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Celebrating 100 Years: Tenth Decade, 2007-2017

 

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, the tenth and final decade from 2007 to 2017.

The 2007-08 Season

After 23 seasons as a community owned franchise, the Kamloops Blazers are sold to a group which includes former WHLers Shane Doan, Mark Recchi and Darryl Sydor.

Curtis Hunt is back for his 4th season as Pats head coach and helps the Pats to a 44-22-4-2 record which is good enough for first place in the East Division.

In a rematch of last season’s opening round the Pats played the Swift Current Broncos. In a low scoring game one the Pats got past the Broncos by a 2-1 score. Colten Teubert opened the scoring in the first and Tim Kraus scored the winner on the powerplay at 5:16 of the 2nd period. In game two the Pats took a 3-2 lead into the third, but Swift Current scored 3 unanswered goals with the winner scored on a 5-on-3. Pats’ leading scorer was ejected from the game just after the halfway point of the third period with a boarding major and the team lost their pushback. In game three J.D. Watt scored on the powerplay at 7:57 of the first overtime as the Pats took a one game lead with a 4-3 win. Scott Doucet, Kirt Hill and Time Kraus all had singles for the Pats. Game four went to double overtime and Dale Wiese scored at 7:37 of that frame to give the Broncos the win and a tied series. J.D Watt, Jordan Eberle, Logan Pyett and Victor Bartley scored in the losing cause. In game five the Pats trailed 3-2 going into the third period but Tim Kraus scored at 4:30 to tie the game. The Broncos went on to score twice in less than two minutes just over the half-way point of the third and sealed the game with a powerplay empty-netter with 59 seconds left in the third to give the Broncos a 6-3 win. In game six, the Broncos scored 3 times on the first 6 shots on goal in just 7:17, spelling the end of the road for Pats netminder Linden Rowat. Jeff Bosch entered the game and didn’t get beat, but that wasn’t enough all the Broncos had all they needed. The Swift Current club scored twice into empty nets as the game ended by a 5-2 score. Broncos win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

The 2008-09 Season

The Pats brought in Pats legend Dale Derkatch to be the teams head coach as Curtis Hunt moved on the NHL as an assistant coach.

The season started off great and they were battling for first but as the season progressed the club just kept slipping winning just 9 times in the last 36 games of the season. Despite having Jordan Eberle, Colten Teubert and Brett Leffler, the Pats ended up with 60 points and in 10th place and out of the playoffs.

The 2009-10 Season

Dale Derkatch was out as head coach as Curtis Hunt returned after a quick stint in the NHL.

Despite being lead by Jordan Eberle, with 50 goals and 106 points, Jordan Weal, with 102 points and Colten Teubert on defence, the Pats failed to make the playoffs for a second consecutive season. The club finished 67 points and in 10th in the Eastern Conference.  This season may go down as the “what if” season. Many people hoped that the Pats would trade their stars to build for the future, but the club stood “Pat” and accepted their fate.

The 2010-11 Season

The Pats continued a downward trend as the team won just 23 contests and once again finished in 10th in the conference with just 56 points, 11 out of the playoffs.

Jordan Weal lead the Pats in goals (43), assists (53) and points (96). Weal had 44 points more than the second-place scorer on the team and was in on 44.4% of all Pats goals on the season.

The 2011-12 Season

The Chilliwack Bruins moved to Victoria and are now known as the Royals.

The Pats made a coaching change, bringing in former WHLer and NHLer Pat Conacher to be the Pats head coach.

The Pats finished with 37 points and 82 points and finished 4th in the East Division just one point behind Saskatoon an Brandon. Jordan Weal once again was the Pats scoring leader scoring 41 times and assisting on 75 others for a whopping 116 points. He was in on 50.4% of Pats goals during the season.

Finishing in 4th the Pats met up with the Moose Jaw Warriors in the first round.

