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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 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 PLAYOFFS
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
T. Tatar 5 0 3 1 3
M. Green 5 1 1 -1 2
A. Athanasiou 5 1 0 1 1
G. Nyquist 5 1 0 2 1
H. Zetterberg 5 1 0 3 1
J. Abdelkader 5 1 0 -3 1
B. Richards 5 1 0 -4 1
D. Helm 5 1 0 -1 1
D. Larkin 5 1 0 -2 1
N. Kronwall 5 0 1 3 1
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 1 2 0 .945 1.36
J. Howard 0 2 0 .891 3.59