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Craig MacKay

Craig joined the Saskatoon Speed Skating club in 1943, and one year later won city championships then went on to capture provincial titles. For the next 15 years, he compiled an impressive list of city, provincial and Canadian records that eventually resulted in being chosen to several Canadian Olympic teams.

In 1947, Craig won his first Canadian medal capturing the Senior Men's three-mile event. His outstanding showing in the Canadian championship lead to his being selected to represent Canada in the 1948 Olympics at St. Moritz. He placed 14th in the 5000 metre and 13th in the 10,000 metre. In the World championships in Sweden, MacKay placed 7th in the 500 metre and 9th in the 1500 metre.

Craig went to the 1952 Olympics in Oslo placing 15th in the 500, 16th in the 1500, 23rd in the 5000 metre and 24th in the 10,000. He was named as an alternate for the 1956 and the 1960 Olympics. He was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1973 and was inducted into the Saskatoon Hall on 1986.

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Craig MacKay joined the Saskatoon Speed Skating Club in 1943 and won the city and provincial championship a year later. During the next 25 years he compiled an impressive list of provincial and national records and achieved a standard in Olympic competition that no Canadian skater has yet equaled.

In 1947 Craig won his first national medal, winning the Senior Men's Three Mile event. In 1948 he represented Canada at the Olympic Games in St. Moritz, placing 13th overall. Two years later he placed 7th in the 500 metre and 9th in the 1500 metre races at the World championships in Elskilstuna, Sweden. In 1952 he again represented Canada at the Olympics in Oslo, placing 11th in the 5000 metre and 13th in the 10,000 metre races. He was an alternate on the 1956 and the 1960 Olympic teams. Craig's competitive career ended at the 1967 Canada Winter Games even though he was in his late thirties at the time.

For these accomplishments and for his contributions to speed skating at the local, national and international levels and because of his enthusiastic encouragement and training of young speedskaters, Craig MacKay has been named a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 31, 1973.

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Peter MacKenzie

Peter MacKenzie

Basketball, Tennis (B.A. '41)

Peter MacKenzie graduated from City Park Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1938.

While a student at the University he excelled in both basketball and tennis. For three years he dominated intervarsity tennis competitions. In 1939-40 he defeated five-time intervarsity tennis champion, Bill Stark, from the University of Alberta. For three consecutive years, 1938, 1939, and 1940, he captured the provincial tennis championship.

He was a three year member of the Huskie basketball team that won three consecutive Rigby Cups. He captained the 1940-41 team.

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Margaret MacMillan

Marnie MacMillan was born in Toronto, came to Saskatoon with her family at the age of two and attended Buena Vista School. She went back east to graduate from high school in Toronto and from a physical education program at McGill University.

Her early golf was played at the Saskatoon Golf and Country Club where her teacher was Bill Kinnear. She competed in the Saskatchewan championships in 1936, finishing second, and competed in the Canadian championships in 1937.

Marnie's adult years of playing golf have been at the Riverside Country Club where she was on the sports committee, then women's club captain and then served a term as northern handicap director on the executive of the Saskatchewan branch of the Canadian association.

In 1963, she was elected to the national executive of the Canadian Ladies Golf Association for a three-year term, the first Saskatchewan woman to be so honored. During her term on the national executive, she wrote a Course Rating Booklet.

In 1967, Marnie was chairperson when the Canadian Ladies Open golf championships came to Riverside, a tournament which featured top players from Canada and from the British Commonwealth.

She has been a life member at Riverside since 1981, is the club's archivist and completed a history of women's golf for the northern half of the province.

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Keith Magnuson

Keith was born in Wadena, April 27,1947. He took his elementary schooling there until he moved to Saskatoon. While he was good enough to play baseball and football and participate in track and field, Keith's boyhood wish was to play in the National Hockey League. He played three years in the Public School All-Star game, was a city pee-wee champion and provincial bantam and midget champion. He played one year with the Saskatoon Blades before enrolling at the University of Denver.

From 1965-1969, Keith made the Western Collegiate All-Star team three times and was named hockey player of the year and athlete of the year in his final season. He joined the Chicago Black Hawks in the fall of 1969 and played with them for eleven seasons. He played in 589 games and scored 14 goals and 125 assists. Keith took part in two N.H.L. All-Star games. From 1980 to 1982, Magnuson was coach of the Black Hawks. Since his retirement he has been involved in many works of charity.

