Big Day for the Westgarth Family

Thursday, 07.02.2009 / 2:06 PM / Los Angeles Kings | News
By Thomas LaRocca  - LAKings.com Staff Writer
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Big Day for the Westgarth Family
Brothers Brett (left) and Kevin (right) Westgarth, former teammates with Princeton University, may face each other in the NHL after Brett signed with the NY Islanders and Kevin re-signed with the Kings.
Hours after the New York Islanders announced the signing of defenseman Brett Westgarth, Kings forward prospect Kevin Westgarth's older brother, to a one-year, two-way contract, Kevin re-signed with the Kings for three years.

  Westgarth Brothers

Kevin Westgarth, 25, made his Kings/NHL debut on Jan. 20, 2009 at Minnesota this past season and played in nine games, recording zero points and nine penalty minutes. He also played in 65 games with the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League, recording 10 points (4-6=10) and a team-leading 165 penalty minutes.

Originally signed by the Kings as an unrestricted free agent on March 16, 2007, the 6-5, 241-pound Westgarth is a native of Amherstberg, Ontario. Before turning pro, he played four years of college hockey at Princeton, totalling 25-35=60 and 160 PIMs in 116 games with the Tigers

Westgarth made his professiona debut in 2006-07, scoring 1-2=3 with 44 PIMs in 14 games with the Monarchs, and in 2007-08, he totaled 6-6=12 with 191 PIMs in 69 games

Kevin's older brother Brett played the last three seasons in the AHL. Last year, the 6-2, 215-pound defenseman played for the Worcester Sharks, AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, scoring nine points (2g, 7a) while totaling 137 penalty minutes.

Brett skated for the Tigers from 2002-07 where he compiled four goals and 20 assists for 24 points and 110 PIMs.

The two brothers were teammates for Princeton from 2003-07.