POWELL RIVER REGALS CAPTURE 2006 ALLAN CUP
Powell River caps a week of hockey mania with a final game in front of a sold out hometown crowd
Powell River Regals
captured the 2006 Allan Cup and the Senior Men's AAA championship title after dominating the Ontario
champion, Whitby Dunlops, in a lopsided game that ended 7-1.
In one of the most one-sided finals in Allan Cup history, the Regals jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first
period on goals by Kip Noble and game MVP (most-valuable player) Mike MacKay.
Mike Ridley scored at 1:17 of the second and then the Regals added a couple of powerplay goals from MacKay
and Misko Antisin to run the score to 5-0 after two periods.
Randall Smisko opened the scoring in the third and Ridley got his second on a terrific solo effort to make
it 7-0 before Whitby got on the board.
The last few seconds ran down and the Regals poured over the boards to congratulate each other in front of
a sold-out crowd that was on its feet.
The president of the CAHA
(Canadian Amateur Hockey Association), Lorne Wilm, presented the Allan Cup to Regal captain Rick McLaren who
handed it off to tournament MVP Kip Noble. Noble took a quick tour around the arena amid the cheers of Regal
fans and the celebratory skates with the hoisted hardware were officially underway.
Noble was overwhelmed by the moment and expressed his immense gratitude to the Regals' organization for
helping him achieve his goal.
"I just want to thank them for the invitation to play. It was the chance of a lifetime for me and the
biggest thing I've ever won in my career," said the star defenceman.
Chad Vizzutti had a phenomenal series with just a shade over a goal a game average that earned him the
all-star goaltender award. True to his character, he directed all accolades in the direction of his
"Look at this team. Thirty guys and every single one of them contributed in their own way, and I tip
my hat to the coaching staff who had to make some real tough decisions," he said.
Regal's Antisin and Noble were locks on the defenceman all-star award selections but the crowd roared its
approval when McLaren grabbed one as a forward. McLaren, who hit everything that moved, contributed on the
scoresheet and kept his team dialed in. He was overjoyed with the team's success.
"It's unbelievable. We had so much depth. We knew what we had to do and everyone gave 110 per
cent," he said.
Mike Hurley of the Fort Saskatchewan Hotel Chiefs and Dunlop's Peter McKellar rounded out the all-star
Not named as an all star, but certainly playing like one, was Randall Smisko, who gladly took a few
stitches in his face to help his team.
"It's great this week to be here and win this with these guys and it's a great team. I love playing
with them," he said.
Justin Yarocki had a great series on defence and was grateful for the chance to participate after missing
the last Allan Cup due to an injury.
"It's unbelievable for me and the family name. I won a ring in 2000 and I didn't even go to the
tournament because I had broken my leg, and to actually dress for the semifinal and final game is
amazing," he said.
He spoke to the strength and courage of those players who watched from the stands by saying, "This is
my ninth year as a Regal and my first two games and it's important to stay positive."
Another Regal whose patience was rewarded with a start in the final game was Joe Calderone.
His crunching bodycheck on a Dunlop forward sent their bench a clear message.
"He was watching his pass and I finished my check and right away I knew I had gotten under their skin
because their bench was yelling, '15, we've got your number'," he said.
The stellar play of Vizzutti and importance of each and every game didn't allow the popular Regal backup
netminder, Scott Peters, to get into the action.
However, with a 7-0 lead and time running down in the final, Peters got his chance.
"Chad Vizzutti showed a lot of class tonight. He came by and asked if I wanted to finish off and I
gladly accepted. It was a very special moment," he said.
Tod English was clearly elated with the result and asked for a single comment to describe his
"I believe that this may be the best team in the modern history of the Allan Cup," said the
Mike Prosavad, coach of the Dunlops was inclined to agree and was very impressed with the Regals.
"Full credit to them. Right from the drop of the puck every game they just worked every single shift.
They're an excellent club--well coached, a lot of experience and my hat's off to them," he said.
John Vanderkemp, who was honoured when his number 25 jersey was raised on April 21, shared his thoughts on
winning from his position behind the bench.
"It's no different really from being on the ice playing. It's just a feeling of being so proud of
those guys out there and watching them having fun and hoisting the cup. It's great," he said.
Scott Mastrodonato was instrumental in the organization of the event from the very beginning and had a
number of people to acknowledge.
"We were thrilled. We had so many volunteers that did such a great job and the fans kept pouring in,
so we had good problems when we had to worry about how many people were in the building as opposed to how
many weren't," he said.
"A huge thumbs up to the fans. It's such an exciting moment as a player to just wait for the first
goal of a sellout for the roof to blow off," he added.
The success of the team and the Allan Cup itself was obvious, but the jewel in the crown of the Regals was
the dominance over their opposition.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet. We had a great team. We had a successful tournament. We did what we
wanted to do and I think we had a dream team," Mastrodonato said.
Fans, volunteers and the Regals will agree that the dream team was for real and the Allan Cup is theirs