Born in Winnipeg on May 29 of 1967, Mike Keane carved out an outstanding hockey career that included 1,167 NHL regular season games and another 220 Stanley Cup playoff games with the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, New York Rangers, Dallas Stars, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks.
Not bad for a guy who went undrafted and was signed as a free agent by the Canadiens on September 25 of 1985. Keane spent one season in the minors with the Sherbrooke Canadiens, but was promoted to start the 1988-89 season, putting up 16 goals and 35 points as a rookie.
Although he was known primarily as a checker and outstanding penalty killer, Keane had 168 goals, 302 assists and 470 points to go along with 881 penalty minutes. Keane also had a knack for coming up big in the important games, chipping in 34 goals and 74 points in the post-season.
Most importantly, Keane was a winner, as he was part of three Stanley Cup championships.
In 1993, Keane helped the Montreal Canadiens win their 24th title. He also won championships with the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and the Dallas Stars in 1999, making him one of only 10 players in NHL history to win Stanley Cups with three different teams.
Keane was named the 23rd captain in Canadiens' history in April of 1995 and he served in that role until he was involved in one of the biggest trades in Canadiens history on December 6 of 1995, as he was dealt along with Hall of Famer Patrick Roy to the Avalanche.
Following the NHL lockout, Keane joined his hometown team, the Manitoba Moose, for the 2005-06 American Hockey League season. Keane spent five seasons with the Moose, serving as team captain while recording 36 goals, 78 assists and 114 points in 365 games. He also helped the Moose reach the Calder Cup final in 2009 and had his No. 12 retired by the organization in February of 2011.
Keane began his hockey career at Sir John Franklin Community Club, advanced to the Assiniboine Park Rangers program, graduated to the Winnipeg Monarchs of the Manitoba AAA Midget League and then joined the Moose Jaw Warriors of the Western Hockey League in the fall of 1984.
Keane also suited up for Team Canada at the 1987 World Junior Hockey Championship in Piestany, Czechoslovakia.
Mike still resides in Winnipeg and works for the Winnipeg Jets in the department of player development. Keane is married to his wife Tammy and has two children, son Jackson and daughter Olivia.