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 carve out a niche in Brown hockey history. The tall, lanky Keefe, known as a speedster on the ice, led the Bruins in scoring in all three of his varsity years - the first Brown player to be high scorer for three consecutive years. Today he is ranked eleventh on Brown's all-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 was invited to try out for the 1956 Winter Olympics. As a sophomore playing his first year of varsity hockey, Keefe attracted notice for his flashy style. Against Providence College, reported the Providence Journal, the "bespectacled 170-pounder" was "the outstanding man on the ice, with his stylish skating and sharpshooting"; he racked up 9 points in that game. By his senior year, Keefe had a reputation that preceded him. The program notes for the Boston Arena Invitational Tournament held on December 27, 1954, called Keefe "one of Brown's best performers and one of the East's most feared scorers." Bob Borah '55, who was a defenseman on that hockey team, remembers Keefe as being "crowd-pleasing and dynamic. Danny was probably the fastest-skating forward in the East his senior year. He had a good shot and was a threat every time he got on the ice. You could almost say that he was something of a showboat - he was all over the ice, a very individualistic player. The crowd knew that something exciting would happen every time Danny got the puck." Early in his last varsity season, Keefe seemed assured of a place among Brown's hockey greats. "The kid's potentially one of the best," wrote the Brown Alumni Monthly in January 1955. "He has blazing speed, has a shot with the kick of an ornery 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 was checked hard as he cut across the blue line...they barely broke his stride. Keefe is also backchecking more than ever before, has more poise and better team sense." A few senior-year highlights include Keefe's 4 goals in an 8-3 victory over Northeastern; a thrilling tie 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 at Hanover in which Keefe and linemate Pete Tutless '56 combined for 7 goals - 5 of them Danny Keefe's. After graduation Keefe returned to a sport he had enjoyed before college: golf. He became a nationally prominent professional golfer, winning the Maine Open in 1961 and 1963, coming in second in the New Hampshire Open, and getting a seventh place in the National PGA tournament. He also won a number of four-ball championships on the East Coast. Bob Borah recalls that one year, Keefe led the Bing Crosby Tournament for the first couple of rounds. "The fact that he took up golf with such success, after a great college hockey career," Borah says, "shows you what an outstanding natural athlete Danny was." At the time of his death in 1976, Keefe was the general manager and golf director at Eastward Ho Country Club in Chatham, Massachusetts, where he had been golf pro since 1965. He was survived by his wife, Patricia, and a daughter, Kelley.