Michael John Keane (born May 29, 1967) is a Canadian retired professional ice hockey winger. Undrafted, Keane played over 1,100 games in the National Hockey League from 1988 until 2004, and then played five seasons for his hometown Manitoba Moose of the American Hockey League until he retired in 2010. Keane is a three-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. He is one of only 11 players in NHL history to win the cup with three or more different teams.[8] On September 3, 2013, the Winnipeg Jets announced the hiring of Keane as Assistant of Player Development [9].

Playing career

Keane began his junior hockey career in the Junior A Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) with the Winnipeg South Blues. He then joined the major junior ranks in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Undrafted out of junior, Keane signed as a free agent on September 25, 1985, with the Montreal Canadiens and started his NHL career in 1988. He helped the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in 1993, his fourth NHL season. He spent eight seasons in Montreal and was captain of the team from April 1995 to December 1995. Upon inheriting the team's captaincy from the departed Kirk Muller, Keane drew controversy in the French media after saying he did not believe it was necessary to speak French, since players on the team spoke predominantly English.[10]

After Kirk Muller was traded near the end of the 1994-95 season, Keane was named as the 23rd captain of the Montreal Canadiens. Keane was subject to media scrutiny after speaking to Mathias Brunet of La Presse (a French language newspaper). Keane declared that he had no intention of learning French. During the 1995–96 NHL season, Keane was traded along with Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Andrei Kovalenko and Martin Ručinský. He won his second Stanley Cup that season, helping the Avalanche defeat the Florida Panthers in four games in the Finals. Keane spent another season with the Avalanche, before becoming a free agent in the summer of 1997. He signed with the New York Rangers, where he played for half a season before being traded again to the Dallas Stars. Keane played in Dallas until 2000–01, helping the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999, and returning to the finals the next year. He started the 2001–02 NHL season with the St. Louis Blues but finished that season back with Colorado.

Keane stayed in Colorado until he left for the Vancouver Canucks at the start of the 2003–04 NHL season. Keane signed with his hometown team, the Manitoba Moose, for the 2004–05 AHL season. Keane played six seasons for Manitoba Moose. He was named captain in 2005 and remained Manitoba's captain until July 20, 2010 when his contract was not renewed. Keane was also captain of the AHL All-Star Team Canada in 2007. Keane's number 12 jersey was retired February 12, 2011 when the Manitoba Moose took on the San Antonio Rampage at the MTS Centre. Keane's number is the only number retired in Manitoba Moose history.

International play

Keane competed for Team Canada at the 1987 World Junior Championships in Czechoslovakia. While playing for the gold medal against the Soviet Union, both teams were disqualified as a result of the infamous Punch-up in Piestany.

Awards

Career statistics

Regular seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPGAPtsPIMGPGAPtsPIM
1983–84Winnipeg MonarchsMMMHL2117193659
1983–84Winnipeg WarriorsWHL10000
1984–85Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL65172643141
1985–86Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL673449831621368149
1986–87Moose Jaw WarriorsWHL532545701079391211
1986–87Sherbrooke CanadiensAHL922416
1987–88Sherbrooke CanadiensAHL7825436870611218
1988–89Montreal CanadiensNHL69161935692143717
1989–90Montreal CanadiensNHL749152478110118
1990–91Montreal CanadiensNHL7313233650123256
1991–92Montreal CanadiensNHL6711304164811216
1992–93Montreal CanadiensNHL771545609519213156
1993–94Montreal CanadiensNHL8016304611963144
1994–95Montreal CanadiensNHL4810102015
1995–96Montreal CanadiensNHL180776
1995–96Colorado AvalancheNHL55101020402232516
1996–97Colorado AvalancheNHL81101727631731424
1997–98New York RangersNHL708101847
1997–98Dallas StarsNHL132355174480
1998–99Dallas StarsNHL816232962235276
1999–00Dallas StarsNHL81132134412324614
2000–01Dallas StarsNHL6710142435103254
2001–02St. Louis BluesNHL56461022
2001–02Colorado AvalancheNHL2225716181458
2002–03Colorado AvalancheNHL6555103460002
2003–04Vancouver CanucksNHL6489172070004
2005–06Manitoba MooseAHL693111466122134
2006–07Manitoba MooseAHL748172546132247
2007–08Manitoba MooseAHL7388163660006
2008–09Manitoba MooseAHL7482028472247116
2009–10Manitoba MooseAHL75922314960227
WHL totals18676120196410229172620
AHL totals443611211823147411152664
NHL totals1161168302470881220344074135

See also