"Two founding members of the SMAAAHL are being inducted into the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Jim McIntyre and Joe Bloski were long-time rivals (Contact/Blazers) but have cooperately worked together since 1982 for the overall betterment of the league and its participating members”. Formal induction ceremony to take place in Saskatoon on July 6th, 2019."
SASK. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME - GRASSROOTS CATEGORY - CLASS OF 2019
Announced February 2nd, 2019 (Induction Ceremony July 6th, 2019, Saskatoon)
Joe Bloski (Chelan, SK.) started his coaching career (Saskatoon Playgrounds Hockey Assoc.) in 1960 beginning at the Novice Level and continuing through to the Midget age group. In 1970 he would become President of the Eastview Community Association in Saskatoon where he played an integral leadership role in raising funds for constructing two outdoor rinks with permanent boards and asphalt base. In 1982-83 he would become the Manager/Co-Coach(with hockey associate Ken Johnston) with the Saskatoon Blazers Midget Hockey Club. In 1986, Joe would successfully lead a committee to host the Western Regional Championships. The following year, Bloski would relinquish his coaching duties with the Blazers but would remain as the club’s Team Manager. While holding this position, he was elected to the position of Vice-President of the Saskatchewan “AAA” Hockey League. In 1993 Bloski would be elected President of the SMAAAHL where he would remain in this role for the next 4 years. Following his time with the Blazers and the Presidency, Bloski would serve on the Board of Directors as Past President in an advisory role.
Through Bloski’s association with the Saskatoon Blazers, he was a founding member of Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey League in 1982. In addition to his commitments to the Blazers and SMAAAHL, Bloski was an active contributor to numerous community hockey events....
Joe Bloski would receive many awards and acknowledgements during his career. Among them were the “Outstanding Volunteer, North” award from the Saskatchewan Hockey Association in 1992; the “Saskatoon Referees Association Volunteer Award’ from the Referees Division of SMHA in 1996; The ‘Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year’ award in 2000; the City of Saskatoon Centennial ‘100 People 100 Reasons’ award in 2007; the ‘Saskatoon Tourism Leadership’ award in 2009; the ‘Canadian Sports Tourism Alliance Community Service’ award in 2010; Bloski would be presented with a Lifetime Membership in the SMAAAHL in 2006 as well as being inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1998.
SASK. HOCKEY HALL OF FAME - GRASSROOTS CATEGORY - CLASS OF 2019
Announced February 2nd, 2019....Induction Ceremony July 6th , 2019, Saskatoon
Jim McIntyre (Saskatoon, SK) began coaching minor hockey with the Saskatoon Contacts at the male midget level. He would go on to purchase the club in 1980 and since that time, the club has over 1000 young men play for the organization. McIntyre’s motto for team stands as “Creating hockey players and citizens for tomorrow”. Throughout his years with the club, McIntyre would serve as owner, coach, league governor, bus driver, manager, general manager, assistant coach, and mentor. Jim is a founding member of the Saskatchewan Midget AAA Hockey league.
McIntyre would receive Coach of the Year in 1995 for his work with the SMAAAHL and would be chosen as the 2005 Mac’s International “AAA” Midget Tournament Coach of the Year. McIntyre’s accolades include winning 6 Midget “AAA” League Championships; 5 Midget “AAA” Provincial Championships; 5 Western Regional Championships; 4 Bronze Medals at the Air Canada/Telus Cup; and one National Championship at the 2005 Telus Cup. The Saskatoon Minor Hockey Hockey Association created the McIntyre Cup, a trophy awarded annually to the season series winning team between the Saskatoon Contacts and the Saskatoon Blazers.
Curtis Leschyshyn (Thompson, MB) began his hockey career with the Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. During the 1987-88 season Leschyshyn would be selected to the East First All-Star Team. During Leschyshyn’ s Junior career, he collected 28 goals, 67 assists in 127 games. Following the 1987-88 season, Leschyshyn would go on to be drafted third overall by the Quebec Nordiques in that summers National Hockey League Entry Draft. Leschyshyn would remain with the franchise during relocation to Colorado in 1995-96. That season Leschyshyn was fortunate enough to capture the Stanley Cup in 1996.
Leschyshyn would go on to play for the Washington Capitals in 1996-97 and the Hartford Whalers franchise, which relocated to become the Carolina Hurricanes in 1997-98. During the 2000 Expansion Draft, Leschyshyn would be claimed by the Minnesota Wild. Leschyshyn last stop would be playing for the Ottawa Senators, where he enjoyed 4 seasons from 2000 to 2003. In his 2003-04 season, Leschyshyn would go on to play his 1,000th NHL game. Following that season, he announced his retirement from the National Hockey League.
During Leschyshyn’ s professional hockey career, he racked up and impressive 1,033 National Hockey League games with 47 goals, 165 assists and 669 penalty minutes. In retirement, Leschyshyn served as an Assistant Coach for the Saskatoon Blades for the 2012 and 2013 seasons. Leschyshyn was also a member of the Colorado Avalanche radio broadcast team providing color commentary. Leschyshyn was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2012.
Brian Skrudland (Peace River, AB) grew up playing his minor hockey in Saskatoon which lead him to play for the hometown Saskatoon Blades of the Western Hockey League. After competing in three seasons for the blue and yellow, Skrudland would finish his Junior career with 192 points and would later have his #10 jersey retired by the Saskatoon Blades franchise.
Skrudland was left undrafted out of Junior in 1983. The Nova Scotia Voyageurs of the American Hockey League took a chance at the left shooting, centre. He would play a full season in Nova Scotia before the team relocated to Sherbrooke to become the Canadiens. It was that season which led to Skrudland’s breakout, compiling 22 goals, 28 assists for 50 points in 70 games. Skrudland and the Sherbrooke
Canadiens would ultimately win the Calder Cup as Playoff champions in 1985. Along the way, Skrudland picked up 17 points in 17 games on route to claiming the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as Playoff MVP.
Skrudland would make the jump to the National Hockey League, playing for the storied Montreal Canadiens. In the 1985-86 season, Skrudland would look to find his role in the organization and it was in the playoffs where he did just that. Skrudland would be a force during their Stanley Cup run, tallying 76 penalty minutes in 20 playoff games. Skrudland’s efforts helped win his first and the Montreal Canadiens’
23rd Stanley Cup in franchise history. Skrudland would go on to play eight and a half seasons in La Belle Province, never missing the playoffs and being named Assistant Captain for the 1989 to 1992 seasons. Skrudland was later traded to the Calgary Flames during the 1992-93 season before moving to the expansion Florida Panthers the following season. Skrudland was named the first ever Captain in Florida Panthers history, a title which he held for four consecutive seasons. Skrudland would sign with the New York Rangers following the 1997 season. That season Skrudland was traded to the Dallas Stars. During the 1998-99 season, Skrudland would once again have his name etched on the Stanley Cup as Brett Hull was the overtime hero in the 1999 playoffs. Skrudland played in his final National Hockey League season in 1999-2000, before transitioning to a coaching position with the Calgary Flames.
Over the course of Skrudland’s career, he compiled 124 goals, 219 assists, for 343 points, along with 1,107 penalty minutes. Brian Skrudland was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.