Game one, despite just having 15 shots on goal the Pats upset the favoured Warriors 3-2. Dyson Stevenson scored twice including the game winner and Tanner Olstad rounded out the scoring. Matt Hewitt made 31 saves in the win. In game two the Pats were outmatched heavily only managing 13 shots on goal as the Warriors showed their dominance in an 8-1 destruction of the Pats. In game three the Warriors scored 5 goals in the first period before Chandler Stephenson scored for the Pats. Lane Scheidl scored twice in the third period, but it wasn’t enough as the Warriors held on to a 5-3 win. In game four, the Pats had a 4-3 lead with five minutes left before the Warriors scored to send it to overtime. Double overtime was needed, and Brayden Point sealed the Warrior victory 6:14 into the frame. The Pats reverted back to their play in the first two games as they put just 16 shots on the Warrior tender. The Warriors scored the first four goals of the contest and never looked back as the Warriors won the game 5-2 and sealed the series. Warriors win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

The 2012-13 Season

Pat Conacher was again the Pats head coach and for the 4th time in the last five years the Pats failed to make the playoffs.

The Pats just didn’t have enough firepower to compete fully, the team scored just 193 goals and won only 25 wins and 59 points and 11th place in the conference. Lane Scheidl and Morgan Klimchuk were the only players to top 30 goals and 50 points on the season.

The 2013-14 Season

Malcolm Cameron becomes the newest Pats head coach.

The Pats had more secondary scoring this year and turned their fortunes around winning 39 games and finishing with 85 points and tied with swift Current for first in the East Division.

The Pats faced arch rival Brandon Wheat Kings in the first round. The Wheat Kings seemed to have figured out Pats netminder Dawson MacAuley as they beat him 4 times on their first 10 shots and that was all they needed in a 6-3 game one Wheat King win. In game two the Pats scored first but the Wheat Kings scored the next 4 goals before the Pats answered to make it 4-2. Less than three minutes after the Pats got it close the Wheat Kings scored the winner in an 8-4 Wheat Kings win.  The first period in game three was a slugfest as the Pats lead 4-3 after the first. The Wheat Kings tied up the game in the second and capped the victory with just under 5 minutes left in the contest as the Wheat Kings won 5-4. The Pats just didn’t have it in game four as Morgan Klimchuk scored the lone goal in a 5-1 Pats loss. The Wheat Kings outscored the Pats 24-12 in the four-game series. Wheat Kings win the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

Not long after the season ended the rumours that were swirling around the Pats became truth as the Parker’s had sold the Pats. Here is a press release issued from the Western Hockey League:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, APRIL 23rd, 2014

WHL SCHEDULES SPECIAL MEETING TO REVIEW APPLICATIONS FOR OWNERSHIP TRANSFERS

CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today a special meeting of the WHL Board of Governors has been scheduled for Wednesday April 30, 2014 in Calgary to review applications to transfer the ownership of the Prince George Cougars and Regina Pats WHL franchises.  The meeting will take place at the Deerfoot Inn in Calgary at 8:30 am, prior to the WHL Awards luncheon.

The owner of the Prince George Cougars, Rick Brodsky has entered into an agreement with Mr. Greg Pocock of EDGEPRO Sports & Entertainment Ltd., to purchase the Prince George WHL franchise.  Mr. Pocock is the head of a group consisting of local Prince George businessmen and former WHL players who formed EDGEPRO to purchase the Cougars franchise.

It was also announced today the ownership of the Regina Pats franchise, Russ and Diane Parker, have agreed to sell their franchise to a group of Regina businessmen headed by Anthony Marquart.  Mr. Marquart has formed Queen City Sports & Entertainment Group Ltd., to acquire the Pats franchise.

Both franchise purchases are subject to the approval of the WHL Board of Governors.  In order for the transfers of ownership to be approved, a two-thirds majority vote is required from the WHL Board of Governors at the April 30 meeting.

Should the transfer of ownership applications be approved by the WHL Board of Governors, the sale transactions will close later in May, at which time the new ownership will be in position to take control of the franchises.

WHL Commissioner Ron Robison will be available to the media following the Board of Governors meeting.

A week later the sale was approved:

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE / WEDNESDAY, APRIL 30th, 2014

WHL BOARD OF GOVERNORS APPROVE NEW OWNERSHIP GROUPS FOR PRINCE GEORGE AND REGINA

CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that the WHL Board of Governors have approved the application to transfer the ownership of the Prince George Cougars and the Regina Pats WHL franchises.

The WHL Board of Governors voted unanimously to approve the transfer of the Prince George Cougars ownership from Rick Brodsky to EDGEPRO Sports and Entertainment Ltd., and the Regina Pats from Russ and Diane Parker to Queen City Sports and Entertainment Group Ltd.

