Mike Keenan

Michael Edward "Mike" Keenan (born 21 October 1949 in Bowmanville, Ontario ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player and current coach, who is head coach at the 2013 HK Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League since May.

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As a player

He played for the team from St. Lawrence University and the University of Toronto, before taking up a senior several years in the OHA for Whitby.

As a coach

After he failed as a player to reach the highest level, he decided early on to a coaching career. Even at age 30, he took over the coaching job at the Peterborough Petes, a very successful junior team before 1983, the Rochester Americans of the American Hockey League to win the Calder Cup. For a year, he then returned to the University of Toronto and led the team to the title.

Armed with this success, he got his first coaching job in the National Hockey League offered. The team of the Philadelphia Flyers he led straight into the finals series for the Stanley Cup. Two years later he succeeded the same again, but in 1985 failed his Flyers in 1987 to the Edmonton Oilers of Wayne Gretzky. Also for the Canadian national team, he was standing by the Canada Cup in 1987 behind the gang.

From the 1988/89 season he coached the Chicago Blackhawks. After two semi-finals in the first two seasons, this time it was the Pittsburgh Penguins, who stopped his team in the final. In Chicago, he had worked as General Manager for the first time. According to the Canada Cup in 1991 Keenan was at the Ice Hockey World Championship in 1993 for the third time coach of the national team. For the 1993/94 season he took over the New York Rangers. The team captained by Mark Messier he now led to the Stanley Cup win. As with his first two stops, he left his third team after reaching the final.

Without finals he remained with his next team. After two and a half years, however, ended his involvement with the St. Louis Blues. For the Blues, where he was General Manager, he also prevented the use of the alternate jerseys, which did not please him.

Also, any subsequent attempts Keenan to bring his team to the playoffs, failed. The Vancouver Canucks and Boston Bruins were between 1997 and 2001 his teams. As of the 2001 /02 season he coached the Florida Panthers. From 2004, he took over again in addition to coaching positions and the position of General Manager before he resigned in the fall of 2006 before the season starts.

Keenan, who took over for the 2007/08 season as coach the Calgary Flames, can look back on numerous successes. Nevertheless, he had almost all its stations also difficulties with players, managers and owners.

In May 2013 Keenan was hired from Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League for two years.

Sporting successes

  • Calder Cup: 1983
  • Canada Cup: 1987 and 1991
  • Stanley Cup: 1994

Personal Awards