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Celebrating 100 Years: Sixth Decade, 1967-1976

 

The Regina Pats Hockey Club is excited to celebrate its 100th Anniversary Season in 2017-18. Over each of the 10 months from August to May, the club will feature every decade of Pats hockey. Up next, Decade six from 1967 to 1976.

The 1967-68 Season

Over the summer the CAHA and the CMJHL came to an agreement that the major league would not compete for the Memorial Cup and operate as a separate group – tier one. The league increased from seven teams to 11 as the Flin Flon Bombers, Winnipeg Jets, Brandon Wheat Kings and Swift Current Broncos joined the fold. The league schedule was 60 games.

The Pats finished fifth in league play and were off to Flin Flon to face the Bombers in the playoffs. The Pats were swept in four straight. In game one the Bombers scored with 65 seconds left in regulation to win 3-2. Game two saw the Bombers jump out to a 3-0 lead and eventually held on for a 4-3 win. Back in Regina for game three, the Bombers accounted for 5 goals in the second period as they skated away with a 6-3 win. The Bombers rough house tactics proved too much for the Pats in game four as the Pats dropped the elimination game 3-2.

The 1968-69 Season

The Pats pulled away from the WCHL as they wanted to participate in the Memorial Cup Playoffs. For the fist time in many years the Pats were playing overtime. The Pats finished in first place and a date with the Moose Jaw Canucks in the semi-final.

In game one the Canucks received a major penalty and the Pats were able to score the winner in an 8-6 Pats victory. Larry Wright led the way with six points (3G, 3A) and Ron Garwasiuk had a three-goal outing for the Pats. Garry Leippi scored his first career hat trick for the Pats in game two as he helped lead the Pats to a 7-3 win. The Pats blanked the Canucks in game three 5-0 as Gary Bromley stopped 33 shots for the shutout. Five different scorers led the Pats to a 5-1 victory in game four finishing the sweep. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

In the league final the Pats faced the Weyburn Red Wings. Game one was decided in the third period as the Pats cored twice in the frame in a 3-1 win. The Pats playing almost flawless hockey skated away with a 5-0 game two win as Gary Bromley made 38 saves in the shutout. Ron Garwasiuk led the way with 5 points (2G, 3A) in game three as the Pats won 7-2 to take a three-game lead in the series. Game four required double overtime s the Red Wings were able to get back into the series and stave off elimination with a 6-5 win, Ron Garwasiuk led the Pats way with 4 goals but it wasn’t enough. The Pats finished off the Wings in game five in yet another double overtime contest as Ron Garwasiuk scored the winning goal at 13:43 of the frame giving the Pats the game and the series. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

Under CAHA regulations the Pats picked up Gord Redden, Murray Keogan and Ross Butler all from the Red Wings.

In the Western Canada semi-final, the Pats faced off against the Lethbridge Sugar Kings. The Pats scored six goals in the final two frames as they won game one 7-1, Don Saleski scored a pair for the Pats. The Pats took a 3-0 game two, first period lead and never looked back dumping the Sugar Kings 8-1. The Pats roared back from a 5-2 deficit in game three to win 6-5 as Pats pickup Ross Butler deflected a shot past the Lethbridge goalie in sudden death overtime. The Lethbridge club battled hard in game four taking the contest 5-4 and getting back into the series. The next night the Sugar Kings slammed the door as they shutout the Pats 5-0 in front of a home sell out crowd in game five. Game six was another battle and Ron Garwasiuk ended the game with 22 seconds left in regulation to seal the 5-4 win for the Pats sending the pesky Lethbridge club home. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

Next up was the Dauphin Kings in the Abbot Cup final. In game one the Pats struck for 4 third period goals in a 6-2 win at the Stadium. Game two was a battle and Butch Goring led the Kings comeback with the tying goal and assisting on the winner as the Kings took the game 5-4. The next night the Pats bombarded the Kings goalie with 50 shots as the Pats took game three 8-4. The rest of the series shifted to Dauphin. Game four picked up where the previous game left off. The Pats scored 4 goals in under two minutes in the third period to take the game 6-2 and a stranglehold on the series. The Kings scored a 3-2 overtime victory in game five to keep their hopes alive and forcing another game. Butch Goring led the Kings attack in game six with a pair of markers giving them the 4-3 win and forcing a game seven. The Pats scored a series victory winning game seven 4-3. Butch Goring missed the game with a dislocated shoulder. Gord Reddon’s goal in the second period was the difference.  Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 3.

