All Star Line-Up

Barret Jackman


Brian Propp

From Trail, British Columbia, Barret Jackman broke into the Regina Pats Roster in 1997 and spent four seasons with the team. Jackman was the youngest captain in the history of the Regina Pats. He was drafted 17th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. In 2002, Jackman won the Calder Memorial Trophy. Jackman spent 13 seasons with the Blues before being picked up by the Nashville Predators. In 2016, Jackman signed a one day contract and retired with the St. Louis Blues. Barret Jackman currently serves as a development coach for the St. Louis Blues.

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Arguably one of the most famous players to come out of the Brandon Wheat Kings, Brian Propp still sits among the ten best regular season performances in WHL history.  Born in Lanigan, Saskatchewan, Propp began his junior career with the Melville Millionaires and broke the league scoring record with 75 goals and 92 assists in 57 games. After moving to the Brandon Wheat Kings, Propp lead the league in scoring twice and was drafted by the Philadelphia Flyers in 1979. His career spanned in the NHL spanned 15 years, 11 of which were spent with the Philadelphia Flyers. He retired with 1004 points in 1016 regular season games.

Brian Skrudland


A native of Peace River, Alberta, Skrudland joined the Saskatoon Blades in 1980. He spent three seasons with the Blades and during his final season, his 94-point finish caught the attention of the Montreal Canadians and they signed him as a free agent in 1983. He played for the Canadiens’ affiliate team for the next two seasons and was rewarded with the Calder Cup and the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy for playoff MVP in 1985. He joined the Canadiens bench in 1985 and hoisted the Stanley Cup in his first season with the team. Over the next few years, Skrudland enjoyed several successful runs with the teams but was traded to the Calgary Flames and then drafted by the Florida Panthers in the Expansion Draft of 1993. He became the Panther’s first captain. After several years with the Panthers, Skrudland joined the New York Rangers followed by the Dallas Stars for three seasons. During the 1999-00 season, Brian retired from professional hockey.

Brian Sutter


From the notorious Sutter family, Brian is the oldest brother to have played in the NHL and the only one to have his number retired by an NHL team. Sutter played for the Red Deer Rustlers in the AJHL and graduated to the Lethbridge Broncos in 1974. He was drafted by the St. Louis Blues 20th overall in the 1976 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his entire career with the Blues and retired from playing in 1988. He was the Blues Captain for nine years and the Blues retired his jersey on December 30, 1988. After retiring, Sutter was named head coach of the Blues and coached the team until 1992. In 1991, he won the Jack Adams Award. He also spent time as bench boss with the Boston Bruins, Calgary Flames and Chicago Blackhawks.

Bryan Trottier

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Bryan Trottier’s list of hockey accomplishments is nothing short of legendary. He is a six time Stanley Cup Champion, Hockey Hall of Fame Inductee, one of the NHL’s Top 100 Greatest Players and he has won the Calder, Art Ross and Hart Trophies. A native of Val Marie, Saskatchewan, Trottier learned to skate on a beaver pond in his backyard. He was a natural born centre who could skate, score and play very physically. He was considered a coaches’ dream and a teammates best ally on and off the ice. Following a successful career in the NHL, Trottier turned his focus to charity and giving back. He is a champion for aboriginal heritage and travels across North America visiting aboriginal communities and sharing his story to inspire the next generation of leaders.

Clark Gillies

Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Gillies earned his tough but offensively skilled reputation playing with the Regina Pats. In the 1973-74 season, Gillies helped the Pats capture the Memorial Cup and was drafted fourth overall by the New York Islanders. Gillies is one of the few hockey players who transitioned directly from junior to the NHL and never played a minor professional game. Gillies would go on to score more than 30 regular season goals six times and won four Stanley Cups. The New York Islanders retired his jersey in 1996 and he was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2002.

