Report: Kelly headed to play in Switzerland


Report: Kelly headed to play in Switzerland

Chris Kelly has become the 10th Bruins player to agree to play overseas during the NHL lockout and will play for HC Red Ice of the First Amateur League of Switzerland, according to Finnish hockey reporter Matias Strozyk.

There has been no announcement made on the Red Ice website about the Kelly signing.

The Bs third line center had been skating with a small group of NHL players in Ontario waiting things out over the last few months. Kelly joined his Bruins teammates for the large NHLPA gathering in New York City during the month of September when the entire Bs club showed up to the proceedings, but he hasnt been in Boston during the 46-day NHL lockout.

Kelly was set to begin a four-year, 12 million contract this season after signing an extension in July and is coming off a career year where he hit the 20 goals scored mark for the first time in his career. According to the report, Kelly has a contract that can be renewed at the end of every month and the center will have an out clause in the deal that will allow him to leave Switzerland once the NHL begins their regular season.

The 10 Bruins players now in Europe are the largest contingent of NHL locked out players overseas, and there could be more Bs headed abroad in coming days if the Winter Classic is cancelled.

Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez


Dee Gordon homers leading off as Marlins mourn Jose Fernandez

MIAMI - Dee Gordon hit an emotional homer in Miami's first at-bat following the death of Marlins ace Jose Fernandez in a boating accident.

Leading off the first inning Monday night against the New York Mets, Gordon pulled a 2-0 pitch from Bartolo Colon over the wall in right for his first homer of the season.

Gordon circled the bases slowly and was crying when he reached home plate. He tapped his chest and waved toward the sky, and then sobbed as teammates hugged him in the dugout.

Gordon took the first pitch batting right-handed, in tribute to the right-handed Fernandez. Gordon then switched to his normal left side.

Fernandez died Sunday morning, prompting the Marlins to cancel their game that day against Atlanta.