This year’s Hockey Day in Saskatchewan celebration was held in zone seven in the hamlet of Hillmond from January 16th to 19th. The annual event is a way for minor hockey and the local community to raise funds towards a capital project for a new community rink or renovate their existing facility. In Hillmond, it was well known that the 32-year old’ Hillmond Redden Arena was in desperate need of new rink boards and so the host committee set out a goal to raise $100,000 towards the roughly $200,000 cost that was needed for this upgrade. Following the event, the Hillmond host committee was excited to announce a profit of $207,000 during the four-day event. That amount is the largest ever raised during Hockey Day in Saskatchewan in its twelve years of existence.
"Hosting this event has made a world of difference for our arena and our pride in our community. Thank you to our many sponsors for their continued support, and to everyone who attended and contributed to this historic weekend in Hillmond!”
- Hillmond Host Committee, Jill McKenzie
The hamlet of Hillmond and surrounding communities were thrilled to kick-off the event with the Wade Redden and Friends celebrity game on the Thusday night. The game featured ex-NHLers Marty McSorley, Wade Redden and Lance Ward at the Hillmond Redden Arena where the Hillmond Hitmen and Lloydminster Border King Alumni took to the ice.
On Friday, a sold-out prime rib dinner at the Lloydminster Stockade took place with Marty McSorley, Wade Redden and SHA's own Kelly McClintock taking part in a Q and A with host Greg Buchanan. This was followed up a live auction and performances by Jordyn Pollard and then The Dirt Rich Band.
On Saturday, the littlest rink users took part in the SHA Cross-Ice Jamboree which featured players from Hillmond and Paradise Hill. The much anticipated triple-header followed with the Saskatchewan Female "AAA" Hockey League's Battlefords Sharks versus the Swift Current Wildcats. Swift Current came out on top by a score of 4-1. On the male side, the Saskatchewan Midget "AAA" Hockey League's Notre Dame Hounds then defeated the Battlefords Stars, 5-2. The final game of the night was the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League matchup between the Battlefords North Stars and the Notre Dame Hounds. A back and forth affair lead to a 3-2 win for the North Stars.
Sunday was a full-day line-up of Hillmond Minor Hockey games, from Novice all the way up to the senior men’s Hillmond Hitmen. Friends and neighbors gathered for the day at the arena to enjoy the food and fellowship of a weekend well-planned and executed. This was an event that will be remembered in Hillmond for a very long time.
The 2020 event marked the 13th host community for Hockey Day in Saskatchewan since its inception in 2008. Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is awarded to a different community each year to help raise funds for the local arena. The event is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and the host community.
This season, Hockey Day in Saskatchewan will celebrate its 13th year on January 16th to 19th in Hillmond, Saskatchewan. The venues for this year will be the Hillmond Redden Arena, Community Centre, Hillmond Central School and Lloydminster Stockade.
Check out the schedule below for times and ticket information.
The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) is excited to announce that the hamlet of Hillmond will host the 2020 edition of Hockey Day in Saskatchewan (HDIS). Situated in the north-west portion of zone seven, Hillmond is a vibrant community that boasts tremendous volunteers and provides a hub for many surrounding towns and communities alike. This season, Hockey Day in Saskatchewan will celebrate its 13th year at the Hillmond Redden Arena, Community Centre, Hillmond Central School and even the Lloydminster Exhibition.
The event will take place January 16 to 19, 2020, with a full schedule to be released at a later date. Today we are happy to announce that on Friday, January 17, the Lloydminster Exhibition will host the official Hockey Day in Saskatchewan banquet. Special guests include seven-time Stanley Cup champion, Bryan Trottier and Hockey Canada CEO, Tom Renney. The banquet night is a big part of bringing together the surrounding communities and raising funds for the new rink board project at the Hillmond Redden Arena.
“Hillmond is extremely pleased to be selected as hosts for Hockey Day in Saskatchewan. As a small community, this event will highlight our facility, volunteers and our deep hockey roots! The opportunity to host such an event will help us in achieving our goal to replace the existing rink boards which are now 32 years old. This project enables us to provide our community, children and future generations a facility they can utilize for many years to come.”
Trevor Shirtliffe, Hillmond Host Committee
On the Saturday, the Hillmond Redden Arena will be the main venue where the much-anticipated triple-header will take place. From the Saskatchewan Female Midget “AAA” Hockey League, the Swift Current Wildcats will take on the Battlefords Sharks. On the boy’s side, the Midget “AAA” Notre Dame Hounds will hit the ice against the Battlefords Stars. Finally, the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League matchup will see the Notre Dame Hounds take on the Battlefords North Stars.
The full schedule and ticket information will be released soon. Check back at this website for updates.
Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is an annual event which is held on the third weekend in January. The goal for Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is to provide the host community with a fund-raising platform to assist in the financing of rink improvements or a new facility.
On behalf of the SHA Board of Directors, I would like to advise Minor Hockey Associations within Zone Seven (7) that the SHA will be accepting bids to host the 2020 Hockey Day in Saskatchewan on January 17-19, 2020.
Hockey Day in Saskatchewan was recently held in Gull Lake and the host committee raised over $128,000 for their arena project. In 2017, a record breaking $175,000 was raised in Shellbrook.
The following criteria will be used to select a community to serve as the host for the 2020 event:
The SHA will provide the following assistance to the host community;
This event proved to be a tremendous promotion over the course of the past eleven (11) years and the SHA sees this event getting larger and more popular each year.
lease submit your Bid to Host the 2020 Hockey Day in Saskatchewan event to the SHA Office by April 1st, 2019. A recommendation will be made to the SHA Board of Directors for approval at their meeting scheduled for the April 27-28 weekend.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the SHA office at 306-789-5101.
At the beginning of the season, it was announced that Hockey Day in Saskatchewan would take place in Gull Lake from January 14 to 20, 2019. The slogan’ One Rink, One Dream, became a rallying point for the host committee. With the hard work from volunteers, the community responded and brought together a fantastic event this past January.
The Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA) and the Gull Lake Host Committee are excited to announce the total funds raised at Hockey Day in Saskatchewan, 2019. Once all the games were done and all the events complete, the total profit from the entire week-long celebration was $128,000. The funds raised will assist in renovations and upkeep of the Gull Lake Skating Rink.
“A deep collective sigh could be heard from the [organizing] team. This was not an exhausted, thank goodness it is over, but an overwhelming feeling of pride and satisfaction of a job well done!”
Gull Lake Host Committee, Tracey Stenson and Sara Kuntz
Hockey Day in Saskatchewan – 2019, featured a variety of events, from ninja warrior to scavenger hunts and fireworks to hockey, the event had something for everyone. Appreciation must be given to all players, coaches, officials and volunteers who made this event possible. Our special guest speaker, Dennis Hull, for keeping the crowd entertained at the Banquet. Finally, all the gracious sponsors that assisted in making this dream a reality with their time and funding. The annual Hockey Day in Saskatchewan event continues to showcase why the rink is the heart of every Saskatchewan community!
The 2019 event marked the 11th host community for Hockey Day in Saskatchewan since its inception in 2008. Hockey Day in Saskatchewan is awarded to a different community each year to help raise funds for the local arena. The event is a partnership between the Saskatchewan Hockey Association and the host community.