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Red Kelly
Greatest NHL Players' in history. On February 1, 2019, Kelly's No. 4 will be retired by the Detroit Red Wings Kelly is the great uncle of the hockey player

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Red Kelly Hockey Hall of Fame, 1969 Red Kelly with the Toronto Maple LeafsBorn (1927-07-09) 9 July 1927 (age 91)
Simcoe, Ontario, CanadaHeight 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)Position Defence (1947–1960)
Centre (1960–1967)Shot LeftPlayed for Detroit Red Wings
Toronto Maple LeafsPlaying career 1947–1967

Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly, CM (born 9 July 1927) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player and coach in the NHL. He played on more Stanley Cup winning teams (eight) than any player who never played for the Montreal Canadiens, and is the only player to have never played for the Canadiens to be part of two of the nine dynasties recognized by the NHL in its history.[1] In 2017 Kelly was named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.[2] He was also a Liberal Member of Parliament for the Toronto-area riding of York West from 1962 to 1965, while playing for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Contents
  • 1 Early career
  • 2 NHL career
  • 3 Coaching career
  • 4 Political career
  • 5 Achievements and facts
  • 6 Personal life
  • 7 Career statistics
  • 8 Coaching record
  • 9 See also
  • 10 References
  • 11 External links
Early career

Kelly attended Doan's Hollow Public School in Port Dover, then attended St. Michael's College School.[3]

NHL career Red Kelly with the Detroit Red Wings

The Maple Leafs passed on Kelly after a scout predicted he would not last 20 games in the NHL, and the 19-year-old joined the Detroit Red Wings in 1947. In 1954 he was runner-up for the Hart Memorial Trophy and won the James Norris Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top defenceman, the first time the trophy was awarded and also won the Lady Byng Trophy in 1951, 1953 and 1954 as the NHL's most gentlemanly player. In over 12 years as a Red Wing the team won eight regular-season championships, the Stanley Cup four times and Kelly was chosen as a First Team All-Star defenceman six times.

Late in the 1959 season, Kelly broke his ankle. The Red Wings kept the injury a secret, and Kelly played through the pain as the Red Wings missed the playoffs for the first time in 21 years. When Red Wings general manager Jack Adams got wind of the story, he brokered a four-player deal in which Kelly was sent to the New York Rangers. Kelly scuttled the deal, however, when he announced he would retire rather than go to New York. Maple Leafs head coach Punch Imlach stepped in and tried to talk Kelly into playing for him. Though he disliked Maple Leaf Gardens and as a young player was disappointed by the scathing assessment of that Toronto scout, Kelly agreed to be traded to the Leafs. Kelly switched positions and played center for Toronto.[4]

Kelly won his fourth Lady Byng Award in 1961. In his eight seasons with the Leafs, they won the Stanley Cup four times – the same number of times he'd won in Detroit. In 1,316 regular season games, he scored 281 goals and 542 assists for 823 points. At the time of his retirement, he was seventh all time in career points, fifth in assists, 13th in goals, and second only to Gordie Howe in games played. In 164 playoff games, he scored 33 goals and 59 assists for 92 points.

Coaching career

After the Maple Leafs won the Stanley Cup in 1967, Kelly announced his retirement as a player, and negotiated with the expansion Los Angeles Kings to be their inaugural coach on the strength of Imlach's assertion that Toronto would not stand in the way of Kelly's coaching career. Imlach insisted, however, that Los Angeles draft Kelly in the expansion draft,[5] and after the Kings failed to do so, refused to release Kelly's rights until Los Angeles traded minor-league defenceman Ken Block to the Leafs.[6][7] Kelly guided the Kings to second place in the West Division and made the playoffs two years in a row.

