Legendary NHL coach Mike Keenan has signed a 2-year contract to coach Metallurg Magnitogorsk of the KHL. We’ll just go ahead and assume it’s to launch a thousand “Iron Curtain Mike” jokes.
From Metallurg’s press release, about the “Canadian Specialist”:
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.
The team announced Keenan’s hiring with the single greatest introduction video we’ve ever seen:
OK, second-greatest, behind this one.
Keenan isn’t the first North American coach to take over Metallurg. Dave King coached them from 2005-06, and Paul Maurice was the team’s coach last season.
Now comes the most difficult part for the KHL team: Hiring a translator that can capture Keenan’s unique brand of whimsy, and meeting Jeremy Roenick’s asking price when he comes out of retirement to play for Keenan again (we assume).