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Sandy Archer

Football's "Dean of Trainers" was born in Moose Jaw. His work began in physiotherapy in 1946. Six years later he started his long affiliation with athletic teams when he began working with the Regina Pats. For 14 years he was associated with hockey players, covering 3 Memorial Cup play-offs.

1951 saw Sandy begin his career as Head Trainer of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, a position he held proudly for 30 years. He taped, massaged, motivated, and was a miracle worker through seven Grey Cup play-offs and one championship. He was selected Head Trainer for the "West" in the 1976 and 1977 All-Star games.

Sandy brought to the league a level of expertise and professionalism in the field of sport medicine that is difficult to equal. Instrumental in the education of athletic trainers, he was a founding member of the Canadian Athletic Therapists Association, serving as Vice-president 1968-70, President 1971. He left a legacy to training that can be found today in the medical staffs of teams in the C.F.L.

Sandy initiated the first High School Trainers Credit Course.

His door was always open; participants large or small, amateur or professional, Sandy's advice was sought, respected, given and heeded. - He was the best!

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 16th, 1984.

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Ken Charlton

A true Saskatchewanian, Ken was born, raised and educated in Regina. His impressive football career began with Central Collegiate in 1933. After high school he joined the Regina West Ends in 1938, then played with the Regina Dales 1939-40.

The Roughriders signed him in 1941 and he was unanimous choice for Western All-Star. The R.C.A.F. claimed him in 1942 and he played for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in the Grey Cup.

During the war years he starred with Vancouver Norvans' Baseball Club and was the property of NHL's Chicago Black Hawks. But football was his true love, and although the NFL's Cleveland Rams wanted him, he signed with the CFL'S Ottawa Rough Riders.

Ken rejoined Saskatchewan playing from 1948-54 as a punter, halfback and defensive back. He captained the Roughriders for four years and made a second Grey Cup appearance in 1951. Ken also represented Canadian football on a Korean tour the year he retired - 1954. In all, Ken was an All-Star eight times; six in the West and two in the East.

Ken was president of St. James Senior Football Club in Winnipeg when they won Canadian laurels in 1963.

An athlete par excellence - baseball, hockey and football - congratulations!

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Paul Dojack

As a youth Paul Dojack was instrumental in the formation of the Dales Athletic Club; an organization which spawned many sports teams but most notably the Regina Dales Football Club. He coached this team in four consecutive Western Canadian Junior Championships, and in 1938 led the team to the Canadian Championship.

In 1941, while a member of the Canadian Army, he refereed his first two senior football games. This was the baptism of an official who has come to be recognized as one of Canada's greatest football referees.

As a professional football referee in the Canadian Football League he worked in five hundred and forty-six (546) games. Fourteen of these games were Grey Cup finals: in eight of these he was the head referee. Two record setting Grey Cup Games in which Paul was the head referee were the 1961 overtime game and the "Two-part" fog game of 1962.

His recognition as the top official in the Canadian Football League, led to his being appointed supervisor of the Western Conference of the Canadian Football League following the 1970 football season.

At time of installation citation read September 25, 1971.

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Greg Grassick

Greg Grassick

Greg Grassick was born in Regina in 1900. While he was a noted player of baseball, lacrosse and curling, he is primarily recognized for his ability as a football player, and for his many years of service to the game.

As a student he played football at McGill University under coach Frank "Shag" Shaughnessey. Following his McGill years he became an outstanding halfback and coach with the Regina Roughriders, playing from 1927 until 1932. During this time the team went undefeated in Western Canada, and made five appearances at the Grey Cup, although they never won the coveted trophy.

Greg Grassick is credited with being instrumental in the introduction of the forward pass to Canadian football. This innovation was used in 1929 in the Grey Cup Game, with Regina playing Hamilton. When it was first used a forward pass could be made only between the 25 yard lines.

Under Shaughnessey at McGill he had experienced the use of the 'Huddle' in calling plays. He introduced this system in the west, first as coach of the Regina Dales in 1933, and then as coach of the Roughriders in 1934.

His participation also included three years as travel and accommodations manager for the Saskatchewan Roughriders between 1948 and 1950.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 5, 1982.

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Date: c1930

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

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Don King

Regina born King, arrived on the scene March 23, 1919. His early sport involvement included softball, hockey and his beloved football.

He played 3 years of ball with the Regina Intercollegiate League before joining coach Paul Dojack's Regina Junior Dales, Western Canada's Junior Champions in 1939.

1940 saw a six year involvement begin for lineman King with our Riders. Encouraged by Piffles Taylor, Don helped keep the Riders alive in the difficult 1940's. He was active not only as a player, but as secretary-treasurer, manager and assistant coach.

In 1946 he began officiating, a non-glamorous role in a highly emotional contact sport. He became so dedicated he worked over 1100 games during his career, from peewee through professional, sometimes three games in one day.

King was president of the Regina football officials association 7 years, and instrumental in the organization of similar groups across the country. He officiated 4 Grey Cup finals, 2 all-star games, 3 junior finals, and spent 25 years as an on-field official and 11 years as officiating supervisor.

A 45 year career. King distinguished himself through dedication, determination, and the cultivation of life-long friendships. The football community lost a friend June 28th, 1986.

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

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Howie Milne

Although outstanding in four sports, Howie Milne is best known for his contribution to two sports - hockey and football.

