1996 Saskatoon Hilltops
CANADIAN JUNIOR FOOTBALL CHAMPIONS
The Saskatoon Hilltops, coached by Dave Hardy, ruled as Canadian junior football champions during 1996.
The Hilltops ran up an imposing record in the Prairie junior Football League, winning eight games, losing once and tying one game. One of their wins was 45-0 over the Regina Rams. Their tie was 14-14 also against the Rams. They beat the Edmonton Wildcats, 35-25, in the league semifinal. They defeated the Regina Rams, 27-23, in the league final. And they beat Kelowna, 28-21 in the western final.
That brought them up against Windsor AKO in the Canadian final at Oshawa, where scored a convincing victory, 39-7.
Kelly McNairn, Sheldon Ball and Kurt Albers were voted All-Canadian players.
Top row: Ron Zerr, Darryl Balzer, Ryan Cadieux, Colin Belsher, Bo Blackmon, Kevin Johnston, Curtis Hill, Dean Kabaroff, Steve Prokopchuk, Sandy Martin, Ryan David, Ross Arthurs, Fifth row: Shane Reider (Assistant Coach), Kelly Bowers (Assistant Coach), Kim Pasloski (Assistant Coach), Doug Humbert (Assistant Coach). Tom Sargeant (Assistant Coach), Guy Fuller (Assistant Coach), Dave Hardy (Head Coach), Dale Newman (President), Wayne Nogler (Team Manager), Stacey Ostertag (Equipment Manager), Alistair Wilson Trainer), Cole Beavis (Assistant Trainer), Fourth row Matt Lambe, Neale Sendecki, Jason Sulz, Jason Kostiuk, Kelly Bates, Rod Janzen, Chris Mossing, Ryan Gay, Jamie Beherns, Troy Semenchuk, Pat Morley, Kent Sangster, Third row: Curtis Bulych, Bobby Gibson, Garrett Wiebe, Steve Bilan, Curtis Albert, Todd Dobmeier, Chad Park, Rhett Lundgren, Pat Clarke, Rhett McLane, Kyle Stroeder, Justin Powlowski, Second row: Shaun Geisel, Kelly McNairn, Sean Morton, Blair Curry, Mike Lang, Leo Grosjean, Glen Cey, Chris Harden, Trevor Bates, Mike Humenny, Kris Sembalerus, Sheldon Ball, Bottom row: Sheldon Duval, Tye Mountney, Chad Bankowski, Chris Wandzura, Mike Cox, James Trimble, Charles McLennan, Brad Williamson, Jason Barlow, Kevin Tysowksi, Missing: Dr. Bill Haver (Team Physician).