Inductees

Murray (Bert) Olmstead

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Murray “Bert” Olmstead (Sceptre, SK) grew up playing hockey in Sceptre, a small village located in southwestern Saskatchewan. Olmstead moved away from home in 1944, when he played Junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Canucks. Olmstead and the Canucks would challenge for two consecutive Memorial Cups, losing both times to the St. Michael’s Majors from Ontario. Following Olmstead’s Junior career, he had been assigned to the United States Hockey League’s Kansas City Pla-Mors. Olmstead played two full seasons before getting a shot at t...

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Ferdinand (Fernie) Flaman

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Ferdinand “Fernie” Flaman (Dysart, SK) was born in Dysart and raised in Regina early on. Starting out, Flaman played with a variety of Regina minor hockey teams until 1943 when the Boston Olympics, a Boston Bruins’ farm team, enticed him to move to the United States. With Flaman’s help, the Olympics dominated the Eastern Amateur Hockey League from 1943 to 1946, capturing the league championship each year. Flaman would then make a stop with the Hershey Bears before moving onto the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins full-time. ...

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Keith Magnuson

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Keith Magnuson (Saskatoon, SK) first came onto the hockey scene in Saskatchewan playing for the Saskatoon Blades in the 1964-65 season. Following just one season, Magnuson moved to the United States, playing for the National Collegiate Athletic Association’s (NCAA) University of Denver Pioneers. In Denver, he would lead the Pioneers to two NCAA championships in 1968 and 1969. During this time, Keith would be chosen as an Western Collegiate Hockey Association First Team All-Star in 1966 and would receive the Most Outstanding Player at the ...

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Curtis Leschyshyn

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Curtis Leschyshyn (Thompson, MB) began his Junior hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. The Manitoba born defencemen spent three seasons playing for the Blades and during his final year in Saskatoon’ accumulated 14 goals, 41 assists for 55 points in 56 regular season games. Leschyshyn was selected to the WHL’s Eastern Conference All-Star Team that season. Following a stellar finish to his junior career, Leschyshyn would be selected third overall at the 1988 National Hockey League Entry Draft, by the Queb...

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Brian Skrudland

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Brian Skrudland (Peace River, AB) grew up playing his minor hockey in Saskatoon, which lead him to play for the hometown Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. After competing for three seasons in the blue and yellow, Skrudland finished his Junior career with 192 points. Despite a strong Junior career, Skrudland went undrafted in 1983 but would join the Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League. After one year, the Voyageurs would relocate to Sherbrooke, Quebec, and in their inaugural year, would win the Calder Cup as P...

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Edward Charles (ED) Van Impe

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Edward Charles “ED” Van Impe (Saskatoon, SK) hockey career began playing Junior with the Saskatoon Quakers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1956 to 1961. Van Impe was a tough, determined player that had a keen eye for the game. Consistently displaying these abilities allowed him to become one of the ultimate defensive-defenseman of his day. Van Impe began his minor-pro career playing for the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League. Van Impe spent five seasons in Buffalo before cracking the Chicago Blackhawks lineup ...

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Murray Armstrong

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Murray Armstrong (Manor, SK) was born in Manor, Saskatchewan on New Year’s Day, 1916. Armstrong’s Junior hockey career began with the Regina Pats, where he appeared in the 1933 Memorial Cup. Following his time in Regina, Armstrong had short stints in the Eastern Hockey League and in the International-American Hockey League (IAHL). During the 1936-37 season of the IAHL, Armstrong and the Syracuse Stars would claim the Calder Cup as league champions.  It was during the 1937-38 season that Armstrong would make his National Hockey League (...

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Maxwell (Max) McNab

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Maxwell “Max” McNab (Watson, SK) was born in 1924 in the town of Watson and grew up playing his minor hockey in Saskatoon. During the years 1944 and 1945, McNab would serve in the military during World War II. Upon his return, McNab play one season in 1945 with the Regina Caps before pursuing his NHL dream. Beginning with a few short stints in the United States Hockey League, International Hockey League and American Hockey League, McNab would finally receive the call up to the National Hockey League to play for the Detroit Redwings. ...

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William (Bill) Thon

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William “Bill” Thon (Saskatoon, SK) would begin his journey playing minor hockey in Saskatoon from 1950 to 1959. Thon would go on to play Senior Men’s hockey up until 1970. Thon would then transition his focus from playing to developing when he embarked on his goal to enhance female hockey in Saskatchewan.  In 1970, Thon founded the Melfort Missilettes, an all female hockey team and a first of it’s kind in the area. Members of the team were made up of players aged 8 to 25 years. The team would compete from 1970 to 1978. The Missile...

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Brodsky Family

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Brodsky Family (Saskatoon, SK) were majority owners of the Saskatoon Blades’ Western Hockey League (WHL) franchise from 1976 to 1980. In 1980, the Brodsky family became sole owners of the Blades and would remain owners up until 2013. During this time, the Blades were 6-time regular season Division Champions, advanced to the WHL Championship on 2 occasions, hosted the Memorial Cup in 1989 and 2013 and led the host committee for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. In 1989, the Saskatoon Blades advanced to the Memorial Cup Championship ...

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Brad Watson

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Brad Watson (Regina, SK) began officiating in 1978 when he completed his official’s exam and started officiating Level 1 hockey. He would make the move up to Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League as linesman in 1982. After two seasons, Watson continued his progressions, moving up to the Western Hockey League as Linesman in 1984. The following seasons, Watson would gain multiple high-profile assignments including, Linesman for the 1985 Air Canada Cup, the 1986 Memorial Cup, and the 1987 Centennial Cup Humboldt. It was in 1987 that Watson would...

