It wasn’t the way Adam Brooks and the Regina Pats wanted to say good-bye.
Less than 48 hours after losing the WHL Championship to the Seattle Thunderbirds, the team cleaned out the dressing room on Tuesday and said good-bye to one another after the best regular season the team has had in its 99 year history.
For Brooks, he is one of three overage players who will not be back next year as the team hosts the Memorial Cup. His road as a pro begins as he is property of the Toronto Maple Leafs.
The captain fought back tears as he left the Brandt Centre for the last time as a Pat.
“The people you meet are unforgettable. Right from the front office to the media who have always been so nice, it’s tough.” Brooks said. “The people in this city have been unbelievable to me, to this team, to my family when they’ve come out. I can’t say enough about Regina, the people of Regina, and this organization as a whole.”
Head coach and general manager John Paddock couldn’t say enough about what Brooks has meant to the organization.
“He has turned into an icon, on the team ,and in the organization, and in the city,” Paddock said. “He has meant what a captain’s supposed to mean.”
For two members of the Pats, they are going to get a taste of the NHL’s Western Conference final and maybe more. Sam Steel and Josh Mahura are going to join the Anaheim Ducks to spend some time around the organization that holds their NHL rights.