Dorchester, N.B./Charlottetown, P.E.I.
Forbes Kennedy (1935 – )
Though born in Dorchester, N.B., Forbes Kennedy is considered one of Prince Edward Island’s most famous hockey players, having moved there just weeks after his birth. The diminutive forward (5’8”, 150 lbs.) may have been one the smallest players on the ice at any level, but he played the game like a much bigger man, often being described as gritty, tough…
After a stellar junior career beginning at age 16 with the Halifax St. Mary’s and then with the Montreal Junior Canadiens for a further three years, he made the jump to the NHL. He would play with Chicago, Detroit, Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto from 1956 to 1969.
In 615 games, he accumulated 72 goals, 112 assists, for 184 points, and 1,052 penalty minutes. Upon retirement he returned to Charlottetown, and began a coaching career that took him from Halifax with the Junior Canadian’s in the Maritime Junior Hockey League to the Carolina’s and Virginia, to Newfoundland and back to Charlottetown again.
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.
He was inducted into the P.E.I Sports Hall of Fame in 1968.