Hardworking and tenacious, Ted Kennedy typified the powerful, tough checking Maple Leaf teams built by Conn SMYTHE. In 1946 he and players Howie Meeker and Vic Lynn formed the renowned KLM Line, which helped the Leafs to another 3 Stanley Cup victories from 1947-49. In 1948, at age 22, Kennedy became the youngest-ever team captain in Leafs' history and helped the team to another Stanley Cup victory in 1951. Also a fan favourite, Kennedy won the HART TROPHY (most valuable player) in his last full season, 1954-55. Following retirement he operated a thoroughbred training centre in St Mary's, Ont.
Though he lacked skill as a skater, Kennedy was a resourceful playmaker and finished his career with a total of 231 goals and 560 points in 696 games. In 1966 he was inducted into the HOCKEY HALL OF FAME.
Author JAMES MARSH