So, an undrafted kid gets waived through the highest junior circuit in the U.S., drops down a level to find his game, then helps put a relatively unknown college team on the national map, after which he works his way up through the minors to push an underdog NHL team into the playoffs when the starter gets hurt. It sounds like a fairy tale for a small-town kid with NHL dreams, but in reality the whole journey reads more like a manual for New Jersey Devils goaltender Keith Kinkaid. Equal parts quirky and down-to-earth, Kinkaid has quickly gone from “that guy” to an important part of a scrappy Devils team that upended expectations last season and has quickly built a rock-solid culture in Newark.
Kinkaid, 29, grew up in Farmingville, N.Y., located on Long Island, where he became a New York I...
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His American bloodlines gave him the talent, the Canadian outdoors gave him the passion, and his internal motor gave him the drive. Along the way, all he’s done is obliterate the records of previous phenoms and turn the heads of every salivating big-league bird dog. It appears the hockey gods have some sympathy for the Devils after all.