Keenan, seen here as the head coach of the NHL's Calgary Flames
October 21, 1949 |
|Current team||Metallurg Magnitogorsk (KHL)|
|Previous team(s)||Philadelphia Flyers
New York Rangers
St. Louis Blues
|Stanley Cup wins||1994|
|Years as a coach||1984–present|
|Years as an NHL coach||1984–2009|
|Years with current team||2013–present|
Michael Edward Keenan (born October 21, 1949) is a professional hockey coach who currently serves as head coach of Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL). Previously, he has served as head coach and/or General Manager with several NHL teams between 1984 and 2009. He has also worked as an analyst for the New York Rangers on MSG Network and as a hockey analyst for NBC Sports Network.
Keenan won a Stanley Cup championship with the New York Rangers in 1994.
Coaching career 
NHL career 
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, then the Chicago Blackhawks in 1988. In 1993, he took the job as New York Rangers head coach, and led the franchise to its first Stanley Cup win since 1940. Prior to the 1993 season, he was also a candidate for the Detroit Red Wings head coaching job that eventually went to Scotty Bowman.
The 1994 season saw Keenan become the first to coach two different teams to a Game 7 Stanley Cup Final, having previously coached the Flyers in a losing effort against the Edmonton Oilers in 1987. He was followed in this feat in 2009 by Mike Babcock of the Detroit Red Wings. In winning the 1994 Cup final, Keenan managed to avoid becoming the first coach in NHL history to lose a Game 7 Stanley Cup Finals with two different teams (the fate which would befall Babcock in losing to the Pittsburgh Penguins.).
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 (1997–98), and the Boston Bruins (2000–01). He was named head coach of the Panthers on December 3, 2001, before becoming its GM. On September 3, 2006, Keenan resigned his position and was replaced by head coach Jacques Martin.
On April 24, 2007 Keenan would take his next role as Senior Advisor to the Swedish Ice Hockey Association. This role would not last long 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.
Currently, he is 5th all time in National Hockey League wins. Keenan's teams never missed the playoffs until 1998. His tough coaching style and attitude towards his players have earned him the nickname "Iron Mike".
On May 22, 2009, after two consecutive first round playoff losses, Keenan was fired as Head Coach of the Calgary Flames, he had one year left on his contract. He recorded his 600th win as an NHL coach with the Flames.
On Thursday, October 1, 2009, MSG Network announced Keenan would join the Rangers broadcast team on MSG Network of Sam Rosen, Joe Micheletti, Al Trautwig, John Giannone, Dave Maloney, Ron Duguay as a regular guest analyst for pre-game, intermission and post-game reports on the network. He's also an analyst on MSG Hockey Night Live with Trautwig, Duguay, Maloney, Ken Daneyko, and Butch Goring.
Despite Keenan's coaching record, his inability to maintain working relationships with players and team organizations has resulted in a lack of long term coaching positions. His coaching resume includes abrupt terminations or resignations from coaching or general manager positions, sometimes at bafflingly inopportune, or peak, moments of his career.
Keenan was unceremoniously dismissed from the Philadelphia Flyers a year after leading them to the 1987 Stanley Cup Finals. After taking the Chicago Blackhawks to the 1992 Stanley Cup Finals, Keenan was forced to focus solely on his GM duties when longtime Blackhawk player and assistant coach, Darryl Sutter, was being courted by other teams to be their head coach. Owner Bill Wirtz did not want to lose Sutter, especially since Keenan had stated, in July, 1992, that he wished to focus solely on his duties as general manager after the 92–93 season. Keenan lost a power struggle with Senior V.P. Bob Pulford after the 1992–93 season, resigned his position, and was soon hired by the New York Rangers. Incidentally, Darryl Sutter resigned as head coach of the Blackhawks in 1996 after Jeremy Roenick made derogatory and well-publicized comments on a local sports-radio show. Keenan managed to coach the Rangers to the Stanley Cup in his first and only year as head coach, but was unable to coexist long enough with general manager Neil Smith and resigned weeks later, citing a violation of his contract by the Rangers.
In September 2006, Keenan again attracted headlines when he abruptly resigned as general manager of the Florida Panthers. Keenan's resignation came shortly after he dealt Florida Panthers' franchise goaltender Roberto Luongo along with defenceman Lukas Krajicek and Florida's 2006 sixth-round draft pick (Sergei Shirokov) to the Vancouver Canucks for struggling forward Todd Bertuzzi, goaltender Alex Auld, and defenceman Bryan Allen. It was speculated that Keenan had lost a power struggle with head coach and longtime friend, Jacques Martin, over personnel decisions. Martin succeeded him as general manager upon his resignation.
