Rick Ley signed with the WHA's New England Whalers in 1972 after a four-year-stint in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He is the New England Whalers franchise leader in games played (478) and penalty minutes (716) and captained the team for 6 seasons. After the Whalers moved to Hartford and joined the NHL in 1979, Ley finished his professional playing career two years later, winning the Whalers' defensive MVP award in 1980. After the move to Carolina, the Hurricanes stopped honoring Ley and McKenzie and placed the numbers back in circulation. But both still hang from the XL rafters in Hartford.
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