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Thursday, December 18, 2014


The Saskatchewan Roughriders announced today that national defensive end Ricky Foley has signed an extension to remain with the team. As per club policy financial details of the contract were not released.

Foley (6'3 – 245) will enter his third season with the Green and White after originally signing with the team as a free agent in February, 2013. Last season, the 32-year-old matched a career high with 12 quarterback sacks while adding an impressive 54 defensive tackles. The three-time Grey Cup champion was named the Riders Most Outstanding Canadian at the conclusion of the 2014 season.

Foley was eligible to enter CFL free agency on Feb 10.

· The Riders also announced they have released upcoming free agents Tim Cronk, Trevor Guyton, Hilee Taylor and Carlos Thomas.


REGINA (CP) - Nick Walters scored 1:46 into overtime to lift the Lethbridge Hurricanes to a 5-4 victory over the Regina Pats in Western Hockey League action on Wednesday.

Jaeger White had a goal and an assist for the Hurricanes (8-20-3), and Tyler Wong, Giorgio Estephan and Jamal Watson also scored.

Sam Steel scored a power-play goal and added an assist for the Pats (20-11-2). Austin Wagner had a short-handed goal and Carter Hansen and Braden Christoffer rounded out the Regina offence.

Lethbridge goaltender Stuart Skinner made 22 saves in the victory. Daniel Wapple turned aside 25 shots in the loss.

The Hurricanes failed to score on two power-play chances. Regina was 1 for 7 with the man advantage.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014


WINNIPEG - The Winnipeg Blue Bombers fired defensive co-ordinator Gary Etcheverry on Wednesday.

He spent less than one year in the position. The Blue Bombers missed the playoffs after finishing last in the CFL West Division standings with a 7-11 record.

"Obviously a decision like this is a very difficult one to make on many levels,'' head coach Mike O'Shea said in a release. "The reality of the situation is such that we simply weren't good enough on the defensive side of the football this season, and felt that we needed to go in a different direction in this regard.

"Gary is a good man and good football coach, and the Blue Bombers wish him well moving forward.''

Etcheverry, who was hired last February, previously served as a defensive co-ordinator in Saskatchewan (2000, 2009, 2010), Ottawa (2004), B.C., (2001) and Toronto (1999).

He first joined the CFL's coaching ranks in 1997 as a defensive line coach with the Argonauts and later served as the team's head coach (2002) and president of football operations. Etcheverry also has previous coaching experience in the NFL, German Football League, CIS, Canada Junior Football League and NCAA.

(The Canadian Press)


Voice of the Pats Phil Andrews
A very Happy Holidays from this guy!

The Pats won their 20th game of the season Tuesday night in 32 tries, 6-5 in overtime at Brandon.  Let me say that again... 20 wins, they are just the 4th team in the WHL to reach that mark so far this year.

I don't think there is one person on the planet that would have predicted that. It's been a great first half but still one more to go tonight at home to the Lethbridge Hurricanes. The Pats won their third straight game over the Brandon Wheat Kings last night. Connor Gay scored his 15th of the year and second OT winner with 1:26 left. The Pats trailed the game from 33 seconds in until the 16:55 mark of the third when Patrick D'Amico tied it up on the powerplay. Great game and a great win. Regina had won just twice in 5 years in Brandon going into this season, they have two wins there this year, with one last visit to come in January.

Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer are on offensive tears riding 8 game point streaks. Steel has 5 goals and 7 assists in that span while Christoffer has 5 goals and 6 assists.

There was no post Team Canada selection camp hangover for Morgan Klimchuk last night. The 19 year old scored a goal and added 2 assists in the win. Mitchell Blair brought up a question on Monday's Sportscage as to whether or not Klimchuk would come back a little lackluster because of not making the team. He sure answered that last night in a big way.

Kyle Burroughs picked up his 100th career WHL point last night in Brandon.

