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Blackhawks Top 100- #21 Billy Reay

By Keith Schultz
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We’re counting the days until the Chicago Blackhawks 2014 Season kicks off. We’re doing a Top 100 list of all time Chicago Blackhawks. It’s a fun way to pass the time and take a stroll down Memory Lane as we head towards opening night on October 9th in Dallas.

Billy Reay 1963-1977

Games-1,012

Wins-516

Losses-335

Ties-161

Playoffs

Games-117

Wins-57

Losses-60

Billy Reay is the Blackhawks franchise holder for most wins as a coach and games behind the bench, but the one thing he didn’t accomplish in his long tenure as coach of the Chicago Blackhawks is win a Stanley Cup.  His crowning achievement should have come in 1971 with the Hawks leading in the third period of Game #7 at Chicago Stadium but history wouldn’t be so kind to Reay with the Canadiens coming back to steal Game #7 and foiling Reay and Tony Esposito.

Reay guided the Blackhawks to three Stanley Cup Finals in 1965, 1971, 1973 with all the old all-time greats on the roster from Stan Mikita, Bobby Hull and the rest of  the troops but they never could get past that seasons hot goalie in the playoffs and it is the only blemish of a long successful run behind the bench in Chicago.

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Reay’s coaching records in Chicago will be hard to be duplicated in the regular season, for instance Joel Quenneville would have to coach another 8 years in Chicago to catch him so it’s not unthinkable just unlikely.

Reay did win 2 Stanley Cups as a player, but most people see his name automatically think of him as a Chicago Blackhawks head coach.

What do you think? Too high or Too low for Reay?

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