At the age of 22 Drew Doughty is already an Olympic Gold Medalist and now he is looking to help backstop the Los Angeles Kings to the first Stanley Cup in team history. The Kings have gone from last to first in seven weeks with timely goals and solid defense led by Doughty. They will look to continue the run for one more series as they travel to New Jersey to face the Devils in the Stanley Cup Finals.
Like most Canadian kids Doughty was introduced to the game of hockey at a young age. He was given his first hockey stick for his first birthday. Paul and Connie Doughty then had their son skating at the age of two. Doughty also was a soccer goalie until the age of 14 when he quit to focus on his hockey career.
Doughty was drafted second overall in the 2008 draft by the Kings and made an immediate impact on the team playing in 81 of the team’s 82 games. His performance also earned him the nod for the NHL All-Rookie Team and the Young Stars Game at the All-Star weekend. He continued to improve in his second season being nominated for the Norris Trophy as the league’s most outstanding defenseman. Doughty became the second youngest defenseman to get the nomination receiving it at the age of 20.
In 2010 the young defenseman was picked to represent Canada on their star studded Olympic team in Vancouver. Canada brought home the gold for Canada on their home ice and was the team’s first Olympic gold since 2002.
Now for Doughty to win the Stanley Cup he will have to go through his fellow 2010 Olympic teammate Martin Brodeur and the New Jersey Devils. The Kings are undefeated on the road and have beaten the top three Western Conference teams so Doughty and teammates will not be lacking of confidence going into the Finals.
For more photos of Drew Doughty and the road to the Stanley Cup check out Newscom.
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