Red Kelly’s No. 4 will be added to the rafters at Little Caesars Arena later this season when the Detroit Red Wings retire the Hall of Famer’s jersey on Feb. 1.
Kelly, now 91-years-old, was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1969 after a legendary 20-season career with the Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs, who will be the opponent the night he is honoured.
“I wish to thank (Red Wings owners) Marian and Chris Ilitch for this great honour,” Kelly said in a press release. “The Red Wings gave me my start in the NHL 71 seasons ago. I proudly wear the ring which commemorates the four Stanley Cups the team won when I played for Detroit.
“I treasure the memories I made during my time with the team, playing alongside some of the greatest players and people in the league’s history. I am truly grateful that my number will be raised next to those of several of my former teammates.”
Red Kelly night set for February 1, 2019. pic.twitter.com/nWUaqCjlZV
— Detroit Red Wings (@DetroitRedWings) October 11, 2018
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