GM/Head Coach Derek Keenan Announced 2012 Inductee into Canadian Lacrosse Hall of FameJuly 5, 2012 - National Lacrosse League (NLL) Edmonton Rush
Derek "Jammer" Keenan played in seven seasons (1976-1982) with the Oshawa Green Gaels Junior A lacrosse team where he was a perennial Top 10 league point scorer. Keenan played his entire nine Major Series seasons (1983-89, '92 & "95) with the Brooklin Redmen, winning three Mann Cup titles in four years (1985, 1987 & 1988). He was the OLA Major Series Top Scorer and MVP in both 1987 and 1988. In 212 career games, he scored 342 goals and 437 assists for
779 points and 361 penalty minutes. In 1991, Keenan played one season with the Whitby Steelhawks of the Canadian NLL winter pro league where he was the league Top Scorer and MVP. In three Major Indoor Lacrosse League seasons, Keenan netted 123 points in 27 games with Buffalo and Toronto winning two Champions Cups with the Buffalo Bandits (1992-93). Derek began his NLL coaching career in 2003 with the Toronto Rock with stops in Anaheim, Portland and currently Edmonton. Keenan was inducted into the Ontario Lacrosse Association Hall of Fame in 2009.
"The induction is very fitting for Coach Keenan, he was a tremendous dedicated player and it is continuous into his coaching career" states President Gord Sawyer.
General Manager and Head Coach Keenan has been with the Edmonton Rush for three seasons and this season being the most successful for the team with a run to the 2012 NLL Championship.
The new inductees include: Builders Murray Lehman (Surrey, BC) and Mike Gray (Whitby,ON); Box Lacrosse Players Tom Marechek (Baltimore, MD), Craig Stevenson (Surrey, BC), and Tom "Slick" Wreggitt (Oshawa, ON); Veteran Players Ron Jay (Victoria, BC) and Bob Curtis (Peterborough, ON); the 1928 Canadian Olympic Gold Medal Team and the 1956-59 Brampton ABC's Junior Excelsiors squads in the Team Category.
The new inductees will bring the number of those honoured in lacrosse's national shrine to 476 -- 142 Builders, 210 Box Players, 82 Field Players and 42 Veterans (those who played prior to 1970). There are 16 teams inducted in the Canadian Lacrosse Hall of Fame Team Category.
The formal induction banquet and ceremonies will be held November 17, 2012 at the Firefighter's Club in Burnaby, British Columbia.
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