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Duchene signs to play in Sweden

Tuesday, 10.02.2012 / 5:00 PM / News

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Duchene signs to play in Sweden
Matt Duchene has signed to play with Frolunda of the Elitserien, the Swedish club announced Tuesday.

Matt Duchene has signed to play with Frolunda of the Elitserien, the Swedish club announced Tuesday.

Duchene had 14 goals and 28 points in 58 games for the Colorado Avalanche in his third NHL season in 2011-12. The 21-year-old center was the No. 3 pick in the 2009 NHL Draft by the Avalanche.

He has 65 goals and 150 points in 219 career NHL games. Duchene could begin playing for the team as early as next week, the team's press release on the signing said.

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