Trent Cassan, Head Coach and Assoc. GM
Casey O'Brien, Assistant Coach
John Odgers, Assistant Coach
Don Chesney, General Manager
Gordon Pritchard, Assistant GM
Dave Barron, President
Garry Carson, Director of Player Personnel
Andre Huberdeau, Trainer/Equipment Manager
Laura Dean-Fuhr, Conditioning Coach
Lisa Schill, Office Manager
Winning the previous season’s Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Canalta Cup Championship, but falling in that year’s Western Canada Cup in Nanaimo, BC, the 2013-14 Yorkton Terriers were ready to defend their league championship, but had much higher goals in mind. It was a winter to remember for hockey fans in Yorkton.
The Terriers rolled through the regular season with a 37-12-7 record, good for first place and the league pennant. Led on the back-end by captain Devon McMullen and the Norrish twins – Brady and Chase Norrish, along with league all-star goaltender Kale Thomson, the Terriers were a tough team to score against. Up front, the team was led by players such as Taylor Thompson, Kailum Gervais, Tyler Giebel, and Daylan Gatzke along with a mid-season trade acquisition in Brett Boehm who provided many highlight reel goals on his way to a 43 point season and 21 goals in only 27 games with the Terriers.
After dispatching the Notre Dame Hounds in five games to open up the SJHL playoffs, the Terriers faced the Humboldt Broncos. Despite an opening game triple overtime loss, the Terriers reeled off four straight victories to advance to the league finals to face off against their Highway 9 rival Melville Millionaires. The Terriers swept the Mils in four straight games to win their second consecutive league championship and sixth overall.
Heading to the Western Canada Cup in Dauphin, MB, the Terriers lost two of their first three games, before winning a must-win game to qualify for the playoff round. The Terriers defeated the host Dauphin Kings 5-4 to advance to the national championships in Vernon BC. There they lost their first two games against Toronto and Vernon, but rebounded with wins against Carleton Place and Dauphin. In the semi-final the Terriers eliminated the host Vernon Vipers to advance to the national championship final against the Carleton Place Canadiens.
The teams went into the third period with Carleton Place holding a 3-1 lead. But the Terriers killed off a late penalty and with just under three minutes remaining, Tanner Lischynsky scored to give the Terriers life. Dylan Johnson scored only eight seconds later to tie the game to send the national championship into overtime.
It only took five minutes to settle things as a goal by Derek Falloon lifted the Yorkton Terriers into the history books as they won their first ever national championship.
Getting his start at the age of eight when his mom and dad took him to the Tonkin Curling Rink where he was allowed to throw rocks while his parents socialized, Gerry Adam turned that into a lifetime of achievements in the sport of curling.
Gerry competed in many district, regional, Northern and Saskatchewan provincial championships, including the 1999 Labatt Brier in Edmonton, playing third as a member of the Gerald Shymko rink, along with Arnie Geisler and Neil Cursons. The team finished third in the round robin with a record of 7-4, advancing to the page playoffs where they defeated the Russ Howard rink of New Brunswick to advance to the semifinal. They fell in an extra end to the Guy Hemmings Quebec rink, but Gerry Adam was not finished with his Brier experiences.
He threw second rocks with the Pat Simmons rink in the Tim Horton’s Brier in 2007 in Hamilton along with Jeff Sharp and Steve Laycock, and participated in in the 2008 Brier in Winnipeg, where the rink finished in second place during the round robin, narrowly losing to Alberta’s Kevin Martin and Ontario’s Glenn Howard in the playoffs. Gerry also appeared as an alternate with the Steve Laycock rink in the 2015 Brier in Calgary and the 2016 Brier in Ottawa.
In mixed curling, Gerry was the second on the Bryan Derbowka rink, along with Cathy Trowell and Karen Cottenie, winning provincials and representing Saskatchewan at the 2003 Canadian Mixed Curling Championships in Abbotsford, where they finished 10-1 during the round robin and finished tied for first place, but fell to the Shannon Kleibrink rink of Alberta in the semi-finals.
Gerry is inducted not only as an athlete, but also as a builder in the sport of curling. Gerry is a longtime board member and past president of the Yorkton Curling Club, where he was also the chair and co-chair of many major provincial, national, and international curling events held in Yorkton, including the highly successful Pinty’s Grand Slam of Curling events held in 2015 and 2020.
Gerry has given back to the sport of curling as an instructor and coach of junior and women’s Saskatchewan curling teams and has been a district representative with the Saskatchewan Curling Association for 10 years.
He was the coach of the Saskatchewan junior men’s team in the Canada Winter Games in 1991, the 2006 Pat Simmons Brier team, the 2021 Jim Cotter Brier team representing British Columbia, the 2022 Nathan Young Team Newfoundland team participating in the Canadian Junior Championships and the 2023 Saskatchewan Under 21 men’s provincial champions.
He spent three years as coach of Team Tirinzoni of Switzerland, which won the Swiss Nationals, the 2017 Swiss Olympic trials, which earned them a spot to compete in the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.
