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Lionel LaBerge

Lionel LaBerge

Football, Wrestling (B.A. '39)

Lionel LaBerge entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1936. During his five years on campus he competed in football and wrestling.

"One Man Gang" LaBerge was a dominating figure in both football and wrestling from 1936 to 1940. An outstanding football player, Lionel led the Huskies to two Western Intercollegiate Championships. He captained the 1940 team and was on two occasions selected to the Western Intercollegiate all-star team.

Lionel "One Man Gang" LaBerge was one of the earliest University of Saskatchewan wrestlers to become a dominant figure in intervarsity wrestling. He captured four consecutive intervarsity light heavyweight titles. He led the Huskies to four consecutive intervarsity Assault-at-Arms victories.

He was awarded a Major Athletic Award in 1940.

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Date: 1940

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Elmer Lach

Elmer Lach was born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan, in 1918. He played amateur hockey in the province with the Regina Abbotts Junior team in 1935-36; he then played for the Weyburn Beavers, and finally with the Moose Jaw Millers. Elmer Lach then turned pro with the Montreal Canadiens of the N.H.L. in the 1940-41 season. He remained with that team for fourteen years until retiring after the 1953-54 playoffs.

In his years in the N.H.L., Elmer ran up an enviable record of achievement - playing in 664 regular schedule games and 76 playoff games. In league play he amassed a total of 215 goals and 408 assists, adding 19 more goals and 45 assists in playoffs. He was a winner of the Hart Trophy in 1944-45 and of the Art Ross Trophy in 1947-48. His outstanding ability was recognized by his three selections to the N.H.L. All-Star team in 1944-45, in 1947-48 and in 1951-52. He was a member of the second N.H.L. All-Star team in 1943-44 and in 1945-46. As a member of the Canadiens he was on a Stanley Cup championship team in 1944-46 and in 1953.

Elmer Lach's contribution to hockey was recognized by his selection to the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on May 22, 1967.

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Irene Haworth Lacy

Irene Haworth Lacy was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan and moved with her family to Saskatoon at the age of one month. She began her gymnastics career with the Saskatoon Y.M.C.A. Gymnastics Club and at the height of that career, was one of the top gymnasts in North America.

Irene's first success came in 1960 when she won five gold medals at the Western Canada Gymnastic Championship in Calgary, Alberta. In 1961 Irene competed in her first Canadian Gymnastic Championship, winning two bronze medals in the Junior Division. In 1962 Irene moved up to the Senior Division, and quickly became one of Canada's top ranked gymnasts. At the Canadian National Championships she placed sixth all around and was a member of the Saskatchewan Team that won the national championship. Later that same year, Irene competed in the World Championships in Prague, Czechoslovakia as a member of the Canadian Gymnastics Team.

Irene was named to the 1963 Canadian Gymnastic Team that competed at the Pan American Games in Sao Paulo, Brazil. The Canadian team captured the silver medal, and Irene also achieved personal success by winning a silver medal for her performance on the balance beam. In 1964 Irene qualified for the Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, but the Canadian women's gymnastic team was not sent to those Games.

Irene's outstanding performance in 1964 resulted in her receiving a scholarship to attend Southern Illinois University at Carbondale. From 1964-1967 she represented both Canada and the University of Southern Illinois in various competitions. During her university career, Irene was on gymnastic teams that won six US national championship, and co-captained the team in 1965. She closed her career in 1966, at the Canadian Gymnastics Championships, where she won individual gold medals for balance beam, uneven bars, and floor exercises and was named the competition's top Canadian Senior Women's Gymnast.

Irene's performance on the American Collegiate scene resulted in her being named to the 1966 All American Gymnastics Team, and her receiving Sports Illustrated magazine's Award of Merit.

In 1983 Irene was inducted into the University of Southern Illinois Sports Hall of Fame.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 15, 1996.

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Ron Lancaster

Ron Lancaster was born in Fairchance, Pennsylvania on October 14,1938. As the eldest of ten children he had to demonstrate responsibility and self-discipline at an early age. Not surprisingly he became the quarterback of his high school football team.

After playing college football with Wittenburg College, Ohio, Ron was signed by the Ottawa Roughriders of the Canadian Football League. The year was 1960. While Ron was the back-up quarterback to Russ Jackson, he also played defensive halfback. That year Ottawa went on to win the Grey Cup against the Edmonton Eskimos.

