Gordon Juckes was one of the most effective and unselfish hockey administrators in Canadian history. He advanced the development of the game in his native Saskatchewan, nationally and internationally. Juckes constant effort for the good of others regardless of nationality earned him admirers all over the world.
Born in Watrous, Sasktachewan, halfway between Regina and Saskatoon, he eventually moved to nearby Melville. There he worked as a printer, reporter, collections agent and advertising salesman for the Melville Advance. Juckes also played minor hockey in Melville and acquired an intense love of the game.
He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Artillery during the first few months of World War II and rose to the rank of major. Juckes was later awarded the Order of the British Empire in 1946 for his exemplary wartime service.
After the War, Juckes worked on the executive of the Melville Millionaires hockey club from 1946 to 1948. He then ascended to the presidency of the Saskatchewan Senior League before working his way up the Saskatchewan Amateur Hockey Association (SAHA) hierarchy from 1949 to 1954. Juckes next served on the executive of the Canadian Amateur Hockey Association executive, including a term as president in 1959-60. One of Juckes' pet projects was to get all the hockey powers to agree to an official world junior hockey championship. One of the stumbling blocks was the discrepancy in age eligibility between North America and Europe.
Some of the honours bestowed on Juckes over his career included the IIHF Diploma of Honour in 1967, the CAHA Meritorious Award in 1976, and a life membership from the SAHA. He also sat on the executives of the Canadian Olympic Association and Hockey Canada. After his death in 1994, the CAHA established the Gordon Juckes Memorial Trust, the proceeds of which would go to a worthy team or individual candidate each year.
He was elected into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1979.