SAINT JOHN – David “DK” Kelly has been promoted from Head Equipment Manager to Special Advisor to Hockey Operations for the Saint John Sea Dogs, the team announced on Tuesday.
In his new role, Kelly will provide hockey insights, spearhead Sea Dogs alumni initiatives and assist with other special projects. He will also lead the launch of the new Sea Dogs Hall of Fame.
“DK has so much experience behind the bench and in the room,” said Sea Dogs president and general manager Trevor Georgie in a release. “We are excited to have his expertise, knowledge, and experience join us in the front office.”
“This is a great accomplishment. He deserves this, and he will have the opportunity to make an even greater impact on the future of the Sea Dogs in his role.”
Sea Dogs players, personnel and fans rallied around Kelly in the last year as he received treatment for rare form of thyroid cancer. The only equipment manager in team history left the team in October for treatments and returned in mid-February.
“I really want to thank everyone for all of their support,” said Kelly upon his return. “You have been with me every step of the way. I’d also like to say a special thank you to the doctors and staff at Saint John Regional Hospital for their tireless work and first-class care.”
After this appointment was made public, Kelly emphasized once again how much he appreciates people across the Sea Dogs organization.
“I’d like to thank my family, and Scott McCain and the Sea Dogs ownership past and present,” said Kelly. “Also, the board of directors, Governor Joe Richard, all the managers, coaches, staff, players, media, Bruce Smith, Jeff Kelly, and my team of George Ferguson, Nathan Belliveau and Justin Oram, plus our suppliers and everyone around the QMJHL for the past 13 years. I look forward to and count on everyone’s continued support going into this new chapter.”
Kelly stepped right into his new role, he said in a Facebook post yesterday.
“Well after approx 5,000 days, 805 regular season games and numerous playoff games as the Sea Dogs head equipment manager, I took a left instead of a right when I walked into Harbour
Station today and headed upstairs to my new desk and new position!
Without all of you, I am nothing and no one … you guys push me to be who I am and I depend on your continued support as we write the next chapter together!”