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12/11/1908 Creighton Mines, Ontario
Bill Regan was found deep in the Canadian bush in the fall of 1929. Well, the story made good copy in New York newspapers if you consider St. Michael's College, in Toronto, "the bush". Regan, often questioned about his age because of his size, played four seasons with the school's junior team before turning professional with the Boston Tigers, of the Can-Am league.
Bill made good in his rookie professional season by recording 11 points in 28 games. The New York Rangers were so impressed by the defenseman that they traded Yip Foster and $15,000 to acquire Regan. Unfortunately, his offense dried up when promoted to the NHL and he went pointless over his next ten games and four playoff contests. The only statistics he recorded were two minor penalties. The next fall, Regan joined the Rangers at their Ravina rink training camp in Toronto.
In the following 1930-31 season, he hit the scoreboard with two goals, while adding one helper in a game against Ottawa. The Rangers loaned Regan out to the Bronx team the next season. In the less competitive Can-Am league, he scored five goals and ten assists but did not earn a recall. Midway through the 1932-33 campaign, the Rangers loaned him to their intercity rival, the New York Americans. Bill's highlight with the Americans came on March 21, 1933, when he scored the tying goal on an incredible solo rush. Reid broke away from a scramble in front of Roy Worters and flew down the ice, splitting the Toronto Maple Leafs' defense and scoring on Lorne Chabot. Bill Regan returned to the minor leagues at the end of the season and drifted away from playing a few years later.
Traded to NY Rangers by Boston for Yip Foster and $15,000, February 17th, 1930.