Keith Named to Canadian Olympic Team
Jan. 7, 2014
EAST LANSING - Former Michigan State defenseman Duncan Keith has been named to the 2014 Canadian Olympic hockey team, it was announced by Hockey Canada on Tuesday. With Keith's selection, MSU will have two former players competing in this year's Olympic Games as Ryan Miller was earlier named to Team USA.
Keith is making his making his second consecutive Olympic appearance after winning gold with the Canadians in 2010. He had six assists in helping Canada to the top spot in Vancouver in 2010.
The native of Penticton, British Columbia, is one of 15 Spartans to have had the honor of participating in the Olympics. He joins Miller (USA - 2010, 2014), Weldon Olson (USA - 1956, 1960) and Geir Hoff (Norway - 1988, 1992, 1994) as Spartans that have been named to at least two Olympic teams.
The winner of two Stanley Cups with the Chicago Blackhawks (2010, 2013) ranks third in the NHL in assists this season with 39 - 10 more than any other defenseman in the league. His 42 points are also tops among all defensemen.
Keith appeared in 56 games for the Spartans, posting a 6-18-24 scoring line. He earned CCHA all-rookie team honorable mention accolades after appearing in 41 games as a freshman in 2001-02.
The 2014 Olympic men's hockey tournament in Sochi, Russia, begins Feb. 13.
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