Founded in 1917 as the Regina Patricia Hockey Club, the Regina Pats have been a Queen City tradition for more than a century.
Named for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, the Pats are the oldest major junior hockey franchise in the world.
The Pats are proud members of the Western Hockey League, having won WHL championships in 1974 and 1980. Along with these league championships, the Pats are four-time Memorial Cup champions, with victories in 1925, 1928 (as the Regina Monarchs), 1930, and 1974.
The Pats storied connection with the Memorial Cup owes both to the club’s four championships, along with Regina’s proud tradition of hosting the event. The Memorial Cup has been staged — at least in part — seven times in the Queen City (shared in 1947, 1957, 1969, 1980 and solely in 1950, 2001 and 2018). The 2018 edition celebrated the centennial of both the Memorial Cup and Pats.
Since 1977 the club has called the Brandt Centre (originally the Agridome) home, where a total of 10 numbers hang from the rafters honouring the team’s very best:
- No. 1 — Ed Staniowski
- No. 7 — Jordan Eberle
- No. 8 — Brad Hornung
- No. 9 — Clark Gillies
- No. 12 — Doug Wickenheiser
- No. 14 — Dennis Sobchuk
- No. 15 — Jock Callander
- No. 16 — Dale Derkatch
- No. 16 — Mike Sillinger
- No. 17 — Bill Hicke
Exactly 164 Pats have gone on to play in the National Hockey League, with the most recent being Stanislav Svozil who made his NHL debut with the Columbus Blue Jackets on April 13, 2023 against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
There are currently eight former Pats on NHL contracts heading into the 2023-24 season, which include;
- Kyle Burroughs (D) – San Jose Sharks (Pats, 2012-2017)
- Nikolai Knyzhov (D) – San Jose Sharks (Pats, 2015-2016)
- Jordan Eberle (F) – Seattle Kraken (Pats, 2006-2010)
- Josh Mahura (D) – Florida Panthers (Pats, 2017-2018)
- Sam Steel (F) – Dallas Stars (Pats, 2014-2018)
- Cale Fleury (D) – Seattle Kraken (Pats, 2017-18)
- Chandler Stephenson (F) – Vegas Golden Knights (Pats, 2010-2014)
- Connor Bedard (F) – Chicago Blackhawks (Pats, 2020-2023)
For an in-depth look at the Pats’ history over the years, please see the following articles prepared during the club’s 100th anniversary season in 2017: