Celebrating 100 Years: Fourth Decade, 1947-1956

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 four from 1947 to 1956.

The 1947-48 Season

The Pats joined the Moose Jaw Canucks, Prince Albert Mintos, Humboldt Indians, Saskatoon Quakers and the Notre Dame Hounds in Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League play. The Canucks finished first with the Pats finishing 3 points behind at 20-8-0. The Pats faced the Prince Albert Mintos in the league semi-final in which game one was played in Regina. In front of a crowd of less than 800 the Pats won the game 6-2. Moe Young and Gord Knutson led the way for the Pats with two goals apiece. Game two was played in Price Albert where Gord Knutson again led the way with four goals and an assist as the Pats won the game handily 8-3. The Pats won the series 2 games to 0.

In the league final the Pats faced off against the Moose Jaw Canucks. The first game was played in Moose Jaw. The Pats took the early lead going up 2-1 after the first period but couldn’t withstand the Canucks attack. The Pats ended up losing game one 5-2. Two nights later game two was played in Regina. The Pats had the better scoring chances but couldn’t capitalize falling 5-3 in game 2. Behind the sell out crowd in Moose Jaw the powerful Canucks dismantled the Pats 10-4 winning the SJHL championship 3 games to 0.

The 1948-49 Season

The Pats along with the Moose Jaw Canucks pulled away from the SJHL and joined with four Alberta teams: Calgary Buffaloes, Lethbridge Native Sons, Medicine Hat Tigers and the Bellevue Lions to create the Western Junior Hockey League. In an unbalanced schedule the Pats and the Canucks played 26 games while the Alberta teams played 32.

The Pats finished with a record of 11-14-1 and their gift was an opportunity to play, you guessed it the Moose Jaw Canucks in the league semi-final.

In game one the Pats surprised the host Canuck team pulling out a 6-1 win, Lorne Davis led the way with a hat trick and Merv Bregg assisted on all three of his goals. The Pats kept on rolling and outhustled the Canucks 8-2 in a well-earned victory in game two, hard-working Bunny Smith led the way with 3 unassisted goals. Game three was much closer and the Pats were able to pull out the 4-2 win with Merv Bregg scoring two of the goals. The tide started to turn in the fourth game and the Canucks defeated the Pats 5-2. Game five also favoured Moose Jaw as the home town Canucks beat the Pats 4-2. In front of 6,323 spectators the Canucks beat the Pats 5-4 in a hard-fought battle to tie up the series at three all. The Canucks completed the comeback defeating the Pats 2-1 with the winning goal being scored from just inside the blueline through a mass of players. The Canucks won the series 4 games to 3.

The 1949-50 Season

The league was the same as the previous season with one exception, the Bellevue Lions were now known as the Crows Nest Pass Lions. Each team played a 40-game schedule. Even though the Pats finished third in league play at 19-20-1 that didn’t deter them in the playoffs.

In the league semi-final the Pats played the Moose Jaw Canucks in a best-of-five that opened up in Regina. The largest crowd of the season saw the Moose Jaw squad come in a take the first game 4-3. Game two went to overtime and was decided by Pats forward Paul Masnick who broke in all alone and whistled a shot through the skates of the Moose Jaw goalie. The Pats won the game 5-4. Game three was much like the first two a real close affair in which both teams saw their share of chances, but the Pats prevailed 5-3. Game four was decided in the third period when the Pats scored three times to take the game 6-4 and the best of five 3 games to 1.

The Pats met the pennant winning Lethbridge Native Sons in the league final. Led by Lorne Davis’ 4 goals the Pats downed the Lethbridge squad 8-4 in game one. Although scoring 3 goals in game 2, Gord Cowan couldn’t lead the Pats to victory as the Pats fell 6-4 to even the series at a game apiece. In game three Ed Litzenberger (3 goals) and Paul Masnick (2 goals, 2 assists) led the way for the Pats in a 6-5 win. In game four the Sons came out blazing beating the Pats 8-5 to tie up the series at two games each. Game 5 was a tight checking contest with Gord Cowan scoring twice in the Pats 2-1 victory. The Pats won the series 3 games to 2.

In the Western Canada semi-final, the Pats faced the Prince Albert Mintos in a best of seven affair. The Pats scored four times while the Mintos captain served a major penalty and won the first game handily 7-2. The Pats scored 4 goals in the middle frame and won game two, 6-2. Paul Masnick scored three times and assisted on two others in the third game of the series as the Pats downed the Mintos 7-5 to take a commanding 3-0 series lead. In the fourth game the Pats scored the game’s first five goals before the Mintos got on the board. The Pats won the game 7-2 and the series in a four-game sweep.

