They Call Me KILLER: Tales from Junior Hockey's Legendary Hall-of-Fame Coach

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An intimate, humorous look at Brian Kilrea's 60-year career in junior hockey

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Overview

An intimate, humorous look at Brian Kilrea's 60-year career in junior hockey

With more wins than any coach in junior hockey history, and a personality as large as his winning record, Brian Kilrea is more than a hockey legend, he's one of the most beloved figures in the game. With veteran sportswriter, James Duthie, Kilrea gives fans a rink-side view of his twenty-nine plus seasons as head coach and now general manager of the Ottawa 67s. With stories and comments from famous NHLers who played for Killer, readers will get a taste of Kilrea's hardnosed coaching style, the gritty often humorous reality of his life as a coach, riding on buses and in the locker room, as well as the knowledge and dedication that has made him last so long.

They Call Me Killer sheds light on Kilrea's early life as a centre for the Red Wings, what it was like to score the first-ever goal in the history of the L.A. Kings, and his two years with the New York Islanders. Loaded with anecdotes from a true hockey insider, the book offers fans an unvarnished look at the world of junior hockey—as it's played and lived, including its brutal practices, broken curfews, trades, and tirades.

  • Details Kilrea's role as a coach for the Ottawa 67s, how they won the Memorial Cup twice, and how he's been a mentor to young stars of the future
  • Includes anecdotes and interviews from coaches, trainers, and general managers, and NHLers like Bryan Trottier, Dennis Potvin, Mike Peca, Gary Roberts, Doug Wilson, Brian Campbell, Darren Pang, and many others
  • Brian Kilrea was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003
  • James Duthie is best known for his work on TSN's The NHL on TSN and his coverage of the World Junior Championships

With a Foreword by lifelong friend, Don Cherry, They Call Me Killer is a fascinating, unforgettable look at the world of junior hockey and the man known as the most successful coach in junior hockey history.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781118096093
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/25/2011
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Brian Kilrea was the head coach of the Ottawa 67's from 1974-84, then again from 1986-2009 and is currently their General Manager. He has more wins than any other hockey coach in junior hockey history and the CHL Coach of the Year award is named after him. Kilrea was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.

James Duthie is best known for his work on The NHL on TSN and his coverage of the World Junior Championship. He also appears on multiple radio shows across North America. James has won two straight Gemini Awards as Canada's best sports anchor. His writing has appeared in The Hockey News, Today's Parent and the Ottawa Citizen.

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Don Cherry ix

Preface by James Duthie xv

Chapter 1: They Call Me . . . Gig? 1

Chapter 2: Cigars, Anne Murray and Polar Bears 3

Chapter 3: Somewhere There’s a Hero 13

Chapter 4: One Minute Between Legends 31

Chapter 5: A Chance on Lance 39

Chapter 6: Life in Hell with Eddie Shore 47

Chapter 7: Move the Puck! (And Killer's Other Hockey Commandments) 73

Chapter 8: Ralph 83

Chapter 9: Grapes and Me 103

Chapter 10: Stopping Mario (The First Memorial Cup) 115

Chapter 11: The Boys on the Bus 137

Chapter 12: Long Nights on Long Island 151

Chapter 13: You Got Three Options! 161

Chapter 14: Did I Tell You the One About . . .? 169

Chapter 15: The Call of the Hall 191

Chapter 16: Winger for Life 199

Chapter 17: Eyewitness to a Killer 209

Chapter 18: Time To Go 239

Index 247

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