Kilrea to retire as Ottawa 67's coach
Winningest coach in OHL history will stay on as GM after coming season
Brian Kilrea, already a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, will make 2008-09 his last season as coach of the Ottawa 67's, after earning two Memorial Cups, three OHL titles, nine divisional crowns, and more than 1,100 wins in more than 2,000 games.
Ottawa-born Kilrea, 73, also announced at a news conference Wednesday he will continue to serve as general manager of the Ontario Hockey League team.
"I'm going to miss that. There's no doubt," Kilrea said of the camaraderie with his players. "But it's time."
The longtime bench boss suggested the 67's might benefit from a new voice and new face after enduring a couple of tough seasons.
"I want to see our team have successes," said Kilrea.
Kilrea has coached more games and recorded more wins all-time than any other OHL skipper. He joined the team in the 1974-75 season, and left to spend two years as an assistant coach with the New York Islanders before rejoining the 67's in 1983-84.
He was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.
Kilrea plans to travel the province as a scout, and is looking forward to continuing in a different role with the 67's.