In a statement released by the team, Chairman Ed Snider said: "In my mind, he was and always will be one of the greatest General
Managers in the history of hockey. He was known as 'Keith the Thief,' I never knew of a bad deal he made. This team
would never have reached the level of success we have had over the past 48 years if it were not for Keith.
"Over the years he became one of my closest confidants and one of my best friends. I will never forget all of the many
memories we shared together." added Snider. "I would like to extend my condolences to Keith's family, his wife
Joyce, their sons, Brad and Blake, and their daughter, Traci, and their four grandchildren, Chelsea, Shay, Jillian, and
Chase. He will sorely be missed by all of us."
Allen was behind the bench for the team's first season in 1967 when they won the West Division title. He coached through the 1969-70 season, becoming the GM in December of 1969. He held that position until the end of the 1982-83 season, leading the franchise to the Cups in 1974 and 1975 along with two other Finals appearances and a .612 winning percentage.
In 1992, Allen was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in the Builders category where he joined Snider.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed.