Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Don Keenan
Goalie Don Keenan played one game for the Boston Bruins in 1958-59. Apart from his cameo in the big leagues he played most of his hockey at the Canadian university level.

Born in Toronto, Keenan started the 1955-56 season with the St. Michael's Majors before enrolling at St. Francis Xavier University in Antingonish, Nova Scotia. He played three years with the X-Men and enjoyed his finest year in 1956-57 when he led all AUAA goalies with eight wins and a 2.50 goals-against average in the playoffs.

Keenan was helping out with the St. Mike's team in 1958-59 when he was loaned by the school to the Boston Bruins to replace Harry Lumley for a game on March 7 at Maple Leaf Gardens. Keenan was informed of his evening's work at 5:25 p.m. and played well considering the lack of preparation. The Bruins lost to Toronto 4-1 and many people began to question the NHL's standby goalie system when an NHL team was forced to rely on a part-timer who was unprepared and under-qualified. Keenan played one more year at the University of Toronto in 1959-60 and then retired.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1955-56 St. Michael's Majors OHA-Jr. 2 0 5.00
1955-56 St. Francis Xavier X-Men MIHC
1956-57 St. Francis Xavier X-Men MIHC 7 5 0 2 0 3.14 6 5 0 1 2 1.67
1957-58 St. Francis Xavier X-Men MIHC 7 7 0 0 1 2.57 5 4 0 1 0 2.20
1958-59 Boston Bruins NHL 1 0 1 0 0 4.00
1959-60 University of Toronto OQAA
NHL Totals 1 0 1 0 0 4.00


Loaned to Boston by Toronto (St. Michael's/OHA-Jr.) to replace Harry Lumley, March 7, 1959. (Toronto 4, Boston 1).