Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Gerry McNeil
Gerry McNeil will forever be remembered for one goal he allowed?Bill Barilko's Stanley Cup-winning shot in 1951. But there was much more to his career than goals allowed career.

McNeil starred with the Montreal Royals of the Quebec Senior Hockey League, earning the best goals against average in the league in both 1945-46 and '46-47, being named the first team all-star in 1947, '48 and '49 and was chosen the league's most valuable player three years consecutively?1947, 1948 and 1949 as well.

He was summoned to the Montreal Canadiens full-time in 1950-51 when Bill Durnan retired, playing every minute of every game in his rookie season. McNeil backstopped the Canadiens to the Stanley Cup finals against Toronto in 1951 and Detroit in 1952, but it wasn't until the 1952-53 season that he was able to lead the Canadiens to his own Stanley Cup. That same season, he was selected to the NHL's Second All-Star Team.

Towards the end of the 1953-54 season though, McNeil lost his starting position to a young superstar named Jacques Plante. But when the Canadiens were faced with elimination by Detroit in the 1953-54 Stanley Cup finals, Plante was pulled by coach Dick Irvin in favour of the veteran McNeil, who promptly won the next two games to force a seventh game. Unfortunately, in overtime in game seven, an easy shot by the Red Wings was tipped by Canadiens' defenceman Doug Harvey, and found the net behind McNeil to earn Detroit the Stanley Cup. The goal crushed McNeil, and he retired to coach junior hockey the next season. He did return to the game, playing minor league hockey until 1960-61, even earning a second Stanley Cup victory as Plante's back-up in 1956-57, but he never again was an NHL starter.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1943-44 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 3 0 3.33
1943-44 Montreal Royals QSHL 21 1 5.24 7 3 4 0 0 4.29
1944-45 Montreal Royals QSHL 23 18 4 1 0 4.00 7 4 3 0 1 4.29
1945-46 Montreal Royals QSHL 26 21 3 2 1 3.35 11 7 2 2 0 2.82
1946-47 Montreal Royals QSHL 40 25 13 2 2 3.10 11 7 4 0 0 2.00
1947-48 Montreal Canadiens NHL 2 0 1 1 0 4.42
1947-48 Montreal Royals QSHL 47 33 14 0 3 3.32 3 0 3 0 0 3.00
1948-49 Montreal Royals QSHL 59 35 19 5 5 3.02 9 3 4 0 1 2.78
1949-50 Montreal Canadiens NHL 6 3 1 2 1 1.50 2 1 1 0 2.22
1949-50 Cincinnati Mohawks AHL 55 12 30 13 3 3.65
1950-51 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 25 30 15 6 2.63 11 5 6 1 1.91
1951-52 Montreal Canadiens NHL 70 34 26 10 5 2.34 11 4 7 1 2.01
1952-53 Montreal Canadiens NHL 66 25 23 18 10 2.12 8 5 3 2 1.98
1953-54 Montreal Canadiens NHL 53 28 19 6 6 2.15 3 2 1 1 0.95
1954-55 Jonquiere Marquis QJHL
1955-56 Montreal Royals QHL 54 30 17 7 5 2.31 19 9 10 0 1 3.26
1956-57 Montreal Canadiens NHL 9 4 5 0 0 3.44
1956-57 Montreal Royals QHL 59 26 28 4 3 2.91 4 0 4 0 0 2.69
1957-58 Rochester Americans AHL 68 28 34 6 5 3.30
1957-58 Montreal Canadiens NHL
1958-59 Rochester Americans AHL 66 31 30 5 2 2.98 5 1 4 0 0 2.37
1959-60 Montreal Royals EPHL 28 13 9 6 5 2.39 14 8 6 0 1 2.42
1960-61 Quebec Aces AHL 50 21 27 1 3 3.60
NHL Totals 276 119 105 52 28 2.35 35 17 18 5 1.89


QSHL First All-Star Team (1947, 1948, 1949)
Byng of Vimy Trophy (QSHL - MVP) (1947, 1948, 1949)
NHL Second All-Star Team (1953)
QHL First All-Star Team (1956)
Vezina Memorial Trophy (QHL - Top Goaltender) (1956)
AHL Second All-Star Team (1958) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1951, 1952, 1953)