Born: February 3, 1970
Birthplace: Providence, Rhode Island, U.S.A.
Height: 6'2" Weight: 205 lbs.
Drafted by Buffalo, 4th Round, 76th Overall, 1988
NHL Entry Draft
Seasons with Buffalo: 1991-92 - 1993-94
Uniform Numbers: 26, 6
|Keith Carney's road to the NHL began in high school, where he played defense for Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, Rhode Island from 1984 to 1988. Carney celebrated his high school graduation with a date at the 1988 NHL Entry Draft. Carney was the 76th player taken in the 1988 draft, going in the Fourth Round to the Buffalo Sabres.
Following his draft selection, Carney opted to delay turning pro in order to attend college. He enrolled at the University of Maine. Carney scored 4 goals and 22 assists as a freshman in the 1988-89 season, as Maine went on to win the 1988 Hockey East Championship. Carney was selected as a member of the 1988-89 Hockey East All-Rookie Team. Carney earned honors in all three of his seasons at Maine. His second year, he was voted Hockey East 2nd Team All-Star, and NCAA All-American. For 1989-90, Carney was Hockey East First Team All-Star, and again named NCAA All-American.
Carney played for the United States at the 1990 World Junior Championships, and 46 games as a member of the United States National Team in 1991-92.
Carney turned pro in 1991, joining the Rochester Americans, the Sabres' affiliate
|Carney on the ice during his NHL
debut, March 8, 1992.
|would be his last as a Sabre. On October 26, 1993, Carney was traded, along with a Sixth Round pick in the 1995 NHL Draft (Marc Magliarditi) to the Chicago Blackhawks. In return, the Sabres received veteran defenseman Craig Muni and a Fifth Round pick in 1995 (Daniel Bienvenue).|
|Carney split the remainder of the 1993-94 season between the Blackhawks and the Indianapolis Ice, Chicago's International Hockey League affiliate. Carney played four more seasons in Chicago, becoming a regular in their lineup during the 1995-96 season. That year, Carney lead the Blackhawks with a +31 plus/minus rating. In Chicago, Carney developed into one of the league's top penalty killing defensemen.
Carney was called upon to represent his country once again in 1998, when he was selected to play for Team USA at the Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
Near the end of the 1997-98 season, Carney was traded again, this time to the Phoenix Coyotes. Carney was a fixture on the blue line for the Coyotes, playing three straight seasons without missing a game. In 1999, Careny passed up the chance to become an unrestricted free agent when he signed a long term deal to stay in Phoenix. Carney's deal showed a level of loyalty that's rare in this day and age of rampant free agent movement.
Careny would play two more seasons as a member of the Phoenix Coyotes. At the end of the 2000-01 season, looking to unload payroll, the Coyotes dealt Carney to the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.
On October 31, 2001, Carney played in his 600th NHL game. One week later, on November 7, 2001, he suffered a chipped bone in his right hand in a game against the Calgary Flames, which sidelined him for nearly a month. The injury ended Carney's consecutive games streak at 262, which at the time was the second longest streak amongst active NHL defensemen behind only Anaheim teammate Oleg Tverdovsky. When it ended, Carney's "Iron Man" streak was fourth longest among all active NHL players.
Carney returned to action for the Mighty Ducks on December 14, 2001 against the Columbus Blue Jackets. In the second period of that game, Carney scored his first goal of the season and his first as a member of the Mighty Ducks. Carney finished the season with 5 goals and 9 assists in 60 games played, his fewest since the strike-shortened 1995 campaign. His 5 goals tied his career high, set in 1995-96.
Keith Carney will likely return to the Mighty Ducks for the 2002-03 season.
|in the American Hockey League. Carney played in 23 games in Rochester during the 1991-92 season, scoring one goal and 10 assists.
Carney earned a late-season call up to Buffalo, and made his NHL debut with the Sabres on March, 8 1992 at the Aud in Buffalo against the New York Rangers. In that game, Carney scored his first NHL point, assisting on a goal by Dave Andreychuk. His first NHL goal came on March 22, 1992, in a game against the Chicago Blackhawks. Carney finished the regular season with 1 goal and 2 assists in 14 games played. He remained with the Sabres throughout the Playoffs, scoring 3 assists in 7 games.
A big, tough stay-at-home defenseman, Carney was the Sabres' top defensive prospect in the early 1990's. Carney played well in his own end of the ice, and had the speed to join in on the rush offensively, though his offensive potential was rarely realized during his time in Buffalo.
Carney split the 1992-93 season between Buffalo and Rochester. He played 41 games in the AHL, scoring 5 goals and 21 assists. He played 30 games for Buffalo, scoring twice and adding 6 assists.
Carney began the 1993-94 season in Buffalo, scoring a goal in the second game of the season, Buffalo's first goal in a 7-4 loss at Montreal. The goal