Regina, Saskatchewan – After spending the past eighteen years in the capacity of General Manager and/or President of the Regina Pats, Brent Parker announced today he is resigning from the team and will leave the organization at the end of the month. Parker was originally named as the club’s General Manager in the summer of 1995 shortly after the Regina Pats franchise was purchased by the Parker family from Ted Knight, Bill Hicke and Morley Gusway.
“I am honored and humbled to have been a part of this storied franchise,” commented Brent Parker. “While we did not achieve all our goals over the past 18 years, we have done a lot of good things in this community and I am proud of our many accomplishments.”
This is the third time Parker has made a major announcement in the month of May. In 2008 it was revealed Brent had been diagnosed with Fibro Sarcoma Cancer and in 2010 he handed over the General Manager’s reins to Chad Lang while Parker remained with the team in the role of team President and Governor.
“I regret we were not able to win the championship that the hockey fans of Regina so desperately want and deserve, but it was not for lack of trying,” continued Parker. “I leave knowing that while not all my decisions were correct, every decision I made regarding this franchise was done with sole purpose of doing what I felt was going to give us the best chance to succeed on and off the ice.”
“No one has worked harder than Brent in an effort to make this franchise successful on and off the ice,” said Pats Owner Russ Parker. “We thank him and wish Brent much happiness and success going forward.”
Parker will assist in the transition with respect to organizational structure over the next few weeks with an anticipated full departure from the organization being early in June.
As a part of the Regina Pats Hockey Club’s current restructuring, the team has announced that General Manager Chad Lang will be stepping into a larger role with the team as the Senior Vice-President and Governor.
“I’m incredibly grateful to Russ and Diane Parker for the confidence they have shown in trusting me with the operation of their family’s business,” said Lang. “I’m thankful to Brent for the opportunity to join this organization and appreciate his cooperation and support during my three years with the team. I’m very excited about the opportunities that lay ahead in the future for this franchise.”
Lang joined the Pats as General Manager prior to the 2010-11 WHL Season and set about rebuilding the team as the Pats look to challenge for a Memorial Cup Championship. In recent years the Pats sent numerous players to the professional ranks including Martin Marincin, Brandon Davidson, Jordan Weal, Lane Scheidl and Colton Jobke.
“Chad is considered a young star among WHL general managers,” commented Pats Owner Russ Parker. “He has past experience in all facets of a WHL franchise and we are confident he has the wherewithal to oversee the Regina Pats organization going forward.”
With his increased role, Lang will take on additional responsibilities involving both the hockey and business operations of the organization.
“I believe a major key to success is surrounding yourself with good people,” continued Lang. “I believe we have a great staff in place and with my enhanced role I look forward to having the opportunity to work more closely with the business staff while still maintaining my focus on the hockey operations.”
“I feel more than comfortable handing the keys over to Chad,” added former President and Governor Brent Parker. “He is a committed and hard working individual who has a plan and the drive to carry it through. This is an opportunity Chad has earned and the Regina Pats are in good hands going forward.”
(Nathan can be reached at email@example.com)