Keith was determined to play, and succeed, in the NHL. He's realized that dream to an extent that not even he could have imagined.
Keith was born in Winnipeg and played youth hockey in Fort Francis, Ontario, before his family moved to British Columbia at age 15. He played two seasons with Penticton of the British Columbia Hockey League before attending Michigan State University in 2001-02. The Chicago Blackhawks selected him in the second round (No. 54) of the 2002 NHL Draft, and Keith played one more season split between Michigan State and Kelowna of the Western Hockey League before turning pro.