So Brian Kilrea, coach of the Ottawa 67’s junior team, will be stepping down next season after many, many years of coaching. He will stay on as general manager.
Kilrea is 73 years old, and has been pretty much coaching the same team since 1974 (minus a two-year break to be an assistant coach with the New York Islanders, and a year due to health reasons).
Kilrea will always been seen as one of the best coaches in the game, and a shrewd general manager. He has coached NHL players such as Gary Roberts, Brian Campbell and Doug Wilson.
He also has a bit of NHL history and trivia behind him.
— He scored the first ever goal in the history of the Los Angeles Kings.
— He won a Memorial Cup in 1984 and 1999.
— He has more than 1,153 wins in junior hockey, about 400 more than the guy in second place.
— He’s in the Hockey Hall of Fame.
— He has won coach of the year five times.
He’s seen as a legend here in Ottawa, and should be seen as one across the hockey world.