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04-15-2012, 12:53 AM
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Originally Posted by BillyShoe1721 View Post
I don't see anything in Kennedy's bio that said he killed penalties.
SI, Heart of the Leafs - Scott Young
It isn't hard to account for Kennedy's greatness. A serious, taut young gentleman of 29 (5 feet 11 inches, 180 pounds) with a skating style more notable for strength and maneuverability than for grace, he has the color that makes Yogi Berra great in baseball and a team-lifting type of leadership that makes Toronto fans very relieved to see him out there every time the going is tough. In addition to his regular turns at center on his own line, he is used both on the Toronto power play (for scoring punch when the opposition is short-handed due to a penalty) and on penalty-killing duties when the Leafs are short-handed and need their best checkers on the ice. On top of this, as team captain, he argues every arguable decision with referees and is put on the ice every time there is an important face-off, because he is the league's best at getting the draw when the puck is dropped. All in all, a very busy young man.
Also, Wikipedia cites Nickleson, Al (April 5, 1954). "Leaf's Ted Kennedy Announces Retirement". Globe and Mail: p. 23 that "along with his regular shift, he would also kill penalties". How many strong defensive players that are fantastic at faceoffs don't kill penalties?

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