Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Terry O'Reilly
Right-winger Terry O'Reilly epitomized the "lunch bucket" crew of the Boston Bruins in the 1970s and '80s. A hard-nosed grinder who fought for every square inch of ice, he scored 204 career goals and was an emotional leader of his team.

The native of Niagara Falls, Ontario played junior with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA. The Boston Bruins took him 14th overall in the 1971 Amateur Draft. After a solid rookie pro season with the AHL's Boston Braves in 1971-72, O'Reilly was elevated to Boston the next year and remained a fan favourite for the next 13 years.

The tenacious winger hit the 20-goal mark four times and helped the Bruins reach the Stanley Cup final and semi-finals three times each. He often formed an effective team with centre Peter McNab and various left-wingers such as John Wensink and Al Secord.

Although he was regularly among the league leaders in penalty minutes, O'Reilly's success in other areas of the game was acknowledged when he was chosen to play in the 1975 and 1978 All-Star games and selected at the Boston captain for two years. The old warrior retired in 1985 after going full in nearly 900 regular season games.

O'Reilly was soon hired as Boston's assistant coach and replaced the fired Butch Goring as the team's bench boss in 1986-87. In 1987-88, he led the Bruins to only their third playoff win against the Montreal Canadiens in 22 series confrontations on the way to reaching the Stanley Cup finals. O'Reilly was let go after he was unable to duplicate the success of the previous year in 1988-89.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1968-69 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 46 5 15 20 87
1969-70 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 54 13 36 49 60 6 1 5 6 22
1970-71 Oshawa Generals OHA-Jr. 54 23 42 65 151
1971-72 Boston Bruins NHL 1 1 0 1 0 +3
1971-72 Boston Braves AHL 60 9 8 17 134 9 2 2 4 31
1972-73 Boston Bruins NHL 72 5 22 27 109 +27 5 0 0 0 2
1973-74 Boston Bruins NHL 76 11 24 35 94 +30 16 2 5 7 38
1974-75 Boston Bruins NHL 68 15 20 35 146 +15 3 0 0 0 17
1975-76 Boston Bruins NHL 80 23 27 50 150 +3 12 3 1 4 25
1976-77 Boston Bruins NHL 79 14 41 55 147 +38 14 5 6 11 28
1977-78 Boston Bruins NHL 77 29 61 90 211 +40 15 5 10 15 40
1978-79 Boston Bruins NHL 80 26 51 77 205 +7 11 0 6 6 25
1979-80 Boston Bruins NHL 71 19 42 61 265 +17 10 3 6 9 69
1980-81 Boston Bruins NHL 77 8 35 43 223 +2 3 1 2 3 12
1981-82 Boston Bruins NHL 70 22 30 52 213 +23 11 5 4 9 56
1982-83 Boston Bruins NHL 19 6 14 20 40 +16
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 58 12 18 30 124 +9 3 0 0 0 14
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 63 13 17 30 168 -18 5 1 2 3 9
NHL Totals 891 204 402 606 2095 108 25 42 67 335


Played in NHL All-Star Game (1975, 1978) Suspended by NHL for first 10 games of 1982-83 season for assault on referee Andy Van Hellemond, April 25, 1982.
Missed majority of 1982-83 due to finger injury vs. NY Islanders (November 18, 1982) and knee injury vs. Vancouver, December 31, 1982.