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Passed away in Chatham, age 82 on May 19, 2013.

1934 Colored All Stars Baseball Team
1937-38 SR. Maroons
1949-50 St.Clair Maroons
1953 BR.431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1956 BR 431 Bantam Baseball All Stars
1958-59 Rotary JUV. Hockey
1959-60 Senior Maroons
1969-71 S. Elliott Perf Racing
1973 Kinsmen Pee Wee Baseball Team
1974-75 JMSS Boys Basketball Team
1977-78 Chatham Royals Inter. "C" Hockey
1979 Huron & Erie Beverages Midgets
1983-84 & 1984-85 Maple City Jr.Ice Crystals
1985 Chatham Juvenile Baseball Team
1985-86 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1986-87 BR28 Bantams Team
1989-90 CKSS Boys ""AA" Volleyballl Team
1992-93 JMSS Girls Basketball Team
1997 Sun-Out Diamonds Sr. Baseball Team
1998-99 JR.Maroons
Archie Stirling
Arthur Pelkey
Bill Atkinson
Bill Robinson
Bill Stobbs
Bob Weedon
Brian Wiseman
Carrie Carleton (Dillon)
Casey Maynard
Ches Dawson
Courtney Babcock
Leyte Wilson "Copper"
Dale Lahey
Dan Lewis
Dave Allin
Dave Gagner
David Seton
Dennis McCord
Derek Krete
Don Gillett
Don Hinnegan
Doug Allin
Doug Anakin
Doug Melvin
Earl Flat Chase
Ed Myers
Ed Wright
Elaine Hinnegan
Fergie Jenkins
Fran Crummer
Gene Dziadura
George Aitken
George Bruette
Harold Gillies
Harold McFarlane
Herb Wakabayashi
Irma (Grant) Isaac
Jim Maynard
Joe Zimmer
Joe Malo
Joelle Batten-Daigneau
John McKay
Karrie Williams
Keith Crummer
Larry Babcock
Larry Lahey
Lloyd Davidson
Marion (Watson) Stanton
Martin Aarts
Max Lenover
Mel Wakabayashi
Mort Giles
Norman Morris 'Chirp'
Peter Gilbert
Randy Rybansky
Richard Doey
Ron Blommers
Ross Babcock
Ron Coristine
Ross Day
Roy Galloway
Roy Oscar 'Doc' Miller
Sandra Tewksbury
Shae-Lynn Bourne
Shirley Pilson
Smoke, R.S.Reynolds
Tyson Parry
Wilfred  Harding

Position: Puck Handler
Birth Date: 
From: Chatham, Ontario 

Newfoundland/Labrador Hockey
Hall of Fame

Leyte in Action
Additional Photos

Category - Athlete Legend
Induction Ceremony 2004

Copper was born and raised in Newfoundland and is considered to be one of the finest hockey players the province has ever produced. From his high school performances in the early 1940's through provincial senior hockey to Quebec junior hockey and Canadian senior hockey, Copper displayed great skill as a puck handler combined with exceptional skating and an intense desire to play at his highest level at all times. He arrived in Chatham in 1956 to play for the Senior Maroons helping to win the Allen Cup in 1959-60 and some people consider him to be the finest player ever to put on a Maroon uniform. Copper continues to reside in Chatham.

  • 1947
    • At age 16 joined the Barchans' Miners senior team where he played for 3 years culminating with the team winning the Herder Trophy emblematic of the provincial senior championship in 1949-50
  • 1950-51
    • Played for Quebec Citadel major junior hockey team and was second line center behind superstar Jean Beliveau who centered first line - team lost in Memorial Cup finals to Barrie Flyers
  • 1951-53
    • Played for Quebec Aces Senior team along with Beliveau and Coach Punch Imlach ; 1952  he moved back to play defence; went to 3 training camps with the Montreal Canadians and played in several exhibition games
  • 1952
    •  Team won Alexander Cup emblematic of top senior team in Eastern Canada
  • 1953-56
    • Was an outstanding member of Glace Bay Miners, Charlottetown Islanders, and Amherst Ramblers of the Maritime Senior Hockey League; nominated by Chatham Maroons for the 1956 Allan Cup finals
  • 1956-61
    • Starred for Chatham Senior Maroons; in 1960 team defeated Trail British Columbia Smoke Eaters to win Allan Cup with Copper and goaltender Cesare Maniago emerging as the best performers

After retiring from playing in 1961, Copper coached the Junior Maroons and then Chatham Minor Hockey teams until 1974.   In 1998 Copper was inducted into the Newfound and Labrador Hockey Hall of Fame in the Athlete Category.

Inducted into Chatham Sports Hall of Fame 2004