"Iron Mike" was also notorious for pulling or switching his goaltenders, sometimes multiple times in a period. In game 4 of the first round of the 1987 playoffs, Keenan pulled his goalies, Ron Hextall and Glenn Resch, a total of five times in a single game (the 5th time to gain a man-advantage in the last minute of play).
- "Not a big deal. [Keenan] does it so much that we expect it. If he's your coach and you're an NHL goalie on the bench, you have to be ready, just in case."
KHL contract 
Career record 
Regular season points (Pts) contained in brackets () denote the team's standing after the full season, not the amount of points accrued at the time Keenan was fired.
|Team||Year||Regular season||Post season|
|PHI||1984–85||80||53||20||7||–||113||1st in Patrick Division||12||7||.632||Runner-up|
|PHI||1985–86||80||53||23||4||–||110||1st in Patrick Division||2||3||.400||Preliminary round|
|PHI||1986–87||80||46||26||8||–||100||1st in Patrick Division||15||11||.577||Runner up|
|PHI||1987–88||80||38||33||9||–||85||2nd in Patrick Division||3||4||.429||Division semi-finalist|
|PHI Total||320||190||102||28||–||408||32||25||.561||4 playoff appearances|
|CHI||1988–89||80||27||41||12||–||66||4th in Norris Division||9||7||.563||Conference finalist|
|CHI||1989–90||80||41||33||6||–||88||1st in Norris Division||10||10||.500||Conference finalist|
|CHI||1990–91||80||49||23||8||–||106||1st in Norris Division||2||4||.333||Division semi-finalist|
|CHI||1991–92||80||36||29||15||–||87||2nd in Norris Division||12||6||.667||Runner up|
|CHI Total||320||153||126||41||–||347||33||27||.550||4 playoff appearances|
|NYR||1993–94||84||52||24||8||–||112||1st in Atlantic||16||7||.696||Won Stanley Cup|
|NYR Total||84||52||24||8||–||112||16||7||.696||1 playoff appearance
1 Stanley Cup Championship
|STL||1994–95||48||29||15||5||–||63||2nd in Central||3||4||.429||Conference quarter-finalist|
|STL||1995–96||82||32||34||16||–||80||4th in Central||7||6||.538||Conference semi-finalist|
|STL||1996–97||33||15||17||1||–||(83)||4th in Central||–||–||–||(Fired)|
|STL Total||163||75||66||22||–||172||10||10||.500||2 playoff appearances|
|VAN||1997–98||63||21||30||12||–||(64)||7th in Pacific||–||–||–||Missed playoffs|
|VAN||1998–99||45||15||24||6||–||(58)||4th in Northwest||–||–||–||(Fired)|
|BOS||2000–01||74||33||26||7||8||81||4th in Northeast||–||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|FLA||2001–02||56||16||29||8||3||(60)||4th in Southeast||–||–||–||Missed playoffs|
|FLA||2002–03||82||24||36||13||9||70||4th in Southeast||–||–||–||Missed playoffs|
|FLA||2003–04||15||5||8||2||0||(75)||4th in Southeast||–||–||–||(Resigned)|
|CGY||2007–08||82||42||30||–||10||94||3rd in Northwest||3||4||.429||Conference quarter-finalist|
|CGY||2008–09||82||46||30||–||6||98||2nd in Northwest||2||4||.333||Conference quarter-finalist|
|CGY Total||164||88||60||–||16||192||5||8||.385||2 playoff appearances|
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- LeBrun, Pierre (November 8, 2010). "Jim Devellano's vision created a dynasty". ESPN.com.
- Podell, Ira (June 13, 2009). "Penguin power: Pittsburgh motors away from Detroit with the silver Cup". Salt Lake Deseret News. Associated Press. p. D1. "The Penguins...beat the defending champion Detroit Red Wings 2-1...in Game 7 and win the Stanley Cup for the third time...In 2003...the last series in which the home team won all seven games...the Mighty Ducks team that lost then was coached by current Red Wings bench boss Mike Babcock."
- Gordon, Jeff (2008-12-17). "The truth about Mike Keenan". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
- Buffery, Steve (2010-01-27). "Keenan hopes for NHL return". Toronto Sun. Retrieved 2010-02-02.
- Brehm, Mike (2007-12-20). "The passion has returned for Calgary coach Mike Keenan". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-02-02.