Saskatoon Public Library  
     
  Prairie Gold:
Sports Heroes From Saskatchewan
 
 
Photo 1 of 24. | | |


Kay Campbell

Kay Campbell / Kay Probert

Basketball, Field Hockey (B.S.N. '46)

Kay Probert graduated from Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1942.

Kay was a member of both the basketball and swimming and diving teams. An outstanding guard on the basketball team for three years, she served as captain of the team in 1942-43. As a member of the swimming team, she competed in free style, side and breast strokes as well as a diver. She was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1943-44 and served as a member of the Women's Athletic board for two years.

Kay was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth Trophy" in 1946 for having demonstrated throughout her university caeer outstanding qualities of leadership, sportsmanship, academic ability and athletic ability.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Date: 1950

Copyright information: Over 50 years old - order from the University of Saskatchewan Archives

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 2 of 24. | | |


Aldis Carson

Aldis Carson / Aldis Peterson

Basketball, Tennis (Dip.[P.E.] '44)

Aldis "Pete" Peterson graduated from Nutana collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1941.

While a student at the University, Aldis competed in both basketball and tennis. An outstanding basketball forward, she served as team captain for two years. As a member of the tennis team, she was runner up in singles at the 1944 Western Championships. For her participation in sports, Aldis was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1943-44.

In addition to her athletic participation, Aldis served as secretary to the Women's Athletic Directorate and became the first president of the women's Athletic Board. She was a cheerleader for two years and served as vice-president of the SRC in 1944-45.

In 1944-45 she was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth" Trophy for having exhibited outstanding athletic skills combined with high qualities in leadership.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Date: c1940

Copyright information: Over 50 years old - order from the University of Saskatchewan Archives

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 3 of 24. | | |

Arthur Obey

Art Obey is best known as a builder and leader in the area of recreation and sport. He was born on November 25, 1931 on the Piapot Reserve. Art attended the Lebret Indian School in the 40's and also Notre Dame College in Wilcox for one year. After school Art became the boy's supervisor at the Lebret Indian School. He married Yvonne Adams of Fort Qu'Appelle on July 7, 1952 and together they raised 9 children.

Art was also heavily into coaching. He was 1955-1959 Coach of Lebret Indians Junior "B" Hockey Champions, 1957-1958 Coach of Lebret Indian Juvenile "C" Hockey Champions and the Midget "C" Champions, 1958-1959 Coach of Lebret Indians Juvenile "B" Champions, and 1959 Coach of Lebret Indians High School Basketball "B" Champions.

As an athlete, Art was a well-known baseball pitcher and was recruited and played for many teams including Notre Dame Hounds, Balcarres Braves, and the Fort Qu'Appelle Sioux and he was a member of the Intermediate "C" Provincial Hockey Champion, the Fort Qu'Appelle Sioux Indians (1956-57). In 1951 Art received the Tom Longboat medal for the best Indian athlete in Saskatchewan; and in 1960 Art received the Tom Longboat Trophy for the best Indian Athlete in Canada.

Art Obey will be known and respected throughout Saskatchewan by the people who have come to know him through his work. The Saskatchewan Indian Recreation movement, in many instances, reflects the quiet but determined personality of this man.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Indian First Nations Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 4 of 24. | | |

Stan Obodiac

For more than 20 years, Stan Obodiac has been in the publicity department of the most famous hockey arena in the world, Maple Leaf Gardens.

Born in Yorkton in 1922, Stan's achievements in the world of hockey have not been restricted to this continent. In addition to playing for the Lethbridge Maple Leafs when they won the 1951 World Hockey Championships in Paris, he coached and played on European teams in Great Britain and Switzerland between 1948 and 1955. In the 1951 championships he scored 12 goals and 12 assists in the six-game series, setting a record which still stands.

It was in 1951 that the Lethbridge team played for three and a half months in Europe, the longest tour by any Canadian team. Stan Obodiac played in all 50 games, finishing with an impressive record of 66 goals and over 100 assists.

His sports abilities were not restricted to hockey. He was involved in softball, baseball, golf, basketball, soccer, and track and field.

