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Forbes Kennedy
Forbes Kennedy
Center
Number: 8
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 150
Shoots: Left
Born: Aug 18, 1935
Birthplace: Dorchester, NB, Canada
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Acquired: Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Johnny Wilson, Hank Bassen and Bill Preston for Ted Lindsay and Glenn Hall on July 23, 1957.
Forbes Kennedy was a consistent checker and penalty killer in an NHL career that lasted over 600 games. He never scored more than thirty points in a season but was known as a relentless competitor who would not back down from anyone even though he was only 5'8". The only thing he never overcame in his career was a fear of mice, a fact that was exploited by many teammates over the years.

Born in New Brunswick, Kennedy was raised on Prince Edward Island. He was a solid performer for Halifax St. Mary's of the Nova Scotia junior league in 1952-53 before playing two years with the Montreal Junior Canadiens. On May 24, 1956, he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the weak Chicago Black Hawks, a move that gave Kennedy a better shot at reaching the NHL.

He made his NHL debut with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1956-57 and centred a useful checking line with Hec Lalande and Harry Watson. In July 1957 he was part of the package sent to Detroit in the mean-spirited trade that brought Ted Lindsay to Chicago. He played two full seasons for the Wings but soon found himself spending more time in the minors.

Kennedy received a new lease on life when he was traded to the woeful Boston Bruins in December 1962. He spent four years in Boston before the Bruins started to improve their depth at forward. Kennedy spent the 1966-67 season with the old Califiornia Seals of the WHL before being selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Expansion Draft. He spent nearly two full years as a checker for the young club then was traded to Toronto where he played his last 13 NHL games in 1968-69. After one last season of minor pro in 1969-70 he went nabk to Halifax to coach the junior Canadians of the NSJHL. He later moved back to PEI to coach a junior club in Charlottetown.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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