The Regina Pats are home to the Portland Winterhawks Wednesday in WHL play.
While the team has made several deals this season to start reconstructing their roster after being the host team for the Memorial Cup last season, there are some wondering if Wednesday’s game might be their last in a Pats uniform.
19 year old forward Robbie Holmes is one of those players. Holmes understands the business and that his name may be one being talked about, but he hopes that when the deadline passes Thursday afternoon that he is still a Pat.
“I’ve been here for about three or four years now and Regina is my home.” Holmes said. “I would love to stay here.”
With players like Jake Leschyshyn, Nick Henry, Aaron Hyman and Scott Mahovlich having moved on already, it is not known how active the Pats will be leading up to the deadline where they are now a seller instead of a buyer as they have been the last couple of seasons.
Head Coach Dave Struch does not know what will happen, but he will be glad when Friday gets here and he has a team he knows he can work with for the rest of the season without guys leaving.
“Getting through the next couple of days will be important for us.” Struch said. “The guys in the dressing room will be able to relax and just play the game for the rest of the season without worrying what their future might be.”
The Winterhawks made a big deal on Wednesday in advance of their game against Regina.
They sent six draft picks over the next three years, including two first-round picks, to Swift Current for 18 year old goalie Joel Hofer.
It is not known if Hofer will be in uniform for Portland or not.
620 CKRM has the game starting at 7.