After being spoiled for the last two seasons by players like Adam Brooks, Sam Steel, Connor Hobbs and Josh Mahura, the Regina Pats are heading back to square one for the 2018-19 season.
A team that lost the Ed Chynoweth Cup league final to Seattle in 2016-17 and the Memorial Cup final to Acadie-Bathurst last May are starting to re-tool for what they hope will be another championship run in a couple of years time.
Dave Struch has taken over as Head Coach for John Paddock who is moving upstairs to concentrate on his role as general manager. Struch knows his team doesn’t have the firepower that the team had the last two years, but he is impressed in what he has seen in the first week of training camp and feels his squad will surprise some if this keeps up.
“Well, we hope so. I think if you look at what you had in the past, we had a lot of skill.” Struch said. “You can’t take anything away from these guys. We have had a good camp so far. They have a great work ethic, character,attitude and leadership. We are not changing the way we practice, and as long as we get better every day that’s part of the process and hopefully we can execute that.
The Pats will see their first pre-season action Friday at home when the Swift Current Broncos come to town in a 7 o’clock start.