Freak of Nature Duncan Keith Defying Human Limits in Chicago’s 2015 Playoff Run

June 12th, 2015 by Greg Couch Leave a reply »

CHICAGO — Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith once got on a treadmill and kept going and going until, finally, the treadmill got tired and took a break.

OK, I just made that up. But it wouldn't be a surprise.

Keith's fitness is becoming legendary. His coach and teammates call him a freak. The sheer amount of time he's playing during these playoffs is making people treat him as if he's sprinting an Olympic marathon or pitching both games of a doubleheader.

We all keep trying to poke and prod to figure out what on earth is inside him. He won't talk about it in any sort of detail, and his teammates just smile and offer no clues as to how he's doing it. (Teammate Andrew Shaw shot down my theory that Keith spends 24 hours a day in the weight room, pointing out he'd have to take breaks to practice and play games.)

Will Keith, a two-time winner of the Norris Trophy as the league's best defenseman, ever wear down? Everyone wants to know, because the simple truth is this: If he does, the Blackhawks will not win the Stanley Cup. The treadmill really does have to break down before he does.

There's no over ...

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