Hockey Hall of Fame - Stanley Cup Journals: 2011, 21

Chris Kelly’s first stop with the Stanley Cup was the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
Chris Kelly's first stop with the Stanley Cup was the Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO)
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It is never easy to be traded. Whether it's a fresh start is beside the point — you have to start all over with a move. Sell one house, buy another. Find a doctor, dentist and mechanic. Where do you shop? You feel isolated and, often alone.

Your teammates try to make the transition as smooth as possible, but it's never without its challenges. Yet, for Chris Kelly, in spite of the hurdles, it was a terrific move when he was traded from the Ottawa Senators to the Boston Bruins on February 15, 2011.

Former teammates such as Shean Donovan joined in the celebration.
Former teammates such as Shean Donovan joined in the celebration.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
"It's pretty tough to get traded; it's my first time," Kelly said. But the Senators had struggled and the Bruins, on the other hand, had a chance to vie for the Stanley Cup, which they, of course, achieved. Also, Boston GM Peter Chiarelli had come from working in the Senators' organization, and knew that Kelly was a hard-working centre who could provide leadership savvy. The move looks a lot better in the rear-view mirror today for Chris Kelly. Nevertheless, he took the Stanley Cup back to Ottawa, where he had lived since joining the Senators full-time in 2005.

riends gathered at Chris Kelly’s house to celebrate the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
Friends gathered at Chris Kelly's house to celebrate the Bruins 2011 Stanley Cup championship.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
Chris and his wife Krissy received the Stanley Cup at their home, and before embarking on a day of celebration, had pictures taken with family around their home.

The first stop? The Children's Hospital of Eastern Ontario (CHEO), a world-renowned pediatric health and research centre. Chris spent an hour visiting with staff and volunteers, but especially his time with the patients. The kids loved Chris's visit, and were so thrilled that he brought along his new friend, Stanley.

Always the life of the party, the Stanley Cup takes a moment to relax.
Always the life of the party, the Stanley Cup takes a moment to relax. (Howie Borrow/Hockey
Hall of Fame)
More than 200 friends and family members greeted Chris at the Stonebridge Golf and Country Club, including a number of former Senator teammates: Daniel Alfredsson, Matt Carkner, Shean Donovan, Pascal Leclaire, Chris Phillips and Luke Richardson. The group toasted Kelly's victory over the course of three hours.

Back to the house, Chris spent the late afternoon with close friends and family sipping champagne out of the Stanley Cup. Doesn't matter what vintage or what brand, we're told champagne always tastes so much better when consumed from the bowl of Lord Stanley's Cup.

Joined by a small group of friends at Lago, a wonderful restaurant overlooking Dow's Lake, Chris and the Stanley Cup enjoyed hors d'oeuvres while catching up with Daniel Alfredsson and other former teammates, including Jason Spezza, Antoine Vermette and Jesse Winchester.

Chris Kelly's day with the Stanley Cup came to a conclusion. The trade had allowed Chris to achieve the dream he had had since playing hockey as a kid in Bowmanville. Nevertheless, it is easy to imagine mixed feelings in spite of having been part of hockey's greatest victory.

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On Tuesday, we'll find out how the coach and the GM spent their days with the Stanley Cup as we turn the pages of the Stanley Cup Journal.

Chris Kelly takes a sip from the most famous trophy in all of sports.   Chris Kelly returns the Stanley Cup to its case and says goodbye to the trophy.
Chris Kelly takes a sip from the most
famous trophy in all of sports.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)
 
Chris Kelly returns the Stanley Cup to its case
and says goodbye to the trophy.
(Howie Borrow/Hockey Hall of Fame)

Kevin Shea is the Editor of Publications and Online Features for the Hockey Hall of Fame.

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