A special gift for Kilrea

CHRIS STEVENSON, SUN MEDIA

, Last Updated: 9:28 AM ET

There won't be any boxes of cigars, paintings or cruises lavished on 67's coach and GM Brian Kilrea as he is honoured across the OHL on the occasion of his final year behind the bench.

But it has been announced that a teaching room at CHEO will be a gift from the CHL and OHL teams in the name of Kilrea, who announced this will be his final year behind the bench.

"I don't need another box of cigars," said Kilrea as he puffed on a cigar before boarding the bus for Windsor and the 67's "3-in-3" swing through Windsor, Saginaw and Plymouth.

67's owner Jeff Hunt said the teaching room is a gesture that recognizes Kilrea's career and gives CHEO a valuable asset.

'PERFECT SOLUTION'

"Cities and teams want to recognize his career. I think this is the perfect solution. Rather than every team figuring out a fitting memento, why not as a league do something more significant that collectively represents with Brian Kilrea is all about?" said Hunt.

The Brian Kilrea Teaching Room will be part of CHEO's Medical Day Unit. It will provide patients receiving long-term cancer and haematology treatments and their families a quiet and comfortable room where they can be taught by teachers at CHEO and not fall behind in their schoolwork.

"We congratulate Brian on his retirement and express our gratitude for this wonderful gift," said Fred Bartlett, the president and CEO of the CHEO Foundation

The dedication is expected to take place in March to coincide with Kilrea coaching his final game.


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