Chris Kelly (ice hockey)

Chris Kelly
Born (1980-11-11) November 11, 1980
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Center/Left wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Ottawa Senators
Boston Bruins
Martigny Red Ice
Anaheim Ducks
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 94th overall, 1999
Ottawa Senators
Playing career 2001present

Christopher Kelly (born November 11, 1980) is a Canadian professional ice hockey forward who is currently an unrestricted free agent. Kelly has previously played for the Ottawa Senators, Boston Bruins and Anaheim Ducks in the National Hockey League (NHL). He was a member of Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup-winning team. He won gold with Team Canada at the Spengler Cup. In the 2018 Winter Olympics, Kelly represented Canada as captain of the men's ice hockey team, leading the team to a bronze medal.[1][2]

Playing career


Kelly was born in Toronto and 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 bantam team and then OHA Jr. A. hockey with the Aurora Tigers. Kelly was then selected in the fourth round, 56th overall, by the Ontario Hockey League (OHL)'s London Knights in the 1997 OHL Priority Selection.

At the major junior level, Kelly played for both the Knights and the Sudbury Wolves. In 1998–99, he scored 36 goals, his career-high scoring mark in the OHL. He also played for the Team Orr in the mid-season at the CHL Top Prospects Game. In the OHL playoffs, he scored nine goals and 26 points in 25 games as the Knights reached the OHL Final.


Ottawa Senators

Kelly was drafted 94th overall by the Ottawa Senators in the 1999 NHL Entry Draft. He 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 Binghamton 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 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 line-up, appearing in all of the team's 82 games and registering 30 points whilst playing in a checking role. The following season, he was a member of the Senators team that advanced to the 2007 Stanley Cup Finals.[3]

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 again re-signed with the Senators on a four-year contract extension worth $8.5 million on June 20, 2008.

Boston Bruins

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 February 15, 2011, for a second-round draft pick in 2011; Ottawa later used the pick to select forward Shane Prince. On June 15, 2011, Kelly and the Boston Bruins won the Stanley Cup in seven games over the Vancouver Canucks.

On April 12, 2012, Kelly scored the game-winning goal in overtime in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal 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 rumoured to be returning to the Senators,[4] though he ended up re-signing with the Bruins on June 11, 2012, agreeing to a four-year, $12 million contract.[5] The deal, however, was quickly rejected by the NHL due to what then-Bruins General Manager Peter Chiarelli referred to as "payroll tagging issues."[6]

As the 2013–14 season began on October 3, 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 converted the penalty shot, scoring the first Bruins goal of the season against goaltender Anders Lindbäck while the Bruins were in a short-handed situation en route to an eventual 3–1 home victory.[7] The goal marked the first time in NHL history that a team scored its first goal of the season via a penalty shot.[8]

In his sixth year with the Bruins in the 2015–16 season, and in the final year of the his contract, Kelly began the campaign leading the Bruins penalty-kill. Kelly scored 2 goals in 11 games before on November 3, 2015, he buckled his left leg on the ice and broke his left femur in a game against the Dallas Stars.[9] He was announced to have undergone surgery the following day and was scheduled to have a 6-8 month recovery period, which effectively ruled him out for the season.[10]

Return to the Senators

As a free agent following his recovery from his broken leg with the Bruins, Kelly signed a one-year contract to return to the Ottawa Senators on July 7, 2016.[11] In the 2016–17 season, Kelly appeared in all 82 games for the club, scoring 12 points.

At the conclusion of his contract, Kelly was not re-signed by the Senators, making him an unrestricted free agent. Unsigned over the summer, the Edmonton Oilers signed Kelly to a professional tryout on September 9, 2017.[12] Kelly attended the Oilers training camp and pre-season and remained with the club to start the 2017–18 season. Despite practicing with the team, Kelly was not offered a contract with the Oilers and on November 24, 2017, he returned within the Senators organization by signing a professional tryout deal with new AHL affiliate, the Belleville Senators.[13]

On January 9, 2018, following his performance with Team Canada at the Spengler Cup, Kelly was re-signed to a professional tryout agreement with the Belleville Senators.[14]

Anaheim Ducks

At the conclusion of the Olympics, Kelly returned to the NHL in agreeing to a one-year, $1.25 million contract for the remainder of the season with the Anaheim Ducks on February 25, 2018.[15] He appeared in just 12 games to play out the regular season, posting just 2 assists.

International play

Medal record
Representing  Canada
Ice hockey
Olympic Games
2018 Pyeongchang

Spengler Cup

On December 20, 2017, Kelly was released from his professional tryout agreement with the Belleville Senators to join Team Canada for the 2017 Spengler Cup,[16] which they won. He rejoined the Senators immediately following the tournament.


