ST. PAUL, MN By the virtue of the fact that four of Chris Kellys front-and-center teeth are already false Chiclets, undergoing emergency dental work isnt anything he hasn't endured before.
But it was still a tough Saturday afternoon in Minnesota for the Bs third line center, who spent a few hours getting his teeth repaired after a practice accident.
Kelly said his two front teeth disintegrated in his mouth after he tumbled face-first into the boards during Saturdays practice. The local dentist called upon to work on Kelly used his 12-year-old son as an assistant while Kelly had several teeth bonded.
He was a nice guy who was nice enough to do it on a Saturday," Kelly said of the dentist. "He actually couldnt get hold of any of his assistants, so he had his 12-year-old son to start and he had a hockey game in a couple of hours. Nice people here in Minnesota. The two that I lost, they just ended up bonding them together.
Its never easy losing your teeth. They just basically disintegrated in my mouth and I was spitting them out all over the ice. I think I got hit by a couple of pucks that day too, so I guess its just the way the day was going."
Kelly is suited up and ready to play for the Bruins against the Wild this afternoon at the Xcel Energy Center.
The Coyotes have hired former player Craig Cunningham as a pro scout, keeping the 26-year-old in hockey after a cardiac episode ended his playing career this season.
Drafted by the Bruins in the fourth round of the 2010 draft, Cunningham played 34 games for Boston over parts of two seasons before he was waived and claimed by Arizona. He totaled 19 games for the Coyotes, but served as captain of the Tucson Roadrunners, the team’s AHL affiliate.
Cunningham was hospitalized after he collapsed during pregame warmups on Nov. 19. He was kept alive by continual CPR, but had his lower left leg amputated the next months due to an infection from the episode.
Known as a high-character player who was popular with his teammates, Cunningham’s transition to scouting lets him further his career after a scary break.
"I'm very excited to begin the next chapter of my life with the Coyotes," Cunningham said in a statement released by the team. "I'm very grateful to John Chayka, Dave Tippett, the Coyotes and Roadrunners organizations, and all of the great fans across Arizona for the incredible support I've received over the past year. I'm looking forward to helping the Coyotes and I can't wait to get started in my new role."
Said Chayka, the team’s general manager: ”We're thrilled to have Craig join our hockey operations department as a pro scout. Craig was a smart, hard-working player with an incredible passion for the game. We're confident that he will bring those same qualities to the Coyotes in his new role and that he will be an invaluable asset to our organization. We look forward to Craig helping us in several areas and are excited that he is staying with the club."
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