He left the Kings for a one-year contract to succeed Red Sullivan as coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins on 2 July 1969.[8] After the Penguins ended the 1969–70 season with its first-ever playoff appearance and advanced to the semifinals, Kelly signed a five-year, $250,000 contract on 21 May 1970 to continue as coach and also become the general manager, replacing Jack Riley.[9][10] With the team struggling in sixth place in the NHL West Division during a stretch of winning only two of 22 contests and having failed to qualify for the postseason in 1970–71, Kelly was pressured to relinquish his general manager title back to Riley on 29 January 1972 in order to concentrate on his coaching duties.[11] Amid a slump in which the Penguins won only two games with three draws and seven losses and slid into fifth place in the eight-team NHL West Division, Kelly was fired and replaced by Ken Schinkel on 13 January 1973.[12]

Kelly returned to the Maple Leafs after signing a four-year contract to succeed John McLellan as coach on 20 August 1973.[13] He stayed in the position from the 1973–74 season to 1976–77. The team earned a playoff berth in all four seasons with Kelly as head coach but got eliminated in the quarterfinals each time. A bizarre aspect of his tenure as Maple Leafs coach occurred during the 1975–76 quarterfinal series when he promoted pyramid power amongst his players to counter the Philadelphia Flyers' use of Kate Smith's rendition of "God Bless America." He hung a plastic model of a pyramid in the team's clubhouse after a pair of away defeats to start the series. The players embraced the superstition after observing team captain Darryl Sittler first place his hockey sticks beneath the pyramid and then stand under it for exactly four minutes. The Maple Leafs managed to win all three of its home matches before losing the series' decisive Game 7.[14] Kelly was fired at the end of the 1976-1977 season, ending 30 consecutive years at ice level in the NHL. Kelly coached 742 regular season games during his NHL career of which his team won 278, lost 300 and tied 134. He coached 62 NHL playoff games winning 24 of these.[15]

Political career Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly
CM Member of the Canada Parliament
for York West In office
June 18, 1962 – November 7, 1965Preceded by John HamiltonSucceeded by Robert Winters Personal detailsNationality CanadianPolitical party LiberalSpouse(s) Andra Carol McLaughl (m. 1959) [3]

Kelly was elected to the House of Commons of Canada in the 1962 federal election at the York West riding under the Liberal party led by Lester B. Pearson. He defeated Conservative incumbent John Hamilton. He was re-elected there in the following year's election in which his Progressive Conservative opponent was future NHL agent Alan Eagleson. Kelly continued to play with the Toronto Maple Leafs during his terms as a Member of Parliament. During the Great Canadian Flag Debate, he received opposition from Leafs owner Conn Smythe who opposed Pearson's plans to replace the Red Ensign flag with the Maple Leaf.[16] He did not seek re-election in 1965, but left federal politics after his two terms in the 25th and 26th Canadian Parliaments, because he wanted more time with his family.[17] He was succeeded in York West by fellow Liberal Robert Winters.

Achievements and facts
  • Named a First Team All-Star on defense in 1951, 1952, 1953, 1954, 1955 and 1957.
  • Named a Second Team All-Star on defense in 1950 and 1956.
  • Named was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955 (with Detroit)
  • Named was engraved on the Stanley Cup in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967 (with Toronto).
  • Kelly was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.
  • In 1998, he was ranked number 22 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 greatest hockey players.
  • In 2001, he was made a Member of the Order of Canada.
  • Inducted to the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2001.[18]
  • On Saturday, 15 October 2016, Kelly's #4 jersey officially retired by the Toronto Maple Leafs[19]
  • In the fall of 2016, Kelly published his autobiography "The Red Kelly Story" by ECW Press with co-authors L. Waxy Gregoire and David M. Dupuis, both of Penetanguishene, Ontario.
  • In January 2017, Kelly was part of the first group of players to be named one of the '100 Greatest NHL Players' in history.[2]
  • On February 1, 2019, Kelly's No. 4 will be retired by the Detroit Red Wings[20]
Personal life

Kelly is the great uncle of the hockey player Mark Jankowski.

