Come meet the Class of 2023 on Sept. 23 at our open house!

In conjunction with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame’s Induction Dinner & Ceremony, we will be hosting an open house and autograph session with the Class of 2023 on Saturday, September 23 from 1-2 p.m. at the Hall of Fame (2205 Victoria Ave. in Regina).

This event is open to the public and admission is by donation. The SSHF will also have autograph sheets available.

This year’s Induction Class features seven great individual inductees. The four athletes heading into the Hall of Fame are Jaime (Cruickshank) Boyer (Saskatoon – Multi sport), Ryan Getzlaf (Regina – Hockey), Joan McEachern (Lanigan – Soccer), and Hayley Wickenheiser OC (Shaunavon – Hockey). The three builders being enshrined are Lorne Lasuita (Wynyard – Multi sport), Bernadette McIntyre (Bethune – Curling), and Noreen Murphy (Saskatoon – Softball).

Due to her commitments as the Assistant General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs during training camp, Hayley Wickenheiser is not expected to be able to attend. However, the other six inductees will all be on hand to meet fans and supporters during the hour-long open house. We also respectfully ask that visitors limit themselves to one or two items to be signed.

In addition to the autograph session, this will be the unveiling of the exhibits of the seven new inductees as part of our Dedication to Sport exhibit.

The Hall of Fame will be open for its regular noon to 4 p.m. hours on the 23rd.

Acoose: the province’s first great champion

In the spirit of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada’s 87th Call to Action, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame marks National Indigenous Peoples Day by celebrating Indigenous excellence and achievement in sport and sharing their stories.

At the same time, the SSHF also looks to spotlight the challenges and hardships that the SSHF’s Indigenous inductees overcame in achieving their goals. The SSHF currently has 10 individual inductees who identify as Indigenous. Each of those inductees has a unique story, but the ability to overcome hardships and a passion for giving back to their communities is a common thread with each athlete or builder.

The SSHF’s current featured exhibit Grit celebrates great athletic determination so it was only natural that the stories of Indigenous success are highlighted.

Paul Acoose’s story is featured as part of the exhibit. A gifted Nakawē (Saulteaux) distance runner from the Zagime Anishinabek (previously known as the Sakimay) First Nation, Acoose came from a long line of distance runners. His grandfather Quewich gained renown for his abilities as a hunter. While others rode horses while hunting buffalo, Quewich would shoot his arrows while pursuing the buffalo on foot. Paul’s father Samuel Acoose was also a highly esteemed runner in his own right.

Accose’s competitive running career was short, but remarkable all the same.

Acoose was the first winner of The Standard Marathon Trophy, emblematic of the 10-mile championship in the province of Saskatchewan. He won that first championship by more than eight minutes on July 1, 1908 in Regina, as he dominated the best runners in the province. His name is engraved prominently as the first provincial champion. The Standard Marathon Trophy is featured as part of Grit which is currently on display.

At the turn of the 20th century, match races were a popular spectator sport with opportunities to run professionally. After an impressive showing during a sports day in Grenfell, Acoose was offered a chance to become a professional in 1909. While that made him ineligible to compete at the upcoming 1910 Summer Olympics in London, Acoose accepted the offer.

In his first professional race, Acoose ran 15 miles in a world-record time of one hour, 22 minutes and 22 seconds and beat famed English runner Fred Appleby, a former world record holder and 1908 Olympic marathon runner. Acoose’s record-breaking time earned him the title of world champion.

While match races drew notable crowds, they also drew plenty of interest from gamblers. When Acoose and Appleby met in a rematch in Winnipeg, gamblers were suspected of being the culprits of throwing tacks on the track. Appleby was unaffected in his rubber-soled shoes, but Acoose ran in moccasins that were easily penetrated by the tacks. He bravely carried on for two more miles in bare feet before having to bow out of a race he had been winning before being sabotaged.

Acoose’s biggest victory came against famed Onondaga runner Tom Longboat. Acoose had wanted to test himself against Longboat who had risen to fame after winning the Boston Marathon in a record time in 1907 and was considered the greatest marathon runner in the world. They met on March 30, 1910, in Toronto in a duel that Acoose won.

Despite only being 24 years old, Acoose retired from competitive racing and settled in Zagime Anishinabek with his wife Madeline where they farmed and raised nine children. He never drove a car and continued to jog into his 60s. Even in his late 70s would walk up to 10 kilometers to visit family and friends.

Paul Acoose was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1983.

