Billy Bell was a solid defensive forward with three different teams during the last four years of the NHA and the first six campaigns of the NHL between 1918 and 1924. He was equally effective at centre or right-wing and rarely took a penalty.
Born in Lachine, Quebec, Bell played senior hockey in Montreal with the Baillargeon, Westmounts, and Stars. In 1913-14 he joined the Wanderers when they were in the NHA then spent a year with the Ottawa Senators. Bell returned to the Wanderers in 1915-16 and was on hand when the franchise was a founding member of the NHL in December 1917. Following the fire at their home arena the Wanderers ceased operations and Bell was claimed by the Canadiens in the Dispersal Draft in January 1918.
Bell played sparingly for the Canadiens and even sat out the 1919-20 season. He was loaned to the Ottawa Senators for the bulk of the 1921-22 season and was a solid checker for the club. He returned to Montreal for two seasons and retired after helping the team win its second Stanley Cup overall and first in the NHL in 1924.