Mike Keenan shares update after open heart surgery.

Mike Keenan shares update after open heart surgery.

Legendary former NHL coach 'Iron' Mike Keenan shares an update after a recent health scare.

Jonathan Larivee

A legendary former National Hockey League head coach has shared an important update on his health.

Although there is a little bit of bad news that comes with the update, former NHL head coach Mike Keenan had some generally positive news to share about his health on Saturday morning. Keenan, who recently underwent open heart surgery, took to social media to inform users on Saturday morning that, at least relatively speaking, he was doing alright.

"No longer Italy’s National Head Coach, but will be their hockey consultant. Recovering well from open heart surgery," revealed Keenan on Saturday morning.

Of course the news that Keenan has lost his role as the head coach of Italy's national team is disappointing news to be sure but it had previously been announced and I suspect that most will simply be happy to hear that Keenan is doing well after undergoing such a scary procedure. It has also been announced that Jukka Jalonen will step in as the new head coach to replace Keenan.

Keenan is of course one of the most decorated coaches of all time having won championships in the Ontario Hockey League (Peterborough Petes), American Hockey League (Rochester Americans), National Hockey League (New York Rangers), and Kontinental Hockey League (Magnitogorsk Metallurg), and appears to have maintained his love and passion for hockey despite the health scares. The fact that Keenan is choosing to remain on as a consultant despite his recent heart surgery and a battle with prostate cancer in 2018 shows how truly dedicated the 74 year old is to the sport of hockey.

The most important thing however will be Keenan's health moving forward and I hope that this new reduced role with the Italian national team will allow him to focus on just that.