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Red Kelly dies at 91

Red Kelly talks to his wife Andra during a ceremony to retire his No. 4 prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena on February 01, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

Detroit Red Wings legend Red Kelly died Thursday morning in Toronto at age 91, the team announced.

The Red Wings released this statement from the Kelly family:

"Red was a devoted husband and caring father and grandfather and was tremendously proud of his many hockey accomplishments. He was very moved by decades of love and support from Red Wings fans and was humbled to have his jersey retired earlier this year. We are comforted in knowing that he impacted so many people both at and away from the rink and know that his life will be celebrated. Arrangements will be announced once they are finalized."

Former Detroit Red Wing Red Kelly's No. 4 heads to the rafters after being retired prior to a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs at Little Caesars Arena on February 01, 2019 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

The Red Wings retired Kelly's No. 4 earlier this year during a game against the Toronto Maple Leafs. It is the 8th official jersey number to be retired by the Red Wings.

Leonard "Red" Kelly spent several seasons with the Detroit Red Wings and the Toronto Maple Leafs

The Red Wings first acquired Leonard "Red" Kelly in 1947. The native of Simcoe, Ontario got passed up by the Toronto Maple Leafs, so instead he spent the next 13 years playing defence for the Red Wings, putting up big points from the blueline (54 points in 70 games in 1950-51) and winning Stanley Cups. 

Kelly was a major part of four Stanley Cup championships with Detroit -- 1950, 1952, 1954, 1955. 

What came next for Kelly is the stuff legends are made of. Ontario's son returned in 1959 to play for the Maple Leafs, as a centerman. He put up 70 points in ...

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