The new Prince George ownership group is led by local businessman Greg Pocock along with partners Ernest Ouellet, Raymond Fortier, and John Pateman. Former Prince George Cougars and current NHL players Dan Hamhuis and Eric Brewer are also key members of the new ownership entity.

The Prince George Cougars franchise relocated from Victoria twenty years ago. Rick Brodsky has been the only owner of the Cougars WHL franchise since it began operations in Prince George in 1994.

The new ownership group in Regina is headed by local businessman Anthony Marquart, who takes over the franchise from Russ and Diane Parker who have owned and operated the Pats franchise for the past 19 seasons. The other members of the Queen City Sports and Entertainment group includes prominent Regina businessmen Todd Lumbard, Gavin Semple, Shaun Semple, and Jason Drummond.

“The WHL is fortunate to have attracted two very high calibre ownership groups who are fully committed to whatever is necessary to take the Prince George Cougars and the Regina Pats franchises to a new level,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “We are confident that fans will enthusiastically embrace the local ownership groups and bring long-term stability to these WHL markets.”

It’s anticipated that both sales will close prior to the end of May. Further details will be announced in the near future when the new ownership groups conduct media conferences in both Prince George and Regina.

The 2014-15 Season

On August 6, 2014, just prior to the club’s training camp, the Pats named John Paddock as their head coach and senior Vice President of Hockey Operations. Just a week later Dave Struch was named the teams’ assistant coach. One week after that the Pats named ex-Pat Darrin McKechnie as an assistant coach.

The Pats felt as though they needed to start working on a rebuild and traded mainstay’s Dryden Hunt, Connor Gay, Morgan Klimchuk and Kyle Burroughs prior to the deadline. Even with the veteran core traded the Pats finished the season with 37 wins and 85 points and a date with the Swift Current Broncos in the first round.

The Broncos opened up the scoring in game one just 2:01 into the first, Patrick D’Amico and Pavel Padakin, with two, replied for the Pats before the end of the first period. That was all the Pats would need in a 4-2 Pats win. Daniel Wapple made 35 and Braden Christoffer sealed the game with an empty netter with 18 seconds left in the contest. The Broncos again opened the scoring and the Pats had a response as Taylor Cooper and Jesse Gabrielle replied for the Pats before the first was done. The Broncos tied the game in the second heading to the 3rd period. Adam Brooks scored the game winner at 6:34 of the third period. Game three was tied at 1 after the 1st, 3 after the 2nd and 4 after the 3rd. Austin Wagner scored the winner at 4:25 of the overtime frame. The Pats tested the Bronco netminder Bow 48 times and Rykr Cole, Adam Brooks, Patrick D’Amico and Colby Williams also scored for the Pats. It took until the 11:53 mark of the 2nd period before Adam Brooks scored the game winner unassisted and shorthanded. Just over three minutes later Brooks dented the twine for the insurance goal. Patrick D’Amico and Connor Hobbs also scored for the Pats, Daniel Wapple made 24 saves in the series clinching 4-0 shutout. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

Next up for the Pats were the powerhouse Brandon Wheat Kings. Game one, the Pats couldn’t get anything going offensively as the Wheat Kings downed the Pats 5-1. Special teams came into play in the second game as 6 of the 7 goals were scored on the teams. Brandon scored 3 powerplay goals and 1 shorthanded and the Pats scored 2 powerplay goals in the game. The Wheat Kings came out on top with a 5-2 win. The Pats rebounded in game three as Jared McAmmond opened the scoring and Daniel Wapple made 39 stops. Taylor Cooper scored the winning goal as the Pats won the game 3-2. Daniel Wapple was once again amazing making 45 saves in game four, but the Wheat Kings scored the 3-2 win just 3:36 into overtime. Colby Williams and Connor Hobbs scored the markers for the Pats in the game. In game five Jake Leschyshyn and Taylor Cooper scored for the Pats but the Wheat Kings tied the contest up in the third sending the game into overtime. Daniel Wapple’s 51st shot beat him as the Wheat Kings finished off the series with back to back 3-2 overtime wins, ending the Pats playoff run. Wheat Kings win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

The 2015-16 Season

Darrin McKechnie is no longer with the team and the Pats hire Brad Herauf as new assistant coach.

The Pats all but stayed the course this season, the one big transaction the team made was adding Cole Sanford to the mix. The Pats finished with 36 wins and 80 points. Adam Brooks was the leagues leading scorer with 38 goals, 82 assists and 120 points.

