On Wednesday, August 20th, Kelly Bent signed with his hometown team, the Halifax Mooseheads. On the ice instead of in the stands as a season ticket holder, it was an exciting pickup for the team. Bent started his career in the QMJHL with the PEI Rocket in 2011, being drafted 66th overall. He played 21 games with PEI before moving on to the Gatineau Olympics recording 1 goal, 2 assists and 53 PIM in the 2012-13 season. Kelly was then traded to the St. John Sea Dogs, playing 56 games and tallying 4 goals, 2 assists and 120 PIM. During training camp, the Mooseheads claimed Kelly off waivers from the Sea Dogs and he suited up for the team just two days later, fittingly playing against St. John.
"“It felt great, I was ecstatic to know that I could come to my hometown and get the opportunity to wear that jersey and represent such a great organization,” -Kelly Bent"
Kelly plays a “in-your-face” kind of game and it’s not secret he is a tough guy to play against. Recording 29 PIMS in just 9 games so far this season, he has a lot of fun playing with the Moose, which has been a dream of his. He played for lots of local teams including Dartmouth Minor teams, Halifax Hawks AAA, Team Nova Scotia and was named to the Atlantic Canada U-17 team. Kelly also has a history of training and playing with current captain, Ryan Falkenham. This homecoming is just as exciting for Bents family, who now get to watch him at The Scotiabank Centre every home game, catching up from the three years away.
"“Oh it’s going to be a bit surreal I think, so many thoughts will be running through my head thinking of how I used to sit in section 28 just dreaming that I’d be down there one day and I’ll be running on pure emotion throughout the whole game.”- Bent"
Being a bit of an agitator, standing at 6 foot tall and 192 lbs, Bent gives every game a boost with a fight or a great hit. It will be exciting to see what he will bring to the rest of the season as being both a fan and member of the Halifax Mooseheads. Hoping to continue to leave his mark in his hometown, Bent and the team play their next game at home against the Cape Breton Screaming Eagles.