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FORMER BLADES COACH JACK MCLEOD NAMED RECIPIENT OF WHL GOVERNORS AWARD

(Photo Credit, Steve Hiscock) CALGARY, AB – The Western Hockey League announced today that former co-owner and Head Coach of the Saskatoon Blades Jack McLeod has been selected as this year’s recipient of the WHL Governors Award.
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rThe WHL Governors Award is presented annually to individuals, who through their outstanding achievements in the game and the service to the League, have contributed to the overall growth and development of the WHL.
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rMcLeod played in 17 professional seasons with a handful of teams including the New York Rangers and Saskatoon Quakers.
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rAdditional accolades of this gentleman’s career include winning the 1961 world Hockey Championship for Canada with the Trail Smoke Eaters. Upon his retirement he naturally moved behind the bench where he would go on to great success. He started coaching with the Canadian National Team before taking the helm of the Saskatoon Blades in 1970, a team which he would also be part owner of until the 1980 outright purchase by the Brodsky Family.
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rDuring his time behind the bench he compiled Saskatoon Blades records which to this day still stand. He is the all-time Blades leader in coaching wins with 291 as well wins in the playoffs with 39. He helped guide the junior hockey careers of such notable names as Federko, Ashton, Chapman, Price, Habschied and Bourne just to name a few. He will also make his return behind the bench this month as the Saskatoon Blades Alumni face-off against the Prince Albert Raiders Alumni in the Kinsmen Cameco Telemiracle Challenge February 25th.
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rThe WHL Governor Awards will be presented to Mr. McLeod tonight during a pre-game ceremony of the Saskatoon Blades and Kamloops Blazers game.

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