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He’s baaaaack: Keenan to coach KHL Metallurg

May 13, 2013, 1:39 PM EDT

Mike Keenan

Mike Keenan is back coaching hockey.

Just not in the NHL.

On Monday, KHL club Metallurg Magnitogorsk announced Keenan as its newest head coach, replacing former Carolina and Toronto bench boss Paul Maurice, who left the team in April.

Keenan, 63, coached seven different teams over 20 years in the National Hockey League. He won a Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994 and most recently coached in Calgary for two seasons from 2007-09.

He won his first and only Jack Adams trophy in 1985, guiding Philadelphia to the Presidents’ Trophy and the Stanley Cup finals.

One of the NHL’s most controversial coaches, Keenan’s time in several cities often ended under bizarre circumstances.

He famously resigned his head coaching post in New York just weeks after capturing the franchise’s first Stanley Cup in 54 years.

Years later, while serving as GM in Florida, he again abruptly resigned shortly after making a blockbuster deal to send Roberto Luongo to Vancouver.

Speaking of Vancouver…

For some of the highlights (lowlights?) of Keenan’s time as Canucks head coach, like the whole “Grant Ledyard quit on the team even though all he was doing was being with his wife during a difficult time,” click here.

  1. 19to77 - May 13, 2013 at 1:54 PM

    Mike Keenan: the gift that keeps on giving. I eagerly await the latest batch of drama he’ll inevitably cause.

  2. nagidac - May 13, 2013 at 2:08 PM

    His players usually hate him so much that he’ll cause another Cold War.

  3. imleftcoast - May 13, 2013 at 2:43 PM

    Not coming back to the Canucks? Now they’ll have to hire Claude Julien after Game 7 tonight.

  4. thehighcountrybear - May 13, 2013 at 3:30 PM

    Behind the Iron Curtain Mike…?

    • valoisjoeybfeld69 - May 13, 2013 at 4:46 PM

      Nice! :-)

  5. atwatercrushesokoye - May 13, 2013 at 5:00 PM

    Not sure why he’s bothering, he’ll never get another chance in the NHL, just collect your analyst pay cheque, remember the memories of being the guy to end the Rangers curse and enjoy semi retirement.

  6. thehighcountrybear - May 13, 2013 at 5:42 PM

    Cold war…I like that!

    You want cold war, go to six hockey tournaments over a season, come home each time hoarse, hung and smelling like you do your gardening in the California hills…

    Well that hockey game on TV
    Takes me back to when I was a kid
    We proudly wore those uniforms
    Just like the Red Wings did
    Yea we won a few games and lost a few
    And for me it still goes on…

    It’s too hot to fish and
    Too hot for hockey and
    Too cold at home

    Well I only planned on one or two
    I might stay for one hundred and forty three
    If that good looking thing in the corner
    Keeps smiling back at me
    It’s so easy not to care
    Bout what’s right or what’s wrong…

    It’s too hot to fish and
    Too hot for hockey and
    Too cold at home

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