"Induct Reginald Joseph Leach into the Hockey Hall of Fame"

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To All Hockey Fans;

We, a proud group of citizens from Riverton, Manitoba, and the undersigned, would like to take this opportunity to introduce this petition. This petition is to:

"Induct Reginald Joseph Leach into the Hockey Hall of Fame".

Reggie "The Rifle" Leach grew up and played his minor hockey in Riverton. An aboriginal child of limited means, Reggie never had his own skates until 12 years of age.

Reggie's skill at hockey progressed, enabling him to "crack the roster" of the Flin Flon Bombers of the MJHL/WCJHL in 1966-1967. He led the league in scoring twice, was named to the First All-Star Team 3 times, and was Player of the Year in 1970. Reggie was then drafted by the Boston Bruins in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft, Round 1, #3 overall, and it was later with the Philadelphia Flyers that Reggie's skills made his light shine it's brightest.

In the 1974-1975 season, Reggie and the Philadelphia Flyers won the Stanley Cup. In the 1975-1976 season, Reggie scored 61 regular season goals, tops in the league, and had a +/- rating of +73. In the playoffs, Reggie scored 19 goals, a record he holds to this day, and shares with another player, a Hall of Fame member. Reggie's 19 goals came in 16 games. Reggie also holds the record for most goals in a playoff game, with 5. He shares this record with 4 other players, all of whom are in the Hall of Fame. Reggie is also a Conn Smythe Trophy winner, as Playoff MVP in 1975-1976. He won the award as his team lost the Stanley Cup Finals. Reggie is the "only" NHL non-goaltending player to win the Conn Smythe Trophy in a losing cause.

Reggie also played for Team Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup, as Canada came away the champions.

Reggie recorded another 50 goal regular season in 1979-1980 with the Philadelphia Flyers.

On an interesting note, Reggie's slapshot was "clocked" at 115 MPH, achieved using a wooden stick. Hence his "famous" nickname........

For a past number of years, Reggie has regularly returned to Riverton to run a hockey tournament, the "Reggie Leach Classic", locally known as "The Reggie". He also hosts local golf tournaments in the summer. These activities are to raise money for the Riverton Minor Hockey Association, to provide needed equipment to teams, and to keep hockey fees at an affordable rate, so all kids can play. He also participates in clinics to teach hockey skills to Native youth, and speaks to them about the dangers of drugs and alcohol.

Today, Reggie coaches the Manitoulin Islanders of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League. He continues to give to "The Game" that he loves, and that gave him much. We believe that Reggie's accomplishments and records are recorded for all to see, and we congratulate him for these. Therefore, we graciously offer this petition to:

"Induct Reginald Joseph Leach into the Hockey Hall of Fame".




Thank you very much.