Hockey Canada is providing a big boost to hockey across Saskatchewan as a thank-you gift for hosting the organization’s summer gala and golf tournament in Saskatoon this summer.
The Hockey Canada Foundation is providing $333,000 split between four different initiatives related to the sport in Saskatchewan.
The Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association (SMHA), Saskatchewan Hockey Association (SHA), Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame (SHHF) and the University of Saskatchewan’s Merlis Belsher Place will each receive an $83,272 share of the money for different initiatives.
Funds will go towards specific projects involving the organizations. The SHA will use their share to host cross-ice jamborees for five and six-year-olds across 10 northern communities.
“We’re really excited to see that kind of money left behind,” General Manager Kelly McClintock said.
He noted nets, rink dividers, lightweight pucks and jerseys will be left with the communities after the SHA programs conclude.
Merlis Belsher Place will use half of their money to ensure the new arena can accommodate sledge hockey, with the other half going towards overall construction of the facility. Belsher himself is matching the funds.
The SMHA plans to invest their portion into the Memorial Cup legacy fund, which assists families in financial need with the cost of getting their kids involved with hockey.
Meanwhile, the SHHF will put their money towards capital upgrades to the iPlex in Swift Current.
—With files from 650 CKOM’s Wray Morrison.