Bill McCreary Sr.
|Bill McCreary Sr.|
December 2, 1934|
Sundridge, Ontario, Canada
|Died||November 25, 2019 84)(aged|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||172 lb (78 kg; 12 st 4 lb)|
New York Rangers|
Detroit Red Wings
St. Louis Blues
McCreary was born in Sundridge, Ontario.
During his pro career, McCreary played for the New York Rangers, Detroit Red Wings, Montreal Canadiens and the St. Louis Blues. He later coached the Vancouver Canucks for the first half of the 1973–74 season and then became general manager of the California Golden Seals in 1974–75. Although the Seals were performing fairly well, a dispute with coach Marshall Johnston led to his firing of Johnston and going behind the bench himself for the remainder of the season. He hired Jack Evans as coach the following year. The team moved to Cleveland and became the Cleveland Barons. Yet, the club struggled and McCreary was fired as general manager.
He was the elder brother of Keith McCreary, also an NHL left winger. His son Bill McCreary Jr. played 12 games in the NHL with the Toronto Maple Leafs during the 1980–81 season. He is also the brother-in-law of Ron Attwell.
Awards and achievements
- WHL Prairie Division Second All-Star Team (1957)
- CPHL First All-Star Team (1964, 1966)
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|St. Louis Blues||1971–72||24||6||14||4||(67)||3rd in West||(interim coach)|
|Vancouver Canucks||1973–74||41||9||25||7||(59)||7th in East||(fired)|
|California Golden Seals||1974–75||32||8||20||4||(51)||4th in Adams||Missed playoffs|
- Biographical information and career statistics from Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
| Head coach of the California Golden Seals
| Head coach of the St. Louis Blues
| Head coach of the Vancouver Canucks
| General Manager of the California Golden Seals / Cleveand Barons