WILMINGTON, Mass. –
After putting one Bruins game under his belt on Friday when he joined the Black & Gold in Ottawa to play against his former team, on Sunday, Chris Kelly
participated in his first practice with his new teammates.
The Bruins, joined by Kelly and fellow newcomer Rich Peverley
, took to the ice at Ristuccia Memorial Arena in Wilmington for an hour-long Sunday morning practice.
“A great group here. They made me feel welcome right from the start,” Kelly said of his new teammates. “Obviously, it was a bit of a different feeling playing my first game against my old team, but it was a good experience and I was glad that we came out with the win there.”
Kelly, who centered the Bruins third line against Ottawa on Friday, is looking to fit in wherever the coaching staff needs him.
“Just to come in and play and do what I do best,” Kelly said of the B’s management’s expectations of him.
“That’s why they brought me here, I’m not going to go out and do anything outside of my game. I don’t think they expect me to do that.
"Just come in and play a good two-way game and help out where I can.”
Although Kelly has never played for an Original Six team, up until Friday he had played all of his NHL games in an Ottawa sweater. As such, he's used to the pressures of performing on a team that’s looking to make a deep playoff run.
“Obviously there is pressure wherever you go. Being in Ottawa for so many years, it’s the only sports team in that city so you’re under a microscope day in and day out.
“So this is nothing new to me, I’ve been in the finals before and that was a great time and something I look forward for this team to experience.”---Hannah Becker