June 16, 2011
Cup heading to Ottawa ... as a visitor
By CHRIS STEVENSON, QMI Agency
VANCOUVER - The Stanley Cup could be spending more time in Ottawa this summer than anywhere else.
Each member of the victorious Boston Bruins gets his day with the Cup and with general manager Peter Chiarelli, coach Claude Julien and forward Marc Savard all having Ottawa roots, not to mention scouts Jack Higgins and Mike Chiarelli, it's likely the Cup will be feeling at home there.
You can add Bruins forward Chris Kelly to the list of those who probably will bring the Cup to the nation's capital.
As he savoured the Bruins' Cup win on the ice at Rogers Arena Wednesday night, Kelly, a former Ottawa Senator, told QMI Agency he now considers Ottawa home and that's where he likely will be when he spends his day with the Cup.
"Ottawa has been so good to me," said Kelly, whose parents live in Bowmanville, Ont. "I don't know what I'll do (with the Cup), but it will probably be in Ottawa."
Kelly turned out to be a key acquisition for the Bruins at the trade deadline, acquired for a second-round pick.
He anchored the Bruins' third line and was a big reason they beat the Montreal Canadiens in the opening round. Kelly had three goals and three assists against the Habs in their seven-game series, including a three-point performance in their Game 4 win in Montreal to tie the series.
He finished with 13 points in 25 games and was plus-11.