Saskatoon Quakers

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The Saskatoon Quakers were an ice hockey team that was based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The team existed from 1945 until 1959, and again from 1965–1971, playing in various senior and minor professional leagues during that time. The Quakers represented Canada in 1934 World Ice Hockey Championships held in Milan, Italy where they won Gold. [1] In 1952, they captured the President's Cup as Pacific Coast Hockey League champions.

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The Quakers were a founding member of the Western Canada Senior Hockey League (WCSHL) in 1945, where they were known their first two seasons as the Saskatoon Elks. They captured the WCSHL championship in 1950–51. The following season, the Quakers joined the Calgary Stampeders and Edmonton Flyers in turning professional as the WCSHL merged with the Pacific Coast Hockey League, which renamed itself the Western Hockey League in the following year. As a result of the merger, the Quakers lost their amateur status, becoming a minor-professional team. The Quakers succumbed, after five seasons in the WHL, to the increased costs of operating a minor-professional team.

When the Quakers won the WCSHL 1950–51 championship, they became the western league's representative to the 1951 Alexander Cup for the national major ('open' to both amateur and professional leagues) senior ice hockey championship of Canada. They would lose to the Toronto St. Michaels Monarchs in the Alexander Cup's semi-finals.

In 1957–58, Saskatoon returned to the WHL, splitting home games with St. Paul, Minnesota as the Saskatoon/St. Paul Regals. The two city concept did not work, and in 1958–59, the team was restored as the Saskatoon Quakers. They would last only that one season before folding. Saskatoon has not been represented by a professional hockey team since, but in 1965 the Quakers name was reborn with an amateur team in the Western Canada Senior Hockey League.

Historical season-by-season record

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against

SeasonLeagueGP W L T GF GA PointsFinishPlayoffs
1945–46WCSHL3614192104147303rd Overall
1946–47WCSHL4015232151210324th Overall
1947–48WCSHL4819272187239405th Overall
1948–49WCSHL488382144307185th Overall
1949–50WCSHL5024251190227493rd Overall
1950–51WCSHL5931271246234633rd OverallWon league
1951–52PCHL70352114273225842nd OverallWon championship
1952–53WHL7035269268240791st Overall
1953–54WHL7032299226214733rd Overall
1954–55WHL70194111207273496th Overall
1955–56WHL702735820824923rd Prairie
1958–59WHL6429314208201624th Prairie

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References

  1. Holland, Dave (2008). Canada on Ice; The World Hockey Championships, 1920–2008. Canada On Ice productions. pp. 39–39. ISBN   978-0-9808936-0-1.