Past President’s Luncheon

This past Tuesday we had the privilege of hosting a number of our past presidents in the first of what will become a regular event. These individuals have seen the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame (SSHF) through many important milestones over our 47 year history.  The meeting was an opportunity to share the vision of the current Board of Directors, receive feedback about this direction, and encourage the continued involvement of everyone in the SSHF’s operations.

What an opportunity!  While still very committed to the SSHF, it’s a rare day – if ever – that we have been able to get all of these individuals in the same room at the same time.  Such camaraderie and shared vision was immediately evident, and all still hold that shared passion for the SSHF.  Over lunch the future direction of the SSHF was discussed and critiqued, resulting in the knowledge that our future can be very bright.

Included in this post is a photo of the SSHF presidents and a recap of when each of them were at the helm of one of the most storied pieces of Saskatchewan sports history.

We would like to thank each and every one of the individuals who were able to take time out of their busy schedules to be a part of this and we look forward to seeing more of them in the future.

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From left to right: Back Row: Alan Ford (2007), Cas Pielak (2000), Robert Millar (2004)
Front Row: George Reed (1980-1984), Marlene Hoffman (1999), Hugh Vassos (2011 – Current), Barry Taman (2006), Craig Adam (2008), Paul Spasoff (2009,2010)

Regular Hours Are Back

In case you missed it on our Facebook and Twitter pages, we closed our doors last week to update our exhibits with new and exciting displays that are full of great information that will keep you busy for hours inside the hall. After our December exhibits were so well received we knew that what came next had to be something that was unique and would truly capture the spirit of sport in this province.

If you don’t play hockey, what do people do in Saskatchewan in the winter? Curling, Broomball, Ringette, Skating, Skiing, and Snowshoeing are just some of the sports that come to mind and will be featured in the exhibit with artifacts from the permanent collection. Also on display will be a mini-exhibit focusing on Old Timers Hockey.

Now that the exhibits have been changed over and “Winter In Saskatchewan” is ready for viewing we are happy to announce that our regular viewing hours are back and that means there are plenty of chances for you to come see everything that is new in the gallery. If you were curious as to what these regular hours are, The Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame is opening for viewing from 9am-5pm every Monday to Friday. If you have any questions about this, or any other happenings at the hall you can also feel free to contact us at (306) 780-9232.

See you soon!

Update On Hours & Exhibits

We hope everyone had a great Holiday season and a very Happy New Year. The Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame is committed to delivering the best service possible when bringing you the history and stories of sport in this province and because of this we are excited to get back to work and start 2013 by showing off the best Saskatchewan has to offer in the world of sport.

Unfortunately this can at times mean that we need to close off our exhibit space in order to keep things as fresh and exciting as possible for our patrons. So with that in mind the Galleries will be closed from January 2 through January 9 (at noon) in order to accommodate an exhibit change.  Opening on January 9 will be the new exhibit, Winter in Saskatchewan.  If you don’t play hockey, what do people do in Saskatchewan in the winter?  Curling, Broomball, Ringette, Skating, Skiing, and Snowshoeing are just some of the sports that come to mind and will be featured  in the exhibit with artifacts from the permanent collection.  Also on display will be a mini-exhibit focusing on Old Timers Hockey.

Administrative offices remain open throughout the Gallery closure period.

Thank you all so much for the ongoing support of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame and we look forward to seeing all of you when the galleries reopen in a week’s time. Until then feel free to visit us on Facebook and Twitter for updates on everything related to the Hall, our inductees and events related to both.

For The Record : November – December 2012

Recently we held our annual reception where President, Hugh Vassos, had an opportunity to thank the many individuals who have invested in our organization over the past year. Inductees, financial donors and sponsors, and volunteers were in attendance to celebrate the season and hear about the current state of the Hall, as well as where the Board of Directors saw things headed in the near future.

It is always exciting to see so many good people out and hear so many good things surrounding what we do with respect to the sports history of this province. There were a few drinks poured and some great appetizers were had as everyone in attendance took the opportunity to mingle, meet a few new faces and share their experiences with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Special thanks to our Reception sponsors Boston Pizza South, Molson Canadian and E & J Gallo Winery.