Clarke Wilm

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From Central Butte, Saskatchewan, Clark Wilm graduated from the Saskatoon Blazers to the Saskatoon Blades in 1991 for a playoff game. The following season, he joined the Blades full time and was known for being a hardworking centre who could play any of the forward positions and was an effective penalty killer. During his final season with the Blades in 1995-96 he tailed 110 points and was drafted by the Calgary Flames. After spending two seasons with the Saint John Flames in the AHL, Wilm joined the Calgary Flames for the 1998-99 season. Following four seasons with the Flames, he was traded to the Nashville Predators for a season and then bounced between the Toronto Maple Leaf’s and their affiliate in the AHL. He moved to Europe in 2006 and played professional hockey until his retirement in 2010. Following his retirement, Wilm returned to Saskatoon and is an active member of the community who volunteers his time to local charity initiatives.

Cliff Ronning


In 1983, Cliff Ronning joined the New Westminster Bruins of the WHL. During his first season with the Bruins, Ronning totaled an impressive 136 points. In his second season, he captured the league’s scoring race, was voted as the WHL’s MVP and was selected as a First-Team All-Star with 197 points. He was drafted in the 6th round by the St. Louis Blues in the 1984 NHL Entry Draft. Ronning spent the majority of the 1985-86 season with the Team Canada program and joined the Blues for playoffs that year. Ronning split the following season with Team Canada and the Blues and at the end of the year; he left to play in Italy for a year. When he returned, he re-joined the Blues and was traded to the Vancouver Canucks. He spent six seasons with the Canucks before joining the Phoenix Coyotes for three seasons followed by the Nashville Predators for four seasons and was traded to the Los Angeles Kings. After a brief stint with the Kings, Ronning joined the Minnesota Wild for a season and closed out his career in 2006 with the New York Islanders. Ronning played a career total of 1137 games in the NHL and has returned to Vancouver post hockey retirement.

Colby Armstrong

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The native of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan has a reputation for being a bit of a prankster but also a great teammate and friend. After four seasons with the Red Deer Rebels in the WHL, Colby was the selected by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the first round of the 2001 NHL Draft. After three seasons with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, Armstrong made his NHL debut in 2005. The right-winger had a standout rookie year and tallied 40 points in just 47 games. In 2007, Armstrong had the opportunity to play for Canada in the IIHF World Championships where he scored the game-winning goal in the gold medal match against Finland. After 7 seasons in the NHL and appearances with the Penguins, Thrashers, Maple Leafs and the Canadiens, Colby retired from professional hockey. Following his retirement, Colby made Pittsburgh home and entered a new chapter of his career. Leveraging his outgoing personality and hockey smarts, Colby became a hockey analyst for Sportsnet in 2014 and covers home broadcasts for Root Sports in Pittsburgh.

Curtis Leschyshyn

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Curtis Leschyshyn was raised in Langham, Saskatchewan. It was there where Curtis and his brother spent countless hours at the local arena, honing their skills and refereeing games for extra pocket money. The Saskatoon Blades took notice of the quiet, hardworking forward and placed him on their protection list at age seventeen. He was drafted third overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1988 NHL Entry Draft after two years with the Saskatoon Blades. Leschyshyn spent eight years with the Quebec Nordiques and moved with the team when they relocated to Colorado for the 1995-96 season, capturing the Stanley Cup during their inaugural season. Following the Cup win, Curtis was traded to Washington and then settled in Carolina for four seasons. Leschyshyn played briefly with the Minnesota Wild during 2000-01 season before moving to Ottawa and closing out the rest of his professional hockey career with the Senators at the end of 2004. He signed back with the Colorado for the 2005 season but retired before the beginning of the season. Curtis played an impressive 1033 regular NHL games, 68 NHL playoff games and represented Canada on the international stage in the 1990 World Championships.

