Iron Mike steps behind Flames bench

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Iron Mike steps behind Flames bench
Mike Keenan

Calgary, AB - Calgary Flames General Manager Darryl Sutter announced today Mike Keenan has been named head coach.

Additionally, Jim Playfair has been appointed associate coach.

Mike Keenan becomes the 13th head coach in Calgary Flames history. He joins the Flames with one of the most impressive coaching resumes in the history of the National Hockey League. He is 6th all time in NHL wins (584 wins) behind only Scotty Bowman, Al Arbour, Dick Irvin, Pat Quinn, and Bryan Murray.

Flames Coaching Bios

 Mike Keenan named Flames coach  

During his 18 years behind the bench in the NHL, Keenan has led his teams to the Finals on four occasions capturing the Stanley Cup with the New York Rangers in 1994. He was named winner of the Jack Adams Trophy as NHL Coach of the Year in 1985 after leading the Philadelphia Flyers to the Cup Final during his rookie season. He has a 160-91-69 (.569) record during the Stanley Cup Playoffs. His 91 playoff victories position him 5th on the all-time list.

The native of Bowmanville, ON began his coaching career with the Peterborough Petes of the OHL in 1980 and guided the Petes to the Memorial Cup Final.

The following year he moved to the professional ranks with the Rochester Americans, which he led to an American Hockey League Calder Cup Championship in 1983. For the 1983-84 season, he returned to his alma mater, the University of Toronto, and coached the Varsity Blues to the CIAU title. Following back-to-back championship campaigns, he was offered his first NHL coaching position with the Philadelphia Flyers.

Success followed Keenan with two trips to the Stanley Cup Finals during his four years in Philadelphia. Keenan signed with the Chicago Blackhawks in 1988 and within four seasons guided the Hawks to their first Finals appearance in 19 years. In 1993, he assumed the position as New York Rangers head coach, and led the franchise to its first Stanley Cup title since 1940. Keenan has also coached the St. Louis Blues (1994-96), Vancouver Canucks (1997-98), and Boston Bruins (2000-01). He was named head coach of the Florida Panthers on December 3, 2001 before becoming the Panthers General Manager on May 26, 2004.

His resume includes three President’s Trophies, six division titles, three All-Star Games, three 50 plus win seasons and five 100 plus point seasons. As Canada’s National Team Head Coach in 1987 and 1991, Keenan led Team Canada to two Canada Cup titles. His international coaching career also includes the 1980 World Junior Championships and the 1993 World Championships.

Mike and his wife, Nola, have three children: Gayla, Grant and Reed.

MIKE KEENAN’S CAREER COACHING RECORD

Season

Team

Lge

GP

W

L

T

OTL

Pct

Result

1979-80

Peterborough Petes

OHA

68

47

20

1

0

0.699

Lost in Memorial Cup Final

1980-81

Rochester Americans

AHL

80

30

42

8

0

0.425

Out of Playoffs

1981-82

Rochester Americans

AHL

80

40

31

9

0

0.556

Lost in round 2

1982-83

Rochester Americans

AHL

80

46

25

9

0

0.631

Won Championship

1983-84

U. of Toronto

CIAU

24

20

1

3

0

0.896

Won Championship

1984-85

Philadelphia Flyers

NHL

80

53

20

7

0

0.706

Lost in Finals

1985-86

Philadelphia Flyers

NHL

80

53

23

4

0

0.688

Lost in round 1

1986-87

Philadelphia Flyers

NHL

80

46

26

8

0

0.625

Lost in Finals

1987-88

Philadelphia Flyers

NHL

80

38

33

9

0

0.531

Lost in round 1

1988-89

Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

80

27

41

12

0

0.412

Lost in round 3

1989-90

Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

80

41

33

6

0

0.550

Lost in round 3

1990-91

Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

80

49

23

8

0

0.662

Lost in round 1

1991-92

Chicago Blackhawks

NHL

80

36

29

15

0

0.544

Lost in Finals

1993-94

New York Rangers

NHL

84

52

24

8

0

0.667

Won Championship

1994-95

St. Louis Blues

NHL

48

28

15

5

0

0.635

Lost in round 1

1995-96

St. Louis Blues

NHL

82

32

34

16

0

0.488

Lost in round 2

1996-97

St. Louis Blues

NHL

33

15

17

1

0

0.470

 

1997-98

Vancouver Canucks

NHL

63

21

30

12

0

0.429

Out of Playoffs

1998-99

Vancouver Canucks

NHL

45

15

24

6

0

0.400

 

2000-01

Boston Bruins

NHL

74

33

26

7

8

0.547

Out of Playoffs

2001-02

Florida Panthers

NHL

56

16

29

8

3

0.384

Out of Playoffs

2002-03

Florida Panthers

NHL

82

24

36

13

9

0.427

Out of Playoffs

2003-04

Florida Panthers

NHL

15

5

8

2

0

0.400

 

TOTALS
Regular Season Record: GP – 1222 W – 584 L – 491 T – 147
Stanley Cup Playoff Record GP – 160 W – 91 L - 69

HIGHLIGHTS

Championships: 1994 Stanley Cup (New York Rangers)
1991 Canada Cup (Team Canada)
1987 Canada Cup (Team Canada)
1984 CIAU National Championship (University of Toronto)
1983 Calder Cup (Rochester Americans)

Championship Finals: 1992 Stanley Cup Finals (Chicago Blackhawks)
1987 Stanley Cup Finals (Philadelphia Flyers)
1985 Stanley Cup Finals (Philadelphia Flyers)
1980 Memorial Cup Finals (Peterborough Petes)

* 1985 Jack Adams Award as the NHL’s Coach of the Year (Philadelphia Flyers)