In 1984 he was named to the Chicago Sports Hall of Fame and was added to the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Percy Maguire

Percy Maguire

Football, Basketball, Track & Field (B.A. '21, LLB. '24)

Perc Maguire graduated from Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1917.

He was a member of the Huskie football team from 1917-20 and the basketball team from 1917-24. As a member of the track team from 1921-23, Perc excelled in the 440 yard run and hurdles establishing University records in both events. Following graduation, he was instrumental in organizing the U of S Grads basketball team.

He served as president of the Athletic Directorate in 1920-21 and returned as alumni representative on the Men's Athletic Board in 1936. Upon completing his University studies, Perc Maguire served his community in various capacities volunteering his time to numerous organizations.

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Webster Maguire

Webster Maguire

Track and Field, Basketball (B.Sc. '33, Med. '33)

Webster Maguire graduated from Nutana Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1928. During his five years on campus, he competed in track and field and basketball.

An outstanding track athlete at Nutana, he was city and provincial champion in sprint events. As a member of the Huskie track team, he competed in 220 yd., 440 yd. and broad jump events. As captain of the track team, he led the Huskies to two Cairns Cup victories emblematic of Western Canadian Intervarsity track and field supremacy. In 1927, Web Maguire set a new provincial record in the 220 yd. dash. At one point in time, he held WCIAU records in the 440, 880, and broad jump. Following his university career, the legendary Joe Griffiths described Web Maguire as the best all-round track man in Western Canada.

Web Maguire also played Huskie basketball for five years. He was an outstanding shooter and consistently led the team in scoring.

In 1931 he was awarded a Major Athletic Award.

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Date: 1928

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Laura Malesh

On August 4th, 1931 Laura Malesh arrived. She played many team games with brothers and sisters on their farm in Stonehange. Laura retired as manager of a professional softball team.

The Assiniboia belles were the first softball team she played for before joining Regina' s Govins where her catching career began. "Yogi" tasted all-world honours at her first nationals - 1953.

Vancouver gave the all-round athlete greater competition, curling, basketball, field hockey and softball, the favorite. Laura went south to play for top teams in the U.S.A. 1962, California's Lionettes; 1963-65, Connecticut' s Brakettes, then back to California where Laura took on more challenges. She managed, coached and played for her own Santa Clara "Laurels", ten years later turning pro with the San Jose' s Sunbirds, managing them to west-division champions.

Laura retired after 29 years - 18 as a player, 9 player/manager, 2 manager. Her career batting average is .322 - 13 nationals (champions twice, finalist 4 times). An all-American catcher 3 times.

Malesh played softball in parks across U.S.A., Canada and Australia (world games), in Holland, India and China.

A popular decisive manager who believed in fairness to her players, a superior leader, a smart defensive player, we honour Laura Malesh.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 13th, 1987.

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Harold March

Harold March, born in October 1908, in Silton Saskatchewan, found sport would dominate his life.

Mush, was voted one of Regina's outstanding athletes during 1928 for his performance in junior hockey.

Touted as the greatest "kid performer ever developed in the west" young March, a member of the "rink rat team", the Regina Falcons, jumped from nowhere to a berth with the NHL Chicago Blackhawks. From local telegraph boy to a big time player constitutes a record for Saskatchewan.

Mush made his professional debut in Ottawa in 1929, dazzling fans and sports writers alike with his speed, agility and scoring ability. He remained Blackhawks property for seventeen impressive seasons. At the opening of Maple Leaf Gardens in 1932 he scored the first NHL goal. March was voted the fastest skater in the league for two consecutive seasons. He was a member of 1934 and 1938 Stanley cup teams, scoring the winning goal during overtime against Detroit Red Wings in his first cup appearance, one of his greatest thrills.

March was a year round athlete, maintaining an impressive professional golf career during off seasons. Trainers called him a "physical wonder".

Following retirement he officiated eleven years. Our history is enriched with the induction of Mr. Five-by-five.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 18th, 1988.

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Rene Marleau

Rene Marleau was born in Tisdale January 24th, 1931. The family moved to Saskatoon in 1939 and he completed his elementary education at St. Paul's school before entering high school at City Park. While in high school he played on the inter-collegiate teams in hockey, soccer, football, tennis and track and field.

