Justin Kelly (ice hockey)

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Justin Kelly
Born (1981-03-17) March 17, 1981 (age 36)
Abbotsford, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Swe.1 team
Former teams
IF Troja/Ljungby
Krefeld Pinguine
DEG Metro Stars
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2002–present

Justin Kelly (born March 17, 1981 in Abbotsford, British Columbia) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the Bietigheim Steelers in the German league DEL2.

Career[edit]

Kelly spent five seasons in the WHL, including three and a half with the Saskatoon Blades. In 2001-02, he tallied 86 points (39 goals, 47 assists) in 72 games for the Blades, which ranked him tenth in the league.[1]

The 2002-03 season saw him skate for Swedish side IF Troja/Ljungby.

Upon his return from Europe, Kelly spent three years playing on five different teams in three different leagues, AHL, UHL and ECHL, before bringing his game back to Europe: In the course of the 2006-07 season, Kelly featured for three different clubs, including Eishockey-Club Olten of Switzerland, EHC Linz of Austria and Val Pusteria of Italy.[2]

Kelly embarked on a three-year stint with German second-division club Bietigheim Steelers in 2008 and would make 129 DEL2 appearances in three seasons, amassing a total of 167 points (64 goals, 103 assists).[3] In 2009-10, he received Player of the Year honors.[4][5] That attracted the attention of German top-tier side Krefeld Pinguine, who signed Kelly for the 2010-11 Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) season. He moved to fellow DEL club DEG Metro Stars for the following campaign,[6] which was hampered by a knee injury sustained in October 2011.[7]

The 2012-13 season saw him return to IF Troja/Ljungby of Sweden,[8] where he had signed his first overseas contract ten years earlier. Kelly then inked a deal with the Ravensburg Towerstars for the 2013-14 campaign, which turned out to be a very successful one: He scored 32 goals on the season to go along with 58 assists for a shared top spot in the DEL2 scoring ranks.

Kelly then returned to the Bietigheim Steelers for the 2014-15 season[9] and in June 2015, had his contract renewed for 2015-16.[10] In the 2015-16 season, he led the DEL2 in scoring with 85 points[11] and for the second time was named DEL2 Player of the Year.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1997–98 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 22 4 8 12 2
1997–98 Spokane Chiefs WHL 13 0 0 0 0
1998–99 Saskatoon Blades WHL 20 3 5 8 6
1998–99 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 30 3 4 7 13
1999–00 Saskatoon Blades WHL 54 6 11 17 36 11 0 1 1 9
2000–01 Saskatoon Blades WHL 60 16 40 56 38
2001–02 Saskatoon Blades WHL 72 39 47 86 47 7 4 2 6 4
2002–03 IF Troja-Ljungby Allsvenskan 23 11 13 24 14 10 4 5 9 14
2003–04 Las Vegas Wranglers ECHL 31 12 11 23 20 2 1 0 1 0
2003–04 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 34 4 5 9 10
2004–05 Adirondack Frostbite UHL 57 23 42 65 29 6 2 4 6 2
2004–05 Springfield Falcons AHL 4 2 1 3 0
2005–06 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 59 31 40 71 45 5 2 2 4 2
2005–06 Springfield Falcons AHL 5 0 0 0 4
2006–07 EHC Olten NLB 10 4 6 10 6
2006–07 EHC Linz EBEL 11 6 9 15 10
2006–07 HC Pustertal Wölfe Italy 22 12 19 31 20 8 5 10 15 10
2007–08 Bietigheim Steelers DEL2 32 14 18 32 18 5 0 2 2 6
2008–09 Bietigheim Steelers DEL2 48 26 37 63 40 12 8 8 16 4
2009–10 Bietigheim Steelers DEL2 49 24 48 72 54 12 6 10 16 14
2010–11 Krefeld Pinguine DEL 52 11 18 29 16 8 1 3 4 2
2011–12 DEG Metro Stars DEL 14 0 2 2 4 7 1 1 2 18
2012–13 IF Troja-Ljungby Allsvenskan 46 21 19 40 36
2013–14 Bietigheim Steelers DEL2 54 32 58 90 46 7 3 3 6 8
2014–15 Bietigheim Steelers DEL2 15 13 11 24 6 14 6 12 18 8
2015–16 Bietigheim Steelers DEL2 52 34 51 85 53 11 4 15 19 4
AHL totals 43 6 6 12 14
DEL totals 66 11 20 31 20 15 2 4 6 20

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WHL Network". www.whl.ca. Archived from the original on 2016-02-22. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  2. ^ GmbH, Thomas Röstel, Matthias Geissler - Sports Trade. "Statistiken - Spielpläne - Archiv der DEL2". www.del-2.org. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  3. ^ "RODI-DB - Die deutsche Eishockey-Datenbank". www.rodi-db.de. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  4. ^ Scheer, Mareike. "Justin Kelly bei DEG: Nach 37 Tagen ausgeflittert". NRZ. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  5. ^ EISHOCKEY.INFO. "Krefeld Pinguine: Pinguine holen Bundesliga-Topscorer Kelly - Weitere Spieler aus Liga 2 und dem eigenen Nachwuchs". EISHOCKEY INFO. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  6. ^ DEG Metro Stars 2011/2012 Roster Archived 2012-03-07 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ "Zwangspause für Eishockey-Stürmer Justin Kelly". BILD.de. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  8. ^ "Justin Kelly comes back to Troja!" (in Swedish). IF Troja/Ljungby. 2012-08-01. Retrieved 2012-08-01. 
  9. ^ peter. "Justin Kelly - ein Publikumsliebling kehrt zurück ins Ellental". www.esbg.de. Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  10. ^ GmbH, Südwest Presse Online-Dienste. "Auch Justin Kelly bleibt bei den Steelers". swp.de (in German). Retrieved 2016-02-14. 
  11. ^ del-2.org. "DEL2 Topscorer". www.del-2.org (in German). Retrieved 2016-03-01. 
  12. ^ GmbH, Thomas Röstel, Matthias Geissler - Sports Trade. "Justin Kelly bester DEL2-Profi der Saison | del-2.org". del-2.org. Retrieved 2016-03-13. 

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