Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Hec Kilrea
Left-winger Hec Kilrea played 633 NHL games for three different teams. The "Hurricane" was a fast skater and a strong checker who could score when allowed to play a more offensive role. His brothers Ken and Wally also played in the NHL as did his nephew, Brian.

Born Blackburn, Ontario, Kilrea played a year with the senior Ottawa Rideaus before joining the NHL Senators in 1925-26. He played six years with Senators and was a member of the 1927 Stanley Cup champions. He exploded for 36 goals in 1929-30 and finished fifth in the NHL scoring race playing on a line with Frank Finnigan and Joe Lamb.

Kilrea dropped to 14 goals in 1930-31 and then spent a year with Detroit Falcons after being claimed from Ottawa in the Dispersal Draft. While in Motown he was teamed with Ebbie Goodfellow and Larry Aurie on an effective forward unit. The talented winger was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in the off-season and spent two years there before returning to Detroit in 1935. Kilrea spent nearly five years with the Red Wings where he was an effective two-way player with linemates Gord Pettinger and Syd Howe.

Kilrea was an integral part of the team when it became the first U.S. club to win consecutive Stanley Cups in 1936 and 1937. He also set up Mud Bruneteau for the goal that ended the longest game in NHL history at 116:30 of overtime versus the Montreal Maroons. After leaving the NHL he played nearly four full years with AHL's Indianapolis Capitals then retired in 1943. During World War II he served in France and Belgium and was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1924-25 Ottawa Rideaus OCHL 16 5 4 9 3 0 0 0 0
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
1939-40 Indianapolis Capitols IAHL 41 6 21 27 6 5 0 1 1 9
1940-41 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 46 5 9 14 6
1941-42 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 56 13 10 23 15 10 0 0 0 6
1942-43 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 55 9 10 19 11 7 2 1 3 2
NHL Totals 633 167 129 296 438 48 8 7 15 18


Brother of Wally and Ken Played in NHL All-Star Game (1934) Signed as a free agent by Ottawa, November 12, 1925. Claimed by Detroit from Ottawa for 1931-32 season in Dispersal Draft, September 26, 1931. Traded to Toronto by Ottawa for Bob Gracie and $10,000, October 4, 1933. Traded to Detroit by Toronto for $7,000 and future considerations (Knucker Irvine, October, 1935), September 29, 1935.