PREVIEW: Pats kick off Mastercard Memorial Cup against Hamilton
The Regina Pats (0-0) kick off the historic 100th Mastercard Memorial Cup on Friday night against the Ontario Hockey League Champion Hamilton Bulldogs (0-0). Puck drop is at 8 p.m. at the Brandt Centre. The Pats have been off since April 2 when they lost game seven to the Swift Current Broncos in the playoffs. The Bulldogs are coming off a six game series win over the Sault Saint Marie Greyhounds. The game can be heard starting at 7:05 with the Safeway Sobeys pre-game show followed by Bennett Dunlop Ford Pats Hockey on 620 CKRM. The game will also be broadcast on Sportsnet.
2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup Schedule
|Date||Home Team||Visiting Team||Time|
|May 18, 2018||Regina||Hamilton||8 p.m.|
|May 19, 2018||Acadie-Bathurst||Swift Current||2 p.m.|
|May 20, 2018||Acadie-Bathurst||Regina||5 p.m.|
|May 21, 2018||Hamilton||Swift Current||6 p.m.|
|May 22, 2018||Hamilton||Acadie-Bathurst||8 p.m.|
|May 23, 2018||Swift Current||Regina||8 p.m.|
|May 24, 2018 Tie-breaker||TBD||TBD||6 p.m.|
|May 25, 2018 Semi-Final||TBD||TBD||8 p.m.|
|May 27, 2018 Final||TBD||TBD||5 p.m.|
The Regina Pats are making a record 16th appearance in the Mastercard Memorial Cup in 2018. The club played in the first ever Memorial Cup in 1919, three times in the 1920’s, twice in the 30’s, five times in the 1950’s and then again in 1969, 1974, 1980, 2001 and now in 2018. The club has four Memorial Cup championships in their 100 year history, winning for the first time in 1925, then again in 1928, 1930 and most recently in 1974. The Pats have played in three previous Memorial Cups under the current format in 1974, 1980 and 2001 and hold a five and seven record in those years, scoring 53 goals and giving up 42.
Back to Back Appearances
Pats defemceman Aaron Hyman will be playing in a second consecutive Mastercard Memorial Cup in 2018. The 19-year-old was a member of the 2017 WHL Champion Seattle Thunderbirds who played in the tournament in Windsor, ON. Hyman was acquired by the Pats ahead of the January 10 WHL trade deadline and appeared in 28 regular season games, scoring twice and adding four assists to go along with a plus four rating and 10 penalty minutes. In seven playoff games in 2018, Hyman had one assist.
Mahura Back Again
Pats defenceman Josh Mahura will be making his second appearance in the Mastercard Memorial Cup on Friday night. The Anaheim Ducks prospect was a member of the 2016 host Red Deer Rebels that fell in the semi-final to the QMJHL Champion Rouyn-Noranda Huskies. Mahura was traded to the Pats in January of 2017 and had a career year in 17-18 with 22 goals and 69 points in 60 games. He added five assists in seven playoff games this year.
The Bulldogs are making their first ever Mastercard Memorial Cup appearance since moving to Hamilton from Belleville in 2015. The Belleville Bulls appeared in two Memorial Cups, in 1999 as OHL Champions and as the host club in 2008. The Bulldogs were the eighth ranked team in the CHL entering the OHL Playoffs in 2018.