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LEONARD ''RED'' KELLY



INFOS

Position: D/C
Height: 5-11
Weight: 180 lbs
Shoot: Left
Inducted into Hockey Hall Of Fame as Player in 1969
Stanley Cups: 8 ( 4 with Detroit and 4 with Toronto , the only non-Montreal Canadiens to win 8 )
Hart Trophy Top 5: 2nd , 3rd , 3rd , 4th
Lady Byng Trophy: 4 ( 50-51 , 52-53 , 53-54 , 60-61 )
James Norris Trophy: 1 ( 53-54 )
All-Star games: 50 , 51 , 52 , 53 , 54 , 55 , 56 , 57 , 58 , 60 , 62 , 63
All-Star teams: 1st , 1st , 1st , 1st , 1st , 1st , 2nd , 2nd
Defensemen Pts Ranking Top 5: 1st , 1st , 1st , 1st , 1st , 2nd , 2nd , 3rd , 3rd , 4th , 5th
Finished 1st 8 times in goal scoring by defensemen.


REGULAR SEASON STATISTICS

TEAMGPGAPTS
Detroit846162310472
Toronto470119232351
NHL1316281542823

PLAYOFFS STATISTICS

TEAMGPGAPTS
Detroit94162137
Toronto70173855
NHL164335992

ALL-STAR TEAMS VOTING 1950-1957

1950:
NamePTSMAX
Mortson2125
Reardon2025
Kelly1725
Reise1725

1951:
NamePTSMAX
Kelly9090
Quackenbush6890
Thomson6290
Reise5090
( pre-norris era )

1952:
NamePTSMAX
Kelly9090
Harvey7190
Bullerx90
Thomsonx90
( pre-norris era )

1953:
NamePTSMAX
Kelly9090
Harvey5690
Quackenbush4490
Gadsby3090
( pre-norris era )

1954:
NamePTSMAX
Kelly177180
Harvey130180
Gadsby84180
Hortonx180
( Norris Trophy )

1955:
NamePTSMAX
Harvey174180
Kelly151180
Goldham64180
Flaman47180

1956:
NamePTSMAX
Harvey117180
Gadsby116180
Kelly114180
Johnson81180
( Kelly played forward for 1/4 of the year , Red Burnett thought it cost him the 1st team spot )

1957:
NamePTSMAX
Harvey172180
Kelly98180
Flaman79180
Gadsby72180






OLD NEWSPAPER



Quote:
Originally Posted by Boston Bruins Coach Lynn Patrick
Kelly is the best all-around performer in our league.Sure , Howe and Richard are great , but Red is not only great on defense , he can score too.He's the big reason Detroit has won five straight championships.When Kelly rushes up ice , it's something to see.He sparks Howe and Ted Lindsay and the others.When we play the wings , we go out to stop him.We feel there's a better chance of winning that way.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...+detroit&hl=en

Quote:
Originally Posted by Saskatoon Star Pheonix April 17 1954
...57 seconds later Kelly tied the score on a powerplay , shooting from 35 feet out on McNail's right.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...ed+kelly&hl=en

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Leader post , April 17 1950
Red Kelly ,one of the most effective players on the ice , set up the score on a breakaway rush which caught the Rangers with only one man back.Kelly drew the defenseman out of position and shot a short pass to Pavelich who picked the open corner.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...ed+kelly&hl=en

Quote:
Originally Posted by Toledo Blade Dec 7 1958
Red Kelly's two goals in the third period - long shots 16 seconds apart - gave the Detroit Red Wings a 4-3 victory over the Chicago Blackhawks in a televised NHL game at the Chicago Stadium today.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...ed+kelly&hl=en

Quote:
Originally Posted by New York Times March 29 1957
Red Kelly received a face-off from Dutch Reibel in the Boston end and whipped in a 45-footer...
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...88D85F438585F9

Quote:
Originally Posted by Ludington Daily News Mar 31 1956
The wings go into the series with several players below top physical condition.Red Kelly lost two teeth when struck by a puck in Detroit's wind-up of the cup semifinals series with Toronto...
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...ed+kelly&hl=en

Quote:
Originally Posted by The spokesman-review apr 11 1950
Red Kelly broke through the Leafs defense to make the shot
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...ed+kelly&hl=en

Quote:
Originally Posted by The Vancouver Sun Mar 30 1954
Standout defenseman Red Kelly scored the game-winning goal for Red Wings with four minutes remaining in the game.Kelly picked up a pass near the leafs blue line and fired a 55-foot shot that hit Toronto's defenseman Tim Horton in the ankle and bounced part goalie Harry Lumley.
http://news.google.com/newspapers?id...ed+kelly&hl=en

Quote:
Originally Posted by New York Times Feb 1 1953
The third Detroit goal was credited to Red Kelly.He took from alex delvecchio and fired from the blue line...
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...89D85F478585F9

Quote:
Originally Posted by New York Times Dec 14 1952
Red Kelly battled his way towards the Leaf net.
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...89D95F468585F9

Quote:
Originally Posted by new york times dec 14 1951
Pavelich blasted one after Red Kelly laid a perfect pass on his stick
http://select.nytimes.com/gst/abstra...89D95F458585F9





QUOTES


Detroit Red Wings Greatest Moments and Players Book:


Quote:
Leonard Patrick ''Red'' Kelly was the most deceptively versatile player ever to don the red-and-white Detroit Red Wings Jersey.

