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Bob Kelly !!!

Awards and Achievements:
2 x Stanley Cup Champion (1974, 1975)

Selke voting – 17th(1978), 23rd(1980)

Offensive Accomplishments:
362 Points in 837 NHL Regular Season Games
23 Points in 101 NHL Play-off Games

Player Polls:
5th Best Fighter of 1974

Originally Posted by Fred Shero
He's got something that's hard to come by. No coach in the world can make a guy do what Kelly does. It's not in his contract. It comes from within him.
Originally Posted by Pat Quinn
Bob Kelly is one guy I never have to worry about. He comes to play every night and he's a leader both on and off the ice.
Originally Posted by Bobby Clarke
Anyone who says Kelly doesn't belong in the NHL has no idea what goes into winning hockey. Show me a team that wouldn't take Kelly in a heartbeat and I'll show you a team that doesn't want to be a winner.
Originally Posted by Gene Hart
He skated so swiftly and with such reckless abandon that he seemed totally out of control. In fact, just about the only way for Kelly to stop himself was to crash into something or somebody. The other player, whether friend or foe, always came out second best.
Originally Posted by Dave Schultz
In terms of pure toughness, Kelly was first on the Flyers and I was second. With all due respect, Kelly became the heavyweight champion of the Flyers.
Originally Posted by Bobby Clarke
He always gets in three or four punches before the other guy realizes he's in a fight. He throws punches faster than anyone in the league.
Originally Posted by Legends of Hockey
Born November 25, 1950 in Oakville, Ontario, Bob 'Houndog' Kelly became an integral piece in the Philadelphia Flyers' Stanley Cup championships of 1974 and 1975. Kelly played his junior with the Oshawa Generals, establishing himself as an aggressive winger with good hands. He was drafted by the Flyers in the 1970 Amateur Draft, and joined the NHL club that fall. As part of the Broad Street Bullies, Kelly was an added fear factor beside players like Dave Schultz, Andre Dupont, Don Saleski, Bobby Clarke and Gary Dornhoefer - all guys who could scrap as well as score. Kelly and the Flyers bulldozed their way to consecutive Stanley Cup celebrations in '74 and '75, the first two chamionships in the history of the Philadelphia Flyer franchise. Kelly played ten seasons in orange and black, but was traded to the Washington Capitals for a draft choice during the summer of 1980. Houndog actually recorded his finest offensive season in Washington, scoring 26 goals, 36 assists and 62 points for a Capitals team that also boasted the firepower of Dennis Maruk and Mike Gartner. But the 1981-82 season was not as positive, and Kelly played just 16 games, registering 4 points.
Originally Posted by Philadelphia Flyers official website
"Take the shortest route to the puck carrier and arrive in an ill-humor." That was the mantra of Fred Shero's Philadelphia Flyers. No player on the club better exemplified this philosophy than Bob "The Hound" Kelly, who spent a decade as one of the orange and black's most valuable foots oliders.

At 5'10'' and 190 pounds, Kelly wasn't the biggest player. He was an above-average skater, but he wasn't the fastest player. He certainly wasn't one of the most naturally gifted offensively. But, he was one of the toughest and the most tenacious.

True to his nickname, Kelly bounded across the ice like an unleashed bloodhound, throwing his body around with abandon. A consummate team player, Kelly did whatever it took to win. He'd be the first in line to fight to defend a teammate. He'd sacrifice offense for defense. He'd chip in timely goals.

Off the ice, Kelly's good-natured sense of humor and outgoing personality made him a favorite of teammates, fans, and reporters alike. A consummate team player, Kelly was a sparkplug in the Flyers Stanley Cup engine.

Culture Shock in Oshawa

Kelly was not only a fearsome forechecker, he also knew what to do when he dropped the gloves. He quickly gained the reputation as one of the toughest players, pound for pound, in the OHA. Even on a tough Generals club featuring the likes of future NHL pugilists Terry O'Reilly and Bob Stewart, few opponents considered fighting Kelly a better alternative.

Kelly's 128 rookie penalty minutes were by no means a staggering total, but his windmill style of punching and his low center of gravity made his fights memorable.


Straight to the NHL

Kelly's human pinball style of play quickly opened the eyes of Flyers' coach Vic Stasiuk. Every time Kelly would get a tap on the shoulder, he'd leap onto the ice and run into anything in his path – be it an opponent, the boards, a goal post or the occasional teammate.


Sometimes Kelly missed his mark, but he'd bounce right back and zero in on a new target. One time during his rookie NHL season, Kelly attempted to throw an open ice hit on a Detroit Red Wings player near the left offensive circle. The opponent sidestepped the check and Kelly tried to throw on the brakes. Instead, he spun himself around and around, nearly corkscrewing himself into the ice.

Stasiuk took a shine to Kelly, who made the team right out of camp. Kelly still recalls getting a phone call from Stasiuk telling him to get ready to play for the Flyers. Unlike many role players, Kelly was destined to spend his entire pro career in the NHL without a single game in the minor leagues.


"The Hound" was an instant hit with the Flyers fans and his teammates. Kelly soon became one of the team's resident pranksters – and was himself often the victim of practical jokes.


Meanwhile, the Flyers talent level and hockey fortunes began to improve. The unpopular Stasiuk was fired and replaced by Fred Shero. Talented youngsters such as Bill Barber and MacLeish cracked the lineup. By his third season, Kelly saw less time on Clarke's line and primarily played on the third and fourth line.

"My role changed under Freddie," says Kelly today. "We had guys like Billy Barber and Ross Lonsberry who could play on the scoring lines, so Freddie used me to give the guys energy."

Shero did not view taking Kelly off of Clarke's line as a demotion, even if it meant less ice time for the player. Rather, he said that forechecking and fighting were areas where Kelly could stand out.


