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Hector Joseph "Hurricane" Kilrea (June 11, 1907 – September 8, 1969) was a Canadian professional ice hockey forward. He played for the Ottawa Senators, Detroit Falcons, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League. Hec Kilrea won Stanley Cup three times, with the Senators in 1927 and Red Wings in 1936 and 1937.

Hec Kilrea
Born (1907-06-11)June 11, 1907
Blackburn, Ontario, Canada
Died September 8, 1969(1969-09-08) (aged 62)
Detroit, Michigan, U.S.
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for Ottawa Senators
Detroit Falcons
Toronto Maple Leafs
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1925–1943

Kilrea was also a champion speed skater, and once won a race at the Montreal Forum in 1928, circuiting the ice in 16 2/5 seconds.[1] After his retirement from professional hockey he became a U.S. citizen, and like many other players, he enlisted for duty in World War II, eventually receiving the Distinguished Service Cross (the second highest military decoration of the United States Army), Purple Heart and French Croix de guerre. He served with Company "K", 143rd Infantry Regiment, 36th Infantry Division. His best "war friend" was Allen F. Wolfe, a young Private in the same unit. Wolfe was killed in action on August 30th, 1944 in France.

His brothers Ken Kilrea, and Wally Kilrea, and nephew Brian Kilrea. also played in the NHL. Kilrea died on September 8, 1969.

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1925–26 Ottawa Senators NHL 35 5 0 5 12 2 0 0 0 0
1926–27 Ottawa Senators NHL 42 11 7 18 48 6 1 1 2 4
1927–28 Ottawa Senators NHL 43 19 4 23 66 2 1 0 1 0
1928–29 Ottawa Senators NHL 38 5 7 12 36 -- -- -- -- --
1929–30 Ottawa Senators NHL 44 36 22 58 72 2 0 0 0 4
1930–31 Ottawa Senators NHL 44 14 8 22 44 -- -- -- -- --
1931–32 Detroit Falcons NHL 47 13 3 16 28 2 0 0 0 0
1932–33 Ottawa Senators NHL 47 14 8 22 26 -- -- -- -- --
1933–34 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 43 10 13 23 15 5 2 0 2 2
1934–35 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 46 11 13 24 16 6 0 0 0 4
1935–36 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 6 17 23 37 7 0 3 3 2
1936–37 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 6 9 15 20 10 3 1 4 2
1937–38 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 9 9 18 10 -- -- -- -- --
1938–39 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 8 9 17 8 6 1 2 3 0
1939–40 Detroit Red Wings NHL 12 0 0 0 0 -- -- -- -- --
NHL Totals 633 167 129 296 438 48 8 7 15 18

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Game Report". Montreal Gazette. March 26, 1928. p. 8.

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