Keith Kinkaid

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Keith Kinkaid
Keith Kinkaid New Jersey Devils.jpg
Keith Kinkaid in 2013
Born (1989-07-04) July 4, 1989 (age 29)
Farmingville, New York, U.S.
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Columbus Blue Jackets
New Jersey Devils
National team  United States
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 2011–present

Keith P. Kinkaid (born July 4, 1989) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing with the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Kinkaid graduated from Sachem High School East in 2008.[1]

Kinkaid played for the St. Louis Bandits of the North American Hockey League for the 2008–09 season. In February 2009, Kinkaid committed to play NCAA Division I hockey for Union College.[2] That April, Kinkaid was named MVP and Goaltender of the Year after he led all NAHL goaltenders in wins, goals-against average, save percentage and shutouts. He was also nominated for the Dave Tyler Junior Player of the Year Award.[3]

Collegiate[edit]

Kinkaid played for Union College of ECAC Hockey from 2009–2011. In his freshman season, Kinkaid was named to the ECAC All-Rookie Team and Third Team.

After an outstanding sophomore season in which Kinkaid posted a 25-10-3 record and led the Dutchmen to their first NCAA tournament appearance, Kinkaid was named a AHCA East First-Team All-American. He was also named to the All-ECAC Hockey First Team and awarded the Ken Dryden Award as the best goaltender in the ECAC.[4]

Kinkaid signed an entry level contract with the Devils in April 2011 after his sophomore season with Union.[5]

Professional[edit]

Kinkaid was assigned to the Devils American Hockey League affiliate, the Albany Devils, for the 2011–12 season. He made his professional debut on October 9, 2011, in a 4–2 loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. On October 14, Kinkaid earned his first career win in a 3–2 shootout over the Connecticut Whale.[6] During that October, Kinkaid was recalled to the NHL to play as a backup for Johan Hedberg. However, Kinkaid did not play during the 6 games he was up for and he was returned to Albany without making his NHL debut. In his second game back in the AHL, Kinkaid recorded his first professional shutout against the Norfolk Admirals.[6]

In the final stages of the 2012–13 season, Kinkaid was recalled Albany, and made his NHL debut in a relief role with New Jersey on March 5, 2013, against the Tampa Bay Lightning at the Prudential Center.[7] He spent the entirety of the following season with the Albany Devils before being recalled in 2014.

On June 29, 2017, Kinkaid re-signed with the Devils.[8] In the 2017–18 season, after starter Cory Schneider suffered a groin injury on January 23, Kinkaid eventually served as the starter, and performed well, posting a 2.77 GAA. and a .913 save percentage. On April 5, 2018, Kinkaid made 30 saves to help the Devils beat the Toronto Maple Leafs and clinch their first playoff spot since 2012.[9]

In the following 2018–19 season, on February 25, 2019, Kinkaid was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for a 2022 fifth-round draft pick.[10]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007–08 New York Bobcats AJHL 28 20 5 3 1458 58 3 2.39 .935
2007–08 Des Moines Buccaneers USHL 15 4 9 2 844 48 0 3.41 .893
2008–09 St. Louis Bandits NAHL 40 30 5 4 2393 71 7 1.78 .936 12 10 2 728 14 3 1.15 .951
2009–10 Union Dutchmen ECAC 25 12 8 3 1478 61 1 2.48 .912
2010–11 Union Dutchmen ECAC 38 25 10 3 2265 75 3 1.99 .920
2011–12 Albany Devils AHL 42 17 20 3 2347 115 3 2.94 .904
2012–13 Albany Devils AHL 45 21 17 6 2644 120 2 2.72 .905
2012–13 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 26 1 0 2.31 .923
2013–14 Albany Devils AHL 43 24 13 5 2519 96 4 2.29 .912 4 1 3 238 9 0 2.26 .932
2014–15 Albany Devils AHL 13 7 2 3 713 26 1 2.19 .923
2014–15 New Jersey Devils NHL 19 6 5 4 925 40 0 2.59 .915
2015–16 New Jersey Devils NHL 23 9 9 1 1,241 58 2 2.81 .904
2016–17 New Jersey Devils NHL 26 8 13 3 1,485 65 1 2.64 .916
2017–18 New Jersey Devils NHL 41 26 10 3 2,298 106 1 2.77 .913 2 0 2 202 9 0 5.87 .804
2018–19 New Jersey Devils NHL 41 15 18 6 2,302 129 3 3.36 .891
NHL totals 151 64 55 17 8,267 399 7 2.90 .906 2 0 2 202 9 0 5.87 .804
Medal record
Representing  United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2018 Denmark

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2016 United States WC 4th 6 1 4 0 350 19 0 3.25 .871
2018 United States WC 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 9 7 2 0 526 15 2 2.29 .912
Senior totals 15 8 6 0 876 34 2 2.77 .892

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
NAHL
Robertson Cup champion 2008–09
Playoff MVP 2008–09
Regular season MVP 2008–09
Top Goaltender 2008–09
First Team All-Star 2008–09
College
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 2009–10
All-ECAC Hockey Third Team 2009–10
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2010–11
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2010–11
Ken Dryden Award 2010–11

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chris R. Vaccaro (April 15, 2011). "Sachem Alum Kinkaid Agrees to Deal with Devils". patch.com. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  2. ^ "Two more Bandits decide on colleges". nahl.com. February 10, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  3. ^ "Bandits' Kinkaid named Most Valuable Player". nahl.com. April 28, 2009. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  4. ^ Schott, Ken (April 9, 2011). "Kinkaid, Polacek make All-America first team". The Daily Gazette. Retrieved December 19, 2018.
  5. ^ "Devils ink G Keith Kinkaid to entry-level deal". New Jersey Devils. 2011-04-15. Retrieved 2011-04-15.
  6. ^ a b Scaglione Jr., Leo (September 11, 2013). "For Albany Devils Goaltender Keith Kinkaid It Is Now or Never". thehockeywriters.com. Retrieved December 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Mike G. Morreale (March 5, 2013). "Devils' Kinkaid makes NHL debut in relief appearance". NHL.com. Retrieved February 27, 2018.
  8. ^ "Devils Re-Sign Goaltender Keith Kinkaid To A Two-Year Contract". NHL.com. June 29, 2017. Retrieved June 30, 2017.
  9. ^ "Devils clinch playoff berth with win against Maple Leafs". NHL.com. April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  10. ^ "Blue Jackets acquire Keith Kinkaid from New Jersey". Columbus Blue Jackets. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Ben Scrivens
Ken Dryden Award
2010–11
Succeeded by
Troy Grosenick