Top General ousted

BRUCE GARRIOCH -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 1:02 PM ET

The 67'S won't have any new faces in their lineup tonight, but the Oshawa Generals will have one behind their bench. While 67's GM/coach Brian Kilrea said yesterday he doubts he'll make a deal with another OHL team until next week, the Generals sacked coach Bob McGill and assistant Greg Quantin.

That means GM Brad Selwood, who made the decision to fire McGill, will take over as interim coach with assistant Michael Oke. They'll be behind the bench tonight at the Civic Centre when the Gens face the 67's at 7 p.m.

"This decision is in the best interest of our hockey club," Selwood said in a news release. "At this point in the season, we had to make a change to our approach."

The Generals are last in the East Division, and arrive in Ottawa with only 21 points from a 10-21-1-0 record. Oshawa was 1-8-1 in its last 10 games under McGill.

"You know one thing: The Generals are going to be fired up,'' said Kilrea. ''They're going to want to win for this guy. That's what usually happens when you get a new coach behind the bench."

It was believed the 67's would sport a new look after the Christmas holiday break, but Kilrea said he's going to hold off on making changes until next week because the club has four games in six days this week.

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There is little question there will be changes because Kilrea is unhappy with the 67's' consistency in producing a 15-14-3-1 record and they have players attracting interest from opponents.

"I think something will happen," said Kilrea. "Right now, it's difficult because everybody is playing teams that have guys away at the world junior championship. Some guys don't want to make changes with the shortage.

"I just want to see if I can help this team improve a little bit,'' he added. ''Ideally, we'd like to get a little bit more physical. We've seen it with our team, but I'd like us to be more consistent in that area. If we can find that type of player, we might do something in that area."

The 67's play three times in the next three nights. After tonight's game, Ottawa plays back-to-back against the Kingston Frontenacs, including Thursday at the Corel Centre where a crowd of 20,500 could be on hand.


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