Cup visit likely


There are no sure things in life but this is as close as it gets.
It appears former Fort Frances resident Duncan Keith will be bringing the Stanley Cup with him for a visit here sometime this summer.
Keith and the Chicago Blackhawks won the Holy Grail of hockey last night with a 2-0 win over the visiting Tampa Bay Lightning.
It was the Blackhawks’ third Cup in the past six seasons.
Fort resident Larry Patrick, a close family friend of the Keiths, had a call in earlier today to the defenceman’s dad, Dave, to verify the news.
“It’s a bit premature and there’s no official confirmation at this point,” Patrick cautioned about an impending visit by Keith, who lived here from the age of two to 15.
He played his formative years in the Fort Frances Minor Hockey Association, including getting his start with the Times’ Tigers back in 1990-91 season.
“But the understanding is the third Cup [for Keith] is coming to Fort Frances,” Patrick noted this morning.
“I’ve been fielding a whack of texts and e-mails from people asking.”
Keith had the Cup-winning goal last night and also was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as the most valuable player in the playoffs.
The blueliner, who paid homage to Fort Frances in his post-game interview on “Hockey Night in Canada” last night, took the Cup to his current home in Penticton, B.C. in both 2010 and 2013.
Keith previously was recognized for his accomplishments here back on July 17, 2008, which was declared “Duncan Keith Day” by the Town of Fort Frances.