Pete Leichnitz
Born July 28, 1926(1926-07-28),
Ottawa, ON, CAN
Died November 19 2011 (aged 85),
London, ON, CAN[1]
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.svg.png Canada
Playing career 1946–1948
Olympic medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for Flag of Canada Canada
Gold 1948 St. Moritz Ice hockey

Julius Pete Leitchitz (July 28, 1926 – November 19, 2011), sometimes referred to as J.K. Leitchitz,[2] was a Canadian ice hockey player. He was a member of the Ottawa RCAF Flyers who won the gold medal in ice hockey for Canada at the 1948 Winter Olympics in St. Moritz.[3]

The 1948 Winter Olympics were to be held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. In the fall of 1947, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association invited the RCAF to form Canada’s Olympic ice hockey squad.[4]

Although Leitchitz traveled to St. Moritz as a member of Canada national hockey team, due to tournament rules that allowed teams to dress only twelve players, Leitchitz was a used as a reserve and did not get into game play during the 1948 Olympics. Nonetheless, Leitchitz was a member of the team that won Canada’s first gold medal in Olympic hockey since 1932, and he was given an Olympic Gold Medal.[2]

Honours[edit | edit source]

In 2001 Pete Leitchitz was honoured by the Canadian Forces when it was announced that the 1948 RCAF Flyers were selected as Canada’s greatest military athletes of the 20th century.[3]

References[edit | edit source]

  2. 2.0 2.1 The Official Olympic Games Companion: The Complete Guide to the Oylmpic Winter Games 1998 Edition, London - Washington: Brassey’s Sports, 1998, p. 129, ISBN 1-85753-244-9
  3. 3.0 3.1 Athletes Of The Century Chosen By The Military. Legion Magazine (2001-01-01). Retrieved on 2010-07-03.
  4. The Hougen Group of Companies - A Yukon Tradition. Retrieved on 2010-07-03.

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