Pats added three more players all from the Dauphin Kings, Butch Goring, Dennis Shick and Bob Neufeld.

The Pats met the Montreal Junior Canadiens in the Memorial Cup. The Canadiens proved to be too strong for the Pats in the final this year…

Game one: Guy Charron scored the hat trick as the Canadiens won the contest 5-3. Murray Keogan scored two in a losing cause for the Pats.

Game two: The Canadiens led 3-2 going into the final frame and the Pats ran out of gas in the third as the Canadiens won 7-2.

Both teams boarded a charter DC-9 to Regina immediately following the game.

Game three: Canadiens’ Rookie Robert Lalonde was a one man show for the Canadiens as he scored 4 times in a 5-2 win, pushing the Pats to the brink.

Game four: The Canadiens scored twice in the 10-minute straight time overtime frame to give them an 8-6 win and a Memorial Cup Championship. The Pats had led 5-1 at one time in the second period but just couldn’t hang on. Canadiens win the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

The 1969-70 Season

Jack Shupe was named Pats head coach as Bob Turner left to become a scout for the NHL’s California Golden Seals.

The Pats finished 2nd in the 4 team Saskatchewan Amateur Junior Hockey League behind the Weyburn Red Wings.

In the league semi-final the Pats played the 6-win Saskatoon Olympics. The series opened up with Shupe’s Pats whip the Olympics 10-4 with Scott Smith and Rod Norrish each netting hat tricks in the game one win. In game two at Saskatoon had a much closer contest as the Pats scored 5 in the second to win the game 6-4 in front of a handful of fans. The Pats took it to the Olympics in game three by a score of 9-0 as Smith and Norrish each registered another hat trick each in the contest. The Olympics registered an upset in game four as they scored five straight goals beating the sluggish Pats 6-4 in Saskatoon. In game five the Pats weren’t as sluggish as they were in the previous contest as they beat the Olympics 8-2 as the Pats Rich Preston (2G, 2A), Al Barrett (1G, 3A) and Paul Granchukoff (1G, 1A) rookie line played amazing getting 10 points in the win. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

In the league final the Pats played the Weyburn Red Wings. The Wings bombarded the Pats goalie Gary Bromley with 61 shots as the Pats fell 8-2 in game one. The Pats did something in game two that they didn’t do in the opener, skate and check. The skating and checking paid off as they earned a well deserved win 4-1. Game three saw the Pats open up with a 3-0 lead only to have the Wings storm back with five in the second. The Pats went on to score the 6-5 winner in a true barn burner at the Stadium as Scott Smith capped off the hat trick with the game winner with five minutes left in the contest. Game four had the Pats power play sputter and it cost them dearly as the Wings skated to a 6-1 win. Game five was a closely played game and the Pats fell 3-1 in front of a large crowd in Weyburn. Game six had the Wings play with a strong two way effort and beat the Pats 6-2 and won the league championship. Red Wings win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The 1970-71 Season

The Major Junior Leagues were once again playing for the Memorial Cup. Tier 2 were no playing for the new Centennial Cup. After a two-year absence the Pats were again playing for the Cup.

Del Wilson returned after a four-year stint as Montreal Canadiens head scout. “The decline of the Pats was just too much for the blue and white blooded Wilson to bear and not even an office in the Montreal Forum could keep him from returning to the Queen City in hopes of restoring the Pats to their rightful place in western junior hockey circles.

His first step upon returning was to bring together five affluent businessmen in the community, namely Bill Patton, Norm Whitmore, Don MacPherson, Al Piket and Harold Crittenden. The next steps was to negotiate the purchase of the Pat organization’s A and B clubs.” – from the 1970-71 Pats program.

His next step was hiring Bob Turner and gaining entry in the WCHL. It was an exciting time for the Pats.

The Pats finished fourth in the Eastern Division and played the Flin Flon Bombers in the first round.

