Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene is gearing up to represent both the Colorado Avalanche and Team Canada at the International Ice Hockey Federation’s 2011 World Championship tournament, which starts this weekend.

2011 IIHF World Championship Canada Roster

The third youngest player on the team, Duchene looks to build on a personal best season which saw him tally 27 goals and 40 assists in 80 games. Duchene, who had seven points in seven games during the World Championship tournament last year, is joined by an outstanding and highly competitive roster featuring the likes of Rick Nash, John Tavares, Evander Kane, Jeff Skinner, Travis Zajac and Chris Stewart among others.

In a recent interview with Craig Stancher, Duchene said of his opportunity:

“Anytime you get chosen to represent your country, it’s an honor. I’m looking forward to going over there and trying to help Team Canada win the gold medal.”

Hosted in Slovakia this year, the tournament begins Friday, April 29th and finishes with the final match on Sunday, May 15th. Already in Europe to train and prepare, Duchene has been offering some small peeks into his adventures via his Twitter account.

Stopping in Paris, France to run an exhibition game, Duchene and former teammate Stewart took some time to catch up on the local culture.

Duchene has also been giving followers some nice insight into life on the road.

Just had a little jam sesh on my travel guitar with Brent Burns, wish we had a guy in Denver who could play like him! #wecouldstartaband

We’ll be sure to keep you updated as to Duchene’s progress in the tournament, but for a more intimate look at the life of an up and coming superstar be sure to give him a follow.

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