Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League

Hall of Fame


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Bob Beatty was the head coach of the Humboldt Broncos from 1996-2004. In the 2002 the Broncos won the SJHL Championship. In total Bob has been a head coach in the SJHL for 25 years winning his second championship in 2009. Bob, a native of Watrous, SK. continues to work as an assistant coach in the BCHL. Congratulations Bob on your coach induction into the SJHL Hall Fame.


Dean Brockman began his coaching career as an assistant coach in Humboldt in 1997. The St Benedict native became head coach of the Broncos in 2004 and remained head coach until 2013. During that time Brockman lead the Broncos to two SJHL championships in 2002 and 2007. An RBC Royal Bank Cup finalist in 2007, the Broncos broke through and won the national championship in 2008. After his time in Humboldt Brockman went onto to coach the Saskatoon Blades and later lead the Swift Current Broncos for four seasons. Congratulations Dean on your induction into the SJHL Hall of Fame.


Raised in Brampton, Ontario Chris Cuthbert began his broadcast career in Yorkton, Saskatchewan calling games on GX94 for the Yorkton Terriers in 1979. The Terriers were coached by Jerry James and featured the likes of Joe Kocur, Dave Brown, and Ken Daneyco - all future NHLers. In Yorkton he perfected his call and went on to an illustrious broadcast career working for CBC, TSN and the NHL network calling contests for the NHL and CFL.

In 1998, Cuthbert won a Gemini Award for Best Sports Broadcaster, and in 2004 he was recognized by Sports Media Canada as Sportscaster of the Year. In 2006, Cuthbert received another Gemini, and in 2014 Cuthbert was inducted into the media wing of the Canadian Football Hall of Fame. Congratulations Chris on your induction as a broadcaster into the SJHL Hall Fame.


Brett Stewart grew up playing hockey in Regina. In 1986 he joined a powerhouse Humboldt Broncos team whose record was 55-9. Brett remained with the Broncos for three seasons and his play lead him to the NCAA with St. Cloud State. After St. Cloud Brett played professionally in the ECHL before embarking on an eight-year professional career in Europe. After his playing days Brett began coaching in Norway for six seasons before joining the Arizona Coyotes as a development coach and European scout. Congratulations Brett on your induction as a Player into the SJHL Hall Fame.


Sheldon Brookbank grew up in Lanigan but loved watching his father coach with the Humboldt Broncos and his brother Leigh play with the Yorkton Terriers. After leaving the Lanigan minor hockey system Sheldon played for the Saskatoon Contacts before joining the Broncos as a young hard-nosed defenseman for three seasons. After graduating from the SJHL, Sheldon toiled in the ECHL and AHL before joining Nashville, New Jersey, Annaheim and Chicago in the NHL. Known as a steady, hard stay at home defenseman Sheldon played almost 15 years professionally. He was known as a great teammate and as a guy who always answered the bell. Brookbank won a Stanley Cup in 2013 with the Hawks. After his playing days Brookbank coached in Rockford and Chicago. Congratulations Sheldon on your induction into the SJHL Hall Fame.


Wade Brookbank was raised in Lanigan but was considered a late bloomer by jockey standards. Wade joined the Melville Millionaires as a 19-year-old and played two seasons with the Moneymen. Wade played professional right out of the SJHL. Over his 16 years of professional hockey he played in the WCHL, CHL, AHL, and NHL amassing 415 games in the AHL and 127 in the NHL. A great teammate and a player who never shied away from the heavy going. Congratulations Wade on your induction into the SJHL Hockey Hall of Fame.


Kelly Chase grew up in Porcupine Plain. He first laced up the skates with the Humboldt Broncos in 1985 and his hard work, determination, and his willingness to compete made him a fan and team favorite. Kelly went onto play for the Saskatoon Blades for three seasons before the same type of play that characterized him as a Bronco followed him to the IHL and then NHL where he toiled for the St. Louis Blues, Hartford Whalers, and Toronto Maple Leafs. A veteran of over 450 NHL games while amassing over 2000 penalty minutes Chase was always Saskatchewan tough. Congratulations Kelly on your induction into the SJHL Hall of Fame.


Jared Bednar grew up in Humboldt watching the Humboldt Broncos. As a minor hockey player his size, athleticism and hockey adeptness made him a legitimate junior prospect. In 1989 Jared cracked the Broncos and played for the team that he idolized. Jared went onto play in the WHL for Saskatoon, Spokane, Medicine Hat and Prince Albert. He later took his defensive skills to the ECHL, AHL and IHL for 8 professional seasons. Following his hockey career, Jared began coaching professionally in 2002 in the ECHL as an assistant. Soon he became a head coach in the ECHL, an Assistant in the AHL, a head coach in the AHL and then a head coach in the NHL. In his coaching career Jared has the dubious distinction of winning championships at the ECHL, AHL and NHL levels. Congratulations Jared on your induction into the SJHL Hockey Hall of Fame.


Elgar Pederson was born in 1936 in Annaheim, SK. In 1962 his family moved to Humboldt where Elgar immediately became immersed in volunteering around the rinks. In 1970 he became the team’s trainer and equipment manager, a role he continued in for almost 30 years. What he did for the Broncos he also did for minor sports in Humboldt lending a hand and volunteering wherever help was needed. Elgar was a builder but was also a legend. Elgar’s love for volunteerism, his love for hockey, his love for his community, and his love for the Humboldt Broncos began very early and continued throughout his life. Elgar was inducted into the Humboldt Hall of Fame in 1998 and the community arena was named after him in 1999. Congratulations to the Pederson family on Elgar’s induction into the SJHL Hall of Fame.


After a heartbreaking game 7 loss in quadruple overtime in the ANAVET Cup finals in 2007, the 2008 Humboldt Broncos had a chip on their shoulder and had only one goal in mind: the national title. With 15 returning players, there were high expectations and a strong desire to erase the disappointment from the previous year. The determined team breezed through the regular season with 48-9-1 record. The 2008, Humboldt Broncos beat the Nipawin Hawks in 5 games in the first round, swept the Flin Flon Bombers in the next round and although down to the Kindersley Klippers three games to one in the final series, they rattled off three straight victories to qualify for the ANAVET Cup. At the ANAVET Cup the Broncos swept the Portage Terriers and were off to the RBC Royal Bank Cup in Cornwall Ont. At the national championship, the Broncos and the Camrose Kodiaks met up in the finals. The two top teams in the CJHL all season. In the end, the Broncos were able to prevail behind the strong goaltending of Taylor Nelson. The best word to describe the 2008 Broncos: redolent. All season the team was 6-0 in elimination games. Congratulations on your induction into the SJHL Hall of Fame!