Dale Derkatch

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During Dale Derkatch’s rookie season with the Regina Pats in 1982, he was named rookie of the year after scoring 62 goals and tallying 142 points in just 71 games. The next season, he was the WHL’s top scorer with 84 goals and 179 points overall in 67 games. Derkatch was selected 140th overall in the 1983 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers, but returned to the Pats for the 1983-84 season, where he again boasted impressive numbers with 72 goals and 87 assists in 62 games. During the Pats playoff run that year, Derkatch racked up 53 points in 23 games while the team fell short against the Kamloops Junior Oilers in the WHL finals. After the season ended, he was offered a contract with the Edmonton Oilers but he instead chose to train with the Canadian Olympic team. He moved to Europe where he would play in the Finnish Elite League. After three seasons in the league, the Edmonton Oilers again offered him a contract, but he declined. Derkatch was named the 19th on the WHL’s top 50 players of all time. He currently serves as an amateur scout for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Darcy Tucker


A native of Endiang, Alberta, Darcy Tucker played with the Kamloops Blazers and was captain of the team for the 1994-1995 season. He is one of four players in the ninety-year history of the Major Junior Hockey League to have won three Memorial Cups. Tucker was drafted 151st overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the Montreal Canadiens. He spent three seasons with the club before being traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning. After three seasons with the Lightning, Tucker moved to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he would spend the majority of his career and remains a fan favourite of the club to this day. He closed out his professional career after two seasons with the Colorado Avalanche in 2010.  Tucker is currently a registered NHLPA agent and owns a sports representation business.

Darryl Sutter

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Like his brother Brian, Darryl spent time with the Red Deer Rustlers and the Lethbridge Broncos. He was drafted by the Chicago Blackhawks 179th overall in the 1978 NHL Entry Draft. He spent his entire playing career with the Blackhawks and retired from playing in 1987. Sutter joined the NHL coaching ranks with the Blackhawks in 1992 and made it to playoffs all three seasons. In 1997, he backed the San Jose Sharks and helped the Shark make the playoffs five seasons in a row. He was let go from the Sharks during the 2002-03 season and joined the Calgary Flames. Sutter took the Flames to the Stanley Cup Final in 2003-04 and the team lost out during the conference quarterfinals the following season. He took the head coach position with the LA Kings in 2011 and was rewarded with his first Stanley Cup. After losing in the conference final the following season, the Kings won the Cup again in the 2013-14 season. Sutter finished his coaching career with the Kings after the 2016-17 season. He currently holds a record of 1285 games coached with 635 wins. 

Derek Dorsett


The Regina Pats are proud to welcome NHL star Derek Dorsett back to Saskatchewan for Homecoming Weekend. Derek’s journey to the NHL started in Kindersley, Saskatchewan. Derek spent countless hours at the local rink and they started to pay off. Derek joined the Medicine Hat Tigers appearing in 180 regular season games, recording 49 goals and 79 assists. During his three seasons with the Tigers, Derek also appeared in 43 playoff games, earning 34 points. Derek was a major force behind the Tigers winning the Ed Chynoweth Cup as WHL Champions in 2006-2007. He was drafted 189th overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft by the Columbus Blue Jackets and made his first NHL appearance in 2008. His very first goal was against the Vancouver Canucks, fitting because his last goal would be as a member of the Canucks. After appearing in 515 NHL games, Derek announced his retirement from hockey this November due to complications from a spinal injury. Derek’s tenacity and spirit has been something that has stood out to coaches, teammates, opponents and fans through the years.

Ed Staniowski


Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Ed Staniowski quickly gained attention for his net-minding skills during his amateur years. In 1974, Staniowski helped the Regina Pats capture the Memorial Cup. He was also voted Canadian Major Junior player of the year and was named to the WCJHL first all-star team. He was drafted 27th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft and over the next decade, Staniowski played for the St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets and the Hartford Whalers. In 1985, he retired from professional hockey to pursue a lifelong dream of service in Canada’s military. Fittingly, at age 29 he was posted to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the namesake of the Regina Pats. His military career would see him deployed several times across Africa and Afghanistan. After 29 years of active service, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Staniowski retired from the Canadian Forces.

