Ex-Red Wing MacLeish dead at age 66

Associated Press
In this photo from April 13, 1975, Philadelphia Flyers' Rich MacLeish smiles as he holds up three pucks in the locker room after scoring three goals against the Toronto Maple Leafs in Philadelphia.

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. He was 66.

The team announced his death Tuesday. The Flyers’ Alumni Association said recently that MacLeish was battling an illness. MacLeish's daughter, Brianna, told philly.com that her dad had been battling meningitis and kidney and liver problems.

MacLeish was the leading scorer in the playoffs when the Flyers won back-to-back titles. He scored the Cup winner against the Boston Bruins in 1974.

Former Flyers captain and general manager Bobby Clarke called MacLeish “the most talented player the Flyers had during the 1970s.”

“Life after hockey wasn’t fair to Ricky,” Clarke said. “He left us far too soon.”

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MacLeish had 349 goals and 410 assists for 759 points in 846 NHL games over 14 seasons for the Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Hartford Whalers and Detroit Red Wings.

He ended his NHL career with the Red Wings in 1983-84, scoring two goals and adding eight assists in 25 games.

The native of Cannington, Ontario, had 22 points in the 1974 playoffs and 20 in 1975.

“Rick was probably the most gifted, natural centerman that the Flyers have ever had,” former teammate Bob Kelly said. “Rick was just quiet and simply went out there and played his heart out.”