On September 13th, 2016 the high school Celtic Academy athletes as well as St. Joseph Catholic High School had the pleasure of listening to an NHL legend in former Philadelphia Flyer, Reggie Leach and his son Jamie Leach who won Stanley Cups with the Pittsburgh Penguins. Both men gave the students an introspective look at life as a professional athletes and the temptations that they battled. The two athletes told stories of their years in the NHL and motivated our students to look at life in a different scope.
Reggie had a Hall of Fame career with the Flyers, and is best remembered as being one of very few players, and to date, the only skater (non-goaltender), to win the Conn Smythe Trophy
, as MVP of the Stanley Cup
playoffs, as a member of the losing team in the final, a distinction he achieved while playing for the Philadelphia Flyers
in 1976. The Flyers were defeated by the Montreal Canadiens
in the 1976 final, but he won the trophy after setting a record for most goals in a single playoff season, with 19. He played 934 career NHL games, scoring 381 goals and 285 assists for 666 points. Reggie was also part of the Flyers' 35-game unbeaten streak in 1980, which is a record that still stands today, as well as the Flyer's home game unbeaten streak of 22 games in the same year. Leach also played for Team Canada in the 1976 Canada Cup helping to win the championship. He was also a member of the NHL All-Star teams in 1976 and 1980.