A Broncos legend and an integral part of minor hockey in Swift Current will have his name etched into the province's history books again this summer.

Shaunavon-born Tim Tisdale has received the call to the Saskatchewan Hockey Hall of Fame and will be officially inducted into the Grassroots category on July 12 in Swift Current.

The initial call for the 1988 Edmonton Oilers draft pick came a few months ago notifying him he'd been shortlisted to enter the province's hockey shrine. A month later the induction call came.

"It's a tremendous honour, you never think of this when you get involved, you just enjoy what you're doing," he said. "To go in with the group that's going with all the locals. Patrick Marleau who let's face it, will be in the NHL Hall of Fame at some point and Travis Moen, a Stanley Cup winner, as well as the others, it going to be a great event.

"With it being local, I know a lot of my family is looking forward to coming to the event and that's what it's really all about is sharing this with your family."

The now 55-year-olds hockey journey started in Swift Current, cracking the Broncos squad at 18 in 1986. Two seasons later he produced one of the greatest single-season campaigns in the franchise's history racking up 57 goals and 82 assists for 139 points in 68 games.

The centreman helped the Broncos to a perfect 12-0 playoff run to capture the President's Cup, now known as the Ed Chynoweth Cup.

Tisdale and Swift Current forged on at the Memorial Cup facing their foe the Saskatoon Blades in the final. With the contest tied 3-3 in overtime for the ultimate junior hockey trophy in Canada on the line, Tisdale scored the winner, a goal he's still reminded about weekly nearly 35 years later.

"The defenceman were the keys on that play," he remembered. "Bob Wilkie making a play that you don't recommend in trying to beat a guy and then getting it over to Darren Kruger, one of the top assist men ever in the WHL in a season, knew where I would be on the back post and that's how I scored a lot of my goals - - just fortunate to get a stick on it."

1989_Memorial_Cup_Team1989 Swift Current Broncos Memorial Cup championship team (Photo courtesy of swiftcurrent.ca)

Following his three-year stint with the Broncos the 6-foot-1 forward moved into the Oilers farm system playing for three seasons with the Cape Breton Oilers. The final four seasons of his professional career saw him log time in each of the years with the ECHL's Wheeling Thunderbirds, with brief stints with the BHL Swindon Wildcats and AHL's Fredericton Canadiens. 

His time with Wheeling allowed him to transition to the next stage of his hockey career, coaching. He spent the final two years as a player-coach with the Thunderbirds. Following his retirement in 1996 as a player, Tisdale became the head coach of the RMJHL's Kimberley Dynamiters. 

The Regina Pats hired him as an assistant coach in 1998 and within the first few weeks behind the bench they'd fired their head coach elevating Tisdale to that position for a couple of years.

His coaching career locally took off after the Pat's job, spending time with the Legionnaires and AA Hurricanes.

"I coached a lot of hockey with my son, a lot of different levels with him growing up and then at some point somehow got involved in reffing thanks to my son as well," he said.

Tisdale won't close the book on his coaching career yet, as he's hoping to help his grandson if the option becomes available.

But for now, he has to think of items that will fill his shadowbox to sit inside the hall of fame for the next year. He's thinking of one of his Broncos jerseys and his three championship rings, Memorial Cup, Midget National Championship, and Allan Cup.