Buffalo Sabres Insider App Twitter Facebook

KENNEDY MAKES NHL DEBUT

Saturday, 12.27.2008 / 11:19 PM / Features
By Erin Pollina  - Sabres.com
X
Share with your Friends


KENNEDY MAKES NHL DEBUT
Tim Kennedy (Photo: Bill Wippert)
 Game Highlights
 Lindy Ruff:
Audio | Video
Tim Kennedy: Audio | Video
Thomas Vanek: Audio | Video
Jason Pominville: Audio | Video
Jochen Hecht: Audio
 Photo Gallery
 
Game Summary
On the road for much of his rookie season in the American Hockey League, Tim Kennedy was just happy to be home in Buffalo for the holidays.

His best gift, however, may have arrived after he returned to Portland with his team.

Flying back to join the AHL Pirates after Christmas, the 22-year-old winger found that he had been recalled by the Buffalo Sabres to make his NHL debut on Saturday against the New York Islanders.

More importantly for Kennedy, however, was the fact that his first game in the League would be with his hometown team in the Blue and Gold.

“I couldn’t sleep last night,” Kennedy said of the opportunity. “There were a lot of jitters out there today.”

The Buffalo native logged 11 minutes of ice time, registering a shot and a hit as the Sabres claimed a 4-3 shootout win at HSBC Arena.

“He moved the puck well, is a smart player and has a bright future here,” Jason Pominville said, who served as Kennedy’s linemate along with Jochen Hecht.

Kennedy not only was paired with one of the Sabres’ top tandems, he also received the nod as the starting line for the contest.

“I didn’t expect that at all. That was just one of the best feelings I’ve ever had,” Kennedy said. “I’ve been dreaming about this my whole life and for it to come true is just unreal.”

“He drew a penalty, went hard to the net a couple of times,” Head Coach Lindy Ruff said of the rookie. “I tried to put him in a pretty good situation. He had to be pretty excited… a thrill for all of his family and friends. You can chalk that up as a good game though, and a win. Your first game being part of a game is great thing, and great for Tim.

“It was unbelievable. That is something I will remember my whole life,” Kennedy said. “Not many kids get the chance to do it… I can’t put that into words right now.”

Kennedy is second on the Pirates in scoring with 27 points (5+22) in 29 games this season, his first year in the AHL. His 22 assists lead all rookies, and his 27 points are second behind the 33 scored by Philadelphia’s Claude Giroux.

The winger played three years at Michigan State, finishing with 105 points (42+63) in 113 games. He led the Spartans in scoring for his last two seasons, scoring 43 points in 42 games during each campaign. In 2007-08, he led the team in all offensive categories, including 9 PPG’s and 5 GWG’s.

Kennedy played youth hockey in the Buffalo area, and won gold with the Western Division in the 2002 and 2003 Empire State Games. Prior to attending Michigan State, he spent two seasons with the Sioux City Musketeers of the USHL.

He was acquired in a draft day trade with Washington on July 30, 2005, after being selected by the Capitals in the sixth round (181st overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82