He put his speed on display in search of a go-ahead goal midway through period three, too, dancing through the neutral zone, then dishing to Matt Coronato on the right wing before he raced to the front of the net in search of a deflection.
Wranglers head coach Trent Cull agreed, his new blueliner fit right in, right off the hop.
“I thought he looked comfortable,” Cull said. “I saw a couple smiles, you know, on the bench there a little bit, I thought he was solid on our powerplay; I mean, we didn’t convert, but he contributed.”
Those in attendance at the ‘Dome gave Kylington a warm welcome home, too, giving him one of the loudest cheers of the night when his name was called in the Wranglers starting lineup.
“The fanbase here in Calgary and just people around the city have been so nice and supportive when I’ve run into them,” he said. “I appreciate all the support, I really do.”
For Kylington, there’s perhaps a sense of fait accompli, that he’s returned to professional hockey after a lengthy absence, and has felt good doing it.
But Thursday’s win marks only the opening paragraph in the next chapter of his story.
“It was nice to get this over with,” Kylington said. “I just want to keep building and look forward to the future.”