John Paddock named WHL Coach and Executive of the Year
For the second time in three years, Regina Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock is the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy Winner as WHL Coach of the Year. Paddock was also named the WHL Executive of the Year, winning the Lloyd Saunders Memorial Trophy.
During the 2016/17 regular season, John Paddock led the Pats to 52 wins and 112 points; the most in franchise history. The team started the year going 18 games without a regulation loss, tying a team record. In addition, the Pats won 11 straight games, three separate times under John’s guidance, helping Regina win the Scotty Munro Memorial Trophy as regular season champions.
“This is really a team honour,” said Paddock. “We have a special group of players that give our staff their complete cooperation and I share this with our coaches: Dave, Brad, Robbie and Landon.”
Paddock executed a total of 12 trades in preparation for and during the 2016/17 season. In the process, he acquired forwards Dawson Leedahl, Nick Henry, Wyatt Sloboshan and Jeff de Wit, as well as defencemen Josh Mahura, Dawson Davidson and Jonathan Smart.
“It is quite an honor to be recognized in this category,” Paddock said. “We were fortunate enough to have Brooks, Wagner, Harrison, Steel and Zborovskiy in place when our group joined the organization, with lots of hard work by our scouting staff led by Dale McMullin and assistants Dave Struch and Gord Pritchard we were able to put this team together to have the kind of year we had. It is a significant award for our organization.”
“We are very proud of John for winning these awards,” said Pats President Todd Lumbard. “It’s a reflection of the character, experience and individual John Paddock is. He has built a strong team of coaches, players, scouts and staff that believe in him and what is being built with the Regina Pats.”
Paddock and the rest of the Pats hockey staff will take part in the 2017 WHL Bantam Draft starting Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m.