The Regina Pats Hockey Club, along with the entire hockey world, mourns the passing of Graham Tuer.
“Graham was truly one of the best people to ever meet,” said Pats President Todd Lumbard. “He loved hockey, he loved the Pats and he treated everyone with a great deal of love and respect. He will be missed by so many people.”
Graham’s involvement in Hockey in Saskatchewan spans five decades. He worked in multiple capacities, as a general manager, scout, volunteer and administrator at every level of minor and junior hockey.
“Graham never had a bad word to say about anyone,” said Pats Head Coach and GM John Paddock. “He lived his life like we all wish we would have lived our own.”
Tuer was formerly the GM of the Regina Pat Canadians and won the Air Canada Cup in 1988. He went on to be the Assistant GM and scout for the Regina Pats before joining his son Al with the Moose Jaw Warriors as a special assistant to the GM for two years. Graham then spent 20 years with the Kelowna Rockets scouting staff as well as the NHL’s Central Scouting Service.
Graham was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in August as a builder. He is also a member of the Regina Sports Hall of Fame, named the Regina Pats key builder in 2010 and received the WHL Distinguished Service Award in 2010.
“The accolades are a reflection of the man Graham was,” said Pats COO Stacey Cattell. “We as an organization could not be more proud to call him a Pat forever. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Tuer family and their friends.”
Graham was predeceased by his wife Verna and is survived by his four children Donna, Kathy, Al and Greg as well as eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
The Pats will hold a ceremony during the 2017-18 season to honour the memory of one of the greats, Graham Tuer.