Kukla's Korner Hockey
by Paul on 05/29/12 at 08:51 PM ET
from Steve Simmons of the Toronto Sun,
It didn’t begin or end the way it was supposed to, but most of the time Red Kelly loved being the first coach of the Los Angeles Kings—loved his first coaching job, loved the team, hated the travel, and hated that his wife couldn’t stand living in Los Angeles….
“Yeah, I’m cheering for them,” said Kelly, 84 and in pretty good health “for an old guy.”
“When you’re there at the beginning, you have a feel for it. I’d like them to win. But I think they’re in tough against the (New Jersey) Devils.”
There were still months to go in Kelly’s last NHL season as a player—months before the Maple Leafs would win their final Stanley Cup—when the telephone rang at his home. It was Larry Regan, the general manager of the brand new Kings franchise, on the line.
“How would you like to be the first coach of the Kings?” Regan asked.
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