In the Western Canada Final, the Pats faced the highly favoured Port Arthur Bruins in a best of seven series. In the first game the Pats came back from trailing 4-2 to tie the game up at 5 to send it into overtime. Gord Cowan, Paul Masnick and Lorne Davis each scored once in a 2:10 span of the 10-minute overtime period to give the Pats an 8-5 win. Port Arthur responded in game two taking that game 6-3. Game three was a good game for Pats goaltender Bob Tyler, he held the Bruins off of the score sheet in a 4-0 win. The series moved to Regina for game four and after a 20-hour train ride they played game four. The Pats weathered a Bruin storm in the third period, but the Pats held on for a 5-3 win. In game five Paul Masnick scored the lone goal in the second period as the Pats won the game 1-0 and the series 4 games to 1.

The Pats played the powerful Montreal Junior Canadiens in the Memorial Cup final. In a free-wheeling game where 10 goals were scored in the third period the Pats were unable to get the winner and fell 8-7 in game one. The Pats held a lead in the next contest, however Montreal scored four goals in the third as the Canadiens won 5-2 in game two. After a scoreless first period the Canadiens downed the Pats 5-1 in game three. The Pats in a do or die situation rallied back from being down 4-1 to keep their hopes alive winning game four 7-4. The Canadiens ran up a 6-1 lead in game five and the Pats gave a valiant effort but fell 7-3 in and the Montreal Junior Canadiens won the Memorial Cup.

The 1950-51 Season

The teams and the league stayed the same for the 1950-51 season. The Pats finished in second place with a 26-12-2 record behind the pennant winning Lethbridge Native Sons.

The Pats faced the Medicine Hat Tigers in the league semifinal. Adding Garry “Duke” Edmundson into the lineup (he scored 2 goals and had 2 assists), helped the Pats dump the Tigers in Medicine Hat 6-2 in game one. The Pats couldn’t handle the Tigers hot hands in game two and lost 6-1. The Pats downed the Tigers 4-2 in game three. Both teams boarded the train after the game and headed to Regina to play game four the next day. Ed Litzenberger scored three goals and added 3 assists in a huge 12-2 Pats win. The Pats again took it to the Tigers in game five, beating the Tigers 10-3, Ed Litzenberger and Duke Edmundson each scored hat tricks. The Pats won the series four games to one.

In the league final the Pats met the Crows Nest Pass Lions. The Pats were pressed into action after a grueling 26-hour train and bus trip to the Mining Centre. There was stormy weather in the Medicine Hat area caused havoc on the Pats travel plans. Throw in a train derailment ahead of them the Pats reached their destination nine hours after they had planned. The Pats arrived to the rink at 8:45 pm and the game started at 9:00 pm. The underdog Crows Nest Pass took advantage of a tired Pats team beating them 3-2 in game one. The next night the Pats were unable to rebound as the Lions won game two 7-4. The series now moved to Regina. In game three the Pats spotted the Lions a 1-0 lead but stormed back winning 11-4. The Pats tied up the series at two games each with a 9-2 drubbing on the Lions in game four. The Lions team was a scrappy bunch bouncing back and holding off the Pats in game five winning 3-2. The Pats again had to rebound to tie the series up and did just that with a 6-1 game six win. The series went the full seven games and John “Bunny” Smith scored the game winner as the Pats won game seven 3-2 and the League Championship four games to three.

The Pats went on to face the Prince Albert Mintos in a best of five Western Canada quarterfinal. The Mintos upset the Flin Flon Bombers in a three-game sweep to have the opportunity to face the Pats. The Mintos gave their all but the Pats edged them 2-1 in game one. Ed Litzenberger notched a hat trick in game two as the Pats trounced the Mintos 8-2. Game three was a different story as the Mintos rallied and won 7-4. Prince Albert then tied the series up at two, scoring a late third period goal in a 5-4 win. The Mintos were 3 minutes away from taking the series but the Pats scored three goals before time ran out winning the game 7-5 and the series three to two.