Eric Brewer

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Born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, Ed Staniowski quickly gained attention for his net-minding skills during his amateur years. In 1974, Staniowski helped the Regina Pats capture the Memorial Cup. He was also voted Canadian Major Junior player of the year and was named to the WCJHL first all-star team. He was drafted 27th overall by the St. Louis Blues in the 1975 NHL Entry Draft and over the next decade, Staniowski played for the St. Louis Blues, Winnipeg Jets and the Hartford Whalers. In 1985, he retired from professional hockey to pursue a lifelong dream of service in Canada’s military. Fittingly, at age 29 he was posted to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the namesake of the Regina Pats. His military career would see him deployed several times across Africa and Afghanistan. After 29 years of active service, Lieutenant Colonel Edward Staniowski retired from the Canadian Forces.

Garth Butcher

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Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Garth Butcher paved his way to the NHL by gaining a reputation for being a scrappy defenseman who would stand up to anyone. Butcher joined the Regina Pats at age 16, making him the youngest player in Pat’s history. Over the next two seasons, Butcher tallied 178 points and 500 penalty minutes with the Pats making him the number one prospect in the WHL for the 1981 Entry Draft. He was selected 10th overall by the Vancouver Canucks. In 1982, Butcher was named to the Canadian Junior team and was a major piece to the team’s successful defense core that only allowed 14 goals against in seven games. Following the World Junior Championships, Butcher began to receive call-ups from the Vancouver Canucks and snagged a full time gig with them in 1985. In his time with the Canucks, he played 610 games and had the club record for most penalty minutes (1668 minutes).  In 1991, Butcher was part of a controversial trade that sent him to the St. Louis Blues. The Blues named him Team Captain and he spent the next three seasons with the club, earning over 500 penalty minutes and 46 points. Partway through the 1993-94 season, Butcher was traded to the Quebec Nordiques followed by a move to the Toronto Maple Leafs. At age 32, Garth Butcher retired from professional hockey.   

Gary Leeman


Known as a gritty scoring machine, the Toronto native attended Notre Dame College in Saskatchewan and was picked up the Regina Pats in 1981. He was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1982 NHL Entry Draft and returned back to the Pats for his final season where earned 86 points in just 63 games. In 1983, he played 52 games for the Leafs and played for Canada in the World Junior Championships. After spending some time in the Leafs’ affiliate club, Leeman joined the Leafs full time in 1986. He spent several seasons with the Leafs and was part of the blockbuster trade that saw him go to Calgary and Doug Gilmore go to Toronto. Leeman requested a trade after two seasons in Calgary and he joined the Montreal Canadiens in 1992. The trade proved successful, as Leeman was able to capture the Stanley Cup with the Canadiens. Following his Stanley Cup run, he spent time with the Vancouver Canucks, the St. Louis Blues and professional teams in Europe. He retired from professional hockey in 1999.

Geoff Courtnall


A native of Victoria, British Columbia, Geoff Courtnall played for the Cowichan Valley Capitals in the BCJHL before moving over to the Victoria Cougars in the WHL during the 1980-81 season. During his sophomore season with the Cougars, Courtnall notched 35 goals and 57 assists. In his final year with the team, he elevated those numbers to 41 goals and 73 assists. In 1983, as an undrafted free agent, he signed with the Boston Bruins where he played for the team sporadically until making the full time jump in 1985. In 1987, he joined the Edmonton Oilers and helped the team capture the Stanley Cup. Shortly after, he was traded to the Washington Capitals. Over the next few seasons, Courtnall went on to play for St. Louis Blues and the Vancouver Canucks. After 1049 games in the NHL, Courtnall was forced to retire due to post-concussion syndrome.

