Coached by Yorkton and Saskatchewan Sports Halls of Fame inductee Keith Washenfelder, the 1984 Yorkton Cardinals won the provincial championship and participated in the Western Canadian Championships. The 1984 Yorkton Cardinals were a nucleus of 14 players who won provincial championships in the Juvenile, Bison and Junior categories. Highlights for the 1984 team included winning three major tournaments in Saskatchewan held at Yorkton, Moose Jaw, and Saskatoon against teams from western Canada and the USA, and winning 26 consecutive games.
For nearly four decades, Dorothy Fehrenbach has worked steadily and diligently to promote and raise the status of golf and curling, both locally and provincially.
Dorothy was a Deer Park Ladies’ Golf Club charter member as well as a life member. She held numerous positions in the club. In addition, Dorothy had many local and provincial achievements to her credit. She has been an outstanding athlete and a tremendous supporter and builder of athletes. Dorothy was the 1970 Provincial Women’s Senior Golf Champion and the 1971 runner up.
In addition to golf, Dorothy was also an avid curler for over 50 years and received a life membership in the Yorkton Ladies’ Curling Club in 1987.
Harvey Fraser was a valuable Yorkton Terrier hockey player from 1935 to 1937 and again from 1939 to 1942. He played the 1938-39 season with the Wembley Monarchs in London, England. As well as a Terrier player, Harvey also played for the Flin Flon Bombers, New Westminster Lodestars and then went on to the Chicago Black Hawks (1944-45), St. Louis Flyers, Rhode Island Reds ( 1946-47 ) and Providence Rhode Island Reds ( 1947-50 ).
Harvey amassed a number of achievements during his hockey career, including MVP in each of the 1949 and 1950 seasons. A high point of Harvey’s sports achievements was the induction into the Rhode Island Reds Hockey Hall of Fame in 1968.
As a sportsman, Bill Gibson was most active in curling, and golf at Deer Park. He competed in numerous tournaments and served the local club in various capacities. Perhaps Bill’s most outstanding contribution in golf was his service to young people. He coached high school golf for six years.
Bill began curling in 1948 and in 1994 he won the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan gold medal and the silver medal in 1995. Over the years Bill served in various capacities with the Yorkton Curling Club. He also coached high school curling teams for many years and was active with the Saskatchewan Curling Association in many ways, including as president in 1988-89. He was made a Saskatchewan Curling Association Honourary Life Member in 1989, and served as the Saskatchewan representative on various committees of the Canadian Curling Association.
Merv Kuryluk was involved in sports for over 40 years, particularly with hockey. He signed a contract with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1955, and that year joined the Moose Jaw Canucks of the Western Canada Junior Hockey League. When fire destroyed the Moose Jaw arena in 1956, the team came to Yorkton.
Over the years, Merv amassed numerous credits and awards. In 1960, he was signed to play with Sault Ste. Marie of the Eastern Pro League. From 1962, Merv played with the Black Hawks, Buffalo, St. Louis and Los Angeles. Upon retirement from pro hockey, Merv devoted his energy to coaching the Yorkton Juvenile Club and joined the Senior Terriers hockey team. He is a founding member of the Yorkton Terrier Old Timers.
In addition to hockey, Merv promoted Yorkton sports including baseball, golf including the longtime popular Blue Owl Golf Classic tournament, and the 1993 hockey reunion.
During his lifetime former Terrier Stanley Obodiak has made an outstanding contribution in a number of areas. Stan’s involvement with Midget and Juvenile baseball, for instance, dates back to 1937. For many years, he played with the Yorkton Cardinals in the Man-Sask League. In the 40s, Stan played on the Saskatchewan championship softball team.
His stint with the Lethbridge Maple Leafs took him to a 1951 World Hockey Championship in Paris, France, which they won with Stan being the leading scorer. Stan played many sports, including basketball, golf, track, bowling and soccer as well as baseball, softball and hockey. Not only did he excel in playing sports, but for 25 years Stan was Publicity Director of Maple Leaf Gardens and the Toronto Maple Leafs hockey team.
He wrote several books, notably The Leafs: the First Fifty Years, Maple Leaf Gardens: Fifty Years of History, and Red Kelly, The Polish Pope. Stan’s outstanding contributions got him elected to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, the Alberta Hall of Fame and the British Ice Hall of Fame.
Since the mid 1950s, Linus Westberg served not only as a local, provincial, national and international sportscaster, but as a promoter of sports. Known for his colourful reporting, Linus worked diligently to promote young athletes through such programs as Minor Sports Night, a local television programs featuring young athletes, and through coaching minor hockey. Linus was involved with the Yorkton Cardinals baseball team, was a long time announcer for the Terrier hockey games and served on the Terrier executive for many years.
Linus’s contributions to sports did not stop at the local level. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors for several years and a member of the Football Reporters of Canada. He was involved with the Yorkton Special Olympics program for several years. Over the years Linus received numerous awards and recognitions, but he was particularly proud of being named Yorkton’s Mr. Sports for his work in developing and promoting the Cardinal baseball team, and being selected by his peers for the 1981 Can-Pro Award which recognized his work with the Regina Pats.