For those of you who were not in attendance on this night, worry not, as we are more than happy to share all of our news and happenings with you through the latest release of “For The Record”, our newsletter which chronicles all of the happenings at The Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame. The November/December edition is available for download here as a PDF file.

For the Record November/December

We encourage you to come down and visit us on Location at 2205 Victoria Avenue, where our exhibits are constantly changing…..literally. Lorrie likes nothing better than to switch up the exhibits in mid-run to keep more of our permanent collection out in the public eye. On now through the end of December is “Court is in Session”.

Kaylyn Kyle Appearance : Video Recap

It has been a busy couple of months for Kaylyn Kyle since returning from the London Olympics where she helped her team and our country capture a bronze medal; our first medal of any color in the history of the sport. It has been a whirlwind not only in terms of the demands on her time, as media outlets, fans and sponsors all want a piece of her but also emotionally as she has admittedly had little time to allow what has happened to really sink in.

She has however had a few fleeting moments where should let her guard down, be herself and truly enjoy life after the games, and many of those moments have come at home back here in Saskatchewan. Between appearances all over the country and abroad with trips back and forth from here to Los Angeles becoming common, Kaylyn has said that spending time with family and friends has been the best way to enjoy the success she has seen.

Recently she stopped by the Hall of Fame to sign autographs and take photos with fans on a grassroots level, many of whom play in the very same programs as Kaylyn did growing up. It was interesting to see how the star athlete interacted with fans in Regina and it was also great to see just how much everyone involved really did enjoy the experience.

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame was able to have a couple of cameras on hand for the event, and in the process captured some hands on footage of what the day was really all about for Kaylyn and her fans alike. Enjoy the video as we take look back on the morning of October 20th, when fans from across southern Saskatchewan came together to honor one of our great young athletes. Also be on the lookout for more great events and content to come from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Remembrance Day : Lest We Forget

Remembrance Day is a time each year when we pause to reflect and honor those who have served our country, and those who continue to on a daily basis. It is a day that reflects only a small portion of appreciation for the freedom we enjoy as a result of the sacrifice of a brave and dedicated few.

They gave up time in their lives, away from family, friends and home fighting for country with some making the ultimate sacrifice. The reasons why they chose to fight are obvious in that they believe the preservation of our freedoms is paramount and are willing to do whatever it takes to see that they remain intact.

At the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame we honor those who are considered heroes in the realm of sport, but at the same time we realize that this is one of the many things we are privileged to have. Without the dedication and work of these committed and courageous individuals the opportunities to enjoy these sports would potentially not exist. So it is with that in mind that we humbly offer what homage we can to the people who make life as we know it possible.

There exists a list of individuals who not only served their country in the form of our armed forces, but who also contributed to the progression of sports on an elite level. Their skill sets are among the best in history as their physical and mental talents helped raise their respected arenas to the level they are enjoying today. Without these remarkable names it would be impossible to be where we are at.

So with that in mind, here is a small token of our appreciation. A list which recognizes the people who help build both sport as well as this country. Let us take a moment to remember their contributions to both, and honor everything they have done for us.

The SSHF wants to give everyone the chance to see our new exhibit, “Those Who Served: Sportsmen in Our Armed Forces”, so we are offering FREE admission on November 11 & 12. Stop by the Hall from 12-5 each day and celebrate our 81 inductees who have also served in uniform.

-Lest we forget.

