Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Doug Keans
Doug Keans was a steady netminder who played over 200 NHL games for Los Angeles and Boston in the 1980s. He normally played approximately 30 games per year and shared the goaltending responsibilities rather than rise to first string status. Considering Keans was 5'7" and played in a time when goalies were becoming much bigger, he did well to have a full career in the league.

Born in Pembroke, Ontario, Keans played two years for the Oshawa Generals of the OHA. He was chosen 94th overall by the L.A. Kings in the 1978 Amateur Draft then apprenticed for two years in the IHL with the Saginaw Gears. The young netminder looked sharp for L.A. during a ten game recall in 1979-80 when he went 3-3-3 and posted a 2.47 goals- against average.

In 1980-81, he battled injuries and played nine games with the Kings and a few in the minors. The next season he saw action in 31 games for his team but was relegated to the status of farm hand in 1982-83 with the emergence of Gary Laskoski. Keans' career received a boost when he was claimed on waivers by Boston in May 1983. The Bruins were in need of netminding help after youngsters Mike Moffat and Marco Baron were unable to take over from the retired Rogie Vachon.

Between 1983-84 and 1987-88 Keans played half of Boston's games and posted a 83-46-13 record. The team did fairly well in the regular season considering it was depleted by the losses for various reasons of Gord Kluzak, Normand Leveille, and Craig MacTavish. However, they were knocked out in the first round four straight years between 1984 and 1987. The writing was on the wall for Keans when Boston acquired Andy Moog from Edmonton in March 1988. Keans spent the 1988-89 season with the Baltimore Skipjacks and Springfield Indians of the AHL before announcing his retirement.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1975-76 Oshawa Legionnaires Minor-ON
1975-76 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 1 0 0 0 0 8.28
1976-77 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 48 0 6.63
1977-78 Oshawa Generals OMJHL 42 1 4.13 5 1 3 1 0 4.63
1978-79 Saginaw Gears IHL 59 0 4.06 2 0 5.05
1979-80 Saginaw Gears IHL 22 1 3.76
1979-80 Binghamton Dusters AHL 7 3 3 2 0 3.50
1979-80 Los Angeles Kings NHL 10 3 3 3 0 2.47 1 0 1 0 10.50
1980-81 Los Angeles Kings NHL 9 2 3 1 0 4.89
1980-81 Houston Apollos CHL 11 3 4 4 0 2.32
1980-81 Oklahoma City Stars CHL 9 3 5 0 1 3.90
1981-82 Los Angeles Kings NHL 31 8 10 7 0 4.30 2 0 1 0 1.88
1981-82 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 13 5 5 1 2 2.89
1982-83 Los Angeles Kings NHL 6 0 2 2 0 4.74
1982-83 New Haven Nighthawks AHL 30 13 13 2 0 4.35
1983-84 Boston Bruins NHL 33 19 8 3 2 3.10
1984-85 Boston Bruins NHL 25 16 6 3 1 3.29 4 2 2 0 3.75
1985-86 Boston Bruins NHL 30 14 13 3 0 3.65
1986-87 Boston Bruins NHL 36 18 8 4 0 3.34 2 0 2 0 5.50
1987-88 Boston Bruins NHL 30 16 11 0 1 3.25
1987-88 Maine Mariners AHL 10 8 2 0 0 3.40 10 5 5 0 0 4.08
1988-89 Baltimore Skipjacks AHL 4 1 3 0 0 4.27
1988-89 Springfield Indians AHL 32 11 16 2 0 4.28
1989-90
1990-91
1991-92
1992-93 Minnesota Iron Rangers AmHA 8 2 6 0 0 4.86
1992-93 Jacksonville Bullets SunHL 15 8 5 0 1 3.97 5 2 2 1 0 3.39
1993-94 Jacksonville Bullets SunHL
1994-95
1995-96 Jacksonville Bullets SunHL 9 5 3 0 0 5.15
1996-97 Jacksonville Lizard Kings ECHL
NHL Totals 210 96 64 26 4 3.50 9 2 6 0 4.72


Claimed on waivers by Boston from Los Angeles, May 24, 1983. Signed as an emergency back-up goaltender by Jacksonville (ECHL), December 8, 1996.
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