The Pats faced the central leading Lethbridge Hurricanes in the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Hurricanes scored the first two goals of game one, but Adam Brooks, Austin Wagner and Connor Hobbs scored to give the Pats a 3-2 lead in the second period. Lethbridge tied the game up before the end of the second and scored three times in the third to skate away with a 6-3 win. Adam Brooks scored twice, and Sam Steel finished the scoring into an empty net as Tyler Brown made 27 saves in the Pats 3-0 game two win. The Hurricanes scored first in game three, but Cole Sanford tied up the contest in the second period. Sam Steel scored just over the midway point of the third and Rykr Cole scored what proved to be the game winner less than three minutes later as the Pats won 3-2. Cole Sanford scored with less than a minute left in the first to give the Pats a 1-0 lead, Adam Brooks scored into an empty net with just over a minute left and Tyler Brown made 27 saves for a 2-0 shutout win in game four. The Pats sealed the deal in game five as Sam Steel and Lane Zablocki each scored a pair of goals in the first period as the Pats steamrolled their way past the Hurricanes by a 7-2 score. Austin Wagner, Adam Brooks and Cole Sanford rounded out the scoring. Brooks with 5 points (1, 4), Sam Steel 4 (2, 2) and Austin Wagner 4 points (1-3) carried the Pats to the win. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 1.

Up next were the Red Deer Rebels in the Eastern Conference semifinal. Colby Williams and Cole Sanford scored in the first to give the Pats a 2-0 lead, but the Rebels replied and scored 3 unanswered goals to win game one 3-2 at Red Deer. Sam Steel scored the first goal of game two only to have Red Deer tie it up late in the first frame. The teams each scored twice in the second period to have the game even at 3 heading into the third period. Adam Musil scored the game winner just past the halfway point of the third giving the Rebels a 4-3 win and two games to none series advantage, heading to Regina. With 6,247 spectators in the crowd the Pats used home ice to their advantage scoring three goals in the third period and six different Pats scored as the Pats beat the Rebels 6-3. In game four, Lane Zablocki had the hat trick, Connor Hobbs, Luc Smith and Cole Sanford added singles as the Pats downed the Rebels 6-4 as the Pats’ powerplay struck for 4 goals. Home ice is key as the Rebels shelled directed 46 shots at Tyler Brown and Jordan Hollett as the Pats fell 5-1, coming back to Regina. The Pats gave back what they received in game six as they scored four unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes as the Pats skated to a 5-1 win. Jared McAmmond, Connor Hobbs, Cole Sanford, Lane Zablocki and Colby Williams picked up markers for the Pats. There was no scoring in the first period of game seven. The Rebels opened the scoring with just over five minutes left in the second. Adam Brooks tied the game up with just 13 seconds left in the period, setting up a clean slate in the third. The Pats carried much of the play in the third, outshooting the Rebels 15-4, but the Rebels scored the lone goal with less than 8 minutes left ending the fantastic series. Each team won their home games in the series. Rebels win the best of seven series 4 games to 3.

The 2016-17 Season

The Pats accomplished numerous feats during the season, many of which no one that witnessed them will ever forget. 52 wins and 112 points, besting their previous franchise record of 49 and 100 respectively back in 1980-81. First overall.

Sam Steel (131) finishing one point ahead of Adam Brooks (130) for the WHL’s leading scorer. Steel with 50 goals. Steel (81) and Brooks (87) with 80+ assists. Connor Hobbs breaking the Pats record for most goals by a defenceman in the regular season with 31.

In the Eastern Conference quarterfinal, the Pats met up with the Calgary Hitmen. Game one, played in front of a capacity crowd, the Pats scored four in the third period to take the contest 5-2. Adam Brooks scored twice, Josh Mahura, Bryan Lockner and Austin Wagner all scored for the Pats. The Pats scored once in the first and twice in each of the final two periods as the Pats won game two 5-1. Dawson Leedahl scored twice, Adam Brooks, Nick Henry and Sam Steel rounded out the scoring for the Pats. In game three back in Calgary the Pats scored the contests first five goals en route to a 5-2 win. Sam Steel Scored the hat trick, Wyatt Sloboshan scored the winner and Dawson Leedahl scored the insurance marker for the Pats. The sweep was complete as the Pats scored the first three goals and the last two as they won game four 5-1. Austin Wagner scored twice (winner and insurance goal), Dawson Davidson, Connor Hobbs and Jeff de Wit finished the scoring for the Pats. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 0.

