Saskatoon exhibit celebrates province’s female sport stars and pioneers

The U Sports national women’s hockey championship begins Thursday at Merlis Belsher Place in Saskatoon.

The theme of the tournament is ‘See Them, Be Them’ and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame is proud to have a display upstairs in the arena celebrating the history of women in sport in Saskatchewan with an emphasis on hockey and athletes from the University of Saskatchewan.

The province has been home to numerous women’s sport pioneers and trailblazers like Ethel Catherwood, Pat Lawson, Mary Baker, and Shannon Miller. In addition, former Huskies like Joyce Gamborg, Diane Jones Konihowski, and Donna Veale went on to be standouts in their sports. Artifacts honouring their accomplishments are part of this display.

So too are photos and artifacts celebrating hockey players like Hayley Wickenheiser and fellow multi-gold medalist Colleen Sostorics along with current national team members Emily Clark and Sophie Shirley who have helped solidify Saskatchewan’s reputation for being a hotbed for hockey talent.

This exhibit honours Saskatchewan’s great sporting legacy as the next generation of talent vies for a national championship.

The host University of Saskatchewan Huskies open the tournament Thursday at 7 p.m. local time.

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