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Brian Kilrea

Born:Oct. 21, 1934Draft:Undrafted
Hometown:Ottawa, ON, CANPosition:C
Known For:OHL coaching careerShoots/Catches:Right
National Team:Canada

Brian Blair “Killer” Kilrea (born October 21, 1934, in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian former ice hockey head coach, general manager, and player.

Kilrea coached the Ottawa 67’s of the Ontario Hockey League for 32 seasons, after which he continued on as general manager. He is an Honoured Member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders category.

Don Cherry Brian Kilrea Nick Kypreos
Don Cherry and Brian Kilrea (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan)

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Staff History

  • Ottawa 67’s (OMJHL/OHL)- Head Coach 1974-1985, 1986-1994, 1995-2009
  • Ottawa 67’s (OMJHL/OHL)- General Manager 1974-1985, 1986-1994, 1995-2011
  • New York Islanders- Assistant Coach 1984-1986
  • Ottawa 67’s (OMJHL/OHL)- Senior Advisor 2012-2013, 2015-2016, 2021-2022


  • IHL Second All-Star Team 1958-1959
  • AHL Calder Cup Champion 1959-1960
  • AHL Calder Cup Champion 1960-1961
  • AHL Calder Cup Champion 1961-1962
  • AHL Hall of Fame 2017-2018