Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame Announces Class of 2019

Saturday, February 2nd, 2019 - The Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame (SHHOF) is excited to announce the induction Class of 2019. The Induction Dinner will take place in Saskatoon on Saturday, July 6th, at Prairieland Park. This year marks the eighth edition of the SHHOF annual Induction Dinner. The evening will be a celebration
highlighting the careers and accomplishments of all the inductees.

  • Player: Murray “Bert” Olmstead*, Ferdinand “Fernie” Flaman*, Keith Magnuson*, Curtis Leschysyn, Brian Skrudland, Ed Van Impe
  • Builder: Murray Armstrong*, Maxwell “Max” McNab*, William “Bill” Thon*, Brodsky Family
  • Official: Brad Watson
  • Grassroots: Jim McIntyre, Joe Bloski
  • Team: 2004-05 Saskatoon Contacts, 1967 Saskatoon Centennials

(*Denotes inductee is deceased)

“This is an exceptional group of individuals being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in 2019, we are excited to be bringing this group and this event to the city of Saskatoon for the first time since the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame's inception in 2012.” stated SHHOF Board of Director Co-Chair, Blair Davidson.

Each year the SHHOF celebrates the contributions and achievements of players, builders, teams, officials and those at the grassroots level. The annual induction dinner is rotated around the province in partnership with the Saskatchewan Hockey Association to promote the SHHOF, celebrate local inductees while raising funds which benefit the local host community. This year the event is being hosted in Saskatoon, a first for the community.

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. For more information, please visit www.saskhockeyhalloffame.com.
 


MURRAY “BERT” OLMSTEAD

PLAYER CATEGORY

Murray “Bert” Olmstead (Sceptre, SK) grew up playing hockey in Sceptre, a small village located in southwestern Saskatchewan. Olmstead moved away from home in 1944, when he played Junior hockey with the Moose Jaw Canucks. Olmstead and the Moose Jaw Canucks would challenge for the next two consecutive Memorial Cups, losing both times to the St. Michael’s Majors from Ontario.

Following Olmstead’s Junior career, he had been assigned to the United States Hockey League’s Kansas City Pla-Mors. Olmstead played two full seasons before getting a shot at the National Hockey League during the 1948-49 season. Midway through the season, Olmstead would be called up to the Chicago Black Hawks and appeared in nine games, collecting two assists. The following season, he would play 70 games for the Black Hawks, scoring 20 goals, 29 assists, for 49 points. It was in the 1950-51 season that Olmstead would be traded to the Montreal Canadiens. He went on to capture four Stanley Cups with the Canadiens, first in 1953, and then three times consecutively from 1956 to 1958. Following a knee injury, Olmstead was told to consider retirement and that lead him to be left unprotected in the 1958 Intra League Draft. Olmstead would be selected by the arch rival’ Toronto Maple Leafs where he played from 1958 to 1962. Olmstead finished his playing career on top, capturing his fifth Stanley Cup in 1962.

During Olmstead’s 848 games in the National Hockey League, he would score 181 goals, 421 assists, for 602 points along with 884 penalty minutes. Olmstead would be known as “Dirty Bertie” for his physical style of play. Olmstead’s achievements lead him to be recognized by the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1985 and Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.


FEDRINAND “FERNIE” FLAMAN

PLAYER CATEGORY

Ferdinand “Fernie” Flaman (Dysart, SK) born in Dysart and raised in Regina, “Fernie” Flaman played with a variety of Regina minor hockey teams until 1943 when the Boston Olympics, a Boston Bruins’ farm team, enticed him to move to the United States. With Flaman’s help, the Olympics dominated the Eastern Amateur Hockey League from 1943 to 1946, capturing the league championship each year. Next, he was moved to the Hershey Bears, the Bruins’ best farm team, staying half a year before capturing a permanent spot with the National Hockey League’s Boston Bruins.

Flaman played 14 full seasons in the National Hockey League, from 1947 to mid-season 1950, he played with Boston. During the 1950 season, Flaman was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs. That year, he enjoyed a Stanley Cup Championship with the blue and white and remained with them until 1954 when management traded him back to the Boston Bruins. He then became the fourth captain in Bruins’ modern history. Flaman was probably best known for his stubborn ability to prevent other teams from scoring. During his NHL career, he played 910 games, collected 34 goals and 174 assists, for a total of 208 points. Six times, Flaman was selected for the NHL All-Star team. Following his NHL career, Fern would begin his coaching career as player, coach, and general manager for the Rhode Island Reds of the AHL in 1963-64. Later he would spend 19 years as the head coach of the Boston Northeastern University’s Division 1 Huskies Hockey Team.

