Hall hosting 1974 Regina Pats to mark golden anniversary of Memorial Cup win

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting the members of the 1973-74 Regina Pats hockey club on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team’s Memorial Cup championship season.

Eighteen members of the Pats will be at the Hall of Fame to meet fans and reminisce about their championship season.

The afternoon will begin at 1 p.m. with a hot stove panel discussion with three members of the team and then from 1:30-2:30 p.m., fans are invited to meet the players and get a complimentary copy of the 1974 Pats team photo signed by the team. Admission to the event is free.

The 1973-74 Pats team was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1980.

The Pats overcame an early 3-0 deficit to beat the Quebec Remparts 7-4 in the Memorial Cup final in Calgary. That victory ended a 44-year Memorial Cup drought for the storied junior hockey team.

Regina swept the Calgary Centennials 4-0 to win the Western Canadian Hockey League title. They needed six games to get past the Saskatoon Blades and Swift Current Broncos in the first two rounds of the playoffs.

The Pats also experienced some international competition when they went to Sweden to play in the Ahearne Cup in mid-December. There they played against top teams from Sweden, Finland, the United Kingdom, and Dynamo Moscow from the Soviet Union. They returned a better team and posted a 26-6-4 record in league play after coming home.

Goalie Ed Staniowski was named the WCHL’s Most Valuable Player for that season. He and Clark Gillies have both been inducted into the Hall of Fame as individuals. They are two of the nine members of the ’74 Pats who went on to play in the National Hockey League.

Head coach Bob Turner won five Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens and was also inducted into the Sask. Sports Hall of Fame as an individual in 1994.

Award-winning program returns this fall

The fall 2022 edition of Never Give Up kicked off Tuesday afternoon with our first virtual presentation.

Inductee Arnold Boldt connected with three classes from Grades 5-8 from St. Augustine Community School in Regina to begin this latest five-week offering of this Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame educational program.

Never Give Up is an education program targeting at-risk students in Grades 4-8 which focuses on answering the question: what makes a person a “hero”? By discussing the concept of a hero, Never Give Up allows the students to understand that heroes are different for everyone and often they take the form of positive role models throughout each person’s community. Never Give Up is administered virtually and involves SSHF inductees who have overcome obstacles and hardships to achieve their own personal goals in sport and life. The students benefitting from this program represent a range of diverse life experiences and thus, so too do the presenters who currently include war refugees, amputees, and Paralympians.

This year the SSHF is happy to have inductee Ed Staniowski taking part for the first time. After spending parts of 10 seasons in the National Hockey League, Staniowski joined the Canadian Forces and reached the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.

Joining Staniowski are Boldt, Lisa Franks, and Colette Bourgonje who were among the presenters when Never Give Up was offered this past spring. In total 1,134 students took part in Never Give Up in the spring of 2022. These four presenters all have unique and engaging stories to share with students across the province. All 10 Never Give Up sessions have been filled this fall.

Never Give Up earned a pair of esteemed awards this past June. The SSHF was honoured with the Museums Association of Saskatchewan’s MAS Award of Merit – Institution (under $50,000.00) for 2022 for Never Give Up. The program was also honoured with the Canadian Association for Sport Heritage’s CASH Award of Excellence.

The SSHF is grateful to have sponsorship support from SaskTel in order to make this program possible.