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LEONARD PATRICK “RED” KELLY
KINGS HEAD COACH 1967-69

All-Time Kings Coaches | Current Kings Coaches

Not only was Red Kelly the Kings first head coach in franchise history, he was also the first trade in Kings franchise history. On June 8, 1967, the Kings acquired the rights to Red Kelly from Toronto for Ken Block. Kelly had retired and was named Kings head coach. He would serve as Kings head coach until June 3, 1969, posting a 55-75-20 mark and leading the Kings to the playoffs both seasons.

Prior to joining the Kings, Kelly played 19 seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs, scoring 281-542=823 in 1,316 games. Kelly jumped from St. Michael's Majors in the OHA Junior "A" ranks to the NHL in 1947, playing 12.5 seasons as a defenseman with the Toronto Maple Leafs, and then playing 6.5 as a center for the Detroit Red Wings. He played in 164 Stanley Cup Playoff games - scoring 33-59=92 - winning eight Stanley Cups, =was the first winner of the James Norris Trophy as the NHL’s best defenseman, was an All-Star eight times, and Lady Byng Trophy winner four times.

While playing for Toronto, Kelly entered politics as a Liberal and scored an upset victory in Toronto York West, a Conservative stronghold for 40 years. He was a member of the Canadian Parliament for two terms and created quite a surprise when he resigned to concentrate solely on hockey.

Following his time with the Kings, Kelly moved on to coach the Pittsburgh Penguins for three seasons making the playoffs in his first and last season with the team from 1969-73, posting a 90-132-52 record in his four years with the Pens. In 1973, Kelly returned to the Toronto Maple Leafs, guiding his team to the playoffs all four years he was with the team from 1973-77, posting a 133-123-62 mark with the Leafs. His final coaching record stood at 133-123-62 in 742 games with the Kings, Pittsburgh and Toronto.

Kelly was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969.

REGULAR SEASON POSTSEASON
YEARS
G
W
L
T
OTL
PTS
PCT
GP
W
L
1967-68
74
31
33
10
-
72
.486
7
3
4
1968-69
76
24
42
10
-
58
.382
11
4
7
TOTALS
150
55
75
20
-
375
.395
18
7
11