By Ty Anderson, 985TheSportsHub.com
The Boston Bruins are bringing an old friend back to the organization, as Chris Kelly has been hired as the team’s player development coordinator, according to Bruins general manager Don Sweeney.
Kelly spent last season as the development coach for the Ottawa Senators, and also served as an assistant coach for the Senators when Marc Crawford replaced Guy Boucher as the team’s head coach on Mar. 1.
Prior to serving in that role with Ottawa, Kelly played 14 seasons in the NHL, including six seasons with the Bruins.
Kelly was arguably at his best during his six-year run in Boston, scoring 43 goals and notching 58 assists for 101 points, and appearing in two Stanley Cup runs (successful in 2011, unsuccessful in 2013) with the club. Over 25 playoff games in 2011, Kelly recorded five goals and eight assists for 13 points, and centered a line with Michael Ryder and Rich Peverley that by all means saved the the Black and Gold’s postseason fate with their round-one performance against the Canadiens.
Overall, the 38-year-old skated in 845 NHL games between the Senators, Bruins, and Anaheim Ducks.
Kelly’s addition to the B’s will not bump Jamie Langenbrunner from his post with the Bruins, though, as Langenbrunner will continue to work with the Bruins as a development coach, according to the Boston Herald’s Steve Conroy.
Sweeney also announced the addition of Andrew Dickson as an amateur scout. Dickson comes to the Bruins after serving as an NHL amateur scout for the past 11 years between the Detroit Red Wings (2013-2019) and Columbus Blue Jackets (2008-2013).