Chicago Blackhawks wives and babies: Behind-the-scenes with hockey families


Kelly-Rae Keith

Husband: #2 Duncan Keith, Defenseman (Alternate Captain)

Kid: Colton, 8 months

You've been with Duncan since you were 17. How has your relationship changed, especially since becoming parents? Colton's brought us closer. We're more of a team now, because we have to work together to raise a good boy. Obviously, it adds a little stress, too. Colton was colicky, so that's hard. Now we're having a lot of fun.

Are there any specific duties that Duncan has taken on as a dad? He helps out with the care of the male anatomy because I'm not very good at that. Feedings. I would say he's poor in the diaper-change area, but I'm sure most dads are.

Is there anything in particular you're looking forward to experiencing with your son here in Chicago? I think mainly just the experience of growing up in a city. We're from a small town and we go back in the summers. So it's nice to offer him the best of both worlds, growing up in the city and then going back to the lake house.

You played basketball in college and Duncan's obviously an athlete. Is there any sport you want him to play? Well, his dad is definitely all for him being a hockey player! But he's just kidding, whatever Colton wants to do. I think he's got good genes in him that there's a good chance he will be an athlete. Whatever sport he chooses, we'll be happy.

Charity work is important to you, both with the Blackhawks and your own charity, Keith Relief. Why is that a priority? I feel very blessed with the life I've been given, and fortunate. It's really hard to see other people who have more hardship than what I've experienced in my lifetime. That was the main reason: We wanted to help out. And the second (reason) was, being Canadian, I wanted to utilize my time here in Chicago and I wasn't able to get a work visa here. So I wanted to find a way to keep busy, but also do good work at the same time.


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