Abbot Edward Captain Hockey
Adams Robert Athletics
Archer Sandy Football
Arn Bob Dr. Football
Audette Julien Soaring
Austman Joseph Rifle Shooting
Bailey Harry Swimming
Bath Leonard General
Boesch Garth Hockey
Bower Johnny Hockey
Bricker Calvin Athletics
Charlton Ken Football
Cote Tony Multi Sport
Creswell Aurthur Austin LT Hockey
Decoteau Alex Athletics
Dojack Paul Football
Ebbels Bill Tennis
Eichel Aston Boxing
Elliot Eldon Broadcasting
Forsyth William Athletics
Foster Frank Hockey
Fowler Norman “Heck” Hockey
Germann Frank Hockey
Girgulis James Harry Shooting
Glasser Anton Bowling
Glover Stanley Athletics
Grassick Gordon “Greg” Football
Greyeyes David Soccer
Griffiths Joe Athletics
Griston William “Bill” CPL Hockey
Gutheridge Stanley ‘Hub’ Basketball
Harrison Stanley Captain Equestrian
Herlen Ernest ‘Ossie’ Boxing
Hill Alfred Curling
Howes Rollin Henry “Roly” General
Hunter William ‘Bill’ Hockey
Irvin Dick Sr. Hockey
Juckes Gordon Hockey
Kartusch Mike Hockey
Kirkpatrick J.B. ‘Kirk’ Tennis
Knutson Art Curling
Landa Sam Dr. Sport Medicine
Leddy Jack Dr. Golf
Leicester John Dr. Tennis
Livingstone R.C. ‘Scotty’ Football
Lynn Victor Hockey
Maddia Jack Hockey
McCool Charles Hockey
McCulloch Frederick Hockey
McCutcheon Robert Hockey
McNab Ernie Group Captain Hockey
Melville Tom ‘Scotty’ General
Metz Don Hockey
Metz Nick Hockey
Mitchelmore Harold Athletics
Obodiac Stan Hockey
Otton Charles LT Hockey
Orban William ‘Bill’ Sport Medicine
Petit Claude Private Boxing
Prediger Peter Baseball
Pyle David Ironside Wrestling
Ramsay William Beatty Hockey
Rayner Chuck Hockey
Reid Robert ‘Bobby’ General
Reid Robert Dr. Golf
Ritchie Al Hockey/Football
Ross Tom Golf
Saunders Lloyd Media
Smith D’Arcy Hockey
Staniowski Ed Hockey
Stewart John ‘Jack’ General
Stinson Edgar ‘Wally’ General
Taylor Neil ‘Piffles’ Football
Thomson Earl Athletics
Van Impe Robert Softball
Ward George General
Warwick Claude Boxing
Watson Harold ‘Harry’ Hockey
Whittleton Alfred S. Hockey
Wilken H.J. “Pete” Curling
Wilson Fred Football

Kaylyn Kyle Recap

Kaylyn Kyle may be one of the best young athletes our country has to offer at the moment, and the fact that she grew up right here in Saskatchewan has seen her help the sport grow on a grassroots level like never before. She has traveled the world with the National team, winning medals and making a name for herself, all while wearing her hometown and province proudly.

Recently she came home after capturing Olympic bronze in London to a slew of media requests and appearances that have seen her personal time all but disappear. Amongst this frenzy however Kaylyn has managed to maintain a poise and demeanor that has endeared her to both the media and fans everywhere she goes.

One of her recent appearances saw Kaylyn visit us at the Hall of Fame for an autograph signing and photo opportunity where that poise, demeanor and grace were on full display. Not only is Kyle a talented young lady, but also her skill and comfort level in front of a camera give her the well-rounded skill set it takes to become an international superstar.

As she fielded questions and requests from fans young and old, Kaylyn’s smile never faded and it was clear to see that she really does relish every moment she has in this position. She is doing everything she can to see that the momentum she has helped gain for the sport of soccer is not lost on the youth of our community.

Kaylyn was happy to spend a few hours of her Saturday hanging out and making sure that ever jersey, ball, card and shoe that needed an autograph got one, and that every aspiring soccer star that passed through our doors got the opportunity to wear her medal in a photographic memory that will last a lifetime.

So as you look through the photos on this post, remember that dreams do come true and that if you set your mind to something there really is nothing you can’t accomplish and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Kaylyn Kyle is living proof of that.    

Kaylyn Kyle Recap

Kaylyn Kyle may be one of the best young athletes our country has to offer at the moment, and the fact that she grew up right here in Saskatchewan has seen her help the sport grow on a grassroots level like never before. She has traveled the world with the National team, winning medals and making a name for herself, all while wearing her hometown and province proudly.

