Chris Kelly (ice hockey)
November 11, 1980 |
Toronto, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight||198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)|
|NHL Draft||94th overall, 1999
Christopher Kelly (born November 11, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward for the Boston Bruins of the National Hockey League (NHL). Previously, Kelly spent several seasons in the Ottawa Senators organization. He is an alternate captain for the Bruins during away games and was a member of Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup winning team.
Kelly was born in Toronto, Ontario but grew up one hour east of the city in Bowmanville. He started playing in the Clarington Recreational Hockey League and with the Clarington Toros AA program. For one year he played for the Toronto Marlboros Bantams and then OHA Jr.A. hockey with the Aurora Tigers. Kelly was a 4th round pick (56th overall) in the 1997 OHL Priority Selection by the London Knights.
At the major junior level, Kelly had played for the Sudbury Wolves and London Knights. In 1998–99, he scored 36 goals, his best season goal-wise in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He also played for the Bobby Orr team in the mid-season of the Canadian Hockey League Top Prospects Game. In the playoffs, he scored 9 goals and 26 points in 25 games as the Knights reached the OHL Final.
Kelly spent one year in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the Grand Rapids Griffins and three seasons in the same league with the Binghamton Senators. He also played with the Muskegon Fury (of the UHL) for four games (recovering from an injury). In 2004–05, he had finished fifth in the AHL in plus-minus with +30. He also finished fifth on the Binghamton Senators with 60 points, as the team finished fourth overall in the league. When he was a professional rookie in 2001–02, he helped the Griffins finish fourth in the AHL. In his two final seasons in Binghamton, Kelly served as team captain.
Kelly was drafted 94th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on February 5, 2004, in a match against the Toronto Maple Leafs, one of four games he appeared in with Ottawa during 2003–04. In his rookie season of 2005–06 he became a regular in Ottawa's lineup, appearing in all of the team's 82 games and registering 30 points while playing a checking role. The following season, he was a member of the Senators' team which advanced to the Stanley Cup Finals. On July 31, 2007, he re-signed with the Senators to a one-year contract worth $1.263 million. Kelly was set to become an unrestricted free agent on July 1, 2008 but re-signed with the Senators on a four-year contract extension worth $8.5 million on June 20, 2008.
As part of a rebuilding process undertaken by the Senators as the 2010–11 season was concluding, Kelly was dealt to the Boston Bruins on Feb. 15, 2011, for a second-round selection in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft. Ottawa used the pick to select forward Shane Prince.
On June 15, 2011, Kelly and the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in seven games against the Vancouver Canucks.
On April 12, 2012, Kelly scored the game winning goal in overtime in game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarter-final series against the Washington Capitals. The Bruins ultimately lost the series in seven games. A pending unrestricted free agent as the 2011-12 season wrapped up, Kelly was rumored to be returning to the Senators. He ended up re-signing with the Bruins on June 11, 2012, agreeing to a contract paying him $12 million over four years. However, the deal was quickly rejected by the NHL due to what Bruins' GM Peter Chiarelli referred to as "payroll tagging issues".
As the 2013-14 Boston Bruins season started on October 3rd, 2013 with a home game against the Tampa Bay Lightning, Kelly had his first-ever chance at a penalty shot in his NHL career in the first period of the game. He scored the first Bruins goal of the new season with the penalty shot against Lightning goalie Anders Lindback while the Bruins were in a short handed situation, on the way to a 3-1 home rink defeat of the Lightning. It is the first time in NHL history that a team scored it's first goal of the season on a penalty shot.
Kelly was married during the summer of 2008, in Mexico. He met his fiancée Krissy Broderick while attending Saunders Secondary School as a member of the London Knights as a teenager; Broderick now teaches elementary school in Ottawa.
|2001–02||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||31||3||3||6||20||5||1||1||2||5|
- Sens should re-sign tough duo http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Ottawa/2012/06/07/19851206-qmi.html
- BRUINS AGREE TO TERMS ON NEW DEALS FOR KELLY AND CAMPBELL http://www.tsn.ca/nhl/story/?id=398170
- NHL rejects Kelly contract: Report http://slam.canoe.ca/Slam/Hockey/NHL/Boston/2012/06/14/19876616.html
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