AS A BULLDOG: Is entering the final leg of his Bulldog playing career and has all intentions of finishing with a flurry ... will handle one of the team’s alternate team captain assignments in 2012-13 ... wound up with a personal-best 11 points and was a +8 last winter ... collected five of his seven goals before the Christmas Holiday Break and only two at home ... has been leaned heavily in penalty kill situations over the past three seasons -- bagged UMD’s lone shorthanded goal of 2011-12 (at Michigan Tech on Dec. 2) .. also took the one of the team’s two penalty shots last season -- in the opening round of the WCHA playoffs in Duluth where he was repelled by Minnesota State-Mankato goaltender Austin Lee ... has done battle in 81 consecutive games (the longest ironman run of any current Bulldog) since the second weekend of 2010-11 season ... is a two-time WCHA All-Academic Team honoree and a 2010-11 WCHA Scholar-Athlete Award recipient ... skated a regular shift in all but one of the 2010-11 NCAA I champion Bulldogs’ 42 outings and generated seven points (all assists) in the process ... helped set up a pair of goals in UMD’s 6-0 win over Alaska-Anchorage on Oct. 23, 2010 in Duluth ... received his collegiate indoctrination -- some 33 games in all -- three years ago and progressed steadily over the course of that season ... had three assists (in three different road clashes) to his name as a rookie ...was the men’s hockey representative on UMD’s Athletic Academic Support Center List for compiling the best grade point average (3.72) of any Bulldog in 2009-10.
BEFORE UMD: Came back to his old hockey haunt -- the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center -- in 2010 after a two-year leave of absence in the United States Hockey League ... wrapped up the 2008-09 regular season holding down the No. 8 position on the Fargo Force scoring charts with 14 goals and nine assists for 23 points while going a +12 in 47 games ... served as an assistant team captain with the Force, who advanced all the way to the 2009 Clark Cup finals(USHL playoff championships) ... strutted his stuff at the 2009 USHL Prospects/All-Star Game as a member of the West Division squad ... spent all of 2007-08 and the 2008-09 preseason with the Green Bay Gamblers before being acquired in a trade by the Force in late September ... mustered four points -- all goals -- in 47 regular season games during his debut USHL season .. helped lead the U.S. to a bronze medal at the 2007 World Junior A Challenge in Trail, British Columbia ... bypassed his senior year at Duluth East High School to enlist with the Gamblers ... skated a regular shift for three seasons with the Duluth East Greyhounds and also gained plenty of notice on the prep gridiron where he was an all-conference defensive back.
PERSONAL: Born Keegan Patrick Flaherty on March 25, 1990 in Duluth ... is the son of Pat and Dina Flaherty (both UMD alums) ... has two younger brothers (twins Connor and Caden) ... his great uncle, Vince Repesh, was an assistant football coach with the Bulldogs for 18 years before stepping down following the 1999 season ... graduated from Duluth East High School in 2008 ... is majoring in finance at UMD.
BULLDOG MILESTONES: First Game - vs. Lake Superior State (Oct. 9, 2009). First Goal - vs. Notre Dame (Oct. 7, 2011). First Assist - at St. Cloud State (Oct. 23, 2009). Most Goals, Game 1 (7 Times). Most Points, Game - 2 at Minnesota State-Mankato (Feb. 18, 2012) and vs. Alaska Anchorage (Oct. 23, 2010). Longest Scoring Streak - 2 Games (Dec. 2-3, 2011).