While The Standard Marathon Trophy is currently on display, the SSHF has partnered with the University of Saskatchewan to ensure that the majority of the artifacts in our collection honouring Indigenous athletes are on permanent display. A display case and video kiosk celebrating Saskatchewan Indigenous athletes and their achievements are on permanent display in the Physical Activity Complex at the University of Saskatchewan’s College of Kinesiology in Saskatoon.

You can learn more about the other Indigenous inductees in the SSHF – Colette Bourgonje, Tony Cote, Alex DecoteauDavid GreyeyesJacqueline Lavallee, Jim Neilson, Claude PetitFred Sasakamoose, and Bryan Trottier – on the SSHF website.

For the past year, the Hall of Fame has offered an outreach program titled, Indigenous Legacies in Sport, to schools across the province. The program is geared towards elementary school students and highlights some of the achievements and stories of Saskatchewan’s great Indigenous athletes and builders.

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is proud to be located in Treaty 4 territory, home to the Cree, Dakota, Lakota, Nakoda, and Saulteaux people since time immemorial and are the traditional homelands of the Métis Nation. The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame also celebrates the history of sport and the people from the land that is covered by Treaties 2, 4, 5, 6, 8 and 10. These lands have been the home of the Cree, Dakota, Dene, Lakota, Nakoda, and Saulteaux people since time immemorial and are the traditional homelands of the Métis Nation.

Pride and perseverance: Miller stood up and fought as hockey trailblazer

Shannon Miller has been a trailblazer throughout her sporting life.
The 2021 Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame inductee not only broke new ground as a coach in women’s hockey, but she also did so while being openly gay. As we celebrate Pride Month, the Hall of Fame celebrates the successes and challenges overcome by our LGBTQ2S+ inductees like Miller.
After growing up playing hockey in Melfort, Miller was an inaugural member of the University of Saskatchewan’s women’s hockey program. She and two other women spent two years fighting red tape and discrimination to create a girls’ hockey league in Calgary. There, she also launched and directed the first high-performance training program for female hockey players at the Olympic Oval.
At the 1998 Nagano Winter Olympics, Miller was the head coach of the national team as women’s hockey made its Olympic debut. She was the only female head coach at the tournament.
“There was a lot of difficult stuff that happened that year. When you’re the first woman and you’re openly gay – I was just a target,” Miller said. “I felt like a deer running through the forest during hunting season.”

Shannon Miller at the 1997 IIHF World Championships with Nancy Drolet.

Miller had worked her way through the ranks to earn the national team job. She had helped coach Alberta to the first women’s hockey gold medal at the 1991 Canada Winter Games. She became an assistant coach for the Canadian women’s national team when they won the worlds in 1992 and 1994. Miller was named the head coach and she guided Canada to the 1997 IIHF World Championship in overtime against the United States.
Despite the on-ice success and a proven track record of building programs, it wasn’t smooth sailing.
“I felt like I was in a war against almost everybody. Especially the media attacking me. That really wore on me and my team,” Miller said.
“Every day I would put my shield of armour on and decide well I’m the first woman in the world to do this and I’m openly gay. And the media, they don’t like it. That was uphill and against the wind to say the very least. But I loved working with the players and I loved working with the staff. I mean when you coach it is so much about passion and vision and commitment to the process and commitment to each other and so no matter how difficult it was, it was still great.”
After losing the gold medal game to the Americans at the Olympics to claim silver, Miller moved on to build the women’s hockey program at the University of Minnesota-Duluth.
The Bulldogs won three of the first four NCAA national championships and ultimately won five under Miller.
“When I was there and had the support of the president and the athletic director before they both left, we were budgeted about middle-of-the-pack… but we were winning. And we were so proud of that. We were the little engine that could,” Miller said.

Shannon Miller speaking at White House.

