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Billy Reay
Billy Reay
Center
Number: 10
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 155
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 21, 1918
Birthplace: Winnipeg, MB, Canada
Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Detroit on October 2, 1939.
The mention of Billy Reay's name usually brings up thoughts of coaching the Chicago Blackhawks. It is often overlooked, however, that he was also an accomplished NHL centerman in the sparkplug style of the NHL's 1940s.

Reay started his apprenticeship by playing junior and senior hockey in St. Boniface, Winnipeg, and Calgary before signing with the Red Wings who sent him to the Omaha Knights of the AHA in 1939. He then joined the Quebec Aces of the QSHL in between two brief stints with the Red Wings in 1944 and 1945.

Reay's big career break came later that year when he was traded to the Montreal Canadiens. At the Forum, he became a solid, two-way centerman, second only to the great Elmer Lach. During his eight seasons with the Habs, Reay twice scored 22 goals and won two Stanley Cups, one in 1946 and the other in 1953. After the second Cup victory, he left the NHL to close out his on-ice career with the Victoria Cougars where he hung up his blades in 1955.

Reay retired as one of only two players to win a Memorial Cup (with the St. Boniface Juniors), an Allan Cup (with the Quebec Seniors), and a Stanley Cup (with the Canadiens).

Upon leaving the ice, Reay promptly initiated his lengthy coaching career as the bench boss of the Seattle Americans of the WPHL. From there, he went to Rochester before making NHL debut as coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs for a season and a half. His most important legacy at the Gardens was to have convinced veteran goaltender Johnny Bower to join the Blue and White.

After Toronto, Reay made stops in Bellville, Sault Ste. Marie, and Buffalo before settling into his spiritual home as head coach of the Chicago Blackhawks in 1963. For the 13 seasons that followed, he led his club to numerous first-place finishes but was never able to get his favored troops past the hot goaltending of the playoffs to win a coveted Stanley Cup.

In 1976, Reay finally retired as one of the winningest coaches in NHL history with 598 victories to his credit.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89