Doug Gilmour has been hired as head coach of the Kingston Frontenacs in the Ontario Hockey League. For Gilmour, a Kingston native, this comes as a welcome move.
"It is kind of a blessing in disguise that this is all happening for me," Gilmour told the Kingston Whig-Standard. "I'm getting to come home. I still have a house (in Kingston). I get to see my mom and dad, my brothers and sister and many more people more often."
"We've landed the big one," Frontenacs owner Doug Springer told the paper. "We're very excited to have a legend come in to coach this hockey club. It's his hockey club to run with. He's got full control over the coaching of the team."
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.
"It's a challenge but I feel I'm ready to do it," Gilmour said. "This is going to be a fun challenge."
The 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.
''It's very difficult to leave because Greg Gilbert, Cliff Fletcher, Jeff Jackson, the entire Leaf organization were great to me,'' Gilmour told Sun Media Monday afternoon. ''It was tough to tell the (Marlie) players this morning. But, like Cliff told me, this is a great opportunity. My goal is to be a head coach and this is a step in that direction.''
Gilmour was also an assistant coach at the 2007 Spengler Cup this past December in which Canada walked away with the gold medal.
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.
His NHL accomplishments include winning the Stanley Cup with the Flames in 1989, awarded the Frank J. Selke Trophy as the NHL's best defensive forward while with the Maple Leafs in 1993, two all-star game appearances, and he holds the NHL record for scoring the two fastest shorthanded goals, :04 seconds apart.
He retired in September 2003.