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Former Rangers captain hired as NHL referee

Dan Kelly played four full seasons in Kitchener (2005-2010), and named captain part way through the 2008-09 campaign
Dan Kelly
Looks like former Kitchener Rangers captain Dan Kelly (middle) will be looking to split scuffles like this in the NHL, signing on for the 2019-2020 campaign. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Plante

A former Kitchener Rangers captain is headed to the professional ranks on a more permanent basis.

Dan Kelly has been signed to an NHL contract for the 2019-20 season.

Kelly officiated games in the OHL last season, and also saw some time in the AHL.  It is expected he will see more time in the AHL, as is normal for newly-hired referees, but he could see some NHL games later on in the season.

Kelly played 235 regular season games through five seasons (2005-2010) with the Blueshirts, serving as captain for the final year and a half of his tenure.

He scored 11 goals and 82 points in the season, and got 17 playoff points.

The majority came as part of Kitchener's run to Game 7 of the Western Conference Final against the stacked Windsor Spitfires in 2010.



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