in seven games against Regina.  Coming into tonight’s game, the Pats snapped their losing skid with an 8-1 win over Lethbridge. Meanwhile, the Blades are an even 5-5-0-0 in their previous ten games.  Listen to tonight’s contest on 620 CKRM with Home Depot Pats Hockey starting at 6:35 p.m.
Halloween SpooktacularBring the kids down to the Brandt Centre for the Pats Halloween Spooktacular.  Kids under 17 wearing costumes get into the game for FREE.  There will be prizes for the best costumes as well as candy to be handed out to young fans.  Show off costumes at the Box Office to gain entrance to the game.
Lead Up: Floodgates Open in Pats 8-1 Win Over Lethbridge
The Pats got pairs of goals from Braden Christoffer, Patrick D’Amico and Adam Brooks as the Blue and White broke out of their scoring slump in a big way.  Morgan Klimchuk and Austin Wagner added singles in the victory while Lenny Hackman scored the lone Hurricanes goal.  Daniel Wapple turned aside 35 shots for his fourth win of the year.
Career Year… in Fifteen GamesAdam Brooks is already well into a career year for the Pats just fifteen games into the season.  The third year forward has five goals and five assists for ten points.  The five goals is already a career best after scoring four each of the last two seasons in 55 and 60 games of action.  The ten points is just two off Brooks’ career best of twelve points.
Heading East
Rookie forward Sam Steel won’t be with the Pats the next three games as he joins Team Canada Black at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sarnia-Lambton.  The Sherwood Park, AB native leaves the Pats while on a three game point streak and tied for second in team scoring.
Upcoming Schedule
vs. Swift Current – Saturday, November 1st, 7:00 p.m. – Brandt Centre (CKRM)vs. Calgary – Friday, November 7th, 7:00 p.m.– Brandt Centre (CKRM)
at Prince Albert – Wednesday, November 12th, 7:00 p.m. – Art Hauser Centre (CKRM)

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club




Thursday, October 30, 2014

Cougars claim Rathjen off Waivers

Prince George, B.C. – The Prince George Cougars have claimed 20-year-old goaltender Jared Rathjen (Prince George, B.C.) off of waivers from the Medicine Hat Tigers.

Rathjen (6’1”, 187 pounds) has played 74 career games in the WHL with the Victoria Royals and Vancouver Giants. His career record is 20-30-7-1 with a 3.81 goals-against-average and a save percentage of .873. Last season with the Giants,Rathjen posted a record of 13-8-4-1 with a 2.98 goals-against-average, an .898 save percentage and one shutout.

Prior to this season, Rathjen (a former Cariboo Cougar and Prince George minor hockey product) was traded by the Vancouver Giants to the Medicine Hat Tigers in exchange for a conditional fifth round selection in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft. He dressed in two preseason games for the Tigers but has not yet played in the regular season in 2014-15.

Rathen is en route to Prince George from Medicine Hat and will join the team for this weekend’s home double-header with the Kamloops Blazers.

In order to make room for Rathjen on the Prince George Cougars 25-man roster, the Cougars have placed 20-year-old defenceman Wil Tomchuk (Fort McMurray, AB) on waivers. In the meantime, Tomchuk has been reassigned to the Fort McMurray Oil Barons of the Alberta Junior Hockey League. The Prince George Cougars wish to thank Wil for his dedication and commitment to the Prince George Cougars, and wish him all of the best in his future endeavors both on and off the ice.
 
Courtesy Dan O'Connor
Cougars PR

Pat Canadians win 9th straight game

The Regina Pat Canadians hosted the Yorkton RawTec Maulers on Wednesday and won their ninth straight game.  Riley Woods scored from Jake Tesarowski and Riley Mohr at 2:27 of the overtime period to lift the Pat C’s to the victory.

Jake Tesarowski had 1 goal and 1 assist, while Tyler Adams had to the other regulation time goal.  Riley Woods had the O/T winner and 1 assist.

Clarke Flegel stopped 21 of 23 shots directed his way in the victory.

Scoring for the Yorkton Maulers were McKenzie Welke and Brennan Watson.

Carter Phair stopped 38 of 41 shots directed his way

The next home game for the Regina Pat Canadians is Sunday, November 2, when the Notre Dame Hounds are in town – puck drop is 7:30 PM.

Courtesy John Smith, Pat Canadians PR.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Pats Re-assign Krushen to the AMHL


Regina, Saskatchewan – The Regina Pats Hockey Club announced today the team has reassigned defenceman Ryan Krushen (’98) to the Sherwood Park Kings of the AMHL.
Krushen was recalled last weekend due to injury concerns in the Pats defence and made his WHL debut October 25th in Swift Current.  The prospect defender played his second game the following night, also against the Broncos. 

The Pats are in action this weekend as they face off with the Saskatoon Blades on Friday for the Pats Spooktacular Halloween where kids under 17 wearing costumes get in free.  The following night, the Blue and White go green for their second Saskatchewan Roughriders Night.  Tickets are available at Ticketmast.ca, the Brandt Centre Box Office or Safeway locations throughout Regina.
Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club

Statement from the Howe Family

Vancouver, B.C. - The Howe family released the following statement regarding Vancouver Giants Co-Owner Gordie Howe's condition after he suffered a stroke on Sunday morning:

"The Howe family would like to thank friends, family and fans for your overwhelming well-wishes, prayers and support for Gordie. He suffered a significant stroke on Sunday morningwhile at his daughter's home in Lubbock, Texas. His condition remains guarded although he is showing some signs of improvement. We acknowledge that there is a long road to recovery ahead, but Dad's spirits are good and his competitive attitude remains strong.

Anyone wanting to send cards or letters of support to Gordie, please send to:

Gordie Howe
c/o Texas Trailer Corral
12207 HWY 87
Lubbock, TX 79423"

Brendan Batchelor
Director of Media Relations/Play-By-Play Broadcaster
Vancouver Giants Hockey Club

4 WHL Clubs in CHL Top 10

Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers, Brandon Wheat Kings, Everett Silvertips; Edmonton Oil Kings honourable mention.

 

Toronto, ON – The Canadian Hockey League today announced the sixth 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 6

 

Rank:

Team:

Last Week Rank:

Number of Weeks Ranked:

1

Kelowna Rockets (12-1-0-0)

1

6

2

Erie Otters (11-0-0-1)

2

5

3

Rimouski Oceanic (13-4-0-1)

3

6

4

Medicine Hat Tigers (11-2-1-0)

5

4

5

Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds (10-3-0-0)

4

6

6

Brandon Wheat Kings (11-3-1-0)

6

6

7

Saint John Sea Dogs (9-3-0-3)

8

3

8

Oshawa Generals (11-2-1-0)

7

3

9

Sherbrooke Phoenix (12-5-0-0)

9

3

10

Everett Silvertips (8-1-2-1)

10

5

Honourable Mention:

Belleville Bulls (9-3-0-0)

-

1

Baie-Comeau Drakkar (11-5-0-1)

-

0

Edmonton Oil Kings (9-3-0-1)

-

1

 

Canadian Hockey League

Paul Krotz

Manager, Media and Information Services