In 1963 Ron Lancaster came to the Saskatchewan Roughriders. For the next sixteen seasons he was the Saskatchewan franchise. They called him the 'Little General', and as the record book shows, no other signal caller is likely to ever surpass him.

He holds C.F.L. records for most yards passing, most passes attempted, most passes completed, most touchdown passes and most games played. He was All Canadian Quarterback on four occasions, and won the Schenley Award as Outstanding Player in 1970 and 1976. Between 1966 and 1976 he was voted as the Western Football Conference All Star Quarterback six times, and Most Outstanding Player five times.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, March 21, 1981.

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Sam Landa

Dr. Landa was born in Saskatoon on New Years Eve, 1912. His love for sport began early and he starred in hockey, basketball and football. In 1947, Sam was allowed to use M.D. after his name and at once joined up with the Saskatoon Hilltops. He has been the club's medical physician ever since. He was also the organizing chairman and the first president of the Canadian Association of Sports Sciences. For many years he served as track physician at the Knights of Columbus Indoor Games.

At the national level Dr. Sam served as chairman of medical services when the Canada Winter Games were staged in 1971 in Saskatoon. He also was a member of the medical staff for the Canadian Olympic team when the Games were held in Munich in 1972. He is the recipient of the Order of Canada and the Queen's Silver Jubilee Medal.

In 1975, Sam was named Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year. In 1986, Sam was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and the same year was selected into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

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George Lander

Because Shorty and Denny were pioneers in the sport of marathon canoeing, they were inducted together in 1988. They and their two sons were members of the Great West Auto Body team that placed first in the popular Louis Riel Relay race in 1980, 1981, 1983, 1984 and 1986. When the Canadian marathon canoe championships were held in Saskatoon in 1981, Shorty and Denny placed fifth in the senior men's division. They were third in 1982 and sixth in 1983.

From 1984 to 1986 the pair moved up to the Master Men category and won three successive Canadian titles. Shorty and Denny picked up another victory in the Louis Riel race in 1987 and six days later, while practicing for the Canadian canoe championship, Denny suffered a heart attack and died. Shorty went on to the nationals winning a silver medal in the Masters Singles. In 1988, Shorty won three gold medals and then went on to the USA nationals. In addition to canoeing, Shorty and Denny played Old-timer hockey and took up cross-country skiing.

Both men were inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1988.

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Herbert Larson

Herbert R. Larson, an outstanding skater in his own right, contributed much to the sport of figure skating in Saskatchewan, Western Canada and Canada. He served as director and president of the Saskatoon Figure Skating Club and as vice president and president of the Canadian Figure Skating Association between the years of 1937-1967.

Herb was a judge of figure skating, achieving gold standing and was a referee for sectional competitions. Through Herb's efforts, the Canadian Figure Skating Association formed the Western Canada section and then formed the Prairie section and later on the Saskatchewan section.

Through Herb's efforts, juvenile events for small clubs were introduced enabling the small clubs to participate in sectional competitions.

At time of installation citation read March 26,1977.

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Date: February 1958.

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Gerald Lashyn

Football, Wrestling BSPE'85, BEd'86

Gerald Lashyn graduated from Holy Cross High School in Saskatoon and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1981.

Gerald was a member of the football team for five years and the wrestling team for four years. He was selected a Canada West All Star and a CIAU All Canadian as a linebacker in 1984. That same year he was selected as Canada West's Outstanding Defensive Football Player.

In 1985, Gerald captured a gold medal at the Canada West Wrestling Championship and a bronze medal at the CIAU Championships.

In 1985, Gerald was awarded the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete. That same year he received the prestigious MacDonald Trophy for leadership, sportsmanship and athletic ability.

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Bevan Lawson

Mr. Lawson is best known as the former provincial director of the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety Program but his extensive involvement in water activities and sports extends from the early 1920's in the Saskatoon area to his present hobby as coach of the Regina Campus Diving Team.

He introduced Aqua-Planing, the forerunner of water skiing, at Pike Lake in 1922. Mr. Lawson was also involved in the introduction of water polo and synchronized swimming in the province and for many years was one of Saskatchewan's finest divers.

