The Regina Pats, the oldest major junior hockey franchise in Canada, is celebrating its centennial season in 2017-18, which will culminate in hosting the 100th Memorial Cup at the end of the season.
But the celebrations in Regina will go far beyond that. On Friday, the Pats announced plans to recognize the team’s 100th season over Family Day weekend on February 16-19, 2018.
“We’ve worked very hard to put together a birthday celebration that will never be forgotten,” Shaun Semple, president and CEO of the Brandt Group of Companies and co-owner of Queen City Sports & Entertainment Group, said in a release. “The Pats’ Centennial Salute Homecoming Weekend is absolutely unique in its scale and will kick off the 100-day countdown to the 2018 Mastercard Memorial Cup with a bang.”
The main attractions over this weekend are two outdoor games to be played at Mosaic Stadium. On Saturday night, up to 50 former NHL greats including 14 Hall of Famers, will take part in an All-Star Celebrity Classic. And on Sunday, the hometown Pats will take on the rival Moose Jaw Warriors in the Outdoor Classic.
Among the former NHLers who will take part in the celebrity game are Garth Butcher, Brian Propp, Scott Niedermayer and Wendel Clark, with more to be named later. Acting as coaches will be Bryan Trottier, Bernie Federko, Grant Fuhr and Clark Gillies.
“Ticket information will be available in the coming weeks,” Pats president Todd Lumbard said. “At that time, information will be released on how your season ticket applies to the weekend of events. We are developing a plan to ensure our valued season ticket holder receives priority consideration for this historic weekend of celebration.”
Rogers Hometown Hockey will descend on Regina this weekend as well, and provide a range of programming to support the Pats Centennial Salute event.