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Duchene Selected To Play For Team Canada

by Staff Writer / Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene has been selected to represent Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championship, which will be held April 29 to May 15 in Kosice and Bratislava, Slovakia.

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Duchene, 20, will be making his second straight appearance with Canada at the IIHF World Championship. The Haliburton, Ontario native totaled seven points (4g/3a) in seven games at the 2010 tournament in Germany, finishing second on the team in both goals and points (tied).

“Anytime you get chosen to represent your country, it’s an honor,” said Duchene.  “I’m looking forward to going over there and trying to help Team Canada win the gold medal.”

Duchene tallied a team-high 67 points (27g/40a) in 80 games with the Avalanche this season, becoming the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in scoring.  Duchene was 20 years, 84 days on the final day of the regular season, breaking the previous mark held by Joe Sakic, who was 20 years, 268 days when he led the Quebec Nordiques with 102 points in 1989-90.

Duchene also led Colorado in games (80-tied), goals (27), assists (40-tied) and shots (202).  He made his first career appearance at the NHL All-Star Game on Jan. 30 in Carolina, scoring a goal while also attempting the first penalty shot in All-Star Game history.  Duchene, who just turned 20 on Jan. 16, was the youngest Avalanche player to ever participate in an NHL All-Star Game and the second youngest in franchise history behind Owen Nolan (19 years, 340 days in 1992).

Colorado’s first selection (third overall) in the 2009 Entry Draft, Duchene was named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy in 2009-10.  He led all NHL rookies in scoring that year with 55 points (24g/31a) in 81 games.

In addition to Duchene, Avalanche head athletic trainer Matthew Sokolowski has been named one of the therapists for Team Canada at the 2011 IIHF World Championship.
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