Why Red Kelly's Number Hasn't Been Retired Yet?

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  1. sawchuk1971

    sawchuk1971 Registered User

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    i know he was traded to toronto in late 1950s...but darn..he was probably the greatest red wing d-man of all time (well maybe add nicky lidstrom on the list too)....
     
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    Kelly made an enemy of Detroit management:

    Pretty petty IMO, as Kelly was at that point the second best player to ever put on a Red Wings uniform.
     
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    Also Detroit isn't exactly generous when handing out retired numbers. They have pretty strict requirements, if I'm not mistaken.
     
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    Having learned about this only now, reading that, I think I take Kelly's side. Jack Adams presumably being dead and gone a long time ago and all, I have a hard time believing that would be the deciding factor regarding his number retirement.
     

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