In a close game one in Flin Flon the Bombers and Pats played a tight checking game with the Bombers coming out on top 2-1. Game two was anything but a tight checking contest as the Bombers scored the first 4 goals of the game and went on to an 8-1 win. Due to the annual horse show in Regina game three was delayed eight days. This was much needed rest to heal some injuries.  In game three the Pats went ahead 3-0 only to have that evaporate and at one time fall behind 5-4, as they rallied back to a 6-5 win. Rod Norrish scored the hat trick in the win. Game four had the Bombers take a 4-0 first period lead and never really looked back posting a 5-3 win and a stranglehold on the series. The Pats, playing for their playoff lives tied game five 3-3 (no overtime) keeping their slim hopes alive. Gary Bromley starred in net making 40 saves. Game six was necessary and was played in Flin Flon. The visiting Pats were overmatched as the Bombers scored 2 goals early in the first and never looked back picking up a 6-0 series clincher. Pats goalie Gary Bromley did all he could facing 61 shots in the loss. Bombers win the best of seven series 4 games to 1 with 1 tie,

The 1971-72 Season

The Estevan Bruins moved their franchise to New Westminster during the off-season to play at the Queen’s Park Arena. There were also two new entries into the WCHL, the Victoria Cougars and Vancouver Nats. The league now had 12 teams, six in each division. The league set the schedule to 68 games.

Earl Ingarfield was named the Pats head coach after just retiring from playing in the NHL. The Pats won 43 games and finished first in the Eastern Division.

East division semi-final Pitted the Pats against the Bombers, but due to the annual horse show in Regina the series opened up in Flin Flon. A Norcanair DC-3 flight replaced a Moose Mountain bus trip for this one (2 hours as opposed to 10). The Pats dropped game one 3-2 with the Bombers scoring the winner with less than a minute left on a turnover. A multiple day layoff helped some Pats heal injuries, but the Pats still fell 5-3 in game two thanks to the performance of the Bombers netminder. Game three was a loosely played affair where the teams combined for 14 goals and the Pats came out on top 8-6. Game four was the opposite of the previous contest as the clubs skated to a 1-1 tie. Bernie Germain was brilliant in the Pats net. The Pats won game five, 9-1. The game ended on a sour note with 15 seconds left, from the Canadian Press – “The brawl started when Doug Marit of Regina and Jack McIlhargey of Flin Flon started fighting at the Regina blue line. While they were still scuffling, Bell of Regina and Gary Howatt engaged in another fight that prompted the emptying of both benches. Referee Joe Cassidy of Calgary handed out 17 minors, 26 majors, 20 misconducts and eight game misconducts in the game. Flin Flon took 10 of the 17 minor penalties.” The final penalty tally was 444. In game six the Pats battled back from a 2-0 deficit to tie the game 2-2 with Al Barrett scoring the tying goal. In game seven the Pats didn’t mess around as they scored three goals in less than two minutes early in the game, taking a 7-0 lead into the third period beating the Bombers 8-2 winning the series. Pats win the best of seven series 3 games to 2 with 2 ties.

In the eastern division final, the Pats played the Brandon Wheat Kings. In game one the Pats trounced the wheat Kings 8-1 as the Pats scored 7 goals in the final two periods in the win. Game two was the Dennis Sobchuk show, as he was in on 5 of the Pats’ six goals (1G, 4A) as the Pats skated to a 6-4 win. Playing their home games at Winnipeg in the Arena, the Pats couldn’t adjust to the larger ice surface in game three losing the contest 6-1. Bombers forward Ron Chipperfield led the charge as they tied the series up helping the Bombers win game four 5-3. Pats defenceman and captain Dwight Bialowas scored the Pats’ first goal as it turned out to be the winner in a 3-0 win for the Pats. Bernie Germain put up his second straight shutout and Clark Gillies scored the winner at 6:21 of the opening period as the Pats skated their way into the league final with a 6-0 win. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The league final was the Pats against the Oil Kings. The Pats skated to a 5-2 win at the Stadium as the Pats scored 4 of their 5 goals in the first period of game one.  Game two had Oil Kings’ netminder Larry Hendrick shut the Pats out 3-0 stopping 44 shots in the win. The Pats couldn’t find any offence in game three either as they were again shutout 3-0 as Hendrick stood tall. For the first time all season the Pats lost three in a row as they fell 4-1 in game four. Game five saw overtime as the Oil Kings Fred Comrie net the winner at 5:02 of overtime as they dumped the Pats 2-1. The Pats were only able to score 2 goals in the last 4-plus games. Oil Kings win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

The 1972-73 Season

The Pats finished 3rd in the East and had another dance with the Flin Flon Bombers (third year in a row), which wasn’t a good thing, you’ll find out soon.

