Regina Pats, 1925
The Regina Patricias, Regina’s junior hockey team, was founded in 1917. The team was named in honour of Princess Patricia, the granddaughter of Queen Victoria and a popular Royal Family member who had attended the opening of the Legislative Buildings in Regina in 1912. The name also honoured the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) regiment, the first Canadian regiment to see service during the World War I.
The team’s name was shortened to the more familiar Regina Pats in 1923. Al Ritchie, the longtime coach of the Regina Roughriders, was also the coach of the Regina Pats. In 1925 he shepherded the team to victory in the Memorial Cup, a feat they would repeat under Ritchie’s guidance in 1928 and 1930.