Story courtesy St. Paul's Hospital Foundation
Reggie Leach, a retired professional hockey right-winger who played 13 seasons in the NHL, was in Saskatoon on July 17 for the Kids on Ice hockey camp. Kids on Ice is a one-day camp presented in support of the Leslie and Irene Dubé Urology Centre of Health at St. Paul's Hospital.
Leach, best known for his time in Philadelphia, where he won a Stanley Cup with the Flyers in 1975, along with several current Saskatoon Blades, generously donated time to coach at the Kids on Ice hockey camp, hosted by Athabasca Security Basin at Schroh Arena. Sponsored children from Northern communities and Saskatoon spent the day meeting the stars, taking part in the skills camp, and having lunch.
On the ice at the camp. Photo by Katherine Crhstimann
This year's camp, in conjunction with the 2017 Driving Fore Prostate Golf Classic, will help to fund the purchase of a GreenLight Laser XPS that will bring the latest advancements in urological care to the centre.
Leach, of Ojibwe ancestry, and a member of the Berens River First Nation in Manitoba, has spent his post-hockey career travelling to First Nations communities, helping young people find their way, whether it be through hockey or life lessons.
Ron Hyggen, the CEO of Athabasca Basin Security, is the inspiration behind the camp.
"We're pleased to once again be involved with Driving Fore Prostate and really excited to offer these kids the opportunity of skating with hockey stars again this year," Hyggen says.