Of the 6 Blackhawks Players representing their countries at the World Hockey Championship, Duncan Keith has been making the most noticeable impact. Keith has been lighting the Olympic sized arenas up like Christmas trees and leads Canada with 11 points in the tournament so far. Needless to say, a lot of people who never noticed Keith before are forcibly taking notice now.
But recognition is not the reason #2 came to the tournament...
“The first reason I came here was to win,” Keith said. “Having that would definitely be a nice feather in the cap.”
It seems his motivation is helping his team do just that as Team Canada finished at the top of their group, and are currently rolling on a hot 5-game winning streak.
Coach Brent Sutter had no shortage of praise for Keith stating "he's a tremendous example for Jordan Eberle, Ryan Nugent-Hopkins, John Tavares, Jeff Skinner and so many of our young players who haven't had the opportunity to experience success with their NHL teams so far in their career."
Even though all he wants to do is get Canada back on the podium, it's an honor for Keith to be recognized internationally.
"He's been outstanding for us. He's really not very old but he's experienced. He's won. He's a winner. He's the guy with the Stanley Cup ring and Olympic gold medal and every day he's here to play like that on this team. And that's not a surprise to me because that's the way he plays for his own team," continued Sutter of Keith.
So where is Keith's increased mojo coming from?
"I'm frustrated the way the season ended in Chicago and I want to finish it up on a positive note," he said.
That positivity is not going unnoticed as he is credited further by the coach as being "a good player and a great person. He's a true pro. He's responded so well in every situation for us. We have the youngest team Canada has ever brought to the world championship and he's been just such a great example for these guys."
Keith's take on it all is simple and pragmatic: "I'm an offensive defenceman and when you have skilled forwards like we have, the points should come."
You can catch Keith doing business next tomorrow as Canada faces Slovakia in the Quarter Finals. Set your alarms for this one as game time is 5a CT/6a ET.
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