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Michael "Mike" Keane (born May 29, 1967 in Winnipegmarker, Manitobamarker) is a Canadianmarker professional ice hockey winger and team captain for the Manitoba Moose in the American Hockey League (AHL). He has previously played in the National Hockey League (NHL) and is a 3-time Stanley Cup champion, having won with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. He is one of only nine players in NHL history to win the Stanley Cup with three different teams.

Playing career

Keane began his junior hockey career in the Junior A Manitoba Junior Hockey League (MJHL) with the Winnipeg South Blues. He then joined the major junior ranks in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with the Moose Jaw Warriors. Undrafted out of junior, Keane signed as a free agent on the September 25, 1985, with the Montreal Canadiens and started his NHL career in 1988. He helped the Canadiens to a Stanley Cup championship in 1993, his fourth NHL season. He spent eight seasons in Montreal and was captain of the team from April 1995 to December 1995. Upon inheriting the team's captaincy from the departed Kirk Muller, Keane drew controversy in the French media after saying he did not believe it was necessary to speak French, since players on the team spoke predominantly English.

During the 1995–96 NHL season, Keane was traded along with Patrick Roy to the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for Jocelyn Thibault, Andrei Kovalenko and Martin Rucinsky. He won his second Stanley Cup that season, helping the Avalanche defeat the Florida Panthers in four games in the Finals. Keane spent another season with the Avalanche, before becoming a free agent in the summer of 1997. He signed with the New York Rangers, where he played for half a season before being traded again to the Dallas Stars. Keane played in Dallas until 2000–01, helping the Stars win the Stanley Cup in 1999 and return to the finals the next year. He started the 2001–02 NHL season with the St. Louis Blues but finished that season back with Colorado.

Keane stayed in Colorado until he left for the Vancouver Canucks at the start of the 2003–04 NHL season. At the start of the 2005–06 AHL season, Keane signed with the Moose, his hometown team, under a pro tryout contract, and is now a full member of the team, as well as their captain. He was named captain of the AHL All-Star Team Canada in 2007.

International play

Keane competed for Team Canada at the 1987 World Junior Championships in Czechoslovakiamarker. While playing for the gold medal against the Soviet Union, both teams were disqualified as a result of the infamous Punch-up in Piestany.

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References

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  2. http://www.canada.com/topics/sports/hockey/story.html?id=a42ef87e-63ec-4572-9710-e2a01d1cd519&k=81954#


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