The Colorado Avalanche quickly have become the sweetheart team of the NHL. With their remarkable 11-1-0 start, new coach Patrick Roy and an abundance of youth, the Avs are the team to watch -- and beat. It certainly helps the Avalanche have Matt Duchene in the lineup every night; he fashioned a nine-goal opening month. While he's scored video-game type goals, the third pick of the 2009 NHL Draft not only is one of the biggest stars in the League, but he's also a talented guitarist, comes from an impressive hockey pedigree and has a companion in his life without whom he can't live.
Kathryn Tappen: What has been the best part of the Avs early season success?
Matt Duchene: We had a big turnover from the last few years and things are a lot different now. What's been really fun for me is that I grew up a huge Avs fan and worshiped Patrick [Roy], [Joe] Sakic, [Peter] Forsberg and Adam Foote. Getting a chance to be a part of this with them and having them mold our team has been real special for me. We have so much Avalanche pride right now. It's exciting to be a part of something big here again in Denver. This was a big hockey market back in the day and we're trying to bring it back.