Rene joined the Saskatoon Playgrounds Association staff in 1956 and remained with the city until his retirement. In the mid 1950's his interest in speed skating grew and he became a director of the Saskatoon Speed Skating club. After refereeing several local, provincial, Canadian and International Speed Skating championships he was invited in 1967 to Quebec City to assist in organizing the speed skating events at the first Canada Winter Games. He assisted with the 1971 Canada Winter Games and is a past-president and past commissioner of the Canadian Amateur Speed Skating Association.

He holds an honorary life membership with the Saskatoon Speed Skating club and was placed in the Canadian Speed Skating Hall of Fame in 1981. In 1988, he refereed at the Olympic Games in Calgary, the first Canadian to do so. He was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

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Walter Martin

Winner of many provincial tennis championships and several national titles during the years 1922 to the late 1930's, Judge Martin achieved his greatest competitive fame while playing out of Toronto. He was ranked in the first 10 in Canada in the years 1927 and 1933 inclusive. He was number one ranking Canadian player in 1933 and 1935, losing in the finals of the Canadian championships in those years to leading United States players and was a member of the Canadian Davis Cup team four times.

Judge Martin has continued his interest in tennis, is still playing and is the current President of the International Lawn Tennis Club of Canada.

The son of a former Saskatchewan Premier and Chief Justice of the appeal court, he was appointed to the bench as judge of the judicial district of York, Ontario in 1967.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 31, 1973.

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Eddie Mather

"Renaissance Man" was what they called sportsman Eddie Mather in his time. He shone in many fields of endeavour: as a musician, track star, machinist, model builder, archer, gunsmith and violin-maker. He represented Saskatchewan at the Olympics trials in 1924. He helped found the Western Development Museum, started an archery club and several bands in Saskatoon, and was a lifetime and founding member of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra, of which he was assistant conductor.

Edgar Mather was born Aug. 4, 1895 in Hyde, Cheshire, England. He came to Saskatoon in 1906 with his parents. A cookstove fire on their homestead when he was a child almost ended his career before it began, while outside, the thermometer registered 56 degrees below zero (Fahrenheit)! It was so cold in their home in 1906, he remembered, that they often woke up with their hair frozen to the pillow. He attended King Edward School in Saskatoon, and as a young man served in World War I.

One of his first postwar jobs was as the supervisor of the Municipal Swimming Pool, near the present site of Riversdale Pool, from 1928-1939.

His accomplishments were many and diverse. In sports, he excelled in track and field. In a 1982 interview with Star-Phoenix columnist Eric Burt, he recalled how he and a friend used to practice their sprints on Spadina Crescent, then a dirt road.

Eddie represented Saskatchewan in the Olympic trials in Montreal, in 1924. A photo in the Local History Room shows him with the Canadian Olympic Track and Field Team, Montreal, 1924. For whatever reason, he didn't get to go to the Olympics. His daughter Marion says it was because of his age; he was 29 that year. (Not that age slowed him down much. To mark the beginning of his 88th year Mather swam 88 lengths ("about a mile and a quarter") in the pool near his home in White Rock, wrote Burt.)

Old photos also testify that he participated in bicycle races. In the mid-thirties Eddie mastered archery. He was involved in the embryonic Saskatoon Archery Club, launched the Bedford Road Archery Club, and an archery club at the local RCAF station.

He died in White Rock B.C. on September 16, 1983.

More complete information about Eddie Mather can be found in the community history book: Our heritage: Era of South and East of Saskatoon, published by the Floral History Book committee in 1985. [971.242 093so]

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Dan Matheson

Dan Matheson was born in 1893 in Prince Edward Island. At an early age he joined the Regina City Police. He is well remembered as "The Big Police Sergeant". His love and interest in wrestling flourished during these early years.

Matheson was Canadian Heavyweight Wrestling Champion in 1923, '24, '25 and '31. He was also a silver medallist in 1921 and 1932.

In 1919 he was instrumental in organizing the YMCA Boxing and Wrestling Club. By 1922 he was club president and developed the sport in Regina.

In early years travel funds were raised by staging wrestling cards. Matheson organized, sold tickets and performed. Funds were used by the athletes to travel to Canadian championships.

Matheson coached many outstanding athletes. Among them, Jim Trifunov, Earl McCready and Vern Pettigrew, who represented Canada at Olympic and Empire Games. Between them they brought 30 national medals home.