That support for the program waned. Despite losing ground to their fellow Division I programs in terms of their resources, the Bulldogs remained competitive. In total, the team made 10 NCAA tournament appearances in her tenure.
Minnesota Duluth had won 12 of their previous 13 games heading into Christmas break and were ranked sixth in the NCAA when Miller was told her contract wasn’t being renewed. They said she could stay on for the rest of the season, but it would be her last. Miller said she just about fell out of her chair when she was told.
No coach in NCAA women’s hockey had more national titles (5) or Final Four wins (11) than Miller did at the time.
“I knew what was going on. I’m not stupid,” Miller said. “I had so much support, I immediately called my own press conference and said I was going to sue them.
“I sued them for Title IX sex discrimination and sexual orientation discrimination. And I won a Federal lawsuit. It was really difficult, but it was very important to do it.”
Miller’s dad died when she was 13, but she had strong family support, including both sets of grandparents. She described them as grounded, humble, and hard-working people.
“I will never forget the lessons they taught me,” she said of her grandparents who can be seen sitting directly behind the Canada bench during the 1998 Olympics. “I know those are my roots and that is my foundation. When you go back inside yourself and really remember who you are and where you came from, it’s not difficult to be strong and to rise up and to fight when you need to and to support others and lift others up.”
Miller lives in California with her partner Jen Banford and is back being involved in hockey as the vice president of branding and community relations for Acrisure Arena and the American Hockey League’s Coachella Valley Firebirds who are in the Calder Cup finals in their first season.
She remains as resilient and passionate about hockey as ever.
“I think I can credit the fact that I grew up in Melfort with that support,” she said. “My dad died. I had a difficult life anyway, I just got stronger and stronger as my life went on and I had no fear.
“When somebody wrongs you like that. The only right thing to do is to stand up and fight. And I did. And I won.”

Get active with the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame!

Are you looking for something to do with your children this summer? Our Creating Active Champions summer program is a great way to have fun and stay active through the summer months. The program will begin on July 4 and run on weekdays through August 18.

Creating Active Champions has made some changes this year, so please choose one of the three options below that best suits your needs!

1) Bring your child or group to have 90 minutes of fun both inside the Hall of Fame and across the street in Victoria Park.

This program is geared towards children aged 4-12. A donation of $2 per child is requested. Adult chaperones must be present at all times. There is a maximum of 30 participants in each session.

The program is offered twice daily on Mondays, Tuesdays & Thursdays:
9:30 – 11:00 a.m.
1:00 – 2:30 p.m.

2) Drop off your child to spend a half day with us having fun and learning about STEM (Science Technology Engineering & Math) in sport. Each week will be a different theme sports day. This program is geared towards children aged 5-12. A donation of $10 per child is requested. There is a maximum of 12 participants in each session.

The program is offered twice daily on Wednesdays:
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

3) Let us bring the programming to your centre! Pick a morning or afternoon that suits you and we will deliver our programming at your facility, so you don’t have to go anywhere.

This program is geared towards children aged 4-12. A $25 donation per location is requested. Adult chaperones must be present.

The program is offered twice daily on Fridays:

One location per time slot, with two group sessions at each location.
9:30 a.m. – 11:45 p.m.
1:00 – 3:15 p.m.

This seven-week program begins on July 4, so please book early to avoid disappointment!

All individuals and groups must pre-register by contacting Vickie Krauss (306) 780-9232 or [email protected].


  • Outside activities will only proceed weather permitting. During inclement weather, all activities will take place inside the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) or your facility.
  • All group leaders/parents/guardians/chaperones must ensure their child is dressed for the weather and outfitted with sunscreen, bug spray and a water bottle. The water fountain in the SSHF building is off-limits other than to fill water bottles.
  • An adult chaperone must be present at all times with groups and individuals, except for the half-day sessions. We encourage their participation as well! For larger groups, we would appreciate a 1:8 chaperone/child ratio.
  • Donation fees for groups and individuals can be paid by cash, cheque or credit card. We do not have debit available at the location.
  • The SSHF reserves the right to cancel the program session if a minimum of 5 participants are not enrolled.
  • Pre-registration must occur a minimum of 24 hours in advance while programming space remains available.
  • We require at least 24 hours’ notice for cancellations.
  • The SSHF promotes admission by donation to its galleries on a regular basis. Summer participants are provided with a “donation pass” to encourage them to come back throughout the summer with their families to engage in our sport interactives.

A special thank you to our Creating Active Champions sponsors Community Initiatives Fund and Sask Lotteries.


SSHF Board Chair elected to another three-year term at AGM

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) held their Annual General Meeting on Thursday, May 25, 2023.

The SSHF’s financial statement was presented along with the 2023/24 operating budget along with reports from the Chair, the Acting Executive Director, the SSHF staff, the Governance Committee, and the Sport History Project.

Trent Blezy, Chair of the SSHF Board of Directors, was re-elected for a second three-year term on the Board. He is entering his second year as Chair. The other Officers of the Hall also remain unchanged.

Trent Blezy, Chair of the SSHF Board of Directors.

To date, Trent Blezy’s professional career includes the Government of Saskatchewan and the Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy, where his main areas of responsibility have been in managing public relations issues and advancing public policy utilizing a variety of mechanisms.

