NHL PLAYER, Drew Doughty
Born Dec 08, 1989 -- London, Ontario, Canada
Selected by Los Angeles Kings round 1 #2 overall 2008 NHL Entry Draft
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 He was a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the top defenceman in 2010 and was a member of the Stanley Cup winning Kings team in 2012.
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. Earning a spot on the Kings roster overwhelmed Doughty, who did not expect to play in the NHL so quickly. 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. 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.
Doughty improved to 59 points in his sophomore season of 2009–10 and finished third in the league in scoring amongst defencemen. He was named to the second all-star team and was named a finalist for the Norris Trophy as the league's top defenceman. His coach, Terry Murray, praised Doughty for his improvement during the season. 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.
In the 2011/12 season, Doughty was elevated into a role where he was expected to shut down the opposition's top forwards, forcing him to focus more on his defensive play than his offensive. Consequently, Doughty's 36 points on the season was his lowest total in three years. He was the top-scoring defenceman in the 2012 Stanley Cup Playoffs, however, recording 16 points in 20 games to help the Kings win the first Stanley Cup championship in franchise history. Doughty was praised as the top player for either team in the final series, a six-game victory over the New Jersey Devils.
Doughty plays big role in Kings’ triumph November 21, 2016
Drew Doughty was named the third star last night, as the Los Angeles Kings hung on to defeat the Anaheim Ducks, 3-2. The 2016 James Norris Memorial Trophy winner was a beast on both sides of the ice, leading all skaters with 26:22 of ice-time while also registering 2 points (1 goal, 1 assist) 4 shot on net and 3 blocked shots. The star defenseman currently ranks 1st in the league in shifts per game (33.5) and 4th in time of ice (27:04).
For more on Doughty and last night’s game, keep reading the nhl.com recap here.
Doughty helps guide Canada to victory September 12, 2016
Drew Doughty chipped in with 2 assists on Saturday night, in Team Canada’s 5-2 win over the U.S.A. It was a nice, bounce back win for the Canadian contingent after having dropped their first pre-tournament game to the American squad on Friday. Doughty had a solid game on both sides of the ice, finishing the game with a +2 rating and 20:05 of ice time. He would go on to be named the 2nd star of the contest.
For more on Doughty and Canada’s win, check out the ice.wch2016 story here.
Doughty wins Norris Trophy June 23, 2016
Third time proved to be the charm for Drew Doughty on Wednesday, as the stalwart Los Angeles Kings defenseman claimed his first career Norris Trophy. The London, Ontario-native had twice before been nominated as a finalist for the award, handed out to the NHL’s best defenseman. The two-time Stanley Cup Champion put it all together this year, ranking at or near the top in a number of categories. He led all D-men in 5-on-5 shot attempts percentage at 58.89, and the Kings were a whopping +537 in shot attempts with him on the ice.
For more on Doughy, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Karlsson and Doughty among Norris Trophy finalists June 20, 2016
Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty have been selected as 2 of the 3 finalists for this year’s Norris Trophy, handed out to the “defensive player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in that position." Karlsson was the offensive standout of the group, leading all defensemen in points (82) and placing 1st overall among all skaters in assists with 66. Doughty placed 9th among D-men in scoring with 51 points but his real strength was on the defensive end of the ice, where he led the Los Angeles Kings to the 3rd best goals allowed mark in the league.
For more on the Norris Trophy battle, check out the nhl.com story here.
Doughty gets high praise from Capitals’ coach March 11, 2016
Drew Doughty is by all accounts having a stellar 2015-2016 campaign, and according to the coach of the league-leading Washington Capitals, the London, Ontario-native has been the NHL’s best defenseman. The perennial All-star is currently in the top-10 in a plethora of categories among D-men, including shifts (1st), time of ice per game (3rd), plus/minus (6th), power play points (6th), goals (9th) and points (10th).
For more on Doughty, check out the sportsnet.ca story here.
Doughty named first star in Kings’ romp February 10, 2016
Drew Doughty scored a goal and added an assist last night, as the Los Angeles Kings steamrolled the Boston Bruins by a score of 9-2. The 26-year-old All-star defenseman finished the game with 2 points, a plus/minus rating of +3 and logged a game-high 27:21 of ice-time. The London, Ontario-native is currently riding a 5-game point streak, tallying 3 goals and 4 assists in that span.
For more on Doughty and last night’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here.
Karlsson and Doughty lead Norris Trophy hopefuls January 11, 2016
As the NHL gears up for the second half of the season, Erik Karlsson and Drew Doughty have distinguished themselves as frontrunners for the Norris Trophy. Karlsson has been far and away the best offensive D-man in 2015-16, leading all defensemen in points (45) and assists (36). The Swedish superstar also leads the way in ice-time, averaging 28:35 per contest. Doughty meanwhile has been integral to the Los Angeles Kings return to supremacy in the Western Conference. The 26-year-old defensive stalwart currently ranks 1st in shifts per game (34) and 3rd in ice-time (27:59), plus/minus (+16), and game winning goals (3).
For more on Karlsson and Doughty, check out the nhl.com article here.
