Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Matt Duchene
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
BIRTHDATE: 01/16/1991
AGE: 25
DRAFTED: COL: 2009-3 overall

Was a finalist for the Calder Trophy and a member of the NHL All-Rookie Team in 2009-10…Became the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in scoring in 2010-11 (20 years, 84 days)…Was the youngest player in franchise history to reach 100 career points (20 years, 10 days) and the youngest Avalanche player to ever participate in an NHL All-Star Game at the age of 20 in 2011…Was the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to reach 200 points (22 years, 272 days), behind only Hall-of-Famers Joe Sakic (21.148), Michel Goulet (21.337) and Mats Sundin (21.348)…Has won a gold medal with Team Canada at the Olympics (2014) and world championships (2015).

2014-15 SEASON

Appeared in all 82 games for the first time in his career…Shared the team lead in game-winning goals with four…Became the first player in Avalanche/Nordiques history to lead the team in game-winning goals for three straight seasons…Finished second on the Avs in shots (207), plus/minus rating (+3) and faceoff percentage (52.2%)…Ranked third on the club in points (55-tied) and was fourth in both goals (21) and assists (34)…Led the team in even-strength scoring with 48 points (19g/29a)…Participated in all 14 shootouts for the Avs, going 6-for-14 (42.9%) with two game-deciding goals…Led Colorado in scoring during the month of October (3g/6a), January (3g/7a) and February (tied-3g/7a)…Fired a career-high 10 shots on Oct. 18 at Montreal, the most by an Avalanche player since Ryan Smyth had 11 on Oct. 16, 2007 vs. Calgary…Scored the fastest goal to begin a period by an Avalanche player in 2014-15, lighting the lamp 12 seconds into the third frame on Jan. 10 vs. Dallas…Recorded his 300th NHL point on Feb. 16 vs. Arizona and appeared in his 400th NHL game on Feb. 28 vs. Minnesota…Following the season, helped Team Canada win the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship held in the Czech Republic…Recorded 12 points (4g/8a) with a +10 plus/minus rating in 10 games for the Canadians…His 12 points tied him for third on the team and also third among all tournament scorers.


2013-14: Led the Avalanche in scoring with a career-high 70 points (23g/47a) in 71 games…His 70 points were the most by an Avalanche player since Paul Stastny had 78 in 2009-10…Also paced the club in assists and game-winning goals (6-tied), both career bests as well…Duchene’s +8 plus/minus rating was also his highest as an NHL player…Finished third on the squad with 217 shots…Scored nine goals in October, tying the Avalanche record for goals in the month of October…Shared the league lead with three game-winning goals in October…Scored the game winner in three straight Colorado victories, Oct. 12-19…Was the first Avalanche player to be credited with the GWG in three consecutive victories since Marek Svatos in November 2005…Scored twice on Oct. 15 vs. Dallas to reach 200 points for his NHL career…At 22 years, 272 days, he became the fourth-youngest player in franchise history to reach 200 points…Only Hall-of-Famers Joe Sakic (21.148), Michel Goulet (21.337), Mats Sundin (21.348) reached the mark at a younger age…Recorded his second career fighting major on Nov. 14 at St. Louis (both vs. Vladimir Sobotka)…Left in the third period on Nov. 16 vs. Florida due to injury (oblique), forcing him to miss three games from Nov. 19-23…Was named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for Dec. 16-22 after leading all players with nine points (2g/7a) in four games…Recorded four straight multi-point games, Dec. 16-21, the first Avs player to accomplish that feat since Paul Stastny in October 2008…Appeared in his 300th NHL game on Dec. 27 at Chicago…Logged a career-high 25:51 of ice time on Jan. 16 vs. New Jersey…Scored his 100th NHL goal on Feb. 8 at NY Islanders, becoming the 20th player in franchise history and ninth in Avalanche history to reach the century mark in goals…Had a career-high nine-game point streak from Feb. 8 to March 12…Also had a personal-best six-game assist streak during that stretch from Feb. 26 to March 8…Led the Avs with 17 points (4g/13a) in 14 games in March…Tallied his fourth career OT goal on March 10 vs. Winnipeg…Left after one shift on March 29 vs. San Jose due to a knee injury, forcing him to miss the final eight games of the regular season…Helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia.

2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in two postseason games, tallying three assists (0g/3a)…Missed the first five games of the opening-round series against Minnesota due to injury (knee)…Returned to the lineup in Game 6 at Minnesota on April 28, recording one assist in 18:52 of ice time…Had a pair of assists in Colorado’s Game 7 loss to the Wild on April 30 at Pepsi Center.

