Forbes Kennedy

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Forbes Kennedy
1957 Topps Forbes Kennedy.JPG
Born (1935-08-18) August 18, 1935 (age 83)
Dorchester, New Brunswick, Canada
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 150 lb (68 kg; 10 st 10 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Left
Played for Chicago Black Hawks
Detroit Red Wings
Boston Bruins
Philadelphia Flyers
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 1956–1970

Forbes Taylor Kennedy (born August 18, 1935) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey player. In 603 career National Hockey League (NHL) games, Kennedy recorded 70 goals and 108 assists for 178 points and 988 penalty minutes.

Kennedy was born 1935 in Dorchester, New Brunswick and raised in Prince Edward Island. Despite his small frame he was often the toughest and usually the grittiest player on the ice. As a result, he was a great fan favorite during the earliest days of the Philadelphia Flyers and was sorely missed after his trade in 1969.[citation needed]

Forbes spent the following season with the WHL's San Francisco Seals before the team was relocated and renamed for absorption into the NHL, becoming the California Seals.

Kennedy's most infamous game was marked by a violent incident in the 1969 Stanley Cup playoffs in Boston, as Pat Quinn delivered a massive hit to Bruins star Bobby Orr, knocking him unconscious. Kennedy responded to the incident by partaking in four fights before punching a linesman and getting ejected from the game. He received a lengthy suspension and his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs ended.

Kennedy began a long coaching career when he coached the Cape Breton Metros of the Maritime Junior A Hockey League in their first year of existence in 1969-70 then coached the Halifax Junior Canadians in 1970-71. He was brought in to coach the Summerside Crystals of the PEI Junior Hockey League in 1971-72 and 1972-73 before leaving for the Los Angelas Sharks of the WHA to try to resume his playing career. That did not work out for Kennedy due to injuries so he ended his playing career and went back to coaching with the Winston Salem Polar Twins of the Southern Hockey League. Kennedy returned home a few years later to PEI and coached junior hockey for a number of years.

On January 16, 2012, Kennedy was honoured by the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Junior Hockey League with a "Forbes Kennedy Night" and he was presented with a plaque in recognition his service to the team that he coached from 2004 to 2007.[1]


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