|Born||July 16, 1983
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
|6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
|NHL team||Chicago Blackhawks|
|NHL Draft||54th overall, 2002
|Playing career||2003 – present|
Duncan Keith (born July 16, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who plays for the Chicago Blackhawks of the National Hockey League. Keith was drafted 54th overall by Chicago in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He spent two seasons with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League (AHL) before joining the Blackhawks in 2005–06. Internationally, he has represented Canada on two occassions, winning a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. Keith is known as a two-way defenceman, capable in both shutdown and offensive roles.
Keith was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, on July 16, 1983, to Dave and Jean Keith. He was a middle child, with older brother Cameron (born in 1981) and younger sister Rebecca (born in 1984). His family moved to Fort Frances, Ontario, in 1985 after his father was transferred to from Winnipeg for an assistant manager position at a Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce (CIBC) branch. Keith's mother worked in the health field at Rainycrest Home for the Aged in Fort Frances.
He grew up as a Boston Bruins fan, singling out defenceman Ray Bourque and forward Cam Neely as his favourite players, as well as Wayne Gretzky. Keith played minor hockey in the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association along with his brother. Initially beginning as a forward with the Fort Frances Times Tigers, he has recalled switching to defence at the age of eight or nine. He went on to play AA Atom with Pinewood Sports and Marine Ltd and PeeWee with the Knights of Columbus. After Keith established himself in the NHL, the town of Fort Frances recognized his success by declaring July 21, 2008, "Duncan Keith Day."
While Keith began to be recruited for AAA Bantam in Thunder Bay, Ontario, his father obtained a managerial position at a branch in Summerland, British Columbia. At 14-years-old, his family moved once again to nearby Penticton, British Columbia, where he finished his last two years of minor hockey. He then earned a spot on the local Junior A team, the Penticton Panthers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL), as a 16-year-old.
Keith played three years for the Penticton Panthers from 1999–00 through 2000–01, scoring 78 goals and 148 assists for 226 points in 163 games. He was recruited by Michigan State University and played college hockey there for two years with the Michigan State Spartans of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA). He scored a goal in his Spartans debut in the Cold War, an outdoor game at Spartan Stadium against the state-rival University of Michigan Wolverines on October 6, 2001, that set a record for attendance at a hockey game. He completed his freshman year with three goals and 15 points in 41 games. During Keith's second college season, he left the Spartans after 15 games to join the major junior ranks. He returned to British Columbia to play for the Kelowna Rockets of the Western Hockey League (WHL) and amassed 46 points (11 goals and 35 assists) over 37 regular season games with a +32 plus-minus in his single season there. He also added 14 points in 19 post-season games.
Keith was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the second round, 54th overall, of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He signed with Chicago prior to the 2003–04 season and spent his first two seasons after junior in the American Hockey League (AHL) with the team affiliate Norfolk Admirals. He recorded 7 goals and 25 points over 75 games in his professional rookie season in 2003–04. Keith's chances of earning a spot with the Blackhawks the following season were eliminated due to the 2004–05 NHL lockout. Remaining with the Admirals, he continued his pace with 26 points in 79 games.
Following two seasons in the AHL, Keith made the Blackhawks squad out of the 2005 training camp. He played in his first NHL game on October 5, 2005, against the Anaheim Ducks. He made an immediate impact on the club, scoring nine goals and 25 points, while averaging over 23 minutes of ice time in 81 games during his 2005–06 NHL rookie season. The Blackhawks re-signed him in the off-season to a four-year contract extension.
In 2006–07, he played in all 82 games for the Blackhawks and once again led the team in average ice time at 23 minutes. He had two goals and 31 points, while leading the team in blocked shots with 148. For the 2007–08 season, Keith saw even more ice time as injuries wracked the Blackhawks' defensive corps. He began the season on the top-defensive pairing with Brent Seabrook. By mid-January, he was averaging 24:31 minutes of ice time and had a team leading plus-minus of +14. He was rewarded for this effort by a selection to his first NHL All-Star Game in 2008. Keith went on to finish the season with 12 goals and 32 points, along with a +30 plus-minus rating, despite being on a non-playoff team.
On October 8, 2008, Keith was named an alternate captain along with forward Patrick Sharp to the start the 2008–09 season. He helped a rejuvenated Blackhawks team, led by second-year forwards Jonathan Toews and Patrick Kane, back into the playoffs, recording eight goals and 44 points, second among team defencemen to Brian Campbell. He added six points in 17 post-season games as the Blackhawks advanced to the Western Conference Finals, where they were eliminated by Central Division rivals, the Detroit Red Wings.
With Keith having established himself with Seabrook as one of the top shutdown pairings in the league, he made significant offensive improvement in 2009–10. On December 3, 2009, the Blackhawks announced having extended Keith's contract simultaneously with Toews and Kane. Keith's deal was a 13-year, $72 million contract, making it the richest in team history, surpassing Marian Hossa's 12-year, $62.8 million contract signed several months prior in August 2009.
|Competitor for Canada|
|Olympic Winter Games|
|Gold||2010 Vancouver||Ice hockey|
On December 30, 2009, Keith was selected to play for Team Canada at the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. He was named to the squad along with Blackhawks teammates Brent Seabrook and Jonathan Toews. Although Keith was expected to retain Seabrook as his defensive partner from the NHL to Team Canada, Seabrook ended up as the designated seventh defenceman, while Keith formed a pairing with Drew Doughty of the Los Angeles Kings. He finished the tournament with six assists, while leading Canada in ice time, as Canada won the gold medal over the United States 3-2 in overtime on February 28, 2010. It was Keith's first international medal.
|2001–02||Michigan State University||CCHA||41||3||12||15||18||—||—||—||—||—|
|2002–03||Michigan State University||CCHA||15||3||6||9||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|Senior int'l totals||16||0||8||8||14|
Duncan Keith (born July 16, 1983 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is an NHL ice hockey defencemen for the Chicago Blackhawks. He was picked by the Blackhawks with the fifty-fourth overall pick in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He played college hockey at the Michigan State University.
He won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks in 2010 and was also awarded the 2010 Norris Trophy.