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Alfred Bence

Alfred Bence

Tennis, Swimming (B.A. '28, L.L.B. '30)

Alfred Bence was born in Brandon, and lived most of his life in Saskatoon, where he received all his education and practiced law until 1961 when he was appointed Chief Justice of the Queen's Bench Court and moved to Regina.

Alf Bence entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1925 and competed in swimming and tennis.

As a member of the swim team, he competed in the breast stroke and swam as a member of the relay team. During his career as a swimmer the team captured a number of intervarsity meets and he personally captured first place in the breast stroke in 1928 and 1929. Alf was the third individual "to carve a niche" by gaining the coveted award - the Silver Dolphin, given by the University Swimming Club for passing secondary swimming and a life saving test.

As a tennis player, Alf, joined forces with Ellis McMillan and Vera Borland to dominate tennis at the intervarsity, city, provincial and Western Canadian scene. The threesome captured countless individual and doubles titles.

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Date: 1927

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Michael Brown

Michael Brown

Hockey, Tennis B.A. (P.E.) '64, M.D. '75

Mickey Brown graduated from Central Collegiate in Regina and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1960.

Mickey played as a forward on the Huskie hockey team for four years. He was an outstanding play maker with the Huskies. He played with the Huskie tennis team for four years competing in both singles and doubles competition. He was consistently ranked in the top three at both the intervarsity and provincial levels.

For his participation in tennis and hockey, Mickey was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1963-64.

Mickey returned to the University in 1972 and received a Doctor of Medicine degree in 1975.

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Date: 1961

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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.

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Date: c1940

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William Ebbels

William Ebbels

Tennis, Basketball, Hockey (B.Comm. '47)

Bill Ebbels graduated from City Park Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1940. His university studies were interrupted in 1942 when he joined the Navy during World War II. He returned to the University of Saskatchewan in 1946 to resume his studies. During his three years on campus, he competed in tennis, basketball and hockey.

An outstanding tennis player, Bill played intervarsity tennis for three years. In 1946 he was a member of the five-man University of Saskatchewan team that was runner-up to McGill University in the only national university championship. Following his varsity career, Bill went on to capture eight Saskatchewan singles titles and seven doubles titles.

He was an outstanding shooter on the Huskie basketball team for three years.

An outstanding junior hockey player with the Saskatoon Quakers in the early forties, Bill joined the Huskie Hockey team in 1946 following in Stint in the Navy.

Bill Ebbels was installed into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on March 26, 1976.

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Winning provincial tennis championships seemed to come naturally to William D. Ebbels, as he won the Saskatchewan Men's singles crown a record eight times - 1948, 1953, 1957, 1961, 1962, 1964, 1966 and 1967 and he was runner up on seven other occasions.

He was also a seven-time winner of the doubles crown and runner up in that category four times. In 1967, he won the Veterans singles championship and the men's open, making him the first person to win the two titles in the same year.

In 1946, he was a member of the five-man provincial team that was runner-up to McGill University in the only national university championship.

In 1971, Bill Ebbels represented Saskatchewan in the first Canada Games and was the oldest competitor in the Games, at age 49.

Besides his outstanding abilities as a player, Bill Ebbels has worked in various executive capacities for the betterment of tennis. He was responsible for junior and adult instruction at the Regina Tennis Club from 1949 to 1965 and has been President of both the Regina Tennis Club and the Saskatchewan Lawn Tennis Association.

At time of installation citation read March 27, 1976.

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Date: 1947

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Milton Harradence

Milton Harradence

Tennis, Boxing (L.L.B. '49)

Milton Harradence graduated from high school in Prince Albert and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1945. During his five years on campus, he competed in tennis and boxing.

An outstanding middleweight boxer, Milt was on the intervarsity boxing team for three years. As a boxer, he led the University of Saskatchewan to two Intervarsity Assault-at-Arms victories. Hugh Carson described Milt Harradence as one of the top middleweights to represent the University of Saskatchewan in boxing competitions.

As a tennis player, he competed at both the interfaculty and intervarsity level. He captured singles and doubles titles while competing for the University of Saskatchewan. In 1946-47, Milt was part of the WCIAA championship team that travelled to McGill University for the unofficial Canadian Universities Championship.

