Duncan Keith's 1,000th NHL Game

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The video tribute above was shown to a packed United Center before Duncan Keith’s 1,000th NHL game. The Blackhawks went on to win the game, and defeat the St. Louis Blues 4-3 in overtime.

In 1,000 NHL games, Duncan has won the Stanley Cup 3 times, the Norris Trophy 2 times, the Conn Smythe Trophy, and has been selected as a NHL All-Star 4 times. He has also captured a pair of Olympic Gold Medals with Team Canada.

Images of the historic night:

Duncan Keith 1,000 Career Game

Chicago Blackhawks Team Historian Bob Verdi wrote about Duncan’s career thus far, and the celebration of his 1,000th NHL game. Read article here.

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2018 Keith Relief Concert

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The Chicago Blackhawks Foundation announced today that defenseman Duncan Keith will hold his annual charity concert benefitting Keith Relief on Monday, Feb. 26, 2018, from 7:00-10:30 p.m. at Joe’s Bar on Weed Street (940 W. Weed St., Chicago), featuring country music duo LOCASH.

A silent auction will be open throughout the event, in addition to a live auction prior to the concert. General admission ($80 each) and VIP tickets ($275 each).

All proceeds will benefit Keith Relief and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana. The event will include a VIP reception prior to the concert from 7:00-8:00 p.m. with many current Blackhawks players in attendance. LOCASH, best known for their hit single, “I Love This Life” and current single, “I Know Somebody,” will perform from 9:00-10:30 p.m.

Watch a video recap of the 2017 Keith Relief Benefit Concert with country music star Tyler Farr.

Created in 2011, Keith Relief is dedicated to alleviating the financial and emotional burdens of families and individuals dealing with medical crises. As a partner of Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana, Keith Relief sponsors a special transplant floor dedicated to pediatric transplant patients and their families at Ronald McDonald House® near Lurie Children’s, the nation’s largest Ronald McDonald House® located downtown Chicago. This concert marks the sixth of its kind for Keith Relief. In 2017, approximately $150,000 was raised for Keith Relief and Ronald McDonald House Charities® of Chicagoland and Northwest Indiana through the benefit concert.

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2017 Keith Relief Concert Recap With Tyler Farr

A brief recap of the 2017 Keith Relief Concert with country music artist Tyler Farr, Duncan Keith and the Chicago Blackhawks. The concert benefited Keith Relief & Ronald McDonald House. View previous Keith Relief Concerts here

A Season To Remember

This past season will be one to remember for the Chicago Blackhawks and Duncan Keith.

Duncan Keith raises the Cup / Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

Duncan Keith raises the Cup / Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

 The 2014 - 2015 campaign helped solidify Keith as one of best defenseman to ever lace up the skates.  Keith led all Chicago defenseman in points this year, with his most notable point being the game winning goal in game six of the finals.  The tally helped the Blackhawks bring home their third Stanley Cup in six years.  It was the first time Chicago won the Stanley Cup on home ice since 1938.

Duncan Keith and the Conn Smythe Trophy - Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

Duncan Keith and the Conn Smythe Trophy - Photo by Jonathan Daniel / Getty Images

In addition to bringing home another Stanley Cup, Duncan added a Conn Smythe Trophy to his stockpile of hardware. His collection already includes two Stanley Cups, two James Norris Memorial Trophies (as the leagues top defenseman) and two Olympic Gold Medals.

Few hockey players will ever have a season like Duncan did in 2014 - 2015.  Below are a few highlights from the season, along with training tips to help prepare for the next.

Duncan Keith Celebrates A Goal in Game Six - Photo by Scott Audette / NHLI via Getty Images

Duncan Keith Celebrates A Goal in Game Six - Photo by Scott Audette / NHLI via Getty Images

Duncan speaks at a 2015 Keith Relief Charity Concert

Duncan speaks at a 2015 Keith Relief Charity Concert

 

 

Duncan Keith: Work Harder, Play Harder

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The following feature appeared in the January 2013 issue of Blackhawks Magazine. Pick up the newest issue of the magazine at the next Blackhawks home game, or by calling the Blackhawks Store at (800) GO-HAWKS.

