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Moose retire Keane’s number 12

The Manitoba Moose retired former captain Mike Keane’s jersey #12 in a ceremony prior to their game against the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday night.

In five seasons with the Moose, the Winnipeg, Man., native scored 36 goals and 78 assists for 114 points and 244 penalty minutes in 365 games. In 59 Calder Cup playoff games, he scored eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points and 25 penalty minutes.

Back in 2006-07, he 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 Rbk Hockey AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto, and helped the Moose reach the Calder Cup Finals in 2009.

In his previous 22 seasons of pro hockey, Keane won three Stanley Cups (Montreal 1993, Colorado ’96, Dallas ’99) and played in 1,161 NHL games where he scored 168 goals and 470 points with Montreal, Colorado, Dallas, the New York Rangers, St. Louis and Vancouver.

Keane also received the Order of the Buffalo Hunt from the Province of Manitoba. The Order is the highest honor the province can bestow on an individual who has demonstrated outstanding skills in the area of leadership, service and community commitment.

Keane also received a commissioned, one-of-a-kind graphic painting, illustrated by sports artist Steve Dittberner, from True North Sports & Entertainment, as well as a trip for two to Los Angeles, airfare included, and a pair of rounds at Pebble Beach golf course from the Manitoba Moose players.

The first 4,000 fans in attendance on Mike Keane Tribute Night received a commemorative Mike Keane #12 replica mini-banner in honor of the former Moose captain.