They Call Me Killer: Tales from Junior Hockey's Legendary Hall-of-Fame Coach Hardcover – Sep 14 2010
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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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FROM THE FOREWORD
" 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 LightningSee all Product Description
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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.