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Duchene turns down invite to World Championship

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Thanks, but no thanks.

With the Ottawa Senators sitting outside of the playoff picture, forward Matt Duchene was offered an opportunity to suit up for Team Canada at the upcoming World Championship but turned down the invitation, he told Postmedia's Bruce Garrioch.

Duchene has been a frequent participant when Team Canada comes calling, with his last international appearance coming at the 2016 World Cup. He has also attended six world championships.

In 78 games this season, Duchene has notched 24 goals and 30 assists.

The Senators acquired Duchene from the Colorado Avalanche in a blockbuster trade in November.

The 2018 World Championship begins May 4 in Denmark.

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