SBD/Issue 56/Sports Industrialists

Respected Hockey Writer Jim Kelley Passes Away At 61

JIM KELLEY, "one of the most honored sportswriters in Buffalo's history," died yesterday of pancreatic cancer at the age of 61, according to Milt Northrop of the BUFFALO NEWS. Kelley in '04 received the Hockey HOF's Elmer Ferguson Award, granting him entrance into the HOF. He also was inducted in '05 into the Greater Buffalo Sports HOF and also will be inducted posthumously into the Sabres HOF on Jan. 1. Kelley was elected to three terms as Professional Hockey Writers' Association President. He left the Buffalo News after 32 years in '99 and "wrote hockey columns for,, and" (BUFFALO NEWS, 12/1). Kelley also served as a broadcaster on Toronto's The Fan 590-AM. He filed his last column to yesterday, evaluating Maple Leafs President & GM BRIAN BURKE's two years on the job (, 11/30). THE HOCKEY NEWS' Adam Proteau wrote of Kelley, "The hockey writing business lost a giant." Kelley should be "remembered as one of the hockey writing fraternity's most respected and beloved members." His stature in the industry was so high The Hockey News "had no second thoughts about naming him one of our 2002-03 Top 100 People of Power And Influence In Hockey" (, 11/30).

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