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Mike Keenan

Mike Keenan

Mike Keenan, coach of the 1994 Stanley Cup winning New York Rangers, joined MSG's telecast team in 2009 as a guest analyst for pregame, intermission and postgame reports on the network.

Keenan has coached eight teams in the NHL, most recently the Calgary Flames last season. Prior to the Flames, he coached the Flyers, Blackhawks, Rangers, Blues, Canucks, Bruins, Panthers and Flames, and amassed 672 regular season and 96 playoff wins. Four of Keenan's teams played in the Stanley Cup Finals – Philadelphia (1984 & 1987), Chicago (1992), and won the Cup coaching the Rangers in 1994.

Currently, he is fourth all-time in NHL wins and his teams never missed the playoffs until 1998. From 1969 to 1972, Keenan played college hockey for St. Lawrence University and finished his final year at the University of Toronto. He then went on to play a season with the Roanoke-Valley Rebels, a minor league hockey franchise in the ECHL.

His first coaching job was at Forest Hill Collegiate Institute in Toronto, Ontario, where he coached the varsity hockey team. In 1977 he became the coach of the Oshawa Legionaires of the Metro Junior B Hockey League, where he led them to back-to-back championships in 1979 and 1980. The following year he began his junior coaching career with the Peterborough Petes before moving on to the Rochester Americans, which he guided to the American Hockey League championship in 1983. He returned to University of Toronto to lead it to the CIAU title. He then landed his first high-profile job with the Philadelphia Flyers in 1984. In 1993, he took the job as New York Rangers head coach, and led the franchise to its first Stanley Cup since 1940.

After leaving the Rangers, Keenan went on to serve as coach and general manager of the St. Louis Blues (1994-96), and coached the Vancouver Canucks from 1997-98. Following his stint in Vancouver, Keenan coached the Boston Bruins for one season (2000-01) and was then named head coach of the Panthers on December 3, 2001, before becoming its General Manager.

He left Florida in 2006, and in April of 2007, Keenan took the role of Senior Advisor to the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. This role was short lived, as he was named head coach of the Calgary Flames on June 14, 2007. Keenan would go on to pass Patrick Quinn for 4th on the all-time NHL coach win list (648 wins) on February 12, 2009.


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