The Ottawa Senators have announced today that they’ve appointed former NHLer Chris Kelly to the position of development coach. The 37 year old Kelly was unable to lock up a contract this offseason, following a 2017-18 season that saw him both represent Team Canada at the 2018 Winter Olympics AND play in the NHL for the Anaheim Ducks.
The veteran of 845 NHL games played 12 games for the Ducks last season, scoring two assists. Kelly’s last full season came in 2016-17 for the Senators where he scored five goals and 12 points in 82 games. Today's news official signals the end of Kelly's playing career. The Stanley Cup champion finishes his impressive career with 123 goals and 291 points in 845 career NHL games split between the Ducks, Sens and Boston Bruins, the latter or which he won a Stanley Cup championship with in 2011. His career high came during the 2011-12 season when he potted 20 goals and 39 points in 82 games.
Read below for the full press release courtesy of the Senators’ official website:
*OTTAWA* - The Ottawa Senators announced today that former Senator, Stanley Cup champion, Olympic medalist, Spengler Cup champion and veteran of 845 NHL games Chris Kelly has joined the team as a development coach, joining former Senator Shean Donovan.
Kelly, 37, will join Donovan to help oversee and support the progress of prospects throughout the Senators system. He returns to the team for which he was drafted and began his career. He was a member of the 2007 team that made the franchise’s only appearance in the Stanley Cup Final and returned to be was part of the 2017 team that was defeated in double overtime in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Final.
In 845 career NHL games, Kelly scored 123 goals and added 168 assists for 291 points with Ottawa, the Boston Bruins and the Anaheim Ducks. He won the Stanley Cup as part of the 2011 Bruins, a gold medal with Team Canada at the 2017 Spengler Cup and most recently served as captain of the 2018 Canadian Olympic Men’s hockey team, capturing a bronze medal.