Alright, back to looking back on the careers of the recently retired. Today we look at Hockey Hall of Fame lock Duncan Keith
Duncan Keith, a 17 year NHL veteran, was one of the best defensemen of his generation. His dynamic skating defined by elite lateral agility allowed Keith to be a true workhorse defender, always near the top of the league in terms of ice time. He had fantastic offensive instincts, often pinching or jumping into the play. He had great offensive creativity and a lively shot. I think my favorite aspect of Keith's game was his feisty and spirited physical game. He played with an aggressiveness - an almost reckless abandon - that belied his modest frame.
He was twice named as the Norris Trophy winner (2010 and 2014) as the top defenseman in the NHL. He also won the Conn Smythe Trophy as Stanley Cup MVP in 2015. He was a three time Stanley Cup champion with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013 and 2015). He was also a key member of Team Canada's Olympic gold medal winning teams in 2010 and 2015.
Obviously that 2010 season was one of the all time great efforts by a NHL defenseman. Stanley Cup, Olympic gold, Norris Trophy. That's pretty hard to top.
Duncan Keith will be a first ballot Hockey Hall of Famer in 2025