Two and a half years removed from a dream season that saw him earn Olympic gold, the Norris Trophy and the Stanley Cup, Duncan Keith, the longest-tenured Blackhawk — and resident fitness freak — has a simple plan to get himself and his team back to the pinnacle…

How does it feel to be the father figure in the locker room when you’re not even 30?

Well, I’m not the oldest guy on our team, but I guess I have been around longer than anyone else on the team. It’s happened so quickly. I still feel like I’m young, but I also feel like a veteran. I guess I feel I’m both. Somewhere in between.

When you broke into the NHL in 2005, who helped you learn the ropes with the Blackhawks?

We had a close team with a lot of character guys. Adrian Aucoin, Jim Dowd, Marty Lapointe. They showed me the way, how to be a professional. Being in the NHL is a privilege, and to stay here, you have to have discipline and know how to carry yourself. I watched them, how they went about their job. I was also fortunate to have Trent Yawney as a coach, first in Norfolk with the minor league team and then with the Blackhawks. He was very patient. I could tell that he cared and wanted to see me succeed.

And when you made mistakes as a rookie, you did so in an intimate setting, correct?

It was nothing like it is now, that’s for sure. If you didn’t suit up for an exhibition game at the United Center, you could sit in the stands and watch. Nobody would bother you. Nobody would know you. Now there aren’t any seats to sit in, which is nice.

What players did you study as a kid?

I grew up watching the Vancouver Canucks. I was born in Winnipeg, but my dad, Dave, was transferred to Ontario right away, and then we moved again to British Columbia. I always liked the guys who could really skate, like Pavel Bure. When I started playing, that was one of my greatest assets, so I sort of grew up with that mentality. If you can skate, you can have a role.

Were you always a defenseman?

No, I was a forward until I was 10 or so. My dad wanted me to be a forward. If you ask him now, he’ll probably say he still wishes I was a forward. But I liked the view from the back end. I liked the idea of getting the puck to my forwards and trying to be sort of a quarterback. I also took a lot of pride in preventing the other team from scoring, and still do.

Did your parents make the usual sacrifices for your hockey?

Absolutely. Dad was a bank manager, a hard worker. My mom, Jean, was a nurse’s aide. She would drop me off at the rink at 6 in the morning, I would show off a little for her, then she went off to work a lot of hours. They were very supportive, and I was very determined. I decided I wanted to be in the NHL at an early age, and I knew I would find a way.

Never a doubt?

Not on my part. Off the top of my head, I would say some people doubted me because of my size. I was too small. That bothered me a little bit, but that’s what’s great about sports. Everybody has opinions, and it’s best to not get too upset and do your thing.

Why Michigan State?

That was a big step for me, a fork in the road. You leave home and have a chance to develop. I liked the environment, too. Midwestern people are a lot like Canadians. Friendly, courteous, like to have fun, humble. They’re hard-working people who let their actions speak for them and don’t get too wrapped up in themselves. I see a lot of those qualities in people around Chicago, where my wife, Kelly-Rae, and I have made a lot of friends outside hockey.

You really have become part of the community in Chicago.

It’s a great place with great fans, and we consider it home. We live in British Columbia during the summer, but when we leave for the hockey season, it’s not like we’re leaving home. We’re going home, to Chicago.

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook: Blood, Sweat and Cheers

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook

In the final entry of the "Blood, Sweat and Cheers" series by ChicagoBlackhawks.com, former Blackhawk and current Comcast SportsNet analyst Steve Konroyd discusses the impact of top defensemen Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook are certainly among the elite defensemen in the National Hockey League. They would be that even if they weren’t playing together, as they’ve proven on the occasions when they were split up. But the fact that they are almost always paired together is a tremendous situation for the Blackhawks and for the two of them. They’ve been together for a while, starting out as kids in the organization, and they could be together for another 10 years or so.

Click here to read the full article on Duncan Keith and Brent Seabrook.

To view past Blood, Sweat and Cheers articles, please click here.