Olympians return to the Avalanche with rare medals

KUSA - The four Colorado Avalanche players who participated in the Soichi Olympics have returned to Denver, two of them with medals.

Matt Duchene practiced with the Avalanche Tuesday before showing off his new gold jewelry in the locker room.

"It was amazing. It was a dream come true," Duchene said of Team Canada's win over Sweden for the gold.

Duchene is in his fifth season as a professional hockey player and by winning the gold medal has reached one of his top two career goals.

"Stanley Cup is number one, gold medal is number two. So it's nice to cross number two off my list, and now it's time to get number one," Duchene said.

Canada's 3-0 win over Sweden on Sunday was bittersweet for Duchene. Avalanche teammate Gabe Landeskog earned a silver medal in the loss for team Sweden.

"It was certainly special to get an Olympic medal hung around your neck, but at the same time we were obviously disappointed. In the heat of the moment right after the game it's kind of tough to appreciate what had happened," Landeskog said with the silver medal hanging from his neck.

Landeskog continued,"We all had fun. It's just an honor to represent your country in and of itself. Unfortunately we couldn't all win medals and we couldn't all win the gold but we're here now and we're ready to move forward with the Avs."

The Avalanche return from the two-week Olympic break Wednesday night against the L.A. Kings at Pepsi Center.


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