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Dean Kennedy

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Dean Kennedy was a solid defenceman playing 717 NHL games between 1982 and 1995. His greatest asset was his reputation as a hard hitter who always finished his check. Kennedy joined the Brandon Wheat Kings in 1980. He was drafted 39th overall by the Los Angeles Kings in1981 then made the jump to the NHL in 1982 and played 55 games as a rookie. Kennedy became a regular with the Kings from 1985-86 until he was traded to the New York Rangers in December 1988. After 16 games in the Big Apple he was traded back to L.A but in the off-season he was sent to the Buffalo Sabres for a draft choice and enjoyed one of his strongest years while helping his team register 98 points. The following year he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets and after his first year mostly lost to injuries, he played an important role in stabilizing the Winnipeg defensive corps over the next two years. In January 1995 he was claimed by the Edmonton Oilers to add experience to the roster. He played 40 games then retired after the club narrowly missed the post-season. Dean lives in Western Canada running a successful cattle ranch.