The honour and fame Matheson earned as an athlete was surpassed only by his ability and dedication as a leader. He remained involved with the Boxing and Wrestling Commission until his death in 1950.

Dan Matheson was honoured by his home province, Prince Edward Island, in their Hall of Fame. Today, Saskatchewan remembers Dan Matheson and his many accomplishments.

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Mildred Marion McAuley (Warwick)

Mille showed early promise as an athlete and on several occasions was chosen Most Outstanding Athlete while still in high school. Her professional career began with the Rockford Peaches in Illinois. She was a prime mover and player with the 1951 dominion Champion Edmonton Mortons. Mille was spectacular at third base and a consistent power hitter throughout her playing years 1938-51. Regina and Saskatchewan are proud to place this sporting family in their provincial place of honour - the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

For the first time in the history of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, a family of athletes is honoured: Five members of the famous Warwick family - Grant, Bill, Dick, Claude (deceased), and Mille. They represent boxing, hockey and ladies softball. This unique family have to their credit six Canadian championships and three World titles. In the difficult years 1930-40, this colourful and athletic family were blessed with talent, enthusiasm and a fighting spirit. They were motivated to excel and reach the highest pinnacles of success in sport.

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James McCartan

Basketball, Football, Track & Field (B.E. '51)

Jim McCartan graduated from Rosetown High School and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1946.

An outstanding all-round athlete, Jim played football, basketball and competed on the track team during his tenure at the University. Having played on six teams, he received a Major Athletic Award in 1950. In addition to competing in athletics, Jim was a member of the Men's Athletic Board, Engineering Student Society, and coached women's basketball at the intramural level.

In 1950-51 Jim received the prestigious MacDonald Cup for having best portrayed the qualities of sportsmanship and leadership along with participation in senior sports.

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Charles McCool

Charles W. McCool was the founder of the Saskatoon Wesleys hockey organization which fostered bantam midget, juvenile and junior teams from 1924 until 1953.

McCool was born in Ontario, came to Saskatoon as a reporter in 1914, enlisted in the Canadian services in the First World War and was decorated with a military cross, later achieved his law degree from Osgoode Hall in Toronto.

The Wesley teams were first formed from boys in the St. Thomas Wesley United Church area.

His bantam teams won two provincial championships; his midget teams won seven; his juvenile teams won five; his junior B team won one; and his junior A team won six.

The Wesley juniors were western finalists in 1931 and 1935 and another good club, the 1936 Wesleys, went to the Memorial Cup final before losing to West Toronto Nationals, 5-1 and 4-2, in a two-game, total-goal series. Clint Smith, Charlie Mason, Peggy O'Neill, Doug Bentley and Max Bentley were among National Leaguers who started on McCool teams. McCool served many years on the executive of the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association.

As a lawyer, McCool concentrated his efforts on rehabilitating youthful offenders, directing some of them onto teams and into clubs where they would develop new interests. He was also active on the public school board, the senate of the University of Saskatchewan, promoted the boys' parliamentary concept and founded Oliver Lodge.

McCool died in Saskatoon at the age of 68 on Nov. 14, 1959.

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Charlie McCool arrived in Saskatoon in 1914 at the age of twenty three and lived in that city until his death in 1959. Mr. McCool was a complete citizen and an important influence in his community as a long time member of the collegiate board, a member of the senate of the University of Saskatchewan, he was active in politics and of his church, St. Thomas Wesley United Church.

Wesley hockey teams under Charlie McCool's sponsorship and guidance represented the City of Saskatoon in the Juvenile and junior divisions from 1924-53. The Wesley Juniors were Western Canadian finalists in 1931 and 1935. They represented Western Canada in the 1931 Memorial Cup finals which they lost to the Sudbury Wolves. Many prominent men in all walks of life are graduates of the Wesley teams. Charlie McCool served many years on the executive of the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association and was also prominent in his support of the Saskatoon Hilltops Football Club in the 1930's.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on May 22, 1967.

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Date: 1947.

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Earl McCready

Earl McCready was born in Lansdown, Ontario but established a standard of wrestling achievement while living in Saskatchewan that may never be equaled.