Flaman was inducted into the Rhode Island Hockey Hall of Fame in 1965, the Northeastern Hall of Fame in 1989, the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1990, and the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1992.


KEITH MAGNUSON

PLAYER CATEGORY

Keith Magnuson (Saskatoon, SK) first came onto the hockey scene in Saskatchewan playing for the Saskatoon Blades in his 1964-65 season. Magnuson then went on to play in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) for the University of Denver Pioneers, where he would lead the Pioneers to two NCAA championships in 1968 and 1969. During this time, Keith would be chosen as an WCHA First Team All-Star in 1966 and would receive the Most Outstanding Player at 1969 NCAA  tournament.

Magnuson’s pro-career dream became a reality when he signed as a free agent with the Chicago Black Hawks in 69-70. Keith was best known for his leadership and his willingness to defend his teammates. During his NHL career, the former Chicago team captain played in 589 games and amassed 1,442 career penalty minutes, second most in team history. Throughout his Black Hawks career, Magnuson would be named team captain for the years 1976-79 and would play in the 1971 and 1972 NHL All Star games.

Following Keith’s playing career, his hockey career would continue as he went on to become an assistant coach, and eventually head coach, for the Black Hawks. After his coaching career, he would continue to remain close to the rink and association by establishing the Blackhawks Alumni Association, and making many appearances on behalf of the team.

The NHL Players Association would go on to honor Keith by creating the NHLPA Keith Magnuson ‘Man of the Year’ Award - an award given annually to former players who have “applied the intangibles of perseverance, commitment and teamwork developed through the game into a successful post career transition”. To add to Keith’s already impressive hockey resume, he would go on to be inducted in to the
Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame in 2014. In December of 2003, Magnuson tragically passed away in an automobile accident while returning from the funeral of former NHL player, Keith McCreary.


CURTIS LESCHYSHYN

PLAYER CATEGORY

Curtis Leschyshyn (Thompson, MB) began his hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. During the 1987-88 season Leschyshyn would be selected to the East First All-Star Team. During Leschyshyn’ s Junior career, he collected 28 goals, 67 assists in 127 games. Following the 1987-88 season, Leschyshyn would go on to be drafted third overall by the Quebec Nordiques in that summers National Hockey League Entry Draft. Leschyshyn would remain with the franchise during relocation to Colorado in 1995-96. That season Leschyshyn was fortunate enough to capture the Stanley Cup in 1996.


Leschyshyn would go on to play for the Washington Capitals in 1996-97 and the Hartford Whalers franchise, which relocated to become the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997-98. During the 2000 Expansion Draft, Leschyshyn would be claimed by the Minnesota Wild. Leschyshyn last stop would be playing for the Ottawa Senators, where he enjoyed 4 seasons from 2000 to 2003. In his 2003-04 season, Leschyshyn would go on to play his 1,000th NHL game. Following that season, he announced his retirement from the National Hockey League.

During Leschyshyn’ s professional hockey career, he racked up and impressive 1,033 National Hockey League games with 47 goals, 165 assists and 669 penalty minutes. In retirement, Leschyshyn served as an Assistant Coach for the Saskatoon Blades for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Leschyshyn was also a member of the Colorado Avalanche radio broadcast team providing color commentary. Leschyshyn was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.


BRIAN SKRUDLAND

PLAYER CATEGORY

Brian Skrudland (Peace River, AB) grew up playing his minor hockey in Saskatoon which lead him to play for the hometown Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. After competing in three seasons for the blue and yellow, Skrudland would finish his Junior career with 192 points and would later have his #10 jersey retired by the Saskatoon Blades franchise.

Skrudland was left undrafted out of Junior in 1983. The Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League took a chance at the left shooting, centre. He would play a full season in Nova Scotia before the team relocated to Sherbrooke to become the Canadiens. It was that season which led to Skrudland’s breakout, compiling 22 goals, 28 assists for 50 points in 70 games. Skrudland and the Sherbrooke
Canadiens would ultimately win the Calder Cup as Playoff champions in 1985. Along the way, Skrudland picked up 17 points in 17 games on route to claiming the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as Playoff MVP.

