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They Call Me Killer: Tales from Junior Hockey's Legendary Hall-of-Fame Coach [Hardcover]

Brian Kilrea , James Duthie , Don Cherry
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Sept. 14 2010
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.

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A legend in junior hockey, Brian Kilrea has more wins than any other coach in the Canadian Hockey League, and is beloved by many for his gruff yet personable style. So, does a guy who has played for Eddie Shore with Don Cherry; coached NHL stars like Mike Peca, Bobby Smith, Brian Campbell, Gary Roberts, and Darren Pang; led the Ottawa 67's to 1193 wins; and scored the first-ever goal for the LA Kings have a few good stories to tell? You'd better believe it!

With veteran sportswriter and TSN personality James Duthie, Killer (as Brian is affectionately known) shares the highlights and lowlights, cheers and jeers of a tremendously successful and colourful life in the world of hockey.

Hilarious and enthralling stories include

  • The time Eddie Shore put a noose around a player's neck
  • What it was like to skate on a line with Gordie Howe
  • Killer's Commandments for successful hockey
  • What a whole lot of people who played for him really think of him

Like sitting down with Killer for a beer or two, only cleaned up to make it respectable (well, mostly), They Call Me Killer is a rambunctious romp through hockey with one of the greatest people the game has ever seen.

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" Brian Kilrea is the best junior hockey coach of all time. And he would have been coach of the year in the NHL, if he had the chance. Just like me. The other thing he's great at is tellin' stories. Brian is a storyteller deluxe. This book's a beauty, and I know you are gonna love it."

- Don Cherry

More praise for They Call Me Killer

" If you love hockey and you love great, old-time hockey stories, you will love They Call Me Killer."

- Bobby Orr


" Brian Kilrea was the best coach I ever had, period. And this book is full of wonderful, hilarious, unforgettable stories that brought me back to those great days with the 67's."

- Darren Pang, former NHL goaltender and hockey commentator


" Brian Kilrea is a legendary character in hockey, and one of the sport's great storytellers. They Call Me Killer is a terrific read for anyone who loves the game."

- Steve Yzerman, General Manager and Vice President, Tampa Bay Lightning

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Feb. 8 2012
By Clicky
This book was amazing! My dad and his brothers grew up near Killer and so I had heard a lot of these stories before from them and my Grandfather, but still, what an amazing book. If you like hockey, you will love this book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars They call me killer Jan. 23 2011
By Mary L
I bought this book for my husband and daughter, who went to every 67s game for many, many years when Killer was coach. They both loved the stories.
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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  3 reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Hilarious Book! Great Read for Hockey fans May 15 2012
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Brian Kilrea is just a huge personality. His experiences as a player and coach have been captured beautifully by James Duthie.
4.0 out of 5 stars You Have Three Options: Buy this book, Buy this #%@&! Book, or..... Dec 2 2010
By T. K. Barnhart - Published on Amazon.com
Having grown up in the Detroit area and being a lifelong hockey fan I certainly knew who the Ottawa 67's were, but had no idea who their coach was , let alone the fact that he is a legend. But if Darren Pang says "Brian Kilrea is the best coach [he] ever had period," that is good enough for me, and I bought the book on the spot.

I finished it less than 36 hours later.

Highlights include: Stories of Brian Campbell and Nick Boynton winning a Memorial Cup together, 11 years prior to winning the Stanley Cup together. The Eddie Shore stories, and numerous observations and contributions from NHL players.

For coaches, you won't find much tactical talk, but you will pick up a few lines to "borrow," such as what to tell your team prior to overtime of a championship game (p. 27), or three options to give your defensemen when clearing the zone (p. 237).

There are no earth shattering revelations, or life changing moments...just good hockey talk and good stories. All in all, a solid addition to any hockey fan's library.
5.0 out of 5 stars They Call Me Killer Nov. 23 2010
By James M. Dingley - Published on Amazon.com
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If you love stories about hockey, this is a terrific book. It's also great book for hockey coaches. It contains valuable insight on Brian Kilrea's coaching philosophy. He breaks the game down into simple parts that helps players understand how to focus under pressure in game situations.
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