The Regina Pats are on a break——-a very long break.
The team won’t play it’s next game until May 18 when the Mastercard Memorial Cup opens. That is six-and-a-half weeks away.
While the team has gone home to collect themselves after being eliminated in Game 7 of the first round of the playoffs on Monday by the Swift Current Broncos, they will be back next week and their head coach and general manager says they had better be ready.
“We’re going to make a positive out of this and we’re looking forward to it.” Paddock said. ““There will be days that are very, very hard, but rest is a weapon and we’ll use it as that.
Paddock also let it be known that just because his team is done for the remainder of the WHL playoffs doesn’t mean a thing when it comes to the Memorial Cup.
He says the expectation is the same as it was when the team found out before last year’s playoffs that they would be the host team for the event.
“I really don’t care what other people think, we’re going into the tournament to win it.” Paddock stated. “Our goal is the same, and that is to win the last game of the season.
As for what Paddock is going to do for the next week, he says he may make a trip to the lake as he tries to decompress after a 72 game season followed by a playoff run that lasted seven games.