David C. Kelley
David C. Kelley
Team: Ice Hockey

David C. Kelley '60
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1985

In December of 1959, two teams from Rhode Island - Brown andProvidence College - faced off against each other in theconsolation round of the Boston Arena Christmas Hockey Tournament.Brown appeared to be at a disadvantage, as the team was missing twoof its forwards because of injuries. But the Bruins played solid,defensive hockey, and pushed the Friars into sudden-death overtimebefore losing the game, 2-1. And in addition to Brown's strongdefensive showing, a tough forward, David C. Kelley '60 gave thefans from College Hill a taste of offensive firepower. "In theseventh minute of the second period," reported the ProvidenceJournal, "Dave Kelley broke from the center zone against two Friardefenders. He cut to his left as he crossed the blue line andappeared to be well covered by the Providence rearguard. But as heneared the boards, the sharpshooting Bruin veteran cut loose with ablistering 35-footer that landed in the netting behind goalie PaulGauthier for a 1-0 Brown lead." Another press report about thegame, quoted in the Brown Alumni Monthly, had glowing praise forKelley. "Skating double shifts because of Brown's shorthandedness,(he) played tremendous hockey and was a threat every time he gothis stick on the puck." For his outstanding play Kelley was namedto the first-team tournament all-stars, and was runner-up for MostValuable Player. David Kelley notched other honors in his Browncareer. He ranks fifteenth on the Bruin's all-time scoring list(tied with Peter J. Tutless '56), with 56 goals, 39 assists for 95points. He made second-team All East in 1958 and was on both theFirst Team All-Ivy and First Team All-East teams in 1960. Kelleywas a hero in another game during his senior year, when on February2 the hockey team broke a three-game losing streak and evened itsIvy record by beating Princeton, 6-2, with three goals and anassist from Kelley. "It was a well-deserved triumph for Brown,which coupled the Kelley-engineered offense with some of itspatented defensive play," the Providence Journal reporter wrote."Kelley, one of the top forwards in New England college circles,scored two of his goals in the opening period...In hiking his goaltotal for the season to 18, the veteran wing for Brown off andrunning with a whistling 25-footer that caught the upper-rightcorner of the cage." Kelley scored again with a 40-foot shot fromthe right in the final minute of the first period. In the secondperiod, "Kelley gathered in his own rebound while seemingly pastthe cage and managed to put it past (the Princeton goalie). Then,to complete his night's work, the Melrose (Massachusetts) speedsterbroke with Ed Jones on a 2-on-1 situation in the 16th minute. Heheld the puck and then slipped it to Jones, who hit on a short shotfrom in front." Looking back, Kelley, now a school teacher onMartha's Vineyard where he lives with his wife, Susan, and threechildren, has difficulty remembering his postseason honors. "It'sbeen a long time," he explains. But he remembers vividly what agood time he had. "Jim Fullerton was our coach," he recalls, "andHenry Coupe was the assistant coach. It seems to me that they hadthe right attitude about winning and losing. Basically, we had alot of fun playing the game. When we won, which was about half thetime, it was usually an upset, and a tribute to their coachingability. I was fortunate to play for Jim and enjoyed every minuteof it." Brown hockey fans of the era shared that enjoyment andsense of fun - in large part because of the heroics of DavidKelley.