'"As much as it's an individual honor," Kelley said after speaking to an audience that included NHL commissioner Gary Bettman and legendary coach Scotty Bowman, "I wouldn't be here if it weren't for the people of Buffalo and Western New York. "For a kid from Buffalo to write for his hometown newspaper and have an audience in his hometown believe and trust in his words, that's every bit as important to me as getting this award."'
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