| 5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)|
155 lb (70 kg)
|Teams|| Detroit Red Wings |
|Born|| August 21, 1918,|
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|Died|| September 21, 2004,|
Madison, WI, USA
|Pro Career||1943 – 1953|
William "Billy" Reay (August 21, 1918 - September 23, 2004) was a 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 an assistant coach for the Toronto Maple Leafs (1957–1959) and a 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.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|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)|
Awards & Achievements Edit
- Turnbull Cup MJHL Championship (1938)
- Memorial Cup Championship (1938)
- Allan Cup Championship (1944)
- Byng of Vimy Trophy (1945)
- Stanley Cup Championships (1946 & 1953)
- Played in NHL All-Star Game (1952)
- Calder Cup (AHL) Championship (1963)
- Selected Manitoba's All-Century Second Team Coach
- “Honoured Member” of the Manitoba Hockey Hall of Fame
Highlights of the December 16, 1945 game between the New York Rangers and the Montreal Canadiens which the Habs took 4-2. Goalie Jim Henry of the Rangers is under siege but keeps the game close. First goal of the game by Canadiens Billy Reay is shown as the last goal by Canadiens Bob Fillion.
|Head Coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs|
| Succeeded by|
|Head Coaches of the Chicago Black Hawks|
| Succeeded by|
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