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Duncan Keith hasn’t ‘noticed guys getting more reckless’

Oct 24, 2013, 11:17 AM EDT

Duncan Keith, Devin Setoguchi AP

As hockey fans debate another injury-causing hit that’s sure to result in a suspension, we direct you to the comments of one Duncan Keith, defenseman for the Chicago Blackhawks.

“I haven’t noticed guys getting more reckless,” Keith said, per the Chicago Sun-Times. “I think if you look back and watch games from the 1990s and the ‘80s, you’d see a penalty on every single shift. I think it’s the opposite now. It’s unfortunate that there’s been a few guys taken off on stretchers, and I’d like to think that’s somewhat of a coincidence that it all happened in a week. Hopefully it stops. But it’s a fast-paced game. Injuries can happen.”

Some believe the NHL isn’t doing enough to keep bad hits out of the game, and perhaps there’s more that can be done. (ESPN’s Pierre LeBrun wonders if coaches should be held more accountable for the actions of their players.)

And Keith, of course, is no stranger to the NHL’s disciplinary process having been suspended twice for incidents, including a five-game ban for elbowing Vancouver’s Daniel Sedin in March of 2012.

But he’s not unique among players in his opinion that hockey is a fast, intense, physical game that’s played on the edge, and so incidents are going to happen.

  1. vanchuk - Oct 24, 2013 at 1:06 PM

    Duncan Keith hasn’t noticed players getting more reckless, he’s been too busy getting more reckless

    • endusersolutions2013 - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:41 PM

      Reckless? No, over-reacting, certainly. You have to look at the context of both suspensions. With the Sedin hit, that came after Sedin boarder Keith and went for his head, which Keitheh was fortunate to avoid, on a cheap play where the puck was headed the other way and the refs eyes drawn away. Clear intent to injure Keith.

      So Keith does a clear payback – in center ice.

      With Carter in the WC finals last year, Carter initiates the sequence by a cheap slash on Keith’s bare hand as Keith tried to pick up his glove skating side by side with Carter. Keith reacted by flicking his stick towards Carter’s head. Unfortunately caught his mouth and had a significant impact on his dental health.

      Keith tried to apologize after but the refs kept him away. Carter refused to comment after (he knew what he had done).

      And after the Hawks took the series, Keith made it a point to talk with Carter and work things thru.

  2. csilojohnson - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    They could ruin the game in the name of safety. NFL seems to have gotten away with it….
    These guys get paid an astronomical amount to play a game. The least they can do is endure some risk for the sake of our entertainment. Insensitive? My job is 10x more life threatning and I dont get wrapped in bubble wrap before i start my shift. Nor does my annual salary rival some of these guys game checks.

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