So Mild-mannered , neer uttering a curse word , Kelly nevertheless was one of the NHL's most feared fighters during those rare occasions when he engaged in fisticuffs.Likewise , he was a nonpareil defenseman , yet he could carry the puck on attack better than most of the formost forwards.
Quote:
Like Shore , Kelly was equally proficient at defending and rushing the puck.It was Kelly who was the first of the modern backliners to carry the rubber deep into the enemy zone.Kelly was every bit as smooth a rusher as Bobby Orr and a much better defender.
Quote:
''I want you to go against Béliveau'' , said Imlach.The tall , majestic Beliveau was merely the best center in the league.Kelly skated to center ice , lined up opposite Beliveau and waited for the referee to drop the puck for the opening faceoff.''I was nervous as a rookie'', said Kelly.''I won the draw and sent the puck straight into the Montreal zone.The Canadiens goalie , Jacques Plante , darted out to intercept the puck before I got there.I came right down like a shot and somehow got tangled up and went head over heels-into the net!''.




Hockey Legends:


Quote:
Originally Posted by hockey legends
Red Kelly was a unique player - versatile and talented enough to be one of the National Hockey League's best-ever defensemen early in his career and a high-scoring center at the end. The red-haired gentleman was cool and calculating on the ice and never swore, but there was no doubt about his ability to take care of himself. He had been a championship boxer at Toronto's St. Michael's College, skills the four-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy wouldn't often display during his 20-year NHL career.
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockey legends
A solid but mobile and skilled defenseman, he quickly found a home on the team playing with such superstars as Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel. Kelly was an effective checker, at home on the blue line or on the left wing, where he was sometimes used due either to injuries or to add a little muscle on the offense.

...And Kelly was an integral part of Detroit's winning formula. His puck-carrying ability allowed the Wings to move from their own zone quickly and provided them with a quick transition game.
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockey legends
In 1956 he was named team captain...
Quote:
Originally Posted by hockey legends
Frank Mahovlich played on the left wing in Kelly's first full season with the Leafs and set a team record with 48 goals, many of them due to the veteran's playmaking skills. In addition to his talent, Kelly brought his winning ways to the Leafs. In his eight years with the team, Toronto won the Stanley Cup four times




Joe Pelletier:


Quote:
Yet as good as he was offensively, he was better defensively. He had an uncanny knack of reading plays and breaking them up, and he controlled the puck in his own zone adeptly. To make his defensive legend even more impressive, Kelly excelled without taking many penalties himself
Quote:
Leonard "Red" Kelly very well might be the most underrated superstar in National Hockey League history
Quote:
Without ever playing a game in the minor leagues Kelly stepped directly into the NHL in 1947-48. Before long he was establishing himself as the best defenseman in the league. He was the predecessor to Bobby Orr as the offensive defenseman in hockey as he easily outscored his fellow NHL defensemen. He led all rearguards in goals 8 times, points 5 times and assists three times during his glory years in the 1950s. He reached the double digits mark in goals scored with shocking regularity - 9 consecutive times - in an era when defensemen were still supposed to stop goals rather than score them
Quote:
Under coach Joe Primeau's leadership, Kelly and the Majors became junior legends, capped off with a Memorial Cup championship in Kelly's last year, 1947.
Quote:
...somehow when the general public discusses the games' greatest performers Kelly's name rarely mentioned. Such an oversight needs to be corrected.




Leonard ''Red'' Kelly Himself:


Quote:
"The first number I was given when I went to the Red Wings was Number 20. I had that the first year; I was the fifth defenseman. The other defensemen had the low numbers - Black Jack Stewart, Bill Quackenbush, Leo Reise and Doug McCaig. The next year when I walked into the dressing room, they gave me a new sweater with Number 4. I said, 'Oh, I'm happy with 20. I don't know why I've been given this new one.' (Jack) Adams said, 'Twenty -- that's two numbers, that's too heavy. You only want one number.' That's how I ended up with a 4
Quote:
When I had the contract talk with Imlach, we talked most of the day and then it went until midnight before we agreed. Nothing was ever said about where I was going to play or anything until after I agreed to come to Toronto. Toronto was playing Montreal the next night. They had to fly my skates in from Detroit for that game. After I signed, I told Punch, 'I've been off skates for ten days or so. I'd hate to make a mistake out there and cause a goal,' and Punch said, 'Red, how would you feel about playing centre?' I said, 'Great! No problem.' I didn't care where I played as long as I was playing hockey. He said, 'If we're going to win the Stanley Cup, we 're going to have to go through Montreal. I need somebody to check Beliveau.' He said, 'How would you feel if I started you against Beliveau?' I just said, 'Fine. Great. Love it!
Quote:
"I had a temper. I had red hair," Kelly laughs. "I was the welterweight boxing champ at St. Mike's. I could take care of myself. Joe Primeau taught me you don't win games in the penalty box. You've got to stay on the ice. Players would try to get you off the ice sometimes but you're more valuable to a team when you're on the ice.


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