The Eastern Division semi-final opened up in Flin Flon. In game one the Pats came out hitting and took a majority of the play as the game had no scoring in the first. The Pats stopped hitting and the Bombers capitalized with two goals in the second to go up 2-0 after two. The team exchanged goals in the third with Dennis Sobchuk tallying the Pats’ only goal in a 3-1 loss. Flin Flon’s captain Blaine Stoughton netted a hat trick in game two leading the way for the 5-3 Bombers win. The Pats weren’t able to use the Stadium as their home rink for the playoffs and had to play their games in Moose Jaw at the Civic Centre. The Pats did their best to try to hit everything and that they did, but they didn’t have the answer for the Bombers yet again in a 5-1 Bombers win putting the Pats behind the eight ball. The Pats saw a 3-0 lead evaporate in just one minute and ten seconds in the second period to even the game up at 3-3. The Bombers scored the only goal of the third to give the Bombers a 4-3 win and series sweep. Bombers win the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

The 1973-74 Season – Memorial Cup Champions

In the summer Pats star forward Dennis Sobchuk signed a 10-year contract valued at $1.7million with the Cincinnati Stingers of the World Hockey Association.

The Vancouver Nats were sold and moved to Kamloops and became the Kamloops Chiefs. The Winnipeg Jets were also sold and renamed the Winnipeg Clubs. There were no overtime games during league play.

On Tuesday December 18, 1973 the Pats departed headed to Sweden to get their first taste international hockey. With numerous stops along the way, the Pats took their 30-hour trek to Sweden to play in the Ahearne Cup against mostly professional clubs along the way. Their first stop was in Malmo where they tied the home club 3-3 in an exhibition game. The Pats played the Leksand Minor All-Stars and beat them 8-2 in their last exhibition contest.

The tournament was an experience for the Pats as they played 7 games in the tournament (6 professional, 1 senior team), unfortunately they couldn’t pick up a victory, they did manage a tie. Their opponents in the tournament were: Leksand Senior 5-0 loss, Moscow Dynamo 10-5 loss, Helsinki 9-2 loss, Stockholm AIK 8-1 loss, London Lions 5-5 tie, Sodertalje 5-3 loss and Djurgaarden 15-2 loss.

Back to the season: The Pats managed 43 wins to 14 losses and 11 ties in picking up first place in the division and in the league.

Just prior to the playoffs starting: On Wednesday, March 27, 1974, the Regina Leader-Post posed a question: “The Spokane Pats?” Reports came from the Saskatchewan Legislature Tuesday afternoon that one of Regina’s finest questioned the government on what it might do to help keep the Pats from moving to Spokane. At the same time, it was confirmed by Regina Pats’ President and General Manager, Del Wilson, that he had only phoned the operator of the Spokane Coliseum in terms of negotiations. “We do not want to leave Regina but, unless there is a firm commitment on a new building forthcoming, we have no other choice but to look elsewhere.”

That night – City Council proposed a new 6,000 seat arena after receiving a letter from Gordon Staseson, President of the Regina Exhibition Association, asking for Council’s preliminary support of the proposal for construction of an “Agra-Dome” building.

Lots to ponder before the playoffs.

The Pats faced the Saskatoon Blades in the Eastern semi-final that opened up in Regina (alternated home/road games). Led by Bill Bell’s four goals the Pats won game one 6-3 as each team netted three powerplay markers in the contest. In game two the Pats jumped out to a 3-0 lead after the first and skated to a 4-0 win as Ed Staniowski was stellar in the shutout. Clark Gillies and Rob Tudor led the charge with a pair of markers each. In game two the Blades came into Regina and out forechecked the Pats at every chance helping the Blades to a 3-2 win over the hometown Pats. Game four the Pats came out hitting in the first period only to have their play fade as the game went on and the Blades evened the series up at 2 with a 5-2 win. In game five a heroic game by Pats defender Kim MacDougall helped lead the way to a 4-2-win, heavy checking and relentless skating by the Pats did the Blades in. In game six, before a sell-out crowd in Saskatoon the Pats ended the series with a 5-2 win, Ed Staniowski with another brilliant performance in the Pats net. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

