The 2011 Bruins run to the Stanley Cup championship was full of heroes.
Every player, first line to fourth, first defense pair to third, and of course goalie Tim Thomas, had a magical moment on the way to Boston ending its 39-year drought.
Gregory Campbell and Chris Kelly both made their marks in 2011, during the run to the 2013 Stanley Cup final and throughout their Bruins careers.
Both are now working in player development and were on hand at the Prospects Challenge in Buffalo. And both agreed to join The Skate Podcast co-host Matt Kalman for a Bonus Skate Podcast to talk about their current jobs and to talk about 2011 and the mini-reunion that took place before Game 1 of the 2019 Stanley Cup Final.
“It’s almost a bond that you can’t really describe,” Campbell, now development coach for the Columbus Blue Jackets, told Kalman about the mini-reunion. “And again, it was like no time had passed. We all picked up where we left off and obviously our careers all took us in different directions, and you know a lot of us played against one another on different teams and what not. But what I thought was really cool was after the game, we went down and we spent some time with the guys that were on the team and the guys we played with. And to just have that whole group together was just a real special moment for me.”
Kelly returned to the Bruins this summer as player development coordinator, a title he shares with Jamie Langenbrunner. After working in development for Ottawa last season, Kelly doesn’t think it’ll take him long to have a handle on all of Boston’s prospects and make sure they’re on the right track.
“It doesn’t take as long as you would think to kind of get familiar with players. There’s some guys that are at Providence that were part of the organization when I was here as a player, newly drafted and things like that,” Kelly said. “So I kind of have an idea with them.
“It’s just about forming relationships and that takes time.”
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