After scoring one goal in 17 games to begin the 1971-72 NHL season, MacLeish was sent to Richmond of the American Hockey League. "Ricky, Ross [Lonsberry] and I played on a line together for five or six years," Dornhoefer said. It was the first of two consecutive championships. Though he has not been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, MacLeish was held in high regard by his teammates: “Rick was probably the most gifted, natural center-man that the Flyers have ever had," said Bob Kelly (courtesy of the Flyers website). The Philadelphia Inquirer reported May 13 that MacLeish, nicknamed "Hawk," "Cutie," "Bedrock" and "Pink Floyd" at various times by his Flyers teammates, had been hospitalized with unspecified health issues.