We have joked for years that Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith was a cyborg because of the crazy amount of minutes he plays on a nightly basis.
You’d think that at age 34, head coach Joel Quenneville would be looking to limit he top defender’s ice time, but that is not the case to start the year.
Keith is averaging 25:09 of ice time per game this season, which is not far off from his career average of 25:20 a night. The heavy work load does not seem to bother the two time Norris Trophy winner in the least.
"I want to play till I’m 45,” Keith said after Tuesday’s morning skate, per Mark Lazerus of theChicago Sun-Times. “Eleven more years. I feel like I’m 22 right now. I do. Honestly. I’m 34, I feel great. I feel better than I did at times when I was 27, 28."
The Blackhawks are happy to hear that Keith feels so good at age 34 considering his contract does not expire until after the 2022-23 season. If he wants to pull a Jaromir Jagr and play until age 45, he would have to play for another six years after his current contract expires.
Do you think Duncan Keith can play well into his 40s?