August 25, 2004

Sr. | D | Pickering, Ontario

Kemp scored the game-winning goal in the 2002 MAAC championship game, sending Mercyhurst to the NCAA Tournament.


Key Statistics: Ranked fifth nationally and led Atlantic Hockey in points per game by a defenseman (0.78). Tied for third on the team with a +8 plus/minus rating. His 26 points and 21 assists led league defensemen. Named best defenseman in the conference.

What He Does: Jump into the play. At 5-feet-11, 197 pounds, Kemp is somewhat in the mold of Brian Rafalski, and he can be just as much of an offensive force for his team. Kemp has the freedom to become the Lakers’ fourth forward on rushes, knowing that goaltender Andy Franck and his defensive partner have his back if something goes awry.

The Bigger Picture: Kemp got some nibbles from OHL teams, but his heart was set on playing college hockey ever since he watched uncle Jim Montgomery play for Maine from 1989-93. Montgomery, who has bounced around the NHL for the last decade, played last season in Russia. “He was my role model,” Kemp said. As for winding up in Erie, Kemp’s story is similar to many Atlantic Hockey players. Bigger programs wanted him to play another year or two of juniors, but Mercyhurst was willing to accept him right away.

Kemp Speak: “I don’t get caught (pinching) too much. That’s just my game. And our team is so good defensively that I don’t have to worry a lot if I do get caught up-ice.”

— James Jahnke

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