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Born June 15, 1969 (1969-06-15) (age 40),
Brandon, MB, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Pro clubs Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames
Detroit Red Wings
Landshut EV
NHL Draft 80th overall, 1988
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1989 – 1999

Sheldon Kennedy (born June 15, 1969) played professional ice hockey in the National Hockey League (NHL). He is currently working with the Canadian Red Cross on their Respect-Ed abuse prevention programs.

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Biography

Kennedy was born in Brandon, Manitoba. He is best known for his 1996 revelation of sexual abuse by his former coach in juniors, Graham James. Kennedy spearheaded a campaign to raise awareness of sexual abuse of children in Canada, including a cross-Canada trek on inline skates which ended in controversy [1].

Hockey Career

His hockey career began in 1984 when he played Major Junior hockey for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League. In 1986, he was traded to another WHL team, the Swift Current Broncos. Kennedy spent three seasons there before being selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round (80th pick) of the NHL entry draft. He played for Canada at the 1989 World Junior Championships in Alaska.

After spending one year with the now defunct Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL), Kennedy made his debut with Detroit in the 1989–90 season, scoring two goals and adding seven assists in twenty games. Prior to the 1994–95 season, the Red Wings traded Kennedy to the Winnipeg Jets, but he was later picked up on waivers by the Calgary Flames. Kennedy spent two seasons in Calgary, then the Flames decided not to renew his contract in 1996, shortly after his sexual abuse revelation. He signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins for the 1996–97 season but also spent time with the Providence Bruins, Boston's AHL affiliate. The 1996–97 season was Kennedy's last campaign in the NHL but he later resurfaced in the 1998–99 season with the Manitoba Moose of the now-defunct International Hockey League. Kennedy also played for EV Landshut of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany during the 1998–99 season.

Personal

A television movie about Kennedy's life and campaign, The Sheldon Kennedy Story, aired on CTV in 1999. Jonathan Scarfe starred as Kennedy.

In 2006 Kennedy released his autobiography, Why I Didn't Say Anything - The Sheldon Kennedy Story. In the book he revealed that nightmares of James still continue to plague him. He also wrote frankly about his battles with cocaine addiction.

Awards and achievements

References

External links


Simple English

Born June 15, 1969 (1969-06-15) (age 41),
Brandon, MB, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)
Position Right wing
Shoots Right
Pro clubs Boston Bruins
Calgary Flames
Detroit Red Wings
Landshut EV
NHL Draft 80th overall, 1988
Detroit Red Wings
Playing career 1989 – 1999

Sheldon Kennedy (born June 15, 1969) is a former professional ice hockey player. He played for the Detroit Red Wings, Boston Bruins and Calgary Flames in the National Hockey League (NHL). Kennedy was drafted by the Red Wings in the fourth round of the 1988 NHL Entry Draft while playing with the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL). In the WHL, Kennedy helped the Broncos capture the 1989 Memorial Cup, and was named to the tournament all-star team. Kennedy represented Canada internationally at the World Junior Championships in 1988 and 1989. He helped Canada win a gold medal at the 1988 tournament.

Kennedy is best known for coming forward as a victim of sexual abuse at the hands of his coach, Graham James. In 1998, Kennedy roller bladed across Canada to raise awareness and funds for sexual abuse victims. Currently, Kennedy serves as a spokesperson for violence and abuse prevention programs with the Canadian Red Cross.

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Playing career

Junior

Kennedy started playing junior hockey with the Winnipeg South Blues of the Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) in 1985.[1] After being noticed by Graham James at a hockey camp, Kennedy joined the Swift Current Broncos of the Western Hockey League (WHL) for the 1986–87 season.[1] Kennedy spent his entire WHL career with the Broncos, helping the team capture the 1989 Memorial Cup. For his play during the tournament, Kennedy was named to the Memorial Cup All-Star Team.[2] He was also named to the WHL's Eastern Conference Second All-Star Team.[2]

Professional

Kennedy was selected by the Detroit Red Wings in the fourth round (80th overall) of the 1988 National Hockey League (NHL) Entry Draft.[2] His first professional season was split between the Red Wings in the NHL and their minor league affiliate Adirondack Red Wings of the American Hockey League (AHL).[1] At the NHL level, Kennedy scored two goals and added seven assists in 20 games.[1][2] Kennedy spent the next four seasons bouncing between the AHL and NHL within the Red Wings organization.[1] The Winnipeg Jets acquired Kennedy from the Red Wings after the 1993–94 season. The NHL lockout meant that Kennedy did not actually play for the Jets before being picked up on waivers by the Calgary Flames. Kennedy spent two seasons in Calgary, then the Flames decided not to renew his contract in 1996, shortly after his sexual abuse revelation. He signed as a free agent with the Boston Bruins for the 1996–97 season but also spent time with the Providence Bruins, Boston's AHL affiliate. The 1996–97 season was Kennedy's last campaign in the NHL but he later resurfaced in the 1998–99 season with the Manitoba Moose of the now-defunct International Hockey League. Kennedy also played for EV Landshut of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga in Germany during the 1998–99 season.[3]

Personal

A television movie about his life and campaign, The Sheldon Kennedy Story, aired on CTV in 1999. Jonathan Scarfe starred as Kennedy. In 2006 he released his autobiography, Why I Didn't Say Anything - The Sheldon Kennedy Story. In the book he revealed that nightmares of James still continue to plague him. He also wrote frankly about his battles with cocaine addiction.[4]

Awards and achievements

Junior hockey

Award Year
WHL East Second All-Star Team 1989[3]
Memorial Cup Tournament All-Star Team 1989[3]

References

Other websites

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NAME Kennedy, Sheldon
ALTERNATIVE NAMES
SHORT DESCRIPTION
DATE OF BIRTH June 15, 1969
PLACE OF BIRTH Brandon, MB, CAN
DATE OF DEATH
PLACE OF DEATH








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