Keith Kinkaid in 2013
July 4, 1989|
Farmingville, New York, U.S.
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
New Jersey Devils
|National team||United States|
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. 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.
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.
Kinkaid signed an entry level contract with the Devils in April 2011 after his sophomore season with Union.
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. 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.
In the final stages of the 2012–13 season, Kinkaid was recalled from 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. 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. 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.
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. Acquired for added insurance to the Blue Jackets' Sergei Bobrovsky and Joonas Korpisalo, Kinkaid remained on the roster as the third choice goaltender and did not make an appearance with Columbus.
As a free agent from the Blue Jackets, Kinkaid was signed to a one-year, $1.75 million contract with the Montreal Canadiens on July 1, 2019.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|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|
|2012–13||New Jersey Devils||NHL||1||0||0||0||26||1||0||2.31||.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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|Representing United States|
Awards and honorsEdit
|Robertson Cup champion||2008–09|
|Regular season MVP||2008–09|
|First Team All-Star||2008–09|
|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|
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- "Devils clinch playoff berth with win against Maple Leafs". NHL.com. April 5, 2018. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- "Blue Jackets acquire Keith Kinkaid from New Jersey". Columbus Blue Jackets. February 25, 2019. Retrieved February 25, 2019.
- "One-year, one-way contract for Goaltender Keith Kinkaid". Montreal Canadiens. July 1, 2019. Retrieved July 1, 2019.