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Chicago Blackhawks: Their leaders have to perform this post-season

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Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
Patrick Kane #88, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /
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Chicago Blackhawks, Duncan Keith
Duncan Keith #2, Chicago Blackhawks (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) /

Duncan Keith is renowned as one of the fittest players in the league, with his stamina on full display every single shift. As he typically has, he led the Blackhawks in ice time this past season, averaging 24.23 minutes per game.

That’s over three minutes more than the next highest non-goalie on the team.

Keith has proven that being a steady presence on the blue line does pay off. He’s not a flashy type of defenseman, yet opponents know when he’s out there against them. He won’t shy away from blocking a shot and will blast his own from the point whenever possible.

The variety of accolades he’s already achieved are beyond impressive and he’s also part of the select group of players to earn three Stanley Cups with the organization in 2010, 2013, and 2015.

The Blackhawks will need Keith to be in top physical form these playoffs. He will need to play at his peak for every minute he’s on the ice, so his younger proteges can see what they are to mimic moving forward.

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