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|1979 NHL DRAFT PICK|
Bill McCreary Jr.|
Selected in sixth round
114 overall by Toronto Maple Leafs
Height: 6-0 Weight: 190
|BEFORE THE DRAFT|
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts (USA)
| Debut: December 30, 1980 (Toronto at St.
Numbers: 28 (Toronto)
Stanley Cup: Never won.
Playing Status: Retired 1988
|CAREER NHL STATISTICS|
AWARDS AND HONORS
Miscellaneous: Left Colgate after his
sophomore year to sign first NHL contract with Toronto in June 1980. ... Hit
Wayne Gretzky with bruising open-ice check during Toronto's Jan. 14, 1981,
game vs. Edmonton. It was one of the hardest hits Gretzky ever absorbed, and
it left him down on the ice several minutes. The incident got considerable
publicity in newspapers the next day since it marked the first time anyone had
leveled Gretzky. ... Released by Toronto in June 1983.
|Post-Draft Teams: Colgate (ECAC); New
Brunswick (AHL); Cincinnati (CHL); St. Catharines (AHL); Saginaw, Peoria,
AWARDS AND HONORS
Education: Attended University of Akron
during off-seasons of his playing days.
Miscellaneous: Moved to
Brighton, Mich., after his retirement and worked as a mortgage broker. ...
Became one of the owners of Premiere Mortgage Corporation in Brighton.
Personal: Full name is William
Edward McCreary Jr. ... Son of former NHL player Bill McCreary Sr. He was born
while his father was playing minor-league hockey in Springfield,
Massachusetts. ... Father of college hockey player Bill McCreary III. ... Nephew of
former NHL players Keith McCreary and Ron Attwell. ... Cousin of former NHL
player Bob Attwell and NHL referee Bill McCreary.
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