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Date of Birth: 1967
Michael John Keane is one of Kelvin’s renowned local heroes. He is well-known as being an undrafted NHL player and for being the only retired number in the history of the Manitoba Moose. He was born on May 29, 1967 and attended Kelvin for a couple years before he left in 1985 to pursue his career as a free agent with the Montreal Canadiens. While in Winnipeg, he played in the Junior Hockey League as a right winger. He continued on to the Major Junior ranks, where he played for the Moose Jaw Warriors. A decade after he left Kelvin, Keane was named the captain of the Canadiens after helping the team secure a Stanley Cup victory in 1993. While playing in Montreal, he garnered media attention by stating that he didn’t think it necessary to learn or speak French to playing on the team as they worked in English. By 1995, Keane was moved to the Colorado Avalanche where he won in second Stanley Cup in the 1995-96 season. Two years after joining Colorado, he was once again a free agent and signed with the New York Rangers. After a half-season, he was traded again to the Dallas Stars where he played until 2001. It was with the Stars that Keane won his third and last Stanley Cup. After the Stars, Keane was moved around continuously between the St. Louis Blues, Avalanche and the Vancouver Canucks. One of the last teams was the Manitoba Moose; home. He played for the 2004 AHL, became captain and also was captain of the 2007 AHL All-Star Team Canada. He won the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award for sportsmanship in 2007 for his leadership and relentless dedication. On February 12, 2011, his jersey – number 12 – was retired and Keane settled down with family. In his entire hockey career, Mike collectively scored more than 230 goals and 666 point in twenty-one years.