Big Six Hockey League was formed at a small meeting
in a garage in Oxbow in December of 1959,when the
old Soo Line Hockey League seemed to be dying. Ken
John of Estevan was one of the original founders and
he wrote up the league's first constitution. Other
founders were Cec Papke, Estevan; Hugh Mitchell, Glen
Ewen; Bill Whatmore, Frobisher; Ken Caverley, Oxbow;
Clarence Ching, Oxbow; Percy Hodgson, Glen Ewen; Percy
Quick, Frobisher; Hank Dntnstauder, Bienfait and R.C.
first season the league consisted of four teams including
the Bienfait Coalers, Frobisher Flyers, Glen Ewen
Eagles and Oxbow Aces. The Estevan Miners took part
in the league that first year, but their games were
just exhibition matches and they did not take part
in the playoffs.
name for the league, according to Cec Papke of Calgary,
came from the Big Six Brewery in Lethbridge, Alberta.
He said that there was a Big Six League in Alberta
and Manitoba and he suggested that they use the same
name in Saskatchewan.
original championship trophy, The Lincoln Trophy,
which is still used today, was donated by, then resident
of Bienfait, Ken Lincoln, who was the head carpenter
during the construction of the Bienfait - Coalfields
Memorial Arena. Ken now resides in Wawota.
Morton Burke Trophy for the League's Top Point-Getter,
which is also still used today, was donated by Cec
Papke at the start of the 1960/61 season and he went
on to win that trophy by the end of that season, which
was the league's second year of existence.
Howard Enmark Trophy for finishing in First Place
in the regular season was donated by the Bienfait
Coalers at the start of the 1962/63 season. This award
is another that is still in use today!
the years just about every small town in southeast
Saskatchewan has been in the Big Six at one time or
another. The number of teams in the league has risen
and fallen at times and reached as many as twelve
at one point. The competition has been fast and furious
over the years and many rivalries have been formed
as a result.