As director of water safety for the province, Mr. Lawson spearheaded a program that has taught more than a quarter of a million adults and children to swim and to appreciate safety in and around water. In 1946, despite some opposition, his "Horse Trough" swimming method sold the program to the small communities. Using a standard size grain box lined with tarpaulins he showed the public how swimming and water safety could be taught in communities without pools.

He points out that with more recreation time available now and in the future, the need for swimming instruction is greater now than ever before.

At time of installation citation read March 31, 1973.

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Patricia Lawson

Patricia Lawson

Born in Saskatoon, November 18, 1929, Pat must be considered as the greatest woman athlete in Canada. She has performed extensively in golf, basketball, swimming, tennis, track and field and speed skating. Her first competitive venture was an under 10 swimming race which she won. She won national championships in speed-skating and basketball. At the age of 18, she was the city's most valuable player while a rookie member of the U. of S. Huskiette basketball team.

In 1955, she helped the Vancouver Eilers win the Canadian basketball title. In 1959, she was back in Saskatoon aiding the Adilman Aces to another Canadian championship. In golf Pat has represented Saskatchewan in 13 Canadian championships. She has been a Saskatchewan Senior team member from 1980 to 1986. In 1984, she was ranked 6th in Canada. Dr. Lawson spent much of her later years in coaching and administration. She served one term as president of the National Advisory for Fitness and Amateur Sport.

She is a member of the U. of S. Wall of Fame and was named to the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1985 and the Saskatoon Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Date: 1947

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Harold Laycoe

Born June 23, 1922 in Sutherland, Hal excelled in all team sports throughout his elementary and high school years. In hockey he worked his way up from bantam to senior competition and was on many Saskatchewan championship teams.

After World War II, Hal began his professional hockey career. He spent eleven seasons in the N.H.L., two with the New York Rangers, three with the Montreal Canadians and six with the Boston Bruins. One of the few players at that time to wear glasses, Laycoe compiled 102 points in 531 games. Hal retired from competition in 1956 but he stayed in hockey as a coach and general manager in the Western Hockey League and the N.H.L. With the WHL Portland Buckaroos, his team won seven league titles in 9 years.

In 1965, he was selected as Oregon's Man of the Year in sport. He coached the Netherlands National hockey team in the 1976-77 season, then became a special assignment scout for the new York Islanders.

In 1986, Laycoe was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame.

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Spero Leakos

Baseball and Spero truly go hand in hand. While he has developed an interest in all sports, it's basketball that received most of his attention. He played the game in various age divisions and had a strong interest in soccer and hockey and coached and played baseball at the University of Saskatchewan and the City level. For many years, he and 29 other shareholders were associated with the Saskatoon Gems baseball team.

In 1958, the Leakos family took over the team and Spero became the general manager and the club name was changed to the Commodores. Some of his players from the 1961 squad, John Boccabella, Tim Cullen and Ray Lamb eventually played in the majors. When the Western Canada Baseball League folded, Spero coached teams in the Northern Saskatchewan League. He helped out at the midget and junior level and led his Junior Commodores to the National Title in 1970.

He was honored in 1970 as Kinsmen Sportsman of the Year. In 1982 he was honored by Century Saskatoon. In 1986 Spero was inducted into the Saskatchewan Baseball Hall of Fame. He was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1986.

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Jack Leddy

Jack Leddy

Dr. Jack Leddy has truly worked his way up the golf ladder. Starting as a caddy, he soon took up the game competitively, became president of the Royal Canadian Golf Association and held a membership in the Royal and Ancient club of St. Andrews, Scotland. In 1952, Dr. Leddy was named president of the Saskatchewan Golf Association.

Since 1954 Jack has been a governor of the R.C.G.A. and was selected its president in 1962. That same year he was named as the non-playing captain of the Canadian team in the World Cup matches in Japan. In 1966 he was one of twenty Canadian members of the Royal and Ancient club of St. Andrews who went to Scotland to present to the club the "Silver Beaver" trophy which is competed for annually by all members of the Royal and Ancient. Jack has worked tirelessly to promote junior golf in Saskatchewan.

He was installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1971, was made an honorary member of the Saskatoon Riverside Country club in 1985 and was named to the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.

Text courtesy of Ned Powers.


