The Ontario Hockey League is saddened by the loss of graduate and former Kitchener Rangers coach Steve Brklacich who passed away peacefully in Barrie, Ont. on September 1st at the age of 87.
The first head coach in Kitchener Rangers franchise history, Brklacich coached the blueshirts during the 1963-64 season following a highly successful coaching tenure with the EHL’s Washington Presidents and Johnstown Jets where he won four championships in a five year span from 1957-62. His time as a coach followed a lengthy playing career on the blue line that had its roots in the OHA with the Galt Rockets and Guelph Biltmores from 1947-50.
A native of Schumacher, Ont., Brklacich would later join the executive ranks in the National Hockey League, serving as a scout and Director of Player Personnel with the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Hartford Whalers.
He is survived by his daughters Lori and Wendy (Robin), as well as his brothers Tony (Mary), Joe (Barbara) and sister, Rosie Sekulich.
Donations on his behalf can be made to the Canadian Red Cross.
Condolences are extended to Steve’s family and friends.
— Kitchener Rangers (@OHLRangers) September 11, 2017