The Eastern Conference semifinal was set, the Pats faced the Swift Current Broncos. Austin Wagner scored in the first to give the Pats a 1-0 lead that they carried until the third period where the Broncos scored with 38 seconds left to send the contest to overtime. The game one upset was complete as the Broncos scored 15:12 into the overtime period. Jonathan Smart opened the scoring in game two but two powerplay goals gave the Broncos the lead after the first period. The Pats responded with 5 unanswered goals in the final 40 minutes to take game two 6-2. Austin Wagner scored twice, Connor Hobbs, Nick Henry and Robbie Holmes rounded out the scoring for the Pats. Game three saw Dawson Leedahl open the scoring for the Pats in the second period only to have the Broncos reply just over two minutes later. The game needed overtime and just 1:46 in the Broncos scored the huge upset taking the series lead from the favoured Pats. Dawson Leedahl scored twice in the first to give the Pats a 2-0 lead after the first only to see the Broncos score twice in the second to tie the game up heading into the third. Dawson Leedahl scored twice more including the game tying goal 21 seconds left in the third to send the game to yet another overtime. The game wasn’t settled in the first overtime. The game wasn’t settled in the second overtime. Swift Current scored a powerplay goal, while Connor Hobbs served a suspect tripping call, at 9:54 of the third overtime period giving the Broncos a stranglehold on the series. Desperation for the Pats as they saw the Broncos take a 1-0 lead in game five. Sam Steel scored with 14 seconds left in the first to tie the game at 1 after the first period. Connor Hobbs and Nick Henry scored in the second taking a 3-1 lead into the third. The Pats weathered the storm beating the Broncos 3-2 and staying alive in the series heading back to Swift Current for game six. Austin Wagner opened the scoring for the Pats, but the Broncos tied up the contest four minutes later. The Broncos scored twice early in the second period, but the Pats battled back on goals by Josh Mahura and Wyatt Sloboshan, his coming with 25 seconds left in the 2nd to be squared up heading into the third. Austin Wagner scored the winner at 1:15 of the third and Filip Ahl added some insurance less than five minutes later finishing the comeback with four unanswered goals tying the series sending it back to Regina for a winner takes all game seven. With a packed house the Pats came out flying and the Broncos came out flat, Sam Steel scored a little more than two minutes into the game and Filip Ahl followed up with a goal just before five minutes passed. The Ahl goal wound up being the game winner. Sam Steel added his second goal and Austin Wagner scored twice (once into an empty net) as the Pats completed the remarkable comeback in convincing fashion, with an injured Adam Brooks on the bench, by a 5-1 score. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 3.

In the Eastern Conference Final, the Pats faced a strong Lethbridge Hurricane squad. With yet another packed house Austin Wagner scored 1:10 into the first period and that’s all they could get past Stuart Skinner (stopped 36 of 37) as the Hurricanes upset the Pats 3-1 in the first game of the series. The Pats Jeff de Wit scored in the first period and Austin Wagner scored a shorthanded in the third gave the Pats a dreaded 2 goal lead just over 7 minutes into the third. The Hurricanes scored at 9:21 and tied the game 33 seconds later at 9:54 of the third helping send the game to overtime. Adam Brooks was the Pats hero as he scored at 17:05 of the overtime sending the Pats fans home happy. The series shifted to Lethbridge and the Hurricanes scored just 16 seconds into the game to take a 1-0 lead. The Pats settled down and Dawson Leedahl tied the contest just past the midway point of the second. The Hurricanes replied just over three minutes later to take a 2-1 lead heading to the third. The Hurricanes sealed the deal four minutes into the third making the score 3-1 and completing another upset to go up 2 games to 1 in the series. The high flying, wounded and resilient Pats bounced back with a with a better effort in game four. Braydon Buziak opened the scoring just prior to the midway point of the first giving the Pats a 1-0 lead after twenty minutes. The Hurricanes scored a goal early in the second to tie the game. Jeff de Wit scored at 9 minutes and the Hurricanes tied it right back up 34 seconds later. The game was tied until late in the second period when Adam Brooks scored with just under 2 minutes left in the second and Dawson Leedahl scored with less than a minute left in the frame to take a 4-2 lead going into the third. Connor Hobbs and Wyatt Sloboshan scored in the third to give the Pats a 6-2 win.  On goals by Josh Mahura, Sam Steel and Filip Ahl had game five tied up at 3 heading into the third period. Dawson Leedahl scored the Winner just over 6 minutes into the third and Austin Wagner scored into an empty net with 3 seconds left to give the Pats a 5-3 win in front of a packed Brandt Centre. Game six, in Lethbridge, the Hurricanes came out flying, scoring three times by the 8:02 mark of the first period. Robbie Holmes scored 23 seconds later, and Josh Mahura scored just over the midway point of the period. The Hurricanes carried a 3-2 lead into the second. The Hurricanes took a 2-goal lead just over a minute into the second taking a 4-2 lead. Filip Ahl and Nick Henry scored before the end of the second to tie the game at 4 going into the final stanza. Jeff de Wit, Austin Wagner and Wyatt Sloboshan (into an empty net) scored in the third period capping off a five goal Pats surge giving the Pats a 7-4 win and taking the Eastern Conference Championship. Pats win the best of seven series 4 games to 2.

