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Franchise Faceoff

If you were starting an NHL franchise of your own, who is the one player you would select as your cornerstone?

Would it be a top-notch goal scorer or a two-way forward? Would you opt for pure skill or is leadership ability more important?

That's Hockey has selected 31 options for your consideration this summer. They are matched up in a head-to-head single elimination bracket style tournament and it's up to you to crown the champ.

On That's Hockey, we'll roll out the day's match-up and our two panellists will debate and make the case for the player they would select. You can then cast your vote on TSN.ca and the results will be revealed on the next episode of That's Hockey before the next match.

For an added element of surprise, the TSN Quizmaster is watching and can veto your final vote - once in Round 1, once and Round 2 and a single Round 3 challenge which would trigger a re-vote.

Keep the debate going and join the conversation on #TSN on Twitter and follow the TSN Quizmaster at @TSNQuizmaster!

Patrick Kane

Right Wing - Chicago Blackhawks

Matt Duchene

Centre - Colorado Avalanche


The Latest Showdown

Two electric talents go head-to-head in the latest Franchise Faceoff. One already with a pedigree for championship flare and another who may just be showing the tip of the iceberg that is his talent. So, who do you take: Patrick Kane or Matt Duchene?

Kane has made a name for himself as the guy who scores big goals. That label likely began with the Cup-clinching goal in 2010 that only Kane saw go in (and a puck that no one has seen since). But it didn't end there. He was huge in securing the Blackhawks a second title in four seasons in 2013, this time capping a hat trick in double-OT to send the Hawks to the Cup Final and working towards Conn Smythe honours along the way.

Duchene led a very good young Avalanche team in scoring in 2013-14, notching 70 points in just 71 games. The young pivot has emerged as a leader by example on a team already rich in young, responsible talent. His play was enough to catch the eye of Steve Yzerman and gain him selection to the 2014 Canadian Olympic team, garnering an initial roster spot ahead of perennial scorers like Martin St. Louis and young guns like Tyler Seguin.




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