Duchene proud of Haliburton’s hockey heritage
|By Mark Arike - Staff Writer | October 12, 2017
Colorado Avalanche centre Matt Duchene is proud to be from a community that has a well-known reputation for churning out hockey talent.
And he’s happy that Haliburton will be highlighted for millions of hockey fans this weekend thanks to Rogers Hometown Hockey on Sportsnet.
“It’s an awesome fit for sure and I’m very proud they selected us to host,” said Duchene in an interview.
Although he won’t be there because he’s on the road with his team, a feature on Duchene will be shown on Sunday. It captures how the star spends his summers at his cottage and contributes to the health of the community by hosting the annual Matt Duchene Charity Golf Classic.
Duchene got his start on the ice in Haliburton. He played three years of minor hockey here and his fondest memories are of his two years playing with the high school’s Red Hawks hockey team.
“We had a really good team, especially my second year, and it was so awesome to play with friends from home,” he said.
Duchene is encouraging the community to join in on this weekend’s festivities.
“I believe a huge part of our identity and history as a town has come from hockey and while we are small, our contribution to the hockey world has been greater than most other towns our size and that’s something to be really proud of,” he said.
MARK ARIKE is a reporter for The Highlander.