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Los Angeles Kings Drew Doughty: How He Got to the Stanley Cup

August 20th, 2014 at 9:05 PM
By Suzanna Bezyan

Here is the story of the journey that led defenseman Drew Doughty to his second career Stanley Cup.

24-year old Doughty is a native of London, ON, CA. Growing up his favorite player was Wayne Gretzky and his favorite team was the Los Angeles Kings.

He began his amateur career in 2004 with the London Jr. Knights Minor-ON. In 2005 he went on to play for the Guelph Storm-OHL. He stayed there until 2008. In the 2006-07 season he played a few games for the Canada-WJ18-A and in the 2007-08 season he played a few games for the Canada-WJC-A, winning the gold medal.

In 2008 he was the first round second overall draft pick by the Kings. That season he played 82 games for the Kings in his NHL season debut recording six goals and 21 assists. In 2009 he participated in the World Championships in Switzerland taking home the silver medal.

In 2010 he represented Canada winning the gold medal in Vancouver. His young career was building fast and he was being recognized. That year he also helped the Kings make it to the playoffs for the first time since 2002. He was also a Norris Trophy Finalist for the league’s top defenseman. Among NHL defensemen he ranked: third in points, tied for second in goals, tied for fifth in assists, tied for second in power-play goals (9), second in power-play points (31), tied for fifth in power-play assists (22), first in game-winning goals (5). He was logging the highest ice time on the team, selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman, 12th defenseman in the franchise to record 50-plus points, and more.

Doughty wasn’t just good defensively, but offensively. In 2011 he was signed a new contract with the Kings averaging seven million a year for seven years.

In 2012 he missed some of the season due to a concussion. When coach Darryl Sutter stepped in Doughty was also forced into a more defensive play, playing a big part in the success that led the team to the franchise’s first Stanley Cup.

In 2014 Doughty represented Team Canada in the Olympics again, and took home the gold once more. Though Doughty missed a few games during the playoffs he stepped in when other key defenseman were injured both defensively and offensively for the Kings in 2014 when they won their second Stanley Cup in franchise history.

In 442 regular season games Doughty has 59 goals and 162 assists, a plus-35 rating, 347 penalty minutes, and 14 game winning goals.

In 76 playoff contests, he has 16 goals and 34 assists, a plus-1 rating, 64 penalty minutes and one game winning goal.

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