Brian O. Gilmour
Sport: Hockey: Year Inducted: 2000
Early in life, Brian O. Gilmour had established himself as an all-round athlete, but it was in hockey that he made his biggest mark.
Playing defence for the Verdun Maple Leafs of the Montreal Junior Hockey League, he was named to the league’s second All-Star team in the 1962-63 season. During his final season with those Leafs, he was recruited by Boston University which he attended on a hockey scholarship.
Thus followed an outstanding career with this “Terriers” NCAA Division team. In 1967, he was named to the first All-American squad. That same year, he was also the highest scoring defensive player in U.S. college hockey.
Brian’s association with hockey continued despite his giving up his playing career upon graduation from Boston U.
In 1968, he became coach of the McGill University Redmen of the Canadian Intercollegiate Athletic Association, a position he held until 1971 when he moved to Cornwall to take a teaching position at General Vanier Secondary School.
He was recruited by the New England Whalers of the World Hockey Association to serve as their Canadian and college scout. In 1981, he joined the Cornwall Royals hockey organization as an assistant coach. That was the Royals’ first season in the Ontario Hockey League.
Gilmour, an educator by profession, founded the Huron Hockey School in 1971 and helped build it into one of the largest international hockey schools. He sold his interest in this venture in 1997.
He served also as President of the Cornwall Minor Hockey Association from 1984 to 1988.