Huskies Add To The Wall

Huskie Athletics is proud to announce the induction of two athletes, two builders and one team who will be inducted into the University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame on April 1, 2016 at TCU Place.

Andrew Spagrud (basketball) and Karlyn (Serby) Wells (track & field) will be inducted into the athlete category. Michael P.J. Kennedy and Gil Wist will be inducted into the builder category and the 1998-99 men’s volleyball team will go into the team category.

“We are pleased to honour and recognize these four individuals and one team for their contributions to the history of Huskie Athletics,” said athletic director Basil Hughton. “Each, in their own way, have made outstanding contributions to our program, our university and our city.”

Athlete Category:

Andrew Spagrud

Andrew Spagrud made an immediate impact on the court for the men’s basketball team when he debuted for the Huskies in 2003. In his rookie season, Andrew was recognized as a Second Team conference All-Star and was named the Rookie of the Year at both the Canada West and CIS levels. Andrew would follow up that performance by winning the Canada West Player of the Year award in 2004-05. Andrew was named a CIS All-Canadian in his final four seasons with the squad from 2004-05 to 2007-08 and remains the all-time leading scorer in Huskie and Canada West history with 2,182 points. Andrew was the Huskie Athletics Howard Nixon Trophy winner as the Male Rookie of the Year in 2003-04 and won the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as the Huskies Male Athlete of the Year in 2007-08.

Karlyn (Serby) Wells

Karlyn (Serby) Wells is one of the track and field program’s most decorated athletes. In her five seasons with the Huskies from 2000-05, Wells won 14 Canada West medals, including eight gold. At the CIS level, Wells was an 11-time medalist earning five golds. Wells helped the Huskies to the CIS team title in all five seasons earning at least one medal in each trip to the Championships.  Karlyn went on to represent Canada at the 2005 World Universiade Games. Karlyn was named the Pat Lawson Trophy winner in 1999-2000 as Huskie Athletics’ Female Rookie of the Year.

Builder Category:

Michael P.J. Kennedy

Michael P.J. Kennedy launched the first edition of Dogs on Ice: A History of Hockey at the University of Saskatchewan in 2006 chronicling Huskie Hockey’s beginnings and history after doing research, writing, editing and organizing funding for the book. In 2015, an updated second edition of Dogs on Ice was published with the inclusion of history of the women’s hockey program. The Dr. Michael P.J. Kennedy Scholarship began in 2004 in support of Huskie Hockey. The royalties from both editions of Dogs on Ice are donated to the scholarship fund. As a passionate fan, major donor, writer and historian, P.J. has purchased and donated many copies of Dogs On Ice to libraries across the country to share the passion of Huskie Hockey with Canadians. For over 20 years, P.J. has consistently stepped up to volunteer for Huskie Athletics with hosting events, writing content and a number of other activities.

Gil Wist

After wrapping up an impressive wrestling career with the Huskies, Gil Wist began looking for ways to improve the program. Gil has spent more than 30 years supporting the Huskie wrestling program acting as a liaison between the program and the Saskatchewan Amateur Wrestling Association. Gil has been instrumental in the hiring and mentoring of numerous Huskie coaches including current head coach Daniel Olver. Gil has also played a large role in working to secure funding for the hosting of the annual Huskie Open and for Canada West and CIS Championship events. Gil continues to dedicate his time to improving the Huskie wrestling program in addition to helping promote and support wrestling programs across the province.

Team Category:

1998-99 Men’s Volleyball

The Huskies won the 1998-99 Canadian Interuniversity Athletic Union (CIAU) Championship to earn the third national title in program history. The team finished the Canada West season at 14-4. The Huskies entered the national championship as a wild card, drawing the fourth seed. The squad would get past Winnipeg 3-0 in the opening round before a tough fought 3-2 win over Alberta advanced them to the gold medal match. The Huskies knocked off Laval 3-0 in the final to claim the title. The team had four conference all-stars in March Zacharias, Brock Pavier, Chris Bildfell and Aaron Canfield. Zacharias was also named a First Team All-Canadian.

The University of Saskatchewan Athletic Wall of Fame began in 1984 at the time of the University’s 75th anniversary. In this induction, 75 athletes, builders and teams were inducted from an athletic period that began in 1911. More inductions occurred in 1987, 1994, 2001, 2007 and 2011.

This year’s induction ceremony will be held in conjunction with the annual Huskie Salute, a celebration of the past athletic season.