Terry O'Reilly

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This article is about the ice hockey player. For the radio broadcaster, see Terry O'Reilly (broadcaster).
Terry O'Reilly
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O'Reilly in 1978
Born (1951-06-07) June 7, 1951 (age 63)
Niagara Falls, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for NHL
Boston Bruins
AHL
Boston Braves
NHL Draft 14th overall, 1971
Boston Bruins
Playing career 1971–1985

Terence Joseph James O'Reilly (born June 7, 1951) is a retired ice hockey right winger, who played for the NHL's Boston Bruins, and one of the most effective enforcers in NHL history. O'Reilly was born in Niagara Falls, Ontario, but grew up in Oshawa, Ontario.

Playing career[edit]

O'Reilly was picked by the Boston Bruins in the 1st round as the 14th pick overall in the 1971 NHL Amateur Draft. O'Reilly spent his entire career in Boston, serving as the captain of the Bruins during the 1983–84 and 1984–85 seasons before his retirement. The Bruins retired his #24 on October 24, 2002.[1]

O'Reilly was known for being a tough player, racking up over 200 penalty minutes in five consecutive seasons, and earning for himself the nickname "Bloody O'Reilly" in the press. His teammate, Phil Esposito, dubbed O'Reilly "Taz" in reference to the Tasmanian Devil cartoon character for O'Reilly's reckless, hard driving style of play. He was very protective of his teammates. When the Bruins retired Ray Bourque's #77, Bourque noted that O'Reilly's banner "hangs next to mine, protecting me again."[2]

On top of his physical presence, he also had a decent scoring touch, highlighted by his 29-goal, 90-point season in 1977–78. He added to that with a 77 point effort the following campaign. He had 211 and 205 minutes in penalties in those seasons respectively, displaying an excellent balance of grit and scoring that any hockey GM would cherish. He finished his 13 year career with 204 goals, 402 assists for 606 points, a +212 plus/minus (a tribute to his good defensive skills) and 2,095 minutes in penalties.

In the infamous December 23, 1979 incident at Madison Square Garden, during a post-game scrum, a New York Rangers fan rolled up a program tightly and smacked Stan Jonathan in the face drawing blood, and then stole his stick and wielded it like a weapon. O'Reilly scaled the glass boards and charged into the stands. His teammates followed when other fans tried to intervene. O'Reilly was suspended eight games for his part in the brawl.[3]

He became the replacement head coach of the Bruins during the 1986–87 NHL season and kept his job until 1989, when he left to care for, and spend more time with, his son who was seriously ill with liver disease. In that time, he took the Bruins to the Stanley Cup Finals in 1988, where they were defeated by the Wayne Gretzky-led Edmonton Oilers. O'Reilly also was an assistant coach for the Rangers for the two seasons prior to the lockout.

Other[edit]

O'Reilly in 2012

In the Adam Sandler movie Happy Gilmore, O'Reilly is mentioned as Happy Gilmore's favorite hockey player growing up because of his tough style.

O'Reilly has stated his favorite player currently on the Bruins is Milan Lucic, also born on 7 June.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1968–69 Oshawa Generals OHA 46 5 15 20 87
1969–70 Oshawa Generals OHA 54 13 36 49 60
1970–71 Oshawa Generals OHA 54 23 42 65 151
1971–72 Boston Braves AHL 60 9 8 17 134 9 2 2 4 31
1971–72 Boston Bruins NHL 1 1 0 1 0
1972–73 Boston Bruins NHL 72 5 22 27 109 5 0 0 0 2
1973–74 Boston Bruins NHL 76 11 24 35 94 16 2 5 7 38
1974–75 Boston Bruins NHL 68 15 20 35 146 3 0 0 0 17
1975–76 Boston Bruins NHL 80 23 27 50 150 12 3 1 4 25
1976–77 Boston Bruins NHL 79 14 41 55 147 14 5 6 11 28
1977–78 Boston Bruins NHL 77 29 61 90 211 15 5 10 15 40
1978–79 Boston Bruins NHL 80 26 51 77 205 11 0 6 6 25
1979–80 Boston Bruins NHL 71 19 42 61 265 10 3 6 9 69
1980–81 Boston Bruins NHL 77 8 35 43 233 3 1 2 3 12
1981–82 Boston Bruins NHL 70 22 30 52 213 11 5 4 9 56
1982–83 Boston Bruins NHL 19 6 14 20 40
1983–84 Boston Bruins NHL 58 12 18 30 124 3 0 0 0 14
1984–85 Boston Bruins NHL 63 13 17 30 168 5 1 2 3 9
NHL totals 891 204 402 606 2095 108 25 42 67 335

Coaching statistics[edit]

Team Year Regular season Post season
G W L T Pts Division Rank Result
Boston Bruins 1986-87 67 34 27 6 (74) 3rd in Adams Lost in 1st Rd
1987-88 80 44 30 6 94 2nd in Adams Lost in Cup Finals
1988-89 80 37 29 14 88 2nd in Adams Lost in Second Round
Total 227 115 86 26
Preceded by
Gerry Cheevers
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
1986-89
Succeeded by
Mike Milbury

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bruce Allen (October 24, 2002). "Terry O'Reilly gets his number". Boston Sports Media Watch. Retrieved 2006-07-18. [dead link]
  2. ^ http://static.espn.go.com/nhl/news/2002/1024/1450686.html
  3. ^ "1971 NHL Amateur Draft — Terry O'Reilly". Retrieved 2006-07-18. 

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Ron Jones
Boston Bruins first round draft pick
1971
Succeeded by
Mike Bloom
Preceded by
Wayne Cashman
Boston Bruins captain
198385
Succeeded by
Ray Bourque
Rick Middleton
Preceded by
Butch Goring
Head coach of the Boston Bruins
19861989
Succeeded by
Mike Milbury