Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Billy MacMillan
Recognized as a solid, bodychecking forward, Billy MacMillan left his home in Prince Edward Island to play junior hockey at Toronto's St.Michael's College, followed by a year at Neil McNeil after St.Mike's pulled out of Junior A competition in 1962.

MacMillan went to the Memorial Cup three times in his three full years of junior hockey competition. After graduating from the OHL, he played four years with the Canadian National Team and earned a degree in Physical Education at the University of Manitoba at the same time.

In 1970-71, MacMillan finally got his chance, making the Toronto Maple Leafs and scoring 22 goals in his rookie season, what would be the highest output of his NHL career. After two seasons with the Leafs, MacMillan was claimed by the Atlanta Flames in the Expansion Draft. In 1973, he was traded to the New York Islanders, where he played for four seasons before finishing his playing career. But his career in hockey was far from over.

MacMillan coached in the Islanders' organization, winning the AHL's Adams Cup with the Fort Worth Texans, and was named Coach of the Year. With that success in his first season coaching, MacMillan was promoted to an assistant coaching position under Al Arbour in 1979-80. The Islanders won the Stanley Cup that season, yet at the conclusion of the playoffs, he was lured away to join the Colorado Rockies as their head coach, succeeding the popular and colourful Don Cherry.

MacMillan lasted just one year, but in 1982-83, he was hired as coach and general manager of the New Jersey Devils, where he stayed for just over a year before being released.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1959-60 St. Michael's Buzzers ON-Jr.B
1959-60 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 2 0 0 0 0 5 0 1 1 0
1960-61 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 46 7 12 19 31 7 1 1 2 4
1960-61 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 4 2 1 3 0
1961-62 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 32 14 15 29 11 9 12 2 14 41
1961-62 St. Michael's Majors M-Cup 5 1 0 1 7
1962-63 Neil McNeil Maroons MTJHL 32 25 12 37 11 10 9 11 20 9
1962-63 Sudbury Wolves EPHL 1 0 0 0 0
1962-63 Neil McNeil Maroons M-Cup 6 1 4 5 18
1963-64 St. Dunstan's University MIAU 11 25 11 36 17
1964-65 St. Dunstan's University AUAA 20 25 25 12
1965-66 Canada Nat-Tm
1965-66 Canada WEC-A 7 2 2 4 6
1966-67 Canada Nat-Tm
1967-68 Ottawa Nationals OHA-Sr. 20 13 8 21 20
1968-69 Canada Nat-Tm
1969-70 Canada Nat-Tm
1969-70 Tulsa Oilers CHL 3 1 6 7 0
1970-71 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 76 22 19 41 42 +10 6 0 3 3 2
1971-72 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 10 7 17 39 -1 5 0 0 0 0
1972-73 Atlanta Flames NHL 78 10 15 25 52 -10
1973-74 New York Islanders NHL 55 4 9 13 16 -6
1974-75 New York Islanders NHL 69 13 12 25 12 0 17 0 1 1 23
1975-76 New York Islanders NHL 64 9 7 16 10 +5 13 4 2 6 8
1976-77 New York Islanders NHL 43 6 8 14 13 +4 12 2 0 2 7
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 2 1 1 2 4
1976-77 Fort Worth Texans CHL 12 1 7 8 2
1977-78 Fort Worth Texans CHL 59 5 13 18 26 14 2 2 4 2
NHL Totals 446 74 77 151 184 53 6 6 12 40


Brother of Bob Claimed by Atlanta from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1972. Traded to NY Islanders by Atlanta to complete transaction that sent Arnie Brown to Atlanta (February 13, 1973), May 29, 1973.