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Gus Leonard

Gus was an athlete with diverse talents. A fine runner, he also excelled at rugby, softball and baseball and was especially adept in hockey.

He was a sparkling centre on a fine Marmora team that knocked off much larger schools to win the COSSA title in 1937 and 1938. He also played with Stirling and Tweed clubs before joining Peterborough’s Junior B Colts. Gus played for army teams during World War II, then returned to play for Marmora in the Trent Valley League, winning numerous awards.

In 1949 and 1950, Gus was named MVP in his OHA league. What makes this unusual, is that the first was when he played for Marmora, the second as a member of the Senior B Petes. He always exemplified the good things about the game – clean play and leadership by example.

He was a smooth-skating heady player with great stick-handling ability. A career highlight was being the first recipient of the Jimmy Drummond Memorial Trophy as “the best senior hockey player in Peterborough” in 1953.

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