June 6, 1936 |
Owen Sound, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)|
Fort Wayne Komets
Leslie John Binkley (born June 6, 1936 in Owen Sound, Ontario) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. Binkley played goaltender in the National Hockey League for the Pittsburgh Penguins, in the World Hockey Association for the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros. He later became a scout for both the Pittsburgh Penguins and Winnipeg Jets organizations.
Les Binkley spent his early career in the minor leagues, reaching the NHL level in his thirties. He was the recipient of the Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award as the AHL's top rookie in 1962, and was awarded the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award four years later for allowing the least goals in the league. Binkley was the first starting goaltender for the Pittsburgh Penguins. He left the NHL after five seasons to play in the WHA with the Ottawa Nationals and Toronto Toros. Binkley played in 196 NHL regular season games and retired with a career GAA of 3.12.
Achievements and awards
- EHL Second All-Star Team (1957)
- Dudley "Red" Garrett Memorial Award (Rookie of the Year - AHL) (1962)
- AHL Second All-Star Team (1964, 1966)
- Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award (fewest goals against - AHL) (1966)
- WHL Second All-Star Team (1967)
- Two Stanley Cup championships (in 1991 and 1992 seasons) - as a scout for the Pittsburgh Penguins
- First NHL Goaltender ever to wear contact lenses (1967)
- First player signed by the Pittsburgh Penguins club when they were introduced into the league in 1967
Binkley currently resides in Hanover, Ontario, with his wife Eleanor. Binkley has two children, Randall and Leslie, and also has five grandchildren: Jana, Jonathan, Curtis, Kara and Jordan. Curtis Binkley is also a goaltender, and was drafted by the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League in 2002.