Matt Duchene is telling us a story about growing up a Colorado Avalanche fan. Not just a fan but the kind of follower who cannot bear the idea of his heroes failing of Joe Sakic and Patrick Roy and Peter Forsberg losing a playoff series. The kind of fan who is heartsick with each loss and is filled with joy with each victory.
"Growing up I can't even being to express how big of an Avs fan I was. One year in 1999 they lost to Dallas in the conference finals and I wasn't allowed to stay up to watch the end of the game" Duchene told ESPN.com recently. "I woke up the next morning and my dad had put a piece of paper and taped it to my TV and said 'Dallas 2 Colorado 1 Sorry pal.' I started crying. I was bawling my eyes out."
The young Duchene was such a Roy fan that he initially wanted to be a goaltender.
"My dad said I could be a road hockey goalie but had to play out on the ice" Duchene said. "I think that was a good choice. I had a mask that I had painted like Roy's; I had posters o...