Glen Wesley

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A native of Red Deer, Alberta, Glen Wesley joined the Portland Winter Hawks in 1983 and spent four seasons with the club. He was drafted 3rd overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1987 NHL Entry Draft. Wesley was also named the WHL Defenceman of the Year in 1985-86 and 1986-87. The defenceman suited up as a Boston Bruin in 1987 and played an impressive 79 games during his first year. He was named to the NHL All- Rookie Team in 1988. In 1994, Wesley was traded to the Hartford Whalers and remained with the team when they moved to Carolina. He won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2006 and, after logging 1457 regular-season games, he retired from professional hockey in 2008. The Hurricanes retired his number in 2009 and he remains with the organization as Director of Defencemen Development.

Jamie Heward


Born in Regina, Saskatchewan, Heward was able to fulfill his dream of playing for his hometown team. He joined the Regina Pats in 1987 and spent four seasons with the team. Heward put up impressive numbers for a defenceman and was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins 16th overall in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. After several years in the Penguins organization with no call-ups, he joined the Canadian National team in the 1994-95 season and won a bronze at the World Championships. By 1998, he had found a regular spot in the line-up with the Nashville Predators and would go on to play for several NHL teams. He retired from professional hockey in 2009 after a concussion, but continues to stick close to the game. Heward is currently the Director of Player Development and Assistant Coach with the Swift Current Broncos.

Jarret Stoll

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Jeff Odgers

From Melville, Saskatchewan, Jarret Stoll was the first overall pick by the Edmonton Ice in the 1997 WHL Bantam Draft. The Edmonton Ice later became the Kootenay Ice and Stoll spent his entire WHL career with the team, captaining them to a Memorial Cup win. Stoll was drafted 36th overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After five seasons with the Oilers, he was traded to the Los Angeles Kings in 2008 and would go on to win two Stanley Cups with the franchise. Before retiring from professional hockey, Stoll made brief appearances with the New York Rangers and the Minnesota Wild. He is currently a scout for the Los Angeles Kings.


Odgers grew up playing hockey in Spy Hill, Saskatchewan and like any other kid from the province; he spent countless hours at the local rink or on the pond. His hard work paid off and he joined the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1986. Odgers used his size and toughness to make up for his lack of foot speed and skill. He spent four seasons with the club and reached the 30 goal mark during his last two seasons. He signed with the San Jose Sharks and spent five years with the team. He would later play with the Bruins, Avalanche, and finished his career with the Atlanta Thrashers in the 2002-03 season. After his retirement, he joined the Thrashers as a colour commentator for two years and moved back to Saskatchewan. When he returned home, he took up the head coach job for the Yorkton Harvest and is a scout for the Prince George Cougars.

Jock Callander


Jock Callander joined the Regina Pats in 1978 and after two seasons, he was making waves with his impressive point production. During the 1980-81 season, Callander tailed 153 points in 72 games. The following season, he played 71 games and led the league with 190 points. He went undrafted in the NHL Entry Draft and later signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues. Callander split his time between the CHL and IHL until stepping up with the Pittsburgh Penguins in 1987 for half a season. He spent the next several years between the NHL and IHL before joining the Cleveland Lumberjacks in 1993. Callendar played with the Lumberjacks until his retirement from professional hockey in 2000. He joined the team as an assistant coach the following season and remains with the club. His jersey was retired with the team in 2011.

Kelly Chase


From Porcupine Plain, Saskatchewan, Kelly Chase understood he would need to rely on his physical toughness if he wanted to play hockey in the NHL. Growing up, he was considered a “plus one” of the Clark family and in 1985 Wendel Clark’s dad called up the GM of the Saskatoon Blades to get Kelly a tryout. Kelly made the team and racked up an impressive 489 penalty minutes in just two seasons. Kelly returned to the Saskatoon Blades as an overage player for the 1987-1988 season to continue honing his offensive play adding 21 goals and 55 assists but what really made an impression was his 343 penalty minutes. It was enough for the St. Louis Blues and they signed the undrafted free agent in 1988. Not necessarily a standout for his raw talent or size, Kelly knew his role on the team was that of the enforcer. Widely acknowledged as the glue in the locker room, Chase gained the respect of teammates and opponents throughout his 12-year career in the NHL. After stints with the Hartford Whalers and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Kelly returned to the St. Louis Blues in 1997. At the end of the 1997-98 season, Kelly was awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy and the NHL Foundation Player Award. In 2000, Kelly retired from professional hockey and remains with the Blues as a colour commentator.