Skrudland would make the jump to the National Hockey League, playing for the storied Montreal Canadiens. In the 1985-86 season, Skrudland would look to find his role in the organization and it was in the playoffs where he did just that. Skrudland would be a force during their Stanley Cup run, tallying 76 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. Skrudland’s efforts helped win his first and the Montreal Canadiens’
23rd Stanley Cup in franchise history. Skrudland would go on to play eight and a half seasons in La Belle Province, never missing the playoffs and being named Assistant Captain for the 1989 to 1992 seasons. Skrudland was later traded to the Calgary Flames during the 1992-93 season before moving to the expansion Florida Panthers the following season. Skrudland was named the first ever Captain in Florida Panthers history, a title which he held for four consecutive seasons. Skrudland would sign with the New York Rangers following the 1997 season. That season Skrudland was traded to the Dallas Stars. During the 1998-99 season, Skrudland would once again have his name etched on the Stanley Cup as Brett Hull was the overtime hero in the 1999 playoffs. Skrudland played in his final National Hockey League season in 1999-2000, before transitioning to a coaching position with the Calgary Flames.

Over the course of Skrudland’s career, he compiled 124 goals, 219 assists, for 343 points, along with 1,107 penalty minutes. Brian Skrudland was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.


EDWARD CHARLES “ED” VAN IMPE

PLAYER CATEGORY

Edward Charles “ED” Van Impe (Saskatoon, SK) hockey career began playing Junior with the Saskatoon Quakers of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League from 1956 to 1961. Van Impe was a tough, determined player that had a keen eye for the game. Consistently displaying these abilities allowed him to become one of the ultimate defensive-defenseman of his day. Van Impe began his minor-pro career playing a season with in Calgary before being relocated to Buffalo, where he played five seasons in the American Hockey League. Van Impe cracked the Blackhawks lineup in 1966-67, the final season of Original Six hockey, finishing as the runner up to Bobby Orr for the Calder Trophy as the National Hockey Leagues’ Rookie of the Year. Left unprotected by the Blackhawks in the Intra League Draft, Van Impe was snapped up quickly by the expansion Philadelphia Flyers who were in need of a strong blue-liner. Van Impe went on to be named Team Captain in just his second season with the Flyers franchise.

Van Impe’s forte was body contact and shot-blocking, as well as clearing opponents from the area in front of his team’s net. Van Impe was part of the notorious Broad Street Bullies that captured two Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975. During his career, Van Impe was selected to play in the NHL All-Star game three times in the years, 1969, 1974 and 1975. Van Impe retired from hockey in 1976 as a member of the Pittsburgh Penguins. Van Impe and was later inducted into the Philadelphia Flyers Hall of Fame in 1993.

Over the course of Van Impe’s career, he would amass 27 goals, 126 assists, for 153 points, with 1,025 penalty minutes.


MURRAY ARMSTRONG

BUILDER CATEGORY

Murray Armstrong (Manor, SK) was born in Manor, Saskatchewan on New Year’s Day, 1916. Armstrong played Junior hockey with the Regina Pats, playing in the 1933 Memorial Cup. Armstrong made his National Hockey League debut with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 1937–38 season. Two years later he was involved in one of the biggest trades of the decade. Armstrong, Busher Jackson, Buzz Boll, and Doc Romnes were sent to the New York Americans in exchange for Sweeney Schriner. He played three years with New York before World War II, in which he went to play and coach for the Regina Army Caps.

Following his army service, Armstrong was signed by Jack Adams in Detroit, but halfway through his third season he was demoted after Adams called up an 18-year-old named Gordie Howe. In 270 career NHL games, Armstrong scored 67 goals and 121 assists for 188 points After ten years in the NHL, Armstrong would continue a long and distinguished coaching career. As the coach of the Regina Pats for eight years, from 1948-1956 he led the club to five Western Hockey League finals and four Memorial Cup Finals. Following his time with the Pats, Armstrong would take his coaching skills to the University of Denver, where he would coach from 1955 to 1977, delivering 5 NCAA championships and three times runners-up. Murray would be, awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1977, inducted into the Colorado Sports Hall of Fame in 1974 and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1981.


