1982 - 83 U of S Huskies Men's Hockey Team
C.I.A.U. National Hockey Champions
It was a sweet and magic moment for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. After suffering last-minute losses to Moncton in the two previous Canadian finals, the Huskies gained their Canadian title with a 6-2 victory over Concordia in the national tournament played at Moncton.
Coming into playoff action in the spring of 1983, Dave King's Huskies were well prepared. They finished first in the Canada West Conference, with 16 wins and eight losses. It was a season in which the top-to-bottom finish in Canada West, a difference of 16 points, was the closest in 10 years. Willie Desjardins was the top point-getter during conference play, with 32, but the team had excellent balance, with six players getting 22 points or better. Desjardins won the Canada West nomination as player of the year and the Canada West sportsmanship award. Robin Bartel won the rookie of the year honors and the duo of Bob Dougall and Owen Felske won the goaltending award.
In the Canada West final, the Huskies beat Alberta Golden Bears, 4-1, in the first game and 5-1 in the second game. Tim Hodgson had five points in the series and both of his goals were tiebreakers.
The Huskies opened up the national tournament with a 6-2 victory over Brandon and followed it with a 10-1 victory over Wilfrid Laurier. In the final against Concordia, the Huskies were in control from start to finish. Desjardins scored 11 points in Saskatchewan's three games, establishing a new record for most points in a series at the time. His linemates, Randy Wiebe and Bruce Keller, each contributed nine points.
Desjardins was named the tournament's most valuable player and Desjardins and Keller were named tournament all-stars.
Back Row: Dr.Walter Hader (Team Physician), Rodney Duchscherer, Doug Archibald, Bruce Keller, Kerry Preete, Tim Leier, Arley Olsen, Greg Chudiak, Larry Gaucher, James Gattinger (Trainer)
Second Row: Ray Machibroda, Gord Tait, Marc Chartier, Randy “Buzz” Wiebe, Dick Kortje, Kevin McNaught, Robin Bartel, Peter Anholt, Brent Hamilton, Bill Hlynsky, Bill Stefaniuk (Trainer)
Front Row: Stick Boy N/A, Owen Felske, Denis Fenske, Dave Adolph, Bill Seymour (Coach), Dave King (Head Coach), Glen Hawker (Coach), Willy Desjardins, Tim Hodgson, Bob Dougall.