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Kenndal McArdle
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Born January 4, 1987 (1987-01-04) (age 32)
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shoots Left
Played for Florida Panthers
Winnipeg Jets
Västerås HK
NHL Draft 20th overall, 2005
Florida Panthers
Playing career 2007–2014

Kenndal McArdle (born January 4, 1987) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey left winger who played with the Florida Panthers and the Winnipeg Jets in the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing CareerEdit

Kenndal began his major junior career playing for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League (WHL). He recorded his most prolific WHL season in 2004–05 with 37 goals and 74 points.

In the off-season, he was drafted in the first round (20th overall) in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the Florida Panthers.

Returning to the WHL, Kenndal was dealt from Moose Jaw to the Vancouver Giants in early December 2006. Later that month, he was named to Team Canada for the 2007 World Junior Championships, where he earned gold. He completed the 2006–07 season helping the Giants to the 2007 Memorial Cup championship as the host city.

Graduating from junior, Kenndal was assigned by Florida to the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League (AHL) where he scored 10 points in 36 games in his professional rookie season.

He completed the 2007-08 season in the ECHL playing in six games, and scoring four points (3g, 1a), for the Florida Everblades and also played in three Kelly Cup Playoff games.

The following season (in the 2008–09 season), Kenndal improved to 24 points in 58 games with the Americans. He also appeared in three NHL games. He made his NHL debut on December 2, 2008, skating a total of 5:26 of ice times in their 5-3 win at the Washington Capitals.

During his final year of his entry level contract on January 23, 2010, he scored his first NHL goal for the Panthers against Jonas Gustavsson of the Toronto Maple Leafs.

On July 8, 2011, Kenndal was traded to the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Angelo Esposito. He made the opening night roster for the inaugural season of the Jets in the 2011–12 season.

After he was kept scoreless in 9 games with the Jets, Kenndal was reassigned to AHL affiliate, the St. John's IceCaps on November 18, 2011. He contributed with 7 goals in 35 games with the IceCaps before he was again on the move, reassigned in an AHL trade to the Portland Pirates for the remainder of the season on March 2, 2012.

Without a contract offer from the Jets and with the uncertainty of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Kenndal was invited to an AHL try-out at the Norfolk Admirals training camp for the 2012–13 season. Failing to make the Calder Cup reigning Admirals, he was released from his try-out.

On October 28, 2012, Kenndal was signed to a one-year contract with the Greenville Road Warriors of the ECHL, marking his first return to the league since 2008.

On January 24, 2013, the Chicago Blackhawks announced that he had signed to an AHL contract with their affiliate, the Rockford IceHogs for the remainder of the season.

On May 13, 2013, Kenndal signed his first European contract in agreeing to a one-year deal with VIK Västerås HK of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.

After a successful season with Vasteras, he initially joined Malmö Redhawks on an optional two-year contract; but on July 31, 2014, he terminated his contract and opted to retire from professional hockey after securing an investment banking job in Vancouver.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 2 0 0 0 0
2003–04 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 54 8 8 16 57 10 3 2 5 6
2004–05 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 70 37 37 74 122 5 1 0 1 16
2005–06 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 72 28 43 71 135 22 6 10 16 43
2006–07 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 26 10 10 20 75
2006–07 Vancouver Giants WHL 37 9 13 22 54 22 11 9 20 49
2007–08 Rochester Americans AHL 36 5 5 10 31
2007–08 Florida Everblades ECHL 6 3 1 4 26 3 0 0 0 2
2008–09 Rochester Americans AHL 58 12 12 24 79
2008–09 Florida Panthers NHL 3 0 0 0 2
2009–10 Rochester Americans AHL 18 3 5 8 63
2009–10 Florida Panthers NHL 19 1 2 3 29
2010–11 Florida Panthers NHL 11 0 0 0 16
2010–11 Rochester Americans AHL 54 14 12 26 106
2011–12 Winnipeg Jets NHL 9 0 0 0 4
2011–12 St. John's IceCaps AHL 35 7 5 12 64
2011–12 Portland Pirates AHL 19 3 3 6 34
2012–13 Greenville Road Warriors ECHL 31 7 15 22 65
2012–13 Rockford IceHogs AHL 30 3 2 5 55
2013–14 VIK Västerås HK Swe.1 45 11 13 24 44 10 2 3 5 8
NHL totals 42 1 2 3 51
Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Canada.svg Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Gold 2007 Sweden

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result   GP G A Pts PIM
2007 Canada WJC Template:Goca 6 0 0 0 0
Junior totals 6 0 0 0 0

AccoladesEdit

  • Won a gold medal with Team Canada at the World Junior Championships in 2007.
  • Won the Memorial Cup with the Vancouver Giants as CHL champions in 2007.