Reginald Joseph " Reggie " Leach ( born April 23, 1950 in Riverton, Manitoba ) is a retired Canadian ice hockey player ( Right Wing ), who from 1970 to 1983 for the Boston Bruins, California Golden Seals, Philadelphia Flyers and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League played.
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During his youth, he played for the Flin Flon Bombers in the WCJHL together with Bobby Clarke. He was top scorer in the junior league. This was reason enough for the Boston Bruins selected him in the NHL Amateur Draft 1970 in the first round as the third overall.
Initially it was used in the Oklahoma City Blazers in the Central Hockey League, but came with the Bruins, who were one of the top teams in the NHL at the time, in the 1970/71 season for his NHL debut. Since it was better occupied with the Bruins in attack as in defense, they picked Carol Vadnais and sent to Leach for the California Golden Seals.
For the Seals, he managed in two consecutive years to achieve over 20 goals. For the season 1974/75 he moved in exchange for Al MacAdam, among other things as Acting Stanley Cup winners the Philadelphia Flyers. In line with Bobby Clarke and Bill Barber he scored 45 goals and was able to contribute his part to defend their title. Even in the Playoffs 1975/76 he reached the finals series with the Flyers. Even though his team against the Montreal Canadiens defeated, he was the outstanding player of the tournament. With 19 goals he set a still valid today, record and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy. A rare achievement for a player from the losing team. Even in the regular season, he had set up with a personal best 61 goals.
He stood in the squad of the Canadian National Team at the Canada Cup in 1976. The Flyers he took increasingly defensive duties, but he scored in the 1979/80 season 50 times. He reached the finals again for the Stanley Cup, but it lost to the New York Islanders.
For the season 1982/83 he moved to the Detroit Red Wings, where he finished his NHL career after one season.
- Stanley Cup: 1975
- WCJHL First All -Star Team: 1968, 1969 and 1970
- WCJHL Player of the Year: 1970
- Brownridge Trophy: 1970
- NHL Second All-Star Team: 1976
- Conn Smythe Trophy: 1976
- Best NHL scorer: 1976 ( this was later the Maurice Richard Trophy awarded)
- MVP in the NHL All-Star Game: 1980
- Participate in the NHL All-Star Game: 1976 and 1980
- 61 goals in a season for the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL 1975/76 )