In December 2016, Mike Keenan was at an IIHF symposium in Moscow, where a delegation from China’s Kunlun Red Star had flown in just to meet with him. With the 2022 Olympics approaching, the group wanted him to review a plan it had put together for the Chinese national teams and for growing the game in China.
Kunlun’s reps handed Keenan a five-page outline. After looking it over quietly, he put it down, smiled and then politely laughed. Now, Keenan wouldn’t detail what that original plan was, but suffice to say in his mind it missed the mark wider than a Dion Phaneuf slapshot. So, never one to mince words, ‘Iron Mike’ spoke his mind. “I said, ‘You really have no idea what you’re doing, do you?’ ” Keenan recalled. “ ‘Or maybe you do. That’s why you’re asking for help.’ ”
Indeed, for a few ...
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