Forbes Kennedy

Forbes Taylor Kennedy (born August 18, 1935) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. In 603 career National Hockey League (NHL) games Kennedy recorded 70 goals and 108 assists for 178 points and 988 penalty minutes.

Kennedy was born 1935 in Dorchester, New Brunswick and raised in Prince Edward Island. Despite his small frame he was often the toughest and usually the grittiest player on the ice. As a result, he was a great fan favorite during the earliest days of the Philadelphia Flyers and was sorely missed after his trade in 1969.

Kennedy's most infamous game was marked by a violent incident, as Pat Quinn delivered a massive hit to Bobby Orr knocking him unconscious. Kennedy responded to the incident by partaking in four fights, before punching a linesman, and being kicked out of the game. He was handed a lengthy suspension and his tenure with the Toronto Maple Leafs ended.

Forbes spent the following season with the WHL's San Francisco Seals before the team was relocated and renamed for absorption into the NHL, becoming the California Seals.

On January 16, 2012, Kennedy was honoured by the Summerside Western Capitals of the Maritime Junior Hockey League with a “Forbes Kennedy Night” and he was presented with a plaque in recognition his service to the team that he coached from 2004 to 2007.

  1. ^ Kennedy humbled by Bruins’ award - Sports - The Journal Pioneer

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