MAXWELL “MAX” MCNAB

BUILDER CATEGORY

Maxwell “Max” McNab (Watson, SK) started his junior hockey career with Saskatoon Junior Quakers before playing for the Regina Capitals of the WCSHL, the Indianapolis Capitols of the American Hockey League and the Omaha Nights of the United States Hockey League. In 1947, McNab would be called up to the Detroit Redwings of the National Hockey League. McNab would play on and off with the Redwings until 1951 and was a member of the 1950 team that won the Stanley Cup. Back surgery would put him out of commission for the next season, but McNab would be back out on the skates in 1951-52 playing/coaching for the New Westminster Royals of the WHL. McNab would continue to play for seven more seasons. He would be voted league’s Most Valuable Player in 1955, where he scored 32 goals and totaled 81 points.

Max McNab would then make the transition from player to coach in 1961 where he would become General Manager and Coach of the San Francisco Seals of the Western Hockey League. Following that stint, McNab would then hold Coaching positions with the Vancouver Canucks and San Diego Gulls of the Western Hockey League. After his coaching career, McNab would serve as the President of the Central Hockey League. This would be the catalyst that would launch him to the position of General Manger for the Washington Capitals from 1975 to 1982. In 1982, McNab would serve as General Manager for Team Canada at the World Championships that year. The following season, McNab, went to the New Jersey Devils organization and would hold his position from 1983 to 1986. McNab would remain with the New Jersey Devils as the Executive Vice President of the club from 1987 through to 1994.

Max McNab would be awarded the Lester Patrick Trophy in 1998 and was inducted into the Omaha Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.


WILLIAM “BILL” THON

BUILDER CATEGORY

William “Bill” Thon (Saskatoon, SK) would begin his hockey journey playing minor hockey from 1950-1959 in Saskatoon. Thon would go on to play 6 years of Senior Men’s hockey until 1970. Thon would transition his focus from playing to enhancing female hockey in Saskatchewan. In 1970, Thon would found the Melfort Missilettes, a female hockey team, a first of it’s kind in the area. Members of the team were made up of players aged 8 to 25 years. The team would compete from 1970 to 1978. The Missilettes would make it to the Western Canadian Regionals most of those years. Following the creation of the Missilettes, in 1981 Thon established the Maidstone Saskies female hockey program. The Saskies would go on to be Senior Women’s Provincial Champions each season from 1981 to 1991. At the National level, the Maidstone Saskies would capture a Silver Medal in 1986 and Bronze Medals in 1983 and 1987. The Saskies also competed in International Tournaments in Finland and Sweden in 1984.

Thon would also go on to coach a group of former Saskies at the World Masters Women’s Hockey tournament in Edmonton for Woman over 35. At this tournament, Thon’s team would achieve a Gold Medal. “Bill” as he came to be, would not stop coaching until 2012, accumulating an impressive 62 years in hockey.

For his service and dedication throughout those 62 years, Thon would receive the Canadian Celebration Medal of Volunteerism Award in 1988 by the Government of Canada. In 1988, Thon would receive the Merit Award presented by the Saskatchewan High School Athletic Association for outstanding service as a high school coach and sports organizer. William “Bill” Thon is currently a member of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame, being inducted alongside the 2000-2001 Lloydminster Border Kings in 2017 serving as a Coach.


BRODSKY FAMILY

BUILDER CATEGORY

Brodsky Family (Saskatoon, SK) were majority owners of the Saskatoon Blades’ Western Hockey League franchise from 1976 to 1980. In 1980, the Brodsky family became sole owners of the Blades and would remain owners up until 2013. During this time the Blades were 6-time regular season Division Champions, advanced to the WHL Championship on 2 occasions, hosted the Memorial Cup in 1989 and 2013 and led the host committee for the 2010 IIHF World Junior Championship. In 1989, the Saskatoon Blades advanced to the Memorial Cup Championship Game in their home rink but fell short losing 4-3 in overtime to the Swift Current Broncos.

The Brodsky family ownership group included father Nate Brodsky, children Rick, Jack, Bob and Debbie Brodsky, who all played a role with the club. Nate Brodsky’s ultimate vision for the team was to have the Saskatoon Blades become a staple in the fabric of the community. It was intended that players and staff be heavily involved in local initiatives throughout Saskatoon. The Blades were recognized for this work when they received the Saskatoon Achievement in Business Excellence award for Community Involvement from the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce. Rick Brodsky served as the team Governor from 1976 to 1992 when he purchased the Victoria Cougars, a franchise he sold in 2014. Rick was WHL Chair of the Board from 1986 to 1990. Jack served as team governor from 1992 to 2013. Both Jack and Rick served several terms on the WHL Executive Committee.

