Welcome to a new feature here at the Ryan Coke Experience: Newfies in hockey. Periodically, I will be profiling different players that made it to the NHL (keep in mind, the number is less than 25, so I might start eventually stretching that to non-NHL players as well).
Do you remember: Chad Penney?
Chad Penney was blessed with goal-scoring hands. Unfortunately, those hands may have cost him a shot at the NHL.
Born in Labrador City, Newfoundland, Penney lit up the leagues in the minor hockey league system and the Ontario Hockey League. With the North Bay Centennials, he scored 33 goals in 66 games as a rookie.
The next season, the left-winger made team Canada for the World Junior Championships. Unfortunately, despite playing in seven games, Penney never recorded a point, and Canada never medalled.
Disappearing in a high-pressure situation made him sound perfect for the Ottawa Senators, so they drafted him in the second round (25th overall) of the 1992 draft.
He spent another season in the OHL, and played in the Memorial Cup (he also made the all-star team that year). He had more success there, netting five goals and two assists in four games. Penney’s team, Sault Ste. Marie, won the Memorial Cup, thereby showing that as a champion of some sort, Penney had no business in the Sens organization, and was no longer given a fair shot at making the team.
One year, when it looked like Penney might make the Sens roster, he broke a finger in training camp. When he returned from his injury, he was sent to the minors, and never got his shot to make the team again.
It was right around this time that I had a hockey card of Penney, which I sent to be autographed. I never got a response. Chad Penney, if you’re reading this, you owe me a hockey card.
I found this article talking about Penney and the Sens, which is quite humourous:
Penney has a chance to play himself onto the Ottawa roster if he can show the same promise and skill that many of the star rookies with the parent club have shown this year. Alexander Daigle and Alexei Yashin are showing that they will be stars before too long. While the Ottawa club is in perpetual turmoil at the management level, the on-ice product appears to be developing well and along the same lines as the expansion New York Islanders of the early 70’s.
Penney played only three games with the Sens, and after three years with their farm team, went to play in Britain.
After 1999, he seemed to have disappeared from the hockey world.
Off the ice, he is married with two kids, and works for Rogers Cable.