Billy Reay Chicago Blackhawks Coach (picture courtesy of Blackhawks.nhl.com)
On this date in Chicago Blackhawks history,
On April 6, 1975 at the Chicago Stadium the Blackhawks shut out the Minnesota North Stars 3-0. The victory was #500 for head coach Billy Reay. Reay coached the Hawks from 1963-1977 and he only missed the playoffs one season (1969). Reay and the Blackhawks reached the Stanley Cup finals three times during his tenure but came away empty handed in all three attempts. He coached in what has to be the golden age of Blackhawks hockey with Bobby Hull, Stan Mikita, and Tony Esposito just to name three Hall of Famers on the roster during his coaching career.
The win also marked the 1,200 win in franchise history. The 1975 Hawks won their first playoff series against the Boston Bruins but fell in the second round to the Buffalo Sabres.
A milestone day for the Blackhawks coach and franchise happened on this date 38 years ago today.
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