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By Collections Curator Ruth Bitner
May 2013

The Puck Drops Here

Hockey was first played in Saskatchewan in the mid-1890s, nearly 120 years ago. In 1894 teams from Regina and Moose Jaw met in the first reported competition, a three-game series which Regina won. By 1900, several Saskatchewan towns sported competitive teams. Saskatchewan proved to be fertile ground for Canada’s game, with hundreds, if not thousands of players going on to bigger and better hockey careers.

Giant hockey cards, one for each of six Kelvington area players who went on to play in the NHL: Lloyd Gronsdahl, Barry Melrose, Joey Kocur, Wendel Clark, Kerry Clark and Kory Kocur.
R. Bitner photo, 2006.

Memorial Cup Debut

Junior hockey’s Memorial Cup was first played in 1919 with the Regina Pats taking on the University of Toronto. Though the Pats lost that year, the team won bragging rights as the winner of the 1925 Cup and again in 1930. The Regina Monarchs won in 1928.

Saskatchewan teams have won the Memorial Cup six times, most recently by the Swift Current Broncos in 1989.

Two young fans, Kaden Hein (left) and Josh Goldbeck, with the Memorial Cup at the Saskatoon WDM, May 14, 2013
WDM photo, Corinne Daelick

Hockey at the WDM
The WDM collection contains examples of gloves, skates, shin pads, trophies, tickets and jerseys. Gordie Howe’s book, Here’s Howe, published in 1963 was donated to the WDM in March, 2013.

Young Archie Jamieson Jr., mascot for the Athona Mines
hockey team, near Uranium City, SK c. 1938
WDM collection, WDM-2008-S-472

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