Gerry Leonard

 

 

Seattle Totems 1958-70
Center – 5’11" – 178 lbs.

Awards/Honors

  • None

Championships

  • WHL Championship:  1959, 1967, 1968

 

Statistics

Regular Season Playoffs
GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1958-59 Seattle Totems 68 15 32 47 109 12 2 2 4 6
1959-60 Seattle Totems 70 16 27 43 42 4 0 0 0 2
1960-61 Seattle Totems 70 9 27 36 32 11 1 2 3 6
1961-62 Seattle Totems 70 25 36 61 46 2 0 2 2 2
1962-63 Seattle Totems 67 17 32 49 34 17 2 4 6 13
1963-64 Seattle Totems 69 13 32 45 45
1964-65 Seattle Totems 70 11 28 39 56 7 1 0 1 14
1965-66 Seattle Totems 72 11 31 42 27
1966-67 Seattle Totems 72 5 16 21 36 10 0 3 3 4
1967-68 Seattle Totems 71 16 16 32 29 9 3 5 8 2
1968-69 Seattle Totems 71 11 21 32 30 4 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Seattle Totems 72 8 24 32 23 6 0 3 3 12
Seattle Totals 842 157 322 479 509 82 9 21 30 61

Despite the smile seen in the photo above, Gerry Leonard was known as one of the most serious and tenacious players in the WHL during the 1960s.  He was nicknamed "Grump" by his teammates for his grumpy disposition, and it was often said that Leonard went through the entire season only uttering two words:  "Hello" when he arrived at training camp and "Goodbye" at the end of the season.

Originally the property of the Detroit Red Wings, Leonard played his first full season as a pro with the Edmonton Flyers before being transferred to the Totems in the fall of 1958.  Though he spent most of his time on the checking line, Leonard still put up solid offensive numbers and was very capable of filling-in on the scoring lines when necessary.  He was also quite durable, never missing more than three games in a season despite his physical style of play and willingness to drop the gloves when necessary (he led the team with nine fights in 1958-59).

Leonard was a part of the Totems franchise throughout it’s most successful era, playing in the WHL finals five times during his 12 seasons.  He is one of only two players, along with Guyle Fielder, to suit up as a player for all three of the club’s WHL championships (Bill MacFarland played in 1959 and was the head coach in 1967 and 1968). 

While he was never recognized with any awards and was not named to any league all-star teams, his contribution to the Totems remains unquestioned.  His 842 games played is the third most by any player in a Seattle uniform, and he ranks in the top 10 all-time in goals, assists and points by a Seattle player.