4 January 1990 |
|Height||6 ft 1 in (185 cm)|
|Weight||176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)|
Undrafted, Keränen first played as a youth in his native Finland with Tappara before moving to Ilves as a 17-year-old. Keränen made his professional debut in the SM-liiga with Ilves at the conclusion of the 2009–10 season. After his fifth season with Ilves, in which he led the team in scoring with 52 points in as many games, Keränen initially signed as a free agent on a one-year contract with rival Finnish Liiga club, HIFK on 30 April 2014.
In the following 2015–16 season, Keränen returned to the Iowa Wild for a second season. He was leading Iowa in goals when on 17 November 2015, he received his first recall to the Wild. Making his NHL debut later that night against the Pittsburgh Penguins. He was prompty returned to the AHL and on 29 February 2016, he was dealt by the Minnesota Wild, executing a minor league trade deadline deal, to the Ottawa Senators in return for defenseman Conor Allen.
On April 28, 2016, Keränen ended his North American tenure in agreeing to return to Finland in signing a two-year contract with Jokerit of the KHL. Keränen and Jokerit parted ways by mutual consent in late November 2016. He had appeared in 25 KHL contests for the club, with two goals and five assists. On December 6, 2016, he returned to Ilves, where he once had made his Liiga debut.
Awards and honours
|Liiga Golden Helmet||2013–14|||
|Liiga Lasse Oksanen Award||2013–14|||
- "Michael Keranen of IFK will be encouraged" (in Finnish). HIFK. 30 April 2014. Retrieved 30 April 2014.
- "Wild inks Keranen to one-year deal". Minnesota Wild. 5 June 2014. Retrieved 5 June 2014.
- "Wild re-assigns Keranen and Olafsson". Minnesota Wild. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 17 November 2015.
- "Wild, Senators Exchange Michael Keranen, Conor Allen". The Hockey Writers. 29 February 2016. Retrieved 29 February 2016.
- "Keranen brings skill to the attack" (in Finnish). Jokerit. 2016-04-28. Retrieved 2016-04-28.
- "Keränen ulos Jokereista". Jatkoaika.com - Kaikki jääkiekosta. Retrieved 2016-11-30.
- "Michael Keränen palaa Ilvekseen". ilves.com. Retrieved 2016-12-08.
- "Golden Helmet". Elite Prospects. 26 April 2014. Retrieved 26 April 2014.
- Career statistics and player information from NHL.com, or Eliteprospects.com, or Hockey-Reference.com, or The Internet Hockey Database
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