Mike Keane honoured in Winnipeg

Mike Keane, a Winnipeg native and former National Hockey League player, has been inducted into Manitoba's Order of the Buffalo Hunt.

A former National Hockey League player has been inducted into Manitoba's Order of the Buffalo Hunt.

Mike Keane, who played 16 seasons in the NHL and ended his career with the AHL's Manitoba Moose, was inducted into Manitoba's Order of the Buffalo Hunt Saturday. ((Manitoba Moose))

Mike Keane, who played 22 seasons in the NHL and American Hockey League, also saw his Manitoba Moose jersey retired.

Keane was on Stanley Cup teams with the Montreal Canadiens in 1993, the Colorado Avalanche in 1996 and the Dallas Stars in 1999. The Winnipeg native last played for the AHL's Manitoba Moose in the 2009-2010 season.

The right-winger played in 1,230 NHL games with the Montreal Canadiens, Colorado Avalanche, Dallas Stars, the New York Rangers, St. Louis Blues and Vancouver Canucks. During that time, he scored 171 goals and 484 points and totaled 947 penalty minutes.

And as a member of the Moose, where he was captain for five years, Keane played 365 games, scoring 36 goals, 78 assists and adding 244 penalty minutes.

The Order of the Buffalo Hunt was founded in 1957 to recognize the outstanding and distinctive contributions of leaders in areas like politics, business, sports and entertainment.

Premier Greg Selinger inducted Keane into the order during a ceremony at the MTS Centre Saturday, where his No. 12 jersey was raised to the rafters.

"It's simply unbelievable," Keane told the fans during the ceremony before a Moose home game. "To play in front of your family and friends in your hometown is something I'll never forget."

(With files from The Canadian Press)