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09-04-2009, 04:25 AM
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Coach Brian Kilrea

- Memorial Cup (1984, 1999)
- Memorial Cup Finalist (1977, 2001, 2005)
- J.Ross Robertson Cup (1977, 1984, 1999, 2001)
- 1193-771-153-39 in 2156 OHL games (.598)
- 1st in division in 12 of 32 seasons (9X 2nd)
- OHL Coach of the year (1981, 1982, 1996, 1997)
- CHL Coach of the year (1996)

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Kilrea took over the coaching reins of Ottawa's junior team in 1974-75, earning his first victory on September 27, 1974 in a 9-5 victory over the Toronto Marlboros. With the exception of a two-year sojourn as assistant coach of the New York Islanders in 1984-85 and 1985-86, he has been with the 67's ever since.

In 1976-77, his third year behind the Ottawa bench, Brian took the 67's to the Memorial Cup championship after winning the league title. In 1983-84, Kilrea again led the 67's to the league title, but this time, Ottawa won the Memorial Cup as junior champions of Canada.

Throughout his twenty-nine seasons with the Ottawa 67's Kilrea has had only five losing seasons and is junior hockey's all-time winningest coach. The 67's won the league title and the Memorial Cup again in 1998-99.

The 67's won the league title again in 2000-01. In 1981, 1982, 1996 and 1997, Brian was named the OHL's coach of the year, becoming recipient of the Matt Leyden Trophy. In 1996, he was named the Canadian Hockey League's coach of the year award. On March 9, 2003, the Ottawa 67's defeated the Sudbury Wolves, giving Kilrea his 1,000th win as a coach in the OHL. The CHL honoured Brian by naming its coach of the year award the Brian Kilrea Trophy.

"When you look back on your career, you think of what you've achieved and the friends you've made, and I feel rich in both," summarizes Kilrea. "I wouldn't change a day of my life in hockey."
Originally Posted by Peter Loubardias
Brian Kilrea has made such a difference in so many young peoples lives. That is what he should be celebrated for first and foremost.

Ask some of his players about his influence on their lives. He not only produced better hockey players but the kids, when they left his program, were BETTER PEOPLE! He taught these kids about life and developed character while also being pressured to produce a winning squad on the ice.
Originally Posted by David Branch
the statistics really only tell part of the story because Brian and his legacy will live on in terms of the people that he's touched and the positive influence he's had to the game his players and anyone that has come into contact with him.

As a coach, he's as up-to-date as anyone on Xs and Os, strategies and systems. But as a molder of men, he's something of a throwback to another era.

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