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Matt Duchene, kneeling, is surrounded by his family Jessica, sister, left, Vince, father, and Chris, mother, with the Spengler Cup at the Vaillant Arena in Davos, Switzerland. - submitted by Chris Duchene
Haliburton’s Matt Duchene raised the Spengler Cup in victory at the Vaillant Arena in Davos Switzerland on New Year’s Eve.
The recently locked out NHL star said it is “one of the most amazing experiences of my career. Davos is the city it’s held in and it is like nothing you have ever seen. Right in the middle of the Swiss Alps. It was so far my favourite tournament as part of team Canada due to the complete experience on and off the ice. My family and girlfriend were also able to be there which made it that much better of an experience.”
Duchene, who took great satisfaction having his parents and sister there for Christmas and New Year’s Eve, has played for Canada three other times.
He was among several locked out players who joined the team to represent their country, beating defending cup champions and hosts HC Davos 7–2 in the Spengler Cup hockey tournament’s final.
It included Patrice Bergeron, Jason Spezza, Tyler Seguin, Patrick Kane and veterans Joe Thornton and Ryan Smyth. Duchene was named as a tournament all-star.This was the 21st appearance for Canada and its 12th championship.
Duchene was scheduled to play for Hockey Club Ambri-Piotta in the 12-team Switzerland National League A hockey league since signing with the team on Dec. 8.