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Friday, January 5, 2018


REGINA – The Regina Pats Hockey Club is pleased to announce they have acquired Boston Bruins prospect forward Jesse Gabrielle and defenceman Jonas Harkins from the Prince George Cougars. In exchange, the Pats send prospects Kjell Kjemhus and Ethan McColm to the Cougars along with a third and fifth round pick in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.

Garielle (5’11, 205), has been playing the first half of the season in the American Hockey League with the Providence Bruins. The 20-year-old has put up a goal and three assists in his first 21 games as a pro. The product of Moosomin, Saskatchewan played the previous two seasons with the Cougars, scoring 75 goals and adding 64 assists for 139 points in 133 games.

“We are really excited to add a scorer of Gabrielle’s caliber,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “He had a really productive last two seasons in the WHL and now brings some experience at the pro level to our team.”

Gabrielle was a member of the Pats for the second half of the 2014-15 season where he had 10 goals and 19 points in 33 games and added another goal and three assists in nine playoff games with Regina. 

Harkins (6’3, 225), is playing in his 17-year-old season in the WHL. He was a second round pick of the Cougars in 2015 and has one assist in 14 games this year. He is the younger brother to Jansen Harkins who tallied 242 points in 275 games in the WHL, all with Prince George, and is currently playing in the Winnipeg Jets farm system.

“Harkins is a promising young defenceman,” said Paddock. “He will add depth to our back end this year and in the years to come.”

Kjemhus is a product of Grande Prairie, Alberta and is playing in his 16-year-old season. He was drafted by the Pats in the fourth round of the 2016 WHL Bantam Draft. Kjemhus has appeared in six regular season games with the Pats and also 13 playoff games in 2017 where he picked up one assist.

15-year-old McColm was drafted by the Pats in the eighth round of the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft. The Oakbank, Manitoba product is playing with the Eastman Selects this season and has six goals and 20 points in 21 games.

Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock will be available to the media at 3:00 p.m. outside the team’s dressing room at the Brandt Centre.

The Pats are back in action on Saturday night when they visit the Swift Current Broncos at 7 p.m. on 620 CKRM. Next home game is Sunday against Prince Albert at 4 p.m. Tickets are available at and the Brandt Centre Box Office.


Anonymous said...

Another small piece but good move by Paddock.

Gabrielle adds not only talent but toughness which is so important in the playoffs.

I'm wondering if they young d man could be trade bait. Pretty young for a win now team.

Anonymous said...

Am I a little dense or is this kid playing in the ahl collecting a pro salary, was he assigned back to the cougars prior to the trade.
Was this kid or his parents a problem for the team the first go around?
Just saying...

GG said...

I'm nervous about giving up picks at this point. Yes, the team needs to improve, but are we mortgaging the future to make a push this year? It worked for the 'Riders in '13, but they are only now recovering. And the Pats looked nearly invincible last year, and got it handed to them in the playoffs. I just wonder if it's worth spending those pics when the team is .500 and has little hope of making any noise in the Cup.

Anonymous said...

I am shocked they were allowed (or Boston allowed) Gabrielle to even come back to juniors and risk injury. It's a fantastic addition to the Pats.

Anonymous said...

Boston is releasing him back to junior. Curious how dominate he has the potential to be...being that he has been playing against men.

Anonymous said...

GG - pats got it handed to them in the layoffs last year?? Hahahahaha. What planet are you from. They lost in overtime in game 6 of the league final. That’s really getting it handed to them isn’t it. What the F.

william weppler said...

Great trade. Didn't give away the farm. Got a good young D man for future and insurance in case of injury.
Loved Gabrielle the 1st time around.
Who's next? Clague or Dube?

WesternManitobaRiders said...

This is an interesting development. Jesse Gabrielle can play. He has done well in Boston's system, as a Junior Marchand type player. The issues before, during his first tour of duty in Regina, and in Brandon, was due to "off the ice influences" if you accept the word on the street. The key will be, what has changed from then? If he sticks to hockey, he should be a good addition for the balance of the year. And Harkins is a great young up and comer on D, so that aspect makes sense too. The future picks though can sometimes bite you in the you know what...

Anonymous said...

Oh my you people. The Pats got it handed to them in the playoffs? They lost in overtime, game 6 league final!

The Riders gave up draft picks in '13 and have suffered. 8-2 in 14 until Durant gets hurt for essentially two seasons. I think that may have had an impact.

Gabrielle is buried in Providence on a deep AHL team. Sending him back is good for him!

Dummy up!

Anonymous said...

Great to see Gabs back with the Pats!

Joey BiShop said...

Hey Mr. Weppler and Pats Fans. Have you noticed the standings lately ? I see Saskatoon has caught up to Regina after being so far down in the standings. And the way the Blades are playing they will probably stay ahead of you for the rest of the season. That's okay though because none of you will catch up to my Moose Jaw Warriors. Have a nice day.

GG said...

Hey Anonymouses! Those are both extremely well-written responses to my question!
This team is a pale shadow of the '16-'17 Pats. Last year's Pats team was brilliant, but it takes even more than that to win the Cup. Smoked a hopeless Hitmen team, and made it past Swift and Lethbridge. Then what happened? Won only 2 games against Seattle, both in OT, and lost a couple 6-1 and 7-4. Hardly put up a fight. How did Seattle do after moving on? Won their first game 3-2, then lost 7-1 and 7-0. So... if you follow the argument, how is this year's Pats .500 team going to have a hope in the Cup? My concern is that we're likely better off keeping the draft picks and rebuilding instead of renting 20-old players and spinning our wheels.

william weppler said...

Joey B - Warriors best in the East I agree...but Pats dont have to catch anyone.

Anonymous said...

LOL As usual, "word on the street" is sadly ill-informed. Paddock said it then and said it again, 100% hockey trade in the purest sense of the word.

His Regina billets will tell you he's a great kid and the best they've had in over 10 years billeting Pats players. Moreover, he's a great player and will be a huge boost to our Memorial Cup chances.

Welcome back Gabes!

Anonymous said...

hey there joey bishop regular season means nothing and the pats are already in i don't know about you but if i knew i was already in the show i might not worry to much how the regular season went . wont it suck for say moose jaw , swift Brandon with their regular season success that for sure two of them wont be in and most likely all three wont be there in memorial cup and regina will be sucks to be you actually ,not Regina!

Anonymous said...

Pats have to make playoffs to even get respect first.