For the second time, SJHL hockey is coming to Moosomin this weekend.
The Yorkton Terriers will take on the Estevan Bruins at the Communiplex Saturday night. Organizers are hoping to see 500 people out for the game.
The game will be a fundraiser for Moosomin’s new leisure centre, which is currently under construction, and for Moosomin Minor Hockey.
The Terriers-Bruins game is set for 7:30 p.m. on Saturday and will feature the awarding of the 2015 Town of Moosomin Parks and Recreation Awards.
The Mayor’s Award of Distinction will be presented to Dave Towler, the Corporate Community Builder Award will be presented to Darcy Rambold of Pharmasave, the Community Councillors’ Achievement Award will be presented to the Moosomin Theatre Committee, and the Team of the Year Award will be presented to the 981 Predators Fastball team, who won the Western Canadian championships in 2014.
The awards will be presented after the first period of the SJHL game.
Last year, Moosomin hosted an Elite Hockey Weekend to raise money for the new leisure centre. This year the SJHL game is being combined with the minor hockey weekend and will be a fundraiser for both the leisure centre and minor hockey. In future years, Moosomin Minor Hockey intends to continue the hockey weekend as a fundraiser.
The leisure centre is being built at a total cost of between $600,000 and $700,000.
Organizer Mike Schwean said fundraising has been going well so far.
“We’ve done incredibly well,” he said. “We have very close to $400,000 in trust, and we still have funds coming in from the crop project, this weekend, and the Duelling Pianos show. By the end of this calendar year we should have $450,000, and next year we will do a community blitz.”
Schwean said he is hoping to have the leisure centre open next fall.
“I think a lot of people are looking forward to having the building open. There have been a lot of positive comments. It’s a struggle to raise the money because there is no municipal funding, but events like this certainly help.”
The walls have been going up on the new building and it should be framed and tinned by the end of the year.
The leisure centre will include several sports simulators. “I think when it’s built people will be amazed by the machines and what they offer,” said Schwean.
The weekend will also feature the Rangers’ NCHL season opener against the Russell Rams on Friday night. Game time for the Rangers is is 8:30 p.m.
The Rangers have a lot of strong new players, and defeated the Esterhazy Flyers 11-0 in an exhibition game last week.
The Moosomin hockey weekend will also feature a number of minor hockey games through the day on Saturday, and on Sunday.