Synopses & Reviews
and#147;It all comes down to making the right life choices,and#8221; says the NHLand#8217;s legendary Reggie Leach, and this intimate biography lays bare the decisions that led him to become one of the best snipers in hockey history. Nicknamed the Riverton Rifle for his thrilling speed and deadly shooting skills, Leach overcame a childhood marked by poverty and racism to rise through the NHL, playing for the Stanley Cup-winning 1975 Philadelphia Flyers. Through Leachand#8217;s own recollections, The Riverton Rifle
traces his trajectory from humble beginnings to NHL stardom, and follows the dramatic fall caused by his drinking problem and his subsequent rebirth as a successful businessman, family man, and pillar of the Aboriginal community.
Leach an NHL star in the 1970s was nicknamed the Riverton Rifle for his skills as a scoring sniper and his fast moving autobiography has some of that speed and momentum. At first he seems hesitant to reveal details only briefly describing his childhood as the son of a young Métis father and Ojibwe mother raised by his grandparents in the small town of Riverton Manitoba and his early days as a junior hockey sensation in Flin Flon. After that however like Leach racing down the wing to fire on the net it's go go go. There is plenty of detail about his days in the NHL: his beginnings in Boston suffering with the hapless California Golden Seals glory days in Philadelphia and a forgotten final season in Detroit. He also describes the destructive effect that alcoholism had on his career and marriage and how he rebuilt his life after rehabilitation. Leach includes some funny family stories including some about his son Jamie who also played in the NHL but he dishes little dirt about teammates. Quotes from family members friends and other players are sprinkled throughout on their own pages and while they are revealing they tend to disrupt the narrative. (Dec.) " Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved."
About the Author
Hockey legend Reggie Leach was member of the renowned Broad Street Bullies-era Philadelphia Flyers, where the sniper set goal-scoring records that still stand today. Off the ice Reggie is well known for his fundraising work and for steering Aboriginal youth towards making positive life choices.