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Don Hodges

Don Hodges

Don Hodges began his tennis career during his high school years. From 1941 through 1968 he was the holder of many City and Provincial titles. He was a member of the Western Canadian Davis Cup try-out team in 1947 and won the men's singles Western Canadian Championship in 1948. On numerous occasions between 1941 and 1964, Don held the provincial singles, and doubles championships for Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Alberta. In 1947 he held the men's singles and doubles championship for Saskatchewan in inter-university competition against McGill University.

In addition to his tennis career, Don also held the Saskatchewan Men's Singles in 1952 and the Alberta Men's singles championship in 1957 and 1959 in badminton. He was also active as a basketball and table tennis player.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on March 24, 1979.

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Tom Jackson

Tom Jackson

Fencing, Tennis (B.A. '51, M.D. '58)

Tom Jackson graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1947.

An outstanding all-round athlete, Tom was the first person to win a Major Athletic Award by competing entirely in individual sports. He also holds the distinction of having been the Only student-athlete to receive two Major Athletic Awards- one for the period 1947-50 and the other for 1955-57.

He was a member of the fencing team for five years during which time he lost only one bout. He also excelled as a member of the tennis team for five years. While a student at the University he also competed in a number of intramural activities and served on the Executive of the Student Medical Society.

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Date: 1956

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Grace Jasper

Grace Jasper

Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton, Bowling (B.A. '57)

Grace Jasper graduated from Bedford Road Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1955. While a student at the University of Saskatchewan, she competed in basketball, volleyball, tennis, badminton and bowling.

Grace was a member of the Huskiette basketball team for three years. While a member of the team, the team captured the Cecil Race Trophy on two occasions (1955-56, 1956-57).

She was a member of the Huskiette volleyball team for three years during which time the team captured the Dr. Sam Landa Trophy three times.

From 1955-57, she was also a member of the tennis, badminton and bowling teams.

For her athletic achievements, she was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1956.

In addition to athletics, Grace Jasper was very active in other facets of campus life. She was very active on the Women's Athletic Board, Women's Intramural Board and the Students' Representative Council serving as Vice-President in 1956-57.

For her efforts and contributions to campus life, she was awarded the prestigious "Spirit of Youth Award".

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Date: 1955

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Balfour Kirkpatrick

James Balfour Kirkpatrick

Basketball, Track and Field, Tennis (B.A. '29, B.Ed. '30, M.Ed. '35)

Balfour Kirkpatrick entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1926. During his years on campus, he competed in track and field, basketball and tennis.

Under Joe Griffiths' tutelage, Kirk quickly developed into one of Saskatchewan's premier track and field athletes in the throwing and jumping events. During the 1930's he held provincial records in the high jump and shot put.

Despite having no previous experience in basketball, Kirk quickly progress from Joe Griffith's "Ham and Egg" league for raw recruits, through interfaculty competition and finally to a starting position on the Huskies.

A late "bloomer" in tennis, he was a member of the University tennis team in 1934 and, in 1937, captured the Men's provincial singles title. He has since held many singles and double titles in both open and senior competition.

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Dr. Kirkpatrick grew up in the Alsask area. When he entered the University of Saskatchewan he became involved in several sports including track and field, basketball and tennis. In the mid-30's, he set new Saskatchewan records in the shot put and high jump. In 1937, Kirk was a member of the Saskatoon Grads basketball team that won the Saskatchewan championship. That same year he embarked on a tennis career that would last for over 50 years. He won many city and provincial titles and even in the late 50's and early 60's he was the province's senior singles champion.

In 1981, he teamed up with John Leicester to win the over 55, provincial Doubles championship. Following the second war, he was asked to establish the Saskatchewan Recreation Movement. Dr. Kirkpatrick has received many awards, namely the R.Tait-MacKenzie for outstanding contribution to Physical Education and Recreation at the National level. He also received an honor award from the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association.

He was the 1983 Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year. In 1986, Kirk was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.


As a high school and Normal School teacher, Director of Physical Fitness and Recreation for Saskatchewan, Head of McGill University's School of Physical Education, and Dean of the Faculty of Education at the University of Saskatchewan, Dr. J.B. Kirkpatrick has made significant contributions to sport. Consistently, he has emphasized the importance of early instruction, active participation, and appropriate levels of competition in the development of any sport.

