Dave Keon

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David Michael Keon (born March 22, 1940 in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec, Canada), was a professional ice hockey player.

He played professionally from 1960-61 until 1974-75 for the Toronto Maple Leafs, 1979-80 until 1981-82 for the Hartford Whalers of the NHL as well as the Minnesota Fighting Saints, the Indianapolis Racers, and the New England Whalers of the WHA from 1975-76 until 1978-79.

Dave Keon was Captain of Toronto Maple Leafs from 1969-70 until 1974-75. He was the last (and so far, only) member of the Leafs to win the Conn Smythe Trophy when the Leafs last won the Stanley Cup in 1966-67.

Keon is remembered as one of the Maple Leafs most productive offensive stars of the 1960's. He was also one of the fastest skaters in the NHL. Dave Keon was one of the best defensive forwards of his era. He set the NHL Record for the most shorthanded goals in one season (8) in 1970-71 (a record that has since been broken).

Dave Keon switched to the WHA in the summer of 1975 because the Toronto Maple Leafs wouldn't renew his contract. The Leafs General Manager thought he was getting too old. This was the WHA's gain and the NHL's loss. He returned to the NHL when the NHL agreed to merge with the WHA in the summer of 1979. Since Dave Keon was a member of the New England Whalers at the time, he went along for the ride when the Whalers changed their name to "Hartford Whalers".

Career NHL Statistics: 1,296 games, 396 goals, 590 assists, 986 points.
Career WHA Statistics: 301 games, 102 goals, 189 assists, 291 points.

Awards Won:
Calder Memorial Trophy (1960-61)
Lady Byng Memorial Trophy (1961-62, 1962-63)
Conn Smythe Trophy (1966-67)
Second Team All-Star Center (1961-62, 1970-71)

Preceded by:
George Armstrong
Toronto Maple Leafs Captains Succeeded by:
Darryl Sittler

Sources

Internet Hockey Database biography of Keon (http://www.hockeydb.com/ihdb/stats/pdisplay.php3?pid=2691)

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