Sweet homecoming in “Howe Happenings”

Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff

September 9, 2021

Former standout multisport athlete Dan Jahnke began working at ZONE Sports Physiotherapy in March. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

Hilltops return to action at SMF Field

In March, multisport athlete Dan Jahnke came home to the Gordie Howe Sports Complex grounds in a new role.

During his high school days, Jahnke’s face was a familiar one playing games at Cairns Field and Leakos Field as a member of the Saskatoon Diamondbacks under-18 AAA baseball team. In Grade 12, he stepped on the turf of Saskatoon Minor Football Field as a member of the Aden Bowman Collegiate Bears football team.

These days, the 25-year-old is once again a regular face at the Gordie Howe Sports Complex as a physiotherapist with the crew at ZONE Sports Physiotherapy. He came home after working in Cold Lake, Alberta, after being hired by ZONE at the end of this past March.

It happened to be a second homecoming for Jahnke, who played four seasons with the Newman University Jets baseball team in Wichita, Kansas. Following his career with the Jets, Jahnke returned to Saskatoon in 2018 to pursue his master of physical therapy at the University of Saskatchewan.

Dan Jahnke in action for the Newman University Jets baseball team. (Photo courtesy Dan Jahnke)

The main feature for the September upload of “Howe Happenings” focuses on Jahnke joining the ZONE staff after being a well-known around many sports circles in Saskatoon.

On top of catching up with Jahnke, the new content for “Howe Happenings” includes a post on the storied Saskatoon Hilltops returning to play at Saskatoon Minor Football Field for the first time since late October of 2019. The Hilltops have won 19 of their 22 CJFL championships since they started playing most of their home games at SMF Field in 1960.

The Hilltops will host their provincial rivals the Regina Thunder on Saturday, September 11 at 7 p.m. at SMF Field.

You can find these items on the “Howe Happenings” blog at howehappenings306.blogspot.com.

New content will be released on the ninth day of each month. We hope you will enjoy the stories that make up the posts on the “Howe Happenings” blog.

The Saskatoon Hilltops celebrate a CJFL title win in 2018 at Saskatoon Minor Football Field. (Photo by Darren Steinke)