For the Record: August/September 2016

For The Record

MESSAGE FROM PRESIDENT LINDA BURNHAM

 

I am honored to be President of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF). I acknowledge I have big shoes to fill, and I thank our immediate Past President Scott Waters for his dedication and service. We have a long line of Past Presidents who have contributed to advancements and successes the SSHF has experienced over the past years.

2016 has been a milestone for the SSHF as we celebrate our 50th anniversary. We have made that celebration last the entire year and have showcased three major events as highlights.

Diamond Girls is a play about the Saskatchewan women who played in the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League.   The one-act, one-woman show has toured several provinces over the last few months and it has received rave reviews everywhere it has played.   We are so proud to be associated with Diamond Girls and proud to have some of those players as inductees in the SSHF.

Our next major event has been a traveling exhibit that is presently touring throughout communities in Saskatchewan.  Our 505 inductees represent over 140 Saskatchewan communities and the traveling exhibit has been our way of taking the Hall to the people.  Another major success, the traveling exhibit has provided us with great exposure throughout the province.

The final major event will be our Gala on September 30. We have chosen to forgo the induction of a new class this year in favor of celebrating the 505 current inductees.  The successes of these inductees is cause for celebration and we wish to recognize them once again in this evening planned to be a one of a kind event.  We will showcase several inductees in Hotstove panels representing Hockey, Football and Olympians. We also have some short videos prepared to showcase many of our inductees while it tells a story about the SSHF. We hope you will join us for this exciting evening.

While we celebrate our past, we also have challenges to accomplish ahead of us.  Our Board of Directors is a group of individuals who are dedicated to making things happen, and have proven qualified to do so.  Our plan is to still secure a new location for the SSHF which will allow us to better showcase the inductees and be more appropriate for the many wonderful artifacts we possess. We continue to search for sustainable fundraising to support the Hall.  We have big dreams and those come at big costs!

I do want to recognize the amazing staff we have at the SSHF.  They have all shown dedication to this year of celebration and have most willingly given of their time to ensure the success of every event.   Thank you to Sheila, Vickie, Brock, Autumn  and the summer staff, Amber, Danelle and Jenna, who have given the SSHF such dedication and commitment in this special year.

On behalf of the Board of Directors I thank you for your support.  Please drop by the Hall, or the traveling exhibit and experience what the Hall is all about. Saskatchewan is a great sporting province. We recognize excellence. We celebrate sport.

Best wishes,

Linda Burnham, President

To find out more on our latest happenings at the SSHF, download the full version of the newest For The Record, right here:

For the Record August/September 2016

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Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame – Annual Report – 2014

SSHF-2012-logo-color-LargeEach year, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame strives to preserve and promote the history of sport in Saskatchewan. In doing so, we hope to tell the stories of the people in this province, along with their achievements in the world of sport.

2014 was quite the year for the Hall of Fame, thanks to many incredible stories, courtesy of some truly remarkable people. With events, exhibits and improvements made in every area of the Hall, 2014 really was one for the books.

With our 2014 Annual Report, we take a look back at the year that was and a look forward at the year that will be in 2015. We invite you all to take a look with us, as we showcase our year in review within this report.

Thanks to all the fans and friends of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame who have continued to support us and make our mission to showcase the stories of Saskatchewan’s sporting finest a successful one.

You can download a copy of the 2014 Annual Report, right here:

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Annual Report 2014
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Holiday Hours 2014

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It truly is the most wonderful time of the year. Once again it is time for us all to sit back, relax and spend some quality time with friends and loved ones. With that being said, we’d like to inform you all of our holiday hours for this year. We’d hate for you to miss us and we’d also love to see you and yours over the course of this happy season.

Please note our holiday hours below:

 

Gallery Hours:

Monday – Friday 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Wednesday, December 24 – close at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday, December 25 – closed

Friday, December 26 – closed

Wednesday, December 31 – early closure

Thursday, January 1 – closed

Regular Gallery hours resume on Friday, January 2, 2015

 

Administrative Office Hours:

Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 24 – early closure

Thursday, December 25 – closed

Friday, December 26 – closed

Wednesday, December 31 – early closure

Thursday, January 1 – closed

Regular Administrative Office hours resume on Friday, January 2, 2015

We’d like to wish a very Merry Christmas and the happiest of New Years to all of you who have visited and supported us, during a fantastic 2014!

 

Hockey Legend Reflects on World War Service

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Earlier this week our country celebrated a day during which we remember those who have bravely served our country in order to uphold the rights and freedoms that make Canada so special. Celebrations took place across this great nation shining light on the brave actions of so many heroes from coast to coast who sacrificed to protect all the things we hold most dear. 

One of those things is the proud culture that we have developed through sport. Many of the men and women who have served our country during its greatest conflicts are also those who acted as the greatest contributors to sport. On Tuesday we offered up a small thanks to them in the form of a list. The list included all of those who fought for our country and went on to see their names enshrined in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Among those names was NHL alumni and Toronto Maples Leafs goaltending legend, Johnny Bower, whose tale is perhaps among the most storied of those on this decorated record. 