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Jim McIntyre

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Jim McIntyre (Saskatoon, SK) began coaching minor hockey with the Saskatoon Contacts at the male Midget level. He would go on to purchase the club in 1980. McIntyre’s motto for the team stands as “Creating hockey players and citizens for tomorrow”. Jim McIntyre’s motto had one purpose; to prepare young men for both hockey and social lifes. Throughout his years with the club, McIntyre would serve as owner, coach, league governor, bus driver, team manager, general manager, assistant coach, and mentor. During those years, nearly 1000 y...

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Joe Bloski

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Joe Bloski (Chelan, SK) started his coaching career in Saskatoon, beginning at the Novice level in 1961 and continuing through to Midget. In 1970, Bloski was elected President of the Eastview Community Association in Saskatoon and played a successful leadership role in raising funds for construction of two outdoor rinks with permanent boards and with asphalt bases. During the 1970’s, Bloski continued to coach and/or manage hockey teams in the Flyers Zone of the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association. In 1982, Bloski partnered with fellow hock...

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2004-05 Saskatoon Contacts

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2004-05 Saskatoon Contacts (Midget) The 2004-2005 edition of the Saskatoon Contacts was a strong and formidable opponent. The Contacts took the Saskatchewan Midget “AAA” Hockey League by storm, finishing with a regular season record of 38 wins, 3 losses, 2 ties and 1 overtime loss. Lead by a leadership group which included’ Team Captain, Cody Danberg, along with Assistant Captains’ Brady Wacker, Ryan Adams and Scott Brownlee. Notable players on the roster that season, included the likes of National Hockey League players’ Luke Sche...

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1967 Saskatoon Centennials (Team Saskatchewan)

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1967 Saskatoon Centennials (Team Saskatchewan) 1967 was a unique year in Canada’s history as it marked the 100th year since confederation. To commemorate this occasion a National Championship at the Midget age-level named the Centennial Cup would be presented to the best hockey team in the country. Each province held their own playoffs to determine the representing team. In Saskatchewan, teams from all over would compete to claim this prestigious spot. In Saskatoon, a selection process determined the group that would embark on this jou...

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Ron Delorme

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Ron Delorme (North Battleford) – Ron Delorme is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player category. Delorme was born in North Battleford and grew up in Cochin. A popular player with his teammates and the fans, Delorme was a hero to First Nation Canadians. Delorme became a role model for aspiring hockey players and athletes. "Chief," his nickname, spent a lot of his spare time encouraging First Nations youth to aspire for great things like he did. He played his minor hockey in the area prior to moving to P...

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William (Bill) Hicke

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William (Bill) Hicke (Regina) – William (Bill) Hicke is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player category. Hicke excelled at many sports in his youth but eventually it was hockey that would consume him and steer his life to the big leagues. After being called up at the early age of 15 he would spend his entire junior career with the Regina Pats between 1954-58. In 146 regular season games he scored 251 points, including 142 goals. He led the league in goals and points during his last season and led the Pats...

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Hayley Wickenheiser

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Hayley Wickenheiser (Shaunavon) – Hayley Wickenheiser is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Player category. Considered one of the best female hockey players in the world, Wickenheiser is a five-time Olympic medalist, four-time Olympic gold medalist and seven-time World Champion. Wickenheiser’s ascent to the top of the sport started in Shaunavon, Saskatchewan when at 15 she was the youngest member chosen for the Canadian Women’s National Team – a team she led to several championships. Ms. Wickenheis...

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John Kelly Lovering

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John Kelly Lovering (Regina) – John Kelly Lovering is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder category. Lovering was a teacher and a coach not only in Saskatchewan, but all around the world. Although it was his coaching in hockey that become renowned he also spent time coaching basketball, volleyball and football. Overall, he captured 14 Provincial Championships as a coach. In 1995 he received the Gordon Jukes Award, presented by Hockey Canada to acknowledge exceptional contributions to the sport’s d...

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Lyle Wilhelm

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Lyle Wilhelm (Moose Jaw) –  Lyle Wilhelm is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Official category. Wilhelm has spent 48 years as a true leader of hockey officiating in our province and country. He continues to make officials and officiating programs better. His contribution to the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and Hockey Canada in the development of programs and his vision of making hockey officiating better has been a great benefit to the game. As an official, Wilhelm officiated minor, senior, and coll...

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Larry Johnson

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Larry Johnson (Moose Jaw/Swift Current) –  Larry Johnson is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Grassroots category. Hockey has been a part of Johnson’s life since the age of four when he started playing on the creek in Moose Jaw. He continued playing the sport until 60 when he retired from Old Timers hockey. Over the course of his time as a young player he won the city scoring championship, played on the city all-star team and won a city championship. He later went on to win a Provincial A Championship wi...

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Dennis Loeppky

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Dennis Loeppky (Swift Current) –  Dennis Loeppky is being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Grassroots category. Loeppky was a dedicated community volunteer who began lending his time back in 1967 selling programs in the brand new Centennial Civic Centre. He became predominantly known for his work as a timekeeper and scorekeeper for the Swift Current Broncos (WHL) and Swift Current Indians (SJHL) as well as at a variety of special community events for local hockey teams. His timekeeping expertise were sought aft...

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