Keenan leads Metallurg to KHL title

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Congratulations to ex-NHL coach Mike Keenan and his Metallurg Magnitogorsk team for winning the KHL’s Gagarin Cup with a 4-3 series victory over Lev Prague.

From the KHL’s website:

Two goals in the space of a minute deep into the second period ultimately decided the outcome of the 2014 Gagarin Cup, with Yaroslav Kosov and Jan Kovar leading Metallurg to a 7-4 victory on the night and a 4-3 series success to give the Steelmen the KHL’s top prize for the first time.

It means Mike Keenan becomes the first North American coach to take the top prize in Russian club hockey; 20 years after landing the Stanley Cup with the Rangers, the Canadian adds the Gagarin Cup to his CV. That delivers a sharp riposte to those Trans-Atlantic commentators who insisted that his notoriously uncompromising man-management style was the relic of a dinosaur rather than a viable path to future glory.

So…take that, all you Trans-Atlantic commentators out there.

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