Doughty helps Kings get back on track December 18, 2015
Drew Doughty scored a goal and added an assist last night, guiding the Los Angeles Kings to a convincing, 3-0 win over the Montreal Canadiens. The perennial Norris Trophy candidate also led all skaters in ice time (25:06) and chipped in with 3 hits and 2 blocked shots. He would eventually be named the second star of the contest. Through 31 games, the 26-year-old defenseman has 19 points (5 goals, 14 assists) and a plus/minus rating of +11.
For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com article here.
Bowey looks to follow in the footsteps of Doughty July 20, 2015
Madison Bowey is just months away from making his professional debut with either the Washington Capitals or their AHL affiliate the Hershey Bears, and expectations are high for the 20-year-old defenseman. The Winnipeg-native models his game after one of the NHL’s best in Drew Doughty, and is ready to show off his high skill set in the upcoming Capitals training camp. Bowey had an outstanding season in 2014-15, helping Team Canada to a gold medal in the World Junior Championships, before captaining the Kelowna Rockets to a WHL title and a spot in the Memorial Cup.
For more on Bowey, check out the nhl.com piece here.
Karlsson wins a hotly contested, 2nd Norris trophy June 26, 2015
Erik Karlsson managed to fend off both Drew Doughty and P.K. Subban on Wednesday night, capturing his 2nd career Norris Trophy in the process. He becomes just the third player in NHL history to win two Norris trophies before the age of 26, joining hall-of-famers Booby Orr and Denis Potvin. The Swedish dynamo received 964 votes, just ahead of fellow D-men Drew Doughty (889) and P.K. Subban (801).
For more on Karlsson, check out the nhl.com piece here.
Doughty’s play earning him respect across the league August 14, 2014
After another extraordinary season saw Drew Doughty win a second Olympic gold medal and Stanley Cup ring, the electrifying D-man has gained appreciation amongst his peer group, too. A recently conducted NHL player poll had the 24-year old star ranked 3rd overall in the league, and 1st among defensemen. With this kind of recognition, it seems like only a matter of time before the London-native captures his first ever James Norris Memorial Trophy.
For more on Doughty, keep reading the rantsports.com article here.
Kings triumph in spite of another epic performance by Lundqvist June 16, 2014
The Los Angeles finally found a way to beat Henrik Lundqvist, scoring off of a rebound in double overtime to claim the Stanley Cup. The Swedish goalie did everything he could to force a 6th game back in New York, stopping 48 of the 51 shots he faced. In the end it was breakout star Tyler Toffoli who took the shot that led to the game-winning goal. Drew Doughy had a big game for the Kings, assisting on a goal while playing a team-leading 41:21 of ice-time. Jarret Stoll also chipped in with an assist on the first goal of the game.
For more on Friday night's cup-clinching game, keep reading the nhl.com recap here.
Richards and Doughty contribute to Game 1 win June 05, 2014
Down 2-0 to the New York Rangers, The Los Angeles Kings came all the way back to clinch a 3-2, overtime victory in Game 1 of the Stanley Cup Finals. Mike Richards played an instrumental role on the winning goal, delivering a perfect pass for his teammate to slot home, while Drew Doughty set the wheels in motion in the second period, scoring a highlight reel goal to tie the game at 2-2.
For more on the Kings’ dramatic win, keep reading the nhl.com recap here.
Doughty gets Lidstrom comparison May 26, 2014
Drew Doughty has been getting a lot of praise lately, to the point where his teammates have been comparing him to one of the all-time greats: Nicklas Lidstrom. Still just 24-years-old, the Toronto-native has already earned a Stanley Cup ring (2011-12) and two Olympic gold medals (2010, 2014). He has been nothing short of exceptional in these 2014 Playoffs, anchoring the L.A. Kings defense on another Cup run.
For more on Doughty, check out the sports.yahoo.com story here.
Doughty and Subban early favorites for Conn Smythe Trophy May 23, 2014
With the Conference Semifinals now in full swing, the talk has turned to potential Conn Smythe winners with Drew Doughty and P.K. Subban leading the conversation. The two Olympic gold medalists have anchored their respective team from a defensive and offensive standpoint, both leading their teams in ice-time and contributing in all facets of the game. Doughty has an impressive +7 rating with one goal and nine assists, while Subban leads his team in scoring with twelve points (4 goals, 8 assists) in just 14 games played.
For more on Doughty and Subban, keep reading the espn.com article here.
Doughty earns praise for strong defensive play May 06, 2014
The Los Angeles Kings are up 2-0 in their Second Round Playoff Series with the Anaheim Ducks, and a big part of the story has been the resilience of Drew Doughty, who has been a pillar of strength on the Kings blue line. Through two games the Ducks have been limited to 3 goals, and the 24-year-old star has been a big part of the defensive effort, averaging almost 30 minutes of ice time a game and compiling a plus/minus of +4.
For more on Doughty, keep reading the nhl.com story here.