He played junior hockey from 1919 to 1923 and during this period played on four provincial championship teams. One of these, the 1922 Pats, were also Western Canada champions. In 1927-28 he was coach of the Regina Monarchs when they won the Memorial Cup. The following year he guided the senior Vics to the provincial title. Howie had become a respected referee during this period and in 1933 he refereed the Western Canada Junior final and was asked to officiate the Memorial Cup final that same year.

Howie's association with football extended from 1919 to the mid-fifties. He played for the provincial junior champions of 1919 and 1920. In 1921 he joined the Roughriders as a player. Four years later he assumed the position of playing coach which he retained until his retirement following the 1928 season. He turned to officiating football in 1929 and soon became the first Western official to participate in a Grey Cup game. Howie continued to officiate until 1955.

In addition, Mr. Milne played senior basketball from 1923 to 1927 and was an outstanding baseball player during the period 1919 to 1927. In both 1923 and 1924 he was named the best all-round athlete in Regina.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on September 25, 1971.

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Bob Molle

Bob Molle was born in Saskatoon on Sept. 23, 1962 and grew up in the Evan Hardy Collegiate area where he experienced his first success in wrestling and football.

As a wrestler, he won the Saskatoon high school heavyweight championship and later the provincial championship before enrolling at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver.

He was the Canadian heavyweight champion four times, 1983, 1984, 1985 and 1987. He was a bronze medallist at the Pan-American Games and a fifth-place finisher at the world championships at Kiev, Russia, in 1983. He was a bronze medallist at the World Cup in Toledo, Ohio, in 1984.

Molle won the silver medal in the heavyweight division at the Olympic Games at Los Angeles in 1984. Twenty-one days before the Olympics, he underwent back surgery in Vancouver. He flew to Los Angeles, coaches watched him on a day-by-day basis, allowed him to wrestle and he won his first four matches to qualify for the final.

In 1986, Molle achieved a significant feat by becoming the first heavyweight wrestler in history to win four straight American National Amateur Intercollegiate titles. He was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame in 1991 and the Canadian Amateur Wrestling Hall Of Fame in 1992.

In football, he played on four Evan Hardy teams, winning the provincial in 1980, and played one year with Saskatoon Hilltops before being recruited by Simon Fraser.

After becoming the first Canadian to win All-American honors as an offensive lineman at SFU in 1985, he was a first-round draft pick by the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1985. He played defence the first year and then seven seasons as an offensive tackle. He played on the 1988 Bombers, who beat British Columbia in the Grey Cup final, and he was captain of the 1990 Bombers, who beat Edmonton Eskimos in the final.

Molle and his wife, Karen, live in Winnipeg and have two children and are expecting a third. He remains active in wrestling, having been named Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Union wrestling coach of the year in 1991 and 1993, the two years his team has won the national crown.

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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.

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Clair Warner

Clair Warner came to Regina in 1919 and began a career in football which continued to his death in 1970. He played juvenile football in 1919 and junior football from 1920 to 1924. In 1925 Mr. Warner joined the Regina Roughriders as an end and played in four Grey Cup Games over the next eight years. Retiring from the playing field in 1933 he joined the Club's executive. He was president of the Club in 1941.

After becoming a member of the Western Interprovincial Football Union executive following his playing days, he was elected president of the W.I.I.U. in 1948. He also served on the Rules Committee of the Canadian Rugby Union and on the 'Riders' management committee for twenty-one years.

He was awarded the Canadian Rugby Union Plaque in 1956 for outstanding contributions to the game and named to The Canadian Football Hall of Fame.

At time of installation citation read September 25, 1971.

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Kenneth Dale West

Kenneth Dale West

Dale West was an outstanding athlete excelling in football, track and field, speed-skating and baseball. Following an outstanding high school football career at Bedford Road, Dale went to the University of Arizona on an athletic scholarship where he lettered for the varsity team. He returned to Saskatchewan, attended University and was named to the Western Conference All-Star team.

In 1962, West joined the Saskatchewan Roughriders as a flanker. In 1963, he was named all -star safety and was the Western nominee for the Most Valuable Canadian Player. He earned All-Star rating again in 1964 and 1965. 1966 brought a Grey Cup Victory to the Riders. In track and field, Dale's specialties were the 100 and 220 yards, the broad jump and the hop, step and jump (now the triple jump). In the late 50's he also competed in the shot-put and the javelin. In speed-skating, Dale was the Bantam Boys speed-skating champion in 1951 and was selected as the first alternate on the 1960 Canada Olympic team.

A double winner, Dale was first named to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in June of 1988 and the Saskatoon Hall in November 1988.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.


Dale West was born August 11, 1941 in Cabri, Saskatchewan. He moved to Saskatoon at an early age and his sport interest grew. By age 10 he was Canadian Bantam Boys Speed Skating Champion. He held the City of Saskatoon Age Class Championship title for 8 years, and was named an alternate for the 1960 Olympic Games.

Track and Field benefited from West's talents. He held High School titles in 100 yd and 220 yd sprints, triple jump, long jump, discus and javelin; a very versatile athlete. This led to accolades at the provincial and national level. West was again an alternate, this time for the Pan American Games.

At 17, West headed south to Tucson, Arizona on a football scholarship. Upon graduation the Saskatchewan Roughriders claimed him. Considered one of the finest rookies of 1962, he was a Western Conference All-Star, 1963-65 inclusive. West was a Western Schenley nominee for most valuable Canadian in 1963 after intercepting 10 passes that season. He has fond memories of the 1966 Grey Cup win.

West retired after 7 years and has been a promoter of sport in the public school system, giving his expertise to the athletes of tomorrow. Thank You Dale West.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame June 17, 1989.

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