Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Geordie Kinnear
Defenseman Geordie Kinnear spent three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League with the Peterborough Petes before he made the leap to professional hockey with the farm club of the New Jersey Devils, the team that drafted him in 1992.

Kinnear joined the Albany River Rats during their inaugural season of 1993-94. Kinnear's fearless, hard hitting style made him an immediate fan favourite. Over the next six seasons, he became a valued member of their defense. Kinnear was a four-time AHL All-Star, spent three years as the team's captain and helped guide the club to a league championship in 1995. Despite all of his success in the minors, he was unable to earn a call up to the parent club in New Jersey. After six years in Albany, Kinnear decided that he would need to leave the organization in order to better his chances of playing in the National Hockey League.

Kinnear signed with the Atlanta Thrashers on August 12th, 1999. Though he didn't crack Atlanta's lineup out of training camp, he did finally get the call he'd waited six and half years for?a trip to the NHL.

Kinnear suited up for four games with the Atlanta Thrashers. Though he wasn't able to produce and points, he did continue to deliver his tough, gritty style of play that had made him so successful in the minor leagues by providing 13 minutes in penalties.

Kinnear again failed to make Atlanta's team during his second training camp but a month into the season with their farm team, he was traded back to New Jersey for future considerations.

He reported to their farm team but his homecoming was short lived. After just 14 games back in the red and black and injury forced Kinnear to retire from the game.

Kinnear, who retired as the all-time leader in games played and penalty minutes for the River Rats, was named the team's assistant coach for the 2001-02 season. He was honoured during a game versus Providence during his first season on the coaching staff with "Geordie Kinnear Night," which saw his #4 sweater hoisted to the rafters.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1989-90 Norwich Merchants ON-Jr.C 1 0 0 0 19
1989-90 Tillsonburg Titans ON-Jr.B 34 2 5 7 153
1990-91 Peterborough Petes ON-Jr.B 6 0 6 6 51
1990-91 Peterborough Petes OHL 37 1 0 1 76 2 0 0 0 10
1991-92 Peterborough Petes OHL 63 5 16 21 195 10 0 2 2 36
1992-93 Peterborough Petes OHL 58 6 22 28 161 19 1 5 6 43
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 59 3 12 15 197 5 0 0 0 21
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 68 5 11 16 136 9 1 1 2 7
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 73 4 7 11 170 4 0 1 1 2
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 59 2 9 11 175 10 0 1 1 15
1997-98 Albany River Rats AHL 78 1 15 16 206 +21 13 1 1 2 68
1998-99 Albany River Rats AHL 55 1 13 14 162 +23 5 0 1 1 0
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 4 0 0 0 13 -1
1999-00 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 69 1 5 6 231 +1 6 0 0 0 9
2000-01 Orlando Solar Bears IHL 11 0 0 0 41 +5
2000-01 Albany River Rats AHL 14 1 1 2 48 0
NHL Totals 4 0 0 0 13


Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, August 12, 1999. Traded to New Jersey by Atlanta for future considerations, November 6, 2000.
Officially announced retirement, December 20, 2000.
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