Up next were the Swift Current Broncos in the Eastern Final. The series opened in Regina and the Pats fell victim to a hot goalie (16-year old Bill Oleschuk) who faced 40 shots and Stan Dunn’s Broncos thumped the Pats 7-3 in game one. Game two was in doubt as the Pats went into the 3rd period trailing 5-1. Glen Burdon started what was to be an amazing comeback as the Pats scored 6 third period goals to win the game 7-5, tying up the series. Game three was more of a defensive struggle as the Pats Kim MacDougall scored the winner and Rob Laird potted 2 late tallies as the Pats won 4-1. The Broncos took game four 6-5 with Brian Trottier scored the game winner on his hat trick goal. Game five had the Pats in front 6-2 and with 14 minutes and 10 seconds left Dave “Tiger” Williams (who was serving a holding minor at the time) “waded into a sea of fans with stick swinging, and a horde of Broncos at his heels. Suddenly what was a reasonably quiet third stanza became World War III.” – Regina Leader-Post April 20, 1974. After about thirty minutes and 50 policemen later both teams were sent off to their dressing rooms to cool off. The ice was cleaned, and the teams returned with Regina Police surrounding the Broncos bench as the teams went through the motions and the game ended by the 6-2 score. In game six Greg Joly (with 2) led the Pats attack and Ed Staniowski blocked 30 shots as the Pats punched their ticket to the League Final with a 4-1 win. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The Pats faced the Western division champion Calgary Centennials in the league final. Clark Gillies goal at 3:40 of the third period ended up being the winner as the Pats skated away with a 2-1 win in game one at the Stadium. In game two the Pats scored three times in the 3rd period as the Pats took the game 4-2. Glen Burdon’s goal at 4:57 of overtime and Dennis Sobchuk’s hat trick helped lead the Pats to a 6-5 win in game three at the Corral in Calgary. Greg Joly scored twice leading the way for the Pats as they took game four 5-2 sweeping the Centennials in the final, sending the Pats to the Memorial Cup. The Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

The Memorial Cup played in Calgary at the Corral.

Game one: The Pats were perfect skating to a 4-0 win over the St. Catherine Black Hawks. The Black Hawks were able to stop Dennis Sobchuk, but couldn’t handle Greg Joly as he sniped twice and controlled much of the game from start to finish. Ed Staniowski was perfect in goal.

Game two: The Quebec Remparts came out skating and scored a decisive 5-3 win over the Pats. In a complete reversal of game one the Pats were outskated and out worked. The only real positive was 3 powerplay markers.

Game three: The Quebec Remparts destroyed the St. Catherine’s Black Hawks 11-3, setting up a rematch with the Pats in the Memorial Cup final.

Game four: It was a sweet victory for the Pats as they won their first Memorial Cup in 44 years winning 7-4 in front of 7,382 fans. The Pats trailed 3-0 nearing the end of the first period when Clark Gillies got the team on the board. Trailing 3-1 going into the second frame Bob Turner went to give the players a pep talk and Dennis Sobchuk got up and addressed him “You don’t have to say a word, we’re going to win this game.” Turner turned around and left the dressing room. The Pats went on to pepper the Quebec net with 22 shots in the frame scoring 4 times in the process while allowing just 4 shots against. Quebec got within one with about 5 minutes left in the third period but Glen Burdon outhustled everyone to the puck and scored with two minutes left in the contest. Sobchuk scored his third of the game into an empty net with 33 seconds left in the game giving the Pats the 7-4 win and the Memorial Cup Championship.

The 1974-75 Season

In the off season Del Wilson indicated that they planned to keep the Pats in Regina. They had earlier eluded to relocating to Spokane, Washington if they didn’t get a new arena. Swift Current moved their franchise to Lethbridge.

The Pats weren’t as strong coming off the Memorial Cup win as nine players were drafted or had graduated. They still had one key piece, namely Ed Staniowski. The Pats finished 3rd in the East.

The Pats played the Lethbridge Broncos in the Eastern Division semi-final opening up in Lethbridge. Game one went to overtime when Greg Woods unloaded a slapshot that hit the short side post and slipped under Staniowski’s leg to give the Broncos a 5-4 overtime win. In game two, Staniowski was again great as the Pats stopping 37 shots as the Pats were outshot 40-18 the Pats won 5-3 tying the series. The Pats struggled to tie game three, but Jim minor scored to tie the contest at 3 with thirty five seconds left in the game and scored the 4-3 overtime game winner. As game three was being played the City of Regina was having Bylaw voting (April 2) to see if the new Agridome was going to be a go or not.