For the first time since 1984 the Pats are in the WHL FINAL.

The Opponent: Seattle Thunderbirds.

In game one it was a defensive struggle. Seattle dented the twine first at 4:56 of the second period.  Connor Hobbs tied the contest just over 12 minutes into the third to send game one to overtime. Before the packed house in Regina got back to their seats the Thunderbirds had scored. Overtime lasted all of 14 seconds. Sam Steel opened the scoring in game two and the Pats lead 1-0 after the first period. The Thunderbirds had a quick strike offence and scored three times in less than a minute (3:56, 4:12, 4:52) to take a 3-1 lead before Josh Mahura scored to pull the Pats to within one before the second expired. Filip Ahl scored the lone goal in the third and game two needed overtime. Josh Mahura put the game on ice with a powerplay goal 5:22 into the overtime sending the Regina faithful home happy. The series shifted to Kent for the next three contests and in game three Tyler Brown made 35 saves for the Pats 3-2 win. The teams traded goals in the first period as Connor Hobbs and Chase Harrison scored for the Pats. Robbie Holmes scored the lone goal of the second period and the teams were held off the scoresheet in the third. Despite Sam Steel opening the scoring in game four the Thunderbirds stormed back and scored 6 unanswered goals on the way to a convincing 6-1 win to tie the series. In game five the teams exchanged a pair of goals in the first as Josh Mahura and Jeff de Wit scored the goals for the Pats to have the game tied heading into the second. Dawson Leedahl scored just before the 10-minute mark to give the Pats a lead, but the Thunderbirds scored twice within a minute to take a 4-3 lead into the third period. The third period wasn’t kind to the Pats, the Thunderbirds scored twice before Austin Wagner gave the Pats hope, but the game was sealed with a Seattle empty netter with 2 seconds left giving the Thunderbirds the 7-4 win and 3-2 series lead heading back to Regina in a do-or-die for the Pats. Game six, Regina. Sam Steel scored at 7:18 of the first period to give the Pats the lead heading into the second. The Thunderbirds scored the lone goal of the second getting the game all square after the second. Josh Mahura scored at 11:50 of the third and Austin Wagner scored at 13:12 and the crowd was going berserk. One minute twenty-six seconds later the Thunderbirds hush the crowd but cutting the lead to one. The crowd got loud again until the 17:06 mark when Seattle tied the game. It felt like could cut the tension with a knife as the game headed to overtime. The Pats tried as they might but Alexander True broke in on a partial 2-on-1 took a shot which Tyler Brown stopped but couldn’t handle the rebound fell to the ice, and as the Pats skaters tried desperately to help their netminder True grabbed his own rebound and deposited the puck into the back of the net 12:26 into the overtime. The Seattle Thunderbirds are the Western Hockey League Champions. Thunderbirds win the best of seven series 4 games to 2

COACHES
2007-08: Curtis Hunt

2008-09: Dale Derkatch

2009-10: Curtis Hunt

2010-11: Curtis Hunt

2011-12: Pat Conacher

2012-13: Pat Conacher

2013-14: Malcolm Cameron

2014-15: John Paddock

2015-16: John Paddock

2016-17: John Paddock

CAPTAIN’S
2007-08: Logan Pyett

2008-09: Victor Bartley

2009-10: Colten Teubert

2010-11: Garrett Mitchell

2011-12: Brandon Davidson

2012-13: Colton Jobke

2013-14: Kyle Burroughs

2014-15: Kyle Burroughs (traded), Braden Christoffer

2015-16: Colby Williams and Adam Brooks (when Williams was injured)

