Moscow, Russian Federation (4E Sports) – Coach Mike Keenan made history after his Metallurg Magnitogorsk defeated Lev Praha, 7-4, in Game 7 to claim their first Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Gagarin Cup title.
The win helped Keenan become the first North American coach to win the Stanley Cup and the Gagarin Cup. Twenty years ago, he steered the New York Rangers to their first championship in 54 years.
“It’s not about being the first North American or Canadian to win the Gagarin Cup,” Keenan said.
“It’s about learning, teaching others and being involved with a group that wants to win, and that’s the experience that has always been foremost in my mind and driven me as a coach,” he added.
Fired by the Calgary Flames in 2009, Keenan returned to coaching this year after signing a two-year pact with Metallurg Magnitogorsk.
With the victory, Keenan will be an attractive candidate for three openings in the NHL. However, Keenan said he’s determined to finish his contract with the Russian squad before making any move.