The SHA and its partners recognize that the rink is at the heart of every small community, serving as a place of gathering throughout the year.
Through the Hockey Day in Saskatchewan initiative, we hope to give communities a chance to celebrate their rinks - and to preserve them - so future generations can enjoy the same experiences growing up as we were fortunate enough to experience.
Hockey Day in Saskatchewan provides associations a fundraising platform to keep rinks alive and well in all communities, both big and small, and we encourage every minor hockey association to hold an event in their own community for Hockey Day in Saskatchewan. Check out these success stories from past hosts and participants!
2008 - Unity - The inaurgural event raised over $20,000 towards the construction of female dressing rooms.
2009 - Lampman - Raised almost $73,000 highlighted by a banquet featuring three guest speakers and 400 guests.
2010 - Lanigan - Raised over $130,000 to put towards the installation of a new ice plant, and the WHL Youth Experience contest was introduced.
2011 - Waldheim - Over $23,000 was put towards rink improvements and participation around the province grew to over 1000 communities!
2012 - Melville - Raised over $24,000 from gate admission, a pancake breakfast, progressive 50/50 draw, live and silent auctions, raffle tables and more!
2013 - Assiniboia - Over $44,000 raised towards building a new hockey rink! 39 other communities around the province raised an additional $163,000!
2014 - St. Walburg - Over $84,000 was raised for interior projects at the St. Walburg arena, with an additional $85,000 raised in communities across the province.
2015 - Carnduff - Over $85,000 was raised for improvement to their existing arena.
2016 - Wadena - Over $101,000 was raised for the towns arena project.
2017 - Shellbrook & Pinehouse - Raised a record setting $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.
2018 - Balcarres - The host organizing committee announced a profit of $67,295 to help cover renovations to their 51-year-old facility.
2019 - Gull Lake - The community of Gull Lake raised over $128,000 to go towards renovations and upkeep of the Gull Lake Skating Rink.
2020 - Hillmond - The hamlet of Hillmond and surrounding communities contributed over $207,000 to replace the existing rink boards in the Wade Redden Arena.