2016-17: Adam Brooks

REGULAR SEASON STATS
GP G-A-PTS
Leading Scorers:
2007-08:  Jordan Eberle 70GP 42-33-75

2008-09: Jordan Eberle 61GP 35-39-74

2009-10: Jordan Eberle 57GP 50-56-106

2010-11: Jordan Weal 72GP 43-53-96

2011-12: Jordan Weal 70GP 41-75-116

2012-13: Lane Scheidl 72GP 41-39-80

2013-14: Chandler Stephenson 69GP 30-59-89

2014-15: Adam Brooks 64GP 30-32-62

2015-16: Adam Brooks 72GP 38-82-120

2016-17: Sam Steel 66GP 50-81-131

Defenceman Leaders

2007-08: Logan Pyett 62GP 20-34-54

2008-09: Victor Bartley 72Gp 15-31-46

2009-10: Colten Teubert 60Gp 10-30-40

2010-11: Brandon Davidson 72GP 8-43-51

2011-12: Brandon Davidson 69GP 13-36-49

2012-13: Kyle Burroughs 70GP 5-28-33

2013-14: Dmitry Sinitsyn 69GP 10-34-44

2014-15: Colby Williams 64GP 11-30-41

2015-16: Connor Hobbs 58GP 19-22-41

2016-17: Connor Hobbs 67GP 31-54-85

PIM Leaders

2007-08: Colten Teubert 135 (Ryan Bender had 198 but only 84 with the Pats)

2008-09: Garrett Mitchell 140

2009-10: Brett Leffler 151

2010-11: Garrett Mitchell and Artem Bidlevskii 140 (Shayne Neigum had 194 but only 108 with the Pats)

2011-12: Artem Bidlevskii 124

2012-13: Dyson Stevenson 120

2013-14: Braden Christoffer 130

2014-15: Braden Christoffer 147

2015-16: Aaron Macklin 109

2016-17: Dawson Leedahl 121

Goalies

2007-08: Linden Rowat 33-15-4-2, 2.68 GAA, 3 SO

2008-09: Linden Rowat 19-24-1-3, 3.07 GAA, 2 SO

2009-10: Damien Ketlo 19-19-2-4, 3.55 GAA, 0 SO

2010-11: Damien Ketlo 10-24-6-2, 4.05 GAA, 2 SO

2011-12: Matt Hewitt 32-21-4-2, 2.76 GAA, 4 SO

2012-13: Matt Hewitt 17-25-2-5, 3.34 GAA, 2 SO

2013-14: Dawson MacAuley 25-16-4-0, 3.24 GAA, 4 SO

2014-15: Daniel Wapple 29-15-4-6, 3.03 GAA, 0 SO

2015-16: Tyler Brown 21-19-1-5, 3.15 GAA, 2 SO

2016-17: Tyler Brown 33-8-5-1, 2.64 GAA, 5 SO
PLAYOFF TOTALS include the Memorial Cup playoffs and playoff statistics.

PLAYOFFS
Leading Scorers:
2007-08: J.D. Watt 6GP 2-6-8

2008-09: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2009-10: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2010-11: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2011-12: Dyson Stevenson 4GP 3-2-5 and Jordan Weal 5GP 1-4-5

2012-13: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2013-14: Connor Gay 4GP 2-4-6

2014-15: Braden Christoffer 9GP 3-5-8 and Colby Williams 9GP 2-6-8

2015-16: Adam Brooks 12GP 7-16-23

2016-17: Sam Steel 23GP 11-19-30

Defencemen Leaders
2007-08: Colten Teubert 6GP 1-4-5

2008-09: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2009-10: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2010-11: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2011-12: Martin Marincin 5GP 2-0-2

2012-13: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2013-14: Jesse Zgraggen 4GP 1-3-4

2014-15: Colby Williams 9GP 2-6-8

2015-16: Connor Hobbs 12GP 4-6-10

2016-17: Connor Hobbs 23GP 6-18-24

PIM Leaders
2007-08: J.D. Watt 19

2008-09: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2009-10: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2010-11: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2011-12: Dyson Stevenson 14

2012-13: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2013-14: Braden Christoffer 14

2014-15: Sergey Zbrovskiy 13

2015-16: Lane Zablocki 19

2016-17: Dawson Leedahl 34

Goalies
2007-08: Linden Rowat 2-4, 3.65 GAA, 0 SO

2008-09: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2009-10: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2010-11: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2011-12: Matt Hewitt 1-3, 4.16 GAA, 0 SO

2012-13: Did not qualify for the playoffs.

