Sources tell TSN Doug Gilmour has been hired as head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League.
The official announcement will be made at 1pm et/10am pt.
The Frontenacs sit last in the East Division with a 5-13-4-1 record through 23 games played. The club has just one win in regulation time in the past 10 contests and hold the league-worst power play record.
Gilmour, a Kingston, Ontario native and former NHLer, was named an assistant coach of the American Hockey League's Toronto Marlies in August after spending the past two seasons working as an advisor to the Toronto Maple Leafs' management.
A 7th round selection (134th overall) by the St. Louis Blues in 1982, Gilmour went on to play for the Calgary Flames, Maple Leafs, New Jersey Devils, Chicago Blackhawks, Buffalo Sabres and Montreal Canadiens. He won the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989, and was awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward while with the Maple Leafs in 1993.
He retired in September 2003.
I didn't realize the Frontenacs were looking for a coach. With the record, it looks like the team needs a fresh start. Gilmour has been in the Maple Leafs organization for a few years. I am surprised he has left the organization. Maybe he knows something that the rest of us don't know about. Maybe he doesn't like Brian Burke who looks like he will be heading to Toronto.
I found it interesting a new coach has been named after Mark Potter and Tim Cunningham dicussed Kingston on Queens Golden Gaels radio broadcast.
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