From the Leader-Post April 3, 1975 – “Though voter turn out was relatively low – about 14.5 per cent of the estimated 100,000 eligible electors and burgesses combined – the much publicized $2.4-million Agridome bylaw received 12.119 voting for and 2,512 against.

With the passage of the Agridome bylaw, the city can now issue $2.4 million in debentures to complete financing the $5.7 million multi-purpose facility.”

Back to the action…. Game four had the Pats dump the Broncos 7-2 at the Stadium as Rob Tudor and Dave Faulkner led the charge with two goals each. The Broncos staved off elimination in game five with a 4-2 win at the Lethbridge Sportsplex, Lethbridge jumped out to a 3-0 lead and that was all they needed. Game six saw the Pats score three times with the man advantage in displacing the Broncos 5-2, Pats rookie Al Dumba led the charge with 2 tallies. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The Pats went on to play the high powered Saskatoon Blades in the Eastern Division final. Game one ended in a 4-2 score. Ed Staniowski did all he could do to keep the game close, but the Blades sealed the contest with an empty netter late in the third. Game two saw the Pats take five of seven minor penalties and couldn’t recover falling 4-2 in the game. Game three had the Pats fall behind 3-0 only to claw their way back to win the contest 5-4 with Jon Hammond scoring twice in the victory. In game four, the contest was closely played and was tied late in the third period when Saskatoon scored the winner with less than 3 minutes left on a breakaway, taking the game 4-3. Game five saw the Pats playing without two of their top defencemen, failed to score on six powerplays and failed to score in the game losing the contest 4-0 and the series. Blades win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

The 1975-76 Season

The Pats finished 5th in the Eastern Division.

Without having a legitimate replacement for graduating Ed Staniowski in goal, the Pats had 14 of them for the start of training camp. By the end of the season the Pats went through 8 different goalies to play in a regular season game.

The league, with a very weird setup for a preliminary round, pitted the Pats (52 points, East) against the Victoria Cougars (81 points, West) and the Medicine Hat Tigers (86 points, West) and Edmonton Oil Kings (55 points, West).

The series opened up in Victoria for the first two contests. The Pats weren’t able to overcome the Cougars’ powerplay allowing two 3rd period powerplay goals in a 3-1 game one loss. Game two was a Victoria 5-2 win as goalie Murray Bannerman was spectacular when he needed. Game three was back in Regina and Pats held a precarious 3rd period 4-3 lead which was erased with less than 5 minutes left as the game ended in a 4-4 tie (no overtime). Drew Callander led the Pat attack with a goal and 3 assists in the tie.  Game four was looking good for the Pats as they jumped out to a 3-0 lead only to have the Cougars score 5 straight and hang on for the 5-4 win putting the Pats at the brink of elimination. In game five the Pats forces a return trip to Victoria with a 6-4 win as Jon Hammond scored the hat trick. Game six was played the next night in Victoria and the Pats couldn’t overcome Victoria’s Mike Will as he scored 4 and assisted on two others in a 9-3 romp, ending the Pats’ season. Cougars win the series 4 games to 1 with 1 tie.

The 1976-77 Season

The league announced that dude to attendance issues the Edmonton Oil Kings franchise was moved to Portland to become the Winter Hawks. The Winnipeg club changed their name to the Monarchs.

The 1976-77 season was one to forget for the Pats. Eight wins. Going winless on the road (0-31-5). 36 game winless streak. Not much to say.

COACHES
1967-68: Bob Turner

1968-69: Bob Turner

1969-70: Jack Shupe

1970-71: Bob Turner

1971-72: Earl Ingarfield Sr.

