Avalanche star Matt Duchene talks dream linemates, more in Twitter Q&A

Matt Duchene joins Jeff Marek to discuss playing hockey in Haliburton, his takeover of the Rogers Hometown Hockey Twitter account and playing with Nail Yakupov.

It has been a whirlwind 2017 for Colorado Avalanche star Matt Duchene.

The forward’s name has been in trade rumours since prior to last season’s March trade deadline, his future with the Avs was in doubt as recently as training camp and pre-season, yet despite all that he has gotten off to a strong start on the ice.

Registering five points in the first four games after his most disappointing year as a pro, plus his team getting off to a 3-1-0 start, is not how most hockey fans had envisioned the 2017-18 campaign beginning.

The Rogers Hometown Hockey Tour is rolling through Duchene’s hometown of Haliburton, Ont., this weekend so the 2014 Olympic gold medallist participated in a Twitter Q&A with fans Thursday.

Check out some highlights from the Twitter takeover below and make sure to follow the Hometown Hockey account to read all of his responses.

On why he wears No. 9…

Duchene played two years in the OHL with the Brampton Battalion before being drafted third overall by the Avs in 2009…

Duchene changed the length and curve of his stick. Why did he do that?

His go-to pre-game meals?

On what role his Christian faith plays in his NHL career…

Dream linemates?

His favourite moments of his career so far were a few obvious ones.

Connected to that, his favourite goal he has ever scored was…

The teammate he most enjoys watching?

Toughest goalie in the NHL to score on right now, though?