Recently she came home after capturing Olympic bronze in London to a slew of media requests and appearances that have seen her personal time all but disappear. Amongst this frenzy however Kaylyn has managed to maintain a poise and demeanor that has endeared her to both the media and fans everywhere she goes.

One of her recent appearances saw Kaylyn visit us at the Hall of Fame for an autograph signing and photo opportunity where that poise, demeanor and grace were on full display. Not only is Kyle a talented young lady, but also her skill and comfort level in front of a camera give her the well-rounded skill set it takes to become an international superstar.

As she fielded questions and requests from fans young and old, Kaylyn’s smile never faded and it was clear to see that she really does relish every moment she has in this position. She is doing everything she can to see that the momentum she has helped gain for the sport of soccer is not lost on the youth of our community.

Kaylyn was happy to spend a few hours of her Saturday hanging out and making sure that ever jersey, ball, card and shoe that needed an autograph got one, and that every aspiring soccer star that passed through our doors got the opportunity to wear her medal in a photographic memory that will last a lifetime.

So as you look through the photos on this post, remember that dreams do come true and that if you set your mind to something there really is nothing you can’t accomplish and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan’s Kaylyn Kyle is living proof of that.    

Kaylyn Kyle Autograph Signing At SSHOF : Presented By Mitchell Developments Ltd

As is the case with every Olympic Games our country partakes in, there was much accomplished with much left to be desired. One of the sports showcased at the games however seemed to be the perfect combination of both desire and accomplishment brought together in way that has brought pride to this country like few things before it.

When our Women’s Soccer team took to the pitch at the start of the games, little was known about how they would fair, yet expectation was high as they went into the London games as potentially the most skilled squad this country has ever assembled. Throughout the tournament there was controversy, struggle and success and through it all the team managed to maintain the composure and positive attitude that our entire nation has become famous for.

During the course of the games, stories began to unfold and the spotlight started to shine on a few of the team’s standouts from different parts of the country. One such standout just so happens to be Saskatchewan’s very own Kaylyn Kyle who, during this Olympics helped to place both Women’s soccer and this province on one of the highest stages it has ever seen.

As most people are now aware the team went on to capture a bronze medal, giving Canada it’s first ever podium finish in the sport. Since the closing of the games there has been a whirlwind of media attention surrounding not only Kaylyn, but the team in it’s entirety and upon returning home there has been little if anything to slow the momentum of anyone associated with this incredible accomplishment.

But Kaylyn, like most Canadian athletes, will never forget the people, or the place that helped her reach her goals and has been constantly giving back to the sporting community of Saskatchewan. Now in celebration of everything she has done, this rising star is being honored by the Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame with an autograph signing and photo opportunity for friends and fans in the Regina area.

On October 20th, from 10AM to 12 Noon Kaylyn will be at the Hall, located at 2205 Victoria Ave, in Regina where she will be taking time to talk and sign autographs for everyone attending the event. There will also be a photographer on hand taking pictures at a cost of $5/each (cash only) for anyone who would like to mark this occasion with a personalized memento.

Come and go as you please from the event, and feel free to stay as long as you like to take in all the great information and history that The Saskatchewan Sports Hall Of Fame has to offer.

We would like to thank all of our amazing sponsors for this event, Signature Graphics, sharpshooter photography, Designer Photographic Technologies and our Presenting Sponsor Mitchell Developments Ltd. We would also like to thank the Saskatchewan Soccer Association as well as the Regina Soccer Association for their support, and look forward to seeing all of you on the 20th!

 

*photo credit : sharpshooter photography

2012 Induction Weekend Wrap Up

Each year our Induction Weekend brings on tons of excitement as we welcome friends, families and our new inductees into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF). This year, although we made a few changes to the event, the SSHF wanted to ensure that the focus was our inductees, both past and present, and to celebrate everyone’s amazing accomplishments.

