September 23, 2008

Ottawa 67s' Kilrea knows old time hockey

Did you catch this article from NHL.com?

Evan Weiner | NHL.com Correspondent
Sep 19, 2008, 9:30 AM EDT

The Ottawa 67s junior team has started training camp and is set to play some preseason games this weekend as the team prepares for the 2008-09 Ontario Hockey League season, which starts during the final week of September.

Once again, Brian Kilrea is behind the 67s' bench, but for the last time. It is Kilrea's 30th and last season as Ottawa coach. He recently announced his plans to retire after 2008-09. Except for a stay as an assistant coach for Al Arbour 's New York Islanders from 1984-86 and a brief retirement in the 1990s, Kilrea always has been connected with the 67s, so he is a wealth of junior-hockey information. Kilrea has won two Memorial Cups and three OHL titles.

Kilrea also scored the first goal in Los Angeles Kings history in 1967.

Read the rest here.

I just finished reading "Searching for Bobby Orr" by Stephen Brunt and it paints an equally dismal picture of how players were treated back then. Things have come a long way. Clearly this had an impact on the coach we see today.

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