Red Wings To Retire Hall Of Fame Defenseman Red Kelly’s #4 In February
Another legend is being added to the rafters at Little Caesars Arena. Hall of Fame defenseman Red Kelly will have his number retired by the Red Wings in February.
According to the story from Winging It In Motown, the team announced that the 91 year old will have his number retired in a ceremony on February 1st against the Maple Leafs.
The Hall of Famer began his career in Detroit in the 1947-1948 season., He went on to win 4 Stanley Cup championships with the Red Wings in 1950,1952,1954 and 1955.
He was also the first player ever to win the Norris Trophy for best defenseman that was in 1954. Along with his Norris win, he also won the Lady Byng trophy three times with the Red Wings and once with the Leafs.
He was eventually traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he continued to have success by winning 4 more cups. He also made the switch from defense to play center for the Leafs. He was also recognized as one of the NHL's 100 Greatest players in 2016-2017.
Toronto retired Red Kelly's number 4 in 2016 so it was time for the Red Wings to add his name to the list of retired greats.
He joins Sid Abel, Alex Delvecchio, Gordie Howe, Nick Lidstrom, Ted Lindsay, Terry Sawchuck and Steve Yzerman in the rafters at Little Caesars Arena this winter.