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Brian Kilrea
Brian Kilrea
Center
Number: 7
Height: 5' 11"
Weight: 175
Shoots: Right
Born: Oct 21, 1934
Birthplace: Ottawa, ON, Canada
As a child, Brian Kilrea heard wonderful stories about professional hockey from his uncles. Hec, Wally and Ken had all enjoyed NHL careers. In fact, all three had been part of the Detroit Red Wings' organization between 1936 to 1938. Born Octobr 21, 1934 in Ottawa, Brian assumed a passion and talent for hockey too, and embarked on a long, successful career.

Brian Kilrea played junior with the Hamilton Tiger Cubs. During his third season with Troy of the IHL, Kilrea was summoned to Detroit and played one game with the Red Wings in 1957-58. The season, returned to Troy, Brian was a Second Team All-Star in the IHL, scoring 33 goals and 93 points. Between 1958 and 1967, 'Killer' was a top performer for the AHL's Springfield Indians. He recorded six 20-goal seasons and helped Spingfield win three consecutive Calder Cups from 1960 to 1962.

In May 1967, his NHL rights were transferred to the expansion Los Angeles Kings after the franchise purchased the Springfield team. Kilrea returned to the NHL for 25 games and scored eight points, including the first goal in the history of the Kings' franchise. He returned to the minors for two and a half years before spending the 1969-70 season with the Denver Spurs of the World Hockey Association. After retiring as a player in 1970, Kilrea moved into the realm of coaching. He took over as coach of the OHA's Ottawa 67's and never looked back. He led the team to the Memorial Cup in 1984, then joined the New York Islanders as an assistant to Al Arbour for his first and only taste of NHL coaching. He returned to the Ottawa bench in 1986-87 and later won a second Memorial Cup in 1999. Kilrea developed an enormous list of future NHL stars, including Doug Wilson and Jim Fox. In the mid 1990's he was forced to assume a scouting role when his health suffered, but a short time later, he returned and set the Canadian junior record for coaching wins on January 17, 1997. The record 742nd win came courtesy of a 6-0 Ottawa thrashing of the North Bay Centennials to move past former Portland Winter Hawks coach Ken Hodge.

In 2002-03 Kilrea celebrated his 1,000th victory as a head coach in the CHL. Within months of this accomplishment, Brian Kilrea was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builder Category. "This is the proudest moment of my life," Kilrea proclaimed in June 2003 when the announcement was made.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 WSH 53 40 9 4 175 120 84
2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 NYI 53 29 18 6 150 131 64
5 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
6 BOS 54 29 19 6 159 148 64
7 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
8 PIT 53 27 19 7 138 135 61
9 NJD 55 27 21 7 122 123 61
10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 PHI 53 24 20 9 127 138 57
12 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
13 OTT 56 25 25 6 157 173 56
14 CBJ 56 22 28 6 140 173 50
15 BUF 55 21 28 6 125 151 48
16 TOR 53 19 25 9 122 149 47

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89