Mike Keenan, one of the most successful and divisive coaches in NHL history, has been relieved of his duties as coach of the Kunlun Red Star, a second-year Kontinental Hockey League franchise based in China.

Keenan has been replaced by former NHL player Bobby Carpenter, the team's assistant coach, on an interim basis.

The 68-year-old Keenan was hired in March as the team's head coach and an executive member of its international advisory board, a role he'll continue to hold. He guided the team to a 12-16-8 record this season, but Kunlun was in the midst of a nine-game losing streak before his firing Sunday.

Known for his fiery disposition and psychological warfare with players, Keenan is No. 9 all time in the NHL in career coaching victories with 672, winning four conference titles and the 1994 Stanley Cup championship with the New York Rangers. He previously coached Magnitogorsk Metallurg to the KHL Gagarin Cup in 2013-14 and was replaced midway through the 2015-16 season.