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Saturday, July 23, 2016

THREE PATS MAKE NHL CENTRAL SCOUTING 2017 FUTURES LIST

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The NHL's Central Scouting Service releases their 2016-17 futures list on Saturday morning.

Three Regina Pats made the list, goaltender Jordan Hollett and forwards Jake Leschyshyn and Lane Zablocki.

Hollett as a 16-year-old last season went 10-6-1 with a 3.67 GAA and a .887 save percentage in 23 games.

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Leschyshyn had 16 points in his 16-year-old season and added 4 more in the playoffs.

Zablocki, who is a late birthday, put up 18 goals and 19 assists in 72 regular season games and then scored 7 goals and had 9 points in 12 playoff games.

The 2017 NHL Entry Draft will be held at United Center in Chicago.





Friday, July 22, 2016

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The Regina Red Sox got a masterful pitching performance from starter Ben Schweinfurth in their 3-1 win over Moose Jaw Friday night at Ross Wells Park.

Schweinfurth pitched 8 plus innings and allowed just one run on four hits and a walk. He also struck out four Miller Express hitters. Sam Brunner came on to pitch the final out and record his league record 13th save.

 Offensively Red Sox first baseman Aden Campbell provided a spark with a pair of singles and a walk. He also scored a run. Gabriel Montero added two hits and a stolen base, his 11th of the year.

Tanner Spencer took the loss for Moose Jaw.

The win ended Regina’s three game losing streak and improved their overall record to 23-17. 

Regina returns to Currie Field on Sunday afternoon to battle the Weyburn Beavers. Game time is set for 2:05 pm

PATS ACQUIRE LEEDAHL AND JOST FROM EVERETT



Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats General Manager and Head Coach John Paddock announced today the team acquired over-age forward Dawson Leedahl (’96) and the WHL playing rights to forward Tyson Jost (’98) from the Everett Silvertips. The Pats traded forward Sean Richards (’98), Red Deer’s fourth round pick in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft as well as conditional draft picks to Everett.

Dawson Leedahl (6’1”, 200 lbs) is a veteran of 226 WHL games over four seasons with the Silvertips.  In that time, Leedahl posted 101 points (37G, 64A) to go with 266 penalty minutes.  In 2015-16, the Saskatoon, SK product tallied 27 points (12G, 15A) in 48 games to go with a career high 88 penalty minutes.  In eight playoff games, Leedahl registered five points (3G, 2A) and 37 penalty minutes.  He also served as the Silvertips captain, earning the team’s ‘Unsung Hero’ award the past two seasons.  The former second round bantam pick of the Silvertips was a member of the 2012 SMAAAHL Champion Saskatoon Contacts and captured a bronze medal at the Telus Cup.

“Any time you can acquire a player that has been a captain of a team, you are eager to do it,” commented John Paddock.  “In Dawson, we are really excited about adding an experienced, big forward to our group who has been playing in a winning program.”

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Tyson Jost (5’11”, 191 lbs) was selected 10th overall by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2016 NHL Entry Draft.  The St. Albert, AB native played 94 games for the Penticton Vees of the BCHL the past two seasons while totaling 149 points (65G, 84A).  Last season, Jost posted 104 points (42G, 62A) in 48 games and was named the BCHL and CJHL Most Valuable Player.  Jost captained Team Canada at the 2016 IIHF U-18 World Championship in Grand Forks, North Dakota where he led the tournament with 15 points (6G, 9A) in seven games.  Jost has committed to the University of North Dakota (NCHC) for this upcoming fall.  He was the Silvertips’ seventh overall selection in the 2013 WHL Bantam Draft.

“We fully know what Tyson’s desires are and we respect that immensely,” continued Paddock.  “At some point we will have a conversation with his representatives and him about what we think of him as a player.”

Sean Richards (5’11”, 180 lbs) joined the Pats last October when he was called up from the Olds Grizzlys.  The St. Albert, AB native played in 54 games for the Blue and White, totaling 18 points (3G, 15A) and 58 penalty minutes.  In the 2016 WHL Playoffs, Richards posted three points (1G, 2A) and was a +3 plus/minus rating in twelve games.  The Regina Pats thank Sean for his contributions to the hockey club and community of Regina during his time with the team.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club




Thursday, July 21, 2016

PATS COCHRAN JOINS HOCKEY CANADA U17 STAFF

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Regina, Saskatchewan – Regina Pats Equipment Manager Gord Cochran will join Assistant Coach Dave Struch in representing the Pats at the World U17 Hockey Challenge in Sault Ste. Marie, ON.

