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Sheldon Kennedy
Sheldon Kennedy
Right Wing
Number: 15
Height: 5' 10"
Weight: 180
Shoots: Right
Born: Jun 15, 1969
Birthplace: Brandon, MB, Canada
Drafted: DET / 1988 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 4th (80th overall)
Right winger Sheldon Kennedy was a top scorer in junior but more of a defensive role player in the NHL. His struggles as a pro after a brilliant amateur career were understandable after he came forward as a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of junior coach Graham James.

Kennedy played three years of junior with the Swift Currant Broncos where he was one of the top players in the WHL. He scored 287 points and was voted on to the WHL East second all-star team in 1989. That same year he scored 24 points in 12 playoff games as the Broncos won their first Memorial Cup. Following the victory he was named to the tournament all-star team. During his junior career Kennedy also won a gold medal with Canada at the 1988 World Junior Championships and also played at the 1989 WJC. The promising winger was chosen 80th overall by the Detroit Red Wings in the 1988 Entry Draft.

Kennedy split his first three pro seasons between Detroit and Adirondack of the AHL and often struggled with his confidence. He was a checking forward on the Wings in 1992-93 and 1993-94 as the team recorded consecutive 100-point seasons. Following the 1993-94 season Detroit gave up on Kennedy and traded him to the Winnipeg Jets.

By the time the owners' lockout ended, Kennedy no longer fit in to Winnipeg's plans and he was placed on waivers. He was claimed by the Calgary Flames and was a solid checker and penalty killer for them until signing as a free agent with the Boston Bruins in 1996. It was in Boston where Kennedy courageously came forward with the truth about the sex crimes committed against him while he was a teenager.

A serious off-ice accident caused him to miss the 1997-98 season and he was released by the Bruins. He returned to play one last year with the IHL's Manitoba Moose and the EV Landshut club in Germany before retiring to concentrate on getting on with his life and helping other victims of sexual abuse. Kennedy launched his own ranch as a healing and counselling centre for sexually abused children and undertook a cross-Canada rollerblade trek to raise money for his activities.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
P. Datsyuk 66 16 33 7 49
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80