Duncan Keith was born July 16, 1983 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The second round, 54th overall selection of the Chicago Blackhawks in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft, Keith is a graduate of Penticton of the BCHL.
After graduating from Penticton, Keith went on to play parts of two seasons with the Michigan State Spartans before opting to join the WHL's Kelowna Rockets in the early stages of the 2002-03 season. In the fall of 2004, Keith joined Norfolk of the AHL and went on to play two seasons with the club before making his NHL debut with Chicago during the 2005-06 season.
With the Blackhawks, Keith emerged as one of the premier two-way defenseman in the National Hockey League, often paired on the blueline with partner Brent Seabrook.
In the spring of 2008, Keith represented Canada the World Championship where he won the silver medal and in 2010 Keith was part of the Canadian team that captured gold on home soil at the Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver.
Following Canada's Olympic triumph in Vancouver, Keith returned to the Blackhawks with a chance to achieve a rare double - Olympic gold and a Stanley Cup Championship in the same calendar year. In the 2010 playoffs, the Blackhawks survived a first round scare from the Nashville Predators, a hard fought battle with the Vancouver Canucks and steamrolled over the San Jose Sharks en route to the Stanley Cup Final where they would take on the upstart Philadelphia Flyers.
The Blackhawks would defeat the Flyers in six games, winning the franchise's first Stanley Cup since 1961, with Keith providing essential leadership and elite offense from the back end.
At the NHL Awards in June of 2010, Keith would add one final piece of hardware to his already impressive season when he was awarded the Norris Trophy as the NHL's top defender.
The Blackhawks would start the lockout shortened 2012-13 season on an unbelievable roll, recording at least a point in 24 straight games to start the season, setting an NHL record. Off the strength of their impressive start, the Hawks cruised to the second Presidents' Trophy in franchise history.
During the playoffs, the Blackhawks would continue to dominate. Though pushed to the limit by the Detroit Red Wings in the second round, the Blackhawks would prevail and eventually earn the fifth Stanley Cup title in franchise history.
In 2014 Keith was called upon to represent his country once again at the Olympic Winter Games. This time held in Sochi, Russia, the result was more of the same for Keith and Canada. They went undefeated during tournament play en route to capturing the country's second consecutive gold medal.
The 2013-14 season would also prove to be a special one for Keith at the NHL level. For the second time in his career he was named the winner of the James Norris Memorial Trophy, as the NHL top defenceman. His 61 points and 55 assists were a league-best amongst defenceman and he continued to excel defensively, as told by his +22 rating.