When you go through the history of the Flyers, you don’t have to go too far to find the name of Mike Keenan.
Twice he led orange and black to the Wales Conference titles, only falling twice to the mighty 80s Edmonton Oilers in the Stanley Cup final. Keenan and the Flyers separated after the 1987-88 season, and he continued to coach the Chicago Blackhawks for four seasons. According to Keenan, what followed his visit to Windy City was a close meeting that would have made Flyers fans very happy.
“Mr. [Ed] Snider, when I was fired in Chicago, tried to rehire me, “Keenan said Wednesday in a telephone interview with NBC Sports Philadelphia. He offered me a five-year contract to return. For Mr. Snider to say that, and he actually removed a contract from his suit coat for me, I’m sure it was difficult. He said, “I made a mistake in firing you to start. »»
Instead, Keenan went to see rival New York Rangers and won the Stanley Cup in 1994, along with Mark Messier, Esa Tikanen and Kevin Lowe, who were part of the Oilers dynasty and who denied him the Cup in his first two attempts. .
” [Snider] I never forgave myself for that, we won the Stanley Cup and I don’t think there is a team he hated more than the New York Rangers, “said Keenan.
Although Keenan has accomplished much in his career after his time in Philadelphia, he reflects positively on his experience here.
“My four years in Philadelphia have been great,” said Keenan. “Stanley Cup twice, the second year a very good race, then the death of Pelle Lindbergh. Then my final year, Timmy Kerr is eliminated early and, of course, the rest is history. “
Fred Shero set the standard for all Flyers coaches, winning Stanley Cups back in the 1970s, but for the next generation of Flyers fans, Keenan was the face of the franchise and remains an all-time favorite.
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