Dave MacLeod of Charlottetown ranks among the Island’s top all round athletes of the 1950’s and 1960’s.
Born in Saint John, N.B., in 1935, N.B., MacLeod moved to Charlottetown as a youngster where he attended Prince Street School.
He was a standout at Prince of Wales College from 1953-56 where he excelled in hockey, rugby, and track and field. However his ability enabled him to compete in these sports with senior level teams.He joined the Charlottetown Nomads, the Island’s top rugby team in 1954 to help lead them to victory in the McCurdy Cup, the Eastern Canadian Championship in senior rugby. He returned in 1955 to help the Nomads defend their title. MacLeod also competed with the Charlottetown Abbies Track and field team in numerous events. He captured overall titles at various maritime meets and set a record in the 100yd dash at the Moncton Olympics meet in 1955.
In 1956 MacLeod was offered an athletic scholarship in hockey by Boston University. The athletics department was already familiar with the MacLeod family, as Dave’s brother Donald was a star pitcher with the varsity baseball team. In 1958 he led Boston to it’s first ever Bean Pot Hockey Tournament victory awarded to the top college hockey team in the New England area. He was selected twice to the New England All -Star hockey team and was considered the fastest skater in the New England college hockey circuit.
MacLeod’s rugby skills served him well while at Boston University as he qualified as kicker for the varsity football team.
During his varsity years he would represent the university in track and field and would return to compete for the Island during the summer months. In 1958 he won a bronze medal in the Canadian Track and Field Championships in the Javelin earning a tryout for the Canadian Olympic Team.
After graduating from Boston College in 1961 attended the training camp of the Providence Reds, the Boston Bruins AHL affiliate. He played briefly with the Philadelphia Ramblers of the East Coast Hockey league before finishing the year with the Glasgow Rangers in the highly competitive Nova Scotia Senior Hockey League. He began a teaching career in physical education in 1962 while starring with the Halifax Wolverines. He returned to PEI in 1964 to teach at the Provincial Vocational Institute while competing with the Summerside Intermediate Aces.
In 1967 MacLeod moved west to Alberta where he continued to play senior hockey.
His competitive career continued into the 1970’s when he began competing in Highland Games competition. Competing against athletes from the northwest of the U.S. and Canada he was a surprise winner of the caber toss at the 1972 Highland Games held at the Royal Athletic Park in Victoria B.C
McLeod’s combination of size, speed and strength earned him a reputation as one of the top all round athletes of his era.
Dave MacLeod passed away on June 10, 2016, at the age of 80.
Updated: December 2016