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Keith Proving He Belongs With Elite

by NHL Press Release / Chicago Blackhawks
ATLANTA -- Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith admits he became a bit anxious after being summoned to the general manager’s office earlier this month.

”I didn’t know what was going on and, at first, was a bit surprised since it’s not every day the general manager wants to speak with you, so I was kind of nervous,’’ Keith admitted. “But, it wasn’t that long of a walk to his office, so I really didn’t have too much time to think about it.’’

Once he arrived at Dale Tallon’s quarters, however, that uneasy feeling quickly subsided.

”Mr. Tallon was smiling, so once I saw that, I was loose,’’ he said.

It was then the third-year GM informed Keith he would be the lone representative of the Blackhawks in Sunday’s NHL All-Star Game here at Philips Arena (6 p.m. ET, VERSUS, CBC, RDS, NHL Radio). Additionally, he’ll be the only first-timer among Western Conference defensemen.

”I do feel as though I’ve earned this opportunity, but, at the same time, I’m a little surprised since I feel I’m still a young guy and, as a defenseman, things take a little longer,’’ Keith said. “When I look at the other defenders I’m with, it’ll be pretty remarkable having Chris Pronger and Scott Niedermayer by my side. It’s going to be a great experience and it’ll be fun to be out on the ice with these guys.’’

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