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Haliburton Hurricane, Matty Duchene scores wildest dream

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Colorado Avalanche center MattDuchene (9) splits defenders Nashville Predators defenseman Roman Josi (59) and Nashville Predators defenseman Kevin Klein (8) as he skates in for a shot on goal and score during the third period Nov. 6 at Pepsi Center. Nashville Predators defeated the Colorado Avalanche 6-4. (John Leyba, Denver Post)

Duchene is Olympics bound and that’s good news for McKecks!

By ADRIAN DATER – Colorado Post

What was the general manager of the Boston Bruins doing calling Matt Duchene early Tuesday morning? Isn’t that tampering, what Peter Chiarelli was doing?

No, it wasn’t. It was a benign, friendly call with some great news for the Avalanche center. Duchene had made the Canadian Olympic team, and Chiarelli broke the news to him as part of the team’s management group.

“It’s ridiculous. It’s every Canadian kid’s dream,” Duchene said after Avs practice Tuesday, a couple of hours after he was named to the team that will play next month in Sochi. “I remember as a 7-year-old kid, waking up at 4 a.m., 5 a.m., to watch the games in Nagano. I remember in 2002, I got a (Joe) Sakic Team Canada jersey for Christmas, and I think I wore it once a week to school. Obviously, so many great memories from 2010, and now hopefully I’ll get to be part of something special.”

Duchene said he got the call from Chiarelli about an hour before the selections were announced. That saved him some stress, as he hadn’t been able to get the TSN website working to show a live feed of the selections.

Duchene, who turns 23 on Jan. 16, was one of three Avs to be selected Tuesday to represent their countries. Avs captain Gabe Landeskog made the Swedish team, while Semyon Varlamov was selected to the Russian team.

Landeskog will make his first Olympic appearance for Sweden. Tuesday contained no anxiety for him, because he found out he would be on the team about 10 days ago.

It was even more humbling, Duchene said, when you look at some of the names Canada didn’t take, such as Joe Thornton and Martin St. Louis.

“You could make two Team Canadas, and your supposed B team could beat your A team,” Duchene said. “The Canadian depth is so great. But you definitely want to be one of those guys that makes the cut.

Read more: Matt Duchene makes Canadian Olympic team – The Denver Post
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