Kings hockey team members earning individual spots.
Los Angeles Kings defenseman Drew Doughty has been selected for the roster for his native Canada for the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver. This came just one day after fellow Kings player Michal Handzus was named to the Slovakian Olympic team.
Doughty, who turned 20 earlier this month, has never participated in the Olympics before. Internationally he has represented Canada at the 2009 World Championships (Silver medal — 9 GP, 1-6=7, with his seven points tied for fourth among defensemen in the tournament and his six assists third most among defensemen in the tournament and tied for eighth overall); at the 2008 World Junior Championships (Gold medal — 7 GP, 0=4=4, was named Top Defenseman of the tournament); the 2007 World Junior Under-18 Championships and the 2006 World Junior Under-17 Championships.
“This means a lot to me,” said Doughty, who is from London , Ontario , and participated in Team Canada ‘s Olympic Men’s Ice Hockey Orientation Camp from August 24 – 27. “I didn’t expect to make the team. I’m just ecstatic. It’s a dream come true and to be able to play in Vancouver makes it that much better. I’m happy to be a part of the team in any way, shape or form.”
A 6-0, 211-pound defenseman, Doughty has played in all 39 games with the Kings this season, recording 26 points (9-17=26) and 24 penalty minutes. On the Kings, his 26 points are third most on the club overall; his nine power play goals rank tied for third; his four power play goals rank third and his three game-winning goals rank tied for first. Among all NHL defensemen, his 26 points rank sixth; his nine goals rank tied for first; his four power play goals rank tied for third; his 14 power play points rank tied for sixth; his 10 power play assists rank tied for ninth and his three game winning goals ranked tied for second.
Last season, his first in the NHL, Doughty was named to the NHL’s All-Rookie Team (fourth Kings defenseman to receive honor) and he was selected as the Kings Outstanding Defenseman and Best Newcomer (Mark Bavis Memorial Award) after leading NHL rookies and the Kings with 23:49 average time-on-ice. He tied for first among NHL rookie defensemen with 27 points and 21 assists; tied for second among NHL rookie defensemen with six goals (which was tied for first on the team); and his 27 points were the most by a Kings rookie defenseman in seven seasons.
Doughty also ranked second among NHL rookies with 114 blocked shots (which was second on the Kings); ranked second among NHL rookie defensemen with three power-play goals (which was tied for first among team defensemen) and he led NHL rookie defensemen with 126 shots. Doughty also participated in the YoungStars event as part of the 2009 NHL All-Star Weekend and he recorded two points (1-1=2) in the game on January 24, 2009, at Montreal .
Doughty was selected by the Kings in the first-round (second overall) of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft. He made NHL debut on October 11, 2008, at San Jose and became the fifth youngest player (second youngest defenseman) to appear in a game for the Kings at 18 years, 10 months and three days.
Canada was one of five countries to announce their rosters today and the U.S. will announce their roster on Friday during the NHL Winter Classic. .
For a historical look at the Kings and the Olympics, visit LAKings.com/olympics.