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Official Website of the Regina Pats
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The Regina Pats Hockey Club is the oldest major junior hockey franchise in existence, first stepping on the ice in 1917.
Over the past 84 years, there have been several stories as to how the team got its name, but the truth is the name came from both Princess Patricia, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, and the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regiment which was organized at the outbreak of World War I in 1914.
A top-level junior hockey team began play in Regina in 1917, and went by the name "Patricias" until 1923 when it was shortened to "Pats". The hockey club won the Memorial Cup for junior hockey supremacy in 1925 under the guidance of the legendary Al Ritchie; the Pats captured the Memorial Cup again in 1930 and 1974.
Regina has also proved to be a springboard to a pro career for a seeming less endless list of NHL'ers including Lorne Davis, Red Berenson, Murray Balfour, Bill and Ernie Hicke, Garth Butcher, Doug Wickenheiser, Mike Sillinger, Jamie Heward, Jeff Friesen, Derek Morris, and Brad Stuart.
In the spring of 2001, the Pats hosted the MasterCard Memorial Cup at the Agridome. Proclaimed by many across the country as "the best ever", this great event added another chapter to the long history of this franchise.
The Pats have retired seven sweaters to the rafters of the Brandt Centre including Bill Hicke, Dennis Sobchuk, Brad Hornung, Dale Derkatch, Doug Wickenheiser, Ed Staniowski, and Clark Gillies.
Currently the Regina Pats are owned and operated by Russ and Diane Parker, and son Brent who is the team's General Manager. The Parkers purchased the team in the summer of 1995, and over the past 11 years over 2,000,000 fans have witnessed exciting Pats hockey in the Brandt Centre.
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