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Richard Norman Ley (born November 2, 1948 in Orillia, Ontario) was a professional ice hockey player in the National Hockey League (NHL) and World Hockey Association (WHA). Rick and his wife Ellen have a daughter Kathleen.

  • Position: Defenceman
  • Shoots: Left
  • Height: 5 ft 9 in
  • Weight: 190 lb


Playing career

Rick Ley was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the third round (16th overall) in the 1966 NHL Amateur Draft. He played four seasons with the Maple Leafs (1968–69 to 1971–72) in the NHL before leaving to play with the New England Whalers of the WHA. He would remain with the Whalers' organisation in the WHA until that league folded in 1979. The Whalers, along with three other teams from the WHA's remaining six, were absorbed into the NHL in 1979. Ley made the transition with the New England Whalers (who would become the Hartford Whalers) and finished his professional playing career in 1981.

Rick Ley spent six years as the Whalers' captain and is one of six players in Hartford Whalers' history to have his jersey number retired (#2), joining Gordie Howe and John McKenzie, Ron Francis, Ulf Samuelsson, and Kevin Dineen. Following the Whalers move to Raleigh, the Hurricanes ceased to honor Ley's #2 and McKenzie's #19, and returned the numbers to circulation. Ron Francis's #10 became the Hurricanes first retired number, followed by Glen Wesley's #2.


NHL career stats

  • Playoff games played: 14
  • Playoff goals: 0
  • Playoff assists: 2
  • Playoff points: 2
  • Playoff penalty minutes: 20

WHA career stats

  • Regular season games played: 478
  • Regular season goals: 35
  • Regular season assists: 210
  • Regular season points: 245
  • Regular season penalty minutes: 716
  • Playoff games played: 73
  • Playoff goals: 7
  • Playoff assists: 33
  • Playoff points: 40
  • Playoff penalty minutes: 142

Coaching career

Ley began his coaching career in International Hockey League, where he coached the Muskegon Lumberjacks to four first-place finishes and one championship during his tenure between 1984 and 1988. He was then hired by former Leafs defence partner Pat Quinn to coach the Vancouver Canucks IHL affiliate in Milwaukee.

After one season there, Rick was the coach of the Hartford Whalers from 1989–90 to 1990–91, leading them to 4th place finishes and first round playoff defeats at the hands of their New England rival the Boston Bruins in both seasons.

Ley then rejoined the Canucks. After serving as an assistant coach under Quinn for three season from 1991–92 to 1993–94, Ley became the 12th head coach in Vancouver Canucks' history on August 10, 1994. In 121 regular season games as head coach, the Canucks posted a record of 47–48–26. He also served the Canucks in a professional scouting capacity in 1996–97 and 1997–98.

In 1998, he was once again hired by Quinn as an assistant coach with the Toronto Maple Leafs and held that role for eight seasons until he was relieved of his duties at the conclusion of the 2005–06 season.

Preceded by
Ted Green
New England Whalers / Hartford Whalers captains
Succeeded by
Mike Rogers
Preceded by
Larry Pleau
Head coach of the Hartford Whalers
Succeeded by
Jim Roberts
Preceded by
Pat Quinn
Head coaches of the Vancouver Canucks
Succeeded by
Pat Quinn

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