Cochran will serve as an equipment manager for Team Canada Red throughout the tournament.  The U17 Hockey Challenge is the first international tournament for the Williams Lake, BC product.  For the second year in a row, he will work the Hockey Canada National Teams’ Summer Showcase from July 26 to August 6 in Calgary.

Cochran joined the Pats ahead of the 2014-15 season from the Vernon Vipers of the BCHL where the team reached the RBC Cup National Junior-A Championship three times, winning in 2010.
About the Regina Pats

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.  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 www.reginapats.com.

Daniel Fink
Director Media and Communications
Regina Pats Hockey Club



BRONCOS NAME NEW HEAD COACH


SWIFT CURRENT, SK – The Swift Current Broncos hockey club are proud to name Emanuel Viveiros as the Club’s new Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel. The news was announced by Broncos Board Chairman Liam Choo-Foo in a press conference on Thursday morning from the Chinook School Division Office.

"We have been through a very thorough and meticulous process to make our selection,” said Broncos Board Chairman Liam Choo-Foo.  “The more we progressed, the more we were certain that Manny was our guy. Reference after reference consistently spoke to his character, work ethic, coaching ability, and great personality.  We look forward to the upcoming season with Manny at the helm."

Viveiros joins the Broncos organization with significant experience in hockey both as a player and a coach. The native of St. Albert, AB played four seasons in the WHL with the Prince Albert Raiders, claiming a WHL Championship and Memorial Cup Championship with the Raiders in 1985. He also was named the WHL Player of the Year in the 1985-86 campaign with the Raiders after recording 92 points (22g-70a) to go along with 28 points (4g-24a) in 20 playoff contests. Viveiros also skated for the American Hockey League’s Springfield Indians in the 1990-91 season and won a Calder Cup.

“On behalf of my family and myself, I would like to thank the Swift Current Broncos organization for this opportunity to become part of the Broncos family,” said Viveiros during the press conference Thursday.  “I am certainly aware of the great history of this storied franchise and I consider it an honor to be able to become a member of the Broncos family.”

Amongst Viveiros’ coaching experience, he recently served as Head Coach of Ingolstadt, DEL in Germany during the 2015-16 season  and was also the Head Coach of the Austrian Men’s National Team from 2011-14, guiding the team to qualify for the Sochi Olympics in 2014. Furthermore, Viveiros served as Head Coach and General Manager of EC Klagenfurt in Austria and won two championships with the Club in 2009 and 2013.

“Having played in Prince Albert, where my wife is from and where we spent many years living in Saskatchewan, we are so excited about returning to Saskatchewan where I started my hockey career,” Viveiros commented.  “I certainly understand how difficult it is to win in the Western Hockey League, however I am very impressed by the professional way this organization operates and it certainly enables the Broncos to continue to develop good young hockey players and most important, good young men. I would like to thank Mark Lamb for leaving this organization in a very healthy state.  You can definitely see all the hard work and dedication he and his staff has done. I look forward to working closely with my new staff that all bring a distinct talent and passion to the organization. My wife and I look forward to be actively involved in the community and also look forward to getting settled in our new home as soon as possible. Thank you once again.”

Broncos Board Chairman Liam Choo-Foo went on to mention his gratitude to former Bronco Head Coach & General Manager Mark Lamb for his efforts with the team over the last seven seasons.

"I would also like to take this time to again thank Mark Lamb for all his work here with the Broncos. He has displayed his ongoing commitment to the organization by supporting us through this process making countless calls to various people within the hockey world."

The Broncos also announced organizational changes amongst management as well on Thursday morning.  Jamie Porter will now serve as the Club’s Director of Hockey Operations while Dianne Sletten was named Director of Business Operations. 

