20 Greatest Red Wings (#6)
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11-09-2012, 04:00 AM
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In addition to being runner-up for the Hart in 1954, Kelly was 3rd in Hart voting in 1951 and 1953 plus 4th in 1956.
I consider him the 3rd best Red Wing of all-time and think
it is an outrage his number has never been retired.
I have been puzzled by this for years. And I haven't even seen a strong hypothesis why it has not been retired.
Everything I have read is pointing out that Kelly was a class-act, both on and off the ice. Hell... even very troubled Sawchuk got his number retired. Also Kelly never left himself Detroit, but was shipped out by crazy Jack Adams. The same thing happened to Lindsay and his number is retired. Frankly, I don't understand why Kelly is not up there with others. Maybe had too much success with Toronto? Big rivalry and all.
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