Hockey hero Reggie Leach’s tumultuous and inspirational life story, told by the man himself.
“It all comes down to making the right life choices,” says the NHL’s legendary Reggie Leach, and this intimate biography lays bare the decisions that led him to become one of the best snipers in hockey history. Nicknamed the Riverton Rifle for his thrilling speed and deadly shooting skills, Leach overcame a childhood marked by poverty and racism to rise through the NHL ranks, playing for the Stanley Cup-winning 1975 Philadelphia Flyers. Through Leach’s own recollections, The Riverton Rifle traces his trajectory from humble beginnings to NHL stardom and follows the dramatic fall caused by drinking and his subsequent rebirth as a successful businessman, family man, and pillar of the Aboriginal community.
[Reggie Leach] continues to be an amazing inspiration to Aboriginal youth across this country. He’s a point of pride for First Nations people in Canada and has opened the door to so many youth wanting not just to play the game of hockey but to succeed in a world that is often foreign and frightening to them.”– Joseph Boyden