Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Bill McCreary
Left-winger Bill McCreary Sr. was a talented playmaker who spent most of his early playing days as a star in the minors. Following expansion he was given a proper chance to show that he could be a solid NHL player.

The native of Sundridge, Ontario was a junior star with the New York Rangers-sponsored Guelph Biltmores. In 1952, he helped the team win the Memorial Cup and accumulated 143 goals in four years with them. McCreary began his pro career dressing for a handful of games in New York while toiling chiefly in the AHL and WHL. After scoring 33 goals for the Edmonton Flyers in 1956-57, he was named to the WHL Prairie division second all-star team.

The young forward's luck did not change after he was picked up by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1956 Intra-League Draft. He became a regular with the Springfield Indians of the AHL and counted at least 50 points three straight years beginning in 1959-60. In October 1962, he was picked up by the Montreal Canadiens and played 14 games that season before returning to the minors.

During the mid-'60s, McCreary was a productive scorer with the Hull-Ottawa Canadiens of the EPHL as well as the CHL's Omaha Knights and Houston Apollos. After recording four straight 20-goal seasons, he was acquired by the St. Louis Blues prior to their inaugural season in 1967-68. The classy forward provided leadership, offense, and penalty killing for four years with the club before retiring in 1971.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 52 30 28 58 12 11 4 4 8 6
1951-52 Guelph Biltmores M-Cup 12 5 10 15 4
1952-53 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 50 32 25 57 31
1952-53 Toronto Marlboros M-Cup 7 2 3 5 2
1953-54 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 59 35 49 84 57 3 0 3 3 4
1953-54 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1954-55 Guelph Biltmores OHA-Jr. 48 46 37 83 38 6 4 3 7 2
1954-55 New York Rangers NHL 8 0 2 2 0
1955-56 Providence Reds AHL 37 8 13 21 18
1955-56 Saskatoon Quakers WHL 25 12 20 32 45 3 0 0 0 0
1956-57 Edmonton Flyers WHL 69 33 26 59 37 8 2 7 9 4
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 1 0 1 2
1957-58 Edmonton Flyers WHL 21 7 7 14 10 5 2 1 3 2
1957-58 Hershey Bears AHL 31 4 9 13 6
1958-59 Springfield Indians AHL 65 14 34 48 22
1959-60 Springfield Indians AHL 69 19 31 50 16 10 6 4 10 6
1960-61 Springfield Indians AHL 72 33 54 87 26 8 5 4 9 6
1961-62 Springfield Indians AHL 69 27 49 76 49 2 0 2 2 0
1962-63 Montreal Canadiens NHL 14 2 3 5 0
1962-63 Hull-Ottawa Canadiens EPHL 46 15 32 47 22
1963-64 Omaha Knights CPHL 72 24 51 75 56 3 1 0 1 2
1964-65 Omaha Knights CPHL 70 24 44 68 48 6 0 3 3 0
1965-66 Houston Apollos CPHL 70 26 26 52 44
1966-67 Houston Apollos CPHL 56 22 34 56 34 6 1 2 3 0
1967-68 St. Louis Blues NHL 70 13 13 26 22 +2 15 3 2 5 0
1968-69 St. Louis Blues NHL 71 13 17 30 50 +4 12 1 5 6 14
1969-70 St. Louis Blues NHL 73 15 17 32 16 +4 15 1 7 8 0
1970-71 St. Louis Blues NHL 68 9 10 19 16 +7 6 1 2 3 0
NHL Totals 309 53 62 115 108 48 6 16 22 14


Brother of Keith
Father of Bill Jr.
WHL Prairie Division Second All-Star Team (1957)
CPHL First All-Star Team (1964, 1966)
Loaned to Toronto (OHA-Jr.) by Guelph (OHA-Jr.) for Memorial Cup playoffs, April, 1953. Claimed by Detroit from NY Rangers in Intra-League Draft, June 5, 1956. Traded to Springfield (AHL) by Detroit with Dennis Olson and Hank Bassen for Gerry Ehman, May 1, 1958. Traded to Montreal by Springfield (AHL) for Bob McCammon, Andre Tardiff and Norm Waslowski, October 25, 1962. Traded to St. Louis by Montreal for Claude Cardin and Phil Obendorf, June 14, 1967.