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Reginald Joseph Leach (born April 23, 1950 in Rivertonmarker, Manitobamarker, Canadamarker) is a retired professional ice hockey winger who played in the NHL between 1970 and 1983. He is of First Nations ethnicity.

Playing career

Nicknamed "The Riverton Rifle", Leach was drafted third overall by the Boston Bruins in the 1970 NHL Amateur Draft. He played 934 career NHL games, scoring 381 goals and 285 assists for 666 points. His best season was the 1975–76 season, when he set career highs in goals (61), points (91), game-winning goals (11), and plus-minus with a +73 rating. Those 61 goals gave him the goal-scoring title (now the Richard Trophy) for the season.

He is best remembered as being one of very few players to win the Conn Smythe Trophy as the MVP of the playoffs from the losing team in the Stanley Cup finals, a distinction he achieved while playing for the Philadelphia Flyers, as they were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens in 1976. He is the only non-goaltender to win this award in a losing cause. Leach won the trophy after setting the NHL record for most goals in the playoffs (19), a record that stands to this day. During that same playoff season Leach recorded a five-goal game vs. the Boston Bruins, a record shared with Maurice Richard and Darryl Sittler.

Coaching career

In late 2007, Leach joined the Manitoulin Islanders of the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League as an associate coach. In the spring of 2008, it was announced that Leach would return to Manitoulin for the 2008–09 season as the full-time head coach and director of hockey operations.

Awards



Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1967–68 Flin Flon Bombers WCHL 59 87 44 131 208 15 12 3 15 48
1968–69 Flin Flon Bombers WCHL 22 36 10 46 49 18 13 8 21 0
1969–70 Flin Flon Bombers WCHL 57 65 46 111 168 17 16 11 27 50
1970–71 Boston Bruins NHL 23 2 4 6 0 3 0 0 0 0
1970–71 Oklahoma City Blazers CHL 41 24 18 42 32 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1971–72 Boston Bruins NHL 56 7 13 20 12 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1971–72 California Golden Seals NHL 17 6 7 13 7 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1972–73 California Golden Seals NHL 76 23 12 35 45 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1973–74 California Golden Seals NHL 78 22 24 46 34 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1974–75 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 45 33 78 63 17 8 2 10 6
1975–76 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 80 61 30 91 41 16 19 5 24 8
1976–77 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 77 32 14 46 23 10 4 5 9 0
1977–78 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 72 24 28 52 24 12 2 2 4 8
1978–79 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 34 20 54 20 8 5 1 6 0
1979–80 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 76 50 26 76 28 19 9 7 16 6
1980–81 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 79 34 36 70 59 9 0 0 0 2
1981–82 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 66 26 21 47 18 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1982–83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 78 15 17 32 13 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
1983–84 Montana Magic CHL 76 21 29 50 34 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
WCJHL totals 138 188 100 288 425 50 41 22 63 98
CHL totals 117 45 47 92 66 β€” β€” β€” β€” β€”
NHL totals 934 381 285 666 387 94 47 22 69 22


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