Darris Kilgour

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Darris Kilgour is a former professional lacrosse player and coach. Kilgour currently is the head coach of the Seneca WarChiefs (FNJBLL).

Player[edit]

Kilgour played for the Buffalo Bandits of the National Lacrosse League for eight seasons, before finishing his playing career with the Rochester Knighthawks and Albany Attack. As a player he won three championships with the Bandits, and is the all-time team leader in penalty minutes and faceoffs. Kilgour's number '43' was retired by the Bandits in March 2001,[1] making him the first player to have his number retired by an NLL team. He was inducted into the National Lacrosse League Hall of Fame in 2007.[2]

In 1994, as a member of the Six Nations Chiefs, Kilgour was awarded the Mike Kelly Memorial Trophy as most valuable player in the Mann Cup competition.

Coach[edit]

Kilgour became head coach of the Washington Power for the 2001 season. He led the Power to the playoffs in each of his two seasons as coach before returning to Buffalo as their head coach after the 2002 season. The Bandits posted a 12-4 record in 2003, and Kilgour was awarded the NLL Coach of the Year Award (later renamed to the Les Bartley Award). The next year, after a mediocre 8-8 regular season, the Bandits caught fire in the postseason, making it to the Championship game for the first time since 1997, but lost the championship game to the Calgary Roughnecks losing 14-11. In 2005 the Bandits would again make it to the Champion's Cup final, this time falling short against Colorado Mammoth 16-9.

Following the 2012 season, Kilgour was fired from his post as general manager of the Bandits, but continued to hold the position of head coach. A season later on June 10, 2013, the Bandits Director of Lacrosse Operations, Scott Loffler, informed Kilgour that he would not be retained as coach for the 2014 season.[3]

Kilgour has more wins than any other coach in NLL history, surpassing Les Bartley's 93 wins on March 12, 2010 with the Buffalo Bandits defeating the Toronto Rock 11-10 in overtime at Toronto's Air Canada Centre.

Shorty after leaving the Buffalo Bandits Kilgour was hired as head coach of the Seneca WarChiefs,[4] a Junior B box lacrosse team who compete in the First Nations Junior B Lacrosse League.

Player statistics[edit]

  Regular Season Playoffs
Season Team GP G A Pts LB PIM GP G A Pts LB PIM
1992 Buffalo 8 23 16 39 53 49 3 5 9 14 18 11
1993 Buffalo 8 11 17 28 69 31 2 2 3 5 21 12
1994 Buffalo 6 7 10 17 38 21 2 4 7 11 10 6
1995 Buffalo 6 8 12 20 17 25 1 1 4 5 5 12
1996 Buffalo 6 8 5 13 26 34 2 4 3 7 5 14
1997 Buffalo 8 21 21 42 56 34 2 3 4 7 20 2
1998 Buffalo 12 37 30 67 69 39 1 4 2 6 2 6
1999 Buffalo 8 13 16 29 40 24 -- -- -- -- -- --
1999 Rochester 2 3 3 6 3 0 2 3 3 6 5 4
2000 Albany 12 13 38 51 47 28 -- -- -- -- -- --
NLL Totals 76 144 168 312 418 285 15 26 35 61 86 67

Awards[edit]

Preceded by
Bob McMahon
NLL Coach of the Year Award
2003
Succeeded by
Paul Day

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Bandits Retiring Rich Kilgours' Number 16". Buffalo Bandits. 29 March 2011. 
  2. ^ "NLL Inducts Second Class to Hall of Fame". NLL.com. February 16, 2007. Retrieved 2007-02-18. 
  3. ^ "Bandits moving on without Kilgour". NLL.com. June 10, 2013. Retrieved June 11, 2013. 
  4. ^ "New indoor lacrosse team to play in Salamanca". Salmanca Press. 5 June 2014. 

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