First, past inductees were invited to a private reception (catered by Crave Kitchen + Wine Bar) on Friday night at the SSHF where they were able to greet the 2012 Inductees into the Hall of Fame. On Saturday morning, our 2012 Inductee invited friends and families to the Hall of Fame to explore their personalized exhibits, which will be on display till next Spring.  Then Saturday night was the Induction Ceremony and in front of a sold out crowd the SSHF first welcomed all past inductees, and, of course, the class of 2012. Listed below are all past inductees that were recognized:

2012 Parade of Past Inductees

[column columns=6]Athletics – Lyle Sanderson 1994
Athletics – Doreen (Dredge) Wolff 1990
Athletics – Bob Reindl 2005
Athletics – Cyprian Enweani 2010
Athletics – Ted Jaleta 2005
Baseball – Cas Pielak 1989
Basketball – Bryan Nicurity 1992
Curling – Linda Burnham 1989 & 2005
Curling – Nancy Kerr 2008
Curling – Kenda Richards 2008
Football – Don McDougall 1990
Football – Paul Barnby 1998
Football – Doug Clark 2008
Golf – Ray Marsh 2002
Hockey – Bill Dobbyn 2009
Hockey – Ted Hampson 2009
Hockey – Ron Hutchinson 2009
Hockey – Cliff Lennartz 2009 [/column] [column columns=6]Hockey – Marshall Johnston 1980
Multi-Sport – Dennis Beerling 1997
Judo – Jim O’Sullivan 2003
Racquetball – Roald Thompson 1984
Ringette – Debra Clark 2001
Shooting – Peter Jmaeff 2005
Softball – Robert Sawatzky 2011
Softball – Nada (Hlohovsky) Gorman 2004
Softball – Shirley Kowalski 2005
Softball – Brenda Staniforth 1998
Softball – Darlene Solie 2001
Swimming – David Dean 1991
Synchro Swimming – Marnie Eistetter 2009
Taekwondo – Sung Ju Kim 1998
Taekwondo – Kee Ha 2007
Volleyball – Henry “Hank” Lorenzen 2008
Volleyball – Tom Graham 2010
Volleyabll – Cindy Busse 1985 [/column]

We would like to thank all of our past inductees for attending our
46th Annual Induction.
The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame greatly
appreciates your continued support!


For photos from Induction Weekend, please check out our Facebook page and to download the program from the Ceremony, click the box below:

2012 Induction Program

Sponsors

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame would also like to thank our sponsors for their generous support!

 

2012 New Exhibit

Summer at the Hall of Fame!

Featured Exhibits

Our Salute to the Summer Olympics

Currently at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame we are featuring our Olympic Exhibit in anticipation of the 2012 Olympics in London. We are show casing all of our inductees who have gone to the Olympics, such as Mike Mintenko, Anthony “Tony” Zasada, and James Rozon, along with our Paralympic athletes such as Arnold Boldt, Heather Kuttai, and Rick Reelie.

This exhibit will be on display until September 4th 2012.

Dedication to Sport: Our New Inductees

This exhibit explores our newest inductees into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. From Athletics to Wrestling, our Class of 2012 brings a variety of stories and artifacts that people of all ages will enjoy!

It will be on display till Spring of 2013.

Summer Programming: Calling all Olympians

On July 5th we are beginning our Summer Program: Calling all Olympians. This program is targeted to groups age 7-12. The groups spend half the morning doing activities in the park: Olympic art, sidewalk chalk activities, relay races, sports and other Olympic inspired games. The other half of the morning is spent in the Saskatchewan Hall of Fame touring the Olympic Exhibit and doing more activities! This program is not drop in, so book your group to ensure your spot:

For more information about our summer programming Calling All Olympians

Cinema Under the Stars hosted by Regina Downtown

For the 3rd summer, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will be helping Regina Downtown with Cinema Under the Stars! Every Wednesday evening, beginning July 4th running until August 15th, a FREE movie will be shown in Victoria Park. The movies will begin at sundown. The SSHF will be selling pop ($1) and chips ($.50) at the site, along with having our facility open to the public for washroom use. We have a great selection of family friendly movies, so bring your kids, lawn chairs, and change for snacks and join us every Wednesday night for a free movie!

