Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Kelly Kisio
Centre Kelly Kisio utilized his speed, exceptional hockey sense, and strong character to last more than a dozen years in the NHL. Over the years he was a team leader, playmaker, checker, penalty killer, and power-play specialist on four different NHL clubs.

The native of Peace River, Alberta starred in the Alberta Junior League with the Red Deer Rustlers. He next spent two years in the WHL with the Calgary Wranglers where he scored consecutive 60-goal seasons in 1979 and 1980. He entered pro hockey as a free agent in 1980-81 and was an effective player with the Adirondack Red Wings of the AHL and the IHL's Kalamazoo Wings. He still failed to garner a pro contract from an NHL team after scoring 62 goals for the CHL's Dallas Black Hawks in 1981-82.

Kisio headed overseas in 1982-83 to suit up for the HC Davos club in Switzerland and scored 49 times in 40 matches. Finally, the Detroit Red Wings came calling and Kisio was signed as a free agent on March 2, 1983. Kisio recorded three straight 60-point seasons in Motown before he was the centrepiece in a deal with the New York Rangers that brought goalie Glen Hanlon to Detroit. Kisio recorded five straight 20-goal seasons and averaged nearly 70 points in his five years on Manhattan. The upbeat forward also served as the team's captain for three and a half seasons.

A new challenge awaited the veteran pivot in 1991-92 when he ended up as one of the team leaders on the expansion San Jose Sharks. That year Kisio battled injuries and only played 48 games but still managed 37 points. He was back to his old self the next year with 78 points, including 52 assists. In August 1993 Kisio returned to his native Alberta when he signed as a free agent with the Calgary Flames. He contributed defensive play and leadership to the powerful Flames before retiring in 1995.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1976-77 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 60 53 48 101 101
1977-78 Red Deer Rustlers AJHL 58 74 68 142 66
1978-79 Calgary Wranglers WHL 70 60 61 121 73 15 12 16 28 4
1979-80 Calgary Wranglers WHL 71 65 73 138 64 2 1 0 1 4
1980-81 Adirondack Red Wings AHL 41 10 14 24 43
1980-81 Kalamazoo Wings IHL 31 27 16 43 48 8 7 7 14 13
1981-82 Dallas Black Hawks CHL 78 62 39 101 59 16 12 17 29 38
1982-83 HC Davos Swiss 35 40 33 73 3 9 2 11 0
1982-83 Detroit Red Wings NHL 15 4 3 7 0 -2
1983-84 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 23 37 60 34 +16 4 1 0 1 4
1984-85 Detroit Red Wings NHL 75 20 41 61 56 +2 3 0 2 2 2
1985-86 Detroit Red Wings NHL 76 21 48 69 85 -21
1986-87 New York Rangers NHL 70 24 40 64 73 -5 4 0 1 1 2
1987-88 New York Rangers NHL 77 23 55 78 88 +8
1988-89 New York Rangers NHL 70 26 36 62 91 +14 4 0 0 0 9
1989-90 New York Rangers NHL 68 22 44 66 105 +11 10 2 8 10 8
1990-91 New York Rangers NHL 51 15 20 35 58 +3
1991-92 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 11 26 37 54 -7
1992-93 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 26 52 78 90 -15
1993-94 Calgary Flames NHL 51 7 23 30 28 -6 7 0 2 2 8
1994-95 Calgary Flames NHL 12 7 4 11 6 +2 7 3 2 5 19
NHL Totals 761 229 429 658 768 39 6 15 21 52


WHL Rookie of the Year (1979) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1993) Signed as a free agent by Detroit, March 2, 1983. Traded to NY Rangers by Detroit with Lane Lambert, Jim Leavins and Detroit's 5th round pick (later traded to Winnipeg - Winnipeg selected Benoit Lebeau) in 1988 NHL Draft for Glen Hanlon and NY Rangers' 3rd round picks in 1987 (Dennis Holland) and 1988 (Guy Dupuis) NHL Drafts, July 29, 1986. Claimed by Minnesota from NY Rangers in Expansion Draft, May 30, 1991. Traded to San Jose by Minnesota for Shane Churla, June 3, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, August 18, 1993.
Missed majority of 1994-95 due to shoulder injury vs. Washington, January 22, 1995.
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