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The Regina Pats have a couple of road heavy segments in their 2017 18 schedule, but head coach/GM John Paddock plans on doing his best to lighten the load.

The WHL club will be forced out of the Brandt Centre for eight straight games in late November/early December because of the annual Canadian Western Agribition. That's followed by another eight game road trip in late February/early March due to the Canadian men's curling championship.

"Going into the season we're going to be very conscious of that," said Paddock, whose team is in the midst of a short summer after reaching the WHL final. "Our guys that are coming back (from last season team) played until the 14th of May. Training camp will start close to three months after that."

Regina commences the regular season on Sept. 22 in Brandon and plays its home opener the next night versus the Wheat Kings.

Overall, Regina plays three games in three nights twice and has one stretch of four games in five nights. The team had to take extra days off from practice late last season due to a compact schedule and Paddock is prepared to do so again if necessary.

"It's a big year, he said. know we're going to be playing later next year regardless of cheap jerseys how we do (in the playoffs) so rest is going to be vitally important.

"We tried to concentrate on a little bit of a spread out schedule. We maybe didn't worry about the business side as much because we know there's going to be an even better baseline of season tickets. We know the interest is going to be high."

Paddock is "relatively happy" with how the schedule turned out under the circumstances.

However, there are some obvious challenges.

"We wish we weren't away for three weeks twice," he said. "When we come back from the West Coast (in November), for some strange reason we can't get into the building for another whole week so we go back out on the road again. plays nine of its first 13 games at home and 10 of its last 13 on the road. The latter stretch places an added strain on the team, especially its elite players.

The busy schedule commences this summer for centre Sam Steel and defenceman Josh Mahura, both of whom are headed to a cheap jeseys online development camp with the NHL Anaheim Ducks, following by Canada's world junior summer camp.

Both players could receive invitations to Canada's final selection camp in December and if they make the team would be gone for four weeks.

"It's an extra long season for key guys," said Paddock. "We'll be looking at rest as a weapon for our team but also for some key guys during the course of the season. The most important time is May next year for Sam Steel to be at his best. epaper, Digital Access, Subscriber Rewards), please input your Print Newspaper subscription phone number and postal code.

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