Duncan Keith At 700 Games

When the puck drops at the United Center on Friday evening, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith will begin playing in the 700th regular season game of his NHL career.

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Keith, 31, became the only active player to win multiple Norris Trophies last summer, joining Brian Leetch, Larry Robinson and Rod Langway with two. Chris Chelios won two of his three Norris Trophies in a Blackhawks sweater (1993, 1996), and Pierre Pilote won three in the Indian head. Keith also has two gold medals from the last two Winter Olympics.

Only 26* active defensemen have played more regular season games than Keith, who ranks ninth in career regular season points among active NHL rearguards.

He currently ranks fifth in Blackhawks history with 377 points (67 goals, 310 assists), and is 100 behind Pilote entering Friday night’s game.

Keith was the 54th overall selection in the 2002 NHL Draft, and joined the Hawks organization after a year and a half in East Lansing at Michigan State (56 games over less than two seasons).

Assuming they stay healthy, Keith and Brent Seabrook (695 games including Friday night) will both pass Doug Jarrett (721 games) for fifth in games played in the organization’s history. Seabrook enters Friday night’s game seven points shy of 300 for his career.

* – Chris Pronger, Sheldon Souray and Mattias Ohlund are still considered active by the NHL, but haven’t played in a regular season game since 2012, 2013 and 2011, respectively. Including them makes 29 “active” players ahead of Keith. 

2 thoughts on “Duncan Keith At 700 Games

  1. Tab,
    Not to mention
    37 + 19 games in the WHL 02-03 after he got drafted and had to leave the NCAA.
    154 (yep 154) + 14 AHL games Kieth played 03-04 and 04-05 in Norfolk, VA.
    21 Olympic and WC games and
    93 Blackhawk playoff games

    1100 games at the college level and above at the age of 31….Holy Crap

  2. Mike; Not just the amazing quantity of games in a short number of years, the incredible amount of minutes per game that seems to increase every year. I have always stuck with Q and his game plan pretty much without question, but this year I do not understand the minutes that Keith, Hossa, Toews, and Seabrook are playing so early in the season. I know that father time catches up to us all, no matter what. I believe that early in the year is the time to save minutes and find out what your youth has and does not have to be prepared for the most important second season. At any rate,well done Mr. Keith, your efforts are greatly appreciated by this long time hawks fan. Thanks.

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