As a volunteer Blezy has worked in fundraising capacities to support the Saskatchewan Children’s Hospital Foundation and has held a number of positions with various Constituency Associations through the Conservative Party and the Saskatchewan Party.

Two new Directors – Amber Day and Scott Kistner – were both elected to three-year terms on the Board.

Amber Day is employed at the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) as Director of Human Resources and has worked in Human Resources field for 15 years. In her current role, she is responsible for the design, development and implementation of HR strategies, initiatives and programs that align with SIGA’s strategic goals and priorities. Day holds an Aboriginal Self-Government Administration Diploma and a Masters of Human Resource Management.

Scott Kistner grew up on a farm near Disley, Saskatchewan. He is currently the Assistant Deputy Minister of Lands and Corporate Services in the Energy and Resources sector for the Government of Saskatchewan. Kistner has served on several boards and been a member of organizations including: the Government of Saskatchewan Information Management Committee (2018-current); member of the Lumsden Lions Club (2018-current); member of the Canadian Payroll Association (2015-current); member of the Government of Saskatchewan Extended Health Care Joint Board (2015-2018); member of the Inter-provincial HR Information Management Systems Council (2014-2018), member of the Oracle Human Capital Management User Group (2013-current); as well as local sports organizations in Lumsden.

Samer Awadh and Laurel Garven both completed their terms on the Board. For Laurel this was her third, three-year term, while Samer served two, three-year terms. They both provided an incredible wealth of knowledge to the Board and staff over their many years of service and their contributions were greatly appreciated and will be missed.


The 2022-23 Board of Directors


Chair– Trent Blezy (Regina)

Vice Chair – Karen Meban (Regina)

Treasurer – Mike Babcock (Regina)

Past Chair – Robb Elchuk (Regina)


Amber Day (Saskatoon)

Tennille Grimeau (Saskatoon)

Scott Kistner (Lumsden)

Tim Leier (Saskatoon)

Jeff Lightheart (Regina)

Kelvin Ostapowich (Regina)

Christopher Weitzel (Regina)

Cary Wessel (Regina)

Sheila Kelly ends her remarkable career with the Hall of Fame

The mission of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) is to recognize sport excellence, preserve sport history, and educate the public about the role of sport in Saskatchewan’s cultural fabric.

Now it is time to recognize the contributions of one of our own and their work preserving, honouring and sharing the rich sporting history of Saskatchewan.

Sheila Kelly is leaving her post as Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame after 34 years leading the organization.

Sheila started at the Hall of Fame in 1989 and through the decades she has guided the SSHF through a great period of growth and stability. At the same she has become an industry leader in the sport heritage field in Canada and indeed across North America.

She received the W.R. “Bill” Schroeder Distinguished Service Award from the International Sports Heritage Association (ISHA) in 2017. The Schroeder Award is the highest honour presented by ISHA and bestowed to individuals for meritorious service of lasting nature in the sports heritage industry. The Schroeder Award is not bestowed annually, rather it is awarded only when someone has been deemed worthy of receiving it.

“Sheila’s dedication and commitment to sport heritage transcends her remarkable career at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. She is a former president of the Canadian Association for Sport Heritage (CASH) and a Schroeder Award winner, which is the International Sports Heritage Association’s highest honor,” said Shane Mailman, ISHA Executive Administrator and former President of CASH.

“Sheila has built lifetime friendships in our industry and has earned great respect from everyone that has met her. Sheila‘s career is the benchmark all of us aspire to.”

During her tenure as Executive Director, Sheila helped nurture the development of multiple satellite halls in the province. The SSHF’s Sport History Project grant is unique to Saskatchewan and since the late 1980s has allowed organizations to complete more than 40 projects that capture the sport history of our province through a variety of means. Sheila also oversaw a successful 50th-anniversary celebration that included the launch of the SSHF’s 53-foot mobile exhibit trailer. The project is unique amongst halls of fame in Canada and allowed the SSHF to fulfill its mandate of preserving and sharing Saskatchewan’s sport history with the entire province.

In the past three years, the SSHF has won the CASH Award of Excellence twice, an ISHY Award from ISHA and a Museum Associations of Saskatchewan Award of Merit. These honours exemplify the vision Sheila and her staff showed as the Hall of Fame diversified its programming and remained an industry leader through the COVID-19 pandemic. In total, the SSHF received nine significant local, provincial, national, or international awards while Sheila was Executive Director.

