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Born July 15, 1986 (1986-07-15) (age 23),
Sault Ste. Marie, ON, CAN
Height
Weight
5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Centre/wing
Shoots Right
NHL team Pittsburgh Penguins
NHL Draft 99th overall, 2004
Pittsburgh Penguins
Career 2007 – present

Tyler Kennedy (born July 15, 1986 in Sault Ste. Marie, ON) is a professional ice hockey player, currently with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League.

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Playing career

Kennedy was drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 4th round, 99th overall of the 2004 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted, Kennedy played two seasons with Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL. He began playing for the AHL Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in AHL. He played his first game in the NHL on October 27, 2007, in a match versus the Montreal Canadiens. He scored his first NHL goal on November 3, 2007 against the New York Islanders. Kennedy is most commonly known among Penguin fans for his energy on the ice, making hits and going hard along the boards. He is also known for scoring at sharp and inopportune angles. His mentor was Gary Roberts.

Kennedy was named to the NHL's YoungStars Team in 2008 along with fellow teammate, Kris Letang. Kennedy was unable to compete in the game because of mononucleosis. In September 2008, the Penguins signed an agreement with Kennedy through the 2010–11 season.[1]

In the 2009 Stanley Cup Finals, Kennedy had a goal in Game 4, and added a game-winning goal in Game 6. The Penguins would go on to defeat the Detroit Red Wings in seven games to win the Stanley Cup.

Although to this point Kennedy has had a low profile in terms of hockey fame, he attracted some notoriety when Pittsburgh fans and ultimately the public address announcer at Mellon Arena would chant his name in the style of former World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) wrestler Mr. Kennedy (Ken Anderson).[2] During the Stanley Cup Finals against the Detroit Red Wings, the arena played a video made by "Mr. Kennedy" mimicking his WWE persona in which he announced Kennedy's goals by shouting "That's a goal by Tylerrrrrrrrrr Kennedyyyyyyyyyyy!" then briefly disappearing from camera view before reappearing and growling "Kennedyyyyyyyy!" as the camera zoomed in.[3] A signed Tyler Kennedy jersey can also be seen in a series of Internet skits produced by Anderson in 2009.[4]

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 61 5 10 15 33 4 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 63 16 26 42 28
2004–05 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 61 21 36 57 37 4 1 3 4 4
2005–06 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 22 48 70 60 4 1 2 3 2
2006–07 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 40 12 25 37 20
2007–08 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 10 5 4 9 10
2007–08 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 55 10 9 19 35 20 0 4 4 13
2008–09 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 67 15 20 35 30 23 5 4 9 4
NHL totals 122 25 29 54 65 43 5 8 13 17
AHL totals 40 12 25 37 20
OHL totals 249 64 120 184 153 12 2 5 7 6

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