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Les Anning
Position Right wing
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Rimouski Rocket
5 ft 9 in (1.75 m)
170 lb (77 kg)
Teams Wembley Monarchs
Montreal Royals
Shawinigan-Falls Cataracts
Wembley Lions
Earls Court Rangers
Ayr Raiders
Brighton Tigers
IK Viking
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born (1927-03-17)March 17, 1927,
Rimouski, QC, Canada
Pro Career 1946 – 1965

Les "Rimouski Rocket" Anning (born March 17, 1927(1927-03-17) in Rimouski, Quebec, Canada) is a retired ice hockey player who played mainly in Great Britain during the 1940s and 1950s. He is a member of the British Ice Hockey Hall of Fame.


Anning came to England when he was 19 years old and joined the Wembley Monarchs for the 1946–47 English National League season. The following season he split his time between the Monarchs in the UK and the Montreal Royals and Shawinigan-Falls Cataracts in the Quebec Senior Hockey League. Anning moved to the Wembley Lions for the 1948–49 season before moving to the Earls Court Rangers for three seasons. Whilst playing for the Rangers, Anning was voted to the All-star team twice and being one third of the high scoring "BAR line" with Kenny Booth and Cliff Ryan.

For the 1954–55 season, Anning moved to play with the Ayr Raiders in the newly formed British National League. However, he moved backed to the Wembley Lions the following season. He then went to the Brighton Tigers for the 1958–59 season before again returning to the Wembley Lions for the 1959–60 season. With the Lions in the late 1950s, Anning was again a member of a high scoring line with Kenny Booth and Les Strongman — known as the "BSA line" - the same post war acronym for the famous British military arms manufacturer "British Small Arms"

Anning spent the 1963–64 and 1964–65 seasons in Sweden playing for IK Viking.



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