Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Kelly Bent begins his second professional campaign with the Allen Americans.
The center found his start in the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League with the the Prince Edward Island Rocket in 2011-12. He appeared in 21 games, recording an assist and seeing 39 minutes in the penalty box. After beginning the 2012-13 campaign with the Rocket, Bent went to the Gatineau Olympiques, playing 29 games with 59 minutes in the box. The next season, he skated in 56 games with the Saint John Sea Dogs, scoring 6 points (4G, 2A) and spending 120 minutes in the penalty box. In his final two seasons in the QMJHL, Bent returned to Nova Scotia for the Halifax Mooseheads. He played in 126 contests and scored 26 points (10G, 20A) while spending 336 minutes in the penalty box. In his last season with Halifax, Bent was the QMJHL’s Most Penalized Player.
Bent played college hockey in Halifax for Dalhousie University from 2016-20. In four campaigns, he played in 116 games, scoring 26 points (10G, 16A) and seeing the penalty box for 338 minutes.
The defenseman saw his first professional action with the ECHL’s Kansas City Mavericks for 4 games before joining the Allen Americans for 15 games. In that season, he scored a goal and spent 89 minutes in the box.