The golf career of Dr. Jack Leddy ranges from caddy as a school boy in Saskatoon, to being an active competitor, to the Presidency of the Royal Canadian Golf Association; plus membership in the Royal and Ancient Club at St. Andrews, Scotland. His primary contribution has been as an executive and developer of the game of golf.

Dr. Leddy has been a governor of the Royal Canadian Golf Association since 1954; he was elected President of the national association in 1962, the only Saskatchewan resident to date to hold the highest position in Canadian golf. In 1962 he was selected as the non-playing captain of the Canadian team in the World Cup matches in Japan. In 1966 he was one of twenty Canadians who were awarded the "Silver Beaver" trophy in St. Andrews, as chairman of the national handicap and course rating committee, he set up a system which did much to eliminate the massive back-log of unrated courses that existed at that time.

In recognition of Jack's contribution and ability he was elected President of the Saskatchewan Golf Association in 1952 and is still a Director of this body. Through the years he has filled a host of executive positions at the provincial and local levels. Jack has been particularly instrumental in the encouragement and development of high school and junior golf in Saskatchewan.

Installed in the Hall of Fame on September 25, 1971.

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Kathleen Leddy / Kay White

Ice Hockey, Tennis (B.A. '35)

Kay White graduated from Nutana Collegiate and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1931.

Kay was a member of the women's ice hockey team for four years and a member of the tennis team for three years. Kay was an outstanding performer on the ice hockey team when that sport was very prominent in the 1930's. For her participation and contribution to ice hockey and tennis, Kay was awarded a major Athletic Award in 1935. She was only the third woman to receive this award at the University of Saskatchewan.

In addition to excelling in the two sports, Kay served as 'Senior Stick' for Arts and Science in 1934 and was vice-president of the Students Representative Council in 1934-35.

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Phil Lederhouse

Phil Lederhouse was born November 23rd, 1915 in Prince Albert. He lost his sight in 1934 at age 19. Fifteen years later he took up golf, and with no prior experience, and six months coaching, won the Canadian Championship in Hamilton, and placed 3rd in an International Blind Golfers' Championship.

Since 1950, Phil has won the Saskatchewan Provincial Championship 17 times, the Western Canadian Championship 16 times, and been Canadian Champion for Blind Golfers 5 times; in 1950, 51 , 61, 62 and 1965. (The last championship held was in 1966).

Phil also was runner-up in world championships twice and in 1966 held the World record for 2 years when he shot an "89" for 18 holes at Saskatoon Golf and Country Club.

Phil Lederhouse has been sponsored extensively by Lions Clubs and has golfed with the celebrities- Jack Nicklaus, Walter Hagan, Bob Hope and Ed Sullivan.

Phil was described as a 'threat' in every tournament he took part in. There was no gimmick in his swing, he does not wallop the ball, he has a natural technique which has been his secret weapon.

Phil's wife, Ruby, a rehabilitation teacher who is also totally blind, was responsible for his initial involvement, and her continued encouragement has made him 'the star' he is today.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame, June 11, 1983.

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Wendy Lee

Born in 1960, Wendy began to take swimming seriously at the tender age of eight, going on to fulfill a lifetime dream when she was named to Canada's Olympic Team at 15.

In the years 1975-78, Wendy was coached by Peter Abbink and Harry Gallagher. During these years she was a finalist in Western Canada Summer Games and Canadian Nationals, a gold medallist in the English National Championships, and a medallist in an International swim meet in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.

Wendy Lee was Regina's first swimmer to participate in the Olympic Games. With all Saskatchewan pulling for her, she performed her best time ever in the women's 400 metre freestyle. This effort placed her 11th in the world.

Wendy left Regina to attend the University of Indiana on a full swimming scholarship. There she was a triple gold medallist, winning the 200, 500 and 1,650 yard freestyle. She was selected top female swimmer in the Big Ten Conference Championships.

For a dedicated athlete the road to success is no joy ride. A swimmer with the drive and dedication of Wendy Lee knows full well the sorrows and disappointments along with the smiles and happy podium positions. We congratulate Wendy Lee.

