Duncan Keith is one of the all-time best Chicago Blackhawks. His legacy with the team will only get better, and by the time he hangs up his skates, he might be leading the organization in one important category.
Stan Mikita is known by many as the best Blackhawks star of all time. I am not trying to say Duncan Keith is better than Stan Mikita; however, Keith does have a chance to pass Mikita up in one category when he calls it a career.
Mikita spent 22 years in the NHL, all with the then Chicago Black Hawks. He won one Stanley Cup with the ‘Hawks at the age of 20 years old, in his second season in the NHL. Mikita played with the Blackhawks 1959-1978 and played 1396 games.
No player in Blackhawks history has played more games with the team. Mikita holds a lot of records with the Blackhawks, and most games played is one of them. The player right behind Mikita when it comes to games played is Duncan Keith, and he has a chance to pass up the Blackhawk’s all-time great.
Duncan Keith has played 1138 games over the course of his 15-year career thus far. While Keith is not getting any younger, his last few seasons have shown that he can continue to play at a high level. In his previous three seasons, Keith has managed to play in all 82 games twice.
Keith is just 258 games away from tying Stan Mikita. That might seem like a lot right now, but that is only an additional three full seasons and a few games in a fourth season. Keith is 37 years old, and if he plans to play for at least four more years, I believe he has a great chance at passing Stan Mikita for most games played with the Blackhawks.
Third on the list is Brent Seabrook with 1114 games played. I do not believe we will see Seabrook for another four years, even though he is on a costly contract. Duncan Keith has the best chance at beating Stan Mikita’s record, and I hope he does because that means he is still with the Blackhawks in four seasons.