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Leach Receives Order Of Mantoba

Eleven new members have been selected to receive the province's highest honour, the Order of Manitoba including former NHL superstar and former Flin Flon Bomber  "the Riverton Rifle" Reggie Leach.

 

Lt. Gov Janice Filmon,  chancellor of the order, made the announcement today.

 

Reggie played for the Flin Flon Bombers between 1966 and 1970 and scored an incredible 255 goals in 4 years before being drafted by the Boston Bruins in the first round in 1970.

 

He was later traded to the California Golden Seals in 1972 before winding up with Philadelphia in 1974 where he won a Stanley Cup later that season. Reggie played 13 years in the NHL and was named to the All- Star team in 1976 and 1980 and played for team Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup.

 

He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy for the Most Valuable Player in the Stanley Cup Playoffs in 1976 when he scored 19 goals in 16 games which stands as a record today, tied with Edmonton's Jari Kurri who did it in 19 games.

 

Reggie spends a lot of his time these days travelling to remote communities to offer hockey schools and inspire young people , through his own life experiences by encouraging healthy life choices.

 

He has also written a book " The Riverton Rifle- My Story " about his life around the great game of hockey and is a must read with some real tear jerking stories.

 

 

 

 

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