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Penguins Up Close: Rick Kehoe

Wednesday, April 16, 2003

Born: July 15, 1951 in Windsor, Ontario.

Career fact: Has served 29 consecutive seasons with the Penguins as a player, scout, assistant coach and head coach. This represents the longest tenure of anyone in the club's hockey department.

Playing career: 14 seasons, with Toronto Maple Leafs 1971-72 through 1973-74, and Penguins1974-75 through 1984-85.

Coaching career: Was a Penguins assistant coach from 1987-88 through 1997-98 and 1999-2000** through 2001-02*; Penguins head coach, 2001-02** through 2002-03 seasons.

Hired as head coach: Oct. 15, 2001, replacing Ivan Hlinka four games into the season.

Coaching record

2001-02 season -- 28-37-8
2002-03 season -- 27-44-6
Two-season totals -- 55-81-14

Postseason record: Failed to make playoffs as head coach.

Honors as player: Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship with Penguins in 1981 after setting career highs with 55 goals and 88 points; Appeared twice in the NHL All-Star game, 1981 and 1983.

Other career highlights: Selected in second round, No. 22 overall, by Toronto in 1971 NHL Amateur Draft; acquired from Toronto by Penguins in exchange for Blaine Stoughton and a first-round draft pick (turned out to be Trevor Johansen) Sept. 13, 1974; in 906 career games scored 371 goals, 397 assists, 767 points and recorded 120 penalty minutes; still ranks third on Penguins' all-time scoring list with 636 points in 11 seasons, trailing only Mario Lemieux and Jaromir Jagr; scored 4 goals and 17 assists in 39 playoff games with Toronto and Penguins; served as an assistant under nine different Penguins head coaches, Pierre Creamer, Gene Ubriaco, Craig Patrick (twice), Bob Johnson, Scotty Bowman, Ed Johnston, Kevin Constantine, Herb Brooks and Hlinka; Penguins scout, three seasons, 1985-86 through 1986-87 and 1998-99; charter member of the Penguins Hall of Fame, 1993; Western Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame inductee in 1995; head coach of the Roller Hockey International Pittsburgh Phantoms in 1994; named to the Penguins Millennium Team in 2000.

Replaced midseason Midseason replacement

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