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He began playing hockey at age five and quickly became a fixture on the neighbourhood outdoor rink. His talent was soon recognized and by age 12, hockey had become a serious pursuit for Duncan.
He was known as a strong, very fit player who trained hard and liked to push his body as hard as he could. Halfway through that season he suffered a bad ankle injury; several other injuries interfered somewhat with his development. Duncan became a first round draft pick of the New York Islanders in 1984 at the age of 18. He was picked 20th in the year when Mario Lemieux was the first overall draft pick. Other first draft picks that year include Kirk Muller, Petr Svoboda and Ed Olczyk.
After his time with the Indians, Duncan spent half a year with the International Hockey League's Indianapolis Ice. His contract with the Islanders expired in April 1989. Although he didn't lack the will or determination to become an NHL player, it wasn't enough to make the NHL, despite high expectations.
When it became clear that he wasn't going to have an NHL career, he decided to pursue other avenues. At age 23, he landed a job as player-coach with the Dundee Tigers in Dundee, Scotland. Before heading to Scotland, Duncan decided to take a short trip to Austria. It was during this trip that he disappeared.