Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Pete Kelly
Pete Kelly was a right-winger who played 177 games for three different franchises between 1934 and 1942. In addition to his NHL tenure, he played a few years in the minors and several seasons in a variety of senior leagues.

Born in St. Vital, Manitoba, Kelly played several years of junior and senior with the Montreal Victorias and Montreal AAA. He was signed as a free agent by St. Louis Eagles in 1934 when he was in the midst of a two-year term with the senior Charlottetown Abegweits. Kelly registered 13 points in 25 games for the Eagles but the franchise soon succumbed to the dire economics of the time.

Following the demise of the St. Louis team, Kelly was claimed by the New York Americans in the Dispersal Draft. He was traded to Detroit two days later for Carl Voss and played a couple seasons there. He formed an effective forward unit with Hec Kilrea and Gord Pettinger and helped the Wings become the first U.S.-based team to win consecutive Stanley Cups in 1936 and 1937. In the first of these triumphs, Kelly was credited with the Cup-clinching goal in the 3-2 win over the Toronto Maple Leafs on April 11, 1936.

Kelly spent most of 1937-38 with AHL's Pittsburgh Hornets but returned the next year to play 32 NHL games for Detroit. After being traded to the Americans he dressed for eleven games in 1940-41 then seven games when team moved to Brooklyn for one last year in 1941-42. Kelly spent most of that season with the Springfield Indians of the AHL and led the league with 77 points. Following the season he was placed on the circuit's first-all-star team. After leaving the pros, Kelly played senior hockey for several years before retiring in 1953. Some of the stops along the way included the Moncton RCAF, the New Glasgow Bombers, and the University of New Brunswick.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1929-30 Montreal Victorias MCJHL 10 3 0 3 4
1930-31 Montreal AAA MCJHL 10 7 0 7 10 2 1 0 1 2
1930-31 Montreal AAA MCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1930-31 Montreal AAA M-Cup 4 4 3 7 4
1931-32 Montreal AAA MCJHL 10 8 9 17 10 2 2 0 2 6
1931-32 Montreal AC MCHL 1 0 0 0 0
1931-32 Montreal AAA M-Cup 6 5 5 10 2
1932-33 Montreal Royals MCHL 8 0 0 0 0 6 0 2 2 11
1932-33 Montreal Royals Al-Cup 6 0 2 2 11
1933-34 Charlottetown Abbies MSHL 39 14 11 25 67 3 1 0 1 2
1934-35 St. Louis Eagles NHL 25 3 10 13 14
1934-35 Charlottetown Abbies MSHL 20 16 11 27 27
1935-36 Detroit Red Wings NHL 46 6 8 14 30 7 1 1 2 2
1936-37 Detroit Red Wings NHL 47 5 4 9 12 8 2 0 2 0
1937-38 Detroit Red Wings NHL 9 0 1 1 2
1937-38 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 39 7 20 27 26 2 0 2 2 0
1938-39 Detroit Red Wings NHL 32 4 9 13 4 4 0 0 0 0
1938-39 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 6 2 6 8 0
1939-40 Pittsburgh Hornets IAHL 54 20 20 40 22 9 2 5 7 9
1940-41 Pittsburgh Hornets AHL 25 4 16 20 8
1940-41 New York Americans NHL 11 3 5 8 2
1940-41 Springfield Indians AHL 19 6 14 20 6 3 2 1 3 0
1941-42 Brooklyn Americans NHL 7 0 1 1 4
1941-42 Springfield Indians AHL 46 33 44 77 11 5 1 6 7 4
1942-43 Moncton RCAF Flyers NBDHL 4 9 6 15 4 4 8 12 12
1943-44 Moncton RCAF Flyers NBDHL 4 4 3 7 0
1943-44 Charlottetown All-Stars PEI-Sr. 4 3 6 9 2
1943-44 Saint John Garrison Exhib. 4 6 7 13 0 2 2 1 3 0
1943-44 Saint John Beavers Al-Cup 3 6 3 9 0
1944-45 Charlottetown #2 PEI-Sr. 8 7 15 22 7 2 3 1 4 0
1944-45 New Glasgow Bombers NSAPC 2 3 3 6 0 5 11 4 15 0
1944-45 New Glasgow Bombers Al-Cup 3 5 5 10 0
1945-46
1946-47 New Glasgow Bombers NSAPC 16 14 14 28 3 2 1 3 0
1946-47 New Glasgow Bombers Al-Cup 2 0 0 0 0
1947-48 U. of New Brunswick YCHL 1 0 3 3 0 4 4 6 10 2
1948-49 U. of New Brunswick YCHL 3 2 1 3 0 5 6 5 11 0
1949-50 U. of New Brunswick SNBHL 5 7 5 12 4 1 0 0 0 0
1950-51 U. of New Brunswick SNBHL
1951-52 U. of New Brunswick Exhib. 1 0 3 3 0
NHL Totals 177 21 38 59 68 19 3 1 4 2


AHL First All-Star Team (1942) Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, November, 1934. Claimed by NY Americans from St. Louis in Dispersal Draft, October 15, 1935. Traded to Detroit by NY Americans for Carl Voss, October 16, 1935. Traded to Pittsburgh (AHL) by Detroit for cash, December 2, 1937. Traded to NY Americans (Springfield-AHL) by Pittsburgh (AHL) for Norm Schultz, December 31, 1940. Team name changed to Brooklyn Americans prior to 1941-42 season.