Born December 8, 1989 (age 21) in London, Ontario, Canada
Defenseman for the Los Angeles Kings
Drew Doughty is the other holdout–he has yet to re-sign with the Kings–but again let’s learn about the man behind the holdout. Doughty has been playing hockey basically all his life, starting with a mini stick given to him for his first birthday. (Aww!) He was skating by age two and playing by age four. For a time he also played soccer as a goalie, but he stopped doing that at 13 to focus more on hockey. He spent his junior career with his hometown squad, the London Junior Knights, then went up to the OHL’s Guelph Storm for major junior. While with Guelph, he was on the 2006 All-Rookie Team, played in the 2007 All-Star Game, was recognized as an outstanding d-man in 2007-08 and was ranked third in North Americans by Central Scouting heading into the 2008 draft. The Kings picked him second overall, which was a good choice for him, since he grew up liking the Kings and wanting to play in LA.
He started 08-09 in LA, one of eight 18-year-olds leaguewide to do so that year. The Kings decided to keep him on instead of sending him back to junior and he flourished, playing in the Youngstars game and getting on the NHL All-Rookie team. In 09-10, he improved, finishing third in defensemen and getting a Norris Trophy nomination. 09-10 saw the Kings’ first playoffs run since 2002, though they lost to Vancouver. Doughty has suited up for Canada before, going to the 2006 Ivan Hlinka (gold), 2007 World U18s (fourth place), 2007 Super Series (Canada wins), 2008 World Juniors (gold), 2009 Worlds (silver) and the 2010 Olympics (gold).
In the past season, he played the first five games but then had an injury that kept him off the ice for a while, although he did return and played 76 games of the regulars. He scored 11 goals, got 29 assists and spent 68 penalty minutes. The Kings went to the playoffs this year too, so he played in 6 playoff games, scored 2 goals, got 2 assists and spent 8 penalty minutes. Since he’s always played with LA, has dreamed of doing so and has done so well for the Kings, I imagine he’ll be able to negotiate a deal. However, I’ve heard that at training camp, his stall’s been given to someone else. So, he needs to hurry! Time’s a-wastin’!