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My Favourite Leaf Moment- Bill McCreary Jr

This is the first time I have ever posted anything on the Internet excluding those pictures (sorry mom, wasn't me, I swear). But moving on, because now my lawyer is all perturbed, I would like to direct the younger fans, because I'm sure its already one of the favourite moments of the older fansm to a little known but nonetheless spectacular moment in Leaf history.

The season, 1980-81, the date: I'm not sure. The player for the Leafs: a little known 6th round, 114th overall draft selection from 1979. The play: a bone crushing, clean hit. The result: Billy Junior never played another shift in the NHL. Hmmm I must be forgetting something...oh ya the player he hit, and pretty much knocked unconscious and left to cry on the ice: WAYNE GRETZKY. That might explain the blacklisting.

A bit of history: Billy Jr had the size, over six feet and two hundred pounds, the demeanor, a wee bit nasty at times, and the genetics, his father (Bill Sr), uncle (Keith McCreary), uncle in law(?) (Ron Attwell), cousins (Bob Attwell, Greg Theberge) all played in the NHL. Heck, we can even throw in a referee (Bill McCreary). He played 12 games recording a goal, a couple of penalties, and one hell of a huge hit.

Maybe he would have played longer, maybe he wouldn't have, but one thing is for sure: he never got the chance to play another shift in the NHL after that hit. I wonder what would have happened to him in today's NHL. Probably couldn't be worse than a lifetime blacklisting but he would be hugely famous that's for sure.

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