2013-14: Daniel Wapple 0-2, 5.04 GAA, 0 SO

2014-15: Daniel Wapple 5-4, 2.82 GAA, 1 SO

2015-16: Tyler Brown 7-5, 2.71 GAA, 2 SO

2016-17: Tyler Brown 14-9, 2.56 GAA, 0 SO

Top 10 Scorers (not including playoffs)

# PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Jordan Weal 2007-12 282 135 250 385
2 Adam Brooks 2012-17 317 119 216 335
3 Jordan Eberle 2007-10 188 127 128 255
4 Sam Steel 2013-17 204 90 165 255
5 Morgan Klimchuk 2010-15 228 98 119 217
6 Chandler Stephenson 2010-14 230 73 122 195
7 Austin Wagner 2012-17 238 79 90 169
8 Dyson Stevenson 2009-14 252 75 93 168
9 Lane Scheidl 2010-13 190 78 87 165
10 Connor Hobbs 2014-17 158 51 91 142


Top 10 Playoff Scorers

# PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Adam Brooks 2013-17 42 16 33 49
2 Sam Steel 2013-17 37 17 29 46
3 Connor Hobbs 2014-17 43 12 24 36
4 Austin Wagner 2013-17 45 20 13 33
5 Dawson Leedahl 2016-17 23 12 13 25
6 Josh Mahura 2016-17 23 8 13 21
7 Filip Ahl 2016-17 20 5 13 18
8 Colby Williams 2013-16 25 5 12 17
9 Cole Sanford 2015-16 12 7 9 16
10 Wyatt Sloboshan 2016-17 23 4 10 14
11 Sergey Zborovskiy 2014-17 41 0 14 14


Top 10 Combined Scorers

 # PLAYER SEASON(S) GP G A PTS
1 Jordan Weal 2007-12 291 136 254 390
2 Adam Brooks 2012-17 359 135 249 384
3 Sam Steel 2013-17 241 107 194 301
4 Jordan Eberle 2007-10 193 129 132 261
5 Morgan Klimchuk 2010-15 237 101 122 223
6 Austin Wagner 2012-17 283 99 103 202
7 Connor Hobbs 2014-17 201 63 115 178
8 Chandler Stephenson 2010-14 239 47 129 176
9 Lane Scheidl 2010-13 195 81 88 169
10 Brandon Davidson 2009-12 204 22 113 135


Year-by-year Standings:

Regular Season first/Playoffs Second

# SEASON LEAGUE GP W L OTL SOL GF GA PCT. GP W L T GF GA PCT.
78 2007-08 WHL 72 44 22 4 2 217 206 0.653 6 2 4 0 18 25 0.333
79 2008-09 WHL 72 27 39 1 5 228 265 0.417
80 2009-10 WHL 72 30 35 3 4 246 278 0.465
81 2010-11 WHL 72 23 39 7 3 216 312 0.389
82 2011-12 WHL 72 37 27 6 2 230 214 0.569 5 1 4 0 13 25 0.200
83 2012-13 WHL 72 25 38 4 5 193 269 0.410
84 2013-14 WHL 72 39 26 4 3 257 247 0.590 4 0 4 0 12 24 0.000
85 2014-15 WHL 72 37 24 5 6 263 238 0.590 9 5 4 0 26 26 0.556
86 2015-16 WHL 72 36 28 3 5 243 253 0.556 12 7 5 0 42 32 0.583
87 2016-17 WHL 72 52 12 7 1 353 211 0.778 23 14 9 0 84 64 0.609
 
TOTAL 720 350 290 44 36 2446 2493 0.542 59 29 30 0 195 196 0.492

Regular Season:  Goals For 3.40 // Goals Against 3.46

Playoffs: Goals For 3.31 // Goals Against 3.32

Courtesy Kevin Shaw, theblueliner.com

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