Saskatchewan Hockey Legend, Graham Tuer Passed Away
August 29th, 2017 - Today the hockey world and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association join in mourning the loss of hockey legend Graham Tuer (North Battleford). Graham devoted his life to the game of hockey in multiple capacities and within many organizations. His absolute passion for the game of hockey and drive to assist and help others was unparalleled. Tuer's involvement in hockey spans more than five decades as a volunteer, administrator, general manager and scout at every level in minor and junior hockey in Saskatchewan.
Within the province, Tuer was instrumental in the creation of the Saskatchewan Development Model, a collaboration of the Western Hockey League, Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League and Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League to offer an athlete centered development and education program to players across the province.
Tuer was the general manager of the Regina Pat Canadians when they captured the Air Canada Cup in 1988; served as assistant general manager and scout with the Regina Pats; spent 20 years as a scout with the Kelowna Rockets; and scouted for the NHL’s Central Scouting bureau.
Tuer's lifetime involvement with the game of hockey did not go unnoticed, his accolades over the course of his career include Hockey Canada Order of Merit (2015), induction into the Regina Sports Hall of Fame (2012), recipient of the WHL Distinguished Service Award in 2010, named Regina Pats Key Builder (2010), SaskSport Volunteer of the Year Award (2008) and most recently was inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder category this summer.
"The Saskatchewan Hockey community lost an influential member today with the passing of Graham Tuer. Graham has been instrumental as an administer in hockey from Grassroots to Midget AAA and the Western Hockey League. Graham was a tireless supporter of the game right until his passing and positively impacted the lives of countless people in the province. His presence will be sadly missed!" - Kelly McClintock, SHA General Manager
Graham Tuer passed away peacefully in Regina at the age of eighty-seven (87) years old.