2012-13: Shared the team scoring lead with 43 points (17g/26a) in 47 games…Also led Colorado in assists, game-winning goals (3), shots (132), faceoff percentage (54.6%) and takeaways (44)…Finished second on the club in goals and led all Avs forwards in ice time (20:55)…Ranked sixth in the NHL in takeaways…Duchene’s 54.6% faceoff win percentage was a career high and placed him 18th in the league…Scored a goal in four straight games, Feb. 11-18, matching his career-long goal streak…Recorded back-to-back three-point games, Feb. 16 at Edmonton (1g/2a) and Feb. 18 vs. Nashville (1g/2a), the first Colorado player to register consecutive three-point games since Tomas Fleischmann from Dec. 13-15, 2010…Missed his only game of the season on Feb. 26 at San Jose (groin)…Set a career high with three assists and tied his career high with four points on March 8 vs. Chicago…Had another three-assist game on April 26 at Phoenix…Scored the latest overtime goal in franchise history on March 10 vs. San Jose, lighting the lamp with one second left in OT (4:59)…It was Duchene’s third career OT winner and the first goal at the 4:59 mark of overtime in an NHL game since March 18, 2012 (Philadelphia’s Scott Hartnell vs. Pittsburgh)…Won 24-of-29 faceoffs (82.8%) on March 27 at Calgary, equaling the second-most faceoff wins in Avalanche history…It was the most faceoff victories by an NHL player since Patrice Bergeron also won 24 on Nov. 15, 2011 vs. New Jersey…Duchene’s 82.8% faceoff win percentage was the highest in Avs history among players who had taken at least 25 draws or won at least 20…Prior to the NHL season, Matt played in Sweden for Frolunda and in Switzerland for Ambri-Piotta.

2011-12: Was limited to 58 games due to injuries…Registered his first career hat trick and had a personal-high four points (3g/1a) on Nov. 4 at Dallas…Became only the second Colorado Avalanche player to record a hat trick before his 21st birthday, joining Radim Vrbata in 2001-02…Scored his second career overtime goal on Dec. 23 vs. Tampa Bay…Appeared in his 200th NHL game before leaving with a knee injury on Dec. 29 vs. Phoenix…That knee injury forced him to miss 20 games from Dec. 31 to Feb. 17…Was leading the Avalanche in goals (12) and ranked second in points (24) at the time of his injury…Was placed on IR, Dec. 31 (retro to Dec. 29), and activated on Feb. 18…Left with an ankle injury on March 6 vs. Minnesota, forcing him to miss four games from March 8-14.

2010-11: Became the youngest player in franchise history to lead the team in scoring, collecting 67 points (27g/40a) in 80 games…Duchene was 20 years, 84 days on the final day of the regular season, breaking the previous mark of 20 years, 268 days set by Joe Sakic in 1989-90…Was also the youngest player to lead any NHL team in scoring during the 2010-11 campaign…Shared the team lead in games, goals and assists…24 of his 27 goals came at even strength…Fired a team-high 202 shots…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 (unsuccessful)…Duchene, who 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)…Had 33 points at home (18g/15a) and 34 on the road (9g/25a)…Recorded his first career fighting major on Nov. 15 vs. St. Louis (Vladimir Sobotka)…Had three points (1g/2a) while appearing in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 19 vs. NY Rangers…Was named the NHL’s First Star of the Week for Dec. 13-19 after collecting seven points (4g/3a) in four games…Tallied his first career overtime goal on Dec. 19 vs. Ottawa…Became the youngest player in franchise history to reach 100 career points, doing so at the age of 20 years, 10 days on Jan. 26 vs. Phoenix…Sakic held the previous record by notching his 100th point at the age of 20 years, 163 days…Suffered a hand injury on Feb. 14 vs. Calgary, forcing him to miss two games, Feb. 16-19.

2009-10: Named to the NHL All-Rookie Team and was a finalist for the Calder Trophy…Led all NHL rookies in scoring with 55 points (24g/31a) in 81 games…Shared the rookie goal scoring lead with John Tavares and ranked second among rookies in assists…Finished second on the Avalanche in goals and led the club in power-play goals (10) and multi-goal games (6)…Ranked among the league’s top rookies in games (T-5th), power-play goals (2nd), shots (4th-180) and shooting percentage (1st-13.3%)…After totaling 10 points (3g/7a) and a -9 rating in his first 25 games, Duchene had 45 points (21g/24a) and a +10 rating over his last 56 contests…Made his NHL debut in the season opener on Oct. 1 vs. San Jose, recording an assist…He and Ryan O’Reilly became the first 18-year-olds to ever play for the Avalanche…Scored his first NHL goal on Oct. 17 at Detroit…Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for Nov. 30 to Dec. 6…Scored two goals in back-to-back games, Nov. 30 at Tampa Bay and Dec. 2 at Florida…Became the first 18-year-old with consecutive multiple-goal games since Florida’s Radek Dvorak in November 1995…Joined T.J. Hensick (Feb. 2-4, 2008) as the only rookies in Avalanche history to post back-to-back multi-goal games…Was the NHL Rookie of the Month for December after leading all first-year players with 13 points (5g/8a) in 14 games…Tallied the winning goal in the shootout to clinch a playoff spot for the Avs on April 6 at Vancouver…Left the April 9 game against Chicago due to injury (torso) and missed the season finale on April 11 vs. Los Angeles.

