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Chris Kelly on his injury..” I was lying on the ice that my leg was kind of numb and I couldn’t feel it,”

Chris Kelly on his injury..” I was lying on the ice that my leg was kind of numb and I couldn’t feel it,”

BOSTON BRUINS FORWARD CHRIS KELLY PRESS CONFERENCE

Boston-Bruins-LogoOn his mindset immediately following the injury…
Obviously when it originally happened, it was pretty difficult to take in. With anything, as time has gone past, you just kind of move forward and focus on getting better.

On what it felt like physically and mentally immediately following the injury…
It was pretty sore — I wasn’t quite sure what had happened. I knew when I was lying on the ice that my leg was kind of numb and I couldn’t feel it, and I had something in my head that I thought had happened, and it didn’t happen that way. I think when I went down, the play continued a little bit and I could hear the reaction of Dallas’ bench kind of calling for the refs to stop the play, so I can’t feel my leg and they’re kind of in a little bit of a panic mode on their bench so for a moment there, it was pretty scary not knowing what my leg was looking like, but after the training staff and the doctors came out, I was able to regroup and Zee was able to help me off the ice so it was good. I was able to get off without a stretcher.

On his immediate speculation regarding the nature of the injury…
I originally thought I got slashed but there was no slash on the play and the pain that I felt was actually the femur breaking so I haven’t seen the play. Maybe eventually I’ll take a look. But it was just one of those freak accidents that never happens, and just happened.

On whether he thought he had a bone break immediately following the injury…
To be honest, not really. I think when you kind of look at the video, you automatically think ACL, MCL would be the first thing to kind of go the way I went under and the leg went under myself. But that stayed intact, quad muscle stayed intact… I think the only other thing to kind of give was the femur bone.

On whether there was any underlying cause that precipitated the injury…
I don’t think so. I think I was feeling good for those three seconds before. [Laughs] Just one of those freak things.

On his future in the NHL…
Obviously everything runs through your mind when you get hurt, regardless of what stage in your career or how old you are. I’ve just tried to handle it the way I’ve approached other injuries: I’ve got a lot of hard work ahead of me, which I don’t mind, and we’ll see what happens. I can’t predict the future; all I can do is worry about rehabbing and getting my leg to where it needs to be, and feeling good. I’m extremely confident that I’ll get there.

On whether he has communicated with anyone who has suffered a similar injury, such as Bob Beers…
I ran into Beersy [former NHLer Bob Beers] in the elevator but we didn’t get enough time to chat. I actually, my trainer back home is good friends with Kurtis Foster, who back in ’08 broke his. They face timed, and I got some good feedback from Kurtis just on what happened to him, and how he handled it, and how he’s feeling today.

On whether he has considered retirement…
That’s the furthest thing from my mind. I think age is, in my opinion, just a mindset. I felt great coming into camp this year. Great thing about hockey, as someone said: You always feel like you’re 24, even if you’re 19 or you’re 34. I want to continue to play. I love the game, I love being around the guys, the guys have been great, and when you get an injury like this, you realize what a strong community the hockey world is. Lots of people reached out to me and a lot of well wishes, so it was great to see.

On whether he might be able to make a comeback this season…
You always have to have a goal, and that’s one of the goals I have: You’ve just got to keep coming in every day and working hard, and hopefully, the team plays well, we make the playoffs, and we go on a long playoff run, and you guys see me back out there.

On his current involvement with the team…
For sure, I want to be part of it. I don’t want to be in the way, and I don’t want to be a nuisance, by any means, but I definitely want to be around the guys and help the guys. Whatever aspect that is — sitting around and just chatting with guys and having fun in the mornings, or watching the games and just giving a little bit of feedback — I think everyone knows in that locker room that I’m here to help in any capacity.

On how it felt to hear the staff’s and team’s thoughts on his impact following the injury…
Yeah, it’s always nice to hear your teammates speak highly of you, and I think we have a really special group in that locker room, and it was great to get back and see all the guys.

On his rehabilitation…
Every day is better and better. I was seeing the surgeon on Tuesday, I got my staples out and I got to see the X-ray, so he was extremely happy and everything went extremely well with the surgery. It’s just about getting that range of motion. I think everyone was expecting me to be in a big cast and not being able to move, but times have changed. They want you up and about, and moving around, and try to get that range of motion back and hoping to be back on the bike next week and moving forward.

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