The Pats faced the Edmonton Oil Kings in the Western Canada semifinal. Due to poor attendance in Edmonton the entire series was to be played in Regina. The Pats shutout the Oil Kings 4-0 in game one as Bob Tyler made 28 saves for his first shutout of the playoffs. The Pats won game two 6-2. Game three started off with a bang as the Pats scored two goals in the first 41 seconds and never looked back as they won the game 6-2. John “Bunny” Smith and Gord Cowan scored the only goals for the Pats in game four and Bob Tyler had the shutout in the Pats 2-0 victory and the Sweep of the Oil Kings.

In the Western Canada final, the Pats faced the Winnipeg Monarchs. The Pats won game one 3-1. The Monarchs goaltender Don Collins held the Pats in check in the third period of game two and was able to hold the Pats to a 5-5 overtime tie. Game three was a 2-1 final for the Winnipeg club. Even though they were badly outshot in all three games the Monarchs had kept the series tied. The series moved to Winnipeg and game four was a 2-0 decision for the Monarchs in a brawl-filled contest. The brawls during the game resulted in the series committee changing the referees for the remaining games. Pats coach Murray Armstrong called the fans along the boards “disgraceful” as numerous fans reached out and grabbed players sticks time and time again. Pats players got involved and took swings at the fans. The Monarchs won the next game 5-2 to put the Pats at the brink. The Pats kept their playoff hopes alive with a 2-1 win in game six. Ed Litzenberger scored in overtime to give the Pats the victory in game seven forcing an eighth game. The Pats couldn’t keep up with Winnipeg’s speed and lost game eight 8-4. The Pats bowed out 4 games to 3 with one tie.

The 1951-52 Season

The Western League expanded to now include the Edmonton Oil Kings. The Crows Nest team was then known as the Coalers. The league played an interlocking schedule with the SJHL with the schedule expanding to 44 games.

The Pats finished first with a 30-11-3 record and faced off with the Calgary Buffaloes in the league semifinal.

The Buffaloes took the Pats to overtime in game one, but the Pats were just too strong and won the first game 6-4. Ed Litzenberger led the Pats with a hat trick. The Pats shut down the Calgary squad in game two winning it 4-0 with Brian McDonald figuring in on all four Pats goals (3 goals, 1 assist). Ed Litzenberger once again led the Pats to victory in game three with two goals in a 3-1 win and a three-game sweep.

The Pats faced the Oil Kings in the League final. The Pats took game one of the best of five in convincing fashion 9-3. The Oil Kings fought back in game two, claiming a 5-4 overtime victory evening the series up. About 7,100 fans showed up in Edmonton for game three in which the Pats and Oil Kings battled to a 5-5 overtime final. Game four drew a crowd of almost 7,800 in Edmonton and the Pats skated away with a 6-4 win in overtime. The score was 3-3 at the end of regulation. The Oil Kings scored first in overtime and then Gord Cowan, Ted Yarnton and Doug Killoh responded for the Pats giving them the series lead. 5,500 people showed up in Regina for game five. The Pats got a 3-0 cushion before the Oil Kings scored twice to get within one, but the Pats finished it off with a pair, winning the game 5-2 and the series 3 games to 1 with a tie.

The Pats then were set to face the Flin Flon Bombers in the Western Canada semifinal in a best of seven affair. The Pats went up to Flin Flon for the first two games of the series and came out with a two-games-to-none lead with 3-2 and 6-2 victories. The series shifted to Regina for game three and the Pats came out firing on all cylinders winning the contest 9-1. The Pats top line of Ed Litzenberger (3G, 2A), Gord Cowan (2G, 1A) and Brian McDonald (4A) combined for 12 points in the victory. The Pats wrapped up the sweep in game four, 6-4, although the team needed overtime, Harvey Schmidt and ted Yarnton dented the twine in the extra frame to keep the Pats winning. The four-game sweep was complete.

In the Western Canada Final, the Pats faced off against the Fort William Hurricanes. After a 24-hour train ride the Pats arrived a day before the series started. The Fort William club took advantage of Pats penalties scoring all three of their goals with a Pat in the box, winning the first game 3-1. Even though the score in game two didn’t show it, the Pats were in complete control winning the game 3-2. The third game was yet another close one as Fort William scored two goals in a matter of just over a minute to take the game 2-1. It took the Pats just over 2 periods to get it together in game four as the Pats pumped home three unanswered goals in the third period to give the Pats a 5-2 victory in game four. The Pats convincingly won game five 6-1 as Litzenberger and Cowan led the charge in the win. In game six, the Pats’ Ed Litzenberger was key, playing in his final junior hockey game in Regina, scored both Pats goals as Regina won the game 2-1 and punched their ticket to the Memorial Cup.

