|Voice of the Pats Phil Andrews|
BLUE JAYS NIGHT - The Regina Pats Hockey Club is proud to announce its game Friday, January 6, 2017 is Blue Jays Night presented by Bennett Dunlop Ford.
Canada’s oldest junior hockey team will honour Canada’s only Major League Baseball (MLB) team by wearing special edition Pats/Blue Jays jerseys for their matchup against the Calgary Hitmen. The jerseys went through an approval process with both Major League Baseball and the Toronto Blue Jays to ensure a faithful recreation of the Jays uniform in a hockey setting.
Those attending have the opportunity to take home one of the special edition jerseys through an auction-taking place the night of the game. Proceeds from the jersey auction support the Jays Care Foundation. For more information on the Jays Care Foundation, visit the Foundation’s website.
“We are very excited to have the opportunity to bring together the oldest brand in junior hockey with Canada’s only Major League Baseball team, the Toronto Blue Jays,” said Pats President Todd Lumbard. “This will be a night to remember for our fans who will have the chance to take home these one-of-a-kind jerseys.”
Guarantee your seat for Blue Jays Night presented by Bennett Dunlop Ford by becoming a Pats Season Ticket Holder. For more information visit reginapats.com or call 306-522-7287.
THUNDER WIN! - Victor St. Pierre-Laviolette ran for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns while the Thunder defence forced 4 turnovers in Regina's season opening win, 15-6 over the Edmonton Huskies. Both of St. Pierre-Laviolettes majors came in the 3rd quarter about 3 minutes apart to put the Thunder up 15-3. The Huskies kicked a field goal in the 4th and that was it for scoring in the contest. The Thunder defence got 2 interceptions from Polis Koko and defensive lineman Matthew Williams had a monster game with 3.5 sacks and a fumble recovery. Ryan Warner was credited with the forced fumble. LB Daxton Moffatt and DB Marcus Hall led the club with 4 tackles each. Both Koko and St. Pierre-Lavilette made the CJFL Plays of the Week. The Thunder hit the road for their week two matchup with the Calgary Colts on Sunday.
WILLIAMS POW - Sunday afternoon the Thunder were outstanding defensively holding the Edmonton Huskies to just six points. Matt Williams made his presence felt in the backfield time and time again. He finished the game with a tackle, an assist, had a fumble recovery and an incredible 3.5 sacks.
D'AMICO SIGNS - Former Regina Pats forward Patrick D'Amico has a new contract for the upcoming season. He will return to the Atlanta Gladiators for 2016/17. In 50 games with the ECHL club last year he had 13 goals and 7 assists. D'Amico will attend training camp for the AHL's Providence Bruins and may get a call to take part in camp in Boston.
RAIDERS HIRE ASSISTANT - The Prince Albert Raiders have hired Brandin Cote as the team’s new assistant coach. Cote, a Swift Current product, coached the Red Deer Optimist Chiefs of the Alberta AAA Midget Hockey League for the past two seasons. Last year, he guided the Red Deer squad to a 19-11-4 record. During the off-season, Cote coached at the Carolina Hurricanes Development Camp and led the Edmonton Blue team at the 2016 Alberta Cup. He also was behind the bench for the Bentley Generals, a senior men’s team out of Alberta, from 2012 to 2014. Cote and the Generals won the Allan Cup, the senior men’s national championship, in 2013. During his playing days, Cote dressed in 352 career regular season games with the Spokane Chiefs from 1996 to 2002, registering 255 career points. Following his WHL career, Cote spent three seasons with the AHL’s Norfolk Admirals, suiting up for 189 games.
That's all I have for today, have a great week!