Robbie Holmes is headed back to the Queen City.
The Regina Pats acquired the 1999-born forward from the Everett Silvertips Thursday in exchange for fifth-and-sixth-round selections in the 2020 Western Hockey League Bantam Draft.
“We are happy to bring Robbie back to Regina,” said Pats VP of Hockey Operations and General Manager John Paddock. “He will be a big part of our team this season.”
Holmes has appeared in 174 WHL regular season games to date, spending 148 of them in a Pats uniform. In those 174 games, he’s recorded 66 points (32G-34A), including six power-play goals and three game-winning goals. He’s also appeared in 45 WHL playoff games, recording 17 points (9G-8A), including two game-winning goals.
At the WHL Trade Deadline last January, the Sherwood Park, Alta. product was dealt to the Silvertips. As part of the deal, the Pats acquired 15-year-old Sloan Stanick, a second-round selection in the 2020 WHL Bantam Draft, and a sixth-round selection in the 2022 WHL Bantam Draft.
“First and foremost, Robbie was an outstanding piece added as we addressed needs for our club in the latter stages of last season and he wore Silvertips colors with pride,” said Silvertips General Manager Garry Davidson.
Prior to the trade, Holmes had appeared in 24 games with Regina last season, posting 16 points (9G-7A), including five power-play goals. In 26 regular season games with the Silvertips, Holmes posted 10 points (3G-7A), including one power-play goal and one game-winning goal. In the 2019 WHL Playoffs, Holmes recorded eight points (4G-4A) in 10 games, including one game-winning goal as the Silvertips advanced to the second round, falling in five games to the Spokane Chiefs.
The move provides some clarity to the overage situation of both teams. The Pats now have Holmes, Austin Pratt, Dawson Holt, and Sebastian Streu as 1999-born players on their roster. The Pats acquired Holt from the Vancouver Giants earlier this summer.
For the Silvertips, their overage situation now features five players: forwards Lucas Cullen, Bryce Kindopp, and Max Patterson as well as defencemen Jake Christiansen and Wyatte Wylie.