By using NHL websites or other online services, you consent to the practices described in our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service, including our Cookie Policy. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P. © NHL 2019. All Rights Reserved. Rick MacLeish, who starred for the Broad Street Bullies teams of the Philadelphia Flyers that won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975, has died. "With that approach comes injuries, though nothing could have prepared him for the injury suffered in 1977-78. MacLeish's time with the Flyers ended July 3, 1981, when he was traded to the Hartford Whalers with Blake Wesley, Don Gillen and the Flyers' first-, second- and third-round picks in the 1982 NHL Draft, for Ray Allison, Fred Arthur and the Whalers' first- and third-round choices in the 1983 draft. Rick MacLeish. MacLeish was also included in THN's recent special "Dream Teams" issue thanks to his tenure with the OHL's Peterborough Petes. With 53 of his 54 career playoff goals having come with Philadelphia, he remains tied with Barber, his former teammate, as the franchise’s most prolific postseason goal scorer. MacLeish’s first marriage ended in divorce. Not a subscriber? Rick MacLeish, star on Flyers' Stanley Cup winners in 1974 and 1975, dies at 66 His college career ended quickly in tragedy, so he dedicated the rest of his life to helping people. It was the only goal of the game and, as The Philadelphia Inquirer wrote after MacLeish’s death, “perhaps the most important one in franchise history.”. MacLeish scored 24 goals in 42 AHL games in 1971-72, which earned him another chance with the Flyers at the start of the 1972-73 NHL season. Richard George MacLeish was born on Jan. 3, 1950, in Lindsay, Ontario, northeast of Toronto, and grew up not far from there, in Cannington. That really hurts.". In 78 games that season, with veteran Gary Dornhoefer on his right wing and rookie Barber on his left, MacLeish became the first Flyers player to score 50 goals. It was with a single deflection on May 19, 1974 at the Spectrum, in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Final, that MacLeish became a Flyers legend, tipping a shot by teammate Andre "Moose" Dupont past Boston Bruins goaltender Gilles Gilbert. The Flyers won their first Stanley Cup that year. The Flyers could have a mediocre game but because of his skills as a player and the athlete that he was, he could carry us; he was that gifted. MacLeish, born Jan. 3, 1950 in Lindsay, Ontario, was selected with the fourth pick of the 1970 NHL Draft by, coincidentally, the Bruins. Welcome to NHL.com, the official site of the National Hockey League, Bienvenue à LNH.com , le site officiel de la Ligue nationale de hockey, Добро пожаловать на NHL.com, официальный сайт Национальной хоккейной лиги, Tervetuloa NHL:n viralliselle nettisivustolle NHL.comiin, Välkommen till NHL.com, NHL:s officiella web-sida, Vítejte na NHL.com, oficiálních stránkách National Hockey League, Vitajte na NHL.com, oficiálnych stránkach National Hockey League, Willkommen auf NHL.com, der offiziellen Seite der National Hockey League, Bienvenido a NHL.com, el sitio oficial de la National Hockey League. May he rest in peace.". In addition to his daughter Brianna, he is survived by his wife, the former Charlene Meyer; two brothers, Dale and Tom; a sister, Janice MacLeish; another daughter, Danielle Stewart; and two grandchildren. Sign up today to get the best features and analysis from the NHL and beyond. The Flyers won the Cup again in 1975, defeating the Buffalo Sabres. His 328 in the regular season are sixth in Flyers history, and his 53 Stanley Cup Playoff goals are tied with Hockey Hall of Fame member Bill Barber for first. Former Flyer Rick MacLeish battling illness by Sam Carchidi, STAFF WRITER , Posted: May 11, 2016 Rick MacLeish, the smooth-skating center who scored the goal that gave the Flyers their first Stanley Cup championship in 1974, is battling multiple medical problems in a Philadelphia hospital. Center Rick MacLeish, a key member of the franchise's back-to-back Stanley Cup teams, has died at the age of 66.

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.