Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Rick MacLeish
Center Rick MacLeish played over 800 NHL games on five different clubs in the 70s and 80s. Blessed with a quick wrist shot and natural offensive instincts, he topped the 30-goal mark seven times in 14 big league seasons.

Born in Lindsay, Ontario, MacLeish spent the majority of his junior career with the OHA's Peterborough Petes. The Boston Bruins took him fourth overall in 1970 after notching 101 points and earning a place on the OHA first all-star team. After starting his pro career with the CHL's Oklahoma City Blazers, the young pivot was traded to the Philadelphia Flyers in February, 1971. He was promptly given a chance to get his feet wet in the NHL and looked fairly solid in 26 games.

The Flyers opted to start MacLeish in the AHL in 1971-72 before recalling him late in the year. The next season he broke through with 50 goals while playing the power play and taking a regular shift with Gary Dornhoefer and Ross Lonsberry. Over the next two season he continued to produce on offense but was asked to take on penalty killing and defensive responsibility. MacLeish's excellence was a key component on the Flyers' consecutive Stanley Cup wins in 1974 and 1975. During the first title run he led all playoff goal scorers with 13 goals and 22 points. Overall, MacLeish was named to play in the 1976, 1977 and 1980 NHL all-star games.

During the late 70s, MacLeish was a top two-way player for Philly. In 1979-80 he scored 31 goals while teaming with Bob Kelly and Dennis Vervegaert. The trio helped the Flyers set an NHL record by going undefeated in 35 straight games and later reach the 1980 Stanley Cup final. In July 1981, the veteran pivot joined the youthful Hartford Whalers. During his last three NHL seasons MacLeish also played in Pittsburgh, did a second tour in Philly and dressed for the Detroit Red Wings before retiring in 1984.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Cannington Cougars Minor-ON
1966-67 London Nationals OHA-Jr. 2 0 0 0 0
1966-67 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 8 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 54 24 25 49 16 5 2 1 3 0
1968-69 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 54 50 42 92 29 10 7 14 21 8
1969-70 Peterborough Petes OHA-Jr. 54 45 56 101 135 6 4 4 8 10
1970-71 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 46 13 15 28 93
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 26 2 4 6 19 -4 4 1 0 1 0
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 17 1 2 3 9 -9
1971-72 Richmond Robins AHL 42 24 11 35 33
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 50 50 100 69 +15 10 3 4 7 2
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 32 45 77 42 +21 17 13 9 22 20
1974-75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 38 41 79 50 +29 17 11 9 20 8
1975-76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 51 22 23 45 16 +6
1976-77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 49 48 97 42 +46 10 4 9 13 2
1977-78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 31 39 70 33 +24 12 7 9 16 4
1978-79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 71 26 32 58 47 +4 7 0 1 1 0
1979-80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 31 35 66 28 +23 19 9 6 15 2
1980-81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 78 38 36 74 25 +22 12 5 5 10 0
1981-82 Hartford Whalers NHL 34 6 16 22 16 -13
1981-82 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 40 13 12 25 28 -7 5 1 1 2 0
1982-83 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 6 0 5 5 2 -5
1982-83 EHC Kloten Swiss 1 0 0 0 0
1983-84 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 29 8 14 22 4 +4
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 25 2 8 10 4 -4 1 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 846 349 410 759 434 114 54 53 107 38


OHA-Jr. First All-Star Team (1970) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1976, 1977, 1980) Traded to Philadelphia by Boston with Danny Schock for Mike Walton, February 1, 1971. Traded to Hartford by Philadelphia with Blake Wesley, Don Gillen and Philadelphia's 1st (Paul Lawless), 2nd (Mark Paterson ) and 3rd (Kevin Dineen) round choices in 1982 Entry Draft for Ray Allison, Fred Arthur and Hartford's 1st (Ron Sutter), and 3rd (Miroslav Dvorak) round choices in 1983 Entry Draft, July 3, 1981. Traded to Pittsburgh by Hartford for Russ Anderson and Pittsburgh's 8th round choice (Chris Duperron) in 1983 Entry Draft, December 29, 1981. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, October 6, 1983. Traded to Detroit by Philadelphia for future considerations, January 8, 1984.