About Us

The Hall of Fame was established to honour outstanding Saskatchewan athletes, championship teams and sport builders as well as preserving the history of Saskatchewan sport.

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History at a glance:

  • Molson Sports Hall of Fame1966 – the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada-Saskatchewan Branch and the Molson Brewery partnered to form the Molson Sports Hall of Fame.  This was located in the Molson’s Hospitality House (on Dewdney Avenue).
  • 1974 – renamed the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame as they joined the Sask Sports groups on South Railway Street (now Saskatchewan Drive)
  • 1979 – the SSHF relocated to the current location at 2205 Victoria Avenue (the old Land Titles building  which is designated as a Heritage property)
  • 1981 – incorporated under the Non Profit Corporations Act

About Us:

  • There are 527 inductees in the Hall of Fame (including the 2019 inductees)
    • 239 athletes
    • 163 builders
    • 125 championship teams
  • 52 sports are represented in the Hall of Fame.
  • Our collection contains more than 19,000 sport artifacts and archives.
  • Each year thousands of students from around the province take part in programming developed to promote awareness of Saskatchewan athletes and sports. Students learn more about the rich history of Saskatchewan sport through in-person and virtual tours, attending events and other virtual programming.

Our Vision:

Our vision is to provide the people of Saskatchewan a self-sustaining, dynamic attraction designed to preserve, interpret, recognize, and honour the diverse sport history of the province.

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame offers interactive attractions that help visitors young and old engage with sport history. Our STEM Interactive Gallery sponsored by SaskTel also educates visitors about the science of sport.

The SSHF educates students province-wide through in-person and virtual programming via virtual tours, our Never Give Up outreach program and our Creating Active Champions summer program that has also been delivered virtually and reaches a broader audience.

While there are physical limitations on the number of artifacts that can be displayed at any given time, the SSHF has more than 19,000 items in the permanent collection valued at approximately $1 million. In addition, nearly 20,000 digitized scans of archives and photographs have been captured to preserve Saskatchewan’s sport history for future generations.

The SSHF continues to strive to find ways to allow more diverse voices the opportunity to share their stories (LINK WIS) and honour their perspectives on sport in the province. The SSHF has also partnered with the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Kinesiology in Saskatoon to celebrate Saskatchewan Indigenous athletes and their achievements through a semi-permanent display and video kiosk in the Physical Activity Complex.

Our Mission:

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is dedicated to recognizing sport excellence, preserving sport history, and educating the public about the role of sport in Saskatchewan’s cultural fabric.

At present, it is the only organization in Saskatchewan with this as its sole mandate. There are currently 527 individuals and teams installed in the Hall of Fame. Collectively they represent 52 different sports and almost 150 communities throughout Saskatchewan.

Pivotal to our mission are the inductees – the hometown heroes of countless proud communities – who have excelled on the national and international stages.

Each of our inductees has a compelling story, which is both universally appealing and quintessentially Saskatchewan. Interest in Saskatchewan sport history is timeless because the stories behind our inductees transcend sport itself. Our inductees are exceptional while embracing recognized “Saskatchewan traits”: hard work, humility and approachability.

The province’s history, its growth, its hardships, its faults, its achievements – they are all mirrored in the lives and stories of our inductees. The stories of its people and their strength are the story of Saskatchewan.

Sport History Project (SHP) Grant

The Sport History Project (SHP) grant is the envy of the sport heritage community in North America.   

Unique to Saskatchewan, this grant is administered by the SSHF on behalf of the Saskatchewan Lotteries Trust allowing an organization to capture and record — through a variety of means — the sport history of our province. Since its inception in the late 1980s, the SHP has funded more than 40 publications, eBooks (both dedicated and produced in support of the print publications), archival management projects and productions/exhibits. 

A list of the publications produced through the SHP can be found below. The vast majority of these titles can be found in your local library. 

One of these projects, The Spirit of ’89: Memories from the 1989 Jeux Canada Summer Games written by Ned Powers, was recognized in 2015 by the International Sports Heritage Association’s ISHY Awards for Best Book, Printed Hard-Cover or Soft-Bound by an Institution with a Budget US $250,000 or More.  

To obtain more details about the SHP and to discuss proposed projects please contact Sheila Kelly, Executive Director, at 306-780-9232 or [email protected]  The SHP application deadline is April 1st annually.

Sport History Project-Funded Literary Works:

Andrews, Gary.  Fifty Years of Athletics in Saskatchewan: A History of the Saskatchewan High Schools Athletic Association.  Regina: Saskatchewan High School Athletics Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1999.

Argan, William.  Saskatchewan Curling: Heartland Tradition (1882-1990).  Regina: Saskatchewan Curling Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1992. OUT OF PRINT

Bingaman, Sandra.  Breaking 100: A Century of Women’s Golf in Saskatchewan.  Saskatchewan Ladies’ Golf Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1997.

Bingaman, Sandra.  Spinning Into the Spotlight: Figure Skating in Saskatchewan 1883-1996.  Regina, Saskatchewan Figure Skating Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2000.

Bingaman, Sandra.  For the Love of the Game: Tennis in Saskatchewan 1883-2001.  Regina: Tennis Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2004.

