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Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Nickname(s) Duncs
Height
Weight
6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
187 lb (85 kg)
NHL Team Chicago Blackhawks
Nationality Flag of Canada Canadian
Born July 16 1983 (1983-07-16) (age 26),
Winnipeg, MB, CAN
NHL Draft 54th overall, 2002
Chicago Blackhawks
Pro Career 2003 – present

Duncan Keith (born July 16, 1983 in Winnipeg, Manitoba) is a Canadian 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 2 season with the Norfolk Admirals of the American Hockey League before getting his chance with the Blackhawks.

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Playing career

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Minor hockey

Although Keith was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, he began playing youth hockey with his dad David Keith as coach in Fort Frances, Ontario. His family later moved to Penticton, British Columbia where he leveraged his success in youth hockey to earn a spot on the local Tier II Junior A team, the Penticton Panthers as a 16 year old.

Junior and college hockey

Keith played 3 years for the Penticton Panthers from 1999–00 through 2000–01 playing 163 games scoring 78 goals and 148 assists for 226 points. He was recruited by Michigan State and played there for 2 years as an 18 and 19 year old scoring 6 goals and 18 assists for 24 points in 56 games. A highlight of his Collegiate career was scoring a goal in his first game, against Michigan in front of a record-breaking crowd. After completing his first season for the Spartans the Chicago Blackhawks took a flyer on him drafting him in the second round. After his second season, he chose to leave Michigan State to return to British Columbia to play Major Junior Hockey for the Kelowna Rockets. In his single season there he amassed 46 points in just 37 regular season games scoring 11 goals and 35 assists. He had an astonishing plus/minus of +32.

Professional

Duncan Keith was selected by the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2nd round of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft as the 54th overall selection. Keith signed a contract with the Chicago Blackhawks for the 2003–04 season and spent his first two season tuning up his game at their AHL affiliate Norfolk Admirals logging heavy minutes and scoring 51 points in 154 games. He got his first call up to the NHL on October 5th, 2005 against the Anaheim Ducks. Following 2 seasons in the AHL, he made the Blackhawk squad out of the 2006 training camp He made an immediate impact on the club by averaging over 23 minutes of ice time in 81 games that season. At the conclusion of the 2005–06 season he was rewarded for his stellar play by the Blackhawks who signed him to a five year extension of his contract. For the 2006–07 season he would play in all 82 games for the Blackhawks and once again lead the time in minutes played averaging over 23 minutes a game again. He had 31 points with 29 assists and 2 goals, plus he led the team in blocked shots with 148. For the 2007–08 season, Keith would see even more ice time after injuries wracked the Blackhawk defensive core. By mid January, he was averaging 24:31 ice time per game and had a team leading plus/minus of +14. He was rewarded for this effort by a selection to the 2008 NHL All Star Game.

Keith is known around the league as one of the best shutdown defencemen due to his exceptional skating ability and explosiveness. Keith finished the season 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 Patrick Sharp.

Career statistics

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Penticton Panthers BCHL 60 18 64 82 61
2001–02 Michigan State University NCAA 41 3 12 15 18
2002–03 Michigan State University NCAA 15 3 6 9 8
2002–03 Kelowna Rockets WHL 37 11 35 46 60 19 3 11 14 12
2003–04 Norfolk Admirals AHL 75 7 18 25 44 8 1 1 2 6
2004–05 Norfolk Admirals AHL 79 9 17 26 78 6 0 0 0 14
2005–06 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 81 9 12 21 79
2006–07 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 2 29 31 76
2007–08 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 82 12 20 32 56
2008–09 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 8 36 44 60 17 0 6 6 10
NHL totals 322 31 97 128 271 17 0 6 6 10

International play

Played for Canada in:

International statistics

Year Event   GP G A Pts PIM +/- SOG M/G
2008 WC 9 0 2 2 6 +9 10 17:40
Senior Int'l Totals 9 0 2 2 6 +9 10 17:40

External links

  • Duncan Keith's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Official Chicago Blackhawks profile

This article uses material from the "Duncan Keith" article on the Ice Hockey wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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