2019 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 Moose Jaw Canucks would challenge for the next 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 g...

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Ferdinand (Fernie) Flaman

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Ferdinand “Fernie” Flaman (Dysart, SK) born in Dysart and raised in Regina, “Fernie” 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. Next, he was moved to the Hershey Bears, the Bruins’ best farm team, staying half a year before capturing a permanent spot with the National H...

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Kieth Magnuson

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Keith Magnuson (Saskatoon, SK) first came onto the hockey scene in Saskatchewan playing for the Saskatoon Blades in his 1964-65 season. Magnuson then went on to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the University of Denver Pioneers, where he would lead the Pioneers to two NCAA championships in 1968 and 1969. During this time, Keith would be chosen as an WCHA First Team All-Star in 1966 and would receive the Most Outstanding Player at 1969 NCAA tournament. Magnuson’s pro-career dream became a reality when he si...

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Curtis Leschyshyn

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Curtis Leschyshyn (Thompson, MB) began his hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. During the 1987-88 season Leschyshyn would be selected to the East First All-Star Team. During Leschyshyn’ s Junior career, he collected 28 goals, 67 assists in 127 games. Following the 1987-88 season, Leschyshyn would go on to be drafted third overall by the Quebec Nordiques in that summers National Hockey League Entry Draft. Leschyshyn would remain with the franchise during relocation to Colorado in 1995-96. That season Leschy...

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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 in three seasons for the blue and yellow, Skrudland would finish his Junior career with 192 points and would later have his #10 jersey retired by the Saskatoon Blades franchise. Skrudland was left undrafted out of Junior in 1983. The Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League took a chance at the left shooting, centre. He would play a full season in ...

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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 a season with in Calgary before being relocated to Buffalo, where he played five seasons in the American Hockey League. Van Impe cracked the...

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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 played Junior hockey with the Regina Pats, playing in the 1933 Memorial Cup. Armstrong  made his National Hockey League debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1937–38 season. Two years later he was involved in one of the biggest trades of the decade. Armstrong, Busher Jackson, Buzz Boll, and Doc Romnes were sent to the New York Americans in exchange for Sweeney Schriner. He played three years with New York before World War II, in...

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Maxwell (Max) McNab

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Maxwell “Max” McNab (Watson, SK) started his junior hockey career with Saskatoon Junior Quakers before playing for the Regina Capitals of the WCSHL, the Indianapolis Capitols of the American Hockey League and the Omaha Nights of the United States Hockey League. In 1947, McNab would be called up to the Detroit Redwings of the National Hockey League. McNab would play on and off with the Redwings until 1951 and was a member of the 1950 team that won the Stanley Cup. Back surgery would put him out of commission for the next season, but McNab...

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William (Bill) Thon

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William “Bill” Thon (Saskatoon, SK) would begin his hockey journey playing minor hockey from 1950-1959 in Saskatoon. Thon would go on to play 6 years of Senior Men’s hockey until 1970. Thon would transition his focus from playing to enhancing female hockey in Saskatchewan.  In 1970, Thon would found the Melfort Missilettes, a female hockey team, 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 Missilettes would make it to the Western Canad...

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Brodsky Family

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Brodsky Family (Saskatoon, SK) were owners of the Saskatoon Blades’ Western Hockey League franchise from 1976 to 1980. In 1981, 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, and hosted the Memorial Cup in 1989 and 2013. In 1989, the Saskatoon Blades advanced to the Memorial Cup Championship Game in their home rink, but fell short losing 4-3 in overtime to the Swift Current ...

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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 progressed to the Western Hockey League as linesman in 1984. The following seasons, Watson would be selected as Linesman for the 1985 Air Canada Cup, the 1986 Memorial Cup, and the 1987 Centennial Cup Humboldt. It was in 1987 that Warson would make the jump to refereeing and would complete his CAHA Level ...

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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 and since that time, the club has had over 1000 young men play for the organization. McIntyre’s motto for the team stands as “Creating hockey players and citizens for tomorrow”. Throughout his years with the club, McIntyre would serve as owner, coach, league governor, bus driver, manager, general manager, assistant coach, and mentor. McIntyre would receive coach of the year in 199...

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Joe Bloski

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Joe Bloski (Chelan, SK) started his coaching career in Saskatoon in 1961 beginning at the Novice level and continuing through to Midget ending in 1993. In 1970 He was elected President of the Eastview Community Association in Saskatoon and played a successful leadership role in raising funds for constructing two outdoor rinks with permanent boards and asphalt base. During the 1970’s, Bloski continued to coach and/or manage hockey in teams in the Flyers Zone of the SMHA. In 1982, Bloski partnered with fellow hockey enthusiast, Ken Johnston ...

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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 include National Hockey League players’ Luke Schenn and Eric Gryba.  The Saskatoon Contact...

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1967 Saskatoon Centennials (Team Saskatchewan)

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1967 Saskatoon Centennials (Team Saskatchewan), 1967 was unique 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 spot. In Saskatoon, a selection process determined the group that would embark on this journey. The Saskatoon...

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Saskatchewan Hall of Fame

Saskatchewan Hockey Association


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