Message from the Saskatchewan Hockey Association
The Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame is located in Swift Current, in the recently renovated Credit Union iPlex, a multi-use facility that is home to the Swift Current Broncos and countless other games, practices, tournaments and events throughout the year. In the 2012-13 season, the SHA celebrated its 100th year of existence in the province with the opening of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame, and the Hall will serve as an ongoing celebration of our game.
Each year, an induction dinner will be held to honour the great players, builders, teams, officials, and volunteers who have contributed to our game in Saskatchewan. The inaugural 2012 dinner was held in Swift Current, followed by a stop in Regina in 2013. The 2014 Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame dinner was held in Prince Albert on July 18 and wow – what a success! Thanks to the hard work of a dedicated host committee chaired by Peter Anholt, and strong support from the Prince Albert Raiders, over 700 people were on hand to see the likes of Brad McCrimmon, Terry Simpson, Jim Neilson and the 1982 Prince Albert Raiders be inducted into the Hall.
Each year, this dinner will be held in a new location across the province so that everyone in Saskatchewan has the opportunity to be involved with this initiative, and to contribute to the fundraising efforts to maintain and promote the Hall and the game. We look forward to being in Humboldt in 2015 – please check back for more details about next year’s event.
Hockey is an integral part of the culture woven into every community in this province, and the local arena serves as a gathering place for people of every age. In the dead of Saskatchewan winters, our sport serves us in facing those cold, windy days with the anticipation of watching our players young and old participate in the activity they love so much, while at the same time socializing and bonding with fellow hockey lovers from across the province.
We all know of a special someone who goes the extra mile with the organization of the arena kitchen, chairing the local Minor Hockey Association, or being the rink caretaker – roles that must be filled to ensure people can continue to participate in a fun, safe hockey environment. While the Hall will acknowledge players and teams who have achieved the highest levels and accomplishments they can within the sport globally, the Hall also allows us to recognize those who have contributed at the grassroots level throughout the province, ensuring everyone has a chance to experience the game.
There is one aspect of the game that in the past few years we have not done a very good job at, and that is acknowledging the contributions and accomplishments of volunteers, team officials, teams and players within the sport. We haven’t done a good job at promoting the positive aspects of the sport. We need to show young parents that this game can be an awesome experience for their children or for them as a volunteer administrator, a coach, a referee, or simply as a supportive hockey parent. The opening of the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame allows us to do that: to promote the game, to promote the good stories involved with hockey.
I would like to thank all of the individuals who have volunteered as members of the Hall’s Board of Directors. Thank you to the City of Swift Current for your commitment to house the Legacy of our sport in the Province. And thank you to every person who has supported hockey in our province, in any small way, shape or form – this Hall is a token of our appreciation to you as well.
General Manager, SHA