Terry O’Reilly is a classic example of an enforcer in the NHL. The former Bruins winger logged more than 200 penalty minutes in five consecutive seasons, and his rough and tough style of play earned him the nickname “Bloody O’Reilly” in the press.
In 14 seasons with the Bruins, O’Reilly tallied 204 goals, highlighted by his 29-goal, 90-point season in 1977-78.
The B’s retired O’Reilly’s number on Oct. 24, 2002, and this Throwback Thursday takes you back to that evening when the Bruins took on the Ottawa Senators on Terry O’Reilly night. O’Reilly gave a speech (and was introduced by a young Dale Arnold), and the team raised O’Reilly’s No. 24 to the rafters.
Hear what O’Reilly had to say about his time with the Bruins in the above video.