July 28, 1926|
Ottawa, ON, CAN
|Died||November 19, 2011
London, ON, CAN
|Olympic medal record|
|Men's ice hockey|
|Competitor for Canada|
|1948 St. Moritz||Ice hockey|
Julius Karl "Pete" Leichnitz (July 28, 1926 – November 19, 2011), sometimes referred to as J.K. Leitchitz, 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.
The 1948 Winter Olympics were to be held in St. Moritz, Switzerland. They were then officially known as the V Olympic Winter Games as they were the first Olympic games to be celebrated after World War II. In the fall of 1947, the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association invited the RCAF to form Canada’s Olympic ice hockey squad.
Although Leichnitz traveled to St. Moritz as a member of Canada national hockey team, due to tournament rules that allowed teams to dress only twelve players, Leichnitz was a used as a reserve and did not get into game play during the 1948 Olympics. Nonetheless, Leichnitz 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.
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