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Rick Ley
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10/19/1972 Rick Ley scores his 1st Whalers goal vs Quebec. 
1/6/1973 Rick Ley represents the Whalers in the 1973 WHA All-Star game in Quebec. 
4/29/1973 Rick Ley scores his 1st career playoff goal vs Winnipeg. 
5/3/1973 Bill Berglund breaks his thumb punching a Jets fan in the Whalers dressing room. Fans stormed in to confront Rick Ley for not appearing to accept the 2nd star of the game presented by a handicapped boy. Ley was not made aware of the award presentation. 
1/3/1974 Rick Ley represents the Whalers in the 1974 WHA All-Star game in St. Paul. 
12/5/1974 Larry Pleau and Michel Parizeau scuffle near the glass. A Nordiques fan reached over the glass to punch Pleau, Rick Ley engages and the Whalers bench empties and players climb into the stands to resolve the conflict. Just another day in the WHA! 
12/15/1974 Rick Ley records the first 3 on 5 shorthanded goal in major leauge hockey history, assisted by Tom Earl and Paul Hurley with Jim Dorey and Brad Selwood in the box vs Winnipeg. 
1/2/1975 Tom Webster, Al Smith, Brad Selwood, and Rick Ley are voted into the 1975 WHA All-star game. 
1/21/1975 Rick Ley represents the Whalers in the 1975 WHA All-Star game in Edmonton. 
4/11/1975 Rick Ley scores his 1st career overtime winner at 6:46 vs Minnesota 
4/23/1975 Rick Ley is named to the WHA 1st all-star team. 
5/22/1975 Rick Ley is named to the 1st all-star team by the Hockey News and 2nd team all-star by the Sporting News. 
6/28/1975 Rick Ley is named the Whalers 2nd team captain replacing Ted Green. 
1/13/1976 Rick Ley represents the Whalers recording an assist in the 1976 WHA All-Star game in Cleveland. 
12/22/1976 Rick Ley is selected to play in the 1977 WHA All-Star game. 
1/17/1978 Rick Ley represents the Whalers in the 1978 WHA All-Star game in Quebec. 
1/2/1979 Rick Ley represents the Whalers in the 3 day 1979 WHA All-Star vs Moscow Dynamo series recording 2 assists in Edmonton. 
12/4/1979 Blaine Stoughton is named temporary team captain (in place of the injured Rick Ley out with a fractured bone in his foot) vs Washington. 
2/10/1980 Rick Ley scores his 1st Whalers NHL goal vs Minnesota. 
3/8/1980 Rick Ley scores his 47th and final career goal (39th Whalers - 4 NHL/35 WHA) and adds two assists vs Washington. 
10/19/1980 Rick Ley plays his 300th NHL game vs the Islanders. 
10/29/1980 Rick Ley records his 329th and final career point (267th Whalers - 22 NHL/245 WHA) vs Detroit. 
2/2/1981 Rick Ley plays his 788th and final career game (setting the Whalers franchise team record with his 559th Whalers game - 81 NHL/478 WHA) vs Quebec. He would miss the remainder of the season due to a knee injury and would retire before the 81/82 season. 
2/22/1981 Rick Ley is named assistant coach after a knee injury will prevent him from playing for the remainder of the 80/81 season. 
1/4/1983 John Cunniff is named assistant coach replacing the ailing Jacques Caron. Rick Ley replaces him as head coach of the Binghampton Whalers. 
6/29/1983 Rick Ley is fired from his head coaching position with the Binghampton Whalers and is replaced by John Cunniff. 
6/7/1989 Rick Ley is named head coach replacing Larry Pleau. 
10/5/1989 Rick Ley coaches his 1st NHL game vs Montreal. 
10/8/1989 Rick Ley coaches his 1st NHL win vs Quebec. 
5/29/1991 Rick Ley is released as head coach.