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Broncos training camp is set to begin at the end of August with the season opener set for September 23rd at the Credit Union I-plex against the Saskatoon Blades. To purchase your 2016-17 Bronco season tickets, or for other ticketing information, please visit the Stable or call 306-773-1509.

Brad Trojan
Communications and Game Day Manager
Swift Current Broncos




Wednesday, July 20, 2016

BLADES ADD TWO ASSISTANT COACHES

The Saskatoon Blades reached into their own backyard for two new assistant coaches, signing a pair of outstanding home grown men with great hockey pedigrees.

Bryce Thoma, who was born in Saskatoon, signed on to become an assistant to head coach Dean Brockman after spending the last three seasons as the general manager and head coach of the Weyburn Red Wings in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. Thoma moved to Weyburn after being an assistant coach with the Red Deer Rebels of the Western Hockey League for the previous five seasons.

The Rebels were very familiar with Thoma, who played for the Rebels for four years, including its Memorial Cup winning season in 2001. He was captain of the team in his last year of junior. Afterwards, Thoma went on to play at the University of Saskatchewan, where he also obtained a Commerce Degree. After the U of S, Thoma went on to play pro in the East Coast League and the British Elite League before turning his attention to coaching. Thoma is a proud graduate of the Midget AAA Saskatoon Contacts of the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association.

‎"I'm excited for this opportunity to help coach the team I grew up watching as a kid,” says Thoma. “Being from Saskatoon and having the chance to be involved with the Blades makes it feel surreal. I feel very fortunate. The opportunity to go to the rink every day and work with Dean and the rest of the coaches and players is going to be awesome.”

The Blades are also proud to announce the signing of former Blades captain Ryan Keller, who will also join the club as an assistant coach with additional duties in alumni relations. Keller, who played for the Blades from 2001 to 2005, went on to eleven seasons in the pros, wrapping up his playing career in Switzerland last season alongside NHL number one draft choice Auston Mathews. Keller, who is also a graduate of the Saskatoon Contacts, highlighted his pro career with a Swiss championship with Zurich and a Calder Cup with Binghamton.

"I am extremely excited for the opportunity to be back in the Blades organization," says Keller. "I'm really looking forward to working alongside the rest of the staff to try and bring a championship to the city."

Head coach Dean Brockman is understandably proud of his two new hires. "When seeking out an assistant coach, we felt someone with experience would be beneficial to us moving forward," says Brockman. "Bryce has shown as a player and as a coach that he has a tremendous amount of passion for the game. His experience as a defenceman in the league will benefit our young guys in their development.”

"In regards to Ryan, I was very fortunate to have coached him when he was younger," Brockman adds. "Ryan always had that look in his eyes that he will not be denied. It's also great to bring an alumni into the fold. Ryan is a first class person."

The new hires round out a coaching staff that includes, in addition to Brockman, assistant coach Jerome Engele and goaltending coach Tim Cheveldae.

The 2016-17 season is about two months away but Brockman is already excited.
"We were really looking forward to working together. We feel we’re going to take a big step forward this season."‎

Steve Hogle
President
Saskatoon Blades


THE WEDNESDAY THRILLER

Happy Wednesday Everybody!

I don't have any Regina Pats news for you this week but there is plenty of other stuff to get to in the WHL this week.

PATRICK SURGERY - The Brandon Wheat Kings Nolan Patrick has undergone successful sports hernia surgery. Patrick, who was the 2016 WHL Playoff Most Valuable Player, will attend but will be unable to participate at this summer’s National Junior Development Camp, later this month. However, he is expected to be ready for the start of Wheat Kings’ Training Camp at the end of August. Patrick became the first 17-year old Wheat King in close to forty years to collect 100 points in a single season when he scored 41 goals and 102 points during the 2015-16 campaign. He is a favorite to go first overall in the 2017 NHL Entry Draft.

WHEAT KINGS ACQUIRE D-MAN - Brandon acquired the rights to 17-year old Winnipeg defenceman Conor Timlick from the Tri-City Americans on Wednesday last week. In exchange for Timlick, who was the Americans fourth round draft choice in 2014, the Wheat Kings gave up a conditional sixth round pick. A member of the Winnipeg AAA Midget Wild for the past two seasons, the 6’2” 180 lb Timlick scored five goals and 21 points in 36 regular season games.

