Former Stanley Cup winner Reggie Leach made a special appearance at this year’s 39th Annual Yukon Native Hockey Tournament which took place near Whitehorse, Canada over the weekend of April 1-3. While he was there, Leach also promoted and signed copies of his new book titled The Riverton Rifle: Straight Shooting on Hockey and on Life. In the book, the former Right Wing player detailed many of his experiences and adventures as a professional athlete and discussed his many challenges, as well as how he overcame them. The tournament hosted 43 different teams from six divisions and it was a thrilling event to attend for local ice hockey fans.
The Riverton native was selected as the 3rd overall pick in the 1970 NHL Draft by the Boston Bruins and played for 14 years in his professional career. He is remembered for being one of the only non-goaltender players to win the Conn Smyth Trophy, earn the MVP of the Stanley Cup playoffs whose team didn’t win the finals. Over his time in the NHL, Leach also played for the California Golden Seals and the Philadelphia Flyers in addition to the Bruins and the Red Wings. Even after his playing years concluded, the 1975 Stanley Cup winner took on a role as a coach for the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League.
Leach appeared earlier this month at the 39th Annual Yukon Native Hockey Tournament and greeted the many excited fans who were there to watch hockey and pick up a copy of his book.
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