The Memorial Cup was set: the Regina Pats vs. the Guelph Biltmores (or the Madhatters as they were nicknamed). The Pats were overmatched in this series and it showed in the first game. The Pats were only able to muster 10 shots on goal to Guelph’s 46 in an 8-2 drubbing by the Biltmores. Game two was much closer but the Pats still fell 4-1. The Pats had 2 disallowed goals in the first period which helped in their demise. The Pats were no match for the Guelph club as they showed their superiority in game three and four beating the Pats 8-2 and 10-2 respectively. Bob Tyler the Pats netminder faced a whopping 178 shots in the four games. The Pats were Memorial Cup Finalists.

The 1952-53 Season

This season the clubs played a 36-game schedule as opposed to a 44-game schedule the previous year. The Pats finished second in the loop with a 23-11-2 record.

The Pats faced the Edmonton Oil Kings in the best-of-nine league semi-final. The series opened up in Edmonton where the Oil Kings won game one 3-0 (all three powerplay goals). Game two was tied at 2 going into the third period but the Oil Kings scored twice giving them the 4-2 win. Games 3, 4, 5 were played in Regina and the Pats responded in game three with a 3-0 win, ending the Oil Kings 22 game unbeaten streak that dated back to December. The Pats, still the heavy underdog, were able to salvage a 3-2 win to tie the series up at two games. The Pats couldn’t stop the Oil Kings in their quest for the championship winning the game five 4-1 sending the series back to Edmonton. Game six saw the Oil Kings stifle the Pats and rack up a 6-0 win. Game seven saw the Oil Kings skate away with a 3-2 victory in an action packed final game. Edmonton won the series 5 games to 2.

The 1953-54 Season

The Crows Nest Pass franchise disbanded leaving the league with 6 clubs. The teams played a 36-game schedule and the Pats finished 23-13-0 behind the Oil Kings who went an amazing 33-3-0.

The Pats played the Moose Jaw Canucks in the league quarterfinal. The first two games ended in draws of 2-2 and 4-4. The Pats shutout the Canucks in game three 6-0 grabbing the vital series lead. Game four saw the Pats pepper the Moose Jaw goaler with 41 shots but he kept the score respectable, the Pats won it 5-3. The injury riddled Canucks (playing with only 2 defencemen) succumbed to the Pats in game five by a score of 5-3. The Pats won the series three games to none with two ties.

The Pats faced the Medicine Hat Tigers in the league semifinal. The series opened up in Medicine Hat and the Pats skated away with a 4-1 victory in game one. Game two was a close contest in which the hometown Tigers held on to a 2-1 win, tying the series up. Medicine Hat picked up a 4-2 win in game three before the series shifted back to Regina for game four. The Pats m went on to control much of the rest of the series winning game four, 4-1, game five, 6-2 and the deciding game six 6-0.

The Pats gift for beating the Tigers? A trip to Edmonton to face the top seeded team in a best of nine. There isn’t much to say about the first three games of the series that were played in Edmonton and the Oil Kings skated away with 6-0, 4-1 and 10-0 victories. The series shifted to Regina for game five and the Pats kept it respectable losing 6-5 to the highly powered Edmonton club. The sweep was completed in game five by a tune of 4-2.

The 1954-55 Season

The Calgary Buffaloes disbanded leaving the league with only 5 teams. The teams were to play a 40-game schedule and the Pats finished in first place with a 30-10-0 record.

In the league semifinal, the Pats faced off against the Medicine Hat Tigers. The series started in Medicine Hat and the Pats dropped the first game 4-0. Game two went to overtime and the game ended up in a 5-5 draw. The Tigers clawed their way to a two-game lead with a 7-2 win in game three. The series shifted Regina for the next four games and the Pats won the first game at home by a 6-3 score. In game five the Pats won a close one 4-3 tying the series up (2-2-1). The Tigers bounced back in game six winning 3-2. The Pats had numerous chances but were unable to bury many of them. The Pats coach Murray Armstrong predicted that if they club got as many chances they did in the previous game that they would win by five. He was close in that prediction and the Pats won game seven, 7-3. With the series being so close the league decided that the clubs must play an eighth and deciding game. From the Leader-Post: “backed by an almost-flawless effort by their defence, each Regina line contributed a goal for Pats’ victory, Bill Hicke, 16-year-old rookie, Elmer Schwartz and Bill Hay were the Regina Scorers” The Pats won the deciding game 3-1 and the series 4 games to 3 with 1 tie.

