David Michael "Dave" Keon - Born March 22, 1940 in Noranda, Quebec is a Canadian retired ice Hockey centre.
- Calder Memorial Trophy Winner 1961.
- J. P. Bickell Memorial Award Winner 1962, 1963.
Best Toronto Maple Leafs Player.
- Lady Byng Memorial Trophy Winner 1962, 1963.
- Prince of Wales Trophy Champion 1963.
- Stanley Cup Champion 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967.
- Conn Smythe Trophy Winner 1967
- Paul Deneau Trophy Winner 1977, 1978
WHA Most Gentlemanly Player.
Keon was the OHA-B Rookie of the Year 1956-57 with the St. Michael's Buzzers, then starred for their senior team under Father David Bauer, leading the Toronto St. Michael's Majors to the J. Ross Robertson Cup final 2 years in a row (1959 & 1960). The roots of his hard working 2 way game started when playing with St. Michael's.
Keon quickly turned pro in the spring of 1960, playing in 4 playoff games with Sudbury Wolves in the finals of the Eastern Professional Hockey League, losing in 7 games to Montreal. Keon had 2 goals, 2 assists and 2 minutes in penalties.
Keon then had a strong Toronto Maple Leafs training camp and was a surprise addition to the Maple Leafs roster for the 1960–61 season. Keon made his NHL debut on October 6, 1960 vs Montreal Canadiens at Montreal Forum in a 5-0 Montreal win.
Keon scored his 1st NHL goal vs Terry Sawchuk of the Detroit Red Wings at 14:03 of the 1st period on October 9, 1960 at Detroit Olympia in a 3-3 tie.
Keon scored his 1st NHL Hat-Trick vs Ed Giacomin of the New York Rangers on December 18, 1965 at Maple Leaf Gardens in a 8-4 Toronto win.
Keon won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's top rookie in 1960-61 with 20 goals (3 GWG) and 45 points in his first season, then followed that up with 26 goals (6 GWG), 35 assists and just 1 penalty all season, winning the 1962 Lady Byng Memorial Trophy. He had 5 goals, 3 assists in the playoffs, as Toronto won the 1962 Stanley Cup.
In the 1962-63 NHL season, Keon scored 28 goals (4 GWG), 28 assists and again just 1 penalty all season, winning the Lady Byng Memorial Trophy again, also winning his only Prince of Wales Trophy, as the Maple Leafs won the NHL regular season. In the playoffs, Keon scored 7 goals, 4 of them in the finals vs Detroit, 2 of those in game 5 at Maple Leaf Gardens, as Toronto won the 1963 Stanley Cup 4-1 in games.
Keon was the Maple Leafs' leading scorer in 1963–64 with 60 points, and had 7 goals in the NHL playoffs, leading them to another Stanley Cup championship in 1964.
The Maple Leafs were getting a little older around Keon, they were a decent team still, not going far in the playoffs until 1967, when the team's average age of the players was 31, they would become the oldest lineup to win a Stanley Cup when they defeated the dynasty Montreal Canadiens in 6 games to win the 1967 Stanley Cup championship. Keon was voted the Conn Smythe Trophy winner (still the only Maple Leaf to win). Also, Keon's 8 points (3 goals) is the fewest ever by a non-goalie Conn Smythe winner
Keon was named captain of the Maple Leafs in October, 1969 succeeding George Armstrong who was said to be retiring. Armstrong returned to the Maple Leafs two weeks later and played for another two seasons, but Keon remained captain and would wear the C through the rest of his years with the Maple Leafs.
Keon and Harold Ballard, the Maple Leafs new majority owner as of March, 1972 did not see eye to eye and had many public spats, with Ballard accusing Keon of not giving good leadership from its captain. Keon lasted until the end of the 1974-75 season, when his Maple Leafs contract expired, Ballard had wanted a compensation so high that no other NHL teams were interested, so Keon reluctantly jumped to the World Hockey Association / WHA, signing a deal with the Minnesota Fighting Saints. The Saints folded before the season ended, and Keon signed and played with the WHA's Indianapolis Racers till WHA's season end in March, 1976.
The Fighting Saints were revived for the start of the WHA's 1976–77 season, and Keon agreed to a trade back to Minnesota. However, the team folded for good in January 1977 and Keon's WHA rights were briefly claimed by the Edmonton Oilers, but they immediately agreed to trade him to the New England Whalers.
