Aime Alexandre Leblanc
Year Inducted: 1996
Aime Alexandre Leblanc was born October 1, 1931 in Alexandria, Ontario, and moved to Cornwall at age nine.
Throughout his life, Aime has been a strong supporter of sports in Cornwall and the surrounding area, and offering his talents first as a player, then as an official in hockey and lacrosse, and finally as a coach.
Aime was a founding member of the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association in 1958, and worked tirelessly to promote hockey in this area. He was a 20-year member of the C.M.H.A. Executive (1958-78) and past President (1964-65).
As a player, he he played for various teams, notably the Inkerman Rockets Junior “A” team, who went on to Memorial Cup Finals in 1949-50.
As an official in hockey, Aime worked as a referee in the Ottawa District Hockey Association (1951-1976); the Cornwall Minor Hockey Assocation (1959-1974); the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (1966-76); the Ontario Hockey Association (1962-1972); the International Bantam Tournament in Cornwall (1960-1970); and the United States League in Lake Placid, NY (1960-1970).
He was also Referee-in-Chief for the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League from 1969-1976.
As an official in lacrosse, Aime worked as a referee in the Ontario Lacrosse Association and the Quebec Lacrosse Association (1952-1972). He was selected by the Ontario Lacrosse Association to referee at the Canada Summer Games in Halifax, NS in 1969.
As a coach, Aime worked for the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association House League (1968-1975) and the Gaymor Sporting Goods, who were part of the city’s Junior “B” Hockey League (1976-1984). During his time with Gaymor Sports, he coached five Championship teams (1979-80; 1980-81; 1981-82; 1982-83; 1984-85).
He died May 23, 1998.