Kennedy was originally the property of the Montreal Canadiens, but was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1943 for Frank Eddolls before he had played an NHL game. This move cost Toronto General Manager Frank Selke his job, as Eddolls was a favourite of Toronto owner Conn Smythe. Nevertheless the trade was a great one for the Leafs.
Kennedy played fourteen years in the NHL, all with the Toronto Maple Leafs. He won the Hart Memorial Trophy in 1955 and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1966. In 1998, he was ranked number 57 on the List of 100 greatest hockey players by The Hockey News. He won the Stanley Cup five times in 1945, 1947, 1948, 1949, 1951. The last 3 Stanley Cups as captain of Maple Leafs.
In 1957–1958, he was the second coach of the Peterborough Petes and like his predecessor, Calum MacKay, lasted just one season. He was replaced by Scotty Bowman, and returned to Port Colborne to raise thoroughbred horses.
Records and Accomplishments[edit | edit source]
- He was the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 goals (22 years, 44 days) until he was surpassed by Pierre Larouche (21 years, 61 days).
- He was the youngest player in NHL history to score 100 points (19 years, 88 days) until he was surpassed by Wayne Gretzky (19 years, 29 days).
- He was the youngest player in NHL history to score 200 points (22 years, 44 days) until he was surpassed by Bobby Hull (21 years, 318 days).
- He was the youngest player in NHL history to score 300 points (24 years, 310 days) until he was surpassed by Gordie Howe (23 years, 299 days).
- He was the youngest player in NHL history to score 400 points (26 years, 80 days) until he was surpassed by Gordie Howe (24 years, 300 days).
- Retired as the Maple Leafs all time leader in Goals (231), Assists (329) and Points (560).
Career Statistics[edit | edit source]
|1942–43||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||2||0||1||1||0||--||--||--||--||--|
|1943–44||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||49||26||23||49||2||5||1||1||2||4|
|1944–45||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||49||29||25||54||14||13||7||2||9||2|
|1945–46||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||21||3||2||5||4||--||--||--||--||--|
|1946–47||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||28||32||60||27||11||4||5||9||4|
|1947–48||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||60||25||21||46||32||9||8||6||14||0|
|1948–49||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||59||18||21||39||25||9||2||6||8||2|
|1949–50||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||53||20||24||44||34||7||1||2||3||8|
|1950–51||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||63||18||43||61||32||11||4||5||9||6|
|1951–52||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||70||19||33||52||33||4||0||0||0||4|
|1952–53||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||43||14||23||37||42||--||--||--||--||--|
|1953–54||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||67||15||23||38||78||5||1||1||2||2|
|1954–55||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||70||10||42||52||74||4||1||3||4||0|
|1956–57||Toronto Maple Leafs||NHL||30||6||16||22||35||--||--||--||--||--|
Gallery[edit | edit source]
|Winner of the Hart Trophy
|Toronto Maple Leafs Captain
|Toronto Maple Leafs Captain