This spring the final phase of our Hall of Fame Gallery redevelopment was completed under Sheila’s leadership.

Succession planning had begun with an eye toward Sheila’s eventual retirement, however, that process was accelerated when she took a medical leave of absence earlier this spring.

With that in mind, the SSHF Board of Directors has contracted Leadership Source from Regina to help lead the search for a new full-time Executive Director for the SSHF.

SSHF Curator Bryann Seib has taken on the role as the Acting Executive Director for the past two months and has guided the Hall of Fame through our fiscal year-end, our annual audit, and the rest of the day-to-day business of the Hall of Fame.

We wish Sheila all the best in the future and congratulate her on a remarkable career here at the Hall of Fame.

Never Give Up once again full for spring offering

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame continues to deliver the inspiring stories of our inductees to students across the province through the Never Give Up program.

The program debuted in 2011 and was such a success that it developed into an annual offering. While the involvement of Ted Jaleta has been one of the hallmarks of the program, the involvement of other sports figures from Saskatchewan has been essential to its success. All of these individuals have overcome obstacles and hardships. They truly understand what it means to “never give up” and serve as positive role models.

The program is available to Grades 4-8 in schools throughout Saskatchewan. We are fortunate to have the support of SaskTel as our presenting sponsor once again. This year’s program will focus on various subject areas in the Grades 4-8 Saskatchewan Curriculum dealing with identity to showcase how sport contributes to self-identity. It will also highlight our feature inductees and Saskatchewan athletes who have made significant contributions to sport and society.

The presenters for the spring of 2023 are Arnold Boldt OC, Colette Bourgonje, Lisa Franks, and Colleen Sostorics.

The spring offering of Never Give Up will run from May 16 to June 16 with all 10 sessions full with students from across the province. This spring’s offering of the program sees Never Give Up delivered to schools in Dinsmore, Humboldt, North Battleford, Raymore, Regina, Saskatoon, Viscount, Wadena, and Wilkie.

Since 2011 Never Give Up has reached more than 20,000 students across Saskatchewan. In the past two years alone, the program has reached 41 communities, with 4,051 students taking part in 2021 and 2022.

Dedication to Sport available as a virtual tour

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame’s newest virtual tour features the exhibits of our 13 newest inductees.

The 2021 and 2022 induction classes were enshrined concurrently at the SSHF’s 54th Induction Dinner & Ceremony. Dedication to Sport: Our New Inductees features artifacts and stories from that great double-class of SSHF inductees.

Dedication to Sport is available as a virtual tour thanks to our partnership with Queen City 3D in Regina. Each tour allows the user to navigate through the space of the exhibit and click on tags inside the tour that offer stories, photos and videos to complement the exhibit.

This is one of several virtual tours that are available on our website which preserves them for the future and fulfills our province-wide mandate.

The Class of 2021 features athletes Justin Abdou (Moose Jaw – Wrestling), Rod M. Boll (Fillmore – Trapshooting), Colette Bourgonje (Porcupine Plain – Athletics and Skiing), Kaylyn Kyle (Saskatoon – Soccer), and Lyndon Rush (Humboldt – Bobsleigh). Shannon Miller (Tisdale – Hockey) joins the 2021 class as a builder and the 2000-01 University of Regina Cougars Women’s Basketball Team and the 2013 Saskatchewan Roughriders Football Club are being inducted in the team category.

The five members of the Class of 2022 are: Kelsie Hendry (Saskatoon – Athletics), Harry Winston Jerome OC (Prince Albert – Athletics), Rueben Mayes (North Battleford – Football) in the athlete category plus Antonia “Toni” Beerling (Rosthern – Athletics) and William “Bill” Brownridge (Vawn – Hockey) in the builder category.

Notice: Annual General Meeting will be held on May 25th

On behalf of Trent Blezy, Board Chair of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF), this e-mail/post serves as an official notice of the Annual General Meeting of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame which will be held at the following date and time:

Date: Thursday, May 25, 2023

Time: 7:00 p.m.

Location: Virtually via Microsoft Teams

The agenda will include Annual Reports, Bylaw revisions, presentation of Financial Statements, the appointment of the auditor for 2023/24, and reports on the election of Board Directors.

The meeting package, plus the 2022 Annual Report, 2022/23 Financial Statement, and all other pertinent materials for the Annual General Meeting will be posted on the SSHF website and will be available for review before the meeting.