Mark Howe

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The son of Gordie Howe, Mark made his own name in the NHL and was arguably one of the best two-way defensemen during the 1980s. He is a member of both the United States Hockey Hall of Fame and the Hockey Hall of Fame. Howe spent several years in the WHA before playing with the Hartford Whalers in the 1979-80 season. He spent three seasons with the club and suffered a serious injury while with the team. He requested a trade and was sent to the Philadelphia Flyers in 1982. Howe became a backbone for the Flyers and was a finalist for the Norris Trophy three different times. After 10 seasons with the Flyers, Howe signed with the Red Wings and closed out his playing career with the team after three seasons. He is currently the Director of Pro Scouting for the Detroit Red Wings.

Mark Janssens


A native of Vancouver, BC, Mark Janssens played with the Surrey Eagles in the BCJHL for one year before joining the Regina Pats. In his inaugural year with the Pats, Janssens tallied a respectable 30 regular season points. During his sophomore year, he more than doubled his rookie output, racking up 63 points. His final season with the Pats was his most impressive with 39 goals and 51 assists. The centre played a physical game, which earned him 1422 penalty minutes throughout his entire professional hockey career. He was drafted by the New York Rangers 72nd overall in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Janssens played for a number of teams before joining the Hartford Whalers in the 1992-93 season. He went on to play with the Mighty Ducks, New York Islanders, Phoenix Coyotes and Chicago Blackhawks. Mark Janssens retired from professional hockey in 2001 and has a career in the financial industry.

Mike Keane


After successful seasons in the MJHL and the WHL, Keane went unselected in the NHL annual entry draft. In 1985, Keane signed with the Montreal Canadiens as a free agent and was a regular in the line-up by 1988. Consistency was a big part of Keane’s game, winning battles along the boards and coming up big in the corners. A respected leader and motivator in the dressing room, he often held the coveted Captain role throughout his career. Keane spent 16 seasons in the NHL and played over 1,100 regulation games. Following his career in the NHL, Keane returned to Winnipeg and played with the Manitoba Moose until his retirement from professional hockey in 2010. The Manitoba Moose retired Keane’s jersey (the first in franchise history). He was awarded the Order of the Buffalo Hunt by the Premier of Manitoba for his tireless work ethic and his off-ice commitment to the community. In 2013, the Winnipeg Jets announced that Mike Keane would join their staff as the Assistant of Player Development.

Mike Sillinger


After starting out with the Regina Kings in the SMHL, Sillinger graduated to the Regina Pats. During his rookie season with the Pats, he tallied just 43 points in 67 games. His sophomore year was considered his breakout season, resulting in 53 goals and 78 assists in 78 games. After two more similarly successful seasons with the Pats, Sillinger caught the attention of the Detroit Red Wings, who made him their first pick in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft. During his career, Sillinger played 1049 games with twelve different teams, a record in NHL history. He retired from professional hockey in 2008 and currently serves as the Director of Scouting and Recruitment for the Regina Pats.

Pat Elyniuk

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A native of Foam Lake, Saskatchewan, Pat Elyniuk played with the Prince Albert Midget Raiders in the SMHL and graduated to the Prince Albert Raiders in 1983. Elyniuk was a key player in helping the Raiders capture the Memorial Cup in 1985. His last two years in junior were impressive, scoring 106 and 113 points in consecutive seasons.  He was named to the WHL East First All-Star Team in 1986 and 1987. The Winnipeg Jets selected him 8th overall in the 1986 draft. After spending time between the Jets and their AHL affiliate the Moncton Hawks, Elyniuk earned a full time roster spot in 1989. He spent five seasons with the Jets and was traded to the Washington Capitals in 1992. During his first season with the Capitals, Elyniuk scored 57 points in 80 games. He was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning in the middle of the following season and finished out his NHL career with the Ottawa Senators.

