Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Dave Kelly
Right-winger Dave Kelly played 16 games for the Detroit Red Wings in 1976-77. He enjoyed most of his hockey success in college and the minor leagues.

The native of Chatham, Ontario played two seasons at Providence College where he was a consistent point producer. Kelly was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers in August 1975. He played solid two-way hockey for the AHL's Richmond Robins and Rhode Island Reds for most of two seasons. In February 1977 he was traded to the Detroit Red Wings for under-achieving defenceman Rick Lapointe.

Kelly scored two goals in 16 games but had trouble getting the required ice time with the Wings. Detroit was a pretty solid club in the late 1970s and had Vaclav Nedomansky, Michel Bergeron, J.P. LeBlanc, and Dennis Polonich ahead of Kelly on the depth chart. He retired in 1978 after playing a year with Philadelphia Firebirds of AHL.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1969-70 Dresden Jr. Kings ON-Jr.C 36 35 21 56 109
1970-71 Streetsville Derbys ON-Jr.B
1971-72 Providence College ECAC
1972-73 Providence College ECAC 22 11 12 23 54
1973-74 Providence College ECAC 25 10 8 18 56
1974-75 Providence College ECAC 27 21 22 43 66
1975-76 Richmond Robins AHL 74 21 19 40 149 8 3 4 7 19
1976-77 Springfield Indians AHL 3 0 1 1 0
1976-77 Rhode Island Reds AHL 45 16 19 35 95
1976-77 Detroit Red Wings NHL 16 2 0 2 4 -8
1976-77 Kansas City Blues CHL 10 4 1 5 6
1977-78 Philadelphia Firebirds AHL 74 15 13 28 89 4 3 2 5 2
NHL Totals 16 2 0 2 4


Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, August 12, 1975. Traded to Detroit by Philadelphia with Terry Murray, Bob Ritchie and Steve Coates for Rick Lapointe and Mike Korney, February 17, 1977.