Duncan Keith Reaches Another Milestone

Appropriately, the last time the Chicago Blackhawks visit Joe Louis Arena will mark a significant milestone in the career of a future Hall of Famer.

Friday night will mark the 900th career regular season game for Duncan Keith.

Keith joined the Blackhawks organization when Chicago selected him 54th overall at the 2002 NHL Draft.

On Oct. 5, 2005, Keith skated 24:18 in his NHL debut against the Mighty Ducks. The Blackhawks lost that game.

Chicago lost a lot that first season – 43 times in regulation – as the 22-year-old rookie defenseman skated 81 games. Keith did score nine goals with 12 assists that year while averaging 23:26 on the ice per night.

Fast forward almost 12 years, and look at how far he and the Blackhawks have come!

Keith has won the Norris Trophy twice.

Keith has won a Winter Olympics gold medal twice.

Keith won the Conn Smythe Trophy in 2015.

And Keith has been a core member of three Stanley Cup winning Blackhawks teams.

When he steps on the ice tonight, Keith will join three other skaters – Jay Bouwmeester, Rick Nash and Matt Stajan – as the only four to have played in 900 games from the 2002 NHL Draft class. He is already one of only four – Nash, Alex Steen and Alex Semin – to have produced 500 points from that class; no other defenseman from that class has reached 400 career points.

Keith will become the eighth skater in Blackhawks history to appear in 900 games for the organization, joining his longtime partner Brent Seabrook.

He might not be done with Norris Trophies, or Stanley Cups, or Conn Smythes. But we can rest assured of the final award that will come on his hockey resume.

8 thoughts on “Duncan Keith Reaches Another Milestone

  1. Nice article. It is good to reflect upon what these great players have accomplished and take a moment to enjoy it as we worry about how this season will go…what next year brings and all that. It’s good to remember the good memories.

    I recall a game early in Keith’s career when they had him shadow Jagr who was playing for the Rangers at the time. Jagr never was a factor that night because of Keith’s outstanding defensive play. I recall realizing Keith was special before that, but that performance sort of validated it for the first of many times.

  2. Duncan “Keefe” – absolutely future HOF’er and we’ve luck to have him. I use the Keith picture when he’s mugging for the camera after having had all his front teeth knocked out for my avatar picture.

    Way to go Duncs … and oh by the way … keep it going for a few more years eh?

  3. Tab, when are you going to get edit function here?

    Edit to previous post: replace “we’ve luck” with “we’re lucky”.

  4. Best Hawk D-man in my lifetime. Nobody makes better precision passes under duress in the d zone than #2.

  5. I remember before the Draft …so many people said he was too small for NHL …now we know that Hawks where really lucky to get Him on 54 th Pick …who was the 1 pick for Hawks on that year …?? …remember ?

  6. Hawks2010…interesting question that made me look back.

    How could you forget the 21st selection that year made by the beloved, the great Anton Babchuk?

    That was a great scouting job, eh.

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