Bower enlisted with the Canadian Armed Forces at just 16 years of age because, as he put it, “I wanted to be there, with my other buddies”. Bower was lucky enough to return from the fields of Europe and go on to have not only a fabled hockey career, but also to become one of this country’s most enduring personalities. 

Recently, Bower was present at the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto, where he and others recounted their stories and paid their respects to the countless others who gave everything. Enjoy the video posted here, of a Bower who continues to age with incredible grace and who has clearly not lost any of his charm. 

Once again, we would like to offer our gratitude and thanks to all the men and women of the Canadian Armed Forces for all that they do.

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I Love Regina Day on July 19th

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The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will be participating in this year’s I Love Regina Day on July 19th 2014. Located in Victoria Park, I Love Regina Day is a day for families to come out and celebrate our city. Running from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, this event consists of a free BBQ (while quantities last), the Regina Farmer’s Market, tons of children’s activities and exhibitors.

The SSHF will have a table set up with children’s sports games and activities. We will also have the Hall open to visitors, so be sure to stop in and check out our feature exhibit Sports in Shorts, as well as enjoy our air conditioning.

Our hours for I Love Regina Day will be 9:00 am – 3:00 pm. Admission will be by donation all day.

For more information about the day check out their website at Regina.ca

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Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame: Annual Report 2013

2013 was quite the year for the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. During the course of the year, we were part of great growth. Not only for ourselves, but also sport in the province. Growth for the Hall saw new Directors to our board, new staff to our team, and a terrific inductee Class. Growth for provincial sport saw the substantial contribution of Saskatchewan members to the Canadian Olympic team. Rider Nation welcomed another championship team, who this time accomplished the feat during the last Grey Cup to be played at the old Taylor Field.

The history of sport in this province is stronger than it has ever been and continues to grow every day. In an effort to highlight some of the happenings for us over the past 12 months, we have put together the 2013 edition of our Annual Report. Included in the report is a look back at the major happenings in the Hall, as well as the events and people who made this year so special.

Take a look at the full report included below. A special thanks goes out to all of you, our members, without whom none of this would be possible. We thank you for your patronage and support in 2013 and look forward to making 2014 our best year yet!

2013 Annual Report

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Meet the 2014 Sochi Saskatchewan Olympians & Paralympians

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame will be hosting many of the 2014 Sochi Saskatchewan Olympians & Paralympians this afternoon, Tuesday May 6 between 4-6 p.m. for a public autograph session. What better place to do this than against a backdrop of our exhibit, The Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games presented by McDougall Gauley, which will close with the conclusion of this public event.

Admission to the autograph session is free. Donations are gratefully accepted.

Autograph cards will be offered to all attendees while supplies last.

Attending this afternoon’s event are athletes, coaches and volunteers from the Games, including:

Colette Bourgonje (Paralympian)
Adam Burwell (Olympic, Coach)
Kali Christ (Olympian)
Ben Coakwell (Olympian)
Karen Howard (Olympic, Official)
Brittany Hudak (Olympian)
Marsha Hudey (Olympian)
Curtis Hunt (Paralympic, Coach)
Wayne Kiel (Paralympic, Coach)
Susan Lang (Official)
Paige Lawrence (Olympian)
Ken McArton (Olympic, Official)
Todd McClements (Coach)
Scott Perras (Olympian)
Graeme Rinholm (Olympian)
Lyndon Rush (Olympian)
Rudi Swiegers (Olympian)
Chelsea Valois (Olympian)
Kaspar Wirz (Paralympic, Coach)

The SSHF thanks the Canadian Sport Centre, Saskatchewan and Sask Sport Inc. for making this opportunity possible.

For The Record: April 2014

 

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Spring is always an exciting time of year. The snow begins to thaw (although that seems to have stalled), the sun comes out and the sporting world kicks into high gear. The playoffs have started for many sports, marking the conclusion of the season. For others, spring means a new start and a fresh perspective shared by competitors and fans alike.

This feeling even holds true for us that the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. Spring is the start of many exciting things for us, which are outlined in the latest edition of our newsletter For The Record.

Covered in this issue are a multitude of activities including the conclusion of the Sochi Winter Olympics & Paralympics exhibit, marked by a special appearance from some of this province’s best athletes. Also, as you may have noticed, we have a new look to our website coupled with a great new way to experience the Hall of Fame within our physical boundaries.

Lastly, but certainly not least, you will find details of our upcoming induction weekend. Included in the newsletter are details on the events of the weekend along with ticket information, availability and pricing. So enjoy our latest edition and all the excitement that comes with the season. Spring hours start in just a few weeks, so there is more reason than ever to see you at the Hall!

