Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award

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Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award
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Established 1987–88
Current holder(s) Bob Boughner
Awarded to the Top coach in the Canadian Hockey League

The Brian Kilrea Coach of the Year Award is given out annually to the coach of the year in the Canadian Hockey League (CHL). Originally called the CHL Coach of the Year Award, the trophy was renamed in 2003 to honour Brian Kilrea when he won his 1,000th game as the coach of the Ottawa 67's.[1] Kilrea has won more games than any other coach in Canadian junior hockey history, two Memorial Cup championships and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003.[2] He was named the OHL's top coach five times in his 32-year coaching career, and won the CHL Coach of the Year Award once, in 1996–97.[3]

The winner is named from one of the recipients of the Coach of the Year Award in the CHL's three constituent leagues: the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) and Western Hockey League (WHL). Bob Boughner is the current holder of the award, having been named the CHL's coach of the year each of the past two seasons. He coached the Windsor Spitfires to a 72-point improvement over two seasons and their first OHL championship in over 20 years.[4] Boughner and Bob Lowes are the only two coaches to capture the award twice.

Winners[edit]

Season Winner[5] Team League Finalists[6][7][8]
1987–88 Vigneault, AlainAlain Vigneault Hull Olympiques QMJHL Dick Todd (OHL), Marcel Comeau (WHL)
1988–89 McDonnell, JoeJoe McDonnell Kitchener Rangers OHL Ron Kennedy (WHL)
1989–90 Hitchcock, KenKen Hitchcock Kamloops Blazers WHL Joe McDonnell (OHL)
1990–91 Canale, JoeJoe Canale Chicoutimi Saguenéens QMJHL George Burnett (OHL), Tom Renney (WHL)
1991–92 Maxwell, BryanBryan Maxwell Spokane Chiefs WHL George Burnett (OHL)
1992–93 Comeau, MarcelMarcel Comeau Tacoma Rockets WHL Gary Agnew (OHL), Guy Chouinard (QMJHL)
1993–94 Templeton, BertBert Templeton North Bay Centennials OHL Richard Martel (QMJHL), Lorne Molleken (WHL)
1994–95 Hartsburg, CraigCraig Hartsburg Guelph Storm OHL Michel Therrien (QMJHL), Don Nachbaur (WHL)
1995–96 Lowes, BobBob Lowes Brandon Wheat Kings WHL Brian Kilrea (OHL), Jean Pronovost (QMJHL)
1996–97 Kilrea, BrianBrian Kilrea Ottawa 67's OHL Clement Jodoin (QMJHL), Brent Peterson (WHL)
1997–98 Clark, DeanDean Clark Calgary Hitmen WHL Gary Agnew (OHL), Guy Chouinard (QMJHL)
1998–99 Chouinard, GuyGuy Chouinard Quebec Remparts QMJHL Peter DeBoer (OHL), Don Hay (WHL)
1999–00 DeBoer, PeterPeter DeBoer Plymouth Whalers OHL Doris Labonté (QMJHL), Todd McLellan (WHL)
2000–01 Sutter, BrentBrent Sutter Red Deer Rebels WHL Dave MacQueen (OHL), Denis Francoeur (QMJHL)
2001–02 Lowes, BobBob Lowes Regina Pats WHL Craig Hartsburg (OHL), Real Paiement (QMJHL)
2002–03 Habscheid, MarcMarc Habscheid Kelowna Rockets WHL Brian Kilrea (OHL), Shawn MacKenzie (QMJHL)
2003–04 Hunter, DaleDale Hunter London Knights OHL Benoid Groulx (QMJHL), Kevin Constantine (WHL)
2004–05 Clouston, CoryCory Clouston Kootenay Ice WHL Dale Hunter (OHL), Richard Martel (QMJHL)
2005–06 Desjardins, WillieWillie Desjardins Medicine Hat Tigers WHL Dave Barr (OHL), Andre Tourigny (QMJHL)
2006–07 Jodoin, ClementClement Jodoin Lewiston Maineiacs QMJHL Mike Vellucci (OHL), Cory Clouston (WHL)
2007–08 Boughner, BobBob Boughner Windsor Spitfires OHL Pascal Vincent (QMJHL), Don Nachbaur (WHL)
2008–09 Boughner, BobBob Boughner Windsor Spitfires OHL Danny Flynn (QMJHL), Don Hay (WHL)
2009–10 Gallant, GerardGerard Gallant Saint John Sea Dogs QMJHL Dale Hunter (OHL), Mark Holick (WHL)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Locke wins Bauer Nike CHL Player of the Year Award". Canadian Hockey League. 2003-05-21. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  2. ^ "Brian Kilrea – Builder category". Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Brian Kilrea: By the numbers". Ontario Hockey League. 2009-03-13. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  4. ^ "Boughner named CHL coach of the year". Windsor Star. 2009-05-23. Retrieved 2010-03-05. 
  5. ^ Bell, Aaron (ed.). 2009–10 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League. p. 139. 
  6. ^ Flett, Cory and Watts, Jessie (ed.). 2009–10 WHL Guide. Western Hockey League. p. 209. 
  7. ^ "2010-11 Media Information Guide". Ontario Hockey League. Retrieved 2011-02-21. 
  8. ^ Bell, Aaron (ed.). 2009–10 OHL Media Guide. Ontario Hockey League. p. 130.