Thursday, April 1, 2010


Estevan Civic Auditorium

Estevan, Saskatchewan
Former Home of the Estevan Bruins
Built 1959

The Estevan Bruins were one of the founding members of the WHL in 1967 and had had a tremendous amount of success previously in the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. However, even in the late 1960's and early 1970's, the town was a little too small to be economically viable in a league encompassing the whole of the WHL, and so in 1971 a deal was worked out where the WHL Bruins moved to New Westminster, British Columbia, becoming the legendary New Westminster Bruins. A new team was then re-created in the SJHL in Estevan, also called the Bruins, who affiliated with the New Westminster team. The Civic Auditorium today is still home to the SJHL Bruins.