Former Quaker Valley hockey player injured during junior game
Despite last playing for the Quaker Valley hockey team two seasons ago, Kevin Kenny is on the minds of every Quakers player, coach and fan.
On Saturday, Kenny suffered a spinal chord injury while playing for the Pittsburgh Three Rivers Vengeance in a game against the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks. The injury happened with 12:10 remaining in the first period when he reportedly crashed into the boards. He had no feeling from the waist down.
“Right now we are all in a state of shock,” Quaker Valley coach Kevin Quinn said. “We are rounding up all of our resources to be there for the Kenny family. A hockey family is very tight knit, so we are doing everything we can to support him and his family.”
According to a press release from the North America 3 Hockey League, Kenny was in and out of emergency surgery late Saturday night and early Sunday morning.
The Vengeance's game Sunday with the Cleveland Jr. Lumberjacks was postponed.
“It's really painful to know he's going through this,” said Plum senior Joe Randazzo, a linemate of Kenny's with the Vengeance. “It's something you never ever want to see. He's fighting hard right now. He's got a lot of people that care about him and are supporting him right now.”
Kenny has played for the Vengeance junior team since 2012, scoring 16 goals and adding 29 assists over two seasons.
Kenny helped the Quaker Valley hockey team win the Class A Penguins Cup and state title in 2011-12 while serving as captain. That season, he scored 18 goals and had 39 assists.
“He is an extremely tough kid who has been through a lot,” Quinn said. “He is in for a tough battle, but if there is one person who can pull through with a window of hope, he is that guy. We are all praying for him.”
Many former teammates and other players across Western Pennsylvania offered their support on Twitter, using the hashtags, #prayersforKenny and #prayforKevin.