Matty Duchene playing in Barrie on Thursday August 11
BY TERRANCE GAVAN – HN.CA
TSN reports that Matty Duchene finished behind Jon Toews (Winnipeg native and Blackhawk Captain) and the TB Lightning’s prepossessing superstar Steve Stamkos in TSN’s That’s Hockey Franchise Faceoff recently.
The contest premise is fan-based and asked the question: Given your druther’s, “which player 23-years-old or younger would you most want to start a franchise with.”
It’s one of those contests where just being part of the conversation is, well, an honor.
What can we say about Toews that hasn’t already been written?
Nuttin’ honey. But let’s do stress that it’s pretty nice for young Matt to be included in such an elite and groundbreaking list of young NHL’ers.
And before we get to the TSN story we should also mention that the Haliburton Hurricane will be playing a charity event in Barrie this week. See the Haliburton News.ca story here.
Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene will suit up on Thursday August 11 with LA Kings forward Richard Clune, St. Louis Blues forward Stefan Della Rovere, Boston Bruins Goalie Mike Hutchinson, former Maple Leaf Bill Derlago, former Washington Capital Wes Jarvis and Winnipeg Jet Bryan Little.
“Having a player like Matt Duchene, who is the leading Avalanche goal scorer and an NHL All-Star, is outstanding. This is really shaping up to be one of our most impressive line-ups to date,” said Barrie MP Patrick Brown. Brown is the organizer of the annual event and if you have the night off? Why not phone the organizers to see if you can snag a ticket. Proceeds going to a great cause.
The votes have been tallied and Jonathan Toews is the winner of the That’s Hockey Franchise Faceoff. Fans voted Toews over Tampa Bay Lightning centre Steven Stamkos in the final as the player 23-years-old or younger that they would most want to start a franchise with.
At such a young age, Toews has already accomplished more than most players will in an entire career. The 23-year-old became a household name even before his days as a Chicago Blackhawk, by way of his impressive World Junior Hockey Championship resume. Toews helped Team Canada to World Junior Gold in 2006 and 2007, becoming a national hero and shootout star along the way in ’07.
The Winnipeg native didn’t miss a beat in his first season in the NHL, earning NHL All-Rookie Team honours.
In just his third season in the league, Toews captained the Blackhawks to their first Stanley Cup victory since 1961, and was awarded the Conn Smythe Trophy as top playoff performer.
The Cup win topped off an outstanding year for Toews, who earlier that year helped Canada capture Gold in the 2010 Winter Games in Vancouver.
Matched up in a head-to-head single elimination bracket style tournament voted on by fans, the two-time 30 goal scorer eliminated 2011 Rookie of the Year Jeff Skinner, fellow third-overall draft pick Matt Duchene, and Olympic teammate Drew Doughty before facing Stamkos in the final.
Thanks to TSN.ca.
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