Although he played in the shadow of (Bobby Clarke) he was every bit as good as Clarkie.". The death was confirmed by his daughter Brianna, who said her father had had multiple medical problems. Philadelphia’s Rick MacLeish in a playoff game against Atlanta in 1974. MacLeish's death is the second major loss for the Flyers this year. It was then his career took off in a big way. NHL, the NHL Shield, the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup, the Stanley Cup Playoffs logo, the Stanley Cup Final logo, Center Ice name and logo, NHL Conference logos, NHL Winter Classic name, and The Biggest Assist Happens Off The Ice are registered trademarks and Stanley Cup Qualifiers name and logo, NHL.TV, Vintage Hockey word mark and logo, The Game Lives Where You Do, NHL Winter Classic logo, NHL Heritage Classic name and logo, NHL Stadium Series name and logo, NHL All-Star logo, NHL Face-Off name and logo, NHL. MacLeish wasn't an overnight sensation, but his fearsome wrist shot in time would make him a hero in Philadelphia. 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. The Philadelphia center led the league in goals (13) and points (22) during the team's run and it was MacLeish who would go on to score the only goal in the Game 6 final against Bobby Orr's Boston Bruins to clinch the title. But the 19-year-old goalie, who has been passed over in the past two NHL drafts, is hoping to change all of that by leading Canada to a gold medal in the World Junior Championship. "He was a tough kid who skated and worked hard.
The goal was one of 381 MacLeish scored for the Flyers. "Rick was probably the most gifted, natural centerman that the Flyers have ever had," teammate Bob Kelly said. "Ricky, Ross [Lonsberry] and I played on a line together for five or six years," Dornhoefer said. It saddens me that he was such a young man and is no longer with us. He was 66. The Petes were ranked as our second-best development franchise and MacLeish was part of the first-team forwards alongside Steve Yzerman and Bob Gainey. 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.”. The smooth-skating goal-scorer capped off Philadelphia's first Stanley Cup with the game-winning tally and remains one of the franchise's top producers in history.
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