The Red Kelly Story

Leonard "Red" Kelly, L. Waxy Gregoire, and David M. Dupuis

  • The life and times of the eight-time Stanley Cup winner

    When Boston coach Lynn Patrick was asked who he’d pick between Rocket Richard or Gordie Howe he answered, “Neither! I’ll take Red Kelly!” The only player to have won eight Stanley Cups without playing for Montreal, Red began his life in hockey on the cedar swamps near Port Dover, Ontario, and went on to win accolades and championships as a Detroit Red Wing and Toronto Maple Leaf.

    Go back in time with Red as he reminisces about his childhood: the time he nearly drowned; when he brought St. Michael’s College to three provincial championships; and his jump into a career with the NHL where sportsmanlike conduct won him multiple Lady Byng trophies. While playing with the Leafs, he served as member of parliament in Lester Pearson’s government. After retiring in 1967 as a player, Red coached for a decade in the NHL with Los Angeles, Pittsburgh, and Toronto. This is a fascinating biography of a life well lived — on and off the ice.


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  • Leonard “Red” Kelly played 20 seasons in the NHL. He became a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969 and the Order of Canada in 2002. He and his wife, figure skating champion Andra McLaughlin, live in Toronto, Ontario. L. Waxy Gregoire is a member of the Society for International Hockey Research, and author of three books on hockey legends. He lives in Penetanguishene, Ontario. David M. Dupuis, a former goaltender and coach, is also a member of SIHR, and the author of Sawchuk: The Troubles and Triumphs of the World’s Greatest Goalie. He lives in Toanche, Ontario. Waxy and David co-authored Heart of the Blackhawks: The Pierre Pilote Story.

  • Published: October 2016

    ISBN: 9781770413153

    Dimensions: 6 x 9 in.

    Pages: 384


The Red Kelly Story should have been a movie — and might still be one. Unique among athletes, he was a Stanley Cup winner and Member of Parliament at the same time. Red was a gentleman on the ice but a great human off the ice. As would be expected, his amazing story is told with great humility — a triumphant Horatio Alger tale with a Canadian twist.” — Roy MacGregor, bestselling author of Home Team: Fathers, Sons and Hockey, and Wayne Gretzky’s Ghost

“It’s hard to believe it took 50 years after his final game for Leonard ‘Red’ Kelly to get his own book . . . Written in the third person, it digs up historical accounts of Kelly’s best games. It also details his marriage to figure skating champion Andra McLaughlin, his Cup-winning seasons, his travels and the low points of his life. Now 89, Kelly tells a tale worth reading.” — The Hockey News

“This is a heartwarming story of a dedicated player . . . a must-read for devotees of vintage NHL hockey.” — Publishers Weekly

“A timely tome for a hockey icon, who has been part of so many books on other stars, yet never had his own life documented.” — Toronto Sun