#9: Reggie Leach, “The Chief”, RW, Flyers: 1974-1982
"“Nicknamed the “Riverton Rifle,” Leach was a prolific goal-scorer and played a vital role in the team’s success.” – ChatGPT"
Reggie Leach missed out on winning the 1974 Stanley Cup alongside Schultz, but the Flyers made sure they had Leach for the 1975 Cup. Leach became a Flyer on May 24, 1974 when the California Golden Seals sent him to Philadelphia in exchange for Larry Wright, Al MacAdam, and a 1974 first-round pick.
Despite starting his career with the Boston Bruins and the Golden Seals, the Riverton, MB native’s best playing days were easily those spent in Orange and Black. The Flyers won a Stanley Cup in Leach’s first season with the team. The team had a bid for a three-peat struck down the following year in 1976 when they were swept by the Montreal Canadiens in the final, but Leach still won the Conn Smythe Trophy as playoffs MVP.
In doing so, Leach became the third player in NHL history to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as a member of the losing team. Roger Crozier of the Detroit Red Wings and Glenn Hall of the St. Louis Blues achieved this before him, and Ron Hextall of the Flyers and Jean-Sebastien Giguere of the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim are the only two to have done this since. Out of the five, Leach is the only skater to have accomplished this rare feat.
606 games, 306 goals, and 514 points later, “The Chief” named for his Ojibwa heritage, spent one year with the Red Wings before calling it quits.