Kielly ex­cited to re­turn

Is­lan­ders cen­tre play­ing tonight in Saint John

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - SPORTS - THE GUARDIAN

Kameron Kielly is ready to go.

The 19-year-old Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders cen­tre will play his first game tonight in Saint John, N.B., since be­ing in­jured Nov. 14 against the Acadie-Bathurst Ti­tan.

“(We’re) com­ing down the home­stretch now and I couldn’t be hap­pier to be back in the lineup,” Kielly said Thurs­day.

On Nov. 14, Kielly went to the bench with what ap­peared to be an arm or hand in­jury. The team would only call it an up­per-body in­jury, but it re­quired surgery.

The Is­lan­ders went 2-9 from when Kielly was hurt to the Christ­mas break.

“It wasn’t fun, es­pe­cially when we went through that rough patch,” said Kielly. “It sucks watch­ing. You don’t re­al­ize how bad it is un­til you re­ally do it.”

It is the long­est Kielly has missed dur­ing a sea­son since he be­gan play­ing the sport. The Char­lot­te­town na­tive said the men­tal side was hard to deal with, but he leaned on oth­ers who had gone through it.

For­mer Is­lan­ders de­fence­man Ryan Graves, who missed the first part of last sea­son with the Que­bec Rem­parts fol­low­ing shoul­der surgery, told Kielly to work hard in the gym and come back in bet­ter shape when he was able to get back on the ice.

There were some whis­pers Kielly might not be able to re­turn to the team this sea­son, but the re­li­able 200-foot player re­mained pos­i­tive.

“I be­lieved in what we were do­ing here with the re­hab and the work we put in ev­ery day,” he said.

Cen­tre Filip Ch­lapik will play his first game with the Is­lan­ders in about a month tonight af­ter play­ing in the world ju­nior tour­na­ment in Fin­land.

“I think the lineup is slowly start­ing to come to­gether with the ros­ter we prob­a­bly


Kameron Kielly is set to make his re­turn to the Char­lot­te­town Is­lan­ders lineup tonight in Saint John, N.B.

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