Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Billy Inglis
Bill Inglis was a solid, all round centre who played briefly in the NHL during the early days of the expansion era. Not blessed with natural talent and a trifle undersized at 5'9" and 165 lbs., he was lauded for his work ethic wherever he played. Inglis' strengths were back checking, forechecking, and an ability to hang on to the puck instead of rushing a pass.

The native of Ottawa, Ontario played two seasons with the Montreal Junior Canadiens where he scored 52 goals and filled a solid checking role. He split his first four pro seasons between the Omaha Knights and Houston Apollos of the CHL before the league expansion brought about his dream of playing in the NHL.

On June 6, 1967, the Los Angeles Kings claimed Inglis from the Montreal Canadiens' organization. He played briefly with the Kings but suited up chiefly for their farm team in Springfield of the AHL. On June 9, 1970, Inglis was reclaimed by Montreal in the Intra-League draft strictly to be exposed. The expansion Buffalo Sabres claimed him shortly thereafter, and he played his last 14 NHL games for them in 1970-71.

Inglis enjoyed a fine minor pro career in the 1970s with productive stops in the WHL, AHL, and CHL. His finest season came in 1972-73 when he scored 40 goals for the Cincinnati Swords of the AHL, Buffalo's top minor pro affiliate. After that season he was presented the Les Cunningham award as the most valuable player in the AHL.

After retiring as a player in 1978, Inglis was hired as a scout by the Sabres before he was thrust into a coaching job with the team. On December 6, 1979, he replaced the fired Marcel Pronovost as the head coach of the Buffalo Sabres on an interim basis. Two weeks later, with the team playing relaxed and inspired hockey, he was named the team's coach for the remainder of the season.

When Inglis took over, the talented Sabres were struggling with an 8-10-6 record and quickly losing ground to division rival Boston. Under his direction, the team settled down and went 28-18-10 the rest of the way to finish second in the Adams Division. His opportunity to build on this modest success was lost when the Sabres lured coaching legend Scotty Bowman to take over as coach and general manager in 1979-80.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1960-61 Pembroke Lumber Kings OVJHL 18 10 17 27 16 13 24 16 40 8
1960-61 Pembroke Lumber Kings M-Cup 4 4 6 10 0
1961-62 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 50 22 28 50 27 6 3 4 7 2
1962-63 Montreal Jr. Canadiens OHA-Jr. 50 30 39 69 64 10 5 3 8 2
1962-63 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 1 1 0 1 0
1963-64 Omaha Knights CPHL 60 20 16 36 19 10 3 3 6 8
1964-65 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 29 34 63 44 6 3 0 3 10
1965-66 Houston Apollos CPHL 69 34 36 70 61
1966-67 Houston Apollos CPHL 70 33 34 67 50 6 2 4 6 2
1967-68 Los Angeles Kings NHL 12 1 1 2 0 -6
1967-68 Springfield Kings AHL 59 22 24 46 44 4 0 0 0 7
1968-69 Los Angeles Kings NHL 10 0 1 1 0 -2 11 1 2 3 4
1968-69 Springfield Kings AHL 57 26 30 56 22
1969-70 Springfield Kings AHL 72 31 44 75 25 14 5 4 9 6
1970-71 Buffalo Sabres NHL 14 0 1 1 4 -4
1970-71 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 6 3 0 3 2
1971-72 Salt Lake Golden Eagles WHL 71 24 36 60 29
1972-73 Cincinnati Swords AHL 75 40 57 97 29 15 8 7 15 12
1973-74 Cincinnati Swords AHL 76 35 36 71 48 5 2 1 3 4
1974-75 Hershey Bears AHL 72 27 43 70 42 12 4 6 10 4
1975-76 Springfield Indians AHL 70 19 48 67 8
1976-77 Hershey Bears AHL 75 21 47 68 10 6 0 1 1 0
1977-78 Phoenix Roadrunners CHL 9 3 4 7 0
1977-78 Binghamton Dusters AHL 11 3 3 6 2
1977-78 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 20 1 1 2 0
NHL Totals 36 1 3 4 4 11 1 2 3 4


AHL First All-Star Team (1973)
Les Cunningham Award (MVP - AHL) (1973)
Claimed by Los Angeles from Montreal in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Claimed by Montreal from Los Angeles in Intra-League Draft, June 9, 1970. Claimed by Buffalo from Montreal in Intra-League Draft, June 9, 1970.
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