Ownership

Ownership



Ownership

The Regina Pats Hockey Club are owned jointly by Russ & Diane Parker of Calgary, Alberta, who purchased the hockey team in 1995.

Professional Highlights

The Parkers founded Calgary Copier Ltd. In 1969.  Before selling the company in 1988, it grew to be the second largest Canon dealership in the country employing over 150 people.

The Parker family started Calgary’s first professional baseball team in 1977 when the Calgary Cardinals of the Pioneer League began play.  In 1984, they purchased the Pacific Coast League’s (AAA) Salt Lake City franchise and moved the team to Calgary.  The Cannons played in Calgary from 1985 – 2002.

In 1990, the Parkers purchased an International Hockey League franchise and established the Kansas City Blades.  The Blades captured the IHL Turner Cup Championship in 1991 – 92.   The Blades were sold in 1996.

Russ was named the Pacific Coast Baseball League “Executive of The Year” in 1988.  In 1989, he was awarded Calgary’s inaugural “Pinnacle Award” for excellence in the business community.

In February of 1993, the Parker family purchased the Kelowna Spartans of the BCJHL.  The Spartans won the Centennial Cup national championship in 1993 – 94 and lost in the final in 1994 – 95.

Aside from his involvement at the team level, Russ had also held numerous committee positions at the league level.  His positions have included, Chairman of the International Hockey League Board of Governors, Chairman of the Pacific Coast League Executive Committee & Chairman of the 2001 Memorial Cup Committee.

In February of 2005, Russ Parker was named the Calgary Booster Club Sportsman Of The Year for his contribution to the development of hockey & baseball in the Calgary area as a coach, manager and owner at numerous levels

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