Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Ken Kilrea
Ken Kilrea spent parts of five seasons with the Detroit Red Wings during his 14 year professional hockey career.

Kilrea began his playing days with a year at the University of Ottawa and two seasons in the Michigan-Ontario Hockey League before signing a free agent deal with the Red Wings in March of 1938.

Because he signed so late in the 1937-38 season he was limited to just one game with Detroit that year, but he did suit up for three playoff games with them and scored a goal and an assist. The following year the left-winger played a career-high 40 games and scored 10 goals and eight assists. Again that spring he was a contributor in the playoffs with a goal and an assist in five post-season games. After playing just 36 games with the Red Wings over the next two years without much personal success, with the exception of a Calder Cup Championship in Indianapolis in 1942 that he shared with his brother, Hec, Kilrea spent the 1942-43 season playing Senior hockey back in Ottawa, where he was born.

Kilrea was back in Motown during the 1943-44 for 14 games and he scored a goal and three assists. They proved to be the final points he would score in the National Hockey League. Though he did two more games during the playoffs, he was unable to register a point.

With his NHL career behind him Kilrea spent the next seven years playing minor pro and Senior hockey in eight different cities before retiring in 1951. Though he was no longer involved in the game, the Kilrea name continued in hockey circles. Not only did two of Ken's brothers play in the NHL, but the family named continued the next generation with Brian Kilrea who had a brief NHL career before becoming the most successful coach in the history of the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67's.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1935-36 University of Ottawa OCJHL 9 18 7 25 9 4 6 4 10 10
1935-36 University of Ottawa M-Cup 3 2 1 3 4
1936-37 Detroit Pontiacs MOHL 25 13 10 23 8 5 1 2 3 0
1937-38 Detroit Pontiacs MOHL 28 25 19 44 4 3 0 2 2 2
1938-39 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 51 14 28 42 21
1938-39 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 3 1 1 2 4
1939-40 Detroit Red Wings NHL 40 10 8 18 4 5 1 1 2 0
1939-40 Indianapolis Capitols IAHL 11 4 15 19 2
1940-41 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 2 0 2 0 5 0 0 0 0
1940-41 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 34 9 18 27 7
1941-42 Detroit Red Wings NHL 21 3 12 15 4
1941-42 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 27 15 29 44 8 10 1 8 9 2
1942-43 Ottawa Commandos QSHL 20 12 18 30 6 11 6 5 11 12
1942-43 Ottawa Canadians OCHL 2 1 3 4 0
1942-43 Ottawa Royal Canadians ONDHL 11 23 21 44 0
1942-43 Ottawa Commandos Al-Cup 9 2 6 8 2
1943-44 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 1 3 4 0 2 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 6 1 2 3 0 2 0 0 0 0
1944-45 Buffalo Bisons AHL 51 19 46 65 14 6 3 8 11 7
1945-46 New Haven Ramblers AHL 45 13 24 37 23
1945-46 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 14 1 11 12 2
1946-47 Springfield Indians AHL 14 3 1 4 2
1946-47 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 33 18 21 39 16 9 2 6 8 2
1947-48 Philadelphia Rockets AHL 63 15 35 50 20
1948-49 Philadelphia Rockets AHL 64 15 28 43 32
1949-50 Ottawa Army ECSHL 40 28 22 50 20 3 5 2 7 5
1949-50 Grand Rapids Rockets IHL 4 2 1 3 0 8 3 8 11 4
1950-51 Ottawa Army ECSHL 32 16 28 44 16 3 6 2 8 2
1950-51 Johnstown Jets EAHL 1 0 0 0 10 6 3 4 7 2
NHL Totals 91 16 23 39 8 15 2 2 4 4


Brother of Wally and Hec Signed as a free agent by Detroit, March 18, 1938.