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Sunday, August 16, 2009

NHL's Ted Kennedy Dies

NHL's Ted "Teeder" Kennedy has died at the age of 83. UPI:

    Hall of Famer Ted "Teeder" Kennedy, who played on five Toronto Stanley Cup championship teams, died Friday in Port Colborne, Ontario. He was 83.

    Kennedy played 14 seasons in the NHL, all with the Maple Leafs.

    "The entire Toronto Maple Leaf hockey club sends our deepest sympathies to the Kennedy family," said Brian Burke, the team's president and general manager.

    "He truly was a man of great class and he was one of the most accomplished leaders in our team's long history."

    Kennedy, who died in a nursing home, won the Hart Trophy as the league's most valuable player in 1955. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1966.

Ted "Teeder" Kennedy

Wow...all 14 season's playing for the same team, the Leafs, doesn't happen any longer in any professional sport, does it?

More on Teeder. APee:

From Fanhouse:

    NHL commissioner Gary Bettman called Kennedy the "embodiment of Maple Leaf success." "Teeder never wanted to play for any other team, and he never did," Bettman said. "He always wanted what was best for the Leafs, and for 14 superb seasons that is what he helped them achieve through his leadership, his incomparable work ethic and his ferocious will to win."

Five...FIVE Stanley Cup Championships, all with the Leafs. Some players play their entire career for several teams and never win one.

Number 9; Teeder Kennedy

NHL players never die. They just take their stick and puck and play, skating on a different astral plane.

Rest in peace, Teeder.

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