Stan was inducted into the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame in 1953, and is also included in Canada's Hockey Hall of Fame and the Alberta Sports Hall of Fame as a playing member of the 1951 Lethbridge Maple Leafs.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hail of Fame on March 22, 1980.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 5 of 24. | | |

Terry Paice

1953 was the year, Whitewood, Saskatchewan the location for the birth of Terry Paice.

His remarkable career began at age 12, in Moose Jaw, at the bar bell fitness centre, under the direction of coach Dave Pyle.

At 13 years of age, Paice was a silver medal winner in provincial men's open championships. This was the beginning of a long and impressive list of accomplishments and accolades to come his way.

In 1972 as a first year university student of coach Gord Garvie in Thunder Bay, Ontario, he won the C.I.A.U. gold medal for 177 lbs and was named "freshman of the year". Two years later he was "athlete of the year" in Thunder Bay and Canada's outstanding wrestler.

Terry's record of achievements in university hold an all time wrestling record - most pins ever; most points in one season; most wins ever.

Medals won at western Canada, Pan American, and Commonwealth games, and Canadian championships include 20 gold, 2 silver and 6 bronze. Paice represented us well in the 1976 Olympic games, and international tournaments in the U.S.A. and Cuba.

In 1977 he became Saskatchewan's first provincial wrestling coach. His continuing contribution to the sport of wrestling is recognized tonight and we thank you Terry Paice.

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

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 6 of 24. | | |

Leo Parker

Leo Parker was born in St. John's, Newfoundland on January 21,1899. He came west with his family to High River, Alberta in 1907 and moved to Humboldt, Saskatchewan in 1910.

Named president of the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association in 1958, Leo brought some 40 years of experience as a player, coach, and manager, to the province's governing body of our great national game.

A long time booster of hockey in the Humboldt area, where he served as postmaster for many years, Leo joined the S.A.H.A. as a member of the executive in 1950. He was instrumental in forming the Saskatchewan Junior League in the late 1950's when both Regina and Saskatoon joined the Western Canada Hockey League.

Few presidents, if any, can overshadow the impact of Leo's contribution to the S.A.H.A. It was during his reign that the S.A.H.A. got off the ground as far as team registration is concerned. While team membership has surpassed or reached record levels since 1960, it was during Leo's term of office that the S.A.H.A. really became provincial.

Leo Parker's service to the community of Humboldt, where he was known as 'Mr. Hockey', was recognized on March 21, 1976 by the naming of the Leo Parker Arena in his honour. Leo Parker died on April 20,1965.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, March 21, 1981.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 7 of 24. | | |

Tom Paterson

Tom Paterson was born in Saskatoon in January, 1955, and even at the age of two, believed he had a date with destiny on the piano. He joined the Youth Bowling Council program in 1965 and, together with Brent Wignes, won the provincial YBC doubles and competed at the Canadian championships. He won family twosome events with both his dad, Wray, and his mom, Edna. He was on provincial high school boys championship teams in 1969 and 1973.

Tom was on the national high school champions in 1973, was the YBC Majors singles champion in 1978, gold medallist in the National Open singles in 1983, part of Saskatchewan's gold-medal winning men's team in 1983, gold medallist in the Canadian Master Bowlers championships in 1985. Twice Tom finished second in the Canadian Masters singles.

Tom has appeared on The Sports Network's Skins Game twice and the CBC championship bowling series once. On the money tournament tour, he has won tournaments in Calgary, Mission City, Edmonton, Red Deer, Kelowna and twice in North Battleford. During his 34-year career, his high single games have been 448, 447 and 440 and his highest seasonal average has been 294. He has been a prime teacher of bowling, first with YBC, then as director and founder of the Saskatchewan Youth Bowling School and also as author of Technique Bowling: The Five Pin Bowlers' Guide.

A school teacher by profession, he is married to Val and they have two daughters, Meagan and Stephanie.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 8 of 24. | | |

Bert Penfold

Bert Penfold dedicated his life to the promotion of figure skating at the national, regional, provincial and local level. He was instrumental in the formation of the Western Figure Skating section. Mr. Penfold was Chairman of the Western section for several years and served as judges chairman for many years. In 1965 he was elected President of the Canadian Figure Skating Association.

