Mike Keenan coaches Metallurg Magnitogorsk to KHL title

Mike Keenan was tossed up in the air by his players after winning the Gagarin Cup with Metallurg.
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Russian team Metallurg Magnitogorsk won the Kontinental Hockey League championship for the first time, beating Czech team Lev Prague 7-4 Wednesday in Game 7 of the Gagarin Cup.

Metallurg is coached by Mike Keenan, the Canadian who coached the New York Rangers to the Stanley Cup in 1994.

The result prevents Lev from becoming the first non-Russian team to win the eight-country KHL, widely considered the strongest hockey league outside the NHL.

Metallurg was a three-time champion of the old Russian Super League before the KHL started play in 2008, but was playing in the Gagarin Cup for the first time

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