Kirk's induction to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum is the result of his efforts to build sports at all levels, especially at the "grass roots" community level. In promoting tennis, he has traveled to all parts of the province, assisting communities to arrange for instruction, build appropriate facilities, and form tennis clubs. He has served as manager and official at many local, provincial, and national tournaments, including the Rothman's tournament in Saskatoon. Kirk was President (1977-79) of the Saskatoon Riverside Tennis Club, and Vice-President (1977-79) and first Executive Director (1979) for the Saskatchewan Tennis Association. In track and field, he has been both coach and official. While a teacher, he coached in both Melfort (1931-33) and Saskatoon (1934-39). Dependably, he has served as an official, timekeeper and judge in provincial and national track meets. Throughout the years, Kirk has also organized and taught numerous classes in physical education and recreation. In addition, he has promoted sport in co-authoring Physical Education: A Textbook of Physical Education for Schools and Clubs (1943) with Joe Griffiths and in serving on the publication committee of Saskatchewan's Recreation Legacy (1986).

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 15, 1991.

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Douglas Knott

Douglas Knott has contributed to the development of soccer, track and field, and tennis in Saskatoon and was an organizer and the chairman of the Saskatoon Field House committee when its construction was completed in 1979.

Knott was born in New Westminster, participated in track and field, cross-country running and rugby at the University of British Columbia. He set a Western Conference record in the 880 yards and he was on a championship UBC relay team whose lineup included Prime Minister-to-be John Turner.

He came to Saskatoon in 1953, played on the United Soccer team which twice won provincial championships during his 12-year stint with the team.

He served the Saskatoon and District Soccer Association at various executive levels, the Saskatchewan Association, including three turns as president, served on the Canadian association's constitutional review committee, was co-chairman of soccer for the 1977 Western Canada Games and was provincial co-chairman of the World National Cup fund-raising campaign in 1985 and 1986.

Knott also coached University cross-country teams, held various roles with the Saskatoon Track and Field Club, officiated at the Knights of Columbus meets, was a director of the Riverside Tennis Club and a Sask Sport director for three years.

He was chairman of the Field House committee from 1977 until 1979 and was presented with a Special Friend award by the university's College of Physical Education in l981.

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Kathleen Leddy / Kay White

Ice Hockey, Tennis (B.A. '35)

Kay White graduated from Nutana Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1931.

Kay was a member of the women's ice hockey team for four years and a member of the tennis team for three years. Kay was an outstanding performer on the ice hockey team when that sport was very prominent in the 1930's. For her participation and contribution to ice hockey and tennis, Kay was awarded a major Athletic Award in 1935. She was only the third woman to receive this award at the University of Saskatchewan.

In addition to excelling in the two sports, Kay served as 'Senior Stick' for Arts and Science in 1934 and was vice-president of the Students Representative Council in 1934-35.

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John Leicester

John Leicester

Born in Tompkins, Saskatchewan in 1923, John began his tennis career in Saskatoon. At the age of 17 he captured the Saskatchewan Junior singles title. The following year his athletic ability was observed in Western Canadian and Canadian championships. John who was also an outstanding minor hockey league player, took a break from competitive play to serve in the Air Force in 1942 and 1943. When he returned to the game, John won the Saskatchewan championship seven times in single, nine times in doubles and six times in mixed doubles.

In 1980, Leicester was a Canadian finalist in the 55-year and over category and was named to the Canadian team that competed for the Austrian Cup. Two years later, he was ranked 3rd for Canadian seniors In 1983, he was rated 4th in singles and first in men's doubles. Even while competing, John found time to serve the sport in several administrative positions and was responsible for organizing the Saskatchewan Junior program. He has written two tennis booklets.

John was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and was named to the Saskatoon Hall in 1987.

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Claire Lovett

Claire Lovett, formerly Ehman, of Regina was an outstanding and versatile athlete. She excelled in many sports, including basketball, ice hockey, field hockey, track and field, and baseball.

Claire was the only Canadian basketball player picked for the U.S.A. All Star Team. She accumulated many titles in the years from 1946 to 1974. She won the Vancouver Lawn Tennis and Badminton Club titles a total of 16 times. She won the Canadian Ladies Singles Championship in 1947 and 1948 and was the Ladies Double Champion in the same years. In 1963, Claire won the mixed doubles open championship and in 1973 and 1974, the Senior Ladies Double Championship. She also won the Western Canada Grass Court Mixed Doubles in 1952 and the Canadian Ladies Singles Title in 1966.

Claire was elected to the Canadian Amateur Athletic Hall of Fame for her tennis and badminton achievements and was elected to the B.C. Hall of Fame as an all round athlete.

