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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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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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