Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Steve Kelly
Born in Vancouver, B.C., Steve Kelly played a year with the Westside AA in the BCAHA before joining the WHL's Prince Albert Raiders in 1992-93. As older players graduated, Kelly assumed a more prominent role as an offensive force and team leader. After scoring 31 goals in 1994-95 he was drafted sixth overall by the Edmonton Oilers in the 1995 NHL Entry Draft.

After attending his first pro camp, Kelly was returned to junior and registered 101 points, including 74 assists. He spent most of his first pro season with the AHL's Hamilton Bulldogs and scored a goal in a brief eight-game look with the Oilers. Kelly showed flashes of his potential in 19 games the next year but was traded to Tampa Bay in February with Bryan Marchment in exchange for former first overall draft pick Roman Hamrlik. Kelly played 24 games for the Lightning in 1997-98 and 34 contests the following year before the club decided to go with other players.

The young pivot was sent to the New Jersey Devils on the eve of the 1999-2000 season and enjoyed a fine year with the Albany River Rats of the AHL. He was recalled late in the season by the Devils and suited up for ten playoff games when the team beat the Dallas Stars to win the Stanley Cup. Kelly made a few appearances for New Jersey in 2000-01 before moving on to the L.A. Kings in February of 2001.

Upon his arrival with the Kings organization, Kelly spent the majority of his playing time with the club's AHL affiliate in Manchester. He later signed as a free agent with Mannheim in Germany in the summer of 2004. Kelly went on to spend four seasons in Germany, two seasons with Adler Mannheim and another two with the Drankfurt Lions. His best season overseas came in 2006-07 when the Vancouver, B.C. native tallied 38 points in 47 games. He returned to the NHL in 2007 when the Minnesota Wild opted to sign him as a free agent.

As a member of the Minnesota Wild, Kelly was sent to the club's AHL affiliate in Houston where he appeared in 48 games, tallying 10 goals and 18 assists. In the following off-season, Kelly's short stint with the Wild organization came to an end when he signed a 1-year, two-way contract with the Columbus Blue Jackets.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Westbank Westsides Minor-BC 30 25 60 85 75
1992-93 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 65 11 9 20 75
1993-94 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 65 19 42 61 106
1994-95 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 68 31 41 72 153 15 7 9 16 35
1995-96 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 70 27 74 101 203 18 13 18 31 47
1996-97 Edmonton Oilers NHL 8 1 0 1 6 -1 6 0 0 0 2
1996-97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 48 9 29 38 111 11 3 3 6 24
1997-98 Edmonton Oilers NHL 19 0 2 2 8 -4
1997-98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 11 2 8 10 18 +6
1997-98 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 24 2 1 3 15 -9
1997-98 Milwaukee Admirals IHL 5 0 1 1 19 -3
1997-98 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 5 1 1 2 29 +1 1 0 1 1 0
1998-99 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 34 1 3 4 27 -15
1998-99 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 18 6 7 13 36 +1
1999-00 Detroit Vipers IHL 1 0 0 0 4 -2
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0 10 0 0 0 4
1999-00 Albany River Rats AHL 76 21 36 57 131 -3 3 1 1 2 2
2000-01 New Jersey Devils NHL 24 2 2 4 21 0
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 1 0 1 4 0 8 0 0 0 2
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 0 1 1 2 -1 1 0 0 0 0
2001-02 Manchester Monarchs AHL 49 10 21 31 88 -1 5 1 8 9 4
2002-03 Los Angeles Kings NHL 15 2 3 5 0 -6
2002-03 Manchester Monarchs AHL 54 19 44 63 144 +9 3 0 1 1 0
2003-04 Los Angeles Kings NHL 3 0 0 0 0 0
2003-04 Manchester Monarchs AHL 59 21 49 70 117 +32 1 0 0 0 2
2004-05 Adler Mannheim Germany 46 11 22 33 210 12 1 4 5 72
2005-06 Adler Mannheim Germany 19 4 17 21 44
2005-06 Frankfurt Lions Germany 22 6 14 20 119
2006-07 Frankfurt Lions Germany 47 9 29 38 209 8 2 8 10 30
2007-08 Minnesota Wild NHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2007-08 Houston Aeros AHL 48 10 18 28 81 -5 3 0 0 0 6
2008-09 Syracuse Crunch AHL 45 10 12 22 74 -1
NHL Totals 149 9 12 21 83 25 0 0 0 8


Traded to Tampa Bay by Edmonton with Bryan Marchment and Jason Bonsignore for Roman Hamrlik and Paul Comrie, December 30, 1997. Traded to New Jersey by Tampa Bay for New Jersey's 7th round pick (Brian Eklund) in 2000 NHL Draft, October 7, 1999. Traded to Los Angeles by New Jersey to complete transaction that sent Bob Corkum to New Jersey (February 23, 2001), February 27, 2001.
Spent majority of 2000-01 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Mannheim (Germany), May 4, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 2, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Columbus, July 16. 2008.
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