First NHL Goal: Latvia native Kenins nets first in second game

By Ken McKenna
Ronalds Kenins - Vancouver Canucks

Photo: Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Ronald Kenins (#41) is congratulated by his teammates after scoring his first NHL last Sunday night (courtesy of Bob Frid/Icon Sportswire)


He has already moved onto his second NHL goal, but Vancouver Canucks rookie forward Ronalds Kenins netted his first NHL goal in just his second NHL game in a 4-2 loss to the Minnesota Wild last weekend.

In the third period and with the Wild holding a 3-0 lead, Canucks’ defenseman Alex Edler picked up the puck behind his own net and began moving it up ice. Edler then fired a nice pass across center ice to a rushing Bo Horvat, who skated into the Wild zone with Kenins to his left.

Kenins, a native of Riga, Latvia, was signed as a free agent this past offseason after he turned in a good 2013-14 season playing for the ZSC Lions in Switzerland‘s National League A. He began the 2014-15 season with the Utica Comets of the AHL, scoring five goals and 13 points in 36 games before being recalled to the Canucks for his first NHL tour of duty.



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