"It was kind of a crazy way to start your college career. It was exciting, but I was just a young guy going in there. You better believe I was nervous."
-- Duncan Keith
usually gets nervous before he plays, but probably not like the butterflies he felt nine years ago in East Lansing, Mich.
That's because on Oct. 6, 2001, Keith began his college career at Michigan State. It was more than that for Keith, though. Before going on to win a Norris Trophy, Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup, the Blackhawks defenseman had another big reason to be nervous.
His first game for Michigan State University came against arch-rival Michigan in a game dubbed "The Cold War," played in front of 75,000 people at Michigan State's Spartan Stadium. It was also an unseasonably cold night with temperatures in the low 30s, but Keith was feeling cold sweats before the game regardless.