WINNIPEG - We never hear about the many successful daughters and sons of the our province. There are hundreds of Manitobans who have made a positive impact in the world, attained international recognition for sports, music, acting, arts and more.
We want to change that with our weekly feature titled, "Do You Know These Famous Manitobans?" Every Sunday morning we will feature two people born in Manitoba that have made themselves a success in their choose field.
Reginald Joseph Leach, born 23 April 1950 in Winnipeg is also known as the “Riverton Rifle,” Leach is widely regarded as one of the premier goal scorers in the NHL. As a member of the Philadelphia Flyers, Leach won the Stanley Cup in 1975. The next season, he won the league goal-scoring title with 61 goals and added 19 more in the playoffs.
Leach was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs, despite the fact the Flyers didn't win the cup that year. He is the only skater (non-goaltender) to earn that distinction as a member of the losing team. Leach played 934 games in the NHL, registering 381 goals and 285 assists. He shares all-time league records for most goals scored in a single playoff game and most goals scored in a single post-season.
Wendy was raised in Winnipeg and called it home. She attended Westwood Collegiate and was first exposed to acting when she performed in The Boy Friend in grade 10. Wendy attended Queen's University in Kingston, where she won the Lorne Greene Award for outstanding work in the theater, she then studied at The Webber Douglas Academy in London.
Please share with us names and details of people you think we should feature, a person you think the entire city really should get to know more about. You can e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
With files and photos from thecanadianencyclopedia.ca and IMDB