Daily Herald Staff
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2014 class of inductees into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame.
The provincial hall, which was first opened in 2012, is located in Swift Current, but the board of directors for the group has insisted that the induction banquet will be moved around the province on a yearly basis and Prince Albert has been selected as the location for the 2014 ceremony.
Although no date has been established, nominations are being accepted until Sept. 1 to allow the organizing committee time to make their selections and to promote the event.
When the hall was first established a long list of inductees were enshrined to catch up on the rich hockey history that Saskatchewan has provided. Among those first inductees were the 1985 Memorial Cup champion Prince Albert Raiders, Johnny Bower and Fred Sasakamoose. Bower played his junior hockey in Prince Albert before going on to an NHL Hall of Fame career while Sasakamoose hails from the Sandy Lake Reserve and has close ties to the area.
Nominations are being accepted in five categories: builder, grassroots contributor, player, officials and teams. With Prince Albert being the host for the 2014 event, that doesn’t limit nominations to being from this area, but a number of local hockey people certainly come to mind including Terry Simpson, Marshall Johnston from Birch Hills, Dave Tippett, Dave Manson, Rick Wilson, Dave Balon and Jim Neilson among many others.
Anyone wanting to nominate someone for the honour can do so by going to www.saskhockeyhalloffame.com and filling out a nomination form on line. Nominations can also be sent to: Induction Selection Committee, Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame, 2-575 Park Street, Regina, Sask., S4N 5B2.