WHL TO LLOYDMINSTER? - An interesting news release came out last week that caught the attention of the WHL world. The Frog Lake First Nation is building a 7,500 seat arena as a part of a $100 million dollar project just West of Lloyd on highway 16. They are calling the rink the future home of a WHL franchise. Now to my knowledge the league does not have plans to expand but of course things can change. It's also no secret the Kootenay Ice are for sale so maybe that could be a landing spot? We will see...

BLADES TO INTRODUCE NEW ASSISTANTS - The Saskatoon Blades will officially unveil two new members to their coaching staff this morning. The Blades are reportedly adding Bryce Thoma and Ryan Keller. Thoma recently resigned as GM and head coach of the Weyburn Red Wings and Keller is a former Blade who had been playing in the Swiss-A league until last year. The news conference is scheduled for 10 AM.

HITMEN ADD GOALIE COACH - Jason LaBarbera has been named the new goaltending coach of the Calgary Hitmen. LaBarbera played 16 seasons as a professional goalie including parts of 12 seasons in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Los Angeles, Vancouver, Phoenix, Edmonton and Anaheim.  During his NHL career he won 62 games, posting a 2.85 gGAA  and a .907 save %. LaBarbera played parts of four seasons in the WHL with Tri-City, Portland and Spokane where he was named to the WHL All-Star team in 2000.  In addition, he left his mark on the American Hockey League, honoured with the Aldege “Baz” Bastien Memorial Award as Top Goaltender and named an AHL First Team All-Star in both 2004 and 2007.  During the 2003-04 season, as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, he also took home the Les Cunningham Award given to the AHL MVP after setting the league record for most shutouts in a single season with 13.  It’s a record that still stands to this day. Last season he played with the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

KOMPON LANDS IN NHL - The Winnipeg Jets announced on Saturday they have hired former Portland Winterhawks Head Coach Jamie Kompon as their new assistant coach. Kompon was fired after two years with the Hawks. He was previously an assistant with the L.A. Kings and Chicagoe Blackhawks where he won a Stanley Cup with both teams.

SCHACHER COMMITS TO COUGARS - Former Regina Pats, Victoria Royals and Saskatoon Blades defenceman Isaac Schacher is coming back to Regina to play CIS with the Cougars. The Kimberly B.C. product played half a season in Regina with the Pats in 2013/14. he was traded to Saskatoon for 2014/15 before playing his overage season with the Drumheller Dragons of the AJHL. In 139 WHL games he scored 2 goals, had 16 assists and had 101 PIM's.

SILVERTIPS NAME COO - The Everett Silvertips announced that Zoran Rajcic has been named Chief Operating Officer of Consolidated Sports Holdings (CSH) International, Inc. Rajcic will continue to oversee the Silvertips, serving as alternate governor, and has been appointed president and governor of all additional CSH franchise properties. He will oversee operations of all CSH franchise properties. CSH International, Inc., owns and operates four junior hockey clubs: Everett Silvertips (WHL), Bloomington Thunder (USHL), Amarillo Bulls (NAHL), North Iowa Bulls (NA3HL), and Peoria Pines Golf Course (Phoenix, Ariz.), and is in partnership with three summer collegiate baseball franchises in the Great West League in Medford, Ore., Marysville, Calif. and Chico, Calif.

THE OPEN - The 2016 Open Championship final round may be the best final round in major history. Phil Mickelson and Henrik Stenson put on an absolute show, shot for shot, it was incredible. And it wasn't the young guys that made it exciting. The two are 40 plus. If only every tournament had what we saw this weekend. Also it's too bad Tiger isn't playing at the PGA Championship next weekend.

BLUE JAYS - I really don't understand why all the trade rumors surrounding the Blue Jays are for another bat in the lineup and not a pitcher. Toronto does not need Carlos Beltran or Jay Bruce or any other position player. The team needs a reliever, namely Andrew Miller from the New York Yankees or whoever. A starter too would be nice. Jose Bautista coming back into the lineup will be just like acquiring another batter. The offense doesn't need help, the pitching does.

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

Phil
@PhilAndrewsCKRM

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