The family's commitment to education for the players came through as Rick was instrumental in creating the WHL Scholarship Program and Jack was Chairman of the WHL’s Education Committee until the team was sold. Jack also served as the WHL’s representative with the Saskatchewan Hockey Association. The familiy's commitment to community became well known and understood in the community. The Brodsky family was recognized for this commitment by B'nai Brith in 2007 when they were awarded the "We're Proud of You Award" at the annual Silver Plate Dinner.


BRAD WATSON

OFFICIAL CATEGORY

Brad Watson (Regina, SK) began officiating in 1978 when he completed his official’s exam and started officiating Level 1 hockey. He would make the move up to Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League as linesman in 1982. After two seasons, Watson progressed to the Western Hockey League as linesman in 1984. The following seasons, Watson would be selected as Linesman for the 1985 Air Canada Cup, the 1986 Memorial Cup, and the 1987 Centennial Cup Humboldt. It was in 1987 that Warson would make the jump to refereeing and would complete his CAHA Level 6 certification. In 1989, Watson would attend the National Hockey League Referee’s Evaluation Camp and be selected as an NHL trainee. That same year he would be selected to be a Linesman in the 1989 Word Juniors. The years following, Watson would referee the WHL finals in 1990, 1991, 1992, and 1993. In 1993 he would be offered his first NHL contract. Watson’s first NHL game was on March 7, 1995, in Pittsburgh with the Penguins facing off against the Ottawa Senators. Watson would go on to referee the 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, and 1999 American Hockey League’ Calder Cup, 1997 Turner Cup Finals, and many International leagues.

To add to the already impressive resume, Watson would accomplish officiating the 1992 Memorial Cup Final, the 1991 Isvestia Cup in Moscow, Russia, the 1992 Spangler Cup in Davos, Switzerland, and the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia. Watson also refereed in the 1997 AHL All Star Game and the 2008 NHL All Star Game.

Watson had many milestones during his time, among them were referee the Stanley Cup finals in 2003, 2004, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2012, 2013, and 2014. On January 21st, 2014, Watson completed his 1000th NHL game as a referee in Denver, Colorado. To date, he has over 1,100 NHL regular season game and 182 playoff games.


JIM MCINTYRE

GRASSROOTS CATEGORY

Jim McIntyre (Saskatoon, SK) began coaching minor hockey with the Saskatoon Contacts at the male midget level. He would go on to purchase the club in 1980 and since that time, the club has had over 1000 young men play for the organization. McIntyre’s motto for the team stands as “Creating hockey players and citizens for tomorrow”. Throughout his years with the club, McIntyre would serve as owner, coach, league governor, bus driver, manager, general manager, assistant coach, and mentor.

McIntyre would receive coach of the year in 1995 for his work with the Saskatchewan Midget “AAA” Hockey League and would be chosen as the 2005 Mac’s International “AAA” Midget Tournament Coach of the Year. McIntyre’s accolades include winning 6 “AAA” Midget League Championships, 5 “AAA” Midget Provincial Championships, 5 Regional Championships, 4 Bronze Medals at the Air Canada/Telus Cup, and one National Champion at the 2005 Telus Cup. The Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association created the McIntyre Cup, a trophy awarded annually to the winning team between the Saskatoon Contacts and Saskatoon Blazers.


JOE BLOSKI

GRASSROOTS CATEGORY

Joe Bloski (Chelan, SK) started his coaching career in 1960 beginning at the Novice level and continuing through to the Midget. In 1970 He would become President of the Eastview Community Association in Saskatoon and played a successful leadership role in raising funds for constructing two outdoor rinks with permanent boards and asphalt base. In 1981 he would become the Manager/Co-Coach of the Saskatoon Blazers hockey club. In 1986, Joe would successfully lead a committee to host the Western Regional Championships. The following year, Bloski would relinquish his coaching duties with the Blazers but would remain as the club’s Team Manager. While holding this position, he was elected to the position of Vice-President of the Saskatchewan Midget “AAA” Hockey League. In 1993, Bloski would be elected to President of the Saskatchewan Midget “AAA” Hockey League where he would remain in his role for the next 4 years. Following his time with the Blazers, Bloski would serve on the Board of Directors as Past President in an advisory role.