In the interest of the health and wellness of our Members, the Annual General Meeting will once again be held virtually via Microsoft Teams. Please fill out this registration form to receive your access credentials for the meeting which will be distributed no later than noon on Thursday, May 25.

All members of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in good standing are welcome to virtually attend and vote during the Annual General Meeting.

If you are uncertain if you are eligible to vote in the Annual General Meeting – or if you have any other questions – please contact the Hall of Fame at 306-780-9232 or email [email protected].

Magnificent seven make up the SSHF Class of 2023

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF) is pleased to announce the seven (7) inductees who will become the newest members of the SSHF this fall.

The 55th Annual Induction Dinner & Ceremony at the Conexus Arts Centre in Regina on Saturday, September 23, 2023. Tickets are now available by completing the form at the bottom of this page.

The Class of 2023 features four inductees in the athlete category and three in the builder category.

The 2023 inductees are:


Jaime (Cruickshank) Boyer (Saskatoon) – Multi-sport

Ryan Getzlaf (Regina) – Hockey

Joan McEachern (Leroy) – Soccer

Hayley Wickenheiser OC (Shaunavon) – Hockey


Lorne Lasuita (Wynyard) – Multi-sport

Bernadette McIntyre (Bethune) – Curling

Noreen Murphy (Saskatoon) – Softball

This incredible induction class includes three Olympic athletes – two of which won multiple gold medals – and a member of the first Canadian team to compete at the FIFA Women’s World Cup. The three builders each have decades of experience contributing to the growth of sport in the province.

Jaime (Cruickshank) Boyer competed internationally in both power tumbling and trampoline as well as athletics as a young athlete before competing at the 2006 Turin Winter Olympics in bobsleigh.

Ryan Getzlaf won a pair of Olympic gold medals in men’s hockey (2010 & 2014) as part of eight international competition he took part in. Getzlaf also won the Stanley Cup in 2007 as part of a 17-year National Hockey League career with the Anaheim Ducks.

Joan McEachern was part of the Canadian squad that made their debut at the FIFA Women’s World Cup in 1995. She won the Canada Soccer National Club Championship four times during the pre-professional era of women’s soccer.

Hayley Wickenheiser is one of the most decorated Canadian athletes of all time. She has won four Olympic gold medals and a silver medal in women’s hockey and also represented Canada in softball in the Summer Olympics. Wickenheiser is Canada’s all-time leader in goals, assists, points and games played. She is also the all-time points leader in the Olympics and the IIHF world championships which she has also won seven times.

Lorne Lasuita has been involved in 52 multi-sport events, including the 2004 Summer Olympics. He has represented Team Sask at 18 Canada Games and has been involved in all but one of the 25 Saskatchewan Games to date.

Bernadette McIntyre was the bid committee chairperson for the Olympic Curling Trials, the men’s world curling championship, three Briers, and two Scotties in Regina. She also was the co-chair of the 2018 LPGA CP Women’s Open and was part of the Grey Cup festival leadership team in 2013 and 2022.

Noreen Murphy was on the staff for Canada’s national softball for 14 years including the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. She was also the head coach of the national junior team. She won eight provincial titles in eight years as a coach in Saskatoon as part of her storied coaching career.

The Atlas Hotel (4177 Albert Street, Regina) is the host hotel for the 2023 Induction Dinner & Ceremony.

  • Guests can book their accommodations online, by contacting the hotel directly at 1-306-586-3443 or by emailing [email protected] and quoting the following Block Code 092223SHF.
  • The Room rate is $149.95 (plus 11% tax & 3% Destination Marketing Fee) for a double room (2 Queen beds). Maximum occupancy of five people per room (2 adults and 3 children). Additional adults will be charged $15 each.
  • Room rate includes a hot breakfast and complimentary parking.
  • Check-in is at 4:00 p.m. or later. Check-out is 11:00 a.m.

The Atlas’ cancellation policy is as follows:

  • 24 hours or less (based on 4:00 p.m. check-in time) will result in a charge of 100% of one night’s total guestroom cost.
  • 1 to 3 days’ notice (25-72 hours before check-in time) will result in a charge of 50% of one night’s total guestroom cost.
  • 3 or more days’ notice (73+ hours before check-in time) will not incur a charge

The Block hold will be released on August 25, 2023. Individuals can still reserve rooms but now it will depend on availability and may be at a different rate.

Tickets are no longer available for this event.


School’s Out returns for Easter break

Kids out of school and don’t know what to do? Come and hang out and have some fun at the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame (SSHF)!

