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

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


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They Call Me KILLER: Tales from Junior Hockey's Legendary Hall-of-Fame Coach by Brian Kilrea, James Duthie

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 early days as a player with the Red Wings and what it was like to score the first-ever goal in the history of the L.A. Kings; as well as his role as a coach for the Ottawa 67s and as a mentor to young stars of the future. With stories and comments from famous NHLers who played for Killer, including Bryan Trottier and Dennis Potvin, as well as coaches, trainers, and general managers, readers will get a taste of Kilrea's hardnosed coaching style, as well as the knowledge and dedication that has made him last so long.

  • Anecdotes from NHLers like Mike Peca, Gary Roberts, Doug Wilson, Brian Campbell, Darren Pang, and many others
  • An inside look at the day-to-day life in the world of junior hockey, including brutal practices, broken curfews, trades, and tirades

With a Foreword by lifelong friend, Don Cherry, They Call Me Killer is a fascinating, real-life look at the world of junior hockey and the man who has meant so much to the sport.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780470677421
Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
Publication date: 10/26/2010
Pages: 288
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.10(d)

About 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. In 32 seasons as head coach of the Ottawa 67's, he had only six losing seasons and missed the playoffs only once- astonishing accomplishments in junior hockey.

James Duthie is a graduate of the Carleton University School of Journalism, and is best known for his work on The NHL on TSN and his coverage of the World Junior Championship. He is host of TSN's NHL Draft coverage and was national co-host for CTV/TSN's coverage of the 2010 Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver. James has been nominated for a Gemini six times and has also won TV Guide's "Sportscaster of the Year" award. His work has appeared in The Hockey News, Today's Parent and the Ottawa Citizen.

Table of Contents

Foreword (Don Cherry).

Preface (James Duthie).

Chapter 1: They Call Me . . . Gig?

Chapter 2: Cigars, Anne Murray and Polar Bears.

Chapter 3: Somewhere There's a Hero.

Chapter 4: One Minute Between Legends.

Chapter 5: A Chance on Lance.

Chapter 6: Life in Hell with Eddie Shore.

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

Chapter 8: Ralph.

Chapter 9: Grapes and Me.

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

Chapter 11: The Boys on the Bus.

Chapter 12: Long Nights on Long Island.

Chapter 13: You Got Three Options!

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

Chapter 15: The Call of the Hall.

Chapter 16: Winger for Life.

Chapter 17: Eyewitness to a Killer.

Chapter 18: Time To Go.


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