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John Leicester

John Leicester

Born in Tompkins, Saskatchewan in 1923, John began his tennis career in Saskatoon. At the age of 17 he captured the Saskatchewan Junior singles title. The following year his athletic ability was observed in Western Canadian and Canadian championships. John who was also an outstanding minor hockey league player, took a break from competitive play to serve in the Air Force in 1942 and 1943. When he returned to the game, John won the Saskatchewan championship seven times in single, nine times in doubles and six times in mixed doubles.

In 1980, Leicester was a Canadian finalist in the 55-year and over category and was named to the Canadian team that competed for the Austrian Cup. Two years later, he was ranked 3rd for Canadian seniors In 1983, he was rated 4th in singles and first in men's doubles. Even while competing, John found time to serve the sport in several administrative positions and was responsible for organizing the Saskatchewan Junior program. He has written two tennis booklets.

John was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 1984 and was named to the Saskatoon Hall in 1987.

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Timothy Leier

Hockey, Football BSPE'85, BComm'92

Tim Leier, a native of Unity, graduated from North Battleford High School and entered the University of Saskatchewan in 1980.

Tim was a member of the Huskie hockey team for five years and a member of the Huskie football team for four years. On the football team he played as a defensive back and was selected a Canada West All Star in 1984. He went on to serve as an assistant coach with the football team for two years.

While a member of the hockey team, the Huskies captured three Canada West Championships and the CIAU National Championship in 1982-83.

For his two-sport participation, Tim was awarded the E. Kent Phillips Trophy as the University's Outstanding Male Athlete in 1984.

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Diane Lemon

Diane Lemon has done it all when it comes to synchronized swimming. She has been, at various times in her career, a swimmer, coach, judge, administrator, and parent of a synchronized swimmer.

Originally from Sintaluta, Diane's involvement with synchronized swimming was centered in Regina. In 1966 she began to officiate at local meets, and in 1968 attained a National Level FV rating for officiating. This rating enabled Diane to officiate at Saskatchewan Provincial Championships and Winter Games, Western Canadian Championships and Games, and Canadian Championships and Games.

In 1989 Diane began her international officiating career, when she was invited to the Swiss Open Synchronized Swimming Competition. From 1989 until the present, Diane has officiated at international competitions in Europe and the United States. She became the first Canadian judge to write and pass the Level V Rating, and that same year attained FINA rating for international judging.

Diane was a member of the organizing committee which formed the provincial section of Synchro Saskatchewan in 1965, and served on the Board of Directors of Synchro Saskatchewan for twenty-seven years. From 1967 to the present, Diane has acted as provincial technical and judges chairperson, as a member of organizing committees for meets and fund raisers, and has held various positions on the board of directors, including a term as president.

Diane served on the organizing committees for one Canadian Junior and one Canadian Senior Championship, and helped to organize national judges and coaches clinics. From 1988-1990 she was a member of the Board of Directors of Synchro Canada, and is past Chair of the National Officials Technical Committee, as well as a member of the International Judges Group of Synchro Canada.

In appreciation of her many years of service, Diane received the 1978 Synchro Sask "Volunteer of the Year" award, and in 1989 was honoured by the YWCA as "Woman of the Year - Sport Category". In 1993 Diane received the Canada 125 Award for community volunteer work in amateur sport, and in 1995 was awarded a Lifetime Membership to Synchro Saskatchewan.

Installed in the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum on June 15, 1996.

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Tony Leswick

Tony was born in Humboldt on St. Patrick's Day, 1923. He grew up to only weigh 160 pounds and stand 5 feet 6 inches tall, but was good enough to play eleven seasons in the National Hockey League. He played all his minor hockey in Saskatoon, ending off in fine style with a Saskatchewan Senior championship in 1942. In 1942-43, he played professional with the Cleveland Barons of the American League. Following a 3 year stint with the Navy he returned to the game and played 6 years with the New York Rangers, 4 with the Detroit Red Wings and one with the Chicago Black Hawks.

He played in 729 games and missed only two games due to an injury. Tony scored 165 goals although his coach often had him check the leading scorer on the opposing team. Rocket Richard was one of them. Tony has earned two Stanley Cup rings. In 1952, he was with the Wings when they beat Montreal Canadiens four straight. In 1954, Tony scored in overtime in the 7th game as Detroit again beat the Canadiens. He finished his career as playing coach of the Edmonton Flyers of the WHL.

He was inducted into the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1989.

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