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Leo Reise With His Hockey Memories

from Scott Radley of the Hamilton Spectator,

He still gets letters. Not every day, but often.

They come from autograph seekers all over the world asking for a piece of hockey history. Namely, his signature on a scrap of paper or on an old photo of him from his playing days. Something tangible that connects the game’s crackly radio era to today’s high definition world.

“I always say, ‘Never mind, send money,” Leo Reise quips.

He’s joking. Hamilton’s oldest surviving Stanley Cup champion always signs and mails them back. That’s just what you do. It’s part of the unwritten contract that comes with being a pro hockey player. Even 59 years after his last game.

He’s 90 now. Lives in the same immaculately kept house in Ancaster he and Geraldine bought when he retired from hockey in the mid-1950s. They’ll celebrate their 70th anniversary next month.

continue including a nice sit-down video with Reise and some pictures too...

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