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Friend praises Seahawks' Jon Ryan for inspiring determination

Jon Ryan’s best friend said even after achieving success at football’s highest level, he’s still the same person he first met in high school.

“No, he hasn’t changed one bit. He’s still my buddy at the end of the day. He’s that little red head that I met in the ninth grade,” said Terry Young.

Young was interviewed Thursday at Sheldon-Williams Collegiate by a production crew getting footage for NBC so the network could air a special segment during the Super Bowl pre-game coverage on Ryan and where he grew up. That will be shown Feb. 1.

PHOTOS: Behind the scenes of the Brandt Centre's new scoreboard

The newest member of the Regina Pats is set to be revealed.

Before a sold-out crowd of more than 6,000 people at the Brandt Centre, the curtains around the new giant scoreboard will be dropped. A hockey game will be played as the Pats host the Warriors but much of the attention will be on the new scoreboard and a pre-game ceremony that is expected to run about 15 minutes.

"It's going to be really fun. It will be an entertaining game for the fans, hopefully," said captain Braden Christoffer.

PHOTOS: NBC films Super Bowl special on Jon Ryan at Regina high school

There could be a lot of eyes on the City of Regina and its Sheldon-Williams Collegiate on Super Bowl Sunday.
A crew was at the west-end high school on Thursday shooting a special feature on Seattle Seahawks punter Jon Ryan that will air on NBC as part of the pre-game show on Feb 1. Ryan went to the school when he was a teenager.
“For the entire world to see Jon in action coming from Sheldon-Williams Collegiate, it’s amazing,” said Principal Bill DeRosier.
The segment has the potential of reaching hundreds of millions of viewers.

Regina Pats' Austin Wagner getting noticed in NHL circles

Austin Wagner is climbing the NHL prospect rankings about as quickly as he gets down the ice.

The NHL's Central Scouting Bureau released their mid-term rankings on Tuesday for the 2015 draft. Four members of the Regina Pats made the list, with Wagner coming in at 43.

"It's nice to know you're getting noticed. But, I can't say anything. It's just rankings," said Wagner.

"You don't know what the scouts are thinking. What other people are thinking. It's just rankings."

NHL returns to Saskatoon

The NHL pre-season is returning to Saskatoon.

The announcement was made Tuesday that the Edmonton Oilers will take on the Minnesota Wild on Saturday, September 26th, 2015 at SaskTel Centre.

This will be the Wild’s first visit to Saskatoon.

Saskatoon Blades season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase tickets followed by a pre-sale where fans can buy an NHL Ticket with their Blades Home Opener ticket.

Tickets to the general public go on sale Saturday, January 24th at 10:00am.

Jon Ryan's athleticism not a surprise to former Regina coach

Forget Jon Ryan’s boot. Apparently the Seattle Seahawks punter has an arm too, and that’s not overly shocking for one of his old football coaches with the University of Regina Rams.

Frank McCrystal coached Ryan for four seasons in the early 2000s.

“With us one time he scored like a 90-yard touchdown, kicked the convert, and then did the kickoff for us,” recalled McCrystal.

Ryan became the first punter in NFL history to throw a touchdown pass in the post-season in the Seahawk’s 28-22 win over Green Bay during Sunday’s NFC Championship game in Seattle.

Regina Pats investing in local minor hockey

The Regina Pats are pumping some money into the Regina minor hockey scene.

The team has reached a long-term agreement with Hockey Regina that will see them become a platinum sponsor of the organization contributing significant funds each year.

“We are excited to be partnering with Hockey Regina in our collective goal of supporting our young hockey players,” said Regina Pats Governor Anthony Marquart in a news release.

“The Pats are committed to the long term success of Hockey Regina and the growth and development of players in our community.”

VIDEO: Regina-born punter Jon Ryan returning to Super Bowl

For the second time, Regina's Barb Ryan watched with pride as her son did his part to earn a trip to the Super Bowl.

The Seattle Seahawks will be returning to the Super Bowl after winning the championship last year - the first NFL team to do so in 10 years. It's thanks to what seemed like an impossible comeback, winning 28-22 over Green Bay in the NFC championship game Sunday.

Sask. Hockey Hall of Fame welcomes 12 new members

The Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame will soon have 12 new members.
The 2015 inductees were announced Saturday night at SaskTel Centre during the game between Saskatoon Blades and Kootenay Ice.
Wendel Clark, who starred for the Blades in the mid 80s and went on to play 15 years in the NHL, is among four players entering the hall.
Clark played two dominant years for the Blades before he was taken first overall in the 1985 NHL draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Oil Kings blowout Pats 6-2

The boom or bust cycle continues for the Regina Pats since the WHL trade deadline.

The Pats were in Edmonton Friday night looking to build off an impressive 6-1 win over the Medicine Hat Tigers on Wednesday night. Instead, they were dismantled 6-2 by the Oil Kings for their third loss in four games. 

Edmonton was led by forward Lane Bauer who notched three goals in the contest. 

The Oil Kings roared out to an early lead in this one with three goals in the first period from Dysin Mayo, Bauer and Brayden Brown. 

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