Matt Duchene is nothing short of extraordinary on hockey skates, blazing past the competition of breakaways, cutting through traffic toward the net, and changing direction in ways that seem to defy the laws of physics. But did you know he can also whip up articles for the World Cup of Hockey’s website?
Geez, Matt. You don’t have to be badass at everything.
Duchene extolled on the difficulties of making a mark with such a short schedule and sandwiched between so many great players:
It doesn't matter who it is, to be able to help this team everybody's got to be at the top of their game playing the way they can. I think the biggest challenge is trying to get comfortable quick and to have confidence among so many great players.
He’s also very complimentary of Team Canada’s coach, Mike Babcock, whom Duchene has played against during coaching stints with the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs throughout his career:
Mike Babcock is a very intelligent, demanding coach in terms of what he wants. He wants crispness, he wants sharpness; he wants you to be really confident. The second you show a lack of confidence, I think he sees it. He's a very smart guy.