Duchene has represented Canada on seven previous occasions. He was second on the team in goals during the 2013 World Championships with four. This will mark Duchene’s first Olympics.
The 23-year-old forward from Haliburton, Ontario currently leads the Avalanche in scoring this season with 38 points in 39 games. He was considered a wildcard at best to represent Canada coming in to this season; but his strong play, combined with his speed and ability to play on the wing, proved enough to merit his inclusion.
The Olympics will be held in Sochi, Russia from Feb. 7-23. Duchene joins an Avalanche contingency at the Olympics that also includes Gabriel Landeskog (Sweden), Paul Stastny (United States), Semyon Varlamov (Russia) and prospect Jonas Holos (Norway).