Oct 07, 2011

Duncan Keith: The hurt blocker

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He is a true warrior.

Missing teeth, broken fingers, even the flu can’t keep Duncan Keith from lacing up his skates.

The 28-year-old Blackhawks defenseman seems invincible.

Who else could withstand a puck to the mouth, knocking out seven teeth? Unfazed by the cringeworthy injury, he showed no pain as he helped his team hoist the Stanley Cup in 2010.

“I’d do it all over again, if I could, to win the Cup,” Keith said matter-of-factly as he peeled off his hockey armor after practice recently. He wasn’t worried about how he looked in that Western Conference finals game.

“Let’s face it, it’s missing teeth. It’s not like a broken bone or anything like that you have to play through. You could still breathe. There’s nothing that hurts when you skate, so it’s just some missing teeth.”

Continue reading the full article by Leonor Vivanco here.

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