The New Jersey Colonials are happy to announce Bill McCreary as the Boys Tier I Director. His vast hockey experience as a player, coach, scout and administrator are a great asset to the organization. Please welcome him to the team when you see him at the rink!
McCreary, who is originally from Southampton, Ontario, is a former professional ice hockey player and coach. He is the current American Scout for the Victoriaville Tigres in the Quebec Major Junior League (QMJHL).
At the youth level, Bill won National, State and International Championships. He played for Shattuck-St. Mary’s Prep in Minnesota where he was linemates with current Minnesota Wild forward Zach Parise. He played junior hockey for the Texas Tornado (NAHL) and amassed 45 goals and 71 assists in 98 games. He was named to the All-Rookie team and First Team All-Star.
McCreary then played college hockey for the Providence College Friars and Curry College Colonels both in the NCAA. His professional play includes time with the Huntsville Havoc (SPHL), the New Mexico Scorpions (CHL) and Trenton Titans (ECHL). McCreary won the SPHL Championship, as an assistant captain with the Huntsville Havoc and then served as a Player/Assistant coach. He retired in 2012 after a championship season with the New Jersey Outlaws (FHL) where Bill was a Player/Assistant Coach
McCreary has a family history of hockey players, coaches, and General Managers. His Grandfather Bill McCreary Sr., Great Uncle Keith McCreary, Father Bill McCreary Jr. plus Ron and Bob Attwell played in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is also related to Bill McCreary, a Hall of Fame inductee as an on-ice official in the NHL and his son Mike McCreary who referees minor league hockey.
His coaching career since spans many teams including: Huntsville Havoc (SPHL), Watertown Wolves (FHL), East Coast Selects-Q, Portland Junior Pirates (USPHL), North Jersey Avalanche, Seacoast Spartans and the ISS Kings.
Again, please extend a warm welcome to Bill when you see him. He will be getting on the ice this week with teams, introducing himself to families, and working on short and long term goals with each current team.