Merlis Belsher Place

A new home for hockey

Belsher (BComm’57, LLB’63)

The building of Merlis Belsher Place is a testament not just to sports fans, but the community at large.

It started with a history-making donation by Merlis Belsher in 2016. The announcement of his $12.25 million contribution—the largest donation from an alumnus and individual in the university's history—kicked off the Home Ice Campaign, with an end goal to fund a new ice facility replacing the aging Rutherford Rink. 

Led by fellow U of S alumnus and hockey legend Dave King, the campaign sought to raise the remaining $7 million for the facility. Inspired by Belsher's passion for the project, fundraising representatives and volunteers from the university, minor league hockey, and the community surpassed $7 million required for the project. This included substantial support from Ron and Jane Graham and the City of Saskatoon

With construction nearing completion and the inaugural season just a few weeks ago, the dream of a new ice facility and multi-sport complex is now within sight.  

Thank you to our donors and volunteers. We are grateful for your contribution in shaping Merlis Belsher Place, and are pleased to highlight your achievements and successes. 

Grand opening weekend is October 25- 27, 2018!

Friday, October 26

Huskie Men's Hockey vs. Regina Cougars

Time: 7:00 pm in Merlis Belsher Spectator Arena
Buy single game tickets here.

Saturday, October 27

Merlis Belsher Place Community Open House

Free and open to the public - don't miss the chance to help us usher in a brand new era for university and community hockey in Saskatoon!

9:00 am - 10:00 am Come and watch the Huskie men’s hockey alumni weekly skate on Merlis Belsher Spectator Arena
10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Skate with Howler on Merlis Belsher Community Rink: Bring your skates, no sticks, and helmets are required for everyone!

11:00 am - 12:30 pm

Meet Dave King, Canadian men’s Olympic hockey team coach and Honourary Chair of the Home Ice Campaign

1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Try sledge hockey on Merlis Belsher Spectator Arena

Giveaways, Fantastic Face Painting, Balloon Funn, music and free coffee and hot chocolate throughout the event!

Huskie Women's Hockey vs. Regina Cougars

Time: 7:00 pm in Merlis Belsher Spectator Arena

Buy single game tickets here.

The first 586 students to flood the student section for the women's Huskie hockey game on Saturday, October 27 get a free hot dog from the concession that evening. Coupons can be picked up with your student ticket at PAC 222, Shop usask (Preston Crossing) this week, or at the Merlis Belsher Place ticket booth beginning at 6 pm on Saturday, October 27.


For information regarding the donor wall unveiling and reception on October 25, please email

Join us as we unleash a new era!

Contact us

University Relations
G16 Thorvaldson Building, 110 Science Place
Saskatoon, SK S7N 5C9
(306) 966-5186


Merlis Belsher Place

2010 College Drive
Saskatoon, SK  S7N 2W4

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