For The Record April 2014
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Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2014

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame has announced the ten (10) inductees who will become the newest members to be enshrined as part of the Class of 2014. The inductees, including four in the athlete category, two in the category of builder and four in the team category will be officially inducted at the 48th Annual Induction Ceremony to be held at the Delta Regina on Friday, June 13, 2014.

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Tickets to the 48th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony are $100/person and are available directly from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Everyone purchasing a ticket to the Induction Dinner & Ceremony will be provided one (1) complimentary ticket to the Saturday, June 14 Ottawa Redblacks versus Saskatchewan Roughrider Game courtesy of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Football Club.

 Induction Dinner Tickets can be ordered from the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in person, via telephone (306-780-9232), email (sshfm@sasktel.net) or online at http:sasksportshalloffame.com.

 The Delta Regina (1919 Saskatchewan Drive) will serve as the host hotel for the 48th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony.

  • Group Reservation #: SHF061314
  • Double/King Guestroom rate is $147.00 (single/double occupancy) including parking
  • Deluxe Queen Guestroom rate is $162.00 (single/double occupancy) including parking
  • Room rates are subject to applicable taxes & fees.  Additional person @ $20/person.
  • Call 1-800-209-3555 for reservations

 For further information contact:
Sheila Kelly, Executive Director, (306) 780-9232
Linda Burnham, Co-Chair Induction Weekend, (306) 584-8944

Welcoming our New Curator: Brock Gerrard

The SSHF is pleased to announce the arrival of our new Curator, Brock Gerrard. Brock joins us from Wallaceburg, ON where he has been the Curator/Manager of the Wallaceburg & District Museum for the past three years. Brock graduated from Trent University with a BA Honours in Classical History (2005) and then completed a post-graduate certificate for Museum Management and Curatorship from Sir Sandford Fleming College (2006).  During the course of his studies and following graduation, Brock gained additional work experience with the Peel Heritage Complex, the Museum of Nepean, the Goulbourne Museum and the Dufferin County Museum and Archives. Over the course of the coming weeks we will have some exciting new content to share with all of you, which will share a lot more about what Brock means to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame!

Welcome to the team, Brock!

Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Receives Support From Rider Alumni

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Roughrider alumni Al Ford, Dale West, George Reed, Terry Bulych (Alumni President) and Rob Pyne presenting cheque to SSHF President, Trent Fraser, and SSHF Past President, Hugh Vassos

 

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) has received some welcomed financial support thanks to the Saskatchewan Roughriders Alumni Association. The Rider Alumni Association has provided the SSHF with $10,000 as part of the proceeds raised from the alumni association’s first annual Autumn Golf Classic held September 23, 2013, at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club. The Autumn Golf Classic raised a net profit of $20,000.

“The SSHF does a tremendous job of preserving the history of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and many of our alumni are proud members of the SSHF,” said Terry Bulych, Rider Alumni Association President. “We are pleased to be able to give back and support this great provincial institution which does so much to preserve the legacy of not only the Riders, but all of Saskatchewan’s sporting greats.”

“We truly appreciate the support of the Riders Alumni Association,” said Trent Fraser, President of the SSHF. “These moneys enable the SSHF to continue to properly maintain the important sporting past of our province as well allows us to continue to educate the public of Saskatchewan’s rich sport history.”

The Rider Alumni Association and the SSHF thanks all participants and sponsors of the Autumn Golf Classic.

For The Record: November/December 2013

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With the holiday season now upon us and things getting as busy as ever for all of us, we wanted to do something to keep you all in the loop as to what is happening at the Hall of Fame. The last couple of months have been amazing, not to mention busy for us, so there is a lot to cover.

In this issue of For The Record you will find a message from both our President, Trent Fraser, as well as Executive Director, Sheila Kelly. In addition you will find updated information on some of our inductees, along with a full recap of Grey Cup fever in Regina and the world premiere of our latest video project.

Thanks to everyone for your support of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2013 and we look forward to seeing all of you in the New Year!

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Laura Bewcyk Dahlstrom Joins The Team

It is my pleasure to announce that Laura Bewcyk Dahlstrom has joined the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame staff as our new Education Coordinator effective this past Wednesday on April, 24.

Laura brings with her a diverse background that will serve the SSHF well in our education portfolio.  She has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Regina (UofR), and is currently completing a Masters of Science within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, also at the UofR.

Laura’s previous work experience makes her the ideal person to fill this role, and we could not be happier to have her join our team.  In addition to her most recent employment as a Sessional Lecturer and Research Assistant within the Faculty of Kinesiology and Health Studies, Laura has served as a Teaching Assistant with Montessori of Regina, a Program Leader with the City of Regina, and an Aquatic Director and Camp Counselor through the Lumsden Beach Camp.  As an aside, Laura is also an accomplished UofR Track & Field athlete having competed nationally at the CIS level from 2004-9.

I encourage you to take the opportunity to stop by the SSHF and introduce yourself to Laura.

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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.