The Pats opened the league final in Lethbridge against the Native Sons. The hometown Native Sons won the first contest 5-3. Game two was played two nights later and the Pats rebounded with a 5-4 win. The Pats carried the momentum and won game three a night later 7-3. The series moved to Regina for the next three games and the visitors beat the Pats 3-2 in a penalty-free contest. The Pats rebounded in game five flipping the script winning 3-2. The Pats finished off the Lethbridge club with a decisive 5-1 victory and four games to two series win.

The Pats went on to play Scotty Munro’s Humboldt Indians in the Western Canada semifinal. The best-of-seven series opened up with the first three games in Humboldt. The Humboldt club showed that they were for real and beat the Pats 5-3 in the first game of the series. Game two had the Pats put on a solid checking display and each of the lines contributed a goal in a 3-1 Pats victory. Game three was also a 3-1 Pats win, scoring 2 goals in a span of 17 seconds would be all they would need. The series moved to Regina and the Pats shut the door on any hopes for any comeback as Joe Selinger made 30 saves for the shutout and the three to one series lead. Game five went the Pats way: “Rookie Bill Hicke was the big point-getter, figuring on four goals, but each Pat line accounted for at least two goals. Captain Bev Bell and Bill Hay fired two apiece while Hicke, Bill Kurtz, Harvey Flaman and Elmer Schwartz added the rest.” The Pats won the game handily 8-1 and the series four games to one.

The Pats next opponent was the Winnipeg Monarchs in the Western Canada final which opened in Regina. The Pats having a week off between games showed ill-effect and won the first game handily 7-0. The Pats won the second game 4-1, it took until the 18:39 mark of the 2nd period for the Winnipeg club to beat Pats netminder Selinger. Game three was in Winnipeg and Bill Hicke led the way with a five-point night (2G, 3A) as the Pats skated away with a 10-4 victory. The hometown Winnipeg club outhustled the Pats in game four and upset them 5-3. The Monarchs outplayed, outhustled, outskated and outshot the Pats but it wasn’t enough, the Pats finished off the Monarchs 2-1 in what was the best game of the series.

The Memorial Cup final pitted the favoured Toronto Marlboros against the Pats. As the city of Regina was celebrating their Golden Jubilee, the entire series was played in Regina at the Stadium. The Pats surprised the Marlboros in game one 3-1 in what was considered an upset. Game two went to Toronto by a score of 5-2. Game three was a close contest, the Pats outskated and out-checked the Marlboros but ended up on the short end of things in a 3-2 loss. Game four was decided in overtime and the Pats lost 3-2. Game five was also decided in overtime, the Pats just couldn’t get it done and lost 8-5. The Pats were Memorial Cup Finalists.

The 1955-56 Season

The Moose Jaw Canucks left the WJHL, leaving just 4 teams. The Pats and Oil Kings each played 36 games and the Native Sons and Tigers played a 44-game schedule.

The Pats finished first with a 24-11-1 record. Each team made the playoffs and the Pats played the Tigers in the league semifinal. The Pats had one of their top performances on the season in a 10-1 dispatching of the Tigers. Murray Balfour led the way with the hat trick in game one. The high-powered Pats scored three but couldn’t beat the Tigers when they needed it in a 5-3 game two loss. Game three was a different situation in Medicine Hat, The Pats were outshot 29-13 but won the game 5-3. The Pats won game four by the same score 5-3 to go up 3 games to 1. The Pats defeated the Tigers 5-1 and four to one in the series sidelining the Tigers for the third straight season.

The League final was against the Lethbridge Native Sons. The Pats opened-up the round with an 8-7 overtime win as Bill Hicke scored the OT winner.  Led by Bryan Whittal’s first junior hat trick, the Pats won game two 6-3. That Sunday the Pats left Regina in a three-car convoy headed to Lethbridge. The Pats took care of game three by a score of 6-4. The Lethbridge club got out to a 2-0 lead but appeared to let their foot off the gas and the Pats capitalized. In game four, when the Native Sons needed a win they turned around a poor effort from the previous game and edged the Pats 3-2 due to some brilliant goaltending. The Pats were full of fight and determination, came from down a goal on four occasions to beat the Native Sons 5-4 in overtime and take the series four games to one.

