By Mallorie Rast, Kindersley Social, June 15, 2017 

Sports award season is upon us—outstanding players across the province are recognized for their skill and determination, and Kindersley natives are no exception. On the weekend of June 24, over eight athletes, including those from Kindersley, will be honored with an induction ceremony to the SJHL Hall of Fame.

“We are incredibly excited for next weekend’s event,” said Brett Sautner, one of the coordinators behind the event. “It will be great for past players to come back to Kindersley  and see each other after several years.”

The day will start at 10 a.m. with an 18-hole golf tourney, where many inductees will take to the green as a way to meet old friends and make new ones. Our Celebrities for the event will also be present on the golf course for a day of fun.  Entries for the tourney are welcome, as this provides a way for attendees to personally meet those being inducted as well as our celebrities before the following banquet.  Registration forms are available at Kindersley Glass or the Golf Course.

For non-golfers, there is an opportunity to still get in on the action, as banquet only tickets are available for purchase.  Les Lazaruk, voice of the Saskatoon Blades, will M/C the evening, and keynote speakers include Marc Habsheid, retired NHL Player and current WHL coach, and Darren Dutchyshen, co-host of TSN’s Sportscentre. Dutchyshen will also be present for a brief question and answer time over the course of the evening.  Banquet tickets are available at Kindersley Glass or by calling Sarah at 306-460-6366  

“We are honored to have these well-known speakers attend the event,” commented Sautner. “We hope to have a great time with the Q &A period.”

A large event such as this would not be possible without the amazing sponsorship of many businesses and individuals. “The response from the community has been warm and positive,” noted Sautner, “if you or your business are interested in sponsoring this event, please contact Brett Sautner at 306-463-8691.”

If you are interested in joining the event, be sure to act now, as June 19 marks the entry deadline.

The list of the inductees and noted guests are as follows:

Derek Dorsett (Inductee)—Born and raised in Kindersley, Dorsett played with Kindersley Jr Klippers when they won the 2003/2004 championship. Dorsett currently plays with the Vancouver Canucks in the NHL

Greg Paslawski (Inductee)—Born in Kindersley, Palawski is a retired NHL player having played 650 NHL games

Troy Schwab (Inductee)—Born and raised in Kindersley, Schwab played with Kindersley Jr Klippers when they won the 2003/2004 championship. Schwab went on to play University hockey and Pro Hockey in the ECHL & CHL. Schwab is currently is the assistant coach for the Greenville Swamp Rabbits (ECHL)

Devin Edgerton (Inductee)—Born in Kindersley, Edgerton’s awards are as follows:  1991 SJHL Most Valuable Player, 1993 ECHL Second All-Star Team, 1993 Murphy Cup win with the Anaheim Bullfrogs, 1994 Turner Cup win with the Atlanta Knights, 2001 DEL All-Star Game, 2001 German champion with the Adler Mannheim

Dave Hunchak (Inductee)—Born in Warman, SK, Hunchak played with the Saskatoon Blades in the WHL before going on to coach the Kinderlsey Klippers through the 2003-2004 championship. Hunchak accepted a coaching job in Slovakia for this upcoming fall.

Chris Winkler (Inductee)—Played with the Kindersley Klippers in 1994-95 SJHL league

Evan Weninger  (Guest)- Weninger played with the Kindersley Jr Klippers  2013 – 2015 in the SJHL League. Weninger was later recruited and awarded a scholarship to play with the University of Nebraska

Ashton Sautner  (Guest)- Sautner resides in Flaxcombe during his off season. Sautner played 4 years with Edmonton Oil Kings (WHL) and won a memorial cup with that team.  Sautner later signed with Vancouver Canucks in 2015 and has played 2 years with their affiliate team The Utica Comets

Trent McCleary  (Guest)- Born in Swift Current, Saskatchewan, McCleary was a WHL Player with the Swift Current Bronco’s and won a memorial cup with that team. McCleary played 192 games in the NHL and is currently a financial analyst in Swift Current.

Jaycee Gebhard  (Guest)- Young lady from Plenty, SK, who has dominated the women’s hockey world at a young age.  Gebhard played 3 years with the Notre Dame Hounds and is currently attending Robert Morris University (NCAA) Gebhard won Rookie of the year for 2017 NCAA Div. 1.  She was the Assistant Captain on the Women’s U18 team Canada 2014-2015.

Fiona Smith Bell (Guest)— Born in Edam, Saskatchewan, Bell won a silver medal with the Women’s Team Canada Hockey Team in Nagano in 1998

Garry Peters (Guest) – Born  in Regina, Saskatchewan, Peters played in the SJHL 1960-62, Peters also played in the NHL from 1962 – 1974.

Terry Shea – was one of the main builders and played a fundamental part in getting the team to Kindersley.  He has sat on the board for the past 25 years in multiple roles.

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