Duncan Keith Apology
April 4, 2016 by staff
Duncan Keith Apology, In calm, measured tones Saturday, Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith took responsibility for not acting that way Tuesday night when he swung his stick while laying on the ice and connected with Wild center Charlie Coyle’s face.
Saturday was the day for Keith and his teammates to begin moving on from the ugly and bloody incident, which brought Keith a six-game suspension that will expire after the Hawks’ first playoff game. As such, Keith said he “accepted” the league’s decision and would not appeal it, and he said he called Coyle to apologize for the infraction and for causing a gash on Coyle’s nose.
“It was obviously a reaction and one that I need to be disciplined (for),” Keith said. “We talked about that as a team and things like that. Obviously there’s a limit and I (have) to know that. I will.”
This wasn’t the first time Keith lost his temper and committed a violent act on the ice that drew discipline from the league.
Keith was suspended for a game during the Western Conference finals in 2013 for high sticking the Kings’ Jeff Carter, and in 2012 he was suspended five games for elbowing the Canucks’ Daniel Sedin.
In a video announcing the suspension, NHL safety director Patrick Burke said: “This is an intentional and retaliatory act of violence by a player with a history of using his stick as a weapon.”
Keith said he will work on preventing similar incidents from happening in the future.
“I’m going to have to,” Keith said. “It’s just knowing that line and I feel I’m a competitive person but I don’t think that’s something I can’t stop. I think I can stop that. Move on and move forward and when I come back be as good as I can be.”
Keith said he called Coyle to apologize the call went to voicemail. He left a message and Coyle called him back to discuss the incident.
“I was appreciative of that,” Keith said. “It says a lot about the player and type of guy he is. That’s about it. They have a good team and they’re playing well. I wished him the best after.”
“It’s a dangerous play and I was glad to see he came back (that game) and it wasn’t worse.”
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