Seemingly impervious to the clouds of of bloodthirsty bugs buzzing around his head, young Matt Duchene stood in his driveway firing puck after puck, his dream of one day playing in the NHL and the Olympics never wavering.Follow @SlamSports
In the end, he wasn’t about to let these swarms of blackflies keep him from the game he loved. This was hockey, after all. It was in his blood.
Blood, by the way, he wasn’t about to share with these pesky flying critters.
In order to shield himself from the swarms, Duchene wore a bug hat, complete with the mesh that protects a person’s face.
It worked. When late spring arrives here in the Haliburton Highlands, bugs are a part of life. And for Duchene, who was just a kid at the time, you dealt with them the best way you could.