Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Jackie McLeod
Robert John Jackie McLeod was born in Regina, Saskatchewan, in 1930. His career in hockey began at the age of 15 with the Notre Dame Hounds of the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League. A right winger, McLeod played with the Hounds for two seasons before moving on to join the Moose Jaw Canucks, which won the provincial championships in 1949. A multi-sport athlete, McLeod spent his off-seasons playing lacrosse, football and baseball to stay in shape for hockey.

At the age of 18, McLeod became a professional. He joined the New York Rangers and stayed with them for five seasons, although except for 1950-51, he played more frequently for the Saskatoon Quakers than he did the Rangers. At the end of the fifth season, he moved over to the Western Hockey League to join the Quakers. During that time, he was a regular member of the WHL All-Star Team.

The New York Rangers traded McLeod to Vancouver with cash for Bill Ezinicki in 1955. He was claimed by the Rangers after a stint with the Vancouver Canucks, then of the WHL, in an Inter-League Draft in 1958, and then traded again to Victoria by Calgary (again in the WHL) for cash in 1960.

In 1961, he was a key member of the Trail (British Columbia) Smoke Eaters -- a team that played in one exhibition season in 1960-61 but won the World Championship, the last Canadians to do so for more than 35 years. With 10 goals and four assists, McLeod was the team's leading scorer and was named to the tournament All-Star Team.

The following year, McLeod again competed in the Worlds, this time as a member of the Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) Canucks. He scored 11 goals and registered eight assists in that tournament, and in the next edition of the World Championship, playing with the Saskatoon Quakers, McLeod registered five goals and eight assists in only seven games.

A few years later, McLeod turned his skills to coaching. In 1965 he became general manager and coach of Canada's national team, the team introduced by Father David Bauer to train players during the full hockey season both on the ice and in the classroom. Under McLeod's guidance, the Canadian Olympic team won the bronze medal in the 1968 Winter Games.

In the early 1970s, McLeod was named coach and general manager of the Saskatoon Blades in the Western Hockey League, a position he held for a decade. More than just a behind-the-bench coach, McLeod was well known for giving much of his time to counseling young athletes and preparing them for life after hockey.

McLeod retired from the Western Hockey League in 1980 and was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame on June 6, 1984. In 1999 he was inducted into the International Ice Hockey Federation's Hall of Fame.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1945-46 Notre Dame Bantam Hounds SAHA 1 0 0 0 0
1946-47 Notre Dame Bantam Hounds SAHA 24 8 9 17 10
1947-48 Moose Jaw Canucks SJHL 13 5 12 17 4 5 11 5 16 4
1947-48 Moose Jaw Canucks M-Cup 6 4 3 7 4
1948-49 Moose Jaw Canucks WCJHL 26 19 20 39 25 7 4 2 6 10
1949-50 New York Rangers NHL 38 6 9 15 2 7 0 0 0 0
1950-51 New York Rangers NHL 41 5 10 15 2
1951-52 New York Rangers NHL 13 2 3 5 2
1951-52 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 49 14 18 32 38 2 0 1 1 2
1952-53 New York Rangers NHL 3 0 0 0 2
1952-53 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 55 30 47 77 28 13 8 11 19 19
1953-54 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 69 33 38 71 46 6 4 1 5 4
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 11 1 1 2 4
1954-55 Saskatoon<196>Vancouver WHL 51 20 31 51 44 5 2 1 3 14
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 70 34 49 83 97 3 1 1 2 14
1956-57 Vancouver Canucks WHL 41 30 19 49 30
1957-58 Vancouver Canucks WHL 68 44 27 71 45 9 14 4 18 8
1958-59 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 63 27 26 53 44
1959-60 Calgary Stampeders WHL 62 28 28 56 50
1960-61 Moose Jaw Pla-Mors SSHL 12 6 6 12 6
1960-61 Trail Smoke Eaters Exhib.
1960-61 Canada Nat-Tm 19 14 13 27 21
1960-61 Canada WEC-A 7 10 4 14 6
1960-61 Moose Jaw Pla-Mors Al-Cup 4 1 2 3 2
1961-62 Moose Jaw Pla-Mors SSHL 29 27 25 52 36
1961-62 Canada WEC-A 7 5 7 12 6
1962-63 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL 31 37 51 88 22 1 0 0 0 2
1962-63 Canada WEC-A 7 5 8 13 6
1963-64 Saskatoon Quakers SSHL 40 52 52 104 22 11 7 8 15 6
1963-64 Saskatoon Quakers Al-Cup 9 5 13 18 6
1964-65 Moose Jaw Canucks SSHL 2 3 4 7 12 10 12 12 24 10
1965-66 Canada Nat-Tm
1965-66 Canada WEC-A 7 4 2 6 4
NHL Totals 106 14 23 37 12 7 0 0 0 0


WHL First All-Star Team (1954, 1956)
WHL Coast Division Second All-Star Team (1957)
WHL Coast Division First All-Star Team (1958)
WEC-A First All-Star Team (1962)
Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, December 9, 1949. Traded to Vancouver (WHL) by NY Rangers with cash for Bill Ezinicki, February 12, 1955. Claimed by NY Rangers (Providence-AHL) from NY Rangers (Vancouver-WHL) in Inter-League Draft, June 4, 1957. Signed as a free agent by Calgary (WHL), October, 1959. Traded to Victoria (WHL) by Calgary (WHL) for cash, September, 1960.
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