Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Mike Keane
A scrappy and hard-working right-winger, Mike Keane entered the league in 1988 and has been known for his unselfish team play and leadership. Keane generally wins the little battles along the boards and in the corners, abilities which don't usually show up in the game summary but are indispensable to the success of a team.

Born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Keane played three years with the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL where he provided grit and 76 goals. He played with Canada at 1987 World Junior Championships in Czechoslovakia when the infamous brawl in Piestany with the Soviet Union cost Canada the gold medal.

The feisty winger was signed as a free agent by Montreal just before start of 1985-86 season. He scored 68 points in 78 games in his first pro season with AHL's Sherbrooke Canadiens in 1987-88 and continued to play an aggressive style of hockey. The Habs brought him up to the NHL in 1988-89 when he scored 16 goals and impressed with robust play for a rookie. Keane also scored four goals in the playoffs to help Montreal reach the final, a series they eventually lost to the Calgary Flames.

Keane's best year was 1992-93 when he scored 60 points and scored 15 points in 19 post-season games as Montreal won the Stanley Cup. He remained one of the Canadiens' most consistent players and was honoured with the team captaincy after Kirk Muller was traded to the New York Islanders in April 1995. The first two months of the 1995-96 were filled with turmoil in Montreal. On December 6, 1995 Keane was traded to Colorado along with Patrick Roy for Jocelyn Thibault, Martin Rucinsky and Andrei Kovalenko. A few months later he was sipping champagne from the Stanley Cup for the second time in four years after the Avalanche defeated the Florida Panthers in the final.

After signing as a free agent with the New York Rangers in the summer of 1997 Keane was excited about playing in one of the league's key markets. The Rangers stumbled and Keane dealt with the scathing media in the Big Apple firsthand. Relief came in the form of a trade at the deadline to the Dallas Stars. Keane provided grit and leadership on the fast-skating but defensively responsible Stars and was a part of his third Stanley Cup triumph in 1999. The next year he scored 13 goals and was a physical workhorse for the club as it reached the final but lost out to the New Jersey Devils. In 2000-01, Keane continued to be an integral part of the team when it finished first in the Pacific Division but lost to the St. Louis Blues in the Western Conference semi-final.

Keane left the Stars following the 2001-02 season and joined the St. Louis Blues for the 2001-02 season. The feisty winger played only 56 games with the Blues before returning to Colorado in the late stages of the season.

Upon his arrival in Colorado, Keane played a supporting role in leading the Avalanche to the Western Conference Final, only to fall short against the eventual Stanley Cup champions from Detroit. Keane went on to play one more season in Colorado before signing as a free agent with the Vancouver Canucks prior to the 2003-04 season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1983-84 Winnipeg Monarchs MMMHL 21 17 19 36 59
1983-84 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 1 0 0 0 0
1984-85 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 65 17 26 43 141
1985-86 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 67 34 49 83 162 13 6 8 14 9
1986-87 Moose Jaw Warriors WHL 53 25 45 70 107 9 3 9 12 11
1986-87 Canada WJC-A 6 0 1 1 4
1986-87 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 9 2 2 4 16
1987-88 Sherbrooke Canadiens AHL 78 25 43 68 70 6 1 1 2 18
1988-89 Montreal Canadiens NHL 69 16 19 35 69 +9 21 4 3 7 17
1989-90 Montreal Canadiens NHL 74 9 15 24 78 0 11 0 1 1 8
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens Fr-Tour 3 0 0 0 6
1990-91 Montreal Canadiens NHL 73 13 23 36 50 +6 12 3 2 5 6
1991-92 Montreal Canadiens NHL 67 11 30 41 64 +16 8 1 1 2 16
1992-93 Montreal Canadiens NHL 77 15 45 60 95 +29 19 2 13 15 6
1993-94 Montreal Canadiens NHL 80 16 30 46 119 +6 6 3 1 4 4
1994-95 Montreal Canadiens NHL 48 10 10 20 15 +5
1995-96 Montreal Canadiens NHL 18 0 7 7 6 -6
1995-96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 55 10 10 20 40 +1 22 3 2 5 16
1996-97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 81 10 17 27 63 +2 17 3 1 4 24
1997-98 New York Rangers NHL 70 8 10 18 47 -12
1997-98 Dallas Stars NHL 13 2 3 5 5 0 17 4 4 8 0
1998-99 Dallas Stars NHL 81 6 23 29 62 -2 23 5 2 7 6
1999-00 Dallas Stars NHL 81 13 21 34 41 +9 23 2 4 6 14
2000-01 Dallas Stars NHL 67 10 14 24 35 +4 10 3 2 5 4
2001-02 St. Louis Blues NHL 56 4 6 10 22 -2
2001-02 Colorado Avalanche NHL 22 2 5 7 16 -2 18 1 4 5 8
2002-03 Colorado Avalanche NHL 65 5 5 10 34 0 6 0 0 0 2
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 64 8 9 17 20 +7 7 0 0 0 4
2004-05
2005-06 Manitoba Moose AHL 69 3 11 14 66 -8 12 2 1 3 4
2006-07 Manitoba Moose AHL 74 8 17 25 46 +5 13 2 2 4 7
2007-08 Manitoba Moose AHL 73 8 8 16 36 0 6 0 0 0 6
2008-09 Manitoba Moose AHL 74 8 20 28 47 +10 22 4 7 11 6
2009-10 Manitoba Moose AHL 75 9 22 31 49 -1 6 0 2 2 2
NHL Totals 1161 168 302 470 881 220 34 40 74 135


Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award (AHL - Sportsmanship) (2007) Signed as a free agent by Montreal, September 25, 1985. Traded to Colorado by Montreal with Patrick Roy for Andrei Kovalenko, Martin Rucinsky and Jocelyn Thibault, December 6, 1995. Signed as a free agent by NY Rangers, July 30, 1997. Traded to Dallas by NY Rangers with Brian Skrudland and NY Rangers' 6th round choice (Pavel Patera) in 1998 Entry Draft for Todd Harvey, Bob Errey and Dallas' 4th round choice (Boyd Kane) in 1998 Entry Draft, March 24, 1998. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 10, 2001. Traded to Colorado by St. Louis for Shjon Podein, February 11, 2002. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, October 10, 2003.