|(Photo courtesy of Amy Carney)
How Acquired: 1988 Entry Draft, 76th overall
Buffalo stats (1991-93): 51 games; 4-9-13, 77 PIMs
Career NHL stats (1991-2008): 1,018 games; 45-183-228, 904 PIMs
After criss-crossing North America for 16 NHL seasons with six different teams, Keith Carney decided it was time to share that life experience with his family. So with his wife, Amy, and their four children along for the ride, the Carneys are currently in the midst of a seven-month journey to travel across the United States in a motorhome.
With his hockey career keeping him away from home for so many years, and now being pulled in many directions as parents of four active children, Keith and Amy felt the time was right to finally take the family trip they’d been talking about for years.
“It’s been in the works for quite a while. When our kids were small we would talk about doing a trip like this, just getting away spending time as a family while seeing the country. As you live your life you just keep putting things off,” explains Carney, who is on sabbatical from his position as a Player Development Coach/Scout with the Chicago Blackhawks. “With my triplet sons (Kade, Aidan and Cole) just turning 13, and my daughter (Morgan) turning 11, we decided that we needed to do this now while they’re in middle school or it’s never going to happen.”
The trip started in June from the family’s home in Paradise Valley, Ariz., with the mode of transportation being a 43-foot motorhome. They’ve got the family car in tow, along with bikes for the kids to ride at their campground stops along the way.
Any parent that’s planned a family vacation knows the obstacles of traveling with children, and Carney says this trip hasn’t been much different.
“There’s days when everyone is short with each other just because of the closeness. We are together 24 hours a day. You start looking for some quiet time and alone time, but it’s tough,” laughs Carney during a phone conversation Tuesday morning from Myrtle Beach, S.C. “That said, the kids all just get along so well.
“It does get tight at night with six of us living in a motorhome. But during the day we’re always outside doing things.”
Carney says there’s more to the trip than just sightseeing, and they’ve tried to find a perfect balance when planning each stop. Continue reading