The SSHF is offering a new program during the Easter break to encourage kids to have fun and keep active.

Schools Out! is a 90-minute program that will run from April 11-14 and is being offered at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. at the Hall of Fame (2205 Victoria Ave., Regina). The program will feature a guided tour of the Hall of Fame’s exhibits and then plenty of time to play and enjoy our multi-sport simulator, adaptive curling ice, and the STEM Interactive Gallery sponsored by SaskTel. The program will also feature ABC activities and allow time at the end to play and explore on your own.

Visitors to the STEM Interactive Gallery can test their vertical jump, their balance, their strength, their standing long jump, their flexibility, and their grip strength at our STEM stations. The multi-sport simulator is a popular favourite that allows visitors to test their sporting skills in a variety of virtual games like baseball, basketball, football, hockey, soccer, and more. Our four-rock adaptive curling “ice” allows visitors to slide their stones down the ice either from their knees or with an adaptive stick that affixes to the stone.

The Hall of Fame’s featured exhibit is Fanfare, while the Dedication to Sport exhibit celebrates our 13 newest inductees.

Participation for one adult and one child requires a $5 donation. Each additional visitor (whether adult or child) requires another $2 donation. We ask that children be accompanied by an adult for the duration of their visit and the adults are welcome to participate as well. This program is best suited for children between the ages of 4-12. Water bottles are recommended as the water fountain in our foyer is not available to the public. Clean indoor shoes are also recommended.

Donations are non-refundable. We thank you for your understanding. Participants will receive a tax receipt for the cost of their donation.

If you have any questions, please email our Education Coordinator Vickie Krauss at [email protected] or call 306-780-9232.

There is a maximum of 20 spots available for each of the eight offerings of the program. Please reserve your space in the program by filling out the form below.

New touch table and 3D artifact case add to visitor experience

The Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame was proud to unveil their new touch table and 3D artifact display case Thursday.

The SSHF partnered with Twisted Pair Productions of Regina for this next stage in our Hall of Fame Gallery development. The new touch table and a 3D artifact display case allows visitors more access to the Hall of Fame’s collection of artifacts and information on our inductees.

“We are delighted to see this project come to fruition. Through a generous donation from the Estate of Jordana Buchan and funding support from the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan, we are now able to provide our visitors with unprecedented access to our permanent collection at one time. In a facility with very limited exhibit space, this is a significant visitor enhancement. The touch table content and 3D exhibit case allow visitors to immerse themselves in Saskatchewan’s sport history and really self-direct what they want to explore,” said Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Executive Director Sheila Kelly. “Additionally, the ability to continually update and expand the content available allows us so much more flexibility in how we interpret the sport history than our physical space allows.”


More than 500 artifacts were photographed and then rendered in a 3D format for the new display case. The images of the artifacts can be manipulated and rotated within the case so visitors can view more of the SSHF’s impressive permanent collection at once than can be physically displayed at any one time.

The touch table features information on each of the Hall of Fame’s 540 inductees. The information is organized in timelines that bring the history of Saskatchewan sport to our visitors’ fingertips.

This project has been in development for five years and has taken 15 months of dedicated curatorial time to reach completion. This project would not have been possible without the funding support of the following individuals and organizations: the Estate of Jordana (Ball) Buchan, the Government of Canada, the Government of Saskatchewan, Twisted Pair Productions, and Queen City Electrical.


SSHF marks Black History Month with new educational program

February is Black History Month and this year the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to launch a new educational outreach program History of Black Athletes and Their Impact on Saskatchewan Sport.

The new program is being offered to schools across the province year-round as part of the SSHF’s educational programming.

History of Black Athletes shares the stories of pioneers like Robert Ellis “Stonewall” Jackson who became the first black player to suit up for the Roughriders on October 25, 1930, against the Moose Jaw Maroons. Jackson had a 45-yard run and recovered a fumble for a Riders touchdown in an auspicious debut. Jackson became the first black player to play in Grey Cup when the Riders faced Balmy Beach in Toronto in 1930. Jackson worked his day job as a railway porter on the trip from Regina to Toronto before playing the game and working on the trip back home.

The 1930 Regina Roughriders.

Players like Gabe Patterson in 1947, Chester “Cookie” Gilchrist in 1958, and Ed Buchanan and George Reed in 1963 came north to play football with the Riders and continued to break down barriers as they battled discrimination. Reed has related that he lived in a hotel for his first two years in Regina because he couldn’t find a landlord who would rent an apartment to him.

The History of Black Athletes program also highlights the stories of two recent inductees.

