Wednesday is Duncan Keith’s 31st birthday. Less than one month removed from receiving his second Norris Trophy, the future Hall of Famer continues to be a rock on the Hawks’ blue line.
The number on his sweater is burned into his resume with almost uncanny consistency (for now). Keith, a 2nd round pick in 2002, has 2 Stanley Cup championships, 2 Norris Trophies and 2 Olympic gold medals. Beyond his number, however, Keith continues to build one of the finest records in the game. Consider the exclusive company that Keith is in:
- Only 12 players in NHL history have won the Norris Trophy twice. Of that 12, only one – Nicklas Lidstrom – is not in the Hall of Fame… yet.
- Only 7 players in NHL history have won the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup more than once each: Bobby Orr, Doug Harvey, Lidstrom, Chris Chelios, Paul Coffey, Denis Potvin and Keith.
- Keith is one of 5 active* players to be better than +100 in his career. The others: Zdeno Chara, Chris Pronger*, Willie Mitchell and Brent Seabrook.
(* – Pronger hasn’t retired, so by the NHL’s definition he’s still “active.”)
- Keith ranks 10th among active defensemen with 370 career points (65 goals, 305 assists) in 686 regular season games. Only two of the players ahead of him – Andrei Markov and Dion Phaneuf – have played fewer than 830 games.
- Only 4 active defensemen – Pronger, Sergei Gonchar, Dan Boyle and Chara – have more career postseason points than Keith’s 54 (12 goals, 42 assists).
- Keith (686) and Seabrook (681) rank 19th and 20th, respectively, in career games played in a Blackhawks’ sweater. Keith is 80 games away from tying Kenny Wharram for 13th in franchise history.
- Only five defensemen have played more games in the Indian head than Keith: Bob Murray (1,008), Doug Wilson (938), Pierre Pilote (821), Keith Brown (812) and Doug Jarrett (721).
- Only four defensemen have more points in the Indian head than Keith: Wilson (779), Murray (514), Chelios (487) and Pilote (477).