Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Forbes Kennedy
Forbes Kennedy was a consistent checker and penalty killer in an NHL career that lasted over 600 games. He never scored more than thirty points in a season but was known as a relentless competitor who would not back down from anyone even though he was only 5'8". The only thing he never overcame in his career was a fear of mice, a fact that was exploited by many teammates over the years.

Born in New Brunswick, Kennedy was raised on Prince Edward Island. He was a solid performer for Halifax St. Mary's of the Nova Scotia junior league in 1952-53 before playing two years with the Montreal Junior Canadiens. On May 24, 1956, he was traded by the Montreal Canadiens to the weak Chicago Black Hawks, a move that gave Kennedy a better shot at reaching the NHL.

He made his NHL debut with the Chicago Black Hawks in 1956-57 and centred a useful checking line with Hec Lalande and Harry Watson. In July 1957 he was part of the package sent to Detroit in the mean-spirited trade that brought Ted Lindsay to Chicago. He played two full seasons for the Wings but soon found himself spending more time in the minors.

Kennedy received a new lease on life when he was traded to the woeful Boston Bruins in December 1962. He spent four years in Boston before the Bruins started to improve their depth at forward. Kennedy spent the 1966-67 season with the old Califiornia Seals of the WHL before being selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the Expansion Draft. He spent nearly two full years as a checker for the young club then was traded to Toronto where he played his last 13 NHL games in 1968-69. After one last season of minor pro in 1969-70 he went nabk to Halifax to coach the junior Canadians of the NSJHL. He later moved back to PEI to coach a junior club in Charlottetown.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Charlottetown Abbies PEIHA 6 16 8 24 20 6 23 14 37 21
1952-53 Halifax St. Mary's MJrHL 25 16 11 27
1952-53 Halifax St. Mary's NSSHL 11 16 11 27 24
1952-53 Halifax St. Mary's M-Cup 12 12 7 19 25
1953-54 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 54 19 19 38 43 8 1 8 9 6
1954-55 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL 46 7 14 21 118 4 0 2 2 4
1955-56 Montreal Jr. Canadiens QJHL
1955-56 Montreal-Shawinigan QHL 3 0 3 3 2
1955-56 Montreal Jr. Canadiens M-Cup 10 3 5 8 19
1956-57 Chicago Black Hawks NHL 69 8 13 21 102
1957-58 Detroit Red Wings NHL 70 11 16 27 135 4 1 0 1 12
1958-59 Detroit Red Wings NHL 67 1 4 5 149
1959-60 Detroit Red Wings NHL 17 1 2 3 8
1959-60 Edmonton Flyers WHL 30 6 10 16 39
1959-60 Hershey Bears AHL 21 3 11 14 50
1960-61 Spokane Comets WHL 70 23 38 61 165 4 2 1 3 0
1961-62 Detroit Red Wings NHL 14 1 0 1 8
1961-62 Edmonton Flyers WHL 58 23 31 54 124
1962-63 Edmonton Flyers WHL 23 7 15 22 38
1962-63 Boston Bruins NHL 49 12 18 30 46
1963-64 Boston Bruins NHL 70 8 17 25 95
1964-65 Boston Bruins NHL 52 6 4 10 41
1965-66 Boston Bruins NHL 50 4 6 10 55
1965-66 San Francisco Seals WHL 6 3 3 6 48
1966-67 California Seals WHL 71 25 41 66 91 6 2 0 2 4
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 73 10 18 28 130 +4 7 1 4 5 14
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 59 8 7 15 195 -25
1968-69 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 13 0 3 3 24 -1 1 0 0 0 38
1969-70 Buffalo Bisons AHL 19 2 1 3 42 4 0 0 0 0
1969-70 Omaha Knights CHL 6 0 1 1 7
1970-71 Halifax Jr. Canadians MJrHL
NHL Totals 603 70 108 178 988 12 2 4 6 64


Traded to Chicago by Montreal with Ed Kachur for $50,000, May 24, 1956. Traded to Detroit by Chicago with Johnny Wilson, Hank Bassen and Bill Preston for Ted Lindsay and Glenn Hall, July 23, 1957. Traded to Boston by Detroit for Andre Pronovost, December 3, 1962. Claimed by Philadelphia from Boston in Expansion Draft, June 6, 1967. Traded to Toronto by Philadelphia with Brit Selby for Gerry Meehan, Mike Byers and Bill Sutherland, March 2, 1969. Traded to Pittsburgh by Toronto for cash, May 30, 1969. Claimed by NY Rangers from Pittsburgh in Intra-League Draft, June 11, 1969.
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