Doughty and Toffoli star in historic Kings win May 01, 2014
Drew Doughty and Tyler Toffoli both scored, as the Los Angeles Kings beat the San Jose Sharks 5-1 to advance to the 2nd round of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. Down 3-0 in the series, the Kings came all the way back, winning four consecutive matches to advance. Doughty scored a power play goal early in the second period to tie the game, and went on to be named the game’s third star. Toffoli meanwhile scored an important insurance goal in the 3rd period to put the game out of reach. It was the young star’s 3rd goal of the series, good for 7th overall in the playoffs thus far.
For more on last night’s game, keep reading the latimes.com article here.
Doughty scores winner as Kings inch closer to playoff berth March 28, 2014
Defenseman Drew Doughty was named the first star last night, as his Los Angeles Kings defeated the Pittsburgh Penguins, 3-2. The Olympic gold medalist and all-star scored the go-ahead goal in the third period, his second game-winning goal of the season. He also led all skaters in ice time with 25:59 played.
For more on last night’s game, check out the nhl.com recap here:
Doughty does it all in Canada’s win February 17, 2014
Team Canada found a way to sneak by the Finnish squad, Sunday, and once again Drew Doughty was the hero, scoring both of Canada’s goals in a 2-1, overtime victory. With the score tied 1-1 at the end of regulation, Doughty decided to take matters into his own hands, slotting home the winner at the 2:32 mark of overtime. It was the Ontarian’s 4th goal of the tournament, the most by a defenseman in the competition thus far.
For more on Doughty, check out the thestar.com story here.
Doughty scores in opening round win February 14, 2014
Team Canada got off to a good start, Thursday, defeating the Norwegians 3-1. Defenseman Drew Doughty was one of the stars of the game, scoring a goal and adding an assist in the victory. After Norway had closed the gap to 2-1 early in the third period, Doughty scored the all-important insurance goal, splitting through two Norwegian defenders before backhanding a shot into the top corner.
For more on Team Canada’s opening game, check out the nhl.com article here.
Subban, Stamkos among top names invited to Canada’s Olympic camp July 23, 2013
With the Sochi 2014 Olympics right around the corner, Hockey Canada announced their preliminary list of 47 players for the nation’s upcoming orientation camp in late August. Headlining that list is the newly crowned Norris Trophy winner P.K. Subban, along with 2-time Maurice “Rocket” Richard award winner Steven Stamkos. Other notable invitees include: Drew Doughty, Jordan Eberle, Mike Green, Dan Hamhuis, Brad Marchand, James Neal, Corey Perry, Dion Phaneuf, Alex Pietrangelo, and Mike Richards.
For more on this story, keep reading the NHL.com piece here.
For more on Subban's reaction to being invited to the Olympic camp, check out the montrealgazette.com article here.
Kings begin title defense April 30, 2013
The playoffs begin tonight, with three games on the slate. This includes game 1 for the defending champions L.A. Kings, who will take on the St. Louis Blues. It will be a rematch of last year’s Western Conference second round tilt, where the Kings dominated en route to a 4-0 sweep.
D-man Matt Greene weighed in on the Kings season:
"I think the guys have been playing hard all year. It's been a playoff atmosphere for the whole season with the games played every other day pretty much, through all 48," said the gritty defenseman, who missed the regular-season finale because of an undisclosed injury, but practiced Monday. He said he was not sure whether he will play Tuesday, and Coach Darryl Sutter would not confirm Greene's status.
"Everybody's done a good job of playing to it," Greene added, "and I think everybody's ready for this year."
Find out more about the Kings in this Los Angeles Times story here.
The Blues, led by captain David Backes and Norris trophy candidate Alex Pietrangelo will, on the other hand, look to overcome last year’s debacle.
Here is what the coach had to say about the upcoming series:
“We’re playing better than we have all year,” Blues coach Ken Hitchcock said. “We’re deeper than we’ve ever been. Whether we’re good enough, this series is going to tell, but we think we’re better than we’ve ever been. We’re going to need to be.”
“Los Angeles is the team, the only team in the league with the experience of knowing what it takes to win. So until someone knocks them off, they’re the only team with the knowledge of what it takes to win a Cup. We can all talk about it, but they’ve done it.”
Despite the tall order, St. Louis comes in to this series playing extremely well, and look to be a confident bunch.
For more on the Blues, continue reading the St. Louis Post-Dispatch article here.
Richards and Doughty Rounding Into Form April 15, 2013
Coming off an incredible Stanley Cup run, the beginning to the L.A. Kings 2012-13 season was, as some expected, a trifle underwhelming. However, with 13 days left in the season and this year’s playoffs looming, you can now safely say that the Kings are locked in, and star players like Mike Richards and Drew Doughty are leading the charge.
Both players are getting hot at exactly the right time. Since the beginning of the month of April, Richards has recorded a point in each of his last 6 games while Doughy has scored in 4 of the last five.
The team as a whole reflects these clutch performances. After a slow start the Kings now sit 4th in the Western Conference, having gone 6-2-2 in their last ten games.
As it always is in the West, it will be a dogfight to consolidate one’s position for the playoffs. But with players such as Richards and Doughty hitting their stride, it would be foolhardy to bet against the Kings. And another Stanley Cup run could very well be in sight…