Career statistics     Regular season   Playoffs Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM 1943–44 St. Michael's Midgets Minor-ON 8 10 5 15 — — — — — — 1944–45 St. Michael's Buzzers Big-10 Jr. B 11 15 13 28 7 11 16 8 24 6 1944–45 St. Michael's College Majors OHA-Jr. 1 0 0 0 0 — — — — — 1945–46 St. Michael's College Majors OHA-Jr. 26 13 11 24 18 11 1 0 1 7 1946–47 St. Michael's College Majors OHA-Jr. 30 8 24 32 11 9 3 3 6 9 1946–47 St. Michael's College Majors M-Cup — — — — — 9 5 5 10 2 1947–48 Detroit Red Wings NHL 60 6 14 20 13 10 3 2 5 2 1948–49 Detroit Red Wings NHL 59 5 11 16 10 11 1 1 2 6 1949–50 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 15 25 40 9 14 1 3 4 2 1950–51 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 17 37 54 24 6 0 1 1 0 1951–52 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 16 31 47 16 5 1 0 1 0 1952–53 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 19 27 46 8 6 0 4 4 0 1953–54 Detroit Red Wings NHL 62 16 33 49 18 12 5 1 6 4 1954–55 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 15 30 45 28 11 2 4 6 17 1955–56 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 16 34 50 39 10 2 4 6 2 1956–57 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 10 25 35 18 5 1 0 1 0 1957–58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 61 13 18 31 26 4 0 1 1 2 1958–59 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 8 13 21 34 — — — — — 1959–60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 50 6 12 18 10 — — — — — 1959–60 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 6 5 11 8 10 3 8 11 2 1960–61 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 64 20 50 70 12 2 1 0 1 0 1961–62 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 58 22 27 49 6 12 4 6 10 0 1962–63 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 66 20 40 60 8 10 2 6 8 6 1963–64 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 11 34 45 16 14 4 9 13 4 1964–65 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 70 18 28 46 8 6 3 2 5 2 1965–66 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 63 8 24 32 12 4 0 2 2 0 1966–67 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 61 14 24 38 4 12 0 5 5 2 NHL totals 1316 281 542 823 327 164 33 59 92 51 Coaching record Team Year Regular season Post season G W L T Pts Finish Result LAK 1967–68 74 31 33 10 72 2nd in West Lost in first round LAK 1968–69 76 24 42 10 58 4th in West Lost in second round PIT 1969–70 76 26 38 12 64 2nd in West Lost in second round PIT 1970–71 78 21 37 20 62 6th in West Did not qualify PIT 1971–72 78 26 38 14 66 4th in West Lost in first round PIT 1972–73 42 17 19 6 (73) 5th in West (fired) TOR 1973–74 78 35 27 16 86 4th in East Lost in first round TOR 1974–75 80 31 33 16 78 3rd in Adams Lost in second round TOR 1975–76 80 34 31 15 83 3rd in Adams Lost in second round TOR 1976–77 80 33 32 15 81 3rd in Adams Lost in second round Total 742 278 330 134 See also
  • Captain (hockey)
  • List of NHL players with 1000 games played
References
  1. ^ "Stanley Cup Dynasties". National Hockey League. Retrieved 20 July 2009..mw-parser-output cite.citation{font-style:inherit}.mw-parser-output q{quotes:"\"""\"""'""'"}.mw-parser-output code.cs1-code{color:inherit;background:inherit;border:inherit;padding:inherit}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-free a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/6/65/Lock-green.svg/9px-Lock-green.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-limited a,.