Ivan McLelland was raised in the small town of South Porcupine, Ontario, where he was plucked from the Dome gold mine by hockey's New York Rangers.
Sent to the Penticton Vees for seasoning, McLelland established himself as one of the premier amateur goaltenders in Canada of his time.
Ivan lives in Penticton, British Columbia. and is an enthusiastic fan of the current Penticton Vees. He is an ambassador for hockey, as well as for the city where he chose to live and raise his family.
McLelland is also a steadfast fundraiser for Good Samaritan Village by the Station and the Alzheimer’s Society.
From "the best seat in the house", former goalie Ivan McLelland recounts his life journey from the gold mines of Ontario to the gold medal round of the 1955 World Ice Hockey Championship vs. Soviet Russia. "Gold Mine to Gold Medal and Beyond" is more than a book for hockey fans or Canadian history buffs. It's the life story of a man who created a life of love, integrity and accomplishment.