Knight Family Contributes $500,000 to Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame
Thursday, February 7th, 2019 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame (SHHOF) along with the Knight family are proud to announce a contribution of $500,000 to the SHHOF, to be retitled, the Ted Knight Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame. In honour of the late Edward “Ted” Knight, this generous donation will allow the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame and the Ted Knight legacy to live on for years to come.
Ted Knight’s children’ Tracey, Kevin and Kyle, wanted to honour their father’s name and his love for the game of hockey. Through this title sponsorship of the Hall, the Ted Knight Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame will remain a hub for hockey in the province and honour those individuals that have made a lasting impression on Saskatchewan hockey.
Ted Knight was born in Selkirk, Manitoba, in 1939. While he certainly made a name for himself in the automotive industry, hockey appeared to be his first passion. As a member of the Winnipeg Braves, he won the Memorial Cup in 1958. Ted and his teammates were inducted in the Manitoba Sports Hall of Fame in 2003. Knight’s passion for hockey continued when in 1986, he joined Bill Hicke, Morley Gusway, Jack Nichol and Huddy Bell in purchasing the Regina Pats. Knight remained a co-owner for 10 years.
Ted, along with his sons Kevin and Kyle, built the Knight Automotive Group into a network of 11 locations representing 10 brands throughout Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba. Ted Knight was named chairman of the Canadian Automobile Dealers Association in 1996.
“The Ted Knight Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame is excited to welcome the Ted Knight family as partners in our celebration of hockey. We have been told that Mr. Knight’s passion for the game helped fuel his passion for life.
Through their generous donation, the Knight Family has committed to celebrating those individuals whose passion for the game led them to greatness as well. “
Co-Chair, Ted Knight Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame
Ted Knight’s passion for success in hockey and business personifies the hard-working people of the prairies.
The Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame opened in 2012 in conjunction with the Saskatchewan Hockey Association’s 100th year celebration. The location of the SHHOF is in Swift Current at the Credit Union I-Plex, home of the Swift Current Broncos.
Edward Arthur "Ted" Knight
Ted was born in Selkirk, Manitoba and grew up in Winnipeg on the east side of the city, playing hockey on the outdoor rinks of Winnipeg.
He ended his playing career with the Winnipeg Braves junior hockey team and was a member of the 1958-59 Memorial cup team that year along with a few hockey greats that those of us who are a little older would recognize, such as Gary Bergman, Ted Green, Bobby Leiter and Ernie Wakely.
The Braves were the last Junior Team in Manitoba to win the Memorial Cup, defeating the Flin Flon Bombers in the Abbott Cup and the Peterborough Petes in the Memorial Cup. The Petes at the time were coached by a young upstart Coach by the name of Scotty Bowman.
Ted turned the experience and team building he had with the Braves into a successful business career, first with Chrysler Credit, and then with Crestview Chrysler Dodge in Regina, Saskatchewan. From the beginnings of that dealership in Regina, the family has expanded to include a network of 15 dealerships in Saskatchewan, Alberta and Manitoba.
In 1986, Ted along with his business partners Bill Hicke, Morley Gusway, Jack Nichol and Huddy Bell purchased the Regina Pats, and they owned the club for the following ten years.
The Knight family is synonymous with hockey in Saskatchewan. Ted’s children, Tracey, Kevin and Kyle, as a legacy for their late father and his love for the game of Hockey graciously have supported the Hall and the Legends Live Here Campaign.
In recognition of their impactful $500,000 gift to the Hall, we are honored to rename the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame to the Ted Knight Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.