The first time Kenny Agostino played in a professional hockey game at Prudential Center, he was fresh out of college and 23 days away from celebrating his 22nd birthday.
A New Jersey native who was born and went to school in Morristown but was raised in Flanders, Agostino was a member of the Calgary Flames that night, Apr. 7, 2014, and the game marked just his sixth in the National Hockey League.
The left wing, now with the Montreal Canadiens, never dreamed that the next time he would play at the New Jersey Devils’ home arena would be over four years later, on Nov. 21, 2018. He also never imagined how extensive his list of stops as a professional hockey player would be at that point.
To wit: After playing in eight games in 2013-14 and just two contests in 2015-16 with Calgary, Agostino signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues in July 2016. He skated in only seven games with them and during the offseason bolted for the Boston Bruins, for whom he appeared in five matches. That inactivity at the NHL level led him to ink with the Canadiens this past July.