One of the players the Regina Pats added at the trade deadline was Jesse Gabrielle.
The 20-year-old was returned to junior by the Boston Bruins as he had been playing with Providence in the American Hockey League.
While Gabrielle has contributed on the scoresheet with 14 points in 11 games, he has also incurred a two-game suspension and taken some misconducts because of his play. In all, he has accumulated 31 penalty minutes.
Gabrielle was known as an agitator before he went to the American Hockey League because of his time in the WHL with Brandon, Prince George and Regina and those who have watched him play in a Pats uniform this season have seen his style has not changed one bit.
Gabrielle isn’t making any excuses for his penalties, and feels his reputation is the reason for some of the calls going against his way.
“I haven’t changed my game and won’t be.” Gabrielle said. ” I think the refs are kind of looking for me right now and that just comes me with playing my game. It’s disappointing to see that happen because I was hoping for a fresh start, but that wasn’t the case. It doesn’t affect me and it is what it is, but it would have been nice to have had a clean start.”
Head Coach and General Manager John Paddock doesn’t have a problem with the way Gabrielle has played since returning to junior even though he was benched for the third period of a win over Moose Jaw and suspended for two games for actions following that February 18th contest.
“I haven’t had conversations with Jesse about that.” Paddock said. “He needs to be a hard player to play against. He needs to do for us what Dawson Leedahl did for us last year. I don’t think he was an agitator. Jesse needs to play hard and be a dependable player in all three zones. Those are the conversations I have had with him.”
The Pats are currently in Banff where they are spending some time before getting back into game action on Saturday night when they visit the Calgary Hitmen.
The team won’t be back on Brandt Centre ice until March 14th against Prince Albert.