Going back to Saturday in Saskatoon where the Past won 5-4, Jacob Elmer played in his first WHL game against the Blades and looked darn good. Exciting things are to come with the 16 year old. He's got a ton of skill.

The Lethbridge Hurricanes visit the Brandt Centre tonight in the 3rd meeting of 4 between the two clubs. The Pats have won the first two. Will be interesting to see the Canes under new head coach Peter Anholt. They got a big win in Moose Jaw last night over the Warriors.


1.) The Edmonton Oilers fired head coach Dallas Eakins on Monday. It was just a matter of time. However I kind of feel bad for the guy, didn't have a lot to work with. Yes he had some skilled guys up front but on the back end and in goal it just isn't good enough. Craig MacTavish and Todd Nelson are not the saving grace this team needs, it's not a coaching issue. It's some better players... Some better drafting in the later rounds would help too.

2.) So good to see former Regina Pats defenceman Brandon Davidson playing in the NHL with the Oilers. He has played in three games with 12:53 of ice time against New York and was a minus 1, 12:27 against Anaheim and then against 13:08 against Anaheim in the rematch and was a plus 1. All of those games were losses but he is getting a chance. A great story, even beyond the testicular cancer. He was an undrafted WHL player with the Pats, 6th round NHL draft pick and now finds himself on the big stage.

3.) The Saskatoon Blades got some good value for defenceman Nelson Nogier and forward Austin Adamson from the Red Deer Rebels. The Blades picked up 17 year old winger Mason McCarty and then the big ticket is the 1st round pick in 2016 and 2nd round pick in 2015. Nogier will get to play in his second Memorial Cup as the host team for the Rebels next season. Red Deer gets a good defenceman in the trade no doubt, though it has been a tough year so far for Nogier.

4.) The Chicago Bears are in a world of hurt. The Saints dominated at Soldier Field on Monday night in a 31-15 win. I don't know what that team does going forward... Do you keep QB Jay Cutler because of his massive salary guarantee, or do you move on? Does Marc Trestman keep his job? Something has to give I know that.

5.) The NFC South division leader is the New Orleans Saints at 6 and 8. They could finish the year at 8-8 if they win out. They are home to Atlanta then in Tampa to close things out. 8-8 isn't as embarrassing as a losing record to host a playoff game but it's not great. I understand that most people argue that division leaders should host a playoff game but a single division shouldn't be this bad. Not that there are bad teams, they just have been inconsistent.

6.) How about them Toronto Raptors??? I find myself watching them most nights. This team has been in first or tied for first in the Eastern Conference for 42 straight days, a franchise record. The defense has been so impressive over this stretch. Add to that the offense from Kyle Lowry and Lou Williams and it's an exciting team to watch. Not to mention they are without maybe their best player in Demar DeRozan. This team is for real under Dwane Casey. One of the best stories of 2014.

Tonight's Pats TV episode features Morgan Klimchuk and I sat down with team President Todd Lumbard to talk about 2014 and his transition into ownership of the Pats. 6:30 on Access 7.

That's it from me today, talk to you from the rink tonight.

And a very Merry Christmas!



BRANDON, Man. (CP) - Connor Gay scored 3:24 into overtime as Regina edged the Wheat Kings 6-5 Tuesday night in Brandon.  It was Regina's third straight win over their division foes.

Sergey Zborovskiy, Morgan Klimchuk, Braden Christoffer, Patrick D'Amico and Austin Wagner supplied the rest of the Pats (20-11-1) offence.  Daniel Wapple picked up the win in goal making 27 saves.

Tim McGauley struck twice for Brandon (24-7-4), with Ryan Pilon, John Quenneville and Nolan Patrick also chipping in.

The Pats outshot the Wheaties 39-32 while going 2/5 on the powerplay and 2/5 on the penalty kill.  The attendance was 3888.

The Queen City kids return home Wednesday evening to host the Lethbridge Hurricanes at 7:00 pm on 620 CKRM (Press Box Sports Bar Pregame Show at 6:35 pm).

