Team History

The Saskatoon Contacts Hockey Club formed in 1976.  Since its humble beginnings one man has been a constant in the organization.  Jim McIntyre purchased the Saskatoon Contacts from Don Leedahl over thirty-two years ago.  From the beginning, Jim had a vision for the club -  he wanted to create a successful program that would prepare young men about hockey and life. The motto for the club: creating hockey players and citizens for tomorrow.

Since 1980, nearly 1,000 young men have been through the Contact experience and have contributed to the Contact culture.  With the Contacts, these young men have learned the values of commitment, hard work, dedication, persistence, goal setting and achievement, team work and overcoming adversity.  These traits are instilled and modeled by Jim McIntyre (Mr. Mac).  Although never a teacher, Jim teaches life through hockey and is above all a role model for youth through his involvement in the last 40 years with the Saskatoon Hockey scene.

The Saskatoon Contacts are renowned nationally and internationally for hockey excellence. While surrounding himself with a committed core of volunteers and coaches, throughout the years Mr. Mac has enthusiastically and passionately contributed to the Contacts success as an owner, coach, league governor, bus driver, carpenter, manager, general manager, assistant coach, skate sharpener, fundraiser, scout, and mentor.

Although Jim is proud of his teams and their success, he takes more pride in what his players have become - teachers, doctors, lawyers, investment brokers, NHLers, fathers, coaches, and monster truck drivers - positive role models and ambassadors for the Contacts.  Jim is now having the opportunity to work with the sons of many of his former players.


Some of the successes Jim and the Contacts have enjoyed are:

  • Saskatchewan AAA Midget Hockey League inaugural “Joe Bloski" League coach of the year in 1995
  • Mac's International AAA Midget Tournament coach of the year - 2005
  • Six AAA Midget League Championships
  • Five AAA Midget Provincial Championships
  • Two Mac’s International Tournament Championships
  • Two Bronze, One Silver Place finish at Mac’s International Tournament
  • Silver Medal - Hull, Quebec Kiwanis AAA Tournament
  • Silver Medal - Prince Albert Ice Mania AAA Tournament
  • Champions - Kelowna/Tim Horton’s International AAA Tournament
  • Champions - Saskatoon Blades Intercontinental AAA Tournament
  • Five Regional Championships - Air Canada/Telus Cup
  • Four Bronze Place - National Air Canada/Telus Dup
  • National Telus Cup Champions - 2005

Former Contacts Currently playing in the NHL:

  • Eric Gryba - New Jersey Devils
  • Taylor Leier - Philadelphia Flyers
  • Luke Schenn - Phoenix Coyotes
  • Brayden Schenn - St. Louis Blues
  • Darcy Kuemper - Los Angelas Kings
  • Blake Comeau - Colorado Avalanche

 Former Contacts and Stanley Cup Champions:

  • Brent Sopel - Chicago Blackhawks
  • Sheldon Brookbank - Chicago Blackhawks (currently an Assist Coach with Chicago)
  • Cory Sarich - Tampa Bay Lightning
  • Jeff Friesen - New Jersey Devils


Other Former Contacts (retired from the NHL):

  • Jeff Friesen - San Jose Sharks/New Jersey Devils
  • Scott Scissons - NY Islanders
  • Brian Skrudland; - Montreal Canadians/Florida Panthers
  • Byron Bitz:-Boston Bruins/Vancouver Canucks
  • Ryan Bayda- Carolina Hurricanes
  • Mick Vukota- New York Islanders
  • Ryan Keller-Ottawa Senators


Currently there are numerous former Contacts players playing in the Western Hockey League and a number of former players playing in the SJHL, AJHL, NCAA, CIS, MJHL, AHL, and ECHL

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