June 19, 1940|
Sundridge, Ontario, Canada
|Died||December 9, 2003(aged 63)|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)|
As property of the Montreal Canadiens, McCreary spent a seven years in the minor league system only promoted for a single playoff game in 1962 and 9 games during the 1964–65 season. During this time he was a top scorer for the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens.
He became an NHL regular with the Pittsburgh Penguins following the 1967 NHL Expansion. In 1972, he was claimed by the Atlanta Flames in the Expansion Draft and was designated the franchise's first captain. McCreary retired following the 1974–75 season after 532 NHL games. He recorded a total of 131 goals and 116 assists during his NHL career.
His brother, Bill McCreary Sr., was also an NHL left winger.
Life and retirement
He was elected as Regional councillor for Caledon in 1978, eventually losing in the 1988 election against Carol Seglins, who would later become Mayor of Caledon. He stood for consideration in 1991, as a candidate for the appointed role of Regional Chair. Emil Kolb won.
McCreary joined the NHL Alumni Association and was the Association's chairman. He died after a long bout with cancer at the age of 63.
- EPHL First All-Star Team (1962)
- EPHL Second All-Star Team (1963)
- June 6, 1967 – Claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins from the Montreal Canadiens in the 1967 NHL Expansion Draft.
- June 6, 1972 – Claimed by the Atlanta Flames from the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1972 NHL Expansion Draft.
- Bruce Campion-Smith, "Frank Bean's long term goal: to lead Peel into next decade", The Toronto Star, 22 November 1988, 12 West.
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