Keith takes exception to question

Keith takes exception to question
April 23, 2013, 1:00 pm
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EDMONTON, Alberta – Chicago Blackhawks defenseman Duncan Keith took exception to a female reporter’s question after the team’s 3-1 loss to Vancouver on Monday night, culminating in Keith asking the reporter if she should become the “first female referee.”

Karen Thomson of Team 1040, who tweeted this morning that she’s “moved on” from the exchange, asked Keith about Daniel Sedin’s semi-breakaway goal that gave the Canucks a 3-0 lead at the time. Keith swung his stick at Sedin as he scored. Here is the exchange:

Thomson: “Can you talk about what happened after the Daniel Sedin goal?”
Keith: “Which one was that one?
Thomson: “The third goal.”
Keith: “The third one? Well, we scored one goal after that I think and the game ended 3-1.”
Thomson: “Right after the goal when you were on the ice with Daniel. Right after he scored. You remember?”
Keith: “I went off the ice and took a minus. I don’t know. What are you talking about?”
Thomson: “Nothing. Just checking.”
Keith: “What did you see?”
Thomson: “It looked like maybe there was a penalty that went undetected. You seemed a bit frustrated.” Keith: “Oh, no. I don’t think there was anything. I think he scored a nice goal. The ref was right there. That’s what the ref saw. We should get you as a ref maybe, eh?”
Thomson: “Yeah, maybe.”
Keith: The first female … ”
Thomson: “I can’t skate, though.”
Keith: “The first female referee. You can’t play probably either, right? But you're thinking the game like you know it? Okay, see ya.”

Here is Thomson’s tweet from this morning:

“Hockey is an emotional game and things are often said in the heat of the moment. I think this is what happened last night. I’ve moved on.”

The Blackhawks, via email, said they and Keith declined comment.