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Gorden Juckes

Former President, Executive Director and volunteer of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association, Gordon Juckes grew up in Melville, Saskatchewan, during the Great Depression in the 1930's. In World War II, he served as a gunner with the Royal Canadian Artillery rising to the rank of Major. In 1946 Juckes was made a Member of Order of the British Empire (MBE) for wartime service. He joined the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association in 1949 and became the President of the SAHA in 1943-1954. He served as the head of CAHA, first as President and then as Executive Director. As the head of minor ice hockey in Canada, Juckes' accomplishments were significant and numerous, but several stand out as highlights of a life well lived, a career fully realized. He was central to the establishment of Canada's full-time National Team when it was located in Winnipeg in 1967 under the management of Father David Bauer. Juckes also worked for years, along with IIHF officials and NHL Rules Committee staff to try to bring some uniformity to the playing rules of ice hockey. For years he battled for open IIHF World Championship tournaments which Canada could send its top professional players. Gordon Juckes was elected as Honorary Member of the IIHF in 1977 and passed away in Canada right after attending to the 1994 IIHF World Championship and Congress in Italy where Canada won its first gold in 33 years. He was inducted to the IIHF Hall of Fame within the builders' category in 1997.

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