On January 11, 2018, Kelly was named to Team Canada for the 2018 Winter Olympics.[17] He was named team captain on February 8, 2018.[18] Kelly, and Team Canada won the bronze medal, defeating the Czech Republic 6–4.[1]

Personal life

Kelly married during the summer of 2008 in Mexico.[19] He met his wife Krissy Broderick while attending Saunders Secondary School as a member of the London Knights as a teenager. Broderick now teaches elementary school in Ottawa.[20]

Career statistics

Regular season and playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonTeamLeague GPGAPtsPIM GPGAPtsPIM
1995–96Toronto MarlborosMTHL 4225457025
1996–97Aurora TigersOHA 4914203411
1997–98London KnightsOHL 541514294 1645912
1998–99London KnightsOHL 6836417760 259172622
1999–00London KnightsOHL 6329437257
2000–01London KnightsOHL 3121345546
2000–01Sudbury WolvesOHL 195162117 121151614
2001–02Muskegon FuryUHL 41230
2001–02Grand Rapids GriffinsAHL 3133620 51125
2002–03Binghamton SenatorsAHL 7717143173 142358
2003–04Binghamton SenatorsAHL 5415193440 20004
2003–04Ottawa SenatorsNHL 40000
2004–05Binghamton SenatorsAHL 7724366057 61231
2005–06Ottawa SenatorsNHL 8210203076 100000
2006–07Ottawa SenatorsNHL 8215233840 203474
2007–08Ottawa SenatorsNHL 7511193030
2008–09Ottawa SenatorsNHL 8212112338
2009–10Ottawa SenatorsNHL 8115173238 61562
2010–11Ottawa SenatorsNHL 5712112327
2010–11Boston BruinsNHL 242356 2558136
2011–12Boston BruinsNHL 8220193941 71234
2012–13Martigny Red IceNLB 84598
2012–13Boston BruinsNHL 3436916 2221319
2013–14Boston BruinsNHL 57991832
2014–15Boston BruinsNHL 807212848
2015–16Boston BruinsNHL 112020
2016–17Ottawa SenatorsNHL 82571223 20000
2017–18Belleville SenatorsAHL 1602210
2017–18Anaheim DucksNHL 120222
NHL totals 845123168291417 9212203237


Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2018 Canada OG 6 2 1 3 0
Senior totals 6 2 1 3 0


  1. 1 2 "Canadian men's hockey team beats Czech Republic to win Bronze medal". National Post. 2018-02-24. Retrieved 2018-02-24.
  2. "Canada picks Chris Kelly as Captain of Olympic men's team". Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. 2018-02-14. Retrieved 2018-02-14.
  3. Allen Panzeri (October 25, 2007). "Stats don't tell Kelly's story". Ottawa Citizen. Archived from the original on November 3, 2012. Retrieved October 26, 2007.
  4. "Sens should re-sign tough duo". June 5, 2012. Retrieved June 5, 2012.
  5. "Bruins agree to terms on new deals for Kelly and Campbell". The Sports Network. June 11, 2012. Retrieved June 11, 2012.
  6. "NHL rejects Kelly contract". June 14, 2012. Retrieved June 14, 2012.
  7. Kalman, Matt (October 3, 2013). "Bruins beat Lightning in season-opener". National Hockey League. Retrieved October 4, 2013.
  8. "Bruins subdue Lightning in opener". Boston Globe. October 3, 2013. Retrieved October 3, 2013.
  9. "Seguin dominates as Stars beat Bruins". The Sports Network. November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  10. "Kelly's fractured Femur a major blow to Bruins leadership, penalty-kill". NESN. November 3, 2015. Retrieved November 3, 2015.
  11. "Senators sign F Kelly to one-year contract". TSN. July 7, 2016. Retrieved July 7, 2016.
  12. "Edmonton Oilers add Chris Kelly on PTO agreement". Edmonton Journal. September 9, 2017. Retrieved September 9, 2017.
  13. "Belleville Senators sign Chris Kelly to a PTO". November 24, 2017. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  14. Tidcombe, Matt (January 9, 2018). "Senators sign Kelly to a second PTO". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  15. "Ducks sign Olympian Chris Kelly to one-year deal". The Sports Network. 2018-02-25. Retrieved 2018-02-25.
  16. Tidcombe, Matt (December 20, 2017). "Kelly released from his PTO". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  17. "Hockey Canada announces men's Olympic roster". January 11, 2018. Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  18. Wharnsby, Tim (February 8, 2018). "Canada picks Chris Kelly to captain Olympic men's hockey team". Retrieved February 14, 2018.
  19. Garrioch, Bruce (September 16, 2008). "NHL Team Reports: Summer Vacation". The Hockey News. p. 49.
  20. Kressman, Jim (May 11, 2006). "Kelly finding feet with Sens". Slam! Sports. Retrieved November 5, 2008.
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