Rob Kennedy is serving as an equipment manager for the U.S. National Junior Team for the first time in 2023.
Kennedy, who has served as assistant equipment manager for Quinnipiac University’s men’s hockey team since August 2021, is working his second international tournament for Team USA after having previously served as an equipment manager for the 2012 U.S. Men’s National Team at the 2012 IIHF Men’s World Championship.
Prior to joining the Bobcats, he served as an assistant equipment manager for the Tampa Bay Lightning for 14 years (2007-21) where he was on staff for two Stanley Cup victories (2020, 2021). His responsibilities with the Lightning included daily preparation for practice and games, distribution and care of equipment, coordination of transportation of equipment between game facility and practice facility.
He also served as an equipment manager at the NHL All-Star Game in both 2012 and 2018. Kennedy’s first two years (2005-07) working in the NHL were with the Florida Panthers as an assistant equipment manager.
Additionally, Kennedy served as the head equipment manager for the AHL's Cleveland Barons and Muskegon Fury, where he earned a Colonial Cup championship in 2002.