Higgins feeling right at home ... as 67's coach

DON BRENNAN -- Ottawa Sun

, Last Updated: 12:11 PM ET

Tim Higgins is back on Brian Kilrea's bus -- and cutting down on his travelling significantly.

The former 67's star joined his mentor's staff as an associate coach yesterday, then watched from the press box as Ottawa played its first home game of the season.

Higgins, who scored 92 goals and 217 points in four seasons (1974-78) with the 67's, has been in the NHL ever since. He played 12 seasons with Chicago, New Jersey and Detroit then turned to scouting in 1991. He spent five years with the Senators, then rejoined the Blackhawks until last season.

"I wanted to get off the road for a bit, and the opportunity to come here and help out with Killer really was intriguing," said Higgins, who's coaching experience is limited to a successful run with the Ottawa South Midgets in 1990 and helping Kilrea at training camps and practices on and off ever since. "From playing, to scouting, I've never really been based out of Ottawa. I just wanted to take some time to get grounded.

Kilrea's coaching staff is now up to five, with Higgins joining assistants Bert O'Brien, Chris Byrne and goalie coach Tom Dempsey.

Higgins brother Patty is a 67's scout.

"It really was a great fit," said Higgins. "I have a good time with Brian ... and (owner) Jeff (Hunt) is a quality guy. When he approached me about it, I was all ears."


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