Kenneth Armstrong "Kenny" Kilrea - Born January 16, 1919 in Ottawa, Ontario – Died January 14, 1990 in Destin, Florida was professional ice Hockey left winger.
Kilrea began his playing days with junior Hockey at the University of Ottawa in 1935-36 and two seasons with the Detroit Pontiac McLeans of the senior Michigan-Ontario Hockey League before signing a free agent deal with the Detroit Red Wings in March of 1938.
Because he signed so late in the 1937-38 season he was limited to just one game with Detroit that year, but he did suit up for three playoff games with them and scored a goal and an assist.
Ken Kilrea became the third member of the Kilrea family to play for the Red Wings.
The following year the left-winger played a career-high 40 games and scored 10 goals and eight assists. Again that spring he was a contributor in the playoffs with a goal and an assist in five post-season games. After playing just 36 games with the Red Wings over the next two years without much personal success, with the exception of a Calder Cup Championship with the Indianapolis Capitals in 1942 that he shared with his brother, Hec,
Kilrea spent the 1942-43 season playing Senior Hockey back in Ottawa, where he helped the Ottawa Commandos win the 1943 Allan Cup championship.
Kilrea was back in Detroit during the 1943-44 for 14 games and he scored a goal and three assists. They proved to be the final points he would score in the National Hockey League. Though he did two more games during the playoffs, he was unable to register a point.
With his NHL career behind him Kilrea spent the next seven years playing minor pro and Senior Hockey in eight different cities before retiring in 1951 - Buffalo Bisons from 1944 to 1945 (AHL), New Haven Ramblers from 1945 to 1946 (AHL), Fort Worth Rangers from 1945 to 1947 (USHL), Springfield Indians from 1946 to 1947 (AHL), Philadelphia Rockets from 1947 to 1949 (AHL), Ottawa Army from 1949 to 1951 (ECSHL), Grand Rapids Rockets from 1949 to 1950 (IHL), and the Johnstown Jets from 1950 to 1951 (EAHL).
Though he was no longer involved in the game, the Kilrea name continued in Hockey circles. The brother of Hockey players Hector and Wally Kilrea, and the uncle of Brian Kilrea, who had a brief NHL career before becoming the most successful coach in the history of the Ontario Hockey League with the Ottawa 67's.