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10/1/1940 North Bay, Ontario
Left-winger, Larry Keenan, was a useful role player who could check and set up his linemates for scoring chances. He was not terribly gifted but got by on determination and commitment to team play.
The native of North Bay, Ontario put up fine numbers in the OHA with the St. Michael's Majors. He was called up for a pair of games with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1961-62 before spending six years in the AHL and WHL. When the league expansion in 1967 made journeymen a desirable commodity, Keenan found himself back in the NHL with the St. Louis Blues. He formed a hard-working forward line with Terry Crisp and Jim Roberts.
Early in the 1970-71 season, his defensive ability and character was sought by the expansion Buffalo Sabres. The team added more talent the next year and traded Keenan to Philadelphia where he competed in his last 14 NHL games. He was sent down to the AHL's Richmond Robins where his production came close to a point per game under coach, Johnny Wilson. However, he began to feel the toll of numerous injuries and was forced to retire after the 1973-74 season.
Later, he watched his son, Corey, play with the Kitchener Rangers and make the Memorial Cup all-star team in 1990. Keenan also stayed in touch with the game by coaching a local midget team.
Missed majority of 1966-67 season recovering from ankle injury suffered in game vs. San Francisco (WHL), December 3rd, 1966. Claimed by St. Louis from Toronto in Expansion Draft, June 6th, 1967. Traded to Buffalo by St. Louis with Jean-Guy Talbot for Bob Baun, November 4th, 1970. Traded to Philadelphia by Buffalo for Larry Mickey, November 16th, 1971.
Awards and Trophies
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl 1969-70;1968-69