The Western Canada semifinal pegged the Pats against the Flin Flon Bombers. The Pats ran into a hot netminder in game one and fell 3-2. The Pats rebounded nicely in game two as Murray Balfour scored four times and the Pats won 9-3. In game three the Pats spotted the Bombers a 2-0 first period lead but stormed back with five unanswered goals to take it 5-2. After the first three games were played in Regina the series shifted to Flin Flon for the final four games of the series. The Pats surprised the hometown Bombers in game four taking the victory 5-4 and a 3-1 lead in the series. Flin Flon player Walt Peacosh took game five into his own hands recording 9 points (6G, 3A) as the Bombers dismantled the Pats 10-5. Game five seemed to inspire the Bombers and game six was another Flin Flon win, a 5-2 victory, tying the series up at 3 games apiece. The Bombers carried a 4-1 lead in the second period, but the Pats led by Murray Balfour (scored four) pumped home 8 straight goals and held on to a 9-6 victory and the series four games to three.

In the Western Canada final, the Pats played the Port Arthur North Stars in a best-of-seven series. Game one saw only one goal in the first period, a tally by Port Arthur. Port Arthur took a 3-2 lead into the third period. The third period was a wide-open display of hockey in which the North Stars outscored the Pats 5-2 winning the game 8-4. Game two was a much closer contest as Port Arthur got some superb goaltending and they beat the Pats 4-1. Game three was played in Regina. Tom Melville of the Leader-Post: “It was disheartening for men in Regina, the province and western Canada, who have devoted their time to hockey to see or hear about the disgraceful incidents that marred Saturday night’s playoff game between Port Arthur and Regina junior teams. A brawling first period that took 45 minutes to complete, chippy play too much of the way, and a free-for-all with many players wielding sticks like hatchet men just before the final siren, utterly disgusted the great majority of the 4,672 fans who paid good money for what was billed as a western final.” The Pats won the game 9-4 with Bill Hicke (1G, 4A) and Bryan Whittal (2G, 2A) leading the way. The Pats repeated the offensive onslaught in game four handing Port Arthur a 7-2 loss. Game five was a close contest in which the Port Arthur team took a 3-0 lead and helped out by some great netminding they held on to a 4-2 win. The Pats bounced back in game six with a 6-3 win forcing a game seven. The Pats trailed game seven 2-0 after the first period, but things turned around and the Pats were able to knot it up at two and took the game to overtime, Murray Massier was the hero for the Pats scoring the winning goal in overtime while a Port Arthur player was serving a penalty. The Pats won the series four games to three and went to their second Memorial Cup in two years.

The Memorial Cup was played again against the Toronto Marlboros. The Pats gave the heavily favoured Toronto club all they could handle in the first game forcing overtime and the game ended in a 4-4 tie. In game two the Marlboros skated out to a 3-0 lead and held on to win the game 5-1. In game three the Pats showed they could play with the Marlboros but just couldn’t beat them falling 4-2. The Pats lost game four 6-1, with their only goal being scored in the third period. The Pats put their best performance forward in game five, but the Marlies were just too much and won the game 7-4 and the Memorial Cup in just 5 games. The Pats were Memorial Cup Finalists.

The 1956-57 Season

The Medicine Hat Tigers and Lethbridge Native Sons dropped out of the Western League and it disbanded. The Pats joined the Flin Flon Bombers, Prince Albert Mintos, Humboldt Millionaires and Saskatoon Quakers in the SJHL. The Pats finished second in league play with a 32-16-3 record.

In the league semifinal the Pats met the third place Prince Albert Mintos. The Pats won the first game of the series 5-3. The Pats and Mintos played to a 3-3 tie in game two. Game three was a 4-2 Mintos win. The Mintos kept the momentum up and won game four and five 6-2 and 4-3, respectively. The Pats rebounded in game six 4-1. In the seventh game, in a do or die situation, the Pats couldn’t break pull off the win as they tied the Mintos 3-3 giving the Mintos a series win 3 games to two with one tied.