A lifetime dedicated to the sport of curling saw Gerry recognized as the recipient of the 1999 Ross Harstone Sportsmanship Award at the 1999 Brier, a 2007 second team allstar at the Brier, and in 2021 he was inducted into the Governor General’s Curling Club of Canada.
Steven Laycock got his start on the natural ice two-sheet barn in Saltcoats SK. At the age of 14, Steve won the Cambrian Cup as the top 16 and under curler in the Yorkton area. Two years later, he won the Juvenile Provincial Curling Championship. In 2003, Steve and his team brought home the gold in the 2003 Karcher Junior Men’s Canadian Championship in Ottawa earning their ticket to the 2003 Star Choice Junior Men’s World Championship in Films, Switzerland.
Sitting in a four-way tie for first place after the round robin, they defeated Norway in the semi-final by a score of 5-4 moving them to the final against Sweden, beating them in an extra end and becoming the first junior men’s team from Saskatchewan to win the World Juniors.
Steve went on to win the 2006 Canadian University Curling Championship and in 2007 he was a member of team Canada at the World Universaide Games.
Throwing lead stones for Pat Simmons in 2007, Steve won his first provincial Tankard Championship. He went on to win the provincial title another eight times, and runner-up finishes four times before 2020. Steve has made 10 appearances in the Brier and twice as a bronze medalist and has competed on the world curling tour for more than 20 years. And testing strategy and skill, Steve has competed at the Canadian Doubles Curling Championship four times between 2016 and 2023.
Steve and his team have conducted over 30 camps and learn-to-curl events for junior curlers, giving back to the sport of curling and promoting future participation.
Steve was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2007 and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 2013.
Along with his impressive curling resume, Steve is also a three-time provincial champion in competitive slo-pitch.
A love of swimming acquired at a very young age and a desire to be the very best that she could be had Madison Neufeld leave the comforts of her Yorkton home to move to Saskatoon at the age of 13 in order to pursue her dreams.
Madison started her sports career participating in hockey, gymnastics, and baseball. Madison's swimming career began in Yorkton at age six at the local pool after a suggestion by a family friend. Beginning as a recreational swimmer, learning the sport of synchronized swimming and having fun, Madison soon found she had a drive to win and started to compete in tournaments. She competed provincially with the local Yorkton Aquabatix club for five years and then another two years with Team Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Aqualenes.
Madison had many accomplishments and firsts with competitive figure meets, solos, and duet. In addition to individual success, Madison also achieved new highs for the Yorkton Aquabatix program in team meets and disciplines. Madison was the top level provincial stream swimmer in the Yorkton Aquabatix club in numerous age groups.
At the 2013 provincial championships, she won the gold medal in the 13 to 15 age group in the stream figure event, a gold medal in the solo event and a gold medal in the duet event. At the 2015 provincial championships with the Saskatoon Aqualenes, she again won the gold medals in the group national steam duet and the senior national stream team events.
Participating in the 2015 Nationals in the age 13 to 15 national stream duet, she placed ninth overall in Canada. She continued competing which led her to the 2015 Canadian Open Championships where she won a bronze medal in the senior team free event.
Madison was recognized as the youngest member of the 2015 Saskatchewan provincial team that competed at the 2015 Canada Winter Games held in Prince George BC, where she finished fifth nationally in the team event and sixth in the duet event, competing against athletes quite a few years older.
After the Canada Winter Games she moved back to Yorkton to share he knowledge and skill she acquired at the national level in hopes of inspiring other athletes by coaching the provincial stream trio and solo with the Aquabatix club.
Kathy Ziglo was involved in every sport in Yorkton during her youth, and was good at them all. She made everything look fun and was very successful in volleyball, ringette, badminton, bowling and soccer. And then there was golf.
As a junior golfer, Kathy won the Yorkdale championship three times, the YRHS women’s championship three times, Deer Park junior women’s championship six times and had over 70 tournament wins between 1973 and 1999.
Kathy is the only golfer to win the provincial high school championship all four years she was in high school, winning from 1988 to 1991. She competed nationally as part of the provincial team in 1989, 1990, and 1991, and in 1989 she participated in the World Junior Golf Championship at Torrey Pines in La Jolla, California.
In 1993 Score Magazine named Kathy as one of the top 50 collegiate golfers and her winning streak continued as an eight-time Provincial Mixed Champion; three-time winner of the Regina Ladies Open, four-time winner of the Waskesiu Ladies Lobstick and six-time Saskatoon Ladies Open champion.
Kathy won the Provincial Ladies Amateur Championship in 1995 and again in 2019, and is an eight-time winner of the Ladies Northern Amateur.
Kathy won the Golf Saskatchewan Order of Merit Championhip in 2005, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2016, 2019, 2020, and 2022, based on points accumulated in tournament play.
She has represented her city and province in every decade since the 1970s and captured a provincial championship in each of those decades.
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