OTTAWA - The Ottawa 67's will only have Brian Kilrea behind the bench for one more season.
The 73-year-old has announced that this will be his final year coaching the Ontario Hockey League team. He plans to keep his role as general manager.
Kilrea will be succeeded by current assistant coach Chris Byrne next season.
"I always knew this day would come and I never looked forward to it," said 67's owner Jeff Hunt. "Brian Kilrea, more then any other person, is the face of the Ottawa 67's, behind the bench and in the community.
"He has spoiled me and our fans by delivering Memorial Cups, OHL championships and exciting teams year after year."
Kilrea was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2003. He's coached more games (2,088) and recorded more wins (1,153) than anyone else at the major junior level.
During his 32 seasons with the 67's, the team has won two Memorial Cups, three OHL titles and nine divisional crowns.