Bingaman, Sandra.  Courts, Killshots, and Conquests: Saskatchewan Racquetball’s First 46 Years.  Regina: Saskatchewan Racquetball Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2007.

Bingaman, Sandra.  From Straw to Gold: A Century of Broomball in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Saskatchewan Broomball Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2011.

Bingaman, Sandra.  Keeping the Shuttles Flying: A History of Badminton in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Saskatchewan Badminton Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2013.

Boyle, Mickey.  Ninety Years of Golf: An Illustrated History of Golf in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Saskatchewan Golf Association, 1987. OUT OF PRINT

Bradley, Kenneth A.  Out-Of-Bounds: A Century of Golf in Moose Jaw.  Regina: Saskatchewan Golf Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2012.

Brass, Dana.  Twisting and Tumbling Through Saskatchewan: A History of Gymnastics.  Regina: Saskatchewan Gymnastics Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1992.

Brown, David W.  Saskatchewan Rugby: A History.  Regina: Saskatchewan Rugby Union and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1992.

Conrad, Peter.  In the Winning Lane: A History of Competitive Swimming in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Swim Saskatchewan, Inc., 1990.

Davis, Darrell and Johnston, Ron.  Junior Hockey’s Royal Franchise: The Regina Pats.  Regina: The Leader Post Foundation and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2009.

Davis, Darrell and Solilo, John. Football in Focus: Five Decades of Filming Pro Games. Regina: DriverWorks Ink and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2017.

DeRyk, Dick.  The Highest Skill: The Story of Karate in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Saskatchewan Karate Association, 1987.

Dewar, John D.  Basketball, Saskatchewan’s Story: 1891-1989.  Regina: Basketball Saskatchewan Inc., 1989.

Dewar, John M.  Saskatchewan Soccer: A History.  Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Soccer Association, 1986.

Elasser, Douglas.  Magic Boards: A History of Skiing in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Saskatchewan Ski Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1995.

Gidluk, Lynn.  Giving Us a Sporting Chance: The History of Sask Sport.  Regina: Sask Sport Inc. and Coteau Books, 2016.

Goplen, Henrietta.  Saskatoon Lion’s Speed Skating Club, 1942-1987: 45 Years of History.  1987.

Hack, Paul and Shury, Dave.  Wheat Province Diamonds: A Story of Saskatchewan Baseball.  Saskatchewan Baseball Association and Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1997.

Hughes, Bob.  Regina Rams: A Winning Tradition.  Regina: University of Regina Rams Football Club and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2003.

Kennedy, Michael P.J.  Dogs on Ice: A History of Hockey at University of Saskatchewan.  Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum and Friends of the Huskies, 2006.

Kennedy, Michael P.J.  Dogs on Ice: A History of Hockey at University of Saskatchewan Second Edition.  Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2015.

Mortin, Jenni.  Safe at Home: A History of Softball in Saskatchewan.  Softball Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, Regina, 1997.

Nixon, Elva.  Fifty Years to Gold: Synchronized Swimming in Saskatchewan (1941-1991).  Regina: Canadian Amateur Synchronized Swimming Association, Saskatchewan Section, Inc. and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1993.

Powers, Ned.  Strikes ’n’ Spares: A History of Bowling in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Bowling Federation of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1993.

Powers, Ned.  Personal Best: The History of Track and Field in Saskatchewan.  Saskatoon: Saskatchewan Athletics and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1997.

Powers, Ned.  The Hilltops: A Canadian Junior Football Legacy.  Saskatoon. Saskatoon Hilltop Junior Football Club and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2006.

Powers, Ned.  The Spirit of ’89: Memories from the 1989 Jeux Canada Summer Games.  Saskatoon: The 1989 Jeux Canada Games Foundation Inc. and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2014.

Pugh, Terry.  Prevailing Westerlies: A History of Sailing in Saskatchewan.  St. Peter’s Press, Muenster, SK, Saskatchewan Sailing Clubs Association (and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum – Omitted in the credits), 1999.

Rediger, Pat.  Blades of Glory: The History of Speed Skating in Saskatchewan.  Mississauga: Saskatchewan Amateur Speed Skating Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1999.

Rediger, Pat.  Riding With the Wind: The History of Cycling in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Saskatchewan Cycling Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2001.

Riches, Stefan.  Moving Forward…Looking Back: Saskatchewan Rowing in the 20th Century.  Regina: Saskatchewan Rowing Association and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2000.

Schneider, Anne.  With This Ring: The History of Ringette in Saskatchewan.  Regina: Ringette Association of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 1998.

Ulrich, Maureen. Diamond Girls. One-Woman, One-Act play script.  Regina: Menagerie Productions and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum, 2016.

Zeman, Brenda.  88 Years of Puck Chasing in Saskatchewan.  Regina: WDS Associates and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, 1983.

 

Board of Directors

Position Name
Chair Robb Elchuk
Vice Chair Trent Blezy
Treasurer Mike Babcock
Past Chair Rankin Jaworski
Directors Samer Awadh
Laurel Garven
Tennille Grimeau
Tim Leier
Kelvin Ostapowich

Staff

Position Name
Executive Director Sheila Kelly
Curator Bryann Seib
Communications Coordinator Matthew Gourlie
Administrative Assistant/Education Coordinator Vickie Krauss