Joe Bloski would receive many awards and acknowledgements during his career. Among them were the ‘Outstanding Volunteer, North’ award from the Saskatchewan Hockey Association in 1992. The ‘Saskatoon Referees Association Volunteer Award’ from Saskatoon Minor Hockey in 1996. The ‘Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year Award’ in 2000, the Saskatoon Centennial ‘100 people 100 reasons’ Citizens Award in 2006, the ‘Tourism Leadership Award’ in 2009 and the ‘Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance Community Service Award in 2010. Bloski would be presented with a Lifetime Membership in the Saskatchewan Midget “AAA” Hockey League in 2006. Joe Bloski was also inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.



2004-05 SASKATOON CONTACTS

TEAM CATEGORY

2004-05 Saskatoon Contacts (Midget) The 2004-2005 edition of the Saskatoon Contacts was a strong and formidable opponent. The Contacts took the Saskatchewan Midget “AAA” Hockey League by storm, finishing with a regular season record of 38 wins, 3 losses, 2 ties and 1 overtime loss. Lead by a leadership group which included Team Captain, Cody Danberg, along with Assistant Captains’ Brady Wacker, Ryan Adams and Scott Brownlee. Notable players include National Hockey League defencemen’ Luke Schenn and Eric Gryba.

The Saskatoon Contacts were ranked first heading into playoffs, the Saskatoon Contacts would claim the Provincial title after finishing with 9 wins and 3 losses, beating the Notre Dame Hounds in the league final. After winning the Western Regional against their Manitoba opponents, the Saskatoon Contacts secured a spot in the 2005 National Midget “AAA” Championship. The Saskatoon Contacts made their way to Gatineau, Quebec for a 6 team, round-robin tournament. The Contacts would finish with 4 wins and 1 tie before the playoff round began. The black and orange Contacts would play Don Mills, representatives from Ontario in the Semi-Final. After beating Don Mills by a score of 3 to 1, this setup a National Final against the host team, Gatineau Intrépide. The game began as expected, fast paced and physical to set the tone. Scoring by Makstr Lacoursiere, Nick Kalnicki, David Richard and Russell Goodman proved to be enough as the Saskatoon Contacts claimed the National title by a score of 4 to 1.

The Contacts capped the year off as National Champions along with claiming the prestigious Mac’s Midget “AAA”
Invitational Tournament earlier that season.


1967 SASKATOON CENTENNIALS

TEAM CATEGORY

1967 Saskatoon Centennials (Team Saskatchewan), 1967 was unique in Canada’s history as it marked the 100th year since confederation. To commemorate this occasion a National Championship at the Midget age-level named the Centennial Cup would be presented to the best hockey team in the country. Each province held their own playoffs to determine the representing team. In Saskatchewan, teams from all over would compete to claim this spot. In Saskatoon, a selection process determined the group that would embark on this journey. The Saskatoon based team lead by Head Coach, Terry Bichnell, competed in the Saskatchewan Juvenile league, playing against teams much older then they were. Once playoffs season rolled around, the Saskatoon team would have to beat three opponents to have the privilege of representing Saskatchewan at the Centennial Cup. On route to the cup, Saskatoon would beat the Swift Current Legionnaires in the Quarter Final, the Melfort based team in the Semi-Final and lastly, Weyburn to claim the provincial title. The National Tournament was held in late March in Kingston, Ontario. The boys from the City of Bridges would travel cross-country by train to arrive at the tournament. Teams representing British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba, Thunder Bay District, Ontario, Ottawa District, Quebec, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland and Northwest Territories would compete in a two pool, round-robin.

Team Saskatchewan would fair well, beating British Columbia, Manitoba, Newfoundland, New Brunswick and the Northwest Territories before losing to Team Ontario by a score of 3-1. With that loss, Team Saskatchewan would finish outside of the Gold Medal game. Despite the final game, Team Saskatchewan would claim Bronze in the competition by virtue of their round-robin record.

The team featured many future National Hockey League players including Orest Kindrachuk, Don Kozak and Lawrence Sachcurak. The team’s trainer was Ed Chynoweth, a member of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame’s Induction Class of 2012.
 


 

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