Raiders to open season at home against Regina

Photo Courtesy of Keith Hershmiller/WHL The Regina Pats and Prince Albert Raiders battle for the puck in front of Pats netminder Matthew Kieper at the Brandt Centre last season.

Fans of the Prince Albert Raiders will finally get to see their team again on home ice on Friday, Oct. 1.

The team announced on Tuesday afternoon that they will start off their 2021-22 regular season slate at the Art Hauser Centre against the Regina Pats.

The provincial rivals will then square off on Saturday, Oct. 2 at the Brandt Centre in Regina.

Start times for those contests have yet to be announced.

This marks the third time in the last six seasons that the provincial rivals have squared off in their opening game of the year.

The Raiders picked up a 6-3 win over the Pats in the Regina hub in March, earned a 7-2 triumph at the Art Hauser Centre on Sept. 21, 2019 and won a 4-3 overtime affair on Sept. 23, 2017 at the Brandt Centre.

The two sides split their season series last year with two wins each.

Tyson Laventure led the Raiders in scoring with seven points while Pats blueliner Ryker Evans paced his team’s offence with six points.

The Raiders will be announcing their pre-season slate on Monday, while their 2021-22 regular season schedule will be revealed at a later date.

CHL Import Draft

The Canadian Hockey League has officially announced the order of this year’s Import Draft, which will get underway at 9 a.m. on Wednesday, June 30.

The QMJHL’s Baie-Comeau Drakkar will have the first overall selection, with the Everett Silvertips and the OHL’s Barrie Colts rounding out the top three.

The Raiders, who picked Belarusian forward Uladzislau Shyla last summer, have the 53rd and 74th overall selections for the event.

CHL teams have until Monday, June 28 at 11 a.m. EST to decide if they’ll pass on making selections or if they’ll use their choices.

Around the WHL

After leading the league in defensive scoring this past season with 30 points in 23 games, Medicine Hat Tigers blueliner Cole Clayton has earned himself a pro contract.

The 21-year-old from Strathmore, Alta. signed a one-year deal on Wednesday with the AHL’s Cleveland Monsters, who are the affiliate club for the Columbus Blue Jackets.

A third round pick in the 2015 WHL Bantam Draft, Clayton recorded 88 points in 214 regular season games for the Tigers.