Canadian Olympic men’s hockey team names Chris Kelly captain

Chris Kelly (Jordan LeBlanc, Wikimedia Commons)

Chris Kelly of Toronto, Ontario has been named the captain for Team Canada in men’s hockey at the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in Pyeongchang. Kelly has played 16 games for the Belleville Senators in the American Hockey League this season and has two assists and is a -1 with 10 penalty minutes.

Kelly has played 14 seasons in the National Hockey League–eight with the Ottawa Senators and six with the Boston Bruins. In 833 games, he has 123 goals and 166 assists for 289 points. Kelly’s best season came in 2011-12 with the Boston Bruins when he had career highs in goals (20), points (39), short handed goals (two), and game winning goals (six).

However the one area of Kelly’s game that season which was the most impressive was his defense. At +33, which was also a career high, Kelly had the third highest plus/minus in the National Hockey League in 2011-12 as well. However even though Kelly was a +33, he only had the third highest plus/minus on the Bruins that season as Patrice Bergeron led the NHL with a +36 and former Bruins sniper Tyler Seguin was second with a +34. Kelly was also tied with Bruins star defenseman Zdeno Chara, who was also a +33.

Kelly and Team Canada play their first game of the Olympic men’s hockey tournament on February 15 against Switzerland at 5:10 am MT.

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