1972-73: Bob Turner

1973-74: Bob Turner

1974-75: Bob Turner

1975-76: Bob Turner

1976-77: Bob Turner, replaced by Lorne Davis

CAPTAIN’S
1967-68: Ken Faranski, Ron Snell

1968-69: Ron Garwasiuk

1969-70: Rod Norrish

1970-71: Larry Wright

1971-72: Dwight Bialowas

1972-73: Doug Marit

1973-74: Dennis Sobchuk, Clark Gillies, Greg Joly & Rick Uhrich (co-captains)

1974-75: Dave Faulkner, Jim Minor, Mike Harazny (co-captains)

1975-76: Drew Callander

1976-77: Gord Wappel

REGULAR SEASON STATS
GP G-A-PTS
Leading Scorers:
1967-68: Ron Snell 60GP 56-55-111

1968-69: Ron Garwasiuk 40GP 52-39-91

1969-70: Scott Smith 35GP 33-35-68

1970-71: Larry Wright 59GP 24-60-84

1971-72: Dennis Sobchuk 68GP 56-67-123

1972-73: Dennis Sobchuk 66GP 67-80-147

1973-74: Dennis Sobchuk 66GP 68-78-146

1974-75: Dave Faulkner 70GP 56-66-122

1975-76: Rob Tudor 72GP 46-60-106

1976-77: Greg Ing 72GP 33-38-71

Defenceman Leaders

1967-68: John Statz 58GP 2-24-26

1968-69: Barry Cummins 42GP 13-27-40

1969-70: Dwight Bialowas 34GP 5-18-23

1970-71: Dwight Bialowas 63GP 12-29-41

1971-72: Dwight Bialowas 61GP 12-39-51

1972-73: Greg Joly 67GP 14-54-68

1973-74: Greg Joly 67GP 21-71-92

1974-75: Mike Harazny 70GP 4-37-41

1975-76: Gord Wappel 72GP 5-28-33

1976-77: Gord Wappel 54GP 4-28-32

PIM Leaders

1967-68: Barry Cummins 174

1968-69: Rob Garwasiuk 140

1969-70: Dave Smith 141

1970-71: Dave Smith 180

1971-72: Clark Gillies 199

1972-73: Clark Gillies 192

1973-74: Rob Laird 243

1974-75: Mike Wirachowsky 167

1975-76: Rob Tudor 226

1976-77: Mike McCann 205

Goalies

1967-68: Warren Fisher 29-22-7, 3.91 GAA, 5 SO

1968-69: Gary Bromley 20-6-1, 2.99 GAA, 3 SO

1969-70: Gary Bromley 20-13-1, 3.57 GAA, 2 SO

1970-71: Gary Bromley record n/a, 3.71 GAA, 2 SO

1971-72: Bernie Germain record n/a, 3.23 GAA, 1 SO

1972-73: Ed Staniowski 30-24-10, 3.76 GAA, 2 SO

1973-74: Ed Staniowski 39-12-9, 3.06 GAA, 2 SO

1974-75: Ed Staniowski 29-31-5, 3.95 GAA, 2 SO

1975-76: Bob Leslie 8-10-3, 4.65 GAA, 0 SO

1976-77: Pat Ansell 8-30-6, 5.65 GAA, 0 SO
PLAYOFF TOTALS include the Memorial Cup playoffs and playoff statistics.

