Mike Keenan becomes 1st coach in history to win both Stanley and Gagarin Cups

Apr 30, 11:46 AM

Emotive former NHL bench boss and general manager "Iron" Mike Keenan led KHL team Metallurg Magnitogorsk to the Gagarin Cup on Wednesday. Mettalurg defeated Lev Praha 7-4 in Game 7 of the Gagarin Cup final, winning the first KHL championship in the franchise's history.

By steering Mettalurg to the KHL championship, Keenan has become the first non-Russian to coach a Gagarin Cup winning team. He's also the first coach in history to win both the Stanley Cup and the Gagarin Cup. 

Here's footage of Mettalurg celebrating their Gagarin Cup victory:

And a photo of Keenan hoisting the championship trophy:

And a .gif of Mettalurg players throwing Iron Mike into the air, catching him, and then tossing him airborne once again while he smiles and laughs and laugh some more. Pretty much the best thing:

[Courtesy KHL.ru, stick-tap: @hockeymeesh]

Keenan's Magnitogorsk sojourn, that was memorably chronicled this winter by Grantland's Katie Baker, ends with a championship. Is a return to the NHL on the horizon for the noted taskmaster? 

Feature photo courtesy of REUTERS/Ray Stubblebine

Apr 29, 11:35 PM

VIDEO: KHL sets up Gagarin Cup Game 7 with 'Spanish Ladies' montage

Apr 29, 11:35 PM

Mettalurg Magnitogorsk and Lev Praha will face off in Game 7 of the KHL's Gagarin Cup at 9 a.m. ET Wednesday, and the league's official website has offered up this video montage with "Spanish Ladies" by Kee Smith as the soundtrack.

Here's the official description of the video:

It's been a great KHL season but all things must come to an end. Although, Game 7 in the finals is everything a fan can ask for, you have to be a little sad this is going to be the last game of the season.

They will rant and roar in this one.

Indeed.

Apr 28, 5:03 PM

Mettalurg and Lev set to face off in Game 7 for KHL's Gagarin Cup

Apr 28, 5:03 PM

The KHL's Gagarin Cup will be decided in a Game 7 between Mettalurg Magnitogorsk and Lev Praha after the latter pulled off an overtime victory in Game 6 Monday.

The game-winning goal was scored by 31-year-old Saskatchewan native Nathan Oystrick, a seventh round pick of the Atlanta Thrashers in 2002.

Mettalurg's head coach will make history if his team wins the Cup.

The trophy is named in honor of Yuri Gagarin (1934-1968) - the world's first cosmonaut.