Please join us in building the next era of hockey passion, strength, excellence, tradition and pride!
The HOME ICE Campaign will fund a two-storey, twin-pad ice facility in Saskatoon, with increased spectator seating, sufficient dressing rooms for both Huskie hockey and community groups, as well as dedicated space for coaches, trainers, referees and equipment storage.
For more than 85 years, hockey players, coaches, officials and fans have created great sporting memories at Rutherford Rink on the University of Saskatchewan campus. Built in 1929 and affectionately called the “Dog House”, the home of Huskie men’s and women’s hockey has now fallen well below the standard of quality required for a competitive university athletic program. Student intramural, community-based programs and league teams also experience challenges with the out-dated Rutherford Rink. Although renovated numerous times, it is clear that Rutherford is now beyond repair.
The facility will improve the student experience at the university and draw elite athletes to Saskatchewan from across the country. Modern facilities will provide new and expanded opportunities for Huskie Athletics, Campus Rec Hockey and academic programs. Men’s and women’s Huskie hockey teams currently draw over 10,000 spectators annually. Events such as university Convocation and trade shows will bring nearly 15,000 additional visitors to the facility as well.
To serve the hockey needs on campus and in our broader community, plans have been developed for a large, shared ice complex. Through a unique partnership between the University of Saskatchewan and the Saskatoon Minor Hockey Association, the new facility will reduce late night practices for young players and their families, expose players and their coaches to varsity-level hockey and create a unique opportunity for Huskie athletes to mentor younger players.