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10-14-2008, 11:49 PM
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Should Detroit Retire Red Kelly's number

He had over a decade of excellence with them, winning several Stanley Cups and the first ever Norris Trophy. I know he left on bad terms with Jack Adams, but don't you think its time the team buried the hatchet and retired his #4 to honour his contribution to Detroit's early glory years?

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I think they should, his contributions to the Wings were important enough to warrent such an honor.

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10-15-2008, 12:07 AM
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i think so. lindsay left on worse terms than kelly but his number was soon retired.

and kelly was probably a better player. certainly better than delvecchio or abel.

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Kelly was every bit as important to the team as Lindsay or Sawchuk, and almost as important as Howe.

Heck yes they should retire his number.

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If Patrick Roy and the Canadiens can bury the hatchet, why not?

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Absolutely it should be - before Lidstrom, he was the finest defender in team history and a core player on teams that won 4 Stanley Cups. Bizarre that it isn't retired.

However, the first thing they should do is re-retire Larry Aurie's number. From an organization usually noted for its class, what they've done to Aurie is shameful.

Aurie was the first Wing to get his number retired and later passed away at a very young age, but his number was later removed from the rafters at Joe Louis during the 1980s because he wasn't 'great enough' relative to the guys who had their numbers retired later. Total joke.

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Absolutely it should be - before Lidstrom, he was the finest defender in team history and a core player on teams that won 4 Stanley Cups. Bizarre that it isn't retired.

However, the first thing they should do is re-retire Larry Aurie's number. From an organization usually noted for its class, what they've done to Aurie is shameful.

Aurie was the first Wing to get his number retired and later passed away at a very young age, but his number was later removed from the rafters at Joe Louis during the 1980s because he wasn't 'great enough' relative to the guys who had their numbers retired later. Total joke.
Truely the most under-appreciated back to back cup winner ever is the 36-37 Wings...

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Absolutely it should be - before Lidstrom, he was the finest defender in team history and a core player on teams that won 4 Stanley Cups. Bizarre that it isn't retired.

However, the first thing they should do is re-retire Larry Aurie's number. From an organization usually noted for its class, what they've done to Aurie is shameful.

Aurie was the first Wing to get his number retired and later passed away at a very young age, but his number was later removed from the rafters at Joe Louis during the 1980s because he wasn't 'great enough' relative to the guys who had their numbers retired later. Total joke.
100% Agree. I've done my part with my sig here in a place that I know hockey fans and writers sometimes glance at. I've been disgusted with the Detroit Red Wings Org. since I've heard the story.

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Absolutely, him and Aurie.
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Absolutely it should be - before Lidstrom, he was the finest defender in team history and a core player on teams that won 4 Stanley Cups. Bizarre that it isn't retired.

However, the first thing they should do is re-retire Larry Aurie's number. From an organization usually noted for its class, what they've done to Aurie is shameful.

Aurie was the first Wing to get his number retired and later passed away at a very young age, but his number was later removed from the rafters at Joe Louis during the 1980s because he wasn't 'great enough' relative to the guys who had their numbers retired later. Total joke.
That part can be debated on both sides still I think. But yes I do agree that Kelly's number should be retired for sure. The guy was a legend. It's been almost 50 years since his trade, people get over things.

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Definitely. Red Kelly is one of the best Red Wings ever.


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It's not retired? I didn't know that and never would have guessed. It's a no-brainer.

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Red Kelly was a great player.his #5 should be retired.

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It's not retired? I didn't know that and never would have guessed. It's a no-brainer.
That's my reaction...

New ownership, honour the legacy not politics.

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It's not retired? I didn't know that and never would have guessed. It's a no-brainer.
Yeah same here. When I saw this thread title I was shocked because I always just assumed that it was. It's ridiculous that it's not. I hope it's just an oversight and that he's not being deliberately shunned.

Should we start e-mailing Mike Illitch?

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i think so. lindsay left on worse terms than kelly but his number was soon retired.
I agree. A lot of people left on bad terms with Jack Adams. That guy was a whack job.

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