Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- John Paul Kelly
Left-winger John Paul Kelly played exactly 400 regular season games for the Los Angeles Kings between 1979 and 1986. He was an aggressive worker in the corners and along the boards who could also create scoring chances.

Kelly starred for the Maple Ridge Raiders of the BCJHL before joining the WHL's New Westminster Bruins. In three full years of junior he scored 86 goals and played a physical role for his team. The robust winger was a role player on the Bruins' Memorial Cup win in 1977 but was an experienced team leader when they repeated as national champions the following season. Kelly was chosen 50th overall at the 1979 NHL Entry Draft then played 40 games as a rookie in 1979-80. He split the 1980-81 season between the NHL and the minors before taking hold of an NHL spot for good.

Kelly was a solid workhorse for five years on the Kings. His style of play was important to a team that had plenty of offense from Marcel Dionne, Charlie Simmer, Dave Taylor, Jim Fox, and Bernie Nicholls. Kelly often played with Greg Terrion or Terry Ruskowski on a grinding line but also saw duty on the power play and as a penalty killer. In 1981-82 he scored a goal and played a smothering defensive role in the Kings' stunning first round upset of the Edmonton Oilers. The next season he scored a personal-best 16 goals and remained with the club through the 1985-86 season before retiring. A popular figure with his teammates, Kelly was voted the Kings' Unsung Hero in 1982 and 1983. He was dedicated to his family's farm in Alberta and even skipped bonus trips paid for by Los Angeles at the end of the season to help out back home.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1975-76 Maple Ridge Blazers BCJHL 64 34 35 69 68
1975-76 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 2 0 0 0 2
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 68 35 24 59 62 5 2 2 4 0
1976-77 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup
1977-78 New Westminster Bruins WCJHL 70 26 30 56 124 20 10 15 25 51
1977-78 New Westminster Bruins M-Cup 5 3 0 3 2
1978-79 New Westminster Bruins WHL 70 25 22 47 207 5 0 1 1 15
1978-79 Canada WJC-A 5 0 0 0 10
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 40 2 5 7 28 -6 3 0 0 0 2
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 19 3 6 9 8 +4 4 0 1 1 25
1980-81 Houston Apollos CHL 33 11 17 28 31
1980-81 Rochester Americans AHL 16 5 10 15 32
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 70 12 11 23 100 -21 10 1 0 1 14
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 65 16 15 31 52 -14
1983-84 Los Angeles Kings NHL 72 7 14 21 73 -34
1984-85 Los Angeles Kings NHL 73 8 10 18 55 -9 1 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Los Angeles Kings NHL 61 6 9 15 50 -17
NHL Totals 400 54 70 124 366 18 1 1 2 41


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