Tyler Kennedy

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Tyler Kennedy
2012-01-20 TK.JPG
Born (1986-07-15) July 15, 1986 (age 28)
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Centre/right wing
Shoots Right
NHL team
Former teams
New York Islanders
Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 99th overall, 2004
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 2007–present

Tyler Kennedy (born July 15, 1986) is a Canadian professional ice hockey player, currently with the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Kennedy was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round, 99th overall, of the National Hockey League's (NHL) 2004 Entry Draft.[1] After being drafted, Kennedy played two seasons with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He began playing for the American Hockey League's (AHL) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in the 2006–07 season, and played in his first NHL game the following season on October 27, 2007, against the Montreal Canadiens. He scored his first NHL goal on November 3, 2007 against the New York Islanders.

Kennedy with the Pittsburgh Penguins in February 2008

Kennedy was named to the NHL's YoungStars Team in 2008 along with teammate, Kris Letang. Kennedy was unable to compete in the game because of mononucleosis. In September 2008, the Penguins signed an agreement with Kennedy through the 2010–11 season.[2]

In the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, Kennedy had a goal in Game 4,[3] and added a game-winning goal in Game 6.[4] The Penguins would go on to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.[3]

Although to this point Kennedy has had a low profile in terms of hockey fame, he attracted some notoriety when Penguins fans and ultimately the public address announcer at Mellon Arena would chant his name in the style of former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler Mr. Kennedy (Ken Anderson).[5] Kennedy was re-signed by the Penguins in the 2011 offseason, although his signing caused some controversy when it was reported that Pittsburgh may have deterred Penguin legend Jaromir Jagr by signing Kennedy.[6] Jagr later signed with the Philadelphia Flyers.[4] Early in the 2011–12 season with the Penguins, Kennedy was sidelined by a concussion. He was traded to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[7]

On March 2, 2015, Kennedy was again traded, this time to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2016 conditional third round draft pick.[8]

Personal Life[edit]

Tyler Kennedy married Brandi Engel on May 9, 2014 in Maui, Hawaii.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Tyler Kennedy, April 2011.
    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 61 5 10 15 33 4 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 16 26 42 28
2004–05 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 61 21 36 57 37 4 1 3 4 4
2005–06 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 22 48 70 60 4 1 2 3 2
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 40 12 25 37 20
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 10 5 4 9 10
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 55 10 9 19 35 20 0 4 4 13
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 15 20 35 30 24 5 4 9 4
2009–10 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 64 13 12 25 31 10 0 0 0 2
2010–11 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 80 21 24 45 37 7 2 1 3 2
2011–12 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 60 11 22 33 29 6 3 3 6 2
2012–13 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 46 6 5 11 19 9 2 3 5 2
2013–14 San Jose Sharks NHL 67 4 13 17 34
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 25 4 5 9 8
NHL totals 464 84 110 194 223 76 12 15 27 25

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NHL Entry Draft Year by Year Results". National Hockey League. 
  2. ^ "Penguins Re-Sign Forward Tyler Kennedy". National Hockey League. September 26, 2008. Retrieved September 26, 2008. 
  3. ^ a b Buker, Rick (2010). "Total Penguins: The Definitive Encyclopedia of the Pittsburgh Penguins". 
  4. ^ a b Wharnsby, Tim (June 10, 2009). "Going to Game 7; Staal and Kennedy score, Fleury bars the door, the Pittsburgh Penguins avoid elimination and the NHL final series is ....". The Globe and Mail. 
  5. ^ Rossi, Rob (March 17, 2008). "Pens' 'Mr. Kennedy' enjoys attention from fans". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved October 3, 2009. 
  6. ^ Yerdon, Joe (December 29, 2011). "Apparently Tyler Kennedy Prevented Jagrs return to Pittsburgh". Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  7. ^ Dubow, Josh (2013-06-30). "Sharks acquire Tyler Kennedy from Penguins". The Globe and Mail. Retrieved 2013-07-07. 
  8. ^ "Islanders trade for Neuvirth, Kennedy: report". National Hockey League. March 2, 2015. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 
  9. ^ Sinichak, Jessica (May 9, 2014). "Brandi Engel & Tyler Kennedy". Pittsburgh Magazine. Retrieved March 2, 2015. 

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