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 Broncos.
The Brodsky family ownership group included father Nate Brodsky, children’ Rick, Jack, Bob and Debbie Brodsky, who all played a role with the club. Nate Brodsky’s ultimate vision for the team was to have the Saskatoon Blades become a staple in the fabric of the community. It was intended that players be heavily involved in local initiatives throughout Saskatoon.
This vision trickled down through the family as Rick Brodsky served as the team Governor from 1976 to 1992 before handing it off to brother Jack Brodsky, who served from 1992 to 2013. Rick Brodsky also served as the Western Hockey League Chairman of the Board from 1986 to 1990 and Governor. Jack served as a member of the WHL’s Executive Committee, Chairman of the WHL’s Education Committee, and the WHL’s representative with the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. The group was instrumental in creating a league-wide scholarship fund allowing players to attend University after their Junior careers.
Through countless hours of hard work and gracious donations, the Brodsky family’s philanthropy helped shape the community of Saskatoon in more ways than hockey. The Brodsky family received the Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence award for Community Involvement from the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce.