Several players that once wore the Regina Pats jersey with pride will be back on Brandt Centre ice Saturday afternoon along with many other WHL greats that spent time in the NHL as the Pats Homecoming Celebration Weekend continues with the NHL all-star celebrity classic.
One of those who will play has a direct tie to the Pats even though he didn’t play for them.
Curtis Leschyshyn is the father of Regina forward and Vegas draft pick Jake Leschyshyn.
The former Saskatoon Blade who spent time with several NHL teams including the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche where he won a Stanley Cup is embracing the weekend as he catches up with many he used to play with and against.
“This is an exciting time”. Leschyshyn told reporters on Friday afternoon. “It’s all about stories and they get better every year. There are a lot of guys who are great story tellers -stories that make you sit and giggle.”
Seeing his son do his thing for the Pats is something that puts a smile on his face.
“As a parent, you skate every stride that he skates and you absorb every injury he absorbs. It’s a great time for our family.” Leschyshyn said. “To see him play in a Memorial Cup is exciting, he had a chance to play in one in Red Deer, but he was traded here. When we found out he would get a chance to play in one this year, we were all excited for sure.”
Some of the others who will be on the ice Saturday afternoon at 3 include Ron Sutter, Darryl Sutter, Clark Gillies, Garth Butcher, Ed Staniowski, Scott Niedermayer, Cliff Ronning and Jock Callander who will have his number 15 jersey retired by the Pats before Sunday’s game against Moose Jaw.