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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.

HistoryEdit

The Quakers were a founding member of the Western Canada Senior Hockey League (WCHSL) 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 recordEdit

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

Season League GP W L T GF GA Points Finish Playoffs
1945–46 WCSHL 36 14 19 2 104 147 30 3rd Overall
1946–47 WCSHL 40 15 23 2 151 210 32 4th Overall
1947–48 WCSHL 48 19 27 2 187 239 40 5th Overall
1948–49 WCSHL 48 8 38 2 144 307 18 5th Overall
1949–50 WCSHL 50 24 25 1 190 227 49 3rd Overall
1950–51 WCSHL 59 31 27 1 246 234 63 3rd Overall Won league
1951–52 PCHL 70 35 21 14 273 225 84 2nd Overall Won championship
1952–53 WHL 70 35 26 9 268 240 79 1st Overall
1953–54 WHL 70 32 29 9 226 214 73 3rd Overall
1954–55 WHL 70 19 41 11 207 273 49 6th Overall
1955–56 WHL 70 27 35 8 208 249 2 3rd Prairie
1958–59 WHL 64 29 31 4 208 201 62 4th Prairie

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  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.