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Tuesday, September 11, 2012

TTM: Red Kelly

  To say Red Kelly was a two way player, would be an understatement.  Red Kelly spent the first 13 seasons of his career with the Detroit Red Wings.  As a defenceman, Kelly won four Stanley Cups, 2 Lady Byngs, 1 Norris, and was a 1st team All-star 6 times, and twice a 2nd team All-star.  After a botched trade with the New York Rangers in 1960, Kelly was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs.  In Kelly's first game as a Leaf, he lined up as centre and played the majority of the remainder of his career there.  He won four more Stanley Cups and another Lady Byng trophy.  His 8 Stanley Cups is the most for a player who had never played with the Montreal Canadiens.  Leonard "Red" Kelly was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.  Kelly also coached over 700 NHL games and was the inaugural coach of the Los Angeles Kings.

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