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Matt Duchene named to Team Canada roster for 2014 Winter Olympics

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On Tuesday morning, Team Canada made the highly-anticipated announcement of their men’s hockey roster for the 2014 Olympics. Included on the team was Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene.

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.

Team Canada general manager Steve Yzerman was spotted scouting Duchene last month, and is reported to have discussed the forward with Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy.

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).