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Twitter Thursday: Matt Duchene is really into Brad Paisley

Oct 20, 2011, 1:33 PM EDT

This feature profiles an NHLer that’s making noise on the Twitter machine.


Confession time: I had no idea who Brad Paisley was until Duchene mentioned him. I mean I’ve heard the name and all, but if you told me Brad Paisley was a soap opera star or the guy that invented the Segway, I probably would’ve believed you.

That said, it’s not surprising that Duchene feels the Paisley concert is a matter of life and/or death. One, he’s 20 years old. Everything is epic when you’re 20. For example, seeing Entertainer of the Year at the 44th annual Country Music Awards perform in your home town. Fairly epic.

Two, Duchene might be the most earnest person alive — he seems genuinely enthused about everything. He loves playing guitar. He appreciates fashion. He and Paul Stastny used to celebrate wins by doing the Bang Bang dance from How I Met Your Mother. Missing the Paisley show was probably a major bummer for him.

With that said, I’d like to point out all is not lost for Duchene. Colorado has a six-day break from January 24-31 that coincides with the NHL All-Star break. Well, guess what? Paisley will be playing a January 28th show in…wait for it…Las Vegas. Yes, live from the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino, it’s Brad Paisley along with special guests The Band Perry and Scotty McCreery. Vegas, baby. You can almost hear Duchene bouncing off the walls right now.

[Of course, Duchene is 20 and the legal drinking age in Nevada is 21, so maybe there’s a little less bounce than originally imagined.]

In closing, I’d like to remind you that Pro Hockey Talk is your No. 1 source for NHL news and country music tour stops. Taylor Swift plays Tampa on November 12!

And speaking of PHT (and Twitter), a reminder to follow all of our writers: Me (@PHTalk_NBC), Jason Brough (@JasonPHT), Joe Yerdon (@JoeYerdonPHT) and James O’Brien (@cyclelikesedins).

  1. davebabychreturns - Oct 20, 2011 at 3:57 PM

    Critical oversight here, the Duche turns 21 on January 16, giving him 12 days (wink wink) to build up a respectable tolerance before the big day.

  2. Mike Halford - Oct 20, 2011 at 4:03 PM

    A very salient point. Thank you, Dave Babych Returns. You are a valued member of the Pro Hockey Talk community and I look forward to your continued success in the comments section.

  3. karen2592 - Oct 28, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    1) The Las Vegas BP show doesn’t work if MD is ON the All-Star team!:) 2) The Avs play in NSH Jan 12/12. MD should really talk to a certain member of the Preds who I KNOW has MAJOR country music connections about hooking him up with tix to a BP show he can make.;)

    Lastly, I know Dave Babych Returns did not mean it in any negative way whatsoever, but can Matt Duchene please have a different nickname than The Duche? I know it’s based on his name, but it just has BAD connotations. It sounds just like a word that is used solely for colossal jerks. Matt Duchene seems like a pretty awesome guy so deserves a pretty awesome nickname!

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