Matt Duchene’s Twitter bio says he is a "wannabe country singer", and Duchene recently had a chance to make that dream a reality for a day when he played with Gord Kidd and the 50/50 band at a Music in the Park night in his hometown of Haliburton, Ont.
The 24-year-old center has a long-documented love of music, and he told NHL Network’s Kathryn Tappen about some of the unique opportunities he’s had to further explore his passion.
"My dad and I have a little band we like to play in the summer back home," Duchene told Tappen in an interview from October of 2013. "He plays bass and I play acoustic guitar. I got a chance to meet Luke Bryan at a recent concert of his. I’m the country hookup on our team. I played ‘NHL 13’ with Dierks Bentley on his bus. He’s a huge hockey fan so it was pretty fun."
Duchene, a former third-overall draft pick, saw a dip in production with the Avalanche last season. After posting 70 points in 71 games with Colorado in 2013-14, Duchene recorded 55 points in 82 games last season.