Kilrea inducted into Hockey Hall of Fame
The Hockey Hall of Fame today announced that Ottawa 67’s coach and general manager Brian Kilrea will be inducted into the Builder Category of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The induction ceremony will be held at the Hall on Monday November 3.
Kilrea, a 68-year-old native of Ottawa, became the first coach in Canadian Hockey League history to record 1,000 career wins with a 4-2 win over the Sudbury Wolves on March 9, 2003. He won the OHL Coach of the Year award for a record fifth time this season. The CHL Coach of the Year Award was renamed the Brian Kilrea Trophy in honour of his 1,000th win.
“There is no one more deserving of this honour than Brian Kilrea,” said David Branch, Commissioner of the Ontario Hockey League and President of the Canadian Hockey League. “This is a fitting tribute to the lifelong dedication and contributions that Brian and his family have made to the game of hockey.”
The Hockey Hall of Fame Selection Committee consists of 18 people who are selected by the Board of Directors of the Hockey Hall of Fame. The newest addition to the committee is Scotty Bowman, who is the only man to record 1,000 NHL victories behind the bench.
The Selection Committee also announced that Grant Fuhr and Pat LaFontaine will be inducted into the Players Category and Mike Ilitch will be inducted into the Builders Category.
Kilrea, who played in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings and Los Angeles Kings in the 1960’s. He won three consecutive Calder Cup championships as a player in 1960, 1961 and 1962.
Kilrea has coached the 67’s for 26 seasons and won the Memorial Cup in 1984 and at home in Ottawa in 1999. He guided the 67’s to J. Ross Robertson Cup wins as OHL champions in 1977, 1984 and 2001.