Daniel M. Keefe
Daniel M. Keefe
Hometown: Newton, MA
Team: Ice Hockey

Daniel M. Keefe '55
Hometown: Newton, MA
Sport: Ice Hockey
Year Inducted: 1985

The late Daniel M. Keefe '55 came to Brown from Newton,Massachusetts, and Hebron Academy in Maine, and proceeded to carveout a niche in Brown hockey history. The tall, lanky Keefe, knownas a speedster on the ice, led the Bruins in scoring in all threeof his varsity years - the first Brown player to be high scorer forthree consecutive years. Today he is ranked eleventh on Brown'sall-time scoring list, with 67 goals and 42 assists for 109 points.He was named to the First Team All-Ivy and All-East squads, and wasinvited to try out for the 1956 Winter Olympics. As a sophomoreplaying his first year of varsity hockey, Keefe attracted noticefor his flashy style. Against Providence College, reported theProvidence Journal, the "bespectacled 170-pounder" was "theoutstanding man on the ice, with his stylish skating andsharpshooting"; he racked up 9 points in that game. By his senioryear, Keefe had a reputation that preceded him. The program notesfor the Boston Arena Invitational Tournament held on December 27,1954, called Keefe "one of Brown's best performers and one of theEast's most feared scorers." Bob Borah '55, who was a defenseman onthat hockey team, remembers Keefe as being "crowd-pleasing anddynamic. Danny was probably the fastest-skating forward in the Easthis senior year. He had a good shot and was a threat every time hegot on the ice. You could almost say that he was something of ashowboat - he was all over the ice, a very individualistic player.The crowd knew that something exciting would happen every timeDanny got the puck." Early in his last varsity season, Keefe seemedassured of a place among Brown's hockey greats. "The kid'spotentially one of the best," wrote the Brown Alumni Monthly inJanuary 1955. "He has blazing speed, has a shot with the kick of anornery mule, and with his added weight [Keefe had put on 17 pounds,up to 187] he is much harder to knock down. Twice against BU he waschecked hard as he cut across the blue line...they barely broke hisstride. Keefe is also backchecking more than ever before, has morepoise and better team sense." A few senior-year highlights includeKeefe's 4 goals in an 8-3 victory over Northeastern; a thrillingtie game with Harvard, termed "the game of the year" in the East,in which Keefe led Brown with 2 goals; and a win over Dartmouth atHanover in which Keefe and linemate Pete Tutless '56 combined for 7goals - 5 of them Danny Keefe's. After graduation Keefe returned toa sport he had enjoyed before college: golf. He became a nationallyprominent professional golfer, winning the Maine Open in 1961 and1963, coming in second in the New Hampshire Open, and getting aseventh place in the National PGA tournament. He also won a numberof four-ball championships on the East Coast. Bob Borah recallsthat one year, Keefe led the Bing Crosby Tournament for the firstcouple of rounds. "The fact that he took up golf with such success,after a great college hockey career," Borah says, "shows you whatan outstanding natural athlete Danny was." At the time of his deathin 1976, Keefe was the general manager and golf director atEastward Ho Country Club in Chatham, Massachusetts, where he hadbeen golf pro since 1965. He was survived by his wife, Patricia,and a daughter, Kelley.