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from the HHOF,
Red Kelly was a unique player - versatile and talented enough to be one of the National Hockey League's best-ever defensemen early in his career and a high-scoring center at the end. The red-haired gentleman was cool and calculating on the ice and never swore, but there was no doubt about his ability to take care of himself. He had been a championship boxer at Toronto's St. Michael's College, skills the four-time winner of the Lady Byng Trophy wouldn't often display during his 20-year NHL career.
Born in Simcoe, Ontario, in 1927, Kelly was 20 years old when the Detroit Red Wings brought him up to the big league directly from St. Michael's. A solid but mobile and skilled defenseman, he quickly found a home on the team playing with such superstars as Gordie Howe, Ted Lindsay and Sid Abel. Kelly was an effective checker, at home on the blue line or on the left wing, where he was sometimes used due either to injuries or to add a little muscle on the offense.
Kelly earned enough All-Star votes in 1950 to win a spot on the NHL's Second Team and the chance to play in the All-Star Game. The Red Wings, well on their way to being the league's dominant team, won the Stanley Cup that year, as they would in three of the next five seasons. And Kelly was an integral part of Detroit's winning formula. His puck-carrying ability allowed the Wings to move from their own zone quickly and provided them with a quick transition game.
Watch the Legends of Hockey feature on Red Kelly below...
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.
From Vartan Kupelian at the Detroit News,
Flanagan’s book, “Pyramid Power,” is the product of his interest in energy. Flanagan’s premise is pyramids in the exact relative dimensions of the Egyptian pyramids can provide energy and strength.
For three straight years in the mid-1970s, the Maple Leafs were eliminated from the Stanley Cup playoffs by the Broad Street Bullies. The Flyers won the Stanley Cup in 1974 and 1975 with equal parts skill and intimidation. It was during the 1976 playoffs that Red Kelly, the Leafs coach, resorted to Pyramid Power. Kelly had his players believing pyramids gave them a source of energy and strength against the Flyers.
Kelly had learned about Pyramid Power from his sons, who had visited Cairo, slept in the shadows of the ancient wonders and related their experiences.
When hockey coaches get desperate, they’ll try just about anything. A slump-ridden Darryl Sittler, the Leafs’ best player, was willing to go along with it and put his stick under a pyramid in the dressing room during a late regular-season game.
And here I thought it was just us hockey fans that were nuts…