Mar­quee quin­tet is must-see ma­te­rial

Regina Leader-Post - - SPORTS - ROB VANSTONE rvan­stone@postmedia.com twit­ter.com/rob­van­stone

Just be­tween us, and not to be shared with Regina Leader-Post man­age­ment, I in­tend to spend Fri­day night goof­ing off while os­ten­si­bly work­ing.

Hon­estly, it’s a scam.

The Regina Pats are to play host to the Kelowna Rock­ets in a West­ern Hockey League game that I am only “cov­er­ing” in the broad­est sense.

I will be watch­ing the pro­ceed­ings, while per­haps fil­ing away some ob­ser­va­tions for fu­ture use, but not with the ob­jec­tive of writ­ing specif­i­cally about that game.

In­stead, I want to sit in the stands at the Brandt Cen­tre — Sec­tion 102, Row 3 — with my all-world wife and be a spec­ta­tor, shame­lessly hoover­ing pop­corn and licorice.

And why not? How of­ten do you get to see five po­ten­tial mem­bers of Canada’s world ju­nior team in one game?

Cen­tre Sam Steel and de­fence­man Josh Mahura are to rep­re­sent the Pats at the se­lec­tion camp, which is to be­gin Tues­day in St. Catharines, Ont.

Three Rock­ets play­ers — for­wards Kole Lind (who is from Shau­navon) and Dil­lon Dube, along with de­fence­man Cal Foote — will also be among the 32 hope­fuls in St. Catharines.

An­other draw­ing card is the fact that Regina is poised to play its first home game since Nov.

15. More­over, I have not seen the Pats in person since Nov. 3, due to the im­per­a­tive of writ­ing daily Kevin Glenn col­umns from On­tario as long as the Saskatchewan Roughrid­ers were in the CFL play­offs.

But now the Roughrid­ers are done and the Pats are at home — where I plan to leave my notepad and lap­top, if not my ap­petite.

Kole Lind

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