Red Kelly, Dead at 91

Red KellyRed Kelly was 91. He won eight Stanley Cups with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs in a Hall of Fame career.

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Chuck 99

It was nice that the Detroit Red Wings organization retired his number 4 on February 1, just 3 months before he passed away. The Wings were playing the Leafs that night and I remember that Red attended the ceremony and even spoke briefly to the crowd.

Even though he was traded to Toronto nearly sixty years ago, many Maple Leaf fans know that after playing defense in Detroit for many years, Punch Imlach switched him to the center ice position upon his arrival to Toronto.

One of the TSN commentators had an interesting anecdote during the February 1 telecast. He mentioned that the trade to the Leafs was made because Imlach believed he needed someone to shut down Jean Beliveau after the Leafs had lost rather convincingly to the Habs in the playoffs the previous two seasons. He thought the Leafs would stand a much better chance of winning the Stanley Cup if Kelly played center opposite Beliveau. He was proven right.

May 2, 2019 @ 4:06 PM


I am now reminded of Red Kelly and "Pyramid Power" when the Leafs were up against Philly in the playoffs in the 1970s. I wonder if the Leafs had used "Pyramid Power" this year they could have won game 7 against Boston?

May 2, 2019 @ 7:51 PM

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