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-registration a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/d/d6/Lock-gray-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-gray-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-lock-subscription a{background:url("//upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/thumb/a/aa/Lock-red-alt-2.svg/9px-Lock-red-alt-2.svg.png")no-repeat;background-position:right .1em center}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration{color:#555}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription span,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration span{border-bottom:1px dotted;cursor:help}.mw-parser-output .cs1-hidden-error{display:none;font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-visible-error{font-size:100%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-subscription,.mw-parser-output .cs1-registration,.mw-parser-output .cs1-format{font-size:95%}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-left,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-left{padding-left:0.2em}.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-right,.mw-parser-output .cs1-kern-wl-right{padding-right:0.2em}
  2. ^ a b "100 Greatest NHL Players". NHL.com. January 1, 2017. Retrieved January 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b Normandin, Pierre G. (1965). Canadian Parliamentary Guide.
  4. ^ "One on One with Red Kelly". Legends of Hockey. Hockey Hall of Fame. Retrieved 21 June 2018.
  5. ^ Bob Scott (7 June 1967). "Leafs Want Class For Kelly". The Montreal Gazette. p. 37. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  6. ^ McFarlane, Brian. 50 Years of Hockey. Greywood Publishing Ltd.
  7. ^ "History - Leonard Patrick "Red" Kelly". LAKings.com. Official website of the Los Angeles Kings. Retrieved 7 March 2015.
  8. ^ "Penguins Hire Red Kelly," St. Petersburg (FL) Times, Thursday, 3 July 1969.
  9. ^ "Red Kelly named coach and G.M. for Pittsburgh," The Associated Press, Friday, 22 May 1970.
  10. ^ "'Second Guessing Plague Of Coaching' Red Kelly," United Press International, Tuesday, 16 January 1973.
  11. ^ "Kelly resigns from Penguins," United Press International, Sunday, 30 January 1972.
  12. ^ "Penguins fired Kelly and hire Schinkel," The Associated Press, Sunday, 14 January 1973.
  13. ^ "Maple Leafs Sign Kelly As Coach," The Associated Press, Tuesday, 21 August 1973.
  14. ^ "Leafs employ 'pyramid power,'" The Associated Press, Saturday, 24 April 1976.
  15. ^ The Sports Hall of Fame Encyclopedia. Scarecrow Press. 2011. p. 528. ISBN 9781461673705. Retrieved 8 March 2015.
  16. ^ Levy, Gary (1 June 1989). "Interview: Leonard (Red) Kelly". Canadian Parliamentary Review. Retrieved 10 June 2010.
  17. ^ "Interview: Leonard (Red) Kelly". Canadian Parliamentary Review. Vol. 12 no. 3. Autumn 1989.
  18. ^ "Red Kelly". http://oshof.ca/. Retrieved 25 September 2014. External link in |website= (help)
  19. ^ "Toronto Maple Leafs retire the numbers of 17 players". NHL.com. 15 October 2016. Retrieved 16 October 2016.
  20. ^ Detroit Red Wings (Twitter): Red Kelly night set for February 1, 2019
External links Wikimedia Commons has media related to Red Kelly.
  • Biographical information and career statistics from Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or Legends of Hockey, or The Internet Hockey Database
  • Red Kelly – Parliament of Canada biography
Preceded by
Edgar Laprade Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1951 Succeeded by
Sid Smith Preceded by
Sid Smith Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1953, 1954 Succeeded by
Sid Smith Preceded by
New award Winner of the Norris Trophy
1954 Succeeded by
Doug Harvey Preceded by
Ted Lindsay Detroit Red Wings captain
1956–58 Succeeded by
Gordie Howe Preceded by
Don McKenney Winner of the Lady Byng Trophy
1961 Succeeded by
Dave Keon Preceded by
Position created Head Coach of the Los Angeles Kings
1967–69 Succeeded by
Hal Laycoe Preceded by
Red Sullivan Head coach of the Pittsburgh Penguins
1969–73 Succeeded by
Ken Schinkel Preceded by
John McLellan Head coach of the Toronto Maple Leafs
1973–77 Succeeded by
Roger Neilson Preceded by
Jack Riley General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins
1970–72 Succeeded by
Jack Riley Authority control
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