When one thinks of Duncan Keith, offense certainly is not the first thing that comes to mind. Hell, it likely isn’t the second thing or even the third. Duncan Keith has anchored the Blackhawks blue line for the last 15 seasons. He has spent most of those fifteen as the number one defenseman.
Keith, in his prime, defended about as well as just about any defenseman in NHL history. He was dominant. He’d sometimes play literally half of a game and shut a team down. Nothing gets past Duncan Keith. While you don’t think of Kieth’s offense, it does exist in spurts. Keith brought home an offensive milestone in tonight’s game, as he registered his 100th NHL goal.
Chicago runs on Duncan. The Blackhawks win approximately zero of their three Stanley Cups without #2 on their back end. His defense was always sensational, and Keith seemingly always stepped up big when it mattered most.
100 goals for a defenseman is quite the accomplishment. Keith becomes just the fifth Blackhawks defenseman to score 100 goals. He joins Doug Wilson, Bob Murray, Doug Mohns, and teammate Brent Seabrook as the only Blackhawks blue-liners to accomplish this feat.
Keith is also just the 98th NHL defenseman to score 100 goals in their career. He is no stranger to accolades, as Keith has piled up quite a few throughout his career. He is a three-time Stanley Cup Champion. Keith took home the 2015 Conn Smythe Trophy as Playoff MVP.
“Good ol’ number two,” as Blackhawks announcer Eddie Olczyk calls him, has taken home two Norris Trophies as the league’s top defenseman. He won those honors in 2010 and 2014. Only 13 players in NHL history have won the award multiple times.
15 seasons can go by quickly when you’re having fun. With all of the success Chicago’s long-time alternate captain has had, it’s safe to say he has had his fair share of fun. When Keith retires and is inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame, his laundry list of accomplishments will be read out loud. After tonight, you can add 100 goal-scorer to that list.