Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Butch Keeling
Left-winger Butch Keeling was a fine goal scorer who also competed well in the playoffs. He spent a dozen years in the NHL, mostly with the New York Rangers, and won a Stanley Cup in 1933 with the Blueshirts.

Born in Owen Sound, Ontario, Keeling played two years of junior with the city's powerful Greys from 1923 to 1925. In 1924, he and future NHL star Cooney Weiland led the Greys to a Memorial Cup final victory over the Calgary Canadians. Following his junior success, Keeling played one year of senior hockey with the London Ravens.

Keeling enjoyed a fine debut in the NHL by scoring eleven goals in 30 games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1926-27. He spent one more year with Toronto before he was traded to the Rangers with John Ross Roach for Lorne Chabot and Alex Gray. Keeling became a constant in the Blueshirts' line-up over the next decade and some of his linemates included Babe Siebert and Murray Murdoch. On March 21, 1929, he scored only the second overtime goal in Rangers history when he accounted for the winner in the quarter-finals versus the New York Americans.

He scored at least 15 goals five times and helped New York win its second Stanley Cup in 1933. After 525 regular season games, Keeling left the NHL in 1938. He skated two years in minors with the AHL's Philadelphia Ramblers and the Kansas City Greyhounds of the AHA before retiring in 1950 and settling in Winnipeg.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1923-24 Owen Sound Jr. Greys OHA-Jr. 11 24 4 28
1923-24 Owen Sound Jr. Greys M-Cup 15 37 9 46
1924-25 Owen Sound Jr. Greys OHA-Jr. 16 22 8 30
1924-25 Owen Sound Jr. Greys M-Cup 9 15 5 20 12
1925-26 London Ravens OHA-Sr. 20 14 3 17 18 4 2 1 3 0
1926-27 London Panthers Can-Pro 12 13 1 14 25
1926-27 Toronto St. Pats/Maple Leafs NHL 30 11 2 13 29
1927-28 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 43 10 6 16 52
1928-29 New York Rangers NHL 43 6 3 9 35 6 3 0 3 2
1929-30 New York Rangers NHL 43 19 7 26 34 4 0 3 3 8
1930-31 New York Rangers NHL 44 13 9 22 35 4 1 1 2 0
1931-32 New York Rangers NHL 48 17 3 20 38 7 2 1 3 12
1932-33 New York Rangers NHL 47 8 6 14 22 8 0 2 2 8
1933-34 New York Rangers NHL 48 15 5 20 20 2 0 0 0 0
1934-35 New York Rangers NHL 47 15 4 19 14 4 2 1 3 0
1935-36 New York Rangers NHL 46 13 5 18 22
1936-37 New York Rangers NHL 48 22 4 26 18 9 3 2 5 2
1937-38 New York Rangers NHL 38 8 9 17 12 3 0 1 1 2
1938-39 Philadelphia Ramblers IAHL 48 6 13 19 16 7 2 1 3 2
1939-40 Kansas City Greyhounds AHA 46 15 11 26 27
NHL Totals 525 157 63 220 331 47 11 11 22 34


Signed as a free agent by Toronto, September 7, 1926. Traded to NY Rangers by Toronto for Alex Gray, April 16, 1928.
Named playing-coach of Kansas City (AHA), September 24, 1939.