For more information check out: Regina Downtown Website

 

Induction Weekend: All About our Inductees

Photo: Nancy Kerr (skip), Linda Burnham (third), Kenda Richards (second), Gertie Pick (lead).

With the 46th Annual Induction Weekend, just around the corner, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is busy selling tickets and getting the inductee exhibits ready – make sure you have your tickets for June 16.  This year also brings a few changes to our Induction Weekend. We are no longer hosting a golf tournament or the “dinner” aspect of the induction installation ceremony. With that being said, the main goal for our Induction Ceremony is to re-dedicate the events of the Induction Weekend to focus on the inductees, both past and present, and celebrate their accomplishments.

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame interviewed two-time inductee and board member, Linda Burnham to get her input on this year’s events. Enjoy!

Question: When were you inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame?

Linda: I was first inducted into the SSHF in June of 1989 for winning the Canadian Ladies Curling Championship in 1970 (now called Scott Tournament of Hearts).    My second induction was in June of 2008 for winning the Senior Ladies Canadian Championship and the Senior Ladies World Championship in 2003.

Question: What does it mean to you to be a two – time inductee?

Linda: I think it means I have been competing in curling for a very long time!!   In reality, it is truly an honour, and source of pride to be recognized amongst those Saskatchewan athletes from all sports who have achieved the highest level of success within their sport.   As a competitor, I believe your sport gives back to you for the dedication you have given to that sport.  Being inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame means the community and province you have competed, in has also given back to you with the highest form of recognition.

Question: What has been your involvement with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame?

Linda: Currently, I am a member of the Board of Directors for the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF).  I have just finished a 3 year term, and am heading into another 3 year term.   This is a working Board, and we all get involved in the many activities and functions held by the SSHF.   We are strategically heading in new directions with new goals to attain, and it’s very exciting to be part of a group of people with great ideas and the willingness to make things happen.

Question: As Co-Chair of the 2012 Induction Weekend Committee, what can the inductees, their families and friends expect from the Weekend?

Linda: The Induction weekend is what the SSHF is all about, and we are ready to accept a new slate of athletes, teams and builders into the SSHF.   We have made some changes this year to the Induction weekend.  We want to ensure that inductees will remember the weekend as one of recognition and celebration with their family and friends who have been the cheering section for them throughout their years of competition.   We want them to feel like they are joining a group of fellow competitors with whom they become friends, and share with them the many traits that all competitors have in common.  We will also recognize any past inductees who are in attendance as it is the inductees who are the “Hall of Fame” and they represent the history and legacy of their sport.   It may take a few years, but we would like the Induction weekend to be an annual reunion of this entire group of great Saskatchewan athletes, builders and teams!!


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46th Annual Induction Ceremony

46th Annual Induction

Each year, since 1966, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has honoured outstanding Athletes, Builders and Teams who have made contribution to sport locally, nationally and internationally. This year the 46th Annunal Induction will take place on Saturday, June 16, 2012 at the Conexus Arts Centre. Tickets are priced at $50.00 and the admission includes the President’s Reception and the Induction Ceremony.

As part of our new strategic direction, there will be no dinner associated with this year’s event. Our main goal for our Induction Ceremony is to re-dedicate the events of the Induction Weekend to focus on the inductees, both past and present, and celebrate their accomplishments.

Induction Overview

Date: Saturday, June 16, 2012

President’s Reception: 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Induction Ceremony: 6:15 pm to 7:30 pm

Tickets: $50.00 per person

Ticket Order Form

Location: Conexus Arts Centre – Convention Hall (lower level)
200A Lakeshore Drive, Regina, Saskatchewan

Dress Code: Business

Questions?

If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame!

  • Phone: (306) 780 – 9232
  • Email: sshfm@sasktel.net
  • Drop By: 2205 Victoria Avenue, Regina, Saskatchewan

Induction Sponsors

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame would like to thank the following sponsors: