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January 28, 2018

Unknown Canadians: Chris Kelly

Chris Kelly is another of the better known 2018 Canadian Olympians. He has played 833 NHL games - the most of any Canadian Olympian - with Ottawa and Boston. He was part of Boston's 2011 Stanley Cup championship team.

Kelly has been playing with Ottawa's AHL farm team in Belleville this season, hoping to make the Olympic team to cap off his impressive career. The 37 year old was all but set to retire last summer until news that the NHL would not be going to Pyeongchang.

“It’s huge honour. It’s not something I ever dreamed of. It’s always been the good players that get invited,” Kelly said. “To be selected, not only to represent your country, but to represent them at the Olympics, I don’t think it’s even sunk in yet. It’s pretty cool. The attention I’ve gotten from this is far greater than any I’ve got.

Is this the end for Chris Kelly? Most likely.

“I still love coming to the rink. It’s going to be over soon. I know that. It ends for us all, but I want to enjoy as much as I can. I always make jokes that I don’t want to grow up and get a real job,” Kelly said. “This is enjoyable. I’ve been so lucky to be around so many good people in the game.

“I’ve enjoyed every part of it.”

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