At time of installation citation read March 26, 1977.

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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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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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Ellis McMillan

Ellis McMillan

Tennis and Basketball (B.Sc. '27, M.Sc. '30)

Ellis McMillan was widely known throughout Western Canada as an outstanding star in both tennis and basketball.

He obtained his early education in Saskatoon before entering the University of Saskatchewan. He graduated with a B.A. in Biology in 1927 and obtained his M.A. in 1930. He continued his Ph.D. studies at the University of California on a British Commonwealth Fellowship.

While at the University of Saskatchewan he was an outstanding basketball player during his four undergraduate years. He continued in this sport as coach of the University grads and as coach of the Raymond Union Jacks in southern Alberta.

During his University career he was also a member of the varsity tennis team for four years. After graduating he was the Provincial Men's Singles Champion for four consecutive years. The current Provincial Men's Singles Tennis Trophy is a memorial to Ellis McMillan.

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Date: 1924

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Jean Montgomery

Jean Brown / Jean Montgomery

Basketball, Tennis, Track (B.A. '38)

Jean Brown graduated from City Park Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1935.

Jean was a member of the tennis team for two years and captured the intervarsity singles title and teamed with Helen McKellar to win the doubles title in 1937-38.

She was also a member of the women's basketball team for three years and the track team for two years.

She served as president of the Women's Athletic Directorate in 1937-38 and was a member of the SRC that same year. While a student she was active in the Student Christian Movement.

For her participation in extra-curricular activities, Jean was awarded a 'S' and a Major Social Award in 1937-38.

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Date: 1937

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Arthur Sihvon

While his main contributions to sport activities were in a 40-year tennis career, Arthur William Sihvon was a member of championship hockey, baseball and football teams.

He began playing tennis in l932 and by 1938 had entered and won men's singles, doubles and mixed doubles titles. In the early 1950's Art combined his love of playing tennis with helping to teach senior and junior players. For his contribution to tennis in Regina, he was awarded an honorary life membership in the Civil Service Tennis Club in 1957.

Besides his playing and teaching contributions, Art Sihvon was President of both the Civil Service Tennis Club and the Saskatchewan Lawn Tennis Association, which earned him an honorary life membership in the Provincial Association in 1967.

Art Sihvon played hockey with the Regina Junior Pats in the 1928-29 season and for the next 10 years was a member of the Regina Senior Aces. The Aces were provincial champions in the 1933-34 season. In football, he was a member of the 1928 Regina Pats Club which won the Dominion championship. He was also a member of the Regina Nationals senior baseball team which won the provincial championship in 1933 and 1935.

At time of installation citation read March 27, 1976.

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Donalda Smitheringale

Donalda Smitheringale / Donalda Clark

Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, Badminton (B.A. '53)

Donalda Clark graduated from Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1950.

Donalda was a three-year member of Huskiette basketball including the 1951 and 1952 teams that captured the Cecil Race Trophy. She was also a three-year member of the volleyball team, badminton team and the tennis team. For her all-round participation in sports, she was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1952.

In addition to participating in sports, Donalda served on the Women's Athletic Board for two years and was elected as "Senior Stick" in the College of Arts and Science in 1952-53.

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Date: 1951

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Annie Thomson

Born on March 16th, 1901 in Ayr, Scotland, Annie Thomson came to Canada with her parents in 1904. By 1906 the family had moved to Moose Jaw.

She became involved in tennis as a young girl, and her playing career spanned more than fifty years. She won seven provincial open championships in ladies singles, six in ladies doubles and six in mixed doubles events. She also won Western Canadian titles in singles and doubles events, and was a semi-finalist in the Canadian Senior Ladies Doubles.

Between 1966 and 1968 Annie won provincial veterans titles in singles play three times, in doubles play twice, and in mixed doubles on one occasion. She won bronze medals in mixed doubles competition at the Saskatchewan Summer Games in both 1972 and 1976; the latter when she was 75 years old.

As a long time member of the Moose Jaw Tennis Club Annie Thomson did not confine her love and knowledge of the game to competitive play. Over the years she encouraged and taught many youngsters to play tennis.

Annie was honoured with Canada's Lifestyle Award in 1978, and in recognition of her many contributions to the game of tennis in this province, the Inter-City Ladies Trophy, established in 1955, is called the "Annie Thomson Trophy".

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, March 21, 1961.

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