Pats To Host 2023 Spring Camp From May 26-28 At The Co-operators Centre
Regina, Sask. – The Regina Pats Hockey Club will be holding their 2023 Spring Camp from May 26-28 at the Co-operators Centre.
The players will report to Regina on Friday, May 26 and take part in orientation and fitness testing before their first on-ice session from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. On-ice sessions will continue on Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. All on-ice sessions will be held at the Co-operators Centre – C6 rink and will be open to the public, free of charge.
23 players will be in attendance, including 2022 first-round selection Cole Temple and 2022 second-round pick Corban Almen. 2022 U.S. third-overall selection Dylan Lebret will also be in attendance, as well as the Pats first two picks from this year’s WHL Prospects Draft; Cohen Klassen and Cameron Kuzma.
“It’s really exciting,” Regina Pats Director of Scouting Dale McMullin said. “It’s a chance to see our 08’s as our most recently drafted players and see how they compare to the 07’s who we drafted last year. We’re excited to see what steps the 07’s have taken, and hopefully they’re ahead of the 08’s but sometimes the gap is not that much. It’s also a great chance for our coaching staff to see the kids and the road map moving forward.”
2023 SPRING CAMP ROSTER
|1||Cruz Chase||Goalie||2007||7th round – 136th (2022)||Feb. 17, 2023|
|2||Kai Zurowski||Goalie||2008||9th round – 188th (2023)||Unsigned|
|3||Jett Deschamps||Defenceman||2008||5th round – 96th (2023)||Unsigned|
|5||Stephen Grumley||Defenceman||2007||2nd round – 42nd (2022 U.S.)||Unsigned|
|6||Hudson Kowalchuk||Defenceman||2008||4th round – 67th (2023)||Unsigned|
|7||Samuel Laplante||Defenceman||2007||7th round – 141st (2022)||Unsigned|
|8||Dylan Lebret||Defenceman||2007||1st round – 3rd (2022 U.S.)||Unsigned|
|9||Fenton Mann||Defenceman||2008||7th round – 148th (2023)||Unsigned|
|10||Brayden Smith||Defenceman||2007||3rd round – 53rd (2022)||Jul. 12, 2022|
|11||Kohen Volk||Defenceman||2008||6th round – 120th (2023)||Unsigned|
|12||Corban Almen||Forward||2007||2nd round – 31st (2022)||Jun. 15, 2022|
|13||Carter Haney||Forward||2008||6th round – 122nd (2023)||Unsigned|
|14||Cohen Klassen||Forward||2008||3rd round – 51st (2023)||Unsigned|
|15||Tegan Kurtz||Forward||2008||11th round – 232nd (2023)||Unsigned|
|16||Cameron Kuzma||Forward||2008||3rd round – 61st (2023)||May 17, 2023|
|17||Blake Kiley-Ram||Forward||2008||2nd round – 34th (2023 U.S.)||Unsigned|
|18||Zachary Lansard||Forward||2008||4th round – 78th (2023)||Unsigned|
|19||Maddox Malmquist||Forward||2008||8th round – 173rd (2023)||Unsigned|
|20||Owen Nelson||Forward||2007||8th round – 163rd (2022)||Unsigned|
|21||Kelsen Podworny||Forward||2007||9th round – 185th (2022)||Unsigned|
|22||Wyatt Stinton||Forward||2007||5th round – 102nd (2022)||Sept. 9, 2022|
|23||Cole Temple||Forward||2007||1st round – 5th (2022)||June 14, 2022|
For the Pats, they will be holding their second straight spring camp at the Co-operators Centre after the Club held their first spring camp since 2019 last June. where Regina invited a mix of 2005, 2006 and 2007-born prospects to the Queen City. Last year, GM and Head Coach John Paddock and Director of Scouting Dale McMullin signed two prospects at spring camp, inking Cole Temple and Corban Almen to WHL Scholarship and Development Agreements.
“I think it’s huge,” McMullin added on the importance of spring camp. “Sometimes when I’m driving down the road, which I do a lot throughout the winter, I sometimes have to ask myself why wouldn’t a young guy want to be apart of the Pats program. The way the kids are treated, the way the parents are treated and just the way the Business is run is top tier. If it’s good enough for Connor Bedard, then why wouldn’t any of these young kids want to be a Regina Pat. The community and the passion the fan-base brings to the arena is just a great spot for a young guy to land. Both with their education and just how they will develop as a hockey player.”
The Pats are also excited to welcome one of their top unsigned prospects Dylan Lebret to his second straight spring camp following an impressive season where the defenceman notched 38 points (3G-35A) in 57 games with Shattuck St. Mary’s.
“Last spring he showed all the attributes to be a really good player at the WHL level,” McMullin said. “I watched video on him this past winter. Russ Kutzak and Mark Kolesar caught up with him last winter and they really liked what they saw. He’s stretched up, looks stronger and I think he has a legit chance to play in the league. Hopefully we can get him to Regina.”
A total of six signed players will be attending the Pats 2023 Spring Camp, with five of them being 2007-born signed prospects; Cole Temple, Corban Almen, Brayden Smith, Wyatt Stinton and Cruz Chase.
“I had a chance throughout the winter to see some of the 07’s and the ones that are signed are taking big steps and trending the right direction,” McMullin said. “I think they’re doing their part which I think is attributed to the two camps they came to in Regina last year. Fall camp gave them an idea on what it takes to be a Regina Pat. I think they’re trending the right way.”
It’s also the first time that the Pats Management and Coaching staff will have a chance to see the large group of 2008-born prospects up close and personal under one roof and in the Pats environment. Highlighting the 2023 WHL Prospects Draft Class will be two of the Pats top picks; Cohen Klassen and Cameron Kuzma.
“For whatever reason, the kids look different in different rinks and facilities so it’s crucial to get them under one roof,” McMullin explained. “I believe this past draft of 08’s is a good group but like any year, they have to do their part moving forward. Hopefully by coming to spring camp, they can get a feel for what they can be apart of. The expectations that will be put on them and what it takes to be a Regina Pat. For the most part, when they come back in August for main camp they walk into the facility with a little bit of confidence and swagger. Some of them will be like a deer in headlights but as the weekend goes along, they will meet their future teammates and bond throughout camp.”