Reg Leach had a great 13-year NHL career 40+ years ago, peaking in the mid-70s as a goalscoring ace with the Philadelphia Flyers. Leach still holds the Flyers’ franchise record for goals in a single season (61) and goals in a playoff game (he once scored 5 against Boston). A two-time Stanley Cup winner, Leach also won the Rocket Richard Trophy and the Conn Smythe Trophy.
Years of hard living took their toll, and after retiring, Leach entered a substance-abuse program in 1985. He has now been sober for over 30 years, and by all accounts is at 66 years old very much enjoying life teaching and traveling across Canada. He and his son Jamie operate Shoot to Score Hockey, a travelling hockey camp for kids.
Reg and Jamie Leach are the only aboriginal father-son duo to have both won Stanley Cups: Jamie also won two Cups with the Mario Lemieux-led Pittsburgh Penguins in 1991 & 1992. And Leach’s daughter Brandie has represented Canada in lacrosse.
Reg Leach’s autobiography, The Riverton Rifle: My story – Straight Shooting on Hockey and on Life, was published last year.