Top 5 Colorado Avalanche Moments of 2014

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#1: Avalanche Players Win Medals in Olympics

Colorado Avalanche center Matt Duchene played in his first Olympic Games for Team Canada, winning gold. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

Four Colorado Avalanche players made it to the Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. Goalie Semyon Varlamov represented Russia, center Paul Stastny for USA, winger Gabriel Landeskog for Sweden and center Matt Duchene for Canada. That alone is impressive. Landeskog even served as alternate captain for Sweden.

However, two players came home with Olympic hardware. Landeskog earned a silver medal with Sweden. Of course, Duchene won Olympic gold with Canada.

Duchene in particular came back energized, saying, “I’ve learned how to win.” He really showed it for the rest of the season.