We are saddened to learn of another loss – this of Rick Macleish, best known for his role in helping the Flyers win their Stanley Cups in the 1970’s.
A three time All-Star, he is being recalled as having “scored arguably the biggest goal in Flyers history”. On May 19, 1974, Mr. MacLeish redirected Andre “Moose” Dupont’s power-play drive past Boston goalie Gilles Gilbert to give the Flyers a 1-0 first-period lead in Game 6 of the Stanley Cup Finals. The goal, perhaps the most important one in franchise history, was the only one scored in the epic, series-clinching game at the Spectrum. The goal, and Bernie Parent’s standout goaltending, enabled the Flyers to win the Cup in just the franchise’s seventh season of existence.
He was described by former Flyers left winger and coach Bill Barber as, “.. like poetry in motion on the ice. He was so fluid with his skating style and his wrist shot. He was an exceptional skater, and you have to realize that in that era the good skaters stood out.”