1947-48: Murray Armstrong

1948-49: Murray Armstrong

1949-50: Murray Armstrong

1950-51: Murray Armstrong

1951-52: Murray Armstrong

1952-53: Murray Armstrong

1953-54: Murray Armstrong

1954-55: Murray Armstrong

1955-56: Murray Armstrong

1956-57: Frank Mario

1947-48: n/a

1948-49: Ken Barlow

1949-50: Morley MacNeil

1950-51: Ed Litzenberger

1951-52: Ed Litzenberger

1952-53: Gord Cowan

1953-54: Bob Turner

1954-55: Bev Bell

1955-56: Harold Ottenbreit

1956-57: Martin Howe

Leading Scorers:
1947-48: Gord Knutson 18GP 40-49-89

1948-49: Doug McDonald 26GP 10-19-29

1949-50: Paul Masnick 40 GP 44-44-88

1950-51: Ed Litzenberger 40GP 44-35-79

1951-52: Ed Litzenberger 41GP 42-29-71

1952-53: Bev Bell 36GP 34-23-57 & Gord Cowan 36GP 31-26-57

1953-54: Bill Kurtz 35GP 33-26-59

1954-55: Bev Bell 40GP 39-26-65

1955-56: Harold Ottenbreit 36 22-32-54

1956-57: Bill Hicke 50GP 52-48-100

Defenceman Leaders

1947-48: Ron Robertson 26GP 2-6-8

1948-49: Ron Robertson 26GP 4-10-14

1949-50: Morley McNeil 40GP 7-11-18 and Jim McGowan 37GP 6-12-18

1950-51: Joe Sauve 37GP 7-3-10

1951-52: John Reeve 34GP 5-12-17

1952-53: Orville Off 36GP 3-6-9

1953-54: Bob Turner 36GP 15-14-29

1954-55: Murray Balfour 38GP 10-16-26

1955-56: Grant Munro 36 11-16-27

1956-57: Martin Howe 51GP 5-19-24

PIM Leaders

1947-48: Harry Barrett 82

1948-49: Ken Barlow 82

1949-50: Al King 110

1950-51: Joe Sauve 108

1951-52: Tony Schneider 158

1952-53: Tony Schneider 147

1953-54: Murray Balfour 99

1954-55: Murray Balfour 156

1955-56: Murray Balfour 104

1956-57: Bill Hicke 94


1947-48: John Craig 20-7-0, 3.77 GAA, 0 SO

1948-49: Don McNiven 11-13-1, 4.60 GAA, 0 SO

1949-50: Bob Tyler 15-10-0, 4-17 GAA, 2 SO

1950-51: Bob Tyler 26-12-2, 3.19 GAA, 2 SO

1951-52: Bob Tyler 30-11-3, 2.83 GAA, 2 SO

1952-53: Bob Tyler 23-11-2, 3.60 GAA, 1 SO

1953-54: Joe Selinger 23-12-0, 3.20 GAA, 2 SO

1954-55: Joe Selinger 29-10-0, 2.87 GAA, 4 SO

1955-56: Hank Metcalf 18-7-0, 3.40 3 SO

1956-57: Ken Walters 31-16-3, 3.14 GAA 5 SO
PLAYOFF TOTALS include the Memorial Cup playoffs and playoff statistics.

