Former 60-goal scorer Reggie Leach talks about his youth in Manitoba, winning the Stanley Cup with the Flyers — and the close calls against the Canadiens and Islanders.
Status: NHL right winger from 1970-1983 for Boston, California, Philadelphia and Detroit.
Ht: 6-0 Wt: 180 pounds
DOB: April 23, 1950 In: Riverton, Man.
First Hockey Memory: “Just getting my first pair of skates and going out to play with everybody else. I didn’t start till a later age – ten years of age. I remember enjoying it even if the skates were used and too big and I had to stuff them with paper – and sometimes we played when it was 30 below.”
Hockey Inspirations: “Being from a small town all they did was play hockey. I think I just followed everybody else. I loved to play and everything seemed to come natural.”
First Famous Player You Met Or Encountered: “The first big player I’d ever seen was Ted Green when I was eleven. Ted Green was the head speaker at a banquet in Arborg in Manitoba – I thought he was unbelievable – like a big god to me.”
Greatest Sports Moment(s): “Probably winning the Stanley Cup in ’75 with the Flyers. Because that’s what the goal was my entire life – to win the Stanley Cup.”
Most Painful Moment: “Losing the Stanley Cup to Montreal and the Islanders. When you’re there that close and you lose those big games – those would be my most painful moments in the NHL.”
Favorite Rinks To Play: “Montreal Forum and the Minnesota North Stars – the ice was nice and smooth and fast just unbelievable. The people in Montreal knew so much about hockey.”
Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “I remember one time I had a breakaway. The Islanders had pulled their goalie – I had a breakaway and was about four or five feet from the net taking my time till I got close and the puck kind of jumped and went to the corner. The Islanders got the puck and got it up the ice fast and scored to tie the game. I remember that.”
Strangest Game: “Playing in the fog in Buffalo. And the same time we had that big bat flying around – I think it was Rick MacLeish who batted it out of the air and got it out of there.”
Funniest Players: “Oh there’s a few – Stan Gilbertson of the California Golden Seals and Bob Kelly. So many that you come across – even some players that you play against. Stan Gilbertson was just crazy. We had some good ones in Boston. Every team has their own different characters.”
Favorite Uniforms: “I really don’t look at it like that. I’m native to the Flyers because they were different from what everybody else had. They were nice and bright and had a neat logo.”
Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: “Golf in the summer time. I wasn’t very good in baseball you had to run so I didn’t like it [smiles].”
Most Memorable Goal(s): “Probably the 87th goal in juniors to break the record of Fran Huck. Scoring some big goals playing in the pros.”
People Qualities Most Admired: “I like to see people with a great attitude, funny, nice to be around. Kind to people. Just be a good person to everybody no matter what race.”
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