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Gaétan Duchesne (July 11, 1962, Quebec City, Quebec-April 16, 2007, Quebec City, Quebec) was a professional Canadian ice hockey player. Duchesne was drafted 152nd overall in the 1981 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals. He played six seasons with the Capitals before he was dealt to the Quebec Nordiques in the trade that sent Dale Hunter to the Capitals. He would also play for the Minnesota North Stars, and his play would help guide them to their improbable appearance in the 1991 finals.

Duchesne would also play for the San Jose Sharks and Florida Panthers. In 1,028 NHL games, he scored 179 goals and 254 assists.

Duchesne died at the age of 44 after he suffered a heart attack.

His son, Jeremy Duchesne, is a goaltending prospect for the Philadelphia Flyers. During the 2007–08 season, he has been playing in the ECHL for the Dayton Bombers.

Starting in 2008 the Capitals have introduced the Gaetan Duchesne Trophy to be awarded to the winning intra-squad team that does the best during scrimmages while in training camp.

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