Billy Reay

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Billy Reay
Billy Reay 1973.JPG
Reay in 1973
Born (1918-08-21)August 21, 1918
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
Died September 23, 2004(2004-09-23) (aged 86)
Madison, WI, USA
Height 5 ft 7 in (170 cm)
Weight 155 lb (70 kg; 11 st 1 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
Playing career 1943–1953

William Tulip Reay (August 21, 1918 – September 23, 2004) was a Canadian National Hockey League hockey player and coach.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he played in the NHL for 10 seasons with the Montreal Canadiens and the Detroit Red Wings. In 479 games, he scored 105 goals and 267 points and in 63 playoff games, he scored 13 goals and 29 points. He won two Stanley Cups in 1946 and 1953, both with the Montreal Canadiens. He was the head coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–1959) and the head coach for the Chicago Black Hawks (1963–1977). He has won the most games for a Chicago Black Hawks coach. Although he coached the Black Hawks to three Stanley Cup finals (1965, 1971, and 1973), he was never able to win.

For his service to the Wirtz family, owners of the Black Hawks, Reay was fired with a note under his office door shortly before Christmas, 1976.

Billy Reay has been credited as the first person to raise his arms and stick in celebration after scoring a goal.

He died of liver cancer in Madison, Wisconsin.

Coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
TOR 1957–58 70 21 38 11 - 53 6th in NHL Did Not Qualify
TOR 1958–59 20 5 12 3 - (65) 4th in NHL (fired)
CHI 1963–64 70 36 22 12 - 84 2nd in NHL Lost in first round
CHI 1964–65 70 34 28 8 - 76 3rd in NHL Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
CHI 1965–66 70 37 25 8 - 82 2nd in NHL Lost in first round
CHI 1966–67 70 41 17 12 - 94 1st in NHL Lost in first round
CHI 1967–68 74 32 26 16 - 80 4th in East Lost in second round
CHI 1968–69 76 34 33 9 - 77 6th in East Did Not Qualify
CHI 1969–70 76 45 22 9 - 99 1st in East Lost in second round
CHI 1970–71 78 49 20 9 - 107 1st in West Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
CHI 1971–72 78 46 17 15 - 107 1st in West Lost in second round
CHI 1972–73 78 42 27 9 - 93 1st in West Lost in Stanley Cup Finals
CHI 1973–74 78 41 14 23 - 105 2nd in West Lost in second round
CHI 1974–75 80 37 35 8 - 82 3rd in Smythe Lost in second round
CHI 1975–76 80 32 30 18 - 82 1st in Smythe Lost in second round
CHI 1976–77 34 10 19 5 - (63) 3rd in Smythe (fired)
Total 1102 542 385 175

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Preceded by
Howie Meeker
Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1957–59
Succeeded by
Punch Imlach
Preceded by
Rudy Pilous
Head coach of the Chicago Black Hawks
1963–76
Succeeded by
Bill White