May 15, 2015

Mike Keane

For a player who was never even drafted, Mike Keane's accomplishments are truly impressive. He played in over 2,000 pro games over 23 seasons, winning three Stanley Cups with three different teams.

But, as always was the case with Keane, numbers do not always offer a player's legacy proper justice.

The most goals he ever scored in one season was just 16, and aside from celestial season of 60 points, he could be counted on for about 35 points a year.
But Keane was a throwback to old time hockey. Like Bob Gainey, Keane was a selfless player who was only concerned with the team's success. He was part grinder and part defensive specialist, but most importantly, he understood the various tempos and moods of the game, and how he could change that to his team's favour.

Pat Burns described Keane as "one of my favourite players to coach, the ultimate competitor." I am sure his peers would proudly label him "a hockey player's hockey player."

The plucky Winnipeg native was undoubtedly also known as a winner, considered to be a very important contributor to Stanley Cup championships in Montreal, Dallas and Colorado.

Full Mike Keane biography

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