Leading Scorers:
1947-48: Gord Knutson 5GP 6-4-10 and Red Staley 5GP 3-7-10

1948-49: Greg Greenough 7GP 6-3-9

1949-50: Paul Masnick 23GP 23-27-50

1950-51: Ed Litzenberger 29GP 28-26-54

1951-52: Ed Litzenberger 23GP 22-17-39

1952-53: Gord Cowan 7GP 0-5-5

1953-54: Bev Bell 16GP 12-9-21

1954-55: Bill Hay 29GP 20-13-33

1955-56: Bryan Whittal 29GP 21-23-44

1956-57: Bill Hicke 7GP 5-5-10


Defencemen Leaders
1947-48: Joe Palyga 4 GP 2-0-2

1948-49: Ron Robertson 7GP 0-2-2 and Ken Barlow 7GP 0-2-2

1949-50: Jim McGowan 23GP 1-18-19

1950-51: John Reeve 28GP 5-3-8

1951-52: John Reeve 22GP 4-10-14

1952-53: Orville Off 7GP 2-0-2

1953-54: Wayne Klinck 16GP 5-5-10

1954-55: Murray Balfour 15GP 9-6-15

1955-56: Wayne Klinck 29GP 4-12-16

1956-57: Martin Howe & Grant Munro 7GP 2-2-4


PIM Leaders
1947-48: Harry Barrett 15

1948-49: Morley McNeil and Bob Hall 16

1949-50: Al King and Jim McGowan 46

1950-51: Al King 77

1951-52: Bernie Grebinsky 79

1952-53: Tony Schneider 20

1953-54: Bob Turner 48

1954-55: Danny Wong 46

1955-56: Murray Balfour 85

1956-57: Bill Hicke 14

1947-48: John Craig 2-3-0, 5.00 GAA 0 SO

1948-49: Don McNiven 3-4-0, 3.00 GAA, 0 SO

1949-50: Bob Tyler 15-8-0, 3.97 GAA, 4 SO

1950-51: Bob Tyler 18-10-1, 2.98 GAA, 4 SO

1951-52: Bob Tyler 12-9-1, 3.13 GAA 1 SO

1952-53: Bob Tyler 2-5-0, 3.14 GAA, 1 SO

1953-54: Joe Selinger 7-7-2, 3.25 GAA, 0 SO

1954-55: Joe Selinger 18-11-0, 2.95 GAA, 2 SO

1955-56: Hank Metcalf 16-12-1, 4.09 GAA, 0 SO

1956-57: Ken Walters 2-3-2, 3.43 GAA 0 SO

Top 10 Scorers (not including playoffs)

1 Gord Cowan 1949-53 160 105 127 232
2 Bev Bell 1951-55 153 116 89 205
3 Ed Litzenberger 1949-52 121 111 86 197
4 Bill Hicke 1954-57 94 88 66 154
5 Bill Kurtz 1952-55 111 73 67 140
6 Harold Ottenbreit 1953-56 106 61 56 117
7 Bryn Whittal 1954-57 87 35 80 115
8 Paul Masnick 1948-50 66 51 54 105
9 Gord Knutson 1947-48 28 40 49 89
10 John “Bunny” Smith 1948-57 63 50 39 89

Top 10 Playoff Scorers

1 Ed Litzenberger 1949-52 74 72 57 129
2 Gord Cowan 1949-53 81 50 60 110
3 Bill Hicke 1954-57 65 33 52 85
4 Bev Bell 1951-55 74 30 30 60
5 Murray Balfour 1952-56 67 36 20 56
6 Paul Masnick 1948-50 30 24 28 52
7 Brian McDonald 1949-52 74 25 25 50
8 Harold Ottenbreit 1953-56 67 21 29 50
9 Bryan Whittal 1955-57 36 22 27 49
10 John “Bunny” Smith 1948-51 36 21 23 44

Top 10 Combined Scorers

1 Gord Cowan 1949-53 241 155 187 342
2 Ed Litzenberger 1949-52 195 183 143 326
3 Bev Bell 1951-55 227 146 119 265
4 Bill Hicke 1954-57 159 121 118 239
5 Bill Kurtz 1952-55 163 88 89 177
6 Harold Ottenbreit 1953-56 173 88 85 167
7 Bryan Whittal 1954-57 123 57 107 164
8 Paul Masnick 1948-50 96 75 82 157
9 Murray Balfour 1952-56 205 79 63 142
10 John “Bunny” Smith 1948-51 99 71 62 133

Year-by-year Standings:

Regular Season first/Playoffs Second

18 1947-48 SJHL 28 20 8 0 183 107 0.714 5 2 3 0 23 25 0.400
19 1948-49 WJHL 26 11 14 1 98 125 0.442 7 3 4 0 27 21 0.429
20 1949-50 WJHL 40 19 20 1 182 184 0.488 23 15 8 0 112 94 0.652
21 1950-51 WJHL 40 26 12 2 208 129 0.675 19 18 10 1 134 88 0.638
22 1951-52 WJHL 44 30 11 3 229 127 0.716 22 14 7 1 92 74 0.659
23 1952-53 WJHL 36 23 11 2 165 135 0.667 7 2 5 0 11 22 0.286
24 1953-54 WJHL 36 23 13 0 182 119 0.639 16 7 7 2 54 52 0.500
25 1954-55 WJHL 40 30 10 0 220 116 0.750 29 17 11 1 112 86 0.603
26 1955-56 WJHL 36 24 11 1 181 132 0.681 29 16 12 1 141 120 0.569
27 1956-57 SJHL 51 32 16 3 225 133 0.657 7 2 3 2 22 24 0.429
TOTAL 377 238 126 13 1873 1337 0.649 174 96 70 8 728 606 0.575

Regular Season:  Goals For 4.97 // Goals Against 3.55

Playoffs: Goals For 4.18 // Goals Against 3.49


Courtesy Kevin Shaw,


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