Hockey & Softball (2014)Bill Woronuik's connection to sports lasted a lifetime.
Bill played sports in his teens in Prince Albert, but after breaking his shoulder in a hockey game he started officiating in the commercial league in the 1950s. He went far.
He officiated in the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association and in the Western Hockey League. He became referee-in-chief and head clinician with the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association. He later joined the Masters Referee Association to officiate in the Adult Safe Hockey League and old-timers league in Saskatoon.
Then there was softball.
Woronuik was a softball umpire in city, provincial, regional, national and international competitions. He was umpire-in-chief of the Saskatchewan Amateur Softball Association. He promoted umpire clinics. He has been honoured by Softball Canada for developing umpires. He also received an award for promoting umpiring in First Nations.
In baseball, he was on the executive of the Saskatoon Liners, who were bronze and silver medalists at the Canadian senior championships.
In 1997 the Saskatoon Sporting Commuity lost Bill. He passed away doing what he loved to do, officiating a pee wee hockey game.