2009-10 PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all six postseason games for Colorado, recording three points (0g/3a)…Finished second on the team in assists and tied for third in scoring…Made his Stanley Cup playoff debut in Game 1 of the WCQF at San Jose on April 14, tallying an assist for his first career playoff point…Collected two assists and was +2 in Game 2 at San Jose on April 16.

2008-09: Finished third on the Brampton Battalion (OHL) with 79 points (31g/48a) in 57 games…Ranked second on the club in assists and was third in goals and plus/minus (+32)…Shared the team lead in both power-play tallies (12) and short-handed goals (4)…Added 26 points (14g/12a) in 21 playoff games as the Battalion advanced to the OHL Finals…Led the league with six game-winning goals in the postseason…Participated in the 2009 OHL All-Star Classic and the CHL Top Prospects Game…Voted the “Best Playmaker” and “Best Stickhandler” in the OHL’s Eastern Conference Coaches Poll…Captured the Bobby Smith Trophy as the OHL’s Scholastic Player of the Year…Was ranked No. 2 among North American skaters in NHL Central Scouting’s final rankings for the 2009 Entry Draft.

2007-08: Recorded 50 points (30g/20a) in 64 games during his first season with Brampton…Ranked second on the team in goals and fifth in points…Won a gold medal with Team Ontario at the 2008 World Under-17 Challenge, registering 10 points (4g/6a) in six contests.

Helped Canada win the gold medal at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia…Skated in four of Canada’s six games (0g/0a), including the semifinal and gold-medal game…Finished third among all tournament skaters in faceoff percentage (70.6%)…The 23-year old was the youngest member of the Canadian Olympic roster…Has represented Canada at four world championships (2010-11, 2013, 2015)…Helped his country win the gold medal at the 2015 IIHF World Championship held in the Czech Republic…Recorded 12 points (4g/8a) with a +10 plus/minus rating in 10 games for the Canadians…His 12 points tied him for third on the team and also third among all tournament scorers…Appeared in all eight games for Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki, finishing second on the team with four goals while adding one assist for five points…Totaled seven points (4g/3a) in seven games at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany, finishing second on the team in goals and points (tied)…Led Canada with a +5 rating during  that event…Won a gold medal as a member of Team Canada at the 2008 IIHF World Under-18 Championship in Kazan, Russia, recording eight points (5g/3a) in seven games…Captained Canada’s gold medal-winning team at the 2008 Under-18 Ivan Hlinka tournament in Slovakia, totaling five points (1g/4a) in four contests.


Was a die-hard Avalanche fan growing up; memorabilia included Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy jerseys…Plays the guitar and is an avid fisherman…Lived with Adam Foote during each of his first two seasons…Matt’s uncle, Newell Brown, is an assistant coach with the Arizona Coyotes…Newell was an assistant with the Ducks during their Stanley Cup championship season of 2006-07…Matt’s father, Vince, backstopped the Ontario juvenile champion Minden Monarchs in 1984-85…Purchases tickets to every Avalanche home game, donating those tickets to numerous charity organizations…In conjunction with the NHL/NHLPA’s Hockey Fights Cancer Awareness Month, Matt co-hosted a hockey clinic that benefitted children who have or are impacted by cancer from Rocky Mountain Children’s Health Foundation on Oct. 23, 2014 at Pepsi Center…On Dec. 3, 2013, Matt and Erik Johnson helped present 70 new bicycles and helmets to students from Emerald Elementary School in Broomfield, Colo., at a holiday party hosted by “A Precious Child”…During the 2013 National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, Matt visited the Denver VA Medical Center on Feb. 19 to visit military veterans who continue to fight personal battles of recuperation, pain and loneliness…Helps raise money for the Jessica Redfield Foundation, which funds scholarships to support upcoming young journalism students…Matt purchases and donates equipment for the giveSPORTS equipment drive at Pepsi Center each summer, and volunteered at the event in 2015.…Participates in the Avalanche’s Player Clinics, which included spending an evening with players from Colorado Special Hockey on Nov. 5, 2010.