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03-08-2011, 10:20 AM
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With their ninth round pick (335) in the 2011 ATD, the Guelph Platers have selected: Rick Macleish, C

Rick MacLeish was the flashy centreman with the golden touch. He scored the Cup-winning goal in 1974 to give Philadelphia their first championships and twice led the league in playoff scoring with 22 in 1974 and 20 in 1975. MacLeish also became the 1st player from an NHL expansion team to score 50 goals in a season when he accomplished the feat in 1972-73.
- Legends of Hockey

Career Highlights:
Scored the Stanley Cup winning goal 1974.
Stanley Cup Chamption 1974,1975.
Stanley Cup Finalist 1976,1980.
Lead the playoffs in scoring twice.
Top 5 in regular season goals two times (3rd and 4th).
Top 5 in regular season points two times (4th and 4th).
100 point scorer.
Played the NHL All-star game 1976, 1977, 1980.

Born: January 3, 1950.
Position: C
Height: 5-11
Weight: 185 lbs
Shoots: Left.

Regular Season:
First player from an expansion club to hit the 50 goal mark (1972-73).
Top 5 in goals twice (72-73, 76-77).
Top 5 in points twice (72-73, 76-77).
100 point scorer.
Played three allstar games.

Stanley Cup champion in 1974, 1975.
Stanley Cup Finalist in 1976, 1980.
Led the playoffs in scoring both times the Flyers won the cup (1974,1974) with 22 points and 20 points.
Top 10 in playoff goals 4 times (1st, 2nd, 5th, 7th).
Top 10 in playoff assists 4 times (5th, 6th, 8th, 8th).
Top 10 in playoff points 4 times (1st, 1st, 6th, 9th).

Quotations and Perspective:

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 seasons 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.
- Legends of Hockey

Rick MacLeish scored 328 goals in a Philadelphia Flyers history, many of them in clutch situations. He added 54 more goals in the playoffs, including 10 game winners.
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"Ricky's only weakness is a lack of concentration, and that disappears during the playoffs," explained his former linemate. "You have to put something on the line to bring to the best in Ricky, and the playoff pressure does that. A midseason game against Kansas City, you might sit on the bench, mumbling because he looks so lackadasical. But put the Stanley Cup in sight and he'll skate through six guys, and put the puck in the net, and you'll want to run up and kiss him."
- The Evening Bulletin, May 2, 1975

At the beginning of the 1971-72 season, he scored only one goal in 17 games and was dispatched to Richmond of the American Hockey League. The superstar in waiting had to go down and work on his defense and checking game. To his credit he did everything that was asked of him, hoping that one day he would be given a chance to succeed in the NHL.
- Greatest Hockey Legends

"And Rick MacLeish, he sure handled their big guy, Perreault. MacLeish can skate with Perreault all night," said Shero.
- Chicago Tribune, May 29, 1975

And MacLeish carried his production into the post-season, too. He thrived on the pressure of the Stanley Cup playoffs. In both of the Flyersí Stanley Cup championship seasons, MacLeish was the NHLís leading point scorer, tallying 22 points in 1974 and 20 in 1975.
- Greatest Hockey Legends

A forward who specializes in scoring as well as checking... Fast, powerful skater with a lightning shot that explodes on goal... possesses breakaway speed that makes defenders look as though they are moving in slow motion... Regarded as one of the league's best short and long-range wrist shooters... Always a great playoff scorer... Describes his game as a "free-style form of hockey"... "I don't know if there's a more natural shooter and skater anywhere," says coach Fred Shero.
- The Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1978

Though he was primarily a skill player, MacLeish was prepared to take the physical beating necessary to win.
- Greatest Hockey Legends

(some of these quotes shamelessly copied from seventies previous bio)

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