Bert Penfold was Chairman for the first Western Canadian Figure Skating championships, the North American Figure Skating championships 1955 and the Canadian Figure Skating championships.

In 1967 he was appointed official CFSA representative to the World Figure Skating championships in Vienna, Austria.

His services to the sport of figure skating was recognized in 1967 when he was presented with the Centennial Medal for his lifetime of devotion to the sport.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 22, 1975.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 9 of 24. | | |

Vernon Pettigrew

A member of the Regina YMCA Wrestling Club and the Olympic Boxing and Wrestling Club, Vern wrestled his way to five Canadian Amateur Wrestling championships in 1933, 1935, 1937 and 1940. He was a member of the Canadian Olympic team at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.

While still actively competing he coached many other wrestlers at Regina YMCA during the 1933-40 period. He was appointed to the Regina Boxing and Wrestling Commission in 1956 - A position he still holds.

Vern Pettigrew's coaching and promotion of Amateur Wrestling in the province continued during the 1940's and 1950's and is considered to be one of the prime factors in the development of many fine wrestlers and coaches in the province today.

In 1973, 35 years after he retired from active competition, Vem Pettigrew was one of ten athletes to be inducted into the Canadian Athletic Hall of Fame. In March of 1975, he was inducted into the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall of Fame.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 22, 1975.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 10 of 24. | | |

Vera Pezer

Vera is another athlete who specialized in curling. However she also showed her prowess on the ball diamond and was a member of the Saskatoon Imperials that won the Canadian women's softball championships in 1969. She was with the Imperials when the club won provincial titles from 1963 to 1969.

In curling, Vera won her first Canadian Ladies' championship in 1969 as a 3rd for Joyce McKee. But winning was already a way of life for Vera as she won many intercollegiate titles as a member of the U. of S. team. In 1971, Vera began skipping and for three years in a row, led her teams to three successive Canadian ladies championships. In 1968, she was honored as Saskatoon's Sportswoman of the Year. She is in the Canadian Curling Hall of Fame.

Her 1969 Saskatoon Imperial squad and her Canadian curling championship teams of 1971, 1972 and 1973 have been inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame. She was inducted into the Saskatoon Hall in 1986.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 11 of 24. | | |

E. Kent Phillips

Builder (1921-46)

Kent Phillips graduated from Saskatoon Collegiate Institute (Nutana) and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1921.

He was an outstanding player with the Huskie hockey team for five years. He returned to the team as coach in the early thirties and led the Huskies to four successful seasons.

He was a member of the Huskie football team for four years and captained the 1925 and 1926 teams that captured City Championships.

In 1928 Kent Phillips joined the faculty of the College of Engineering and immediately began his illustrious coaching career with the Huskie football team. During his thirteen years as head coach he compiled an enviable record of six Hardy Cup Intervarsity Championships out of a possible ten. Commencing with the 1934 season, he coached the Huskies to four consecutive Hardy Cup Championships.

A founding father of modern football in Saskatchewan, Kent Phillips is remembered as a sincere friend and inspiring coach. For his tireless efforts he was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame as a builder in 1980.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.


Edward Kent Phillips is remembered for his long service to Junior Football. Born in Regina he attended the University of Saskatchewan where he played with the Huskies. After graduating with honours in Civil Engineering he was appointed Associate Professor at the university and continued his involvement with Football as the coach of the Huskies.

Kent became heavily involved in the work of the Canadian Rugby Union, serving on several committees as well as the Executive. In 1947 he was the Vice-President of C.R.U. and then in 1948 served a term as President. He is credited as the man most responsible for the survival of the Canadian Junior Football Championship between east and west; the game played in Hamilton in 1948, under the direction of the C.R.U.

Kent Phillips was a founding member of the Manitoba-Saskatchewan Junior Football League, and he served as a member of the Saskatchewan Roughrider Executive. He will certainly be remembered as the first President of the Saskatoon Hilltop Junior Football Club in 1947. Kent Phillips died in Saskatoon in 1972.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, September 13, 1980.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame.

