Keith Allen (ice hockey)
August 21, 1923 |
Saskatoon, SK, CAN
|Height||5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Detroit Red Wings|
|Hall of Fame, 1992|
Courtney "Keith" Allen (born August 21, 1923) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman and former National Hockey League (NHL) head coach and general manager. He was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is now the executive vice president of the Philadelphia Flyers.1
Allen played junior hockey for the Saskatoon Quakers in 1940–41, and then joined the Washington Eagles of the Eastern Amateur Hockey League for the 1941–42 season, followed by a year with the Buffalo Bisons of the American Hockey League. During the Second World War, he played on the Saskatoon Navy hockey team, and then played the 1945–46 season in the Western Canada Senior Hockey League with the Saskatoon Elks.
In 1946, Allen joined the Springfield Indians of the American Hockey League, for whom he played the next five seasons. The Indians moved to Syracuse in 1951, becoming the Warriors, and he was a steady presence in the lineup for the next two and a half seasons. In February 1954, Warriors owner Eddie Shore tried to assign Allen to the Springfield Indians of the Quebec Hockey League, but he (along with several other players) balked and he was suspended. He was sold to the Detroit Red Wings two weeks later. He played 10 games with Detroit in the 1953–54 season and appeared in the playoffs, getting his name engraved on the Stanley Cup. Allen played another 18 games for the Red Wings in 1954–55, which would be the end of his NHL playing career.
He spent most of the 1954–55 seasonin the Western Hockey League with the Edmonton Flyers—Detroit's farm team, whose roster included future Hockey Hall of Fame inductees Johnny Bucyk, Norm Ullman, Glenn Hall, Al Arbour, and player-coach Bud Poile. He then played one season with the Brandon Regals before being hired by the Seattle Americans as player-head coach in 1956. He retired as a player in 1957 to become a full-time coach.
From 1956 to 1965, Allen was a head coach in the Western Hockey League with the Seattle Americans/Seattle Totems, with only one losing season in eight years. With the NHL expansion in 1967, Allen was hired as the first head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers, with his former coach and teammate Bud Poile as general manager. In their inaugural season, the Flyers finished first in their division with the best record among the six new teams. They fell to third place in their division in the 1968–69 NHL season, and Allen then became the Flyers' general manager. There, he would help construct the famed "Broad Street Bullies" that led the Flyers to consecutive Stanley Cups in 1974 and 1975, earning the nickname "Keith the Thief". He would also help start the AHL's Maine Mariners, one of the most successful franchises in that league's history.
Allen was elected to the Hockey Hall of Fame as a Builder in 1992. He is currently the executive vice president of the Flyers.
|1940-41||Saskatoon Jr. Quakers||SJHL||10||4||0||4||2||2||1||0||1||2|
|1953-54||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||10||0||4||4||2||5||0||0||0||0|
|1954-55||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||18||0||0||0||6||—||—||—||—||—|
- "Bio - Allen - Philadelphia Flyers - Team". Philadelphia Flyers. Retrieved 2011-02-05.
- Keith Allen's biography at Legends of Hockey
- Keith Allen's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Keith Allen at Hockey-Reference.com
- Keith Allen's player profile at NHL.com
|Head coach of the Philadelphia Flyers
|General Manager of the Philadelphia Flyers