Bob Kelly

Status: NHL left winger from 1970-1982 with Philadelphia and Washington. Scored 154 goals in 837 NHL games.

Ht: 5-foot-10 Wt: 200 pounds

Nov. 25, 1950 In: Oakville, Ont.

Hockey Inspirations:
“Gordie Howe and Bobby Hull. As a young kid I liked the way they worked and represented themselves.”

“Hound Dog.”
Early Hockey Memory: “Getting a chance to play in some pretty unique tournaments with our team the Ontario Butterbeaks. We played in Kingston, Ontario in a tournament and got Gordie Howe’s gloves as a trophy. They bronzed and silvered his gloves. Never forget that.”

Favorite Movies: “Anything with Steven Seagal or Clint Eastwood. And John Wayne, too.”

Last Book Read:Popular Mechanics. I like to read for things I need, not for relaxation. I like to tinker with things.”

Favorite TV Shows: “Discovery or National Geographics.”

Musical Tastes: “Anything from the ‘70s and ‘80s. The Hooters, Earth Wind & Fire, stuff nobody would know today.”

Current Car: “2009 Toyota Sequioa SR 5.”

First Job: “Cutting grass for my township.”

Favorite Meal: “Raised on a farm – steak and any fresh vegetables.”

Favorite Ice Cream Flavor:
“I always go for half and half – chocolate and vanilla.”
Greatest Sports Moment: “I guess greatest moment of my career would be just making it to the NHL. 12 teams – getting picked by the Philadelphia Flyers (third round, 32nd overall in 1970).”

Most Painful Moment: “Watching Dave Schultz get a hat trick (laughs). Painful…when the whole season comes down to the last minute, a point you lose for whatever reason, during the season, and the whole season’s over because of it. It’s a huge letdown.”

Favorite Uniforms: “I always liked Chicago Blackhawks. Obviously, Flyers. I like the Detroit Red Wings jersey.”

Favorite Arenas: “All the Original Six arenas. You could never duplicate Chicago Stadium. The Montreal Forum. The Garden. Boston Garden. Just awesome.”

Closest Hockey Friends: “Probably have to go with Schultzie.”

Funniest Players Encountered: “There’s a ton. Larry Goodenough would be my first choice. Dennis Ververgaert would be my second.”

Toughest Competitors Encountered: “I think probably I gotta give Chris Nilan a nod. And obviously Clark Gillies, Bob Nystrom, Garry Howatt. Whoever was tough back in that era, was fun to have fun with. Billy Smith was one, too. A whole list of characters.”

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Funny Memory: “Me and Dave Schultz going against Pierre Bouchard and Larry Robinson. In 1980, I end up in Washington. Pierre Bouchard ends up in Washington. We end up in condos next to each other, three doors apart. One day he’s playing with my kid. Something is wrong with this picture – five years ago he was beating the s— out of me (smiles).

Strangest Game: “1975 playoffs with Buffalo. There’s no air conditioning in The Aud; the fog was coming down. They’re skating around with sheets trying to lift the fog. Jim Lorentz killed a bat. Rick MacLeish picks up the bat with his bare hand to throw it out. Doesn’t he know what rabies are? All that happened in one game.”

Most Memorable Goal: “That’s really easy when you don’t score many, you remember them both (smiles). Eleven seconds into the third period, to sink Buffalo, to win the Stanley Cup.”

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: “To me, it’s not embarrassing. I went offside on a three-on-0 breakaway. I thought, if they don’t want to head-man the puck, shoot, I’ll go offsides. Took heat for that one.”

Favorite Players To Watch: “I had the great fortune to play against Jean Beliveau, Henri Richard – I was collecting autographs when I was 19. I had the pleasure to play against Gretzky, Messier – huge players. I never got the chance to play against Lemieux. Now, Ovechkin, Crosby, Richards goes out and gives it everything he has. He’s fun to watch out there.”

People Qualities Most Admired:
“I like to see people who are up front, honest. Say what they say, handshake, then they do what they say. And I think being respected by your teammates is very important.”

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