3. Duncan Keith
Duncan Keith, 36, was drafted by Chicago in 2002. Keith was part of that Blackhawks’ core that won 3 Stanley Cups in 6 seasons.
While Keith was part of that dynasty, he also was an All-Star defenseman, 2-time Norris Trophy winner, and the 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy winner.
Throughout his career, Duncan Keith has played an average of 25 minutes per night. The Keith and Seabrook defensive pairing was a nightmare for every team, especially during the playoffs. He has been the go-to guy on defense and an amazing assistant captain during the past decade.
Duncan Keith is Mr. Chicago. He gives his heart and soul to this team. Keith made sure to hype up the team and lead by example with that “we aren’t going to lose tonight” attitude when it came down to crunch time.
For 10 straight years, he was in the conversation for the Norris Trophy and that says a lot.
Besides some of his poor decisions with a few suspensions that hurt the team, he has always masked other player’s mistakes. When you played against Keith during his prime, you knew getting a goal past him was almost impossible.
For such an amazing leader, and all he has done for Chicago, Duncan Keith deserves to be a Blackhawk for life. He might be slowing down as a player, but he has still given his all each night to this team and proves why he still deserves to play in this league.
Keith has never been a guy to take anything for granted and will forever be remembered as a key piece to all 3 of the Stanley Cup wins.
As he gets older, Keith has taken on the role of more of a top-4 defenseman rather than the elite top-2 defenseman he once was. With the younger guys coming up, he seems to be prepared for his role and playing time to dwindle.
Duncan Keith is another Blackhawks’ player that will be in the Hall of Fame and it would be a shame if they didn’t retire his jersey. I can’t see any other person wearing number 2.