He played major junior hockey for the Estevan Bruins and the New Westminster Bruins from 1970 to 1973. The New York Islanders chose him 65th overall in the 1973 NHL Amateur Draft and the Winnipeg Jets picked him 76th overall in the 1973 WHA Amateur Draft.
Kennedy went with the Islanders and turned pro with their farm team, the Fort Worth Wings, in 1973-74. After three years in the minor pros, Kennedy went to Sweden for a year (1976-77). He stayed in Europe for most of the rest of his career, playing in Germany, the Netherlands, and Austria.
His coaching career included:
- Medicine Hat Tigers (Western Hockey League). Won the Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy in 1988-89.
- Villach, Austria - won the Austrian championship in his first year (1992-1994)
- New York Islanders assistant coach
- EC Hannover, Eisbären Berlin and ERC Ingolstadt (Deutsche Eishockey Liga)
- Head coach of the Austrian national team (1996-2002)
- Villach, Austria (second time)
- Innsbruck (Austria) and Bolzano (Italy)
- Canadian national team coach for the 2006 Deutschland Cup
Awards & Achievements
- Dunc McCallum Memorial Trophy WHL Coach of the Year (1989)
- Ron Kennedy's hockey statistics profile at hockeydb.com. hockeydb.com (2008). Retrieved on 2009-07-15.