Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | July 16, 2011

Man of the Day 7/16: Duncan Keith

Duncan Keith

Born July 16, 1983 (age 28) in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

Defenseman and alternate captain for the Chicago Blackhawks

Hey, another birthday boy! More cake for us!

Duncs may have been born in Winnipeg, but he didn’t live there long – the family moved to Fort Frances, Ontario when he was two. While there, he played with the town’s minor hockey team, switching from forward to defense when he was about eight (hey Emma, he grew up as a Bruins fan! Cam Neely was one of his faves!). At the age of 14, the family moved again, this time to Penticton, British Columbia. After two years playing minor hockey there, he earned a spot on the Penticton Tigers.

 After playing with the Tigers for three years, he played for Michigan State and even participated in the “Cold War” outdoor match with the University of Michigan in 2001. He must’ve had enough of college life and such, because he moved on from there to the WHL’s Kelowna Rockets. He actually did quite well there (I’d say 46 points over 37 regular season games and a +32 is pretty darn good).

Duncs has a puppy. Your argument is invalid.

He was selected by the Blackhawks in the 2002 Draft and was sent to their AHL affiliate in Norfolk in the 2003-04 season. He  would’ve made the team in 2004 had it not been for that pesky lockout. But fear not, he finally made the team and even got a three-year contract extension after his rookie season. By 2008 he’d been named alternate captain along with Patrick Sharp, and the following year he was given a 13-year, $72 million contract. He showed everyone just why he earned that, garnering 69 points (second only to Washington’s Mike Green) and winning the James Norris Trophy for the league’s outstanding defenseman.

Does this man have awards? You bet he does: He played in the NHL All-Star Game in both 2008 and 2011, and he was named to the NHL First All-Star Team in  2010. He has some hardware as well – the  Norris Trophy, a gold medal from the 2010 Vancouver Olympics as part of the Canadian hockey team, and the Stanley Cup.

Here’s how tough this guy is. In game 4 of the 2010 Western Conference final against the San Jose Sharks, Duncs took a puck to the mouth, resulting in him losing seven teeth. He was out of action for just a bit, nomming on gauze as he sat on the bench, then was right back in the game – a game in which they won and swept the Sharks. As they say in Chicago, it’s only teeth, eh?

Another proud member of the Dan Carcillo Fan Club.

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