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Keane to return for 22nd pro season

The Manitoba Moose announced today they have re-signed captain Mike Keane to an American Hockey League contract. As a result, the Winnipeg native will return for his 22nd season in professional hockey.

In his fourth season as Moose captain last year, Keane, 42, appeared in 74 games where he scored eight goals and 20 assists for 28 points – his highest point total as a professional since the 1999-2000 season with the Dallas Stars. In 22 Calder Cup Playoff games last season, Keane collected four goals and seven assists for 11 points and six penalty minutes.

In four seasons with Manitoba, Keane has scored 27 goals and 56 assists for 83 points and 195 penalty minutes in 290 games. In 53 Calder Cup Playoff games with the Moose, he has eight goals and 10 assists for 18 points and 23 penalty minutes.

In 2006-07, Keane was the recipient of the American Hockey League’s Fred T. Hunt Award for sportsmanship, determination, and dedication to the game of hockey. Keane was also selected as the captain of the Canadian team at the 2007 AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto.

Keane has won three Stanley Cups (with Montreal in 1993, Colorado in ’96 and Dallas in ’99) and played in 1,230 NHL games, totaling 171 goals and 484 points as well as 947 penalty minutes. He has seen action in 294 career AHL games, recording 44 goals and 123 points with 218 penalty minutes.

Prior to joining the Moose, Keane also appeared in the American Hockey League with the Sherbrooke Canadiens back in the 1987-88 season. He made his professional debut with the Canadiens in 1987 and helped them advance to the Calder Cup Final. Keane played his 1,500th career hockey game as a professional on Feb. 3, 2009, vs. Lake Erie.