The life of Mike

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BIO:

Born Oct. 21, 1949 in Bowmanville, Ont.

PLAYING DAYS

After two seasons playing at St. Lawrence University in the NCAA, he transfered to the University of Toronto. After only one season in Hogtown, Keenan moved to the Roanoke Valley Rebels of the SHL where he had his best season as a player, recording 25 goals and 36 assists for 61 points. His days as right winger came to an end in 1976-77 with the Whitby Warriors of the OHA-Sr.

FIRST COACHING JOB

Went 47-20-1 as the bench boss of the Peterborough Petes in the old Ontario Hockey Association in the 1979-80 season.

The Petes lost in the Memorial Cup final that year.

Keenan joined the professional ranks the next season as coach of the AHL's Rochester Americans.

During his three-year tenure there, he won one championship.

NHL EXPERIENCE

Iron Mike has coached a total of 1,222 regular-season games and 160 playoff contests. He amassed these totals with seven different NHL franchises including the Philadelphia Flyers, the New York Rangers, Chicago Blackhawks, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins and Florida Panthers.

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS

1983 Calder Cup (Rochester Americans); 1984 CIAU National Championship (U of Toronto); 1987 Canada Cup (Team Canada); 1991 Canada Cup (Team Canada); 1994 Stanley Cup (New York Rangers).

Won the Jack Adams award as the NHL's coach of the year in 1985 with the Philadelphia Flyers.

CLOSE CALLS

Lost in the 1980 Memorial Cup final, 1985 Stanley Cup final (Philadelphia Flyers); 1987 Stanley Cup final (Flyers); 1992 Stanley Cup final (Chicago Blackhawks).


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