uSask to build new $41M rink complex with help of largest-ever private donation

October 17, 2016

A planned twin-ice facility at the University of Saskatchewan received a significant boost last week when a uSask alumnus gave the university its largest-ever private donation. Merlis Belsher, a commerce and law graduate of uSask, is contributing $12.25M to the new $41M rink, which will be named Merlis Belsher Place in recognition of his gift. “I made this donation because of my gratitude for the University of Saskatchewan — it provided me with confidence and education in two professions,” said Belsher in a release. uSask states that the new arena complex will help address a shortage of ice facilities in Saskatoon, and that the official timeline for construction will not be set until the remainder of the building's funding is in place. CTV Saskatoon | CBC | uSask