Thursday, February 15, 2018
PATS HOMECOMING ANNOUNCEMENTS
This informal game takes place on Friday, February 16, 2018 at 1:30 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.
Soldier On is an organization that supports veterans and serving members of the military to adapt and overcome permanent physical or mental health injuries through physical activity and sport.
As part of the salute to military, the Regina Pats will be hosting the Soldier On organization throughout the Homecoming Weekend.
This is a free, informal event and fans are welcome to attend. Those who plan to come can enter the Brandt Centre through the West Side (Lewvan Drive) door. The puck drops at 1:30 p.m.
Pats alumni taking part in the game are Jock Callander, Drew Callander, Russ Gronick, Boyd Kane, Frank Kovacs, Kelly Markwart, Clint Orr, Mike Reich, Doug Trapp, Tony Vogel, Kurt Wickenheiser and Shaun Fleming.
A number of Pats alumni will serve as coaches for the game, Ed Staniowski, Nevin Markwart, Bart Hunter and Darren Wilcox.
The Regina Pats would also like to encourage their fans to support the Soldier On Fund. For more information and to make a donation please visit https://www.soldieron.ca.
Callander’s number 15 will be raised to the rafters ahead of the Pats game against the Moose Jaw Warriors.
“This jersey retirement is long overdue,” said Pats President Todd Lumbard. “Jock was a dominant player in our league and is one of the greatest Pats of all time.”
Callander played for the Pats from 1978-1982, putting up 158 goals and 210 assists for 368 points in just 201 games. He sits sixth all-time in franchise scoring, his 158 goals are tied for seventh all-time and the 210 assists are sixth best in franchise history.
His best season came in 1981-82 when he won the Bob Clark Trophy as the WHL Leading scorer with 190 points in 71 games.
Callander was a member of the Pats last WHL Championship club in 1980 and appeared in the Memorial Cup. In 49 career WHL playoff games, he scored 27 goals and had 66 points.
“It is an incredible honour to have my jersey retired,” said Callander. “There are so many great names already hanging at the rink and it is an honour to be considered a part of that group.”
Callander, a product of Regina, went on to play professionally for 18 years after his Pats career, winning a Stanley Cup with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1992. The majority of his pro career was spent with the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the IHL where his number 15 has been retired as well. In 1054 games in the IHL, Callander put up 477 goals and 1242 points which is the most by any player to play in that league.
The Pats organizations is proud to be able to honour Jock Callander and his family this Sunday in a pre-game ceremony starting at 2 p.m. at the Brandt Centre.