Keenan makes history with KHL Championship

Mike Keenan and his team Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a group photo. Keenan became the first North...

Mike Keenan and his team Metallurg Magnitogorsk in a group photo. Keenan became the first North American coach to lead a team to a KHL championship. (Metallurg Magnitogorsk website)

QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 11:11 PM ET

Mike Keenan became the first North American coach to lead a team to a Kontinental Hockey League championship after his team won Wednesday night.

Keenan, a Bowmanville, Ont. native who won a Stanley Cup while coaching the the New York Rangers in 1994, is now the bench boss for the Russian league's Metallurg Magnitogorsk.

His team won the Gagarin Cup, winning the championship series over Lev Prague in seven games.

The 64-year-old also became the first foreigner to take the Russian championship since Vladimir Vuitek in 2003, and the first North American coach to claim both the Stanley Cup and Gagarin Cup.

The last time Keenan held a head coaching position was with the Calgary Flames in 2008-09 when he led Calgary to a 46-30-6 record.

 


Videos

Photos