Photo courtesy wheatkings.com


The Saskatchewan Roughriders Board of Directors announced on Tuesday that Craig Reynolds will be the Club's next President and Chief Executive Officer.  

Craig had been with the Riders for the previous six seasons after originally joining the Club as the Chief Financial Officer in June, 2009. After three years, Craig was promoted to Senior Vice-President & CFO where he has remained to date.

As an organizational leader Craig has been accountable for the Club's strategic planning, budgeting, financial reporting, treasury, human resource and stadium operations functions. He has also worked closely with Football Operations providing forecasting, modeling and analytics assistance to the team in managing the league-wide salary cap and maximizing value for money. 

Recently, Craig was a member of the 2013 Grey Cup Executive Committee and chaired the Operations Committee. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of ticketing, sponsorship, marketing, retail, and stadium operations, delivering record revenue for the Club. Craig also played a lead role in the Grey Cup Legacy Project resulting in the expansion of the current Mosaic Stadium. Under Craig's guidance the Club's stabilization reserves have grown from $1 million to over $12 million in five years.  

Most notably, Craig has led all aspects of the Club's involvement in the development of the new Mosaic Stadium, Saskatchewan's iconic new sports and entertainment venue. It is his vision that the new Mosaic Stadium will create an opportunity to grow revenue, enhance the ability to recruit and retain players, coaches, and staff, and deliver a world class fan experience for the organization's passionate fan base. Additionally, Craig, while working alongside the Club's senior leadership team, has developed the Club's capital campaign designed to acquire the organization's financial commitment to the stadium build.

The 39-year-old grew up in Foam Lake, SK before attending the University of Saskatchewan where he completed a Bachelor of Commerce, with Distinction, and a Masters in Professional Accounting. He then obtained his Chartered Accountant Designation in 2001 from the Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants. Craig began working with KPMG in 1998 in Saskatoon before transferring to the company's Luxembourg location. From there he moved to London, England in 2003 to work for Thomson Scientific in a Financial Accounting role. Just prior to relocating back to Saskatchewan to join the Riders, Craig worked for Suncor Energy in Alberta for four years where he departed as Senior Manager of the Oil Sands Cost Management Program.

(Courtesy Saskatchewan Roughriders)


Oliver Ekman-Larsson scored with 0.3 seconds left in overtime, as the Arizona Coyotes beat the Edmonton Oilers 2-1 Tuesday night in Glendale (http://azcoyotes.blogspot.ca/2014/12/coyotes-2-oilers-1-ot.html) . The game appeared to be headed to a shootout, but Ekman-Larsson took a feed from former Oiler Sam Gagner and beat Ben Scrivens just before the horn sounded. Edmonton has now lost five in a row.


Rick Nash scored two goals to reach 20 for the season, and the New York Rangers beat the Calgary Flames 5-2. Chris Kreider, Derek Stepan, and Carl Hagelin also scored for New York. Jiri Hudler and Curtis Glencross scored for Calgary. The Flames have lost six straight in regulation for the first time since January 2010.


Phil Kessel had a pair of goals as the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Anaheim Ducks 6-2 for their sixth-straight win. Also, Alex Galchenyuk had his first-career hat trick as the Montreal Canadiens downed the Carolina Hurricanes 4-1. And Mark Scheifele scored twice and added an assist as the Winnipeg Jets topped the Buffalo Sabres 5-1.


Sources say Milwaukee Bucks rookie Jabari Parker will miss the rest of the season with a left knee injury. Parker tore the ACL in his knee in last night's win at Phoenix. It's a huge blow for a rebuilding franchise off to a good start under new coach Jason Kidd. The Bucks, who won 15 games all of last season, are 13-12.


Dwayn Wade scored 28 points, and the Miami Heat beat the Brooklyn Nets 95-91. The Heat had five players score in double figures, including three reserves. Starting forward Luol Deng had 18 points, and rookie Shabazz Napier scored 11.


