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Kerr, Tim
Philadelphia Flyers
1988-89

It's hard to comprehend that TIM KERR was never drafted by an NHL team. A walk-on at the Philadelphia Flyers' training camp in 1980, KERR only made the team because another centre, Ken Linseman, broke his leg and left the Flyers short up the middle. But that's but one of the many challenges the 6'3" centre from Tecumseh, Ontario had to endure during his 13-year career. During the 1982-83 season, KERR missed 56 games after a knee injury. The 1987-88 season saw KERR play but eight games after requiring two shoulder operations, the fourth and fifth of his career. But the hulking centre returned in 1988-89, only to be hospitalized with aseptic meningitis, a viral infection affecting the lining of the brain that causes severe headaches. Still, KERR played 69 games, and continued his scoring prominence, contributing 48 goals and 40 assists to the Flyers offence. For his persistence and dedication, matched with his excellence, TIM KERR was awarded the MASTERTON TROPHY in 1988-89. Sadly, TIM KERR's setbacks had not finished. On October 16 1990, KERR's wife Kathy died 10 days after giving birth to a daughter. TIM was left with a newborn and a 10-month old as well as a six-year old from his wife's previous marriage. Yet, with help from his family and teammates, TIM KERR returned to play 27 games in 1990-91, scoring 27 points. But the injuries and the challenges proved insurmountable. Left unprotected in the 1991 expansion draft, KERR was chosen y the San Jose Sharks, who promptly traded him to the New York Rangers. But with more injuries, KERR only suited up for 32 games. That summer, he was traded to the Hartford Whalers, and again, played only a partial season. In January 1993, TIM KERR retired, and was immediately give an assistant coaching job with Hartford's AHL affiliate in Springfield. During his troubled career, TIM KERR played 655 games, scoring 370 goals and 304 assists for 674 points. He enjoyed four consecutive 50-plus goals seasons between 1983 and 1987.



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