Posted: Jan 26, 2011 12:10 AM by Lee Douglas
ENGLEWOOD, Colo. (AP) - There was a time when Colorado Avalanche forward Matt Duchene would've been awed by his boyhood idol standing in the same vicinity, let alone skating on the same ice.
That was so eight years ago, though, when the 20-year-old's room was filled with Peter Forsberg memorabilia.
Now that Forsberg's skating with the Avalanche and mulling a return to the NHL, Duchene's over the kid-like adoration.
Or so he thought.
His eyes lit up chatting about being on the same line as Forsberg during practice Tuesday. Duchene was suddenly that 12-year-old kid again, the one who sauntered around in a replica Forsberg jersey.
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