October 17, 2015

Pucks On The 'Net: Comrade Keenan?

How about this for a story.

Mike Keenan, about to become a Russian citizen, could be part of Russian national team coaching staff as early as the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.

Keenan is one of the NHL's and KHL's most successful though controversial coaches. He also coached Canada to iconic victories at the Canada Cup in 1987 and 1991. The Canada Cup is, of course, the predecessor to the World Cup.

Keenan has learned passable Russian. It is unlikely politics would allow a Canadian to actually coach the Russian national team, even though the Russians have had trouble finding a national team coach in recent history. It is likely that Keenan, and possibly his right hand man in the KHL - fellow Canadian Mike Pelino - would be assistant coaches.

Darren Dreger has more in The Dreger Report.

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