Excerpt: One-On-One With The Legendary Brian Kilrea

thegoodpoint.com Contributor IMarch 12, 2009

A total of 31 playoff appearances in 32 seasons with the Ottawa 67s. Over 1,100 wins with almost 500 different players. Nine divisional, three league, and two Memorial Cup Championships.

The coach behind all of these is the legendary Brian Blair Kilrea, simply known as Killer.

Kilrea spent the majority of his playing career in the AHL with the Springfield Falcons under the infamous Eddie Shore. Shore was known to be a difficult owner, making his players perform duties around the rink so that he would not have to pay staff to do so.

"[Shore] was a demanding man," said Kilrea. "He was very tough on the players, but I will say I learned the game there. I learned a lot of things not to do. I learned some things I should do and some things I could pass on to my players."

The toughness that Kilrea received from Shore was one of those things that he has passed on to the 67s. Former 67 turned Sarnia Sting head coach Dave McQueen knew both sides of Killer.