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Moose will not re-sign Keane

The Manitoba Moose, AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks, announced on Tuesday that they will not be renewing the contract of forward Mike Keane.

In his fifth season as Moose captain last year, Keane, 43, appeared in 75 games where he scored nine goals and 22 assists for 31 points. In six Calder Cup Playoff games last season, Keane collected two points and two penalty minutes.

Over the past five seasons, Keane has scored 36 goals and 78 assists for 114 points and 244 penalty minutes in 365 games with Manitoba. In 59 Calder Cup Playoff games with the Moose, he has eight goals and 12 assists for 20 points and 25 penalty minutes.

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 AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto.

In his previous 22 seasons, Keane has won three Stanley Cups (Montreal 1993, Colorado 1996, Dallas 1999) and played in 1,230 NHL games where he’s scored 171 goals and 484 points as well as 947 penalty minutes with Montreal, Colorado, Dallas, the New York Rangers, St. Louis, and Vancouver.

He has seen action in 443 career AHL games where he’s scored 61 goals and 182 points and collected 314 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 Finals.

Keane played his 1,500th career hockey game as a professional on Feb. 3, 2009, vs. the Lake Erie Monsters.