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John Leicester, a graduate of Nutana Collegiate in Saskatoon, enrolled at the University of Saskatchewan (B.A., 1948; B. Ed., 1951) in 1946 after serving in the air force in the Second World War.
Prior to joining the Huskies, he played two years for the Junior Quakers hockey club and had won serveral provincial and Western Canadian tennis titles.
John played three years on both the Huskies hockey and tennis teams, two years on the badminton team and one year on the football team. He also served on the Men's Athletic Board.
He went on to coach the Huskies hockey team for two years - 1949-50 and 1950-51.
He was a professor of physical education at the University of Saskatchewan from 1951 to 1988.
John helped found the Young Athletes of Saskatchewan sports schools in 1970s and was also a founding member of both the Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association and the Canadian Association of Sports Sciences.
John was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame and Museum in 1984 and the Saskatoon Sports Hall of Fame in 1987.