Serious on the Ice, Fun-Loving Off Ice
While Kelly loved to have a good time off the ice, he took his role on the ice very seriously. To him, it was all part of team hockey. Kelly stepped up the aggressiveness of his game in his third season, recording 236 penalty minutes (his career high and the only time he topped the 200 penalty minutes mark in one season). He also hustled up 10 goals.

When he wasn't tussling with opponents on the ice, the Hound kept his teammates laughing off the ice...


Every player from new team captain Bobby Clarke on down had the utmost respect for Kelly's value to the club.


While Dave "The Hammer" Schultz was the Flyers' best known and most frequent pugilist, Kelly was arguably the toughest...

The Big Prize
Statistically, Kelly had the worst season of his career in 1973-74. In 65 games, he scored just four goals and 14 points in fairly limited ice time and went pointless in the playoffs. His penalty totals dropped from 238 minutes to 130. But, as always, stats revealed little about his value to the team.

For example, one night during the 1973-74 season, the Rangers jumped out to a 3-0 lead at the Spectrum. Shero's Flyers needed every bit of energy Kelly could provide them. The Hound toppled Rangers left and right, whipped Ron Harris in a fight, and assisted on two goals, helping the team rally all the way back to earn a tie.


Proven Veteran

With Kelly, as usual, working tirelessly in the corners and creating extra room for teammates, Bridgman went on to score 24 goals and 59 points in addition to his 184 penalty minutes while Gorence scored 13 in a half season's worth of NHL games.

Although the Flyers 1978-79 campaign ended with a galling playoff loss to Shero's Rangers, Quinn was proud of the effort his team showed to dig themselves out of their early season hole before running out of steam. The season included not only the mid-season coaching change, it also saw legendary goalie Bernie Parent suffer a career-ending eye injury. Through it all, the Flyers persevered. Quinn credited Kelly as one of the team's catalysts.

At Home in Philadelphia

To a generation of Flyers fans, Bob Kelly was very much a hockey hero – a instant energy, constant hustle and a true passion for the orange and black.
Originally Posted by Greatest Hockey Legends
What he did best was run around recklessly, hitting every enemy in sight. He was also a noted fighter.


Kelly was the Flyers spark plug, as well as a pest and tough guy. Whenever coach Shero felt the game need a change of pace or needed his bench fired up, he would tap Kelly's shoulder and his fury would be unleashed on the subsequent shift.

Kelly, who finished his career with parts of two seasons with the lowly Washington Capitals in the early 1980s, played in 837 career NHL games, scoring 154 goals, 208 assists, 362 points and of course 1454 PIMs.

Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1971-72
likes to go into the corner after the puck and fit in nicely when coach Vic Stasiuk played him on a line with Clarke and Cliff Schmautz last year…
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1972-73
rough and ready… comes to play… Flyers like his aggressiveness… does heavy work in the corners
Originally Posted by Complete Handbook Of Pro Hockey 1980-81
hound dog… ferocious forechecker who hounds opponents in their own end… also likes to snarl, but back is worse than his bite… unloaded by Flyers who thought his best years were behind him… proved them wrong. Lit fire under Caps with best season of career… was instrumental in Flyers’ two Stanley Cups… scored winning goal in 1975 finals… still a favourite of Flyer fans.
Originally Posted by Lord Stanley’s Cup
called “Mad Dog” or “The Hound” by teammates for his reckless abandon and his ability to hit seemingly every player on the ice during his every shift.
Originally Posted by Walking Together Forever
on the ice, he was a pugnacious, high-energy performer, always ready to stand up for a teammate and never able to stay in one place very long… “The Hound is great for a lot of laughs,” says longtime teammate Joe Watson. “However, let me tell you, if I was going to war, I would want him leading the charge. That’s the type of athlete and person he still is. We were all team-oriented, but the Hound led the way in that regard.”

If one word comes to mind when you think of Kelly, it is energy. He brought it to the equation every time he hit the ice… In short, with Bob Kelly, what you see is what you get.

He arrived on the Flyers’ scene in 1970-71 as part of the bulking up of the club…Kelly was one of the first tangible pieces of evidence of the Flyers’ new direction. “I always liked to get in a game early. I wanted to get a hit, or be hit so I was at least into the game. Even if it was hitting a referee! I had to hit something!”

With that kind of mentality, it’s no wonder the Flyers began to take on the image of a difficult team to play against… there was another role that Kelly served quite well. He was one of those players who kept everybody loose with his wit, both intentionally and unintentionally.
Originally Posted by Philadelphia Flyers Greatest Moments and Players
While some Flyers aficionados might regard a description of Bob Kelly as the poor man’s Bobby Clarke, it is in fact a high compliment. For starters, there could never be another Clarke in the estimation of the Philly faithful and if there were to be an approximation, it would have to resemble a tenacious corner man without peer, a tireless checker and a skater oozing spirit from every corpuscle.

They called him Hound, which may also not sound like a compliment – but it was. Kelly sniffed out pucks like a bloodhound… more often than not, he got to the rubber, usually in anger – the way Fred Shero preferred – and with unlimited gusto. Overlooked in most Kelly analyses is his offensive production. Given the opportunity, he could score. In 1`976-77, he tallied 46 points. The additional 117 penalty minutes emphasized the ubiquitous muscular aspect of his game.

“In terms of pure toughness, Kelly was first on the Flyers”, said Dave Schultz. “I was second. But with all due respect, Kelly became the heavyweight champion of the Flyers.”

…what he will be remembered for, is nine glorious playoff years on Broad Street, an unchallenged work ethic, a singular and often heroic toughness, and most of all, that cup-winning goal in 1975.

Last edited by seventieslord: 12-07-2012 at 05:24 PM.
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