Chester County Resident Pens Loving Tribute to His Father, Hockey Hall of Famer

Photo of Keith Allen courtesy of the Philadelphia Flyers.

cat_keith_the_thief_lrgChester County’s Blake Allen has penned a loving tribute to his father, Hockey Hall of Famer Keith Allen, in an informative and often hilarious book, entitled Keith the Thief, writes Garry Brown for MassLive Media.

Keith Allen earned the moniker “Keith the Thief” during his years as general manager of the Philadelphia Flyers, when he managed to build the team into winners of back-to-back Stanley Cups in the mid-1970s.

Allen started his professional hockey career in 1946, when he joined Eddie Shore’s Springfield (Mass.) Indians of the American Hockey League. He was later traded to the Detroit Red Wings during the 1953-54 season in time for the playoffs, which culminated in his name being engraved on the Stanley Cup.

Blake also remembered his days of playing in the Bantam Division in Bryn Mawr and getting advice from his father, who told him to carry the puck himself because he was faster than the other kids.

“But my coach wants me to pass the puck,” responded Blake.

To which his dad said, “Cripes, are you going to listen to him or me?”

Keith the Thief can be purchased from Cedar Tree Books.

Read more about the book from MassLive Media here.

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