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Drew Doughty



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Drew Doughty (born December 8, 1989) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman who currently plays for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL). He was selected second overall by the Kings in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft, following a standout junior career with the Guelph Storm of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he was twice voted the league’s top offensive defenceman. He made his NHL debut in 2008 as an 18-year-old and was named to the All-Rookie Team. He has represented Canada four times internationally, winning a gold medal at the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where he was named the tournament’s top defenceman, and a silver at the 2009 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships. The youngest player on the team, he won a gold medal at the 2010 Winter Olympics and was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the top defenceman in the NHL in 2010.

He was born in London, Ontario, the son of Paul and Connie Doughty.[1] He was introduced to hockey when he was given a mini stick for his first birthday, was skating by the age of two and was playing before he was four.[2] Doughty also played soccer as a youth as a goaltender – his father had a history with the game and his sister Chelsea is named after the English team of the same name. He was considered for a provincial under-14 team, but gave up the sport at 13 to focus on hockey. Nonetheless, Doughty felt that his time playing goal in soccer helped him develop an awareness of the players and the game in hockey.[2]

Playing career

Junior

Doughty played most of his junior hockey for his hometown London Jr. Knights teams of the Alliance League in Southwestern Ontario.One of his minor hockey teammates growing up was San Jose Sharks forward Logan Couture. His Jr. Knights teams competed in several All-Ontario championships including the Provincial Bantam AAA Finals in 2004 where they lost to John Tavares and Sam Gagner of the Toronto Marlboros in Ottawa, Ontario.[citation needed]

Major Junior

Doughty was selected by the Guelph Storm fifth overall in the 2005 Ontario Hockey League (OHL) Priority Selection draft.[3] He scored five goals and 33 points for the Storm in 2005–06 and was named to the OHL All-Rookie Team on defence.[4] Doughty played in the 2007 OHL All-Star Game and was voted the top offensive defenceman in the league by the coaches following a 74 point season in 2006–07. He again won both honours in 2007–08 with a 50 point season,[5] and was awarded the Max Kaminsky Trophy as the OHL’s outstanding defenceman.[6] National Hockey League (NHL) Central Scouting ranked Doughty as the third best North American prospect for the 2008 NHL Entry Draft.[7] He was selected second overall by the Los Angeles Kings, a choice that excited Doughty as he grew up a Kings fan and wanted to play in Los Angeles.[8]

Professional

Following a strong training camp, Doughty made the Kings opening day roster to start the 2008–09 NHL season, one of eight 18-year-olds to do so across the league.[9] Earning a spot on the Kings roster overwhelmed Doughty, who did not expect to play in the NHL so quickly.[9] He made his NHL debut on October 11, 2008 against the San Jose Sharks, and scored his first goal on October 20 against the Colorado Avalanche.[5] The Kings had the option of returning him to junior without using up one year of his rookie contract if they did so before he played his tenth NHL game. However, they chose to keep him on the roster for the season.[10] His defensive partner, Sean O’Donnell agreed with the decision, praising Doughty’s maturity.[9] He played 81 games in his rookie season, finishing with six goals and 21 assists, earning a spot on the NHL All-Rookie Team,[4] while also playing in the Youngstars Game as part of the 2009 All-Star fesitivities.[11]

Doughty improved to 59 points in his sophomore season of 2009–10 and finished third in the league in scoring amongst defencemen.[12] He was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league’s top defenceman, a decision that pleased his coach Terry Murray, who praised Doughty for his improvement during the season.[13] Doughty helped lead the Kings into the playoffs for the first time since 2002, though they lost their first round series to the Vancouver Canucks.[14] He played all six games of the series despite suffering a wrist injury in the first game that forced him to decline an invitation to play for Canada at the 2010 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships.[15] Doughty has been nominated for the Norris Trophy which goes to the NHL’s most outstanding defenceman. At just twenty years old, Doughty became the second youngest nominee for the award. (The youngest being Orr at 19).[16]

On September 29, 2011, Doughty and the Kings agreed on an 8-year deal worth $56 million. Doughty had missed 13 days of training camp. [17]

International

Medal record
Men’s ice hockey
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Winter Olympics
Gold 2010 Vancouver
World Championships
Silver 2009 Switzerland
World Junior Championships
Gold 2008 Czech Republic

In 2006, Doughty played with Team Ontario at the World U-17 Hockey Challenge, finishing fifth, then won a gold medal with the national under-18 team at the Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[18] He participated the 2007 IIHF World U18 Championships, scoring five points in six games for the fourth place Canadians,[19][20] and while he was considered for the Canadian junior team for the 2007 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, he did not make the cut.[21] Doughty was named to participate in the 2007 Super Series, an eight game tournament against the Russian juniors meant to commemorate the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series.[22] He played in all eight games, recording two assists, as Canada finished the series unbeaten with seven wins and a tie.[23] He then earned a spot on the roster for the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships.[24] Doughty was named a tournament all-star, and given the Directorate Award for Best Defenceman after helping lead the Canadians to their fourth consecutive gold medal at the tournament.[25][26]

Following his rookie season in the NHL, Doughty made his debut with the senior team, playing in the 2009 Men’s World Ice Hockey Championships.[27] He scored one goal and added six assists in nine games,[4] however the Canadians settled for silver after losing the championship game to Russia, 2–1.[28] His strong play in the World Championships earned Doughty an invitation to Canada’s summer orientation camp for the 2010 Winter Olympics.[29] Doughty earned one of the final spots on the Canadian defence, beating out established players such as Dion Phaneuf, Jay Bouwmeester and Mike Green.[30] Doughty became the youngest player to represent Canada in a major best-on-best tournament since Eric Lindros participated in the 1991 Canada Cup at the age of 18.[29] He emerged as one of the top defenders on the team,[31] and won the gold medal as Canada defeated the United States in overtime of the final game.[32]

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