Tyler Kennedy (born July 15, 1986) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre who played nine seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL). He played for the Pittsburgh Penguins, San Jose Sharks, New York Islanders, and New Jersey Devils. He was selected by the Penguins in the fourth round, 99th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft.
Kennedy in March 2015
July 15, 1986|
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
|Height||5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Weight||185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)|
San Jose Sharks
New York Islanders
New Jersey Devils
99th overall, 2004|
Junior and Pittsburgh PenguinsEdit
Kennedy was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the fourth round, 99th overall, of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After being selected, Kennedy played two seasons with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). He then began playing for Pittsburgh's American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, for the 2006–07 season. The next season, 2007–08, Kennedy then played in his first NHL game on October 27, 2007, against the Montreal Canadiens. He later scored his first career NHL goal on November 3 against the New York Islanders.
In his debut season, Kennedy was named to the NHL's YoungStars Team in 2008 alongside Penguins teammate Kris Letang. Kennedy, however, was unable to compete in the game due to mononucleosis. In September 2008, just prior to the 2008–09 season, the Penguins signed Kennedy to a contract extension through to the 2010–11 season.
In the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, Kennedy scored a goal in Game 4 of the series, also adding the game-winning goal in Game 6. The Penguins would go on to defeat Detroit in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.
Although up 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).
Kennedy was re-signed by the Penguins in the 2011 off-season, although his signing caused some controversy when it was reported that Pittsburgh may have deterred former Penguin legend Jaromír Jágr by signing Kennedy. Jágr later signed with the Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh's state rivals. Early in the 2011–12 season with the Penguins, Kennedy was sidelined by a concussion. He finished the season recording 33 points in 60 games.
San Jose SharksEdit
During the 2013 NHL Entry Draft, the Penguins traded Kennedy to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for a second-round pick. Kennedy's production declined upon arriving in San Jose, scoring only four goals and 17 points in 67 games.
New York Islanders and New Jersey DevilsEdit
The following season, Kennedy was traded to the New York Islanders in exchange for a 2016 conditional third-round pick. Kennedy finished out the season appearing in 13 games for the club, as well as three during the post-season.
In September 2015, Kennedy attended the New Jersey Devils' training camp on a professional tryout; he was released after appearing in three pre-season games. Unsigned after the first quarter of the 2015–16 played, Kennedy returned to the Devils in training with the club on another professional tryout on November 18, 2015. On November 27, the Devils signed Kennedy to a one-year, two-way contract worth $600,000. Appearing in 50 games for the team, Kennedy scored three goals and 16 points.
Kennedy announced his retirement on January 3, 2017. Kennedy finished his career with 89 goals and 215 points in 527 games, as well as one Stanley Cup win.
|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|
|2013–14||San Jose Sharks||NHL||67||4||13||17||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||San Jose Sharks||NHL||25||4||5||9||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2014–15||New York Islanders||NHL||13||2||3||5||2||3||0||0||0||2|
|2015–16||New Jersey Devils||NHL||50||3||13||16||14||—||—||—||—||—|
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