By Mike Stackhouse
SJHL icon Leonard Strandberg is recovering from very serious injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident last week in Phoenix, AZ.
Through a post made on his behalf by Shane Rocque on Facebook, Leonard says he has had four surgeries, two major ones that have resulted in the removal of his foot and leg below the knee as well as major reconstruction to his pelvic area, including left hip and leg. Additionally, there has been major trauma to his stomach and intestines as well as lacerations to his legs, arms, and hands.
“I’m extremely pleased with the help I have received as this hospital. They have been amazing. They are doing what they can to help me and I want to thank everyone for the help and support of my friends and family. I can feel the love.”
Strandberg is at West Valley Hospital for the next number of days, but it is hoped and anticipated that he can be air lifted to Saskatoon to continue the recovery process.
There is a GoFundMe page if you wish to help Leonard Strandberg on his recovery efforts. It’s very easy to donate if you haven’t ever done so before. https://www.gofundme.com/wd6vtm-leonards-medical-fund
Strandberg has been everything from a founder of the Melfort Mustangs franchise to a General Manager, Scout, and Bus Driver. In fact, Strandberg was the GM in 1996 when Melfort hosted the RBC Cup, losing in the finals.
He also has extensive ties to the Manitoba Junior Hockey League, where he was General Manager of the OCN Blizzard in their glory years upon the team’s inception as well as GM for the Swan Valley Stampeders, where he oversaw their best success.
He’s also been involved with Hockey Canada, and most recently (2009) as a General Manager for the World Junior ‘A’; Challenge Canada West club.
Please keep Leonard and his family in your thoughts as we approach the Holiday season.