The Regina Pats will take to the ice for the first time in the 2018-19 season on Friday September 21 in Prince Albert.
The Western Hockey League released its schedule Tuesday morning. This year’s schedule has fewer games as the league has decided to adopt a 68 game season instead of the 72 game season that had been in effect since the 1975-76 season. The league says playing four less games during the regular season will serve to reduce travel, and balance the schedule while providing more time for players to focus on training and skill development, as well as their academic studies.
The home opener will be played the next night with the Raiders serving as the opposition.
Regina has 12 Friday home games, nine on Saturday, five Sunday’s, two Tuesday home games and six on Wednesday’s.
With the schedule change, the Pats will play East Division rivals the Moose Jaw Warriors and Brandon Wheat Kings eight times this year, Swift Current, Prince Albert and Saskatoon six times. Regina will still play each team in the Central Division four times, twice at home and twice on the road and the Western Conference matchups also remain the same with the Pats visiting the B.C. Division in 2018-19 and the U.S. Division coming to Regina.
A complete look at the Pats schedule can be found here.