Chris Kelly: the Bruins vocalist
BOSTON (WHDH) -- It’s no surprise Bruins forward Chris Kelly has a big mouth on the ice.
“Kells is not quite at all. He’s got a big mouth,” said Bruins defenseman Dennis Seidenberg.
Teammate Brad Marchand agreed, but it’s not just on the ice where his voice can be heard by many.
“There’s no doubt about that, especially on the plane you can hear him all the way in the back and in the front so he’s a good guy to have around,” said Marchand.
And from one talker to another, Marchand and Kelly are kindred spirits of sorts.
“We give it to each other pretty good. He’s always talking and laughing and joking around. And he puts on a good front in front of the media and in public but behind closed doors he’s a funny guy,” said Marchand.
It was no laughing matter after the first period in Game 1, and Kelly’s voice was loud and clear in the intermission.
“He speaks up when it’s time to speak up as well. I think that’s kind of Kells’ thing, is not just constant cheerleading or chatter, it’s when he’s got something to say, he means it and I think it carries a little more weight,” said Bruins defenseman Andrew Ferrence.
Even when his offensive game was a little light, his leadership never lacked.
“He feels it’s been a little tougher for him this year because he hasn’t had the kind of year he would like. I still think, and I told him, it was important that he continues to be a leader. And kind of everybody respects him that way and he’s got to bring that to us everywhere, dressing room, on the ice, practice. And that’s just his personality. He’s a very intense individual,” said Bruins head coach, Claude Julien.