Fireballer with big future in “Howe Happenings”

Written by Gordie Howe Sports Complex staff

January 9, 2022

Garrett Hawkins throws a pitch at the Indoor Training Centre. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

Photo roundup full of Complex fun in winter

Winter is here, but there is still a lot of activity happening on our grounds, which shows the Gordie Howe Sports Complex is a truly a year-round facility.

The Indoor Training Centre is full of various sports groups preparing for their respective outdoor seasons when winter passes. Outside, skaters are flocking once again to the Clarence Downey Speed Skating Oval.

The snow-covered softball diamonds that make up Glenn Reeve Fields have become ski trials for Nordic skiers.

In the January 2022 content upload for Howe Happenings, we catch up with a young hurler who is looking to make big strides this coming season in professional baseball.

Right-handed pitcher Garrett Hawkins is hard to miss on our grounds as he stands 6-foot-5 and weighs 230 pounds. He was selected by the San Diego Padres last July in the MLB Draft and put up good numbers last summer in the MLB Draft League and with the Padres rookie team.

Garrett Hawkins put up good numbers in the MLB Draft League and the Padres rookie team. (Photo by Darren Steinke)

Hawkins has graced our facilities a lot over the years as he played frequently at Cairns Field and Leakos Field as a member of the Saskatoon Giants under-18 AAA team. He was regularly on provincial teams with Baseball Sask.

During the winter months, Hawkins is a regular at the Indoor Training Centre as he uses the facility to prepare for his upcoming campaign. He also helps work with young pitchers too.

On top of catching up with Hawkins, we have a photo round up that shows off the winter happenings on our grounds.

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A pair of Saskatoon Lions Speed Skating Club skaters share a laugh at the Oval during a public skating session. (Photo by Darren Steinke)