Harry Winston Jerome, OC had an incredible athletic career that was even more remarkable considering the adversity he faced.

Jerome was born in Prince Albert and when he was 12, the family settled in North Vancouver, B.C. There, locals tried to block the sale of a house to the Jerome family because of their race. The Jerome siblings had rocks thrown at them on their first day of school.

At the age of 19, Jerome burst into the global spotlight when he matched the world record time in the 100-metre sprint at the Canadian Olympic trials in Saskatoon. At the 1960 Rome Olympics, Jerome pulled up with a hamstring injury in the 100m semifinal. Several newspapers in Canada questioned his character with one even labelling him as a “quitter.”

At the 1962 British Empire and Commonwealth Games, Jerome tore his quadriceps tendon and pulled up lame to finish last in the 100-yard final. The injury was so severe that he missed an entire year of competition. Even today an injury of that nature would be difficult to return from, but in 1962 it was unheard of and it was feared that Jerome’s career was over.

Harry Jerome receives the Order of Canada. photo courtesy of the BC Sports Hall of Fame

Instead, he returned to competition and silenced any critics he had with an incredible comeback that spoke to his character. He won an Olympic bronze medal at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics and won the 100m gold at the British Commonwealth Games in 1966.

In total Jerome owned seven different world records over his career. He also completed his master’s degree in Education at the University of Oregon (where he was also a decorated sprinter) and after retiring in 1969, Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau asked him to help create Canada’s new Ministry of Sport.

He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 1970 and was named British Columbia’s Athlete of the Century. Today a statue of Jerome is prominently displayed in Stanley Park in Vancouver.

The National Film Board of Canada has an excellent documentary about Harry Jerome entitled Mighty Jerome by Ileana Pietrobruno. She also made a short film for the NFB, titled Harry Jerome: The Fastest Man on Earth which is available below:

Harry Jerome : The Fastest Man on Earth, Ileana Pietrobruno, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

Rueben Mayes’ family history is a fascinating chapter in the story of the province. A group of black families – some of whom were freed slaves – left Oklahoma in 1910 with the promise of affordable land and the hope of finding a more accepting place to call home. The group named themselves the Shiloh people, named after the Biblical town where the once-enslaved Israelites rested on their search for the Promised Land after fleeing Egypt. They settled just north of Maidstone between Lloydminster and North Battleford.

Mayes’ great-grandfather Joe Mayes was the minister of Shiloh Baptist Church which was built by the settlers and is now a heritage site. Rueben’s great-grandmother Mattie Mayes was a midwife, an educator and a spiritual leader in the community. Approximately 1,000 African-Americans came to Saskatchewan as part of the migration, but in 1912, the Canadian government began discouraging black immigration. They went so far as to send emissaries to black communities in America to dissuade them from coming to Saskatchewan.

Rueben Mayes would be born in North Battleford in 1963 and would go on to become one of the greatest football players ever produced in Canada. He became the first Canadian to be a finalist for the Heisman Trophy representing the best college football players in America. He was a consensus All-American in 1984 and broke the NCAA’s single-game rushing record that same year for Washington State.

Rueben Mayes runs to daylight with Washington State. photo courtesy Washington State University

Mayes would go on to play six seasons in the National Football League. He was the NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year and was named to the Pro Bowl team twice while playing for the New Orleans Saints.

Like Jerome, Mayes would go on to complete his Master’s degree, completing an MBA after retiring.

The Black Business and Professional Association created the Harry Jerome Awards in 1983 shortly after Jerome died. For more than 40 years the Harry Jerome Awards have celebrated black achievement in Canada in a dozen categories from business and entrepreneurship to sports and the arts. Mayes himself was honoured with a Harry Jerome Award.


Fanfare now available as a virtual tour

Fanfare, the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame’s featured exhibit, is now available as a virtual tour.

This exhibit shares the history of the Grey Cup and Saskatchewan both through the participation of Roughrider teams and also the four occasions where Regina has hosted the Canadian Football League’s championship game. Fanfare features some of the 16mm film footage that the Hall of Fame had digitized recently. The exhibit also celebrates the festival of fun around Grey Cup week and the communal qualities of professional football in Saskatchewan.

This virtual tour was created in partnership with Queen City 3D in Regina. The tour allows the user to navigate through the space of the exhibit and click on tags inside the tour that offer stories, photos and videos that complement the physical exhibit that is on display.

The SSHF’s full archive of virtual tours is available on the Virtual Tour page.