Rich Pilon


From Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Rich Pilon was selected 143rd overall by the New York Islanders in 1986 while still playing midget hockey. He joined the WHL Prince Albert Raiders for six games during the 1985-86 season and suited up full time for the team the following year. During his time with the Raiders, Pilon established his playing style as tough but hardworking defenseman. He made the jump from the Raiders to the New York Islanders in 1988 and appeared in 631 games during his NHL career. Pilon faced several serious injuries throughout his career but was admirable stay-at-home defenseman when healthy. Pilon retired from professional hockey in following the 2001-02 season and was named to the Raiders Hall of Fame in 2009.

Rob DiMaio

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Rob was born in Calgary, Alberta and began his professional hockey career with the Kamloops Blazers in 1984. He had an average rookie season with the Blazers and was traded to the Medicine Hat Tigers at the beginning of the 1985-86 season. DiMaio spent the next three seasons with the club, earning 50 plus points each season. He also contributed to the team, capturing repeat Memorial Cups in 1987 and 1988. During the 1987 NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders selected DiMaio in the 6th round. He was selected as captain of their AHL affiliate, the Springfield Indians and helped lead the team to a Calder Cup in 1990. DiMaio joined the Islanders full time for the 1991-92 season. During his career, he played for the Tampa Bay Lightning, Philadelphia Flyers, Boston Bruins, New York Rangers, Carolina Hurricanes, and Dallas Stars and spent some time in Italy playing professionally. He suffered a severe concussion during preseason in 2006 and was forced to retire from professional hockey.

Rob Niedermayer

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An alumni of the Medicine Hat Tigers, Rob Niedermayer played 1153 NHL games. Rob was typically known for his two-way playing style and his strength along the boards during postseason. In 2003, he and his brother Scott were the first brothers to play on opposing teams in a Stanley Cup Final since Ken and Terry Reardon in 1946. Fittingly, Rob and Scott also went on to win a Stanley Cup together when they both played for the Anaheim Ducks in 2007. Rob has represented Canada several times internationally and closed out his professional hockey career in Switzerland.

Robert Brown

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Born in Kingston, Ontario, Rob Brown moved to St. Albert as a teenager and played for the St. Albert Royals in the AAHA. In 1983, Brown joined the Kamloops Junior Oilers (later the Kamloops Blazers) where an impressive rookie season would see him notch 58 regular season points. In 1985, Brown led the WHL league with 173 points in regular season and 46 points in playoff games. The following year, he registered 212 points; a record that still stands in the WHL. He was later drafted 67th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins. During his rookie year in the NHL, he scored 24 goals and during his sophomore season, he reached 115 points as Mario Lemieux’s line mate. His eleven-year NHL career posted stays with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers, Dallas Stars, and the Los Angeles Kings. Brown retired from professional hockey in 2003 and is currently an Edmonton Oilers radio analyst.

Robyn Regehr


Best known on the ice for his impressive defensive skill and physical ability, Robyn spent 15 seasons in the NHL and has represented Canada several times on the international stage. Robyn joined the Kamloops Blazers in 1996 and was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. Before ever suiting up in an Avalanche jersey, Regehr was traded to the Calgary Flames. In the summer of 1999, a drunk driver hit Robyn’s vehicle and he suffered two broken legs. Not one to sit idly, Regehr pushed through rehab and was playing hockey four months after the accident.  In 2014, Robyn won the Stanley Cup with the Los Angeles Kings. After the Captain’s traditional first lap, Dustin Brown handed the cup to Robyn as a gesture of gratitude for his off-ice contributions to the team. Robyn played 1089 NHL games for the Calgary Flames, Buffalo Sabres and Los Angeles Kings. In 2016, Robyn signed a one-day contract and retired with the Calgary Flames.