Date: January 25, 1962.

Photographer: Hillyard, Leonard A.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

.

Copyright notice
Photo 12 of 24. | | |

Al Pickard

Born in Exeter, Ontario, Al Pickard is a graduate from the University of Western Ontario. He helped organize and administer the old Y.M.C.A. hockey league which was the forerunner of the Parks League.

In the late 1 920's he was a prime mover in the formation of the senior aces as the great period of senior hockey was unfolding in the province. He played for a short time, later became coach and President and when the Aces amalgamated at the start of the war with the Vics he was named President of this club.

His administrative abilities were quickly recognized and he was elected to the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association around this time. Al served as President in 1941-42 and in 1942-43 and is now a life member of the Association. He was named President of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association in the 1947-48 season and held that post for three years when hockey was expanding greatly after the war years. In addition, he was President of the Saskatchewan Senior League for a number of years and later the Western Senior League before it turned professional. He was also Governor of the Saskatchewan Junior League and the Western Junior League. He is now a life member of the C.A.H.A., a name in hockey's Hall of Fame, and a member of the Players Selection Committee for the hockey Hall of Fame.

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

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 13 of 24. | | |


David Pickett

David Pickett

Football and Basketball (B.S.P.E. '76)

David Pickett graduated from Campion College in Regina where he excelled in both basketball and football. He joined the Huskie football team in 1970 following two brilliant seasons with the Saskatoon Hilltops where he quarterbacked the team to two national championships (1968, 1969). While a member of the Hilltops, he was a member of the Huskie basketball team.

Dave Pickett capped a brilliant three-year career in 1973 when he led the Huskies to a share of the W.I.F.L. title. The year 1973 can be classified as the year of Dave Pickett. He established numerous team and college passing records, many of which he still holds today. He passed for a total of 2,251 yards in one season, including one game against Alberta when he completed 30 of 42 passes for 540 yards. For his outstanding season, he was selected W.I.F.L. All-Star quarterback. His career was highlighted that same season when he was selected to the All-Canadian College Football Team as a quarterback and was selected as winner of the Hec Creighton trophy, emblematic as Canada's Outstanding College Football Player.

For the 1974 season, Dave returned to the Huskies as an assistant coach, helping guide the team to its only W.I.F.L. title.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Copyright information: University of Saskatchewan

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 14 of 24. | | |

Cas Pielak

Mention baseball in Saskatchewan and the name CAS PIELAK is bound to be recognized.

Pielak is largely responsible for baseball being a demonstration sport in the 1988 Olympic Games in Seoul, Korea. It took a tremendous amount of hard work, and Cas has spent untold volunteer hours spearheading this project - but it was worth it.

Cas became involved in baseball in the coaching end of the sport when he moved to Regina from his birthplace Candiac, Saskatchewan. As a youngster he participated actively in all sports in his home town, but baseball was to become his real love.

As in all organizations, when you do a good job of one thing, there is always another opportunity waiting on the horizon. By 1967, Pielak was President of the Columbus Park Board, then he went on to serve as President of the Columbus Boy's Baseball League. Possessing great expertise and skills, Pielak was soon installed in the President's chair for the Saskatchewan Baseball Association. The next step of course was a natural, to executive positions at the Western Canada level and then on to Baseball Canada.

Pielak served well in all positions, remaining as National President for ten years, 1975 through 1985. He represented Canada on the International level as Vice-President of International Baseball from 1976 to 1984. In 1984, Cas became Secretary-General of the International Baseball Association. He has agreed to continue his relationship with the World-governing body until the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. It is believed at this time that Pielak is the only person from Saskatchewan to be currently serving an executive position on an international sports body.

Pielak hosted an International Baseball Association meeting in Regina in 1988. It was the first time a meeting of the IBA had been held in Canada. Encouraged by the Government of Saskatchewan and the Honorable Colin Maxwell and supported by Sask Sport and Saskatchewan Lotteries, representatives from thirteen countries met in our Queen City. Following this meeting three international championships were awarded to Canada.

