June 7, 1951 |
Niagara Falls, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Weight||200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)|
|NHL Draft||14th overall, 1971
Playing career 
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 team during the 1983–84 and 1984–85 seasons before his retirement. The Bruins retired his playing number (#24) on October 24, 2002.
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, #7 Phil Esposito, dubbed O'Reilly "Taz" in reference to the cartoon character Tasmanian Devil for O'Reilly's reckless, hard driving, non-stop style of play. He was very protective of his teammates causing Ray Bourque to note, when the Bruins retired his number, that the banner "hangs next to mine, protecting me again. That's awesome."
On top of his physical presence, he also had a decent scoring touch for an enforcer, 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 at him 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.
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.
O'Reilly has stated his favorite player currently on the Bruins is Milan Lucic, also born on 7 June.
Career statistics 
Coaching statistics 
Season Team Lge Type GP W L T OTL Pct Result 1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL Head Coach 67 32 29 6 0 0.522 Lost in round 1 1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL Head Coach 80 44 30 6 0 0.588 Lost in Finals 1988-89 Boston Bruins NHL Head Coach 80 37 29 14 0 0.550 Lost in round 2 2002-03 New York Rangers NHL Assistant Coach 2003-04 New York Rangers NHL Assistant Coach
|Head coach of the Boston Bruins
See also 
- Bruce Allen (October 24, 2002). "Terry O'Reilly gets his number". Boston Sports Media Watch. Retrieved 2006-07-18.[dead link]
- "1971 NHL Amateur Draft — Terry O'Reilly". Retrieved 2006-07-18.
- Article about number retirement and achievements at bostonbruins.com
- Terry O'Reilly's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
|Boston Bruins first round draft pick
|Boston Bruins captain
|Head coach of the Boston Bruins