Boston Bruins

CHICAGO, IL - JUNE 15: (L-R) Chris Kelly #23 and Tuukka Rask #40 of the Boston Bruins talk to the media after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks in Game Two of the NHL 2013 Stanley Cup Final at United Center on June 15, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Bruce Bennett/Getty Images)

The Boston Bruins updated their coaching staff and formally added a familiar face back to the mix Friday.

Beginning in the NHL, the Bruins confirmed that Chris Kelly will move out of his current player development coordinator role and step behind the bench as the B’s newest assistant coach.

The 40-year-old Kelly has some coaching experience, as he served as an assistant on Marc Crawford’s staff during Crawford’s 18-game run as the Senators’ interim head coach in 2019. Kelly, who spent six years with the Bruins and won a Stanley Cup with the team in 2011, has been with the B’s organization since July 2019.

Kelly will replace Jay Pandolfo, who left the Bruins earlier this offseason to take an associate head coaching gig with Boston University. Pandolfo worked primarily with the team’s forwards, and added more power-play duties to his plate in 2021.


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