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Reggie Leach has been defying the odds for most of his life. Growing up as the youngest of 13 kids in Riverton, Leach was forced to grow up quickly. From the moment he put on skates, he proved he was a natural.
The “Riverton Rifle” would go on to win a Stanley Cup, and is still the only position player in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe trophy despite being on the losing team. His achievements on the ice are well documented, but it’s his accomplishments away from the rink that has spearheaded a grassroots effort to get him into the Hockey Hall of Fame.
After battling addiction and getting his life back on track, Leach is devoted to making a difference in the First Nation Community. Stephen Brunt has his story.
From the CP,
Alcoholism probably kept Reggie Leach out of the Hockey Hall of Fame, and he’s determined to do whatever he can to help young people avoid the downward spiral in which he became trapped.
He was one of the first big-time First Nations hockey stars. A right-winger, he helped the Philadelphia Flyers win the Stanley Cup in 1975. He scored 61 goals in 1975-76 and won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoff MVP after scoring 19 post-season goals. The Flyers were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the final.
His big-league career would have lasted more than the 14 years that it did had he taken better care of himself.
“I screwed up royally,” he said Thursday from his Delaware residence. “I pretty well accomplished everything I wanted to do except I didn’t make it into the Hockey Hall of Fame.