Marc Gasol scored 24 points, and the Memphis Grizzlies snapped the Golden State Warriors' NBA-best 16-game winning streak with a 105-98 victory. Mike Conley and Zach Randolph each scored 17 points, and Randolph grabbed 10 rebounds as Memphis earned its fifth straight win.

(Canadian Press)

Tuesday, December 16, 2014


The Week That Was
A light week for the Pats saw their win streak come to an end, and a new string begin.  The second period was the Blue and White’s undoing Wednesday night in Swift Current.  Leading 2-0 after one period, the Broncos scored four goals in the middle frame and tacked on another to start the third.  Sam Steel and Braden Christoffer each scored to pull the Pats within one, but Jake DeBrusk completed a hat-trick into the empty net late to seal the Pats 6-4 loss.

Saturday in Saskatoon was a night of lead changes.  After falling behind 1-0, the Pats jumped to a 3-1 advantage before surrendering the lead early in the third.  Chase Harrison tied the game midway through the period .  That set the stage for late heroics as Christoffer carried from centre ice, drove the net and scored with three seconds left in a 5-4 victory.

The Week Ahead
Tuesday, December 16th – Pats at Brandon (7:00 p.m.)
In their final road game before the break, the Pats make their third trip to Brandon to face the Wheat Kings.  The Blue and White won their last trip to Westman Place by a 3-2 score and are in search of their 20th win of the season.  Tune in on 620 CKRM at 6:35 p.m. or watch on WHL Live Web TV.

Wednesday, December 17th – Pats vs. Lethbridge (7:00 p.m.)
The Queen City Kids close out their pre-Christmas schedule with their third contest against the Lethbridge Hurricanes.  The Pats have outscored the ‘Canes 14-2 in their first two meetings.  It’s Prostate Cancer Awareness Night at the Brandt Centre, so stop by their display and pick up some Pats socks with the proceeds going towards Prostate Cancer Canada.  Don’t forget Brandt Centre concessions have
two-for-one hot dogs all night.

Roster Moves
Pats reassign F Jacob Elmer to Edge Hockey Academy (CSSHL)
Pats reassign D Ryan Krushen to Sherwood Park (AMHL)

Klimchuk Back with Pats
Pats forward Morgan Klimchuk received tough news when he was sent back to the Pats from Canada’s World Junior Selection Camp.  The Calgary, AB product had goals in both of Canada’s wins over the CIS Selects as part of the tryout process.  Klimchuk will be in the lineup Tuesday when the Pats face Brandon.

Second Half Season Tickets
Don’t miss a second of the action on the ice in the second half of the season with the Pats’ new Second Half Season Ticket.  Purchase yours before January 2nd and be in the stands for all the game changing moments still to come this season and enjoy the new fan experience coming in 2015.  For more information, contact Kellin Enslev in the Pats Office at 306-337-1538 or visit ReginaPats.com.

Stocking Stuffer
The Pats are pleased to present a Voucher Pack Bonus Offer for all purchases now until December 31st.  When you purchase any 8-Ticket Voucher Pack (Adult, Senior or Youth/Special Needs apply), receive two (2) bonus vouchers to make it a TEN PACK!  To purchase, visit the Regina Pats Office in the West End of the Brandt Centre, or call the office at 306-522-PATS (7287).

Neutral Zone Holiday Season Hours
With Christmas quickly approaching, the best stop you can make for the Pats fan in your life is the Neutral Zone Store.  Stop by to check out the new product and new store layout at the East End of the Brandt Centre.  View the extended holiday hours online at ReginaPats.com.

Important Dates
Wednesday, December 17th – Prostate Cancer Awareness Night vs. Lethbridge – 7 p.m.
Sunday, December 28th – First Post-Christmas Home Game vs. Swift Current – 6 p.m.

(Courtesy Daniel Fink)