Billy Reay
Position Centre
Shot Left
5 ft 7 in (1.7 m)
155 lb (70 kg)
Teams Detroit Red Wings
Montreal Canadiens
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
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 was one of the first hockey players to win the Memorial Cup, Allan Cup, and Stanley Cup.

He died of liver cancer in Madison, Wisconsin.

Coaching RecordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
G W L T OTL Pts Finish Result
TOR1957–58 70213811-536th in NHLDid Not Qualify
TOR1958–59 205123-(65)4th in NHL(fired)
CHI1963–64 70362212-842nd in NHLLost in First Round
CHI1964–65 7034288-763rd in NHLLost in Stanley Cup Finals
CHI1965–66 7037258-822nd in NHLLost in First Round
CHI1966–67 70411712-941st in NHLLost in First Round
CHI1967–68 74322616-804th in EastLost in Second Round
CHI1968–69 7634339-776th in EastDid Not Qualify
CHI1969–70 7645229-991st in EastLost in Second Round
CHI1970–71 7849209-1071st in WestLost in Stanley Cup Finals
CHI1971–72 78461715-1071st in WestLost in Second Round
CHI1972–73 7842279-931st in WestLost in Stanley Cup Finals
CHI1973–74 78411423-1052nd in WestLost in Second Round
CHI1974–75 8037358-823rd in SmytheLost in Second Round
CHI1975–76 80323018-821st in SmytheLost in Second Round
CHI1976–77 3410195-(63)3rd in Smythe(fired)

Awards & AchievementsEdit

Preceded by
Howie Meeker
Head Coaches of the Toronto Maple Leafs
Succeeded by
Punch Imlach
Preceded by
Rudy Pilous
Head Coaches of the Chicago Black Hawks
Succeeded by
Bill White
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