Mike Keenan ended the New York Rangers 54 year Stanley Cup drought in 1994. Now, Keenan will try to lead another team to hockey glory as he finally will be back behind the bench. Only this time “Iron Mike” will be coaching in Russia.
Keenan signed a two-year contract to take over as head coach of HC Metallurg Magnitogorsk. Metallurg put out a press release earlier today making the move official:
May 13 an agreement was signed between Magnitogorsk “Metallurg” and the Canadian specialist Mike Keenan. The agreement is for two years.
Mike Keenan was born in October 21, 1949 in Baumanvill, Ontario, Canada.
A professional hockey player. From season 1979/80 years starting coaching.
Since the season 1984/85 started working as a head coach in the National Hockey League, coached eight teams: Philadelphia Flyers, Chicago Blackhawks, New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Boston Bruins, Florida Panthers and Calgary Flames.
In 1987 and 1991, the position of head coach national team Canada wins Canada Cup. With the club New York Rangers Mike Keenan won the Stanley Cup in 1993/94, in addition, three went to the finals of the NHL playoffs.
Even better than the press release dubbing Keenan as ‘the Canadian specialist’ was the dramatic introduction video released on the club’s official YouTube page.