Vince Leah Trophy
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The Vince Leah Trophy is an annual award given to the player selected as the most proficient in his first year of competition in the Manitoba Junior Hockey League during the regular season. The Rookie of the Year award was created in 1950. From 1967 to 1977, the award winner was presented the Gordon Petrie Memorial Trophy.
Vince Leah was a sportswriter with both The Winnipeg Tribune and Winnipeg Free Press for over 60 years. For more than three decades, his dedication made it possible for youngsters to play hockey.[further explanation needed] Vince Leah founded the Excelsiors Hockey Club; 40 of those players went on to pro hockey. Vince Leah authored books on football and hockey including A History of Hockey in Manitoba.