For Day 2, we focus on Chicago Blackhawks defenseman, Duncan Keith.
Very few defensemen have done it all in the NHL. Duncan Keith is one of those defensemen for the Chicago Blackhawks.
Going from one of the worst teams in the league to the best, over the course of a few seasons, is a task in itself.
However, following it up with so much success is the mark of a champion. Let’s take look at the long, successful career that Keith has had.
Player Spotlight: Duncan Keith
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My dad used to say Duncan Keith is not human, and honestly, it’s true. Very few defensemen can do what he has done.
In the 2015 Stanley Cup playoffs, Keith registered 31:07 minutes of ice time on average. He was on the ice for over half of each game. Those numbers were even higher during games that went to double and triple OT.
Duncan Keith won the Conn Smythe in 2015, and no one player during the Chicago Blackhawks’ Stanley Cup runs was more worthy of the trophy.
If you are new to hockey and do not know all of Keith’s accomplishments, let’s recap. 3 Stanley Cups, 1 Conn Smythe, 2 Norris Trophies, 2 gold medals, and he is one of the 100 greatest NHL players of all time.
Duncan Keith, aside from being successful, has played in A LOT of NHL games. Over the course of his 14-year NHL career, Keith has played in 1077 NHL games and 126 playoff games.
The 36-year-old is on the wrong side of 35, and his time in the NHL is coming to a close. This does not mean he cannot contribute to the team still.
Keith is a player that anyone would love to learn from. How he thinks, acts, plays, and approaches the game should be on the mind of any aspiring NHL player, especially Adam Boqvist, who spent time with Keith during the preseason.
Keith put up 40 points last season playing alongside Erik Gustafsson. Maybe we will see the two Blackhawks have success again this year. One thing is for sure when it comes to the Chicago Blackhawks, Duncan Keith is one of the all-time greats.