Top 100 Habs: #27

#27: Gerry McNeil

Despite his success, Gerry McNeil spent his entire hockey career going back and forth between several different leagues.

Gerry McNeil

Gerry McNeil

He played his first two games with the Habs in 1947-48, but didn’t get another crack until two seasons later.

In the next 11 years, McNeil would play in the NHL, AHL, QHL, QJHL and the EPHL.

But when he was in the big leagues, he made quite the impression. He won a total of three Stanley Cups, and played in the NHL all-star game in his first three years in the league.

His postseason numbers are impressive, as his playoff numbers would always go down each season as compared to his regular season numbers.

For Toronto Maple Leaf fans, McNeil is most well-known for giving up the Stanley Cup winning goal to Bill Barilko in 1951. Barilko died in a plane crash that summer.

For more on Gerry McNeil:

Hockey Hall of Fame

Wikipedia

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