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Huskie Athletics will be the program of choice for students pursuing an elite level University student-athlete experience.
Huskie Athletics is an integral and recognizable part of the University of Saskatchewan, the College of Kinesiology, our Saskatoon community and our Province. We provide an elite student-athlete experience within a unique, ever changing environment that fosters athletic and academic excellence.
Huskie Athletics provides Saskatoon and area with a little bit of everything for all types of sports fans.
The 15 different athletic teams compete in the Canada West Universities Athletic Association that spans from Victoria to Winnipeg. The Canada West is one of four regions (others include the Ontario Universities Association, Atlantic Universities Association and RESQ) in the 53 member Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS). The CIS spans from Victoria to St. John’s, Nfld.
With 97 Canada West Championships and 25 CIS Championships under its belt, Huskie Athletics is one of the most dominant programs in the country. The program will host three CIS Championships in the next three years.
Huskie teams play at premier facilities built with the fan in mind. At Griffiths Stadium in PotashCorp Park, one can take in a football game featuring the three-time Vanier Cup champion Huskies under the tutelage of 29-year CIS coaching veteran Brian Towriss. Or catch the fast-paced action on the soccer pitch.
At the Physical Activity Complex, the basketball and volleyball squads field some of the top teams in the conference. Men's basketball won the CIS Championship in 2009-10, while women's basketball have appeared in five straight CIS Championships. The volleyball squads have won a combined seven CIS championship banners since 1972.
In the rustic and homey Rutherford Rink (the second oldest in Canada), the Huskie hockey teams are perennial favourites for the top spot in the conference. The men’s hockey team full of junior hockey players now finishing their careers, has won nine Canada West titles and has competed at the CIS Championship five times in the last seven seasons. Women's hockey has had two conference players of the year in two of the last three seasons.
Huskie Athletics is also home to wrestling, track & field and cross country teams.
As the sports governing body for student-athletes at the University of Saskatchewan, Huskie Athletics provides the opportunity to students to play sport at an elite level while obtaining a university degree. Huskie athletes leave the campus and the University of Saskatchewan with the skills to become successful at work, with family and in the community.
Home to 1447 all-stars since 1920, Huskie Athletics strives each year to provide quality programs for athletes while they prepare for the future.
The University of Saskatchewan began in 1907 and has housed varsity teams since 1911. At various times in its history, Huskie Athletics has offered teams in 24 different sports. In 2011-12 Huskie Athletics celebrated its Centennial season. A legacy section for each sport can be found on the individual team pages.
The name Huskies was included in an article in the Sept. 20, 1932 Star- Phoenix: “The Varsity Stadium yesterday morning saw the advance guard of over twenty gridiron Huskies swing into action.” One of the earliest pictures of players wearing sweaters with ‘Huskies’ on them was the 1932-33 Greystone yearbook, which showed the men’s hockey team in uniforms with the new name.
The colours green and white were chosen in 1910 by Reginald Bateman, a native of Ireland and the first English professor at the University of Saskatchewan. Bateman was at a college meeting which displayed pennants and colour suggestions made by agriculture professor Alexander Greiig. “There was a moment’s silence, and then professor Bateman stepped forward and touched the green and white,” wrote historian Arthur Morton. Said U of S president Walter Murray: “The Irishman has spoken. So be it.”
- With files from Cheryl Avery and Michael (PJ) Kennedy