He was Canadian heavyweight wrestling champion in 1926, 1927, 1928 and 1930; U.S. National AAU Heavyweight Champion in 1930 and British Empire and Commonwealth Games Heavyweight Champion in 1930. In addition while attending Oklahoma A and M, he was U.S. National Intercollegiate Heavyweight Champion in 1928, 1929 and 1930. Of particular note during his many 1930 accomplishments is the fact that he won every bout by a fall.

At time of installation citation read March 31, 1973.

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Don McDonald

Don McDonald was born and raised in Saskatoon, attending Mayfair public school where he played all sports and Bedford Road Collegiate where he played soccer, basketball and football.

He played three years for the Mayfair Rangers soccer team, sharing in three provincial junior championships and losing to Winnipeg in the 1952 Canadian final.

He played two seasons with the Saskatoon Hilltops junior football team, 1951 and 1952, both seasons when the Hilltops came close to winning in the west.

McDonald coached flag football for 12 years, winning four city championships and serving as president of the league for several years. He rejoined the Hilltop organization as a director, became president in 1975 and was also president of the Saskatchewan Amateur Football Association. In 1975, he became a co-founder of the Prairie Junior Football League, served as president in 1978 and later that year, became commissioner of the Canadian Junior Football League, a position he held for eight years and past commissioner for five years.

In 1985, he started another seven years as president of Football Saskatchewan and in 1992, was elected vice-president of finances of Football Canada.

He was Chef de Mission when Saskatoon won the Winter Games at Melville in 1990 and the Summer Games in Prince Albert in 1992.

He has been honored with volunteer awards by the Saskatchewan Roughriders, Sask Sport, Saskatchewan Department of Culture, Football Canada and was the Saskatoon Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year in 1989.

Strongly involved in the community, he is well-known as a bagpipe player at many functions and has been grand master of the Saskatchewan Freemasons.

In fishing, he takes pride in a 17-pound jackfish he caught at Pelican Narrows in May, 1993.

He has been married to his wife, Elaine, since 1955, they have three daughters and a son, and six grandsons.

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Date: November 1985.

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Colborne McEown

Colborne McEown

Builder 1932-1968

Colborne McEown graduated from Saskatoon Collegiate Institute where he established records in both scholarship and athletics.

After a one-year absence from the University of Saskatchewan, Colb returned to university in 1921 and excelled as a member of the intervarsity football and basketball teams. He was elected captain of the football team in his final year.

In 1932, he was approached by Dr. Walter Murray and Joe Griffiths to coach the men's varsity basketball team. Beginning in, 1932 until 1948, Colb coached the team to eight Rigby Cup championships, emblematic of Western Canadian Intercollegiate basketball supremacy. His record is all the more impressive because the eight titles were consecutive, the first coming in 1935.

Colb McEown also served as coach of the football team in 1939,1940, 1943, 1944 and 1945.

In addition to his service in athletics, Colb served the University as a member of the Senate, President of the Alumni Association and a member of the Board of Governors. He joined the staff of the University in 1949 as Assistant to the President, a position he held until being appointed Vice-President in 1968.

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Les McFarlane

Football BComm'78

Les McFarlane graduated from Evan Hardy Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1974. He spent his first year of University with the Saskatoon Hilltops.

Les was a member of the Huskie football team for four years. He was selected a Canada West All Star as a defensive back for four consecutive years. In 1978 he was selected a CIAU All Canadian and went on to play in the CAN-AM BOWL in Tampa, Florida against a team of U.S. college all stars.

Les holds the team record for most interceptions in a game with four and the most interceptions in a season with ten.

Les served as an assistant coach with the team in 1987.

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Arlene McGinn

Arlene McGinn / Arlene Raycroft

Basketball, Volleyball (B.Ed. '54)

Arlene Raycroft graduated from City Park Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1950. During her four years on campus, she competed in basketball and volleyball.

She played with the Huskiette basketball team for four years. In 1951-52 the team captured the Cecil Race Trophy emblematic of Western Canadian Intercollegiate basketball supremacy.

She played with the Huskiette volleyball team for four years. While member of the team, the team captured the Dr. Sam Landa Trophy two times as Western Canadian lntercollegiate volleyball champions.

In her third year she received the "Spirit of Youth Trophy". The trophy was awarded to her for best having demonstrated throughout her university career, outstanding qualities of leadership, good sportsmanship, idealism, character, academic ability and athletic ability.

As well as competing in two intervarsity sports Arlene served as President of the Women's Athletic Board.

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