Introduction of Coach Kelly
UNB vs STU, at the AUC, November 17th, 1999
Our Guest of Honour this evening is no stranger to the followers of UNB hockey. Mr. Pete Kelly has had an illustrious career at both the amateur and professional levels of sports. He has had an oustanding career as an amateur and professional hockey player, being a member of the Stanley Cup Champion, Detroit Red Wings in 1935-36 & 1936-37 seasons. He had the distinction of playing in the longest play-off game in NHL history with Detroit, and scroing the winning goal in one of the Stanley Cup final games. After a distinguished career in the NHL, Pete played for the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League and set a record in 1941 with a league record 77 points in 48 games. Pete also played Senior hockey in Charlottetown in the period prior to his NHL career.
In addition to his prowess on the ice, Pete has had a very distinguished career in golf as both an amateur and a professional. His outstanding contributions to sport as an athlete, teacher and coach were acknowledged when he was indcuted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1978.
Pete Kelly has made a great contribution to sport on campus as well. He served as Athletic Director from 1947 to 1975 and was the varsity hockey coach as well during this period. During his tenure, the Red Devils won a number of Maritime Championships. The banners which hang here from the 1960's are testimony to the teams he coached which brought honour to this university.
When people speak about Mr. Pete Kelly, they readily acknowledge his outstanding career in sport, but just as important, they acknowledge what an oustanding role model he has been for the generations which followed him. He will always be remembered as a great athlete, coach, and teacher but through all of this he has been a 'gentleman'; one who has always had the admiration and respect of his players, colleagues, and adversaries.
We invite Mr. Pete Kelly to come forward to drop the puck for the continuation of the "BATTLE OF THE HILL".