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Playing, learning under Killer a gift

How playing under Hall of Fame coach Brian Kilrea turned an 18-year-old goalie into an NHLer.

Updated: November 1, 2003, 10:40 PM ET
By Darren Pang | Special to ESPN.com

There are times during a hockey career when a player needs a gift to get him through difficult times.

It was the 1982-83 season, my second with the Ontario Hockey League's Belleville Bulls, which selected me in the major junior draft. We had finished last in our conference the year before, 11th overall in a 14-team league. Belleville was a terrific city that loved its hockey. The Bulls were coached by an old-school former WHA player, Larry Mavety. I loved Mav, but our days together were ...

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