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Rick MacLeish (1950 - 2016)

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Rick MacLeish (1950 - 2016)

Rick MacLeish, a member of the Philadelphia Flyers teams in 1974 and 1975 when the team won back-to-back Stanley Cup championships, died May 30, according to the team. He was 66.

“With the passing of Rick MacLeish, the Flyers have lost one of their legends,” said Flyers President, Paul Holmgren, in a statement posted on the team’s website. “A good father, grandfather, teammate,and friend, Rick will be missed by all who were fortunate to come and know him over the years. His happy and friendly demeanor was front and center everywhere Rick went. Today, our thoughts and prayers are with Rick’s wife, Charlene, his daughters, Danielle and Brianna, along with his grandchildren. May he rest in peace.”

According to the statement, MacLeish played for the Flyers in parts of 12 seasons, including 11 straight, from 1970-71 to 1980-81. He had 697 points as a Flyer, fourth all time in franchise history, while also recording 328 goals (6th in Flyers history) and 369 assists (T-5th in Flyers history) in 741 games (T-6th in Flyers history).

MacLeish also ranks second in franchise history with 12 regular season hat tricks, only behind Tim Kerr’s mark of 17, the statement said.

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MacLeish, who was born Jan. 3, 1950, in Cannington, Ontario, Canada, also played for the Hartford Whalers, the Pittsburgh Penguins, and the Detroit Red Wings. He retired in 1984.

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