Kevin and his wife, Meagan, spend their summers in Raleigh and have two dogs, Stella and Huey… Meagan played college basketball at Princeton and is the daughter of N.C. State graduate and former NFL player and coach Bill Cowher… Kevin’s brother, Brett, played four AHL seasons before retiring in 2010… Kevin’s charity efforts include Hockey Players 4 Kids and the Wounded Warrior Project… He started playing hockey at age 5 and his first youth team was the Amherstburg North Stars… The biggest influence on his career was his father, and his favorite player growing up was Cam Neely… Kevin’s favorite television show is Arrested Development, favorite movie is The Big Lebowski and favorite book is Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance by Robert M. Pirsig… His first job was as a landscape engineer… His favorite vacation spot is his hometown of Amherstburg… Kevin’s favorite Triangle restaurant is Angus Barn and favorite food is a corndog… His favorite website is cracked.com and favorite video game is NHL ‘94… His biggest talent outside of hockey is piano and favorite song is Piano Man… Kevin’s favorite sport to play is “not basketball” and favorite sport to watch is football… Kevin's Twitter handle is @Kwesty19… His favorite non-hockey athlete is Duke basketball player Ryan Kelly and favorite non-hockey team is the Detroit Lions… The person he would most like to meet is Bill Murray… Kevin’s favorite road city is Detroit, favorite road arena is The Bell Centre and favorite team to play against is Philadelphia… His favorite former teammate is Rob Scuderi… He chose No. 8 because he was a Cam Neely fan and it is a number his wife wore… His favorite thing about playing in the NHL is hanging out with “the boys” and his most memorable moment was winning the Stanley Cup in 2012.
Completed his fourth NHL season and first with the Hurricanes… Totaled two goals, two assists (4 points) and 45 penalty minutes in 31 games played… Led the Hurricanes with seven major penalties, all of which were for fighting… Made his Hurricanes debut vs. TB (1/22)… Played his 100th career NHL game vs. TB (2/23)… Sparred with Frazer McLaren in the first period at TOR (2/4)… Registered a major penalty for fighting with Colton Orr in the first period vs. TOR (2/14)… Had a bout with Eric Selleck in the third period vs. FLA (3/19)… Fought with Frazer McLaren in the first period at TOR (3/28)… Sparred with Deryk Engelland in the first period vs. PIT (4/9)… Took a major for fighting with Shawn Thornton in the first period vs. BOS (4/13)… Fought Jared Cowen in the second period at OTT (4/16)… Earned first Hurricanes point with an assist on Justin Faulk’s secondperiod goal vs. PHI (4/20)… Earned an assist on Tuomo Ruutu’s second-period goal vs. NYR (4/25)… Established career highs for goals and points in a game with his first career multi-goal game at PIT (4/27)… Earned a point in each of his last three games he played (4/20-4/27: 2g, 2a)… Was a healthy extra for 17 games… Longest assist streak: 2 games (4/20-4/25: 0g, 2a)… Longest point streak: 3 games (4/20-4/27: 2g, 2a)… Multi-goal games: 1 (4/27 at PIT: 2g, 0a)… Multipoint games: 1 (4/27 at PIT: 2g, 0a).
Is in his fifth NHL season and second with the Hurricanes… Acquired on 1/13/13 in exchange for Anthony Stewart and two draft picks… Originally signed with the Kings as an undrafted free agent on 3/16/07 after a four-year career at Princeton University… Has totaled 50 points (22g, 28a) and 580 penalty minutes in 224 career American Hockey League (AHL) games.
2003-04: Totaled six points (3g, 3a) and 48 penalty minutes in 25 games during his freshman season at Princeton… The 48 penalty minutes were his collegiate career high and he led the Tigers with 42 penalty minutes in conference play.
2004-05: Scored four goals and added three assists (7 points) in 29 games with Princeton… Was fourth on the team in penalty minutes (36).
2005-06: Totaled 23 points (10g, 13a) and 36 penalty minutes in 29 games with Princeton… Established his career high in goals (10)… Ranked second among Tigers in points, tied for third in goals and third in power-play goals (5)… Was tied for second on the team with nine goals during conference play.
2006-07: Completed his senior year at Princeton, recording 24 points (8g, 16a) and 40 penalty minutes… Ranked third on the team in points and assists, each of which were collegiate career highs… Ranked tied for second among Tigers in power-play goals (5)… Was tied for second on the club with 18 points (6g, 12a) during conference play… Played with his older brother Brett (defenseman) for the third season (Kevin and Brett were teammates in 2006-07, 2005-06 and 2003-04)… Signed with Los Angeles on 3/16 and completed the season with Manchester (AHL)… Made his professional debut with Manchester at Providence (3/18) and appeared in 14 games with the Monarchs, totaling three points (1g, 2a) and 44 penalty minutes… Made his Calder Cup Playoff debut, skating in four postseason contests without registering a point.
2007-08: Completed his first full professional season, totaling 12 points (6g, 6a) in 69 games with Manchester… Ranked second among Manchester skaters and second among AHL rookies in penalty minutes (191)… Led AHL rookies and was tied for fourth overall in the AHL with 25 major penalties.
2008-09: Saw his first NHL action with Los Angeles, skating in nine games and totaling nine penalty minutes… Also appeared in 65 AHL games with Manchester, earning 10 points (4g, 10a) and totaling 165 penalty minutes… Led Manchester and ranked tied for 24th in the AHL in penalty minutes… Recorded 21 penalty minutes vs. Worcester (11/1)… Made his NHL debut at MIN (1/20)… Registered his first NHL penalty when he sparred with Darcy Hordichuk vs. VAN (3/9).
2009-10: Spent the entire season with Manchester (AHL), earning AHL career highs in games played (76), goals (11), assists (14) and points (25)… Was one of seven AHL players to have 25-or-more points and 150-plus penalty minutes… Led the Monarchs and ranked 19th in the AHL in penalty minutes (180)… Had consecutive two-goal games vs. Hartford (12/4) and vs. Worcester (12/5)… Was (+4) vs. Worcester (12/5)… Earned two assists and was (+3) at Albany (10/3)… Helped Manchester advance to the AHL’s Eastern Conference Finals, scoring one goal in six postseason games.
2010-11: Established NHL career highs in games played (56), assists (3) and penalty minutes (105)… Ranked second among Kings in penalty minutes… Had 12 penalty minutes including two fighting majors vs. NYI (11/13)… Earned his first NHL point in his 25th career game with an assist at BOS (11/20)… Also earned assists at NSH (12/18) and at PHX (12/29)… Made his Stanley Cup Playoff debut, registering two assists in six playoff games for the Kings… Was tied for second on the team in penalty minutes (14) in the postseason.
2011-12: Skated in 25 games, totaling two points (1g, 1a) and 39 penalty minutes for Los Angeles… Was a healthy extra for 57 regular-season games and all of the Kings’ playoff games as Los Angeles won the Stanley Cup… Made his season debut vs. BUF (10/8)… Had 12 penalty minutes at PHI (10/15)… Earned an assist at PHX (10/20)… Beat Kari Lehtonen for his first NHL goal in his 73rd career game, at DA L (11/23)… Skated a season-high 9:16 of ice time vs. CBJ (2/1)… Made his final appearance of the season and sparred with Paul Bissonnette vs. PHX (2/16).