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Saskatchewan Huskies
Logo
UniversityUniversity of Saskatchewan
AssociationU Sports
ConferenceCanada West
Athletic directorShannon Chin[1]
LocationSaskatoon, Saskatchewan
Varsity teams15
Football stadiumGriffiths Stadium
ArenaMerlis Belsher Place (Men's and Women's hockey)
Other FacilitiesSaskatoon Field House (Men's and Women's Track and Field)
Field 7, Potash Corp. Park (Men's and Women's soccer)
Physical Activity Complex (Men's and Women's basketball and volleyball)
Education Gym (Men's and Women's wrestling)
Other venuesSaskTel Centre
MascotHowler The Huskie
NicknameHuskies
Fight song"Saskatchewan, Our University"
ColorsGreen and white[2]
   
Websitehuskies.usask.ca

The Saskatchewan Huskies are the athletics teams representing the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. The university began their athletics program in 1907 and has competed with others since 1911. They currently compete in elite inter-university competition administered by U Sports and its members, both as regions and as individual institutions.

The University of Saskatchewan is a member of the Canada West Regional Association, one of four such associations within U Sports. The Huskie Athletics program is administered at the University of Saskatchewan by the college of Kinesiology. At various times in its history, Huskie Athletics has offered teams in 24 different sports. At present date, there are 15 teams in the following sports: men's Canadian football and both men's and women's teams in basketball, cross country, ice hockey, soccer, track and field, volleyball, and wrestling.

Both the football and soccer teams play their home games at Griffiths Stadium, while the men and women's hockey teams play at Merlis Belsher Place.

Awards and standings

University of Saskatchewan Huskie plaque

The Huskies are year after year one of the top sport schools in Canada. The football team is recognized as one of the best programs in U Sports.[citation needed] The football team has won the Vanier Cup as National Champions on 3 occasions (1990, 1996, and 1998) and have been runners up on 6 occasions since 1989.[citation needed]

The men's volleyball has been national champions on four occasions, in 1979, 1988, 1999, and 2004.[citation needed] They continue to have a strong team each year.[citation needed] The U of S Huskies have also recently achieved success in men's and women's basketball, and wrestling.

The most successful Huskie team is the Men's and Women's Track and Field teams. Combined they have won the Canada West conference championship 38 times and the national championships 12 times. Most of these championships were won under the leadership of Lyle Sanderson.[citation needed]

Championships

Sport National Championships National Appearances Conference Championships
Men's Basketball 1 (2009–10) 7 (1981–82, 1985–86, 1987–88, 2005-06, 2009-10, 2010-11, 2013-14, 2014-15) 1 (2009–10)[3]
Women's Basketball 2 (2015-16), 2019-20 10 (1982–83, 2005–06, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2013–14, 2014-15, 2015-16, 2016-17) 5 (2005–06, 2010–11, 2013–14, 2015–16, 2016–17)[4]
Men's Cross-Country 1 (1968) 6 (1968, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) 2 (1978–1979)[5]
Women's Cross-Country 0 8 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013) 0[5]
Men's Curling 0 1 (2011-12) N/A
Women's Curling 0 1 (2011-12) N/A
Field Hockey 0 0 0
Football 3 (1990, 1996, 1998) 9 (1989, 1990, 1994, 1996, 1998, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006) 20 (1930, 1934, 1935, 1936, 1937, 1938,1941, 1965, 1974, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1994, 1996, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2004, 2005, 2006)[6]
Men's Hockey 1 (1982–83) 19 (1966–67, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2015-16, 2016-17, 2017-18) 15 (1926–27, 1929–30, 1951–52, 1952–53, 1958–59, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1986–87, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2006–07, 2011–12, 2015–16)[7]
Women's Hockey 0 3 (2003–04, 2013–14, 2017–18) 1 (2013–14)[8]
Men's Soccer 0 2 (2013, 2014) 1 (2014)[9]
Women's Soccer 0 0 0[10]
Men's Swimming and Diving 0 8 (1956–57, 1957–58, 1966–67, 1968–69, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1971–72, 1972–73) 0
Women's Swimming and Diving 0 1 (1989–90) 0
Men's Track & Field 5 (1969–70, 1970–71, 1986–87, 2001–02, 2004–05) N/A 19 (1967–68, 1969–70, 1970–71, 1973–74, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1980–81, 1986–87, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2006–07, 2012–13, 2015–16)[11][12]
Women's Track & Field 7 (1984–85 (tie), 1985–86, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05) N/A 22 (1969–70(tie), 1970–71, 1974–75, 1976–77, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1987–88, 1994-95(tie), 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2011–12, 2017–18)[11][12]
Men's Volleyball 4 (1978–79, 1987–88, 1998–99, 2003–04) 18 (1978–79, 1979–80, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1994–95, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 1999–2000, 2000–01, 2002–03, 2003–04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2015–16) 11 (1978–79, 1979–80, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1989–90, 1997–98, 1999–2000, 2001–02, 2003–04)[13]
Women's Volleyball 3 (1978–79-1980-81) 16 (1971–72, 1974–75, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1984–85, 1988–89, 1990–91, 1991–92, 1996–97, 1997–98, 1998–99, 2000–01, 2003–04, 2004–05) 7 (1974–75, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1983–84, 1990–91, 1991–92)[14]
Men's Wrestling 0 N/A 4 (2015–16, 1985–86, 1983–84, 1981–82)[15]
Women's Wrestling 0 N/A 1 (2016-2017)[16]

Note: The Huskies no longer participate in Field Hockey or Swimming and Diving.

Huskies football

Main article: Saskatchewan Huskies football

The football program at the University of Saskatchewan is one of the more successful programs. They have captured 18 Canada West championships, appeared in 9 Vanier Cup games, winning 3 of them. They play their games at Griffiths Stadium and have hosted many playoff games, including the 2006 Vanier Cup.[citation needed]

Ice hockey

Huskies men's hockey

The University of Saskatchewan men's hockey team played their first season in 1909–1910.[17] The current program consists of former major junior and junior A hockey players from across Canada. Since 2018, the Huskies play their home games at Merlis Belsher Place, which replaced Rutherford Arena. The Huskies won their ninth Canada West Championship during the 2015–2016 season. In 2017, the Huskies lost the University Cup final by a score of 5–3 to the University of New Brunswick. In 1983, the Huskies won their only University Cup.

The Huskies have a list of alumni who have played or coached in the National Hockey League.[17] Among those included are Mike Babcock, the former coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs, and Todd McLellan, the current coach of the Los Angeles Kings.[17] In 2017, Huskie's goaltender Jordan Cooke was the first active U Sports player to be named to Team Canada's Spengler Cup roster.[18]

Huskies women's hockey

Main article: Saskatchewan Huskies women's ice hockey

Notable alumni

Basketball

Main article: Saskatchewan Huskies women's basketball

Cross-Country

Hockey

Men's

Soccer

Track and field

Volleyball

Awards and honors

The Saskatchewan Huskies athletics awards are known as the Major 7. The Female Athlete of the Year is awarded the Mary Ethel Cartwright Trophy, while the Male Athlete of the Year is the recipient of the E. Kent Phillips Trophy. Given to the Men's Rookie of the Year is the Howard Nixon Trophy. The Huskies' Female Rookie of the Year is bestowed the Patricia Lawson Trophy.

In recognition of an All-Around Female Athlete that has demonstrated leadership, sportsmanship, academic ability and athletic prowess, the Valerie Girsberger Trophy is awarded. Recognizing a male athlete's highest qualities of sportsmanship and citizenship, the Rusty MacDonald Cup is awarded. The Huskies award for the Coach of the Year is known as the Colb McEwon Trophy. As a side note, the Huskies also recognize trainers with the Dr. Walter Hader Student Trainer of the Year award.

Athletes of the Year

This is an incomplete list

Year Female Athlete Sport Male Athlete Sport
1980 Tracy Kelly Grant Gudmundson Volleyball
1981 Rosalie Flynn Del Chapman
Willie Desjardins
Hockey
1982 Tracy Kelly Murray & Mark Reddekopp Basketball
1983 Gwen Wall Track Willie Desjardins Hockey
1984 Gwen Wall Track Tim Leier Hockey
1985 Gwen Wall Track Gerald Lashyn Football
1986 Gwen Wall Track Darcey Busse
Marshall Toner
Volleyball
Football/Hockey/Track
1987 Sherry Miller Jerome Linnell Volleyball
1988 Janet Scott Track Brian Gavlas
Byron Tokarchuk
volleyball
Basketball
1989 Shannon Kekula Track Sheldom Ryma Basketball
1990 Vanessa Monar Track Scott Reeves Wrestling
1991 Stacey Singler Volleyball Kim Pasloski Hockey
1992 Janice Beland Track Imran Akhtar Wrestling
1993 Seema Kamal track Dean Wiebe
Wayde Bucsis
basketball
hockey
1994 Samantha Simpson Soccer Dean Wiebe Basketball
1995 Tanya Lypka Track Brent Schneider Football
1996 Denise Meier volleyball Brian Purdy Hockey
1997 Natalie Lukiw volleyball James Repesse Football
1998 Seema Kamal Track Warren Muzika
Scott Schutz
Football
Volleyball
1999 Chelsea Grimson volleyball Warren Muzika Football
2000 Kristin Hagel
Jacqueline Lavallee
Soccer
Basketball
Sheldon Moser Hockey
2001 Karla Johnson Track Reid Bilben Volleyball
2002 Jon Barkman Hockey
2003 Kelsie Hendry Track Jamie Epp Cross country
2004 Kelsie Hendry Track Adam Ens Volleyball
2005 Kelsie Hendry Track Steve Bilan Football
2006 Sarah Crooks Basketball David Stevens Football
2007 Sarah Crooks Basketball Jeff Adamson Wrestling
2008 Adrianne Vangool Track Andrew Spagrud Basketball
2009 Jill Gallays Wrestling Steven DaSilva Hockey
2010 Breanne George Hockey Showron Glover Basketball
2011 Taryn Suttie Track & Field Daniel Olver Wrestling
2012 Sharai Siemens Track & Field Jerson Barandica-Hamilton Soccer
2013 Koren Pitkethly Wrestling Kit Hillis Football
2014 Dalyce Emmerson Basketball Derek Hulak Hockey
2015 Annie Monteith Wrestling Mark Ingram Football
2016 Laura Dally Basketball Jordon Cooke Hockey
2017 Astrid Nyame Track & Field Jordon Cooke Hockey
2018 Julie Labach Track & Field Kieran Johnston track & field
2019 Julie Labach Track & Field Taran Kozun Ice Hockey
2020[20] Michelle Harrison Track and Field Taran Kozun Hockey

Canada West Hall of Fame

References

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  2. ^ "University of Saskatchewan Visual Expression Guide" (PDF). Retrieved September 5, 2016.
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  21. ^ "Inductees".