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Ojibwe Stanley Cup Winner Reggie Leach Is Still Giving Back


Reggie Leach is an Ojibwe hockey player who was nicknamed the Riverton Rifle for his lethal slapshots during his 13 seasons in the NHL. His career highlights include a league championship Stanley Cup with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1975 and a career high of 61 goals with the Flyers during the 1975-76 campaign.

Despite his achievements on the ice, at times Leach’s excessive drinking undermined his success. His drinking led to not only the breakup of his first marriage but also the end of his pro career. It also landed him a New Jersey treatment facility in 1985. Today, recovered, remarried and at peace, he derives more satisfaction from his life than during his years of stardom. Leach has detailed his life story in a new memoir, The Riverton Rifle, published this month by Greystone Books.



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