Keon remained with the Whalers through the rest of his career. In the 1977–78 season, Keon was joined on the Whalers by Gordie Howe who, at age 50, was the team's leading scorer that season. Keon returned to the NHL in 1979 when the renamed Hartford Whalers became one of four WHA teams to join the NHL. The merger agreement allowed existing NHL teams to reclaim most of the WHA players whose NHL rights they held. Nevertheless, even though Keon was not protected from reclamation by the Whalers in the reclamation draft, the Maple Leafs declined to reclaim their former captain, allowing him to remain in Hartford. Bobby Hull joined the Whalers that season, with Keon, Howe, and Hull sometimes playing as a forward line. Howe and Hull retired at the end of the season. Terry Harper's retirement in 1981 left Keon as the oldest active player in the NHL. Keon played two more seasons with the Whalers and announced his retirement on June 30, 1982, at age 42. Keon was the last active player who played a full season in the Original Six era.
Keon played 1,296 regular season NHL games, scoring 396 goals (65 GWG), 590 assists with 117 penalty minutes, He played 92 NHL playoff games, scoring 32 goals (6 GWG / 1 OTG), 36 assists with 6 penalty minutes.
Bitter over his treatment by Ballard and the Toronto Maple Leafs, Keon refused for many years to have any relationship with the Maple Leafs organization, even after Ballard's death and after the club changed ownership several times. Keon turned down several offers of reconciliation from the team, including an invitation to the closing ceremony for Maple Leaf Gardens in 1999 and a proposed ceremony to honour his number.
Keon did play in 1 more game at Maple Leaf Gardens in March of 1991, called Legends Night in Canada, it was a old-timers game of Maple Leafs vs Canadiens.
In January 2007, the Toronto Maple Leafs announced that Keon would attend a pre-game ceremony to honour its 1967 Stanley Cup-winning team. Keon was one of several members of the 1967 team to appear on-ice at the Air Canada Centre before the Maple Leafs' game on February 17, 2007, which was the 80th anniversary of the first game played by the Toronto franchise after being renamed the Maple Leafs in 1927. Keon was introduced to the crowd second last, just prior to 1967 captain George Armstrong, and received a long standing ovation. Keon also attended pre-game ceremonies on February 16, 2013 honouring the 1963 Stanley Cup winners and on February 8, 2014 honouring the 1964 Stanley Cup winning team.
On January 21, 2016, it was announced that Keon, along with former Maple Leafs Turk Broda and Tim Horton, would be commemorated with a statue on Legends Row in front of the Air Canada Centre, joining former Maple Leafs greats Syl Apps, Teeder Kennedy, Johnny Bower, George Armstrong, Darryl Sittler, Borje Salming, and Mats Sundin.
On October 14, 2016, the Toronto Maple Leafs released their list of the top 100 Maple Leafs of all time. Based on the votes of fans and a 31-member expert panel, Keon was voted the greatest Toronto Maple Leafs player....Syl Apps was number 2 and Ted Kennedy number 3.
On October 15, 2016, the Maple Leafs retired Dave Keon's number 14 at a ceremony honouring the Maple Leafs' centenary.
Dave Keon was known as the best NHL checker during his tenure in the NHL. His Lady Byng trophies are a testament to how clean he played. Even his opponents came to respect his hard, but clean and skillful play on the ice. Keon earned superlatives for his skill and style of play. He was a pesky forechecker and was regarded as perhaps the fastest skater in the league during his prime.
Punch Imlach once said Keon “played with bulldog tenacity.”
Keon played in NHL All-Star Games in 1962, 1963, 1964, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1973.
In 1998, Keon was ranked number 69 on The Hockey News' list of the 100 Greatest Hockey Players.
Dave Keon was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1986.
Dave Keon was inducted into the Québec Sports Hall of Fame in 2016.
In January 2017, Keon was named in the first group of 33 players as one of the 100 Greatest NHL Players in NHL history.
Dave Keon was inducted into the Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
Dave Keon was inducted into the Ontario Sports Hall of Fame in 2019.
The Aréna Glencore in Rouyn-Noranda, Quebec was previously known as the Aréna Dave Keon.