Matt Duchene
Matt Duchene
Avalanche - Center
NUMBER: 9
HEIGHT: 5' 11"
WEIGHT: 200
SHOOTS: Left
BIRTHDATE: 01/16/1991
AGE: 23
BIRTHPLACE: Haliburton, ON, CAN
DRAFTED: COL: 2009-3 overall

2012-13 SEASON
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)…Was 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 wins 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…Following the season, Duchene represented Canada at the 2013 IIHF World Championship in Stockholm and Helsinki…Appeared in all eight games at the tournament, finishing second on the team with four goals while adding one assist for five points.

CAREER
2011-12: Was limited to 58 games due to injury…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…Finished with a team-high 12 points in November (7g/5a)…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…Scored a goal in four straight games, Nov. 24-30…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…Strung together a career-high six-game point streak from March 12-24 (5g/4a).

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%)…Duchene’s 55 points were the second-highest total by a rookie in Avalanche history behind only Paul Stastny’s 78 points in 2006-07…His 24 goals were the third-highest total by an Avs rookie, trailing Marek Svatos (32 in 2005-06) and Stastny (28 in 2006-07)…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-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 rookies with 13 points (5g/8a) in 14 games…Scored his 19th and 20th goals of the season on Feb. 12 vs. Phoenix, becoming just the fifth rookie in Avalanche history to reach the 20-goal plateau…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.

INTERNATIONAL
Has represented Canada at three of the last four world championships, 2010-11 and 2013…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.

PERSONAL
Was a diehard Avalanche fan growing up; memorabilia included Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy jerseys…Plays the guitar…Lived with Adam Foote during each of his first two seasons…Matt’s uncle, Newell Brown, is an assistant coach with the Phoenix Coyotes…Newell has spent the last 16 years as an assistant coach in the NHL, which included working 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…During the 2013 National Salute to Veteran Patients Week, Matt and Paul Stastny visited the Denver VA Medical Center on Feb. 19 to visit military veterans who continue to fight personal battles of recuperation, pain and loneliness…Purchases tickets to every Avalanche home game, donating those tickets to numerous charity organizations including military organizations…Helps raise money for the Jessica Redfield Foundation, which funds scholarships to support upcoming young journalism students…Matt has purchased and donated hockey equipment for the foundation’s equipment drive and also donated autograph items for its fundraiser…Participates in the Avalanche’s Player Clinics, which included spending an evening with players from Colorado Special Hockey on Nov. 5, 2010.