Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Pat Will Lead The Pats

General Manager of the Regina Pats, Chad Lang announced today the Regina Pats have hired Pat Conacher as Head Coach. Pat has many years of professional hockey experience as both a player and coach. He recently served as an Assistant General Manager/Assistant Coach with the Chilliwack Bruins. Prior to his time in Chilliwack, Pat was the Head Coach of the Utah Grizzlies (AHL) and the San Antonio Rampage (AHL), Assistant Coach of the Phoenix Coyotes (NHL), Kelowna Rockets (WHL) and of the Canadian National Team.

Pat’s playing career spanned 17 seasons and was he originally drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round, 76th overall in the 1979 NHL Entry Draft. He played 521 total games in the NHL with the Rangers, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils, Los Angeles Kings and Calgary Flames finishing with 139 total points. Pat won the Stanley Cup with the Oilers in 1984 and made it to the finals again in 1993 with the Kings. His AHL career spanned 459 games finishing with 326 points. Prior to turning pro, his junior career was spent with the WHL’s Billings Bighorns and Saskatoon Blades.

“Pat’s 20 plus years of experience in hockey, and his reputation speaks for itself.” Regina Pats General Manager Chad Lang continues, “His experience and knowledge of the game will prove to be valuable assets for our organization. He is a quality person with strong communication skills. He has experience at the NHL, AHL and WHL level and has proven that he can work with young players. We are very pleased that our organization will benefit from his experience.”

Pats Head Coach, Pat Conacher, “I’m extremely excited to be part of such a storied franchise in the Regina Pats. I’m honoured to be working with the current and future talent the Pats possess and look forward to having success together both on and off the ice.”


Ed said...

hey Scruff, any word on asst coach ?

Anonymous said...

It took a while, but I think Chad found a guy that can grow with this organization. I wouldn't expect miracles overnight, but I think better times are on the horizon for this team.

Anonymous said...

Go Warriors

Anonymous said...

I like the hire. I hope he can do what he wants to with this team and get it back to where it should have been years ago.


Anonymous said...

Impressive resume, but why didn't he take the jump up from an AHL head coaching gig to the NHL. It seems to me as if he had no value and was forced to take a step down. Whatever the reason, I wish him luck and hope he can get the Pats back to the playoffs.

Anonymous said...

Gretzky passes to Conacher, he SCORES !!!! 1993 Stanley Cup Finals.