Jackson set on bringing obstacle course race to Saskatchewan

Dale Jackson, far right, poses with his team at the 2013 Mud Hero race in Red Deer, Alberta. Photo courtesy of Dale Jackson.

Dale Jackson, far right, poses with his team at the 2013 Mud Hero race in Red Deer, Alberta. Photo courtesy Dale Jackson.

Regina, Saskatchewan – Mud Hero, Canada’s largest obstacle running series, is held in almost every province except Saskatchewan. Regina local Dale Jackson is looking to change that.

Jackson attended his first Mud Hero race last August in Red Deer, Alberta. The race involves long distance running combined with challenging obstacles.

Jackson explained that the registration fee for the six-kilometre race cost just $25, but he had to spend “over $700 for gas and hotel accommodations.” So, when he returned home from Red Deer, he emailed the event organizers requesting that the race be held somewhere in Saskatchewan. 

Jackson said the organizers responded, asking him for location ideas. The runner explained that he thinks the Mission Ridge Winter Park located in Qu’Appelle Valley would be an ideal location for the race. Continue reading

Pats Defeat Broncos In Overtime, Eye Top Spot In East Division

Photo courtesy of the Regina Pats.

Photo courtesy the Regina Pats.

Regina, Saskatchewan – Friday evening was Multicultural Night at the Brandt Centre. Not only were many countries and their customs were showcased and honoured, but the Regina Pats (36-23-3-3) also played host to the Swift Current Broncos (31-24-3-6). As well, Sam Steel, the Pats’ Second Overall pick in the 2013 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft, made his major junior ice hockey debut in the game.

In the early going, Pats defenseman Jesse Zgraggen ignited the crowd at the Brandt Centre by lowering the boom on Broncos forward Glenn Gawdin. The Blue and White’s hard forecheck forced the Broncos’ Brett Lernout to take a roughing minor at 6:39. On the man-advantage, the Pats registered five shots but couldn’t solve their opposing netminder, Eetu Laurikainen. A minute after Gawdin served his penalty, Broncos captain Colby Cave was given the gate for a retaliation slash. The Blue and White were unable to cash in on their second power play. Continue reading

Kammerer gains valuable experience at World Juniors

Maximilian Kammerer sports his Team Germany 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship jacket at the Brandt Centre.

Maximilian Kammerer sports his Team Germany 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship jacket at the Brandt Centre.

Regina, Saskatchewan - For Regina Pats forward Maximilian Kammerer, a trip to Malmö, Sweden not only meant a chance to participate in the 2014 IIHF World Junior Championship, but also an opportunity to return home.

Kammerer, who’s from Düsseldorf, Germany, received the invite to try out for his home country’s junior team in early December. He left for Malmö on Dec.12. 

The German-born player practiced twice a day at the tryout camp before officially being named to the team just before Christmas. After making his country’s squad, Kammerer said many of his teammates texted him to congratulate his accomplishment. 

“I just said congrats. You’re a good player, you deserve it, and all that hard work is paying off for you,” fellow Pats teammate Austin Wagner said. 

Kammerer already knew majority of his German teammates. He said he played with several of them last year while representing Germany in the 2013 IIHF World U18 Championship.

Their first game of the tournament was against Canada. Kammerer cited the game as one of his favourites because Canada attracted a big crowd and media attention from TSN. Continue reading

Pats’ penalty kill provides offense in win over Hitmen

Photo credit to the Regina Pats hockey club.

Photo credit to the Regina Pats hockey club.

Regina, Saskatchewan - With renowned sports entertainer Cameron Hughes in the crowd, the Regina Pats (22-17-3-2) battled the Calgary Hitmen (29-9-2-3) at the Brandt Centre on Friday evening.

 

Speed was the name of the game in the first period. Both teams came out with intensity, which contributed to a high-tempo, back-and-forth first period. Pats forward Carter Hansen was called for the first penalty of the contest at 7:41. While shorthanded, the Dyson Stevenson finished off a two-on-one with Boston Leier to put the home team ahead, 1-0.  Stevenson’s tally was his 20th of the season. In addition to the goal, the Pats also killed off Hansen’s minor. Continue reading

Hansen leads Pats to victory over the Rebels

Regina, Saskatchewan - The Regina Pats’ (21-17-3-2) action-packed January continued Wednesday evening when they played host to the Red Deer Rebels (20-20-0-2). Newly acquired defenseman Isaac Schacher also made his debut for the Blue and White. The Pats acquired Schacher from the Victoria Royals in return for 5th Round WHL Bantam Draft Selections in 2015 and 2016.

 

Rebels defenseman Brady Gaudet sat for cross-checking at 7:29 of the opening frame. Fifteen-seconds later, Chandler Stephenson opened the scoring from Dyson Stevenson and Colby Williams. After a scrum in front of Rebels goaltender Patrik Bartosak, the Pats found themselves down a man when Stevenson was assessed a roughing minor. The Blue and White held the visitors to only one shot on the Rebels’ man-advantage and Stevenson returned to the ice two minutes later. Continue reading