Ron Sutter


One of the original six Sutter brothers from Viking, Alberta, Ron was the last to retire from the NHL. Together with his twin brother Rich, he helped the Lethbridge Broncos capture the Memorial Cup in 1983. In 1982, the Philadelphia Flyers drafted Ron. He joined the team full time in 1983 and played eight seasons there. He went on to play with St. Louis, Quebec, New York, Phoenix, Boston, and San Jose. He spent his final season with the Calgary Flames and was the only Sutter brother to ever play for an Alberta based NHL team. Ron currently works in player development for the Calgary Flames.

Scott Niedermayer

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Born in Edmonton, Alberta, Scott Niedermayer’s lengthy professional hockey career carries professional milestones that earned him respect from fans across North America. Niedermayer spent three seasons with the Kelowna Blazers and helped the team captured the team’s first Memorial Cup in franchise history by earning an assist on the game-winning goal. During his WHL career, Niedermayer captured 190 points in 156 regular season games. He was selected third overall in the NHL draft by the New Jersey Devils in 1991. Niedermayer would go on to earn 4 Stanley Cups and 2 Olympic gold medals during the span of his seventeen-year career. 

Stu Grimson


Stu Grimson is a retired Canadian professional hockey player who had a lengthy career in the NHL playing for Anaheim, Calgary, Carolina, Chicago, Detroit, Los Angeles and Nashville. His on-ice play earned him the nickname “The Grim Reaper” but was a well-respected teammate and opponent off the ice. Following his retirement from professional hockey, Grimson earned a law degree from the University of Memphis and is a licenced attorney. During Grimson’s NHL career, he sustained several concussions and suffered from post-concussion syndrome during his final season in Nashville. Concerned with what may lie ahead of him from a past littered with brain trauma, Grimson actively supports brain research initiatives and has been vocal about donating his own brain for research on CTE in the future.

Tim Cheveldae


Born in Melville, Saskatchewan, Tim Cheveldae joined the Saskatoon Blades in 1985 after a brief stay with the Melville Millionaires in the SJHL. He was selected 64th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1986 NHL Entry Draft. Cheveldae spent six years with the Red Wings organization and joined the Winnipeg Jets in 1993. Cheveldae finished out his NHL career as a Boston Bruin in 1996. In 1996, he joined the IHL and spent another two seasons playing professional hockey before retiring. Following his retirement, Cheveldae spent time in the WHL as a goalie coach for the Moose Jaw Warriors and as an assistant coach for the Saskatoon Blades.

Travis Moen


From Swift Current, Saskatchewan, Travis Moen played with the Kelowna Rockets from 1998 to 2003. During his tenure with the Rockets, Moen played 181 games, earned 58 points and finished with 399 penalty minutes. He was drafted 155th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft by the Calgary Flames. He remained in the WHL and later signed as a free agent with the Chicago Blackhawks. In 2005, Moen was traded to the Ducks. In 2007, Moen scored the Stanley Cup winning goal against the Ottawa Senators. He was traded to the Sharks in 2009 and later signed with the Montreal Canadiens. After six years with the Canadiens, Moen was traded to the Dallas Stars and retired after his second season with the club.

Wendel Clark


Leave it to a kid from Kelvington, Saskatchewan to become one of the most popular players to ever don a Toronto Maple Leafs jersey. Though widely remembered for his career as a left-winger with the Leafs, Clark actually started his hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades as a defenseman. During two seasons with the Blades, Clark notched an impressive 155 points and 478 penalty minutes. The Leafs took notice and drafted Clark first overall in 1985. He spent thirteen out of fifteen seasons with the Maple Leafs and continues to be renowned as a fan favourite.