| Sports

Larger text Larger text Smaller text Smaller text | Order Photo Reprints

Pens' 'Mr. Kennedy' enjoys attention from fans

Penguins/NHL Videos

Email Newsletters

Sign up for one of our email newsletters.

Rob Rossi podcasts

  • Loading...
Monday, March 17, 2008

Rookie forward Tyler Kennedy is no fan of professional wrestling and was puzzled early in the season as fans would greet him with shouts of "Mr. Kennedy!"

"I had no idea what it was all about or who that guy was," Kennedy said of WWE star Ken Kennedy, whose popular catchphrase involves screaming his moniker "Mr. Kennedy..." pausing and then following with an additional scream, "Kennedy!"

"Fans would do that when they ran into me, but it's just recently that they started to clue me in," Kennedy said.

He was equally surprised and amused Sunday when, after scoring his 10th goal in a win over Philadelphia, the sound of the wrestler's catchphrase blared through the speakers inside Mellon Arena.

"Now that I know what's going on, I think it's great," Kennedy said of the theatrics. "At least I have something going for me."

Looking good

Goaltender Marc-Andre Fleury stopped 24 of 25 shots against the Flyers and improved to 4-1-0 since returning to the NHL after missing over two months with a high right ankle sprain.

Fleury's start yesterday was his fifth in six games, and his save percentage stands at .947 in those games.

"I didn't know what my performance was going to be like after being out for so long, so this is nice," Fleury said.

Coach Michel Therrien would not name a starter for the Penguins' game against the Rangers in New York on Tuesday.

Welcome home

Right wing Marian Hossa played his first game at Mellon Arena since he was acquired from Atlanta on Feb. 26.

The enthusiastic sellout crowd, the Penguins' 49th in a row, impressed Hossa, who saw many empty seats at Atlanta's Philips Arena during his days with the Thrashers.

"It was definitely nice to step on the ice and hear the crowd cheering when your name is announced," Hossa said. "I've been waiting for that reaction."

Hossa had missed six consecutive games with a sprained right medial collateral ligament.

Back on the farm

Forward Ryan Stone was reassigned to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton following yesterday's game.

Stone had been recalled on an emergency basis.


3.39 - Penguins' goal-per-game average in 23 games this season without captain Sidney Crosby.

2.87 - Penguins' goal-per-game average in 49 games this season with Crosby.

Subscribe today! Click here for our subscription offers.




Show commenting policy

Most-Read Stories

  1. Police charge New Florence man in St. Clair officer’s killing
  2. Penn State coach fires offensive coordinator
  3. Travelers advised to arrive 2 hours early for flights from Pittsburgh International Airport
  4. New Kensington man killed in North Buffalo crash
  5. Police officer fatally shot in New Florence; suspect in custody
  6. Indiana Twp. liver transplant recipient, 2, takes steps toward normal life
  7. Aliquippa wins 16th WPIAL title, ends South Fayette’s 44-game winning streak
  8. Four downs: Steelers might still be Adams’ best bet
  9. Zatkoff’s, Malkin’s heroics not enough as Oilers down Penguins in shootout
  10. Thomas Jefferson uses defense, running game to capture WPIAL title
  11. As historic breakup nears, Alcoa works to redefine its ‘advantage’