Thursday, July 15, 2010

The Hockey Team Identity Project: Regina Pats

Well, the Girl did it again-- going with the WHL again and head up with the Regina Pats.
As for the name, it comes from the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry battalion. The regiment was founded in August of 1914, as World War I was underway, Captain Andrew Hamilton Gault was willing to provide $100,000 to finance and equip a battalion for overseas service. The rest of the cost of building the regiment was financed by the Canadian Department of Militia and Defence. The existence of the Regiment was approved by the Governor-General, His Royal Highness, the Duke of Connaught.

Lieutenant Colonel Francis D. Farquhar was the Duke's military secretary suggested the new Regiment be named after the Duke's youngest daughter, Princess Patricia of Connaught. The request was sent to the Princess and she gave her permission.

When the junior hockey team was introduced in 1917, they chose to honor the Infantry battalion by selecting the same name. In fact, the modern Regina Pats still have the Regiment's insignia as their shoulder patch.
To read more and to find out why they use a bulldog-- CHECK OUT THE LINK!!

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