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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

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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

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