Keith not coming to Fort


Fort Frances residents hoping to celebrate with one of their former hockey sons and the Holy Grail of hockey will have to put their party plans on hold again.
Chicago Blackhawks defenceman Duncan Keith, who played much of his minor hockey career in Fort Frances, confirmed this past weekend he will not be bringing the Stanley Cup to the Fort after helping the Hawks win their second championship in four years this past spring.
Keith, who currently makes his home in Penticton, B.C., is allowed one day with the Cup as per tradition among all the members and staff of the reigning National Hockey League championship squad. But, as was the case when Chicago captured NHL supremacy in 2010, Keith said an already pre-determined summer schedule would not allow him to make it to northwestern Ontario with the cherished mug.
He last appeared in the Fort in 2008 for “Duncan Keith Day.”
The blueliner also said he would be unable to attend the Kraft Celebration Tour event slated for Aug. 25 in the Fort.
That is the first day of the four-day Canada national men’s team orientation camp for Keith and the other 46 players vying for spots on Team Canada for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia this February.
But he added he would be sending along a videotaped message that would be played during the day’s activities.
Keith had 27 points in 47 games in the regular season last year for Chicago and added another 13 points in 22 playoff games.