PLAYOFFS
Leading Scorers:
1967-68: Ron Snell 4GP 3-5-8

1968-69: Ron Garwasiuk 26GP 29-32-61

1969-70: Scott Smith 11GP 16-9-25

1970-71: Dwight Bialowas 6GP 2-6-8

1971-72: Dennis Sobchuk 17GP 9-19-28

1972-73: Dennis Sobchuk 4GP 3-3-6

1973-74: Dennis Sobchuk 19GP 13-25-38

1974-75: Drew Callander 11GP 9-10-19

1975-76: Drew Callander 6GP 4-6-10

1976-77: no playoffs

Defencemen Leaders
1967-68: Barry Cummins 4GP 0-3-3

1968-69: John Statz 26GP 4-14-18

1969-70: Vince Wanner 11GP 6-4-10

1970-71: Dwight Bialowas 6GP 2-6-8

1971-72: Dwight Bialowas 17GP 1-8-9

1972-73: Greg Joly 4GP 0-3-3

1973-74: Greg Joly 19GP 9-16-25

1974-75: Mike Harazny 11GP 1-10-11

1975-76: Gord Wappel 6GP 0-2-2

1976-77: no playoffs

PIM Leaders
1967-68: Laurie Yaworski 22

1968-69: Barry Cummins 105

1969-70: Dave Smith 27

1970-71: Dave Smith 22

1971-72: Glen Toner 51

1972-73: Clark Gillies 34

1973-74: Rob Laird 102

1974-75: Dave Faulkner 38

1975-76: Gord Wappel 28

1976-77: no playoffs

Goalies
1967-68: Warren Fisher 0-4-0, 4.00 GAA, 0 SO

1968-69: Gary Bromley 16-10-0, 3.32 GAA, 2 SO

1969-70: Gary Bromley 6-5-0, 4.09 GAA, 1 SO

1970-71: Gary Bromley 1-3-1, 4.24 GAA, 0 SO

1971-72: Bernie Germain 8-8-2, 2.58 GAA, 2 SO

1972-73: Ed Staniowski 0-4-0, 4.25 GAA, 0 SO

1973-74: Ed Staniowski 16-4-0, 2.93 GAA, 2 SO

1974-75: Ed Staniowski 5-6-0, 3.48 GAA, 0 SO

1975-76: Kerry Nisbet 1-4-1, 5.00 GAA, 0 SO

1976-77: no playoffs

Top 10 Scorers (not including playoffs)

# PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Dennis Sobchuk 1971-74 200 191 225 416
2 Clark Gillies 1971-74 201 117 166 283
3 Mike Wanchuk 1971-74 181 122 136 258
4 Ron Garwasiuk 1966-69 152 139 117 256
5 Rob Tudor 1972-76 212 111 126 237
6 Larry Wright 1967-71 161 79 157 236
7 Laurie Yaworski 1966-69 158 95 115 210
8 Jim Minor 1971-75 202 69 137 206
9 Greg Joly 1971-74 201 41 163 204
10 Scott Smith 1968-72 203 108 95 203


Top 10 Playoff Scorers

# PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Ron Garwasiuk 1966-69 46 42 48 90
2 Dennis Sobchuk 1971-74 40 25 47 72
3 Larry Wright 1967-71 36 25 29 54
4 Scott Smith 1968-72 57 28 19 47
5 Clark Gillies 1971-74 40 17 23 40
6 Garry Leippi 1966-70 50 14 20 34
7 Mike Wanchuk 1971-74 33 15 16 31
8 Rob Laird 1972-74 23 13 18 31
9 Rod Norrish 1968-71 29 16 15 31
10 Greg Joly 1971-74 38 9 21 30


Top 10 Combined Scorers

 # PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Dennis Sobchuk 1971-74 240 216 272 488
2 Ron Garwasiuk 1966-69 198 181 165 346
3 Clark Gillies 1971-74 241 134 189 323
4 Larry Wright 1967-71 197 104 186 290
5 Mike Wanchuk 1971-74 214 137 152 289
6 Rob Tudor 1972-76 250 127 137 264
7 Scott Smith 1968-72 260 136 114 250
8 Laurie Yaworski 1966-69 200 107 130 237
9 Greg Joly 1971-74 239 50 184 234
10 Jim Minor 1971-75 236 80 151 231


Year-by-year Standings:

Regular Season first/Playoffs Second

# SEASON LEAGUE GP W L T GF GA PCT. GP W L T GF GA PCT.
38 1967-68 WCHL 60 29 23 8 246 237 0.550 4 0 4 0 10 16 0.000
39 1968-69 SAJHL 42 32 9 1 262 131 0.774 26 16 10 0 124 93 0.615
40 1969-70 SAJHL 35 21 13 1 175 126 0.614 11 6 5 0 53 45 0.545
41 1970-71 WCHL 66 28 36 2 202 246 0.439 6 1 4 1 14 29 0.250
42 1971-72 WCHL 68 43 23 2 287 225 0.647 18 8 8 2 67 50 0.500
43 1972-73 WCHL 68 30 28 10 294 270 0.515 4 0 4 0 8 17 0.000
44 1973-74 WCHL 68 43 14 11 377 225 0.713 19 14 5 0 83 56 0.737
45 1974-75 WCHL 70 29 36 5 260 288 0.450 11 5 6 0 39 41 0.455
46 1975-76 WCHL 72 22 42 8 278 347 0.361 6 1 4 1 20 30 0.250
47 1976-77 WCHL 72 8 53 11 218 465 0.188
 
TOTAL 621 285 277 59 2599 2560 0.506 105 51 50 4 418 377 0.505

Regular Season:  Goals For 4.19 // Goals Against 4.12

Playoffs: Goals For 3.98 // Goals Against 3.59

 

Courtesy Kevin Shaw, www.theblueliner.com

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