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 Canadian Regionals most of those years. Following the creation of the Missilettes, in 1981 Thon established the Maidstone Saskies female hockey program. The Saskies would go on to be Senior Women’s Provincial Champions each season from 1981 to 1991. At the National level, the Maidstone Saskies would capture a Silver Medal in 1986 and Bronze Medals in 1983 and 1987. The Saskies also competed in International Tournaments in Finland and Sweden in 1984.
Thon would also go on to coach a group of former Saskies at the World Masters Women’s Hockey tournament in Edmonton for Woman over 35. At this tournament, Thon’s team would achieve a Gold Medal. “Bill” as he came to be, would not stop coaching until 2012, accumulating an impressive 62 years in hockey.
For his service and dedication throughout those 62 years, Thon would receive the Canadian Celebration Medal of Volunteerism Award in 1988 by the Government of Canada. In 1988, Thon would receive the Merit Award presented by the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association for outstanding service as a high school coach and sports organizer. William “Bill” Thon is currently a member of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame, being inducted alongside the 2000-2001 Lloydminster Border Kings in 2017 serving as a Coach.