Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Wally Kilrea
A versatile forward who could play right wing and centre, Wally Kilrea played for five NHL teams in the 1920s and '30s. He was a solid defensive player whose work ethic kept him around long enough to play 329 career games.

Like all of the NHL Kilreas, Wally was born in Ottawa. He played two years with senior Ottawa Montagnards before joining the Senators in 1929-30. He only scored six points in 38 games but he performed yeomen service against the top players on the opposition. The next season he was loaned to the dreadful Philadelphia Quakers who won only four games all year.

Kilrea also played for the New York Americans, Montreal Maroons and Detroit Red Wings. He was a key member of Detroit's back-to-back Stanley Cup championships in 1936 and 1937. He left the NHL after playing five games in 1937-38 then dressed for 44 contests with the Pittsburgh Hornets of the AHL. This was followed by a half dozen years with the Hershey Bears before retiring in 1944. Kilrea's best year during this period was 1942-43 when he led the AHL with 68 assists and 99 points and was named to the league's first all-star team.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1927-28 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 15 5 3 8 4 0 1 1 0
1927-28 Ottawa Montagnards Al-Cup 2 1 0 1 0
1928-29 Ottawa Montagnards OCHL 12 5 8 13
1929-30 Ottawa Senators NHL 38 4 2 6 4 2 0 0 0 0
1929-30 London Panthers IHL 3 0 0 0 0
1930-31 Philadelphia Quakers NHL 44 8 12 20 22
1931-32 New York Americans NHL 48 3 8 11 18
1932-33 Ottawa Senators NHL 32 4 5 9 14
1932-33 Montreal Maroons NHL 19 1 7 8 2 2 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Montreal Maroons NHL 45 3 1 4 7 4 0 0 0 0
1933-34 Windsor Bulldogs IHL 3 0 0 0 2
1934-35 Detroit Red Wings NHL 3 0 0 0 0
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 33 11 16 27 23 5 1 4 5 0
1934-35 Detroit Olympics IHL 5 1 4 5 0
1935-36 Detroit Red Wings NHL 48 4 10 14 10 7 2 2 4 2
1935-36 Detroit Olympics IHL 3 4 2 6 0
1936-37 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 8 13 21 6 10 0 2 2 4
1937-38 Detroit Red Wings NHL 5 0 0 0 4
1937-38 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 44 6 11 17 28 2 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Hershey Bears IAHL 42 17 31 48 35 5 5 2 7 5
1939-40 Hershey Bears IAHL 56 12 29 41 18 10 2 5 7 4
1940-41 Hershey Bears AHL 55 17 37 54 0 10 1 3 4 4
1941-42 Hershey Bears AHL 56 12 35 47 14 10 4 2 6 2
1942-43 Hershey Bears AHL 56 31 68 99 8 4 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Hershey Bears AHL 33 15 30 45 8
1944-45
1945-46
1946-47 Fort Worth Rangers USHL 5 0 0 0 0
NHL Totals 329 35 58 93 87 25 2 4 6 6


Brother of Hec and Ken
IHL First All-Star Team (1935)
AHL First All-Star Team (1943)
Loaned to Philadelphia by Ottawa for 1930-31 season, September, 1930. Claimed by NY Americans from Ottawa for 1931-32 season in Dispersal Draft, September 26, 1931. Traded to Mtl. Maroons by Ottawa for Des Roche, February 3, 1933. Traded to Detroit by Mtl. Maroons for Gus Marker, September 23, 1934. Traded to Hershey (IAHL) by Detroit for cash, June 23, 1938.
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