Bulletin: Senators Re-Sign Centre Chris Kelly
Kelly returns to the Senators for his third full season in the NHL. He recorded his best season in 2006-07, scoring 15 goals and adding 23 assists for 38 points in 82 games. The Toronto native also had seven points (three goals and four assists) while playing in all 20 post-season games.
In two full NHL seasons, and four games during the 2003-04 campaign, the 26-year-old has recorded 25 goals, 43 assists and 116 penalty minutes over 168 regular season games. Kelly also has contributed seven points (3-4) and six penalty minutes in 30 career playoff games. He has played in 164 consecutive regular season games and in every Senators post-season games (30) since the start of the 2005-06 season.
Kelly spent three seasons Ottawa’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Binghamton Senators – the last two as team captain in 2003-04 and 2004-05. He recorded 56 goals and 69 assists for 125 points in 208 AHL games. During the 2003-04 season, he was recalled to Ottawa on two occasions and made his NHL debut on Feb. 5, 2004, against the Toronto Maple Leafs.
Kelly was Ottawa’s third-round pick (94th overall) in the 1999 NHL draft.
CHRIS KELLY, Centre, shoots left, 6’, 199 200 lbs.
Born: Nov. 11, 1980 (Toronto)
Drafted: Ottawa’s third-round pick, 94th overall, in the 1999 NHL Draft