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By: Amy Tolman | Follow me on Twitter @amy7594

Sean Kuraly was born in Dublin, Ohio, on January 20, 1993. At age 16, he started to play in hockey tournaments and minor leagues in Ohio. In the 2011 National Hockey League draft, he was selected in the fifth round, 12th pick, by the San Jose Sharks. However, instead of turning pro in 2011, he chose to play in college hockey.

In the 2015-16 season, upon his arrival back to the Sharks, he was a part of a trade to Boston for goalie Martin Jones. He signed an entry-level contract in the 2016-17 season with the Bruins. He spent most of that season with Providence of the American Hockey League, but he did play in eight regular-season games as a Bruins and acquired his first NHL point and assist against the Chicago Blackhawks in 2017.

He got his first two NHL goals during the 2017 Stanley Cup Playoffs. One of those goals was a game-winner in double overtime of game five of the Eastern Conference first-round against Ottowa Senators. In the 2017-18 season, he scored his first regular-season NHL goal in a 2-1 win against the Vegas Golden Knights. During the 2019-20 Stanley Cup playoffs, Kuraly had ten points (four goals, six assists) in 20 games.

During the weird off-season of 2020, Kuraly participated with Patrice Bergeron and several other teammates in the 10th Annual Halloween charity event held via Zoom (due to COVID-19) for the children at Boston Children Hospital. The players dressed up as characters from Sesame Street. Kuraly dressed up as Ernie.

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It’s too early to say what will happen in the 2020-21 season, but we all look forward to what Kuraly will do alongside his teammates. This season is Kuraly’s fifth year as a Bruin, and last season, he played in 69 games, with six goals and 17 assists. We can only hope that he decides to stay here for a very long time.