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Thank you, Keith Kinkaid

Let's take a look back at this netminder's career with the Devils organization

by Caela McLoughlin @NJDevils /

It was announced on February 25 that Keith Kinkaid was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets after spending six seasons, and his entire NHL career up until now, with the Devils.

Tweet from @NJDevils: #NHLTrade: The #NJDevils have acquired a fifth-round pick in the 2022 #NHLDraft from the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for goalie Keith Kinkaid (@blockaid1).

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Kinkaid signed as a free agent with the New Jersey Devils on April 18, 2011 after recording 12 wins in 25 starts at Union College.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Devils sign goaltender Keith Kinkaid. Kinkaid was at Union College over the last two season and had a 1.90 GAA.

He made his NHL debut on March 5, 2013 when he took over in net for Johan Hedberg. He made 12 saves on 13 shots he faced.

Tweet from @NJDevils: #Kinkaid took over for #Hedberg in the 2nd period and went on to make 12 saves on 13 shots in his @NHL debut. Photo:

Tweet from @NJDevils: #Kinkaid definitely won't forget his @NHL debut tonight, or this amazing save on Stamkos. Watch it again:

He posted his first NHL win on December 19, 2014 in a 3-2 shootout victory against Tampa Bay.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Tonight's #UpForWhatever Moment presented by @BudLight features Keith Kinkaid's first career #NHL win celebration!

Kinkaid recorded his first career shutout in a 1-0 victory over the Los Angeles Kings on February 14, 2016.

Tweet from @NJDevils: Kinkaid on his shutout: "It's just good to finally get it off my back and hopefully it opens the flood gates."

On June 29, 2017, the netminder signed a two-year contract with the Devils.

Tweet from @NJDevils: BREAKING: The #NJDevils have re-signed goaltender @Blockaid1 to a two-year contract!

Kinkaid was known as one of the more active Devils players on social media, and created his fan-favorite Kinkode, which made its debut on October 7, 2017.

Tweet from @Blockaid1: Great win & atmosphere today! 👨getting the boys going. 🔪 with 3 assists & 👶 with a snipe in their debuts! 🤡 with 40 saves! #njdevils

It's become a tradition after a Devils victory for the netminder to tweet congratulating and acknowledging his teammates.

Tweet from @Blockaid1: Just like we drew it up! Wild comeback win for #njdevils! 🤡 back in the W column getting the 🐵 off his 🔙! 🇨w/ GW-OT🚨& also adding an 🍎. 😍&🔪 tallying a floor 🧀🚨. 🌴&������ each w/ 1🚨,1🍎. 🇨& 🐶 adding 1🍎 w/ 👶adding 2🍎.

During the 2017-18 season, Kinkaid helped the Devils to their first post-season appearance since 2012. He played in 41 games during the regular season, earning 26 wins in 38 starts. During the 2018-19 season, he played in 41 games, earning 15 wins in 38 starts.

Over his six seasons as a Devil, he played in 151 games, starting in 132 matchups, and posted a 64-55-17 record. Although Kinkaid won't be backstopping for New Jersey any longer, Devils fans will forever cherish his post-victory tweets with his Kinkode congratulations to Devils teammates.

To stay up-to-date on all Devils related news, fans can follow the team on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram at @NJDevils. To follow Kinkaid on his NHL journey, fans can follow him on Twitter and Instagram at @Blockaid1.

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