Hector Joseph "Hurricane" Kilrea - Born June 11, 1907 in Blackburn, Ontario – Died September 8, 1969 in Detroit, Michigan was a Canadian professional ice Hockey forward.
He played for the Ottawa Senators, Detroit Falcons, Toronto Maple Leafs and Detroit Red Wings in the National Hockey League.
Hec Kilrea won the Stanley Cup three times, with the Ottawa Senators in 1927 and the Detroit Red Wings won two consecutive Stanley Cups with Kilrea playing with Syd Howe and Ebbie Goodfellow. First in 1936, then he was the hero of the fifth and deciding game of the 1937 opening round against the Montreal Canadiens when he scored the winning goal at 11:49 of the third overtime period that won the series for Detroit. The Red Wings then beat the New York Rangers to win its second straight Stanley Cup.
Two years after he played his last game in a Wings’ sweater, Kilrea became a naturalized American citizen and joined the U.S. Army.
Staff Sgt. Hector Kilrea, was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross, second highest army battle award. Kilrea was a member of Company K of the 143rd Infantry Regiment.
As a G.I., Kilrea saw action on the Anzio beachhead, helped to liberate Rome and drove with his buddies into central Italy. With the 36th “Texas” Division, Kilrea drove into France from the south and thence into Germany. He also wears the Purple Heart, Combat Infantryman’s Badge, French Croix de Guerre and three battle stars.