Cas was a founding member of Sask Sport. Through his untiring efforts, the basis for what we have in the province today were set. He served his stint on the Western Canada Lotteries Foundation, and helped set up the magnificent organization we have in place now.

Pielak is a credit to Saskatchewan and to Canada. Not only did he play a large role in sport and baseball in our province, but he must be congratulated for his endeavors in aiding tourism for our province and our country.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 15 of 24. | | |

Gerry Pinder

Gerry Pinder was born in Saskatoon in 1948 and attended school at Buena Vista School. He played for the Canadiens in the Kinsmen Peewee Hockey League.

Gerry joined the Blades in 1965-66 after playing previously with Nutana midgets and the Saskatoon Blade Bees. In his second season, he won the Western Hockey League's most valuable player award, was named to the all-star team and scored 78 goals and 62 assists for 140 points for the league scoring crown. He was captain of one team in the league's all-star game.

Gerry joined the Canadian National program in 1967-68 even though he had two years of eligibility left as a junior. The Canadians lost two games at the Olympic Games, one to Finland and another to Russia, and while the Russians won the gold, the Canadians settled for bronze.

Gerry signed to play with the Chicago Blackhawks and scored 19 goals in his rookie season. He celebrated victory over the Montreal Canadiens in 1970 as the Hawks won the Prince of Wales trophy. He was traded to the California Seals in his third NHL season.

He decided to sign with Cleveland Crusaders of the World Hockey Association, had a 30-goal season, then suffered an eye injury the second season in Cleveland. He later played with San Diego and Edmonton but the eye injury reduced his effectiveness.

He was an avid golfer and competed in the Canadian Amateur championships at Calgary in 1972.

Gerry is in real estate development and contracting and now lives in Calgary.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 16 of 24. | | |


Herbert Pinder

Herbert Pinder

Football, Basketball, Swimming (B.A. '42)

Herbert Pinder graduated from City Park Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1939. During his three years on campus, he competed in football, basketball and swimming.

He was an outstanding offensive end on the Huskies for two years. In his final year he quarterbacked the Huskies to the championship Hardy Trophy.

He was a member of the Huskie basketball team for two years. During both of those years, the Huskies captured the Rigby Cup.

He was also a member of the swimming team in 1942.

He received his Senior "S" in 1941.

Besides competing on six teams, Herb was a member of the Men's Athletic Board for two years.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.


Herb Pinder Junior was born in Saskatoon in 1947. He attended elementary school in Saskatoon and was involved in swimming, Cubs, Sea Cadets and hockey. He and his brother, Gerry, wore Montreal Canadiens sweaters on the outdoor ice surfaces and joined his first organized team for eight and unders in the D Division of the Playgrounds League.

He joined the Kinsmen Peewee Hockey League and played for the Blackhawks. He played for Aden Bowman when they won the provincial midget championship in 1962-63.

Herb joined the Saskatoon Blade Bees, who were the Prairie junior B champions and moved up to the Blade juniors in the Saskatchewan League in 1965-66. He also starred on the 1966-67 Blade team and he was selected as one of the team captains during the Saskatchewan League's all-star game.

He was recruited to join the 1967-68 Canadian National Team and would be part of a strong Saskatchewan influence on the team. Jack McLeod was the team's coach and Brian Harper, Ted Hargreaves, Gary Begg, Fran Huck, Gerry Pinder, Morris Mott and Marshall Johnston were other Saskatchewan players on the team.

Canada lost to Finland early in the tournament, rebounded to beat Sweden and then Czechoslovakia but lost 5-0 to the Russians in a crucial game. As a result, the Russians won the gold and the Canadians settled for the bronze. It was the last medal Canada won at the Olympics until 1994.

While Gerry played professionally, Herb suffered an ankle injury, had surgery three times and had a promising career cut short. He became a lawyer and a prominent player agent and today represents 24 players in the National Hockey League.

Golf was always a summertime pastime for Herb, who won the Saskatchewan junior championship in 1965 and played on the provincial team at the Canadian championships.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.

Date: 1938

Copyright information: Over 50 years old - order from the University of Saskatchewan Archives

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 17 of 24. | | |

Gib Potter

Gib Potter was born July 11th, 1906 in Saskatoon. He got "hooked" on the rodeo game after watching a trick roper perform for the Dakota Max's Wild West show in 1922 in Saskatoon. The following year he made his debut as a professional trick roper in Kamsack. Gib was a regular on the prairie circuit. In 1927 at the Calgary Stampede, he was declared the official Canadian champion in the Fancy and Trick roping contest. That same year, his trick roping took him to many centres in the U.S.A. and he performed at many wild west shows across Canada.

In 1942, Gib joined the Navy but he assisted in Victory Loan drives wherever he was posted. After his discharge, Gib and his wife Margaret put on many shows at rodeos. He was chairman of the Saskatoon Exhibition rodeos for 25 years.

In 1986, Gib was inducted as a builder in the Canadian Rodeo Hall of Fame. He founded the Saskatchewan Cutting Horse Association and is a life member of that organization as well as the Rodeo Association of Saskatoon. Gib's love of horses , his skill at roping and his desire to help others earned him induction into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1990.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 18 of 24. | | |

Peter Prediger

During an athletic career spanning more than 40 years, Pete Prediger became known as an outstanding competitor, coach and official in baseball and hockey.

He was a regular team member of the Neilberg Monarchs for 38 years. He played with them at the Saskatoon Exhibition Baseball Tournament for a remarkable 34 consecutive years. He was a member of the team in 1934, 1935, 1936, 1939 and 1941 when they won the tournament. For a brief period Pete played with the North Battleford Beavers in the Western Canada Baseball League.

He also toured overseas with Krefield Canadians in 1936 for a series of hockey tournaments.

An outstanding citizen, Pete was active in civic and community and legion affairs. He coached baseball, softball and hockey for more than 20 years at the command level.

At time of installation citation read March 22, 1975.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 19 of 24. | | |

Ken Preston

Considered the 'Dean of General Managers' in the Canadian Football League, Ken Preston was a player, coach, game official, as well as a general manager, in a football career which spanned more than 40 years between 1936 and 1978.

Ken was born and raised in Smith Falls, Ontario. He learned his football basics at High School and Queen's University before coming to Regina in 1970 and joining the professional ranks with the Roughriders.

In 1941, he played with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers as a fullback, and helped the Bombers to win the Grey Cup.

By 1946 he was back in Regina, and devoted his next ten years to a manufacturing business, which he combined with part-time management of the Roughriders. In 1958 he was engaged as the general manager of the football club, a position he held for 20 years until his retirement in 1978.

Under Ken Preston's management, the Saskatchewan Roughriders compiled the best record of any team in the Canadian Football League - fifteen playoffs, five times a Grey Cup finalist with a win in 1966, the best win-loss record.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports is Hall of Fame on March 22, 1980.

Text courtesy of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame

No photo currently available. If you have a photo to donate, contact the Local History Room at 306.975.7578 or lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca.

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
Photo 20 of 24. | | |


Lloyd Probert

Lloyd Probert

Basketball, Swimming, Football (B.A. '43)

Lloyd Probert graduated from Central Collegiate in Moose Jaw and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1939.

An outstanding all-round athlete, Lloyd competed in basketball, football and swimming. He was a four-year member of the Huskie basketball team including the 1939-40 team that captured the Western Canadian University Championship. As a member of the swimming team, he excelled in sprint and relay events.

For his all-round participation in sports, Lloyd was awarded a Major Athletic award in 1942-43. His university career was highlighted in 1943 when he was awarded the prestigious McDonald Cup for having best portrayed good sportsmanship and leadership. In addition to participating in sports, Lloyd was a member of the Men's Athletic Board for three years and was 'Senior Stick' in the Department of Medicine.

Text courtesy of the University of Saskatchewan Wall of Fame.

Date: 1943

Copyright information: Over 50 years old - order from the University of Saskatchewan Archives

Subject: .

Comment on this record: lhstaff@saskatoonlibrary.ca

Copyright notice
 
For more sports photographs and information search the Local History Collections database.
Prairie Gold Menu About Local History Ordering a Photograph
 
Saskatoon Public Library