Call for Bids: 2018 Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan

On behalf of the SHA Board of Directors, the Saskatchewan Hockey Association would like to advise Minor Hockey Associations within Zone 4 that the SHA will be accepting bids to host the 2018 Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan on January 19-21, 2018. Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan was recently held in Shellbrook and the host committee raised over $175,000 for their arena project.

The following criteria will be used to select a community to serve as the host for the 2018 event:

  • The Minor Hockey Association is a member in good standing with the SHA.
  • A detailed Host Committee structure for the event is in place.
  • A detailed agenda for a weekend of activities is included (see attached suggested agenda/activities for the event).
  • If possible, all teams within Minor Hockey have an opportunity to be involved.
  • The community has an action plan to build a new arena or renovate the existing arena.
  • A proposed budget for the weekend.
  • A local promotional plan.
  • The SHA will provide the following assistance to the host community;

  • $5,000 Hosting Grant
  • Local Poster Campaign promoting the host community
  • Silent auction items
  • Guest speaker or assist in obtaining a guest speaker
  • Securing of teams for hockey games
  • This event proved to be a tremendous promotion over the course of the past ten years and the SHA sees this event getting larger and more popular each year.

    Please submit your Bid to Host the 2018 Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan event to the SHA Office by March 31st, 2017. A recommendation will be made to the SHA Board of Directors for approval at their meeting scheduled for the April 22-23 weekend.

    For more information regarding the application, please see official release HERE. If you have any questions please contact the SHA office at (306)789-5101.

    Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan a Record Success

    Seven-time Stanley Cup champion Bryan Trottier played on some of the world’s biggest hockey stages – but he was raised on one of the smallest.

    His first home ice was a frozen creek on the family ranch outside of Val Marie, Sask., so he felt very much at home when he returned to hockey’s heartland Jan. 20-22 to celebrate Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan with this year’s host communities, Shellbrook and Pinehouse.

    The result was a record-setting weekend that raised $175,000 for Shellbrook’s arena and generated some much-appreciated development programs for aspiring players, coaches and referees in the remote community of Pinehouse.

    “This was a celebration of such a wonderful sport and our gift to the world, so to speak,” said Trottier. “I love it and it’s really enjoyable to be celebrated, tell them some stories and hopefully inspire the next generation of athlete or hockey player or the kid that has a dream and wants to excel.”

    The annual event, which is a partnership between Cameco and the Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA), visits a different community each year with the goal of raising funds for local arenas and growing the game.

    “It’s that Saskatchewan community spirit of giving back,” said Cameco CEO Tim Gitzel. “You mix that with the Cameco volunteerism and our goal of making a difference in the communities in which we live and work, and together it’s a potent mix. We’ve had a wonderful weekend.”

    While resource industries faces challenges, Gitzel said Cameco will continue to support initiatives such as Hockey Day in Saskatchewan because they inspire Cameco volunteers to get involved and work with local people to accomplish goals.

    “We’re not just going to write a cheque and mail it in,” he said. “We’re going to roll up our sleeves.”

    In Shellbrook, the community organized a week-long celebration with on-ice activities plus a banquet and cabaret. In addition to Trottier, one of the feature attractions was a Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League game which saw the Battlefords North Stars beat the Notre Dame Hounds 5-3.

    “Throughout this week the theme has been how the rink is the heart of the community and a gathering place,” said Stephanie Gosselin, a member of the Shellbrook organizing committee that exceeded its goal of $100,000. “It’s a place where kids learn more than just hockey; they learn life lessons and skills. We’re really just trying to keep the doors open on this facility and this weekend will help us put a dent in that.”

    For Pinehouse, the rewards came in the form of training and development for local coaches, referees and minor hockey players. The SHA delivered certification programs and skills clinics – a rare opportunity for the northern community located 500 kilometres north of Saskatoon. Residents then enjoyed a pair of midget AAA games with girls teams from Prince Albert and Swift Current, and boys teams from Beardy’s and Battlefords.

    “The certification is very important because we need to get more volunteers out there for our kids,” said Pinehouse Mayor Mike Natomagan. “And to see this kind of hockey is something else.”

    The community also received its first skate sharpener as a legacy of the event. Until now, many youngsters had been making do with dull blades.

    “We want to leave an impression in these communities,” concluded Gitzel. “We want to make a difference and we are. I’m really proud of our volunteer spirit and our volunteer team.

    2017 Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan Schedule of Events

    Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is set to begin Monday, January 16th in the town of Shellbrook. Pinehouse, the co-host will follow up with events starting on the Friday, January 20th. The two communities are eager to get things underway as the build up for this event is almost here!

    Shellbrook Schedule

    Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan coming to Shellbrook and Pinehouse

    Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is going north in January and the communities of Shellbrook and Pinehouse will be in the spotlight after winning the right to host the annual celebration.
    In Shellbrook, the local organizing committee hopes to raise $100,000 to help purchase a new ice plant. The community of 1,500 people will host events from Jan. 16-22, including:

    In Pinehouse – a community of 1,500 people located more than 500 kilometres north of Saskatoon – the focus will be on skill development for 90 minor hockey players on Jan. 21. Two highlight games will follow on the afternoon of Jan. 22:

     Having two host communities is a first for Cameco Hockey Day and the inclusion of Pinehouse means that the event is going further north than ever before. Cameco Hockey Day is awarded to a different Saskatchewan Hockey Association zone each year. With the northern zone being so large, Cameco and the SHA agreed to involve two host communities this year.
    For more information, contact:

    Jonathan Huntington 
    Director, corporate relations 
    Cameco Corporation 
    306-251-2933 (cell/text)  

    Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Cameco and the host community. 

    Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is the third weekend in January, but the hockey festival stretches over several days as local minor hockey teams from the area become involved.

    This marks the first time Shellbrook and Pinehouse – population 1,300 – hosted the event.

    In addition communities from across Saskatchewan are encouraged to host their very own Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan activities and events. All who